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Comment Re:Cell Phone Jammers? (Score 1) 428

...Or you could just install a Faraday cage (or metallic paint) inside prisoner cells. I would think a 5 sided coating (plus coating on the bars) would eliminate most of the signal, depending on the direction of the cell tower. I don't know much about the effects of metallic paint on cell signal, but I would guess signal reflection would do more damage than absorption (if it works anything like 802.11 networks). In which case, 5 way reflection should be sufficient.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 640

I agree with this... except for the fact that this story came about when Keanu said he was on board for it. He's DEAD in the third film. I guess he can be digital only, but even the digital version of him blew up with all the other Smiths. I guess the 01 city backup tapes are pretty thorough...

Comment Re:I don't want physical copies anymore (Score 1) 361

You may be on to the root cause here. Disney has successfully marketed 50 year old movies for consistent new sales through this "vault" tactic. It makes sense, particularly if, quite frankly, your best intellectual property was created before we put a man on the moon.

This new DECE system would put a stop to that. At first I thought Disney may be trying to put themselves on the ethical side of the argument. Now I'm thinking they're just trying to protect their best interest. Either way, if their holding out on this, it's OK in my book, whatever their motivation.

Comment Re:Oh dear (Score 1, Informative) 413

There have been numerous interviews with Hawking and other scientists, mathematicians, physicists, etc. that reference "god" as an unknown quantity in the face of stupendous data. Not to be confused with a deity. Einstein also wrote about "god" in this same reference, and he was a very well known atheist.


Submission + - Tesla Motors to Unveil New Sedan Today at 3:30 ET (leftlanenews.com)

rudeboy1 writes: "Tesla Motors, makers of the all-electric $109,000 Tesla Roadster, will be annoucing a sub-$50,000 (after federal energy tax credits) sedan today live on streaming video. According to Left Lane News, who is carrying the streaming video, "No press material has been handed out in advance to any media outlets, and the teasers that have been released were carefully timed and controlled. If we didn't know better, we'd guess Steve Jobs was running the show at Tesla.""

Comment Re:This could be big (Score 1) 78

I wish I was a better student, and could make it through law school. I think I would love to practice the kind of law that you do. As it stands, I'm just an IT guy, and IT certifications are about as much structured schooling as I can make it through at one time. Ah, to stand up for the little guy. I salute you, sir.

Comment Re:DVR (Score 2, Insightful) 753

I agree with this. If it weren't for my DVR, I would never have even known the new season of Sarah Connor had started. That has less to do with my viewing habits, and more to do with a crappy job of promoting the show.

Fox is generally on my shit list for this. I might have been the only person to arrange my schedule around so I could watch Drive (Nathon Fillion. Come ON!). They went on a break, and never came back. I gave serious thought to catching a plane so I could put a brick through the window of Fox corporate office. Sarah Connor Chronicles is one of the few shows on network TV that I watch. Dollhouse is on the list because it's Joss Whedon, and it's something the girlfriend and I can sit and watch together. Outside of that, though, it's all cable stuff, mostly Discovery channel stuff (Dirty Jobs FTW. Mike Rowe is my own personal Jesus (pronouncing that with a silent J makes it funnier given the subject matter)).

My point is, Fox has a hold on my household watching habits, and if it continues to take otherwise good shows and cancel them (or screw them over to the point where they get cancelled), then I'm sure I'm not the only person who will stop allowing themselves to be jerked around, and move exclusively over to cable, where the show schedulers tend not to be complete idiots.

Comment Re:They used to get it. (Score 1) 685

As you seem to be fairly experienced in such matters, what would you suggest as an alternative client for Windows systems? My old IT job used to run McAfee as part of their standard image, and I hated dealing with it. Norton always seemed like the lesser of those two evils, but in the last few years, their interface has gotten ridiculously huge, and now is filed in my mind as bloatware.

On my home machine, I just built a dual quad-core Xeon (I do a lot of recording/post production on the side from the day job), so while resources are not much of a concern (still seeing a bit of a bottleneck under heavy loads from my SATA HDs, should have sprung for the SSD. :) ), I'd still like to find a streamlined client that will do AV/spyware, with the automatic updates I've grown accustomed to in Norton/McAfee products. Suggestions?


Submission + - Lars Ulrich of Metallica pirates his own album (torrentfreak.com)

rudeboy1 writes: "Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, and long time opponent of file sharing admitted to 'pirating' his own album, Death Magnetic last year. "I sat there myself and downloaded 'Death Magnetic' from the Internet just to try it," he said. "I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me." Is it too much to hope for that the RIAA catches wind of this and serves him with a lawsuit?"

Comment Re:A Strawman for the Symptom (Score 1) 723

Unless this place has a sniper with a tranq rifle sitting above the screen to take down self-absorbed jackasses talking during the movie, I don't think it will help. There's a nifty arts cinema that recently started playing about half mainstream stuff here in town. It's on the other side of town from me, but I'll go for the smaller theater size, better concession options (white chocolate popcorn FTW) and the ability to bring in drinks from the attached bar. However, that said, I still have a consistant track record of people kicking my seat, talking during the movie, or texting someone every 5 minutes, and holding the phone screen-out so I know when they have a text message before they do.

I just spent my tax rebate on about $2K worth of computer equipment, otherwise I'd be investing in home theater stuff. Which is more than likely what I'll be doing with my rebate next year. I have a nice shotgun room in my basement (about 10 feet by 30 feet) that will make for a perfect home theater. All I have to do is waterproof the basement (or water-resist, as I have been learning), throw up some drywall and carpet, and the rest is just the equipment I need to simulate a trip to the cinema. A nice projector and sound system, and my file server with all of the movies I might or might not have sits right on the other side of the wall. I think more people will be doing this in the future, as the combination of better/cheaper components mixes with the further proliferation of electronic compies of movies.

Comment Re:A Strawman for the Symptom (Score 5, Insightful) 723

I couldn't agree more. The last 3 movies I've seen in a theater were without exception ruined by either other movie-goers, or another factor like idiotic theater staff or sticky floors. I LOVE movies, but I'm almost to the point of swearing off going to the cinema.

I might or might not pirate movies from time to time, but if I did, the vast majority of them would be movies I've seen before, usually in the theater. While I wouldn't be paying for these hypothetical movies, it is a matter of convenient acquisition of movies, so that I can access them anytime I want and watch them at my convenience.

I DO pay for a Netflix subscription. Which, when combined with my XBox, allows me to access a lot of movies at almost the same convenience factor of the ones sitting on my hard drive. This is an example of turning someone who might or might not have pilfered the occasional torrented movie into someone paying a fair price for a fair shake. Netflix does include a measure of DRM, essentially making it impossible (that I am aware of) to copy the streamed moves to disc- or if you can, it would equate to copying a song off the radio-post stream and all that. However, Netflix applies this DRM without making me feel like a criminal for trying to access my content in a normal manner.

This is the ONLY example of a major media outlet actually taking advantage of new technologies to expand their offerings. But I think that has a large part to do with the fact that Netflix IS the new technology. I'm sure Blockbuster would love to claim the part of the victim of new technology of they had a foot to stand on. From what I hear, they are circling the drain these days as a direct result of Netflix' market share.

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