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Comment Re:First Amendment ... no, sorry. (Score 1) 131

And I receive useless robocalls from the City about what THEY think are "important" notices (which are not) and found out they refuse to have a way for citizens to opt out (and remember, I have an UNLISTED NUMBER). I finally determined the City uses a third party system and went to THAT company and they said the City didn't pay for an opt-out option! But because I was making so much noise, they manually took my number out of the system.

I can't stand robocallers and I think their use should be not just illegal but criminal. If it takes a few "welcome" systems with it, so be it. Why? Because every single one would claim they have a relation to you or you some how "opted in", making enforcement a joke. Use Email lists instead.

Comment Nuke Anything (Score 1) 161

>What do you use?

One I have not seen mentioned that I like is:

Nuke Anything Enhanced- a GREAT way to hide/remove stuff you don't want to see, especially useful before printing. Also useful for getting rid of distracting animated junk while you are trying to read. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

Of course, I also use Adblock Plus, and Classic Theme Restorer, and a few others.

Comment Re:First Amendment ... no, sorry. (Score 1) 131

>"It should be illegal for them to ignore the federal do-not-call list, and for them to call cell phones period. The First Amendment doesn't say I have to provide anyone a platform at my expense or my inconvenience."

Exactly. Except it should be illegal for *ALL* robo calls to *ANY* phone, including land lines. This has nothing to do with free speech, it has to do with invading my privacy, wasting my time, and being an unnecessary annoyance. They can send through the US mail if they want to contact me. People have to pay money for an unlisted number and this totally borks that.

If it keeps up, I will have to find some system that will screen calls and challenge the caller before it will even ring through.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 247

>"So? I consider destruction of the two party system more important than voting for someone I dislike a little less."

While I agree with your sentiment, realistically, voting for a non-Republicrat will not damage the two-party system at all.

And don't get me wrong; many times I have voted for a non-Republicrat.... along with like 1 or 2% of other people, just out of protest. But I didn't fool myself into thinking it made ANY difference.... it just made me feel a little better.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 4, Informative) 247

>"As long as we have first-past-the-post, winner-take-all elections, it is one's rational self-interest to vote strategically against the party they least want to win, rather than for the party they most want to win"

This. +1

Our system makes it essentially IMPOSSIBLE for any non Republicrat to win in major elections. Until we change the voting system to something *SANE* that allows voters to RANK the candidates, we can't really change anything else. We end up voting AGAINST the major party we don't like instead of FOR the party we might want.

Imagine what would be possible if voters this year had the ability to RANK candidates from all the parties. People could rank some other party first with ZERO fear they are throwing their votes away. The outcome might be shocking.... especially if we knew we could do this a long time ago and drummed up more candidates.

http://fairvote.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Comment Go Samsung! (Score 2, Funny) 90

But, But, But.... according to this earlier today: https://apple.slashdot.org/sto...

the "iphone" is the most popular product of all time!!!! It is the best thing since sliced bread! It solved all the world's problems! It changed the world! Nothing else existed before it and everything about it was brand new and innovative! The article reads like distorted wet-dream fanclub marketing propaganda, completely ignoring reality and everything that lead up to it and happened after.

Anyway, go Samsung! Nice to have quality choices in a far less walled-in environment.

Comment Here are some suggestions (Score 1) 192

>"What you, Slashdot readers, think Netflix's next move will be? Or do you think the company will soon become just another name in its respective category?"

I don't know what it WILL do, but I know things it NEEDS to do.....

1) We are all sick of cable. Netflix needs to secure all programs they can with quality networks such as NatGeo, History, etc, and offer a micropayment plan- charge for what we want actually see. I would gladly pay $0.50/hr or more per hour of entertainment and have that money go to support what I like to watch. ZERO money from me going to ESPN, Golf channel, Goldfish channel, etc, etc.

2) They need a model to also allow downloads in a DVR-like mode. Things ready-to-watch with no sucking of prime-time bandwidth, and with smooth and instant trick play, whether there is an Internet connection at that time or not.

3) Lay off the gimmicks (4k, 3D, etc) and concentrate on content.

4) Searchable library from the website. It is stupid to try and hide what you have or don't have.

5) Never, ever try to introduce commercials or ANY forced content into your streaming or you will quickly alienate most of your customers in a way that could destroy your company very quickly.

Comment palm vien (Score 1) 93

>"Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it's fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn't change over time. "

Not really. It is a rather stupid biometric, especially when something exists that is far better in just about every way....

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can (and possibly iris scans). You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

But we also need to realize that IT IS NOT EVERYONE'S BUSINESS WHAT WE ALL DO, where we go, what we buy, who we talk with, WHO WE ARE. The first step in securing freedom is privacy and often means anonymity. When you are identified and tracked, you are losing your freedom, whether you realize it or not.

Comment Re:Everyone but North America (Score 1) 161

What is really needed is cable plans that allow selection of just the channels the person wants, or a Netflix that includes commercial-free programs from all the different channels and you can subscribe to what you want there, or have a micropayment system of paying for what you watch.

At that point the consumer gets what they want and companies are rewarded for what is actually being watched. It infuriates me that my money goes to companies like ESPN, BET, Discovery, etc when I have ZERO interest in their offerings.

But having a proprietary/unfriendly/unsupported separate streaming service for every content provider is no good solution. Who wants to pay 30 bills, try to find platform support for 30+ providers, or deal with all the different UI's for every "channel"? Yuck

Comment Re: Everyone but North America (Score 1) 161

TiVo supports video on demand, encrypted channels (cable card), and SDV (tuning adapters)- I don't think a "PC" can do that, certainly not SDV when last I checked. Plus, that price was for lifetime service and also extended warranty, and with a REALLY nice RF remote and UI. Actually not an unreasonable for how much I use and enjoy it.

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