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Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 480

Agreed, it has been far too long for the refresh on the Pro models - and it's very hard to recommend them at their current price.

With that said, they might not be letting them die a slow death, but rather been unhappy with that particular generation of Intel mobile chips in a "Pro" model.

Comment Re:Raised bar will be bypassed (Score 1) 99

The watermarking will just be removed and life will go on.

Hint: "real time". Can you identify the watermark without comparing your stream to someone else's stream? Can you do that while streaming your copy to a pirate repeater? Can you do that before sending out the first unique marker that identifies your stream?

I mean, if you can, you are indeed l33t. If not, the banhammer, she swings for you.

Comment Re:It'd ne worth next to nothing now (Score 1) 66

probably because it was less about the money, and more about control over his company/baby/project

I guess I don't understand that.

The ONLY reason I work, is to earn enough $$ to fund my lifestyle I like when I'm not having to work.

If it were me and they offered me for something I started up, I'd sell it so fast your head would spin.

I'd much rather spend my time doing fun things that working or nurturing a company.

Comment Re: Supplier contracts. (Score 1) 43

Intel did try to license the tech. Qualcom refused.
It was touch and go inside Intel's mobile groups for quite a long time after it was clear that WiDi lost and LTE was the winner. Trying to engineer around the Qualcom patents is what likely lead to this.
Intel knows the performance is lacking.
That it works at all is better than where they were this time last year.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 480

To be fair, some of us like Macs because it's a super-easy way to get a smoothly operating unix laptop. The hardware is generally within +/- 10% of equivalent Windows gear - though that calculus got difficult for a while when Apple fell behind the Intel upgrade curve. I run Linux all day, every day, but it's in a VM, so at the end of the day I don't really care what the underlying OS is.

Comment Re:It'd ne worth next to nothing now (Score 2) 66 Z would have been $24 Billion richer then, vs $57 Billion now.

I don't get it...sure, that's about double the money, but at BILLIONS of dollars, what does that matter really?

I mean, geez...I'd have taken the $24B and live the rest of my life on easy street.....

I'm pretty sure I could somehow manage to stretch out $24B over the rest of my years on earth....[rolls eyes]

Comment Re:Typical Conservative Response (Score 1) 543

My base ideology is libertarian, so I'm all for individual freedoms. I honestly believe that, in the vast majority of cases, a system that emphasizes strong individual freedom and personal responsibility will leave humanity better off.

With that said, all ideologies eventually smack into reality, and none to date deal with it perfectly. One of these realities are germs. Disease does not respect the individual model and demands a coordinated approach. Absent a 100% safe and effective vaccine (which would be compatible with individualism), the only way to stomp out a communicable disease is to reduce the population with it to such a degree that it fizzles out.

As such, I feel that we can and should make allowances for individuals to act selfishly or in ignorance, but only up to the point where the vaccines are no longer effective in wiping out the diseases. At that point, you have to make the pragmatic decision to set your failed ideology to the side for the moment and solve the problem at hand.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 197

Besides, the Tivo has been made obsolete already with streamers.

Not really.

I'm using Tivo as part of my cord cutting set up.

I have the Tivo Roamio OTA (comes with lifetime guide service) to record my local OTA channels, and I also have Tivo Minis to stream that from the main tivo to the bedrooms and office televisions.

The Tivo also has streaming built in for Netflix and Amazon, Hulu, etc...and like another poster said, it is good at searching through all of them for show or key words you want to search for.

I will say that the Tivo's interface with the Netflix and amazon prime is a bit slower than my Amazon FireTV and Roku's Iv'e played with...but the search across all of those in addition to all my local channels via antenna is great.

I did add the Amazon FireTV units to each TV that I could use Playstation VUE, and for $35/mo I could get all the "cable channels" I would have missed, like all the ESPN channels during college football season, I get FX, FXX, TCM, IFC...all the news MSNBC, Fox News, CNN...etc.

But I find that this set up is really working well. I have the TIVO for searching and DVR for OTA and the VUE on Amazon FireTV which had DVR capability for all those shows I described above....

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 546

I take it you were opposed to Chick-Fil-A's stance on LGB issues?

The company didn't discriminate against anyone, employees or customers, but the owner expressed his view points.

No, I have no problem with anyone expressing their viewpoints on subjects like this. Everyone is free to embrace or oppose what till recently have been very prevalent thoughts and traditional values.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 543

Freedom of speech doesn't mean there isn't any repercussions from your speech.

There is a common misconception that just because you have free speech you can say what you want and your life should be unaffected from it. Sorry Speech is too powerful to be unaffected from such actions.
Freedom of Speech is primarily to insure the at Government will not imprison you just because of your beliefs and if you feel such systems are wrong you should be able to speak up against them, without having the government try to silence you.

This doesn't mean your job is safe or your career in general.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1, Informative) 543

Actually Nurses know what is going on much more than what doctors do. And often they are the smartest people in the room. Doctors worked hard for their title but not necessarily because of extreme intelligence. Just as long as you have average intelligence and the time and money to invest in med school you too can become a doctor. Most people who become Nurses (Many different levels) PA, NP etc... Do so because they rather be helping people, and not stuck in school.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 259

Possibly true, but better graphics and more horsepower does not automatically makes for better games. It is all about FUN, first and foremost. A bad game with great graphics and more particle effects is still a bad game.

Two of my favorite games are still Fallout 1 and 2. They play great on a 100 MHz Pentium. Add a patch to support wide-screen monitors, and the games are still every bit as fun today as it was 18 years ago. The graphics still look pretty good, and the story-telling and gameplay have not aged at all.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 4, Interesting) 259

I am actually less concerned about horsepower than I am with ownership. To me, current generation graphics are good enough. Would Mario be any more fun if you can see each and every pore and pimple on his face?

My last Nintendo console was a Wii, which suffered a mishap. I lost all of my purchased games because Nintendo tied downloadables to the console instead of the account. I honestly gave the Wii U a pass just because of this.

If I buy a Switch and some downloadable games for it, and it is destroyed, will I have to re-purchase all of those games, or can they be transferred to a new console easily? I really want the sane standards set by Steam. I am not a favor of DRM, but since some publishers insist on it, at least Steam does it in a manner that is least obtrusive.

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