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Comment Re:It's almost identical to Sony Playstation VUE (Score 1) 95

I have PS Vue which I signed up for on my 4th Gen Apple TV (Amazon FireTV stick and some Roku devices work too). PS Vue is fairly easy to use without owning a Playstation. (Source: I use PS Vue and have never owned a Playstation).

Living in a rural area, I love the service. I can't get local channels OTA due to geography so I bundle that with the internet and use PS Vue for the premium stuff and sports. If YouTube gets my local OTA channels in for the same price I pay Vue, I'll switch in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score -1, Flamebait) 400

1) Embrace: Create PowerShell for linux, open source .NET and begin incorporating POISX into Windows.

2) Extend: Lure new users, add features that make linux life easier in PowerShell, take advantage of the existing linux desktop and mobile markets to supplement the failed phone market and extend the desktop market all while making it easier for developers to publish on both OSes.

3) Extinguish: a) Sometime around 2 major upgrade cycles from now, end support for all linux compatibility but provide tools to port what you need into Windows environment. Ignore the weeping and gnashing of teeth from developers who are forced to pony up to keep their tools current.
-OR- b) Gradually assimilate the best parts of Linux into Windows then slowly take over the community until essentially everyone is running some sort of Microsoft developed hybrid with just enough closed source parts to make the open source alternatives not financially feasible for businesses to invest developer time into. Adopt the freemium model where Linux and Android are free and Windows is the paid part that businesses will shell out for.

Comment Refurbs... (Score 1) 508

In Minnesota, we have a great program called Minnesota Computers for Schools. Businesses donate their old hardware to the program. The program wipes or shreds the HDs. After that they are sent to a correctional facility for the rest of the refurb and imaging work (teaching inmates valuable IT skills for when they get out). These computers are then put up for sale to schools and other educational institutions on the cheap. I'm talking $300 for an i5/i7 laptop with 4GB and reasonable HD, more than enough for an average high schooler. They have cheaper options as well, down in the Chromebook price range.

Check around and see if your area offers such programs. Heck, even see if you can arrange for a business to donate some old kit. They get a tax break and lots of goodwill in the process, and their savings on recycle fees help make up for their IT person's time in reimaging the laptops.

Submission + - "Happy Birthday" Public Domain after all? (techdirt.com)

jazzdude00021 writes: No song has had as contentious of copyright history as "Happy Birthday." The song is nearly ubiquitous at birthday parties in the USA, and even has several translations with the same tune. Due to copyrights held by Warner Music, public performances have historically commanded royalty fees. However, a new lawsuit has been brought to prove that "Happy Birthday" is, and always has been in the public domain.The discovery phase for this lawsuit ended on July, 11 2014, yet this past week new evidence surfaced from Warner Music that may substantiate the claim that the lyrics were in the public domain long before the copyright laws changed in 1927. From the source:

And, here's the real kicker: they discovered this bit of evidence after two questionable things happened. (1) Warner/Chappell Music (who claims to hold the copyright for the publishing, if it exists) suddenly "found" a bunch of relevant documents that it was supposed to hand over in discovery last year, but didn't until just a few weeks ago, and (2) a rather important bit of information in one of those new documents was somewhat bizarrely "blurred out." This led the plaintiffs go searching for the original, and discover that it undermines Warner Music's arguments, to the point of showing that the company was almost certainly misleading the court. Furthermore, it definitively shows that the work was and is in the public domain.

Comment Re: Will anyone exploit it? (Score 3, Insightful) 82

If I had mod points, you'd have em. Institutional policy is the prime reason that AV exists for Macs. AV companies saw Macs coming into the workplace at greater rates due to the proliferation of iDevices and the frustration of using Windows 8 and decided a Mac version of their software might be profitable. No other reason than that. The primary marketing tactic from those companies was to protect your inbox so you didn't accidentally forward a PC virus along. In 8 years of Mac ownership, my AV (yes, I'm a Mac owner with AV on my system) has detected one PUP in an attachment auto-downloaded thru my mail client, and the exploit was for Win32. Job done. AV works and serves its purpose.

Now, before the torches come out and the chants of "Fanboy!" start, I am sure someone out there somewhere has a Mac virus that could spread and wreak havoc. The darker parts of the Internet know about security exploits long before most /.-ers will. That said, I don't think this exploit will turn into a pandemic precisely because of the fact that >10% of computers are Macs. Hacking is a business, granted it is a criminal business, but business economics still apply, and writing an exploit for 10% is far less profitable than writing for 90% of users. Even if that 10% are totally security unaware.

Comment MIDI is alive and well and hiding in plain sight. (Score 1) 106

Yes, I've read the comments that say "MIDI, what is this 1980-something?" But as a Music Teacher/ Musician that also does theater sound and lights MIDI still has many currently used applications. Sure, MIDI began as a way to listen to music on a computer, back when a few KB was a lot of memory. However, MIDI also has the ability to clock-sync devices for synchronous playback. So if you are at your favorite band's show and the music and the lights just seem to time out perfectly, they probably do because somewhere a MIDI device (or long chain thereof) is keeping the lights and sound in synch. And this is a complex example. Even cheap DJ equipment can use MIDI singals to control lighting.

The second major area MIDI is used is in Sheet Music Creation and Playback Software. MIDI provides a background framework for playback of files in software like Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore, etc. MIDI defines the duration, volume and pitch of a note and the software uses high quality sound samples for playback. Furthermore, in the educational sphere, a teacher can write out an exercise for the student to play. The software records the student playing and sends it back to the teacher. But if the student wants to listen to the exercise played by the software, it's going to need a MIDI capable audio system to do so.

tl;dr: MIDI was once used for consumer audio distribution, however the protocol evolved in several important ways making it the backbone of virtually all comupter audio creation systems in use today. The cheesy synth sounds are (mostly) gone, but the protocol lives on behind the scenes. If you've ever been to a live musical event where computers were used in some way, odds are MIDI was the protocol keeping it together.

Comment Re:To the surprise of no one (Score 1) 357

Allow me to clarify: A movie ticket allows you to see it once. Recording that is quite plainly a violation of copyright. Your ticket gives you a one-time schedule viewing of a piece of content. The end.

Buying a copy of a movie (hypothetically) allows you to enjoy it an unlimited number of views for an infinite amount of time. Because the MPAA are afraid of those people who would exploit these copies by illicitly sharing and/or selling their own reproductions to others, they hinder the ability of all users to enjoy their product on whatever device they choose to view it on. The DMCA (awful as it is) allows for Fair Use, a clause that the MPAA (in my non-lawyer opinion) leaves lying bloodied and beat up in a dumpster, helpless, but still doesn't outright break.

So to borrow your turn of phrase: In a theater you're on their terms, therefore they're not being ***hats. In my home where I own a collection of devices that, due to their restrictions, may not all play my legally purchased content, they are being ***hats. Just because they generally seem to be a bunch of **hats who try to screw over everyone doesn't mean everything they do is ***hat-ery.

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