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Comment Is 15% women watching BG really "shocking"? (Score 2) 858

For some anecdotal evidence my wife was skeptical when I wanted to watch Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 version) but ended up loving it greatly and with good reason. It's an excellent written show with a great cast that includes several strong women roles. Much stronger female roles than say TNG had (which she also enjoyed after some coaxing to give it a chance). If anything i find that only 15% of women reviewed as a case that maybe more women should give it a shot and it's probably one of the best shows for introducing Sci-fi to women, who in my experience are just as quick to write things like that off as men are of writing off something like Sex and the City without giving a chance first.

Comment Re:I wish it didn't take so long to hit the market (Score 1) 156

I am with you, I would love to see more Displayport connectors out in the consumer field. The connector is better than DVI/HDMI and it's an open VESA standard. Unfortunately it seems the media companies and the consumer electronics manufacturers decided on HDMI due to content protection and wanting to control the signal path (never-mind that Displayport has and does support HDCP) even though HDCP hasn't prevented anything and is really just a huge PITA for anyone working with it in a commercial AV setting.

Comment Re:Step in the tight direction but far too little. (Score 1) 156

Not exactly what you are getting at but the main technology that separate Displayport from previous display standards is that the video signal is in fact packetized (but it uses as they call it "micro-packets"). This is how they've been able to get up to 8k/60hz now without changing the cables or the connector. It's not quite as high level as an IP connection but more akin to PCI-Express rather then just a raw stream of bits over a wire.

Comment Link to actual authors article (Score 1) 76

https://w00tsec.blogspot.com.a...

The article in the summary doesnt list which modems are affected as i have an Arris Modem myself, but looks to be the TG862A, TG862G, and DG860A.

Also notable that a quick glance of reviews on Amazon says there is no end user support for these, they are always ISP controlled.

Comment Sounds familiar... (Score 3, Funny) 164

Carriers: The numbers all go to 5G. Look, right across the board, 5G, 5G, 5G and...
Customers: Oh, I see. And most networks go up to 4G?
Carriers: Exactly.
Customers: Does that mean it's faster? Is it any faster?
Carriers: Well, it's one faster, isn't it? It's not 4G. You see, most blokes, you know, will be surfing at 4G. You're on 4G here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on 4G on your phone. Where can you go from there? Where?
Customers: I don't know.
Carriers: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Customers: Put it up to 5G.
Carriers: 5G. Exactly. One faster.
Customers: Why don't you just make 4G faster and make 4G be the top number and make that a little faster?
Carriers: [pause] These go to 5G.

Comment Re: USB C still inherently fragile (Score 2) 392

I think there's a few reasons they went that route:

- Apple has some degree of patents on Lightning, the USB-IF likely wanted to just avoid that altogether
- Lightning connectors I've read had some issues with corrosion with their pins being exposed and this likely mitigates that by keeping the cables pins somewhat protected from fingers and such
- I believe the encapsulated design was also introduced to make the board mount socket connectors sturdier as I am likely not the only one who has had Micro-USB sockets break off a PCB
- Overall I would imagine there's benefits for the connector manufacturers to working within a similar framework as they can apple lessons they learned from MicroUSB for manufacturing. I'm sure they also had a say in the design as it moved forward.

Comment Apple doesn't want to but may have to (Score 1) 392

As mentioned elsewhere in here, Thunderbolt is fine as it's an open spec and is intended for different use cases than USB, and it also shares a port design with mini-Displayport (which we can thank Apple for openly releasing that connector standard).

Lightning, while a very good physical design for a connector will likely fall soon as the power benefits of USB-C are too good to pass up and iPad/Macbook Airs without it are going to seem antiquated when every other tablet and ultrabook will be sharing a universal charging system. However Apple is no worse a shape than every other phone manufacturer. They'll release new models with USB-C along with every other manufacturer as then every user can complain equally for the next couple years that they need all new cables and chargers.

If Apple double downs on Lightning and sticks with it I would be extremely impressed with their level of stubbornness.

Comment Why is uTorrent so popular still? (Score 3, Informative) 275

I used uTorrent when it was fairly new and it was excellent but in this day and age does it offer anything versus the number of matured open-source alternatives out there? I'm really asking if it has some special sauce that gives it an edge. When it was released one could look past it's closed source nature since it made it's mark being lightweight yet feature packed. Once the major update that brought advertising on-board I saw no reason to use it anymore.

I've been using qBittorent for a couple years and it gives me all the relevant functionality without the mess as well as Transmission QT for Windows and Deluge, I can see no reason to use uTorrent when it's been shown repeatedly to be scum-ware.

Comment Re:International waters (Score 1) 61

SpaceX is not allowed by the FAA (and I assume NASA/USAF have something to say as well) to to perform landings on land until they can prove that the system works reliably, so the way around that is use the barge. I believe they are already prepping a landing pad in Cape Canaveral and eventually they will likely land back to their launch site in Texas once completed. I would say 2016 is an optimistic date to see a land-landing if they get a few landed on the barge this year.

Comment Re:Diminishing Returns (Score 1) 422

You hit it right on the nose. I have a 60D with a couple nice lenses on it and for my hobby purposes I will be hanging onto this for the next 5 years at least and that's a camera that's just above the low end of the DSLR market. Something like the 5DMkII is built like such a tank and puts out images that only the top-end gear could beat it and even then it's closer than what Canon/Nikon would like you to believe.

I would imagine with the lens and camera rentals becoming more mainstream more people will shoot with their phone and can rent a high end kit for vacations or when they feel they need it.

Comment Re:bank I use ... allows (weak passwords) (Score 4, Informative) 271

You can enable it once you have created an account: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

I've been using it for years now with the Android app and it's been terrific. You can also just use it via SMS. Other software vendors can even leverage Google's app for their own products (One example I know is Guild Wars 2 can use Google's app for 2 factor on your game account)

Comment Re:They brought it on themselves (Score 1) 379

Agreed it likely varies by state and city, but at the end of the day your municipality had to grant some form of monopoly to someone for utility delivery. Where i am (Central FL) if you live in one part of the city you have OUC and in the other parts you have Duke and that's that for power. The system you describe is hopefully part of what we'll see in internet delivery. Comcast could in theory be forced to wholesale their cable lines for other ISP's to compete with service over.

Comment Re:They brought it on themselves (Score 0) 379

Therein lies the point. Your gas/water/power utility is a natural monopoly granted by your municipality as it makes sense in many cases to have one source for those items due to the huge capital involved in deployment and not wanting to have a mess of pipes and wires criss-crossing the city from every provider.

Now with those utilities when they are granted that monopoly it carries certain regulations. Rates are negotiated and fixed and cannot be increased without approval from the city. Service has to be provided equally and throughout (The power/water companies cant deny you service because you are out of the way or one block too far from the water line, unlike your ISP). Right now the your local ISP gets all the benefits from the local monopoly but without any of the regulations. This just puts them under the same sets of rules.

Before the internet there were these things called "telephones" and being the most crucial communication medium we had it was in everyone's best interest to make sure all people could get service. If you wanted a phone in your house the local telco was obligated to provide service at a regulated rate. The internet has replaced the phone as the communication utility every household needs. It should be regulated as such.

Comment Likely for the best, quoted "analyst" is dumb (Score 4, Interesting) 101

This isn't about Sony jumping in with F2P, it's about the high cost of developing MMO games. When a game costs north of $100,000,000 to develop as well as the high number of servers and support staff you need to be able to reach as many gamers as possible. Being restricted to Sony/PC platform still leaves out the XBox audience (while smaller than PS4/PC it's still a large enough chunk to not ignore) and being under Sony's control means cross-platform is something of a conflict of interest.

Sony will still be more than amicable with having the new studios games on it's hardware it just gives the developers more flexibility. Sony still collects it's license fees by the game being on PS4 and they'd rather collect those fees (the bread and butter of consoles) and not be responsible for the day-to-day operations, which will likely operate better as an entity who does and only does MMO as opposed to cog in a huge corporate umbrella.

Comment Re:What about Android tablets? (Score 1) 307

I think Android tablets were all set to be huge but a couple things happened:

- The phablet boom came in and seems to dominating the Android ecosystem. Many people i know have a Note3/4 and that fills both needs "well enough".
- The tablet app ecosystem for Android is still a bit lacking. Android goes punch for punch with the iPhone nowadays but the iPad seems to have so many more dedicated tablet apps and for high end apps like audio production and AAA mobile games the iPad gets most of the support (likely since iPad users seem far more willing to put actual dollars for expensive dedicated apps).

I have an Android Tablet and an iPad Air and the iPad's apps are great and polished and built for the platform whereas the Android tablet while still quite useful and has some killer apps it still seems to be treated as "a big phone".

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