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Comment Re:Alternate title (Score 1) 195

First thing I thought when I saw this and read the summary was "That's not the style of story Slashdot would normally run".

Reading the "story" itself confirmed it.

Either the new owners don't get Slashdot, they want to turn it into something more profitable or that someone somewhere had a vested interest in running this story.

Honestly not sure which.
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PlayStation 3 Games Are Coming To PC (cnet.com) 125

PlayStation 3 games are coming to Windows. Sony said Tuesday that it is bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming program to Windows PCs. The service broadcasts PlayStation 3 games over the internet similar to the way Netflix beams movies to devices like Roku. CNET reports: This fall, you'll be able to play previously exclusive games like Uncharted 3 and Shadow of the Colossus on a Windows laptop. The catch: you'll be playing those games over the internet with Sony's streaming game service, PlayStation Now. Think Netflix. PlayStation Now has already been around for a couple of years on the PS4, PS3, PS Vita handheld, plus a handful of Blu-ray players and smart TVs. For $20 a month or $45 for three, the service gives players unlimited access to a long list of over 400 PlayStation 3 games. Like Netflix or any other streaming service, the quality can vary wildly depending on your internet connection -- Sony requires a solid 5Mbps connection at all times, and that doesn't change today. What changes is the size of Sony's audience. With a Windows laptop or tablet, you aren't tethered to a big-screen TV. You could theoretically take these PlayStation games anywhere -- and wherever you go, your save games stream with you.

Comment Conspicuous Silence (Score 3, Insightful) 93

The service, according to Comcast, allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 seconds, [ ...marketing blather... ]

Uh-huh. I notice they're being conspicuously silent on upload speeds. "Gee, how nice I can download a movie in a couple minutes, but how long will I have to wait to upload the video of my daughter's ${WINTER_HOLIDAY} pageant?"

Meanwhile, Google Fiber is 1Gb/sec symmetric.

Comment 35 Years of Rank Incompetence, And Counting... (Score 4, Interesting) 220

Microsoft says it introduced the changes to prevent an issue that was resulting in duplication of encoding the stream (poor performance).

I see. Because squirting 720p or 1080p video as uncompressed YUYV over a USB2 link never results in performance problems...

Comment Re:Flash (Score 1) 225

Bingo! I much preferred it *before* Google started moving all their annoying animated ads to HTML5. Primarily because I was running Flashblock- i.e. click-to-play- and didn't have to see them if I didn't want to (which- spoiler ahead- I didn't!)

Comment Re:Lynx and Gopher sucked mostly (Score 2) 225

Lynx and Gopher sucked mostly [..] Telnet on the other hand was pretty cool and could do a lot, but was massively underused.

I'm not sure that comparing Gopher and Telnet in that way is even meaningful. Perhaps I misunderstood the point you're trying to make, but the fact that you say Telnet "could do a lot" suggests you don't realise you're comparing apples with oranges.

Telnet itself was little more than a text-based terminal facility for accessing remote systems; that's not a criticism, since this is what it was meant to do. Of course, you can provide pretty much any (text-based) facility you like over that connection- which I guess is why one might say you can do "a lot" with it- but telnet itself is still just a remote access facility for all that.

Technically and functionally, it's not the same thing (nor intended to be the same) as Gopher, or the World Wide Web.

If you added so much to it that it became anything plausibly akin to Flash, then I'm not sure it would be Telnet as we recognise it any more.

(#) And Lynx was just a browser that happened to support both Gopher and the Web; it wasn't a protocol in itself. Unless you're referring to the unrelated modem protocol, in which case the comparison makes even less sense.

Comment Um... What Access Control? (Score 5, Insightful) 62

The developers are fairly up-front about this:

Redis is designed to be accessed by trusted clients inside trusted environments. This means that usually it is not a good idea to expose the Redis instance directly to the internet or, in general, to an environment where untrusted clients can directly access the Redis TCP port or UNIX socket. [ emphasis mine ]

There is an "authentication" feature, but it's amazingly primitive, and the credentials are sent in the clear -- in other words, next to useless. The rest of the page makes it fairly clear: If you are running a Redis server accepting connections from the open Internet, you are an idiot.

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