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Comment Re:doubts (Score 1) 341

Its sad that yours is the only post I've seen thus far that even begins to doubt the validity of the article. If I had mod points, I'd give them, but since I don't, just know that you are certainly not the only one here who views inflammatory nonsense like this with skepticism.

Comment No Subject (Score 2) 60

It's a bold move by Netflix to bring this feature to desktop. There is always the risk of someone finding out a way to break the DRM and easily distribute the files.

I wouldn't think it terribly challenging to pull these same files off of a rooted android phone. Regardless, I would imagine other avenues of getting pirated material would still be easier.

Comment Re:Sick of the hypocrisy (Score 2) 366

Would democrats? Yes, as it would be equally much a publicity stunt.

I guess, by technicality, you are right. There would have to be at least 2 democratic voters who would bash her.
However, to make the assertion that the response would be even remotely similar to this one is beyond delusion. I'm fine with vocal commentators on this site having one bias or another; it is part of human subjectivity. But you don't all of a sudden get to pick and choose which biases you'll acknowledge when it best suits your own interests.

Or maybe you do. Why do I care enough about this to reply? Man, I need to take a break from this place.

Comment Re:All this Glitz but it's still posessed... (Score 3, Informative) 239

If you have even the most basic knowledge of Group Policy editing, it takes around 15 seconds to disable updates from auto installing.

I'm fine with Microsoft forcing its more "basic" users to update. The fact that they didn't do this in the past is THE literal reason why that company still lives with the stigma of being "virus ridden" and "as full of holes as swiss cheese".

I'll never get some of you guys. When an OS doesn't force the user to update, its a security risk. When an OS does force the user to update, its an affront to freedom and choice. If you don't want to deal with forced updates, either don't use Windows or become enough of a power user to stop the OS from doing it.

Comment Re: Lessons to learn (Score 3, Insightful) 87

You aren't wrong, but it can be a little more complicated than that. You ability to get different service is largely dependent on where you live. Since the country is so big, different corners and different population centers can have wildly varying experiences with ISPs.

For instance, I live in the center of Atlanta, GA. We don't have the best selection down here (although, my apartment community is scheduled to get Google Fiber in the next couple months, so...), but there certainly is a "selection". It may be 2-3 choices, and none of them may be great, but there are signs that people are waking up to the need for more pressure on their local legislators to overturn laws and rules that forbid competition.

This is a slight tangent, but a huge amount of the "need" for NetNeutrality wouldn't exist if ISPs could actually be competed with. Startups and municipalities are, more often than not, hamstrung out of the gate by state legislature that all but outright forbids competition against large Telcos from a smaller, more local source. Instead of adding more laws to the books, I am more in favor of getting those anti-compete laws out of here, and allowing for enterprising city councilmen and business owners to create solutions that fit the needs of their communities.

Anyway, bringing this back on point: Yes, we do generally have a harder time "switching", as it were, but it isn't quite as bleak as some foreigners make it out to be sometimes.

Comment Lessons to learn (Score 4, Insightful) 87

As much flak as American ISPs get for their noncompetitive and morally bereft behavior, we do need to be reminded that things could generally be much worse. There is nothing wrong with pressuring large businesses (especially those with government-sanctioned monopolies) to change their shameful ways, but I do occasionally breathe a sigh of relief that, at least for the moment, our biggest concerns (outside of government spying) are speed, price, and general availability of service.

It seems almost commonplace for websites or services to get blocked at an ISP level in the UK, and that fact alone seems more frightening than any increase in price that Comcast could throw at me.

Comment Re:$500 is Shocking??? (Score 5, Insightful) 195

I think what is shocking to the vocally anti-Microsoft (and proprietary software in general, for that matter) crowd on slashdot is that people can get away with charging MONEY for SOFTWARE.

It never ceases to amaze me how, despite the fact that the majority of us on this website make our money in tech or software, the idea of charging money for those services is revolting to some.

Comment Re:Lines? (Score 1) 84

What is the point of this faux-pedantry?
Are you looking for people to stroke your ego because you seem to think "ha, they didn't use the EXACT terminology that I would have used, thus rendering it completely wrong!" or something? If you really didn't understand what they were talking about, you could have googled it and found the answer you sought. However, I strongly doubt that is the case, and instead am led to believe that you just want slashdot points for being an internet old man.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 238

he, like most people, doesn't care.

As someone who worked extensively in a customer facing role for a consumer electronics retailer, I think you might be a little confused with what the term "most people" means.

Believe whatever you want. It is wholly like slashdotters to ridicule mainstream consumer electronics, popularly held opinions, and products that hold form over function. The target audience of this site is anything but the "average consumer". So when the lot of you hivemind and mistakenly believe that "since others around me in a controlled environment believe the same thing I do, i must be right", you move ever further and further away from reality into your own bubble.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 238

You're kidding right? OLED is an incremental upgrade? It is fundamentally different from how modern LCD based TVs work altogether. It is a larger change from the Plasma -> LCD switch that happened years ago. If you don't understand the technology change here, that's fine, but don't downplay the importance of this change.

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