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Comment Re:Let Me Tell You About Neilsen (Score 1) 163

I hear you. I agreed to let them monitor our activity but during the initial setup over the phone they started bemoaning about streaming video to my chromebook and trying to say that I can't play video files form my personal library over my network via kodi (vs streaming from the web), so I said forget about it. You'd have to be really hard up for money and not tech savvy at all to work inside their monitoring program successfully.

Comment Re:The denialists need to be dealt with somehow. (Score 1) 331

The problem is overpopulation not "denialists"

Say we stop making carbon dioxide for industrial and transportation needs (not going to happen but lets hypothesize). Sweet. Well, the global population is still going ~double over the next 50 years. By 2250 there will likely be over ~20 billion people on this planet. At that point human beings will have to stop breathing to keep CO^2 levels from rising. What will we do then?

There will be a time when humans start to die off due to overpopulation. Whether it's CO^2, pollution, starvation, etc. It's going to happen, and most likely the poor will be the ones that suffer. My children may even live long enough to see it start happening. Our generation could be the last one where we can spend everything we make in our lifetime, and not have to worry about the survival of our young because we didn't leave them a large endowment.

Comment He needs to work if he wants to make money (Score 1) 428

I don't see why musicians deserve any money if they aren't practicing their craft. When I write an automation script for my employer, I don't expect to get a check every time it gets run. I expect to go write new code, fix new problems, and get paid for working on that stuff. Likewise, an musician should get paid for practicing their craft and they should have to continue working if they want to continue to get paid. There is a thing called "live concerts" where this practice takes place, and the more people that appreciate your art via services like youtube, the more people that will come to your "live concerts" and pay you to work at your art.

All those royalties have gone to Reznor's head. Like Lars and the other RIAA nobles, now Trent thinks he is actual royalty and he is mad that the peasants aren't compelled to pay every tax he dreams up.

Comment News for Nerds? (Score 3, Insightful) 301

This is the kind of stuff that belongs on tmz. The saddest part (other than it making it to /.) is that a bunch of other renowned journalists praised the original article about trump's hairpiece.

"drawing praise from staffers at the Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic; and at least three winners of the Pulitzer Prize."

Ugh.

Comment Re:Recession is really a depression (Score 1) 607

Actually no. Your stats are bullshit. This is what commodities traders pay for beef stock
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/commodity/beef

The price of beef has tripled in the last 10 years. Better yet, just go to the grocery store and look at the prices. You can't find tri tip for less than $4.99 lb anymore. It was regularly $2.99 lb a couple years ago (which is supported in the link I provided).

Parent is absolutely correct. The official indices that gauge inflation keep changing what they count, resulting in bad statistics like the ones you linked. There is a big economic problem in this country and it is actively being swept under the rug.

Comment Re:Netflix in 4k (Score 1) 507

Last time I checked,, lossless 4K streaming with a modern codec (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC) requires ~720 Mbps of throughput. So yeah.. you aren't gonna see much real 4k streaming for a long time. In my experience, pretty much all the "1080p" or "hd" streams (youtube, netflix, prime, etc) and cable/satellite video services use compression that hurts PQ and are comparable to sub-720p lossless quality (otherwise they'd be sucking up ~12 Mbps of throughput). Put on a dark movie and watch for the macro blocking, it's definitely there and it definitely looks like shit.

Thanks to marketing types, the words "4k" and "1080p" don't actually mean anything when it comes to picture quality anymore. You have to say "lossless" first, and then watch all the non-engineers roll their eyes and act like you are being a pedantic asshole.

Comment We cancelled Uverse 2 weeks ago (Score 1) 180

It wasn't over the data cap thing (a host of other issues with their service and billing), but it was a nice coincidence. Also coincidentally, Time Warner Cable is bumping their top tier internet package from 50mbps to 300mbps in our neighborhood this month for the same price (which is cheaper than Uverse's top tier 60mbps service).

Comment Re:My favorite dirty Windows 10 trick (Score 0) 500

Don't knock it before you get used to it. Obivously there is the privacy intrusion etc, and I resisted for a while but now prefer windows 10 over windows 7. Probably my favorite upgrade is the way it handles remote desktop sessions (I do a lot of them for work), especially the window auto-scaling feature.

Comment Collateral Damage (Score 3, Insightful) 126

Like Stuxnet, any attack that the government launches has the potential to affect computers that are not owned by ISIS terrorists (or in Stuxnet's case, Iranian centrifuges).

The more success that Cyber Command has, the more comfortable they will be with with launching cyber bombs. At some point there will be significant collateral damage.

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