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Comment From the Story (Score 4, Interesting) 406

What I'd like to know is how did his partner get sent to jail for an MGM gambling debt? Anyone know? While looking for the answer, I did come across this interesting article about advantage players, that there are many, that the casinos know of them and don't call them cheaters because what they are doing is legal.

Comment The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Can't Be Stopped (Score 1) 139

fixed that for you. The problem is that the Sherman anti-trust act was set up to prevent anti-competitive monopolies within an industry. Time Warner is content while AT&T is delivery so there's no problem here except probably a few FCC mandates related to the handful of TV stations which most likely will be sold or given away to make the deal go through.

Of course, that doesn't mean it's not a problem or an effective monopoly. This large scale vertical integration is the same as what happened with Comcast / NBC Universal and to a lesser extent Disney/ABC and could and will most likely seriously hinder new entrants to a broad swath of services as well as dictate consumer and b2b pricing for programming on a mega scale.

For AT&T's part, this is their response to their loss of the natural monopoly they had in the 80's, which reformed into the near anti-competitive monopoly they have now but which is seriously threatened by the advent of mesh area networks which could in theory obviate the need for ISP's altogether. They are attempting to get the jump on this by developing it with an eye on controlling it themselves, and they will need very good content for one. I have no idea how they intend to charge for using your own devices but the overall goal is to eliminate all last mile wiring and maintenance and all the personnel that go with it which is a huge expense. This is why you now have a hard time ordering uVerse and are oversold on the cellular products and if you want old school pots service, you'd better take a gun.

Comment Re:Memo to the NAA: (Score 3, Interesting) 112

You're like dinosaurs stuck in a tarpit; all these wailings, whingings, and whinings about your 'ad revenue' and how us ad-blocker users are 'stealing your content' is just your death-song.

The title intentionally misquotes the NAA letter for sensationalism. Brave intends to replace publisher ads with their own. The NAA said "Your plan to use our content to sell your advertising is indistinguishable from a plan to steal our content to publish on your own website.". They technically said "use our content" in reference to what was happening and then compared it to and offline form of what would be theft.

All that aside, the whole argument about copyright infringement vs theft is that you're not depriving them of their original work or material gain from it. For Brave's plan to work, it would be doing exactly that. And yes, Brave has stated the intend to pay publishers a share of the profit on Brave's terms, all without publisher agreement. On what planet does that work, walk into a business, set my terms and they have to recourse but to accept? If Brave's plan is so great, they can do what others do and sell it and get a consenting agreement first.

Comment WTF? (Score 1) 277

"a few of the disks were formatted in DOS, but most of them were from an older operating system called CP/M. CP/M, or Control Program for Microcomputers, was a popular operating system of the 1970s and early 1980s that ultimately lost out to Microsoft's DOS.

I must have gone to the wrong site. This can't be Slashdot.

Comment Re:Apologists unite! (Score 1) 65

So, if I'm actually firewalling-off my LAN from the Internet then I'm probably going to be fine? ie, I'm using the standard features of my consumer-grade broadband router to deny incoming connections from routing into my LAN? I've just assumed that all of the OSes on my network are vulnerable to something and I've taken steps to mitigate that. To do anything else would be asking for trouble. That same sort of consideration would apply to the "Internet of Things" and to appliances that are more special-purpose in nature too.

Add to that there's a risk taking updates on consumer devices because they frequently alter, reduce or break functionality. Think "Other O/S" or Cinavia on the PS3. Right now, my LG TV works great with my PS3 media player and wants an update. I've blocked it. Release notes don't tell all and Google's not very good at negative verification. SInce there's really no back out plan for most of these devices, I only update if I know it's needed for something I want.

Comment Re:birth dates and social security numbers (Score 1) 113

People should stop using birth dates and social security numbers for security or identification purposes. We should use smart cards and public keys for identification, both for government services and financial transactions.

Yes, but the only real practical way to do this is tie the key to biometric information such that when that private key or the signing authority get's compromised, you can get a new key by a) being alive and b) matching the biometric data. It should work at least until we can start duplicating people. Of course, if you tried to suggest such a thing in earnest, you'd be bombarded left and right by the civil libertarians and the religious wingnuts, government intrusion or mark of the beast , take your pick. Personally, I am the former and hare the idea although I know it's the only way.

Comment Re:Speed an issue (Score 1) 244

MySQL is simply easier to use and administer. Postgres has a sharper learning curve. This made MySQL the go-to for shared web hosting (back before you could have a VPS for pocket change) and so it's what everyone ended up using for anything web related.

That's true but it was also at the time much faster because it lacked support for most of the features expected in a modern relational foreign keys, triggers, procedural languages, and complex data types..It was more or less the programmer's job to manage consistency but it ran like greased lightning.. Many new to the web and programming for that fact embraced the simplicity you point out and the perceived advantage in speed because they didn't understand the need for the relative advance features Postgres provided, which today are even more numerous.

Comment Fail To Get It (Score 2) 600

The shot down the plane not even 1 km inside their border. A fighter jet would be flying casually at 600 Mph, around 900 feet per second or roughly 1 km every four seconds; yet,, the Turks were supposedly warning them for five minutes. And then they shoot them down for stepping an inch into their front lawn? Did they want to start a war or were they trying to protect. whomever Russia was after?

Comment Criminal Use of Market Speak and General Idiocy (Score 4, Funny) 123

Lance Weaver is the Chief Technology Officer for Cloud at GE Corporate. ... Lance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Truman State University.

"This interconnection oriented architecture means we contract with colocation facilities where we can place our inspection tools and GE services into dense meeting areas of the multi-cloud environment. These are places where you find many cloud providers under one roof and we can place our services, inspection and data sets within them to obtain cloud agnostic, high speed adjacency."

"Another factor in making our journey to public cloud successful is our self-service (or what I call opt-in) approach, which allows business units to choose the services they wish to consume. People will naturally gravitate to high value, frictionless services"

"Running inside a public cloud environment, you're able to consume unlimited capacity as needed. Today, we scale up and down thousands of times in a day while we handle peak loads or run experiments."

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