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Comment Re:Not this again... (Score 2) 100

Even if they *didn't* get sued I don't see this going anywhere. They've already tried this with CableCard, and except for TiVos and some in-TV setups there wasn't a big debut of third-party yes-you-own-it-outright equipment.

Then, there was supposed to be an entirely software-based version of the same thing. Never even got off the planning board.

Is TiVO not a good example of people wanting it? Didn't they just get bought for 1.1 Billion? Someone must think there is something to it...

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 2) 168

While a cool idea I wouldn't count on the iOS implemention to actually guard any privacy ether. In order for the ramdomization to work you must: Not be connected to WIFI (probably) Have the phone locked (maybe, maybe not) Have Locations services turned off (almost for sure not) Have cell data off or removed sim card (ya right) http://blog.airtightnetworks.c...

Comment Re:no paper trail, no hope (Score 2) 232

no paper trail, no hope

You lost your fait assets. Anonymity is a double edged sword, you just felt the bad edge blow.

Do some research. Fiat is government issued currency and crypto currencies are not really all that anonymous. All transactions can be followed on the chain. The only trick is matching the wallet with a real person but that isn't impossible.

Submission + - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Max Hyre writes: LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone.

Submission + - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere ( 1

Ying Hu writes: Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough.

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment Re:Can we use a phrase other than "cord cutting?" (Score 1) 261

I don't know where everyone else lives, but I have yet to find a free wireless or wired streaming video capable Internet connection anywhere in the place I live. I use Netflix and Hulu but I still pay a communication utility for Internet access, so while I am not paying that same provider for cable content, it still is not free. All I have done is separate the data access utility from the content provider. Cord cutting is really a misnomer, few (if any) are truly cutting the cord, they just choose to consume content as Internet data rather than TV signal.

I think the term still applies. I bet most people are like me and already pay for internet and additionally pay for cable/satellite so they are cutting one of those cords. Just because you cut one cord doesn't mean you are cutting all cords.

Comment Re:XBox Infinity (Score 1) 232

Do your math again. Using your numbers for a 360, if XBox Live is normally $5/mo, that's $120 for 2 years. Total cost of a 360 unsubsidized would be 120 + 299, or $419. A subsidized one would be $240 for two years + 99 = $339. So why choose an unsubsidized one if you're getting Live anyways?

For a 720, the numbers are similar, if they are correct as reported by the summary. $499 + 120 = $619 or 299 + 240 = $539.

Only question is - if you choose a subsidized model - what is the cost of XBox Live Gold after the two years are up? Is it 5, or 10?

This is not really related to the article but these numbers are off. I pre-pay for a year of Xbox live for $35 dollars a year so just buying it all outright is $369 (299 + 70). Subsidized its $99 but $15 a month for two years for a total of $459 so it costs $90 to finance it.

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