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JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the thank-kosh dept.

Sci-Fi 268

Via Engadget, comes a press release that might bring joy to fans of science fiction dismayed by years without any new scifi shows: "Continuing its quest to sate subscribers' appetites with a flow of original content, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Race fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season." Hopefully it'll end up available on DVD eventually, for us poor GNU/Linux users who are not worthy enough for Netflix (or: to any Netflix engineers reading, make it work).

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not a stupid long robo first post for the win (-1, Redundant)

jewens (993139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291443)

I hope.

Real topic: (0)

jewens (993139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291481)

When did Netflix become a production company? What's next, becoming an ISP?

Re:Real topic: (5, Insightful)

Michael Casavant (2876793) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291541)

You might want to read the news... [] House of Cards was the first series and is top notch. Amazon is doing the same thing (,2817,2417007,00.asp), as is Youtube ( and Hulu ( This is one of the most exciting trends in video entertainment today.

Re:Real topic: (1)

jewens (993139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292605)

Thx, I may be two years late to the news but I'll be interested to see if they can do better than the traditional sources of production.

Re:Real topic: (4, Funny)

gothzilla (676407) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292793)

Wait....did you just say you're interested to see if they can do better than Jersey Shore and Honey Boo Boo? Seriously?

Re:Real topic: (2)

jewens (993139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292959)

Well, I meant "do better than something I'd be prone to watch from the traditional producers of the televised media." I have no intention of comparing anything to either of those shows due to the fact my sense of integrity would require me to actually seek out and experience them first hand. -shudder-

Re:Real topic: (4, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292939)

I think the great thing about House of Cards is that it's the first TV Series I've seen that didn't have to go through all the censors or ratings boards whatsoever. I think this allows them to make it more true to life. There's swearing, drugs, violence, and even some brief nudity. Also, because it wasn't made for TV, each episode is exactly as long as it needs to be. It rarely seemed like they added content simply because they needed to make the episode longer.

Re:Real topic: (2)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292879)

House of cards is moderately good -- better than most TV fare -- but underplays the level of corruption in Washington. We haven't seen any depiction of entrenched values and religious fuckery, either, and those are part and parcel of Washington's current operations.

In the SF vein, news that would make me (and a lot of other people, I'm guessing) smile is someone pulling Firefly back together. IMHO, that show was the most consistently well done SF show ever. It had everything; it was quirky enough to be interesting just from a plot-assembly POV, it was often very funny, almost everyone had a great role (River's the exception, but it's pretty clear they were developing her slowly) and, oh, I don't know, a host of other things. A touch of genius, certainly. Perhaps several.

Re:Real topic: (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292893)

House of Cards was the first series

I thought Lillyhammer was the first series?

Re:Real topic: (2)

IndustrialG33k (1801670) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291611)

They have been trying to start producing their own content for a couple years now. It was mentioned in the article, but i am excited they are bringing back Arrested Development as part of that effort.

Re:Real topic: (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291961)

...i am excited they are bringing back Arrested Development...

Yes! Will the Bluths still be as hideous to each other after an 8 year hiatus? At least George Michael will look exactly the same.

Re:Real topic: (1)

SpzToid (869795) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292513)

No Kidding. That's certainly the same actor from Weird Science that played Gary Wallace. And Weird Science was released in 1985, swear to God. []

Re:Real topic: (2)

1u3hr (530656) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291935)

They financed "House of Cards", an adaptation of a UK political series, moved to Washington, starring Kevin Spacey recently. Pretty good. Also seem to have partnered with a Norwegian company to produce "Lilyhammer", about NY mafiosi, Steven Van Zandt, hiding out in Norway, which wasn't bad.

AMC was just doing what its name suggests, running old movies, until they started with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead. So this model can produce good stuff.

Re:Real topic: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292321)

When did Netflix become a production company? What's next, becoming an ISP?

It's interesting to note this shift. Netflix started out with distribution, but realised their biggest operating costs are content. Thus it makes sense to reduce the cost of content. They also get the added bonus from selling their content, and more satisfied subscribers. It is also a major differentiator to other content distributors.

It makes total sense. I am so impressed by netflix.

What's next? I would not be surprised if they realise that the cost of content is driven by cost of actors and script writers, and that they start developing their own stars and star writers. Becoming an ISP is not needed, as netflix will get paid to deliver content to ISPs networks, so it's a source of income to not be an ISP.

In the end netflix will become a Hollywood studio, but with a powerful worldwide distribution network.

Re:Real topic: (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292531)

In the end, Netflix, will compete with HBO and then be purchased by Disney after their contract runs out.

Re:not a stupid long robo first post for the win (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292517)

I hope.

I'm not sure... are you angry that there's a spam problem, or that it keeps beating you out for the first post?

Re:not a stupid long robo first post for the win (2)

jewens (993139) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292699)

The Spam problem has been somewhat annoying, and when I saw the opportunity to keep the bot from locking in the first spot I jumped on it. And then followed up with an on-topic reply to self to give the community a place to comment guaranteed to be above the bot. It appears to be working.

so 95% of the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291445)

so 95% of the world won't be able to see it...
(america's isolationism at it's prime right here)

Re:so 95% of the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291693)

so 95% of the world won't be able to see it...

95% of the world probably wouldn't like it anyway- It's plot involves some fat, bearded guy in a dress being hunted endlessly by an increasingly meaningless series of sequels.

Not to worry. (1)

westlake (615356) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291779)

so 95% of the world won't be able to see it...

I'd say the chances are quite good that production will be co-financed through partnerships with other networks and services.

Re:so 95% of the world (3, Funny)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291979)

First our hands are in every pocket, now we're isolationists. Fuck you.

Learn the TRUTH... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291449)

Mainly in efficiency - it runs in Ring 0/RPL 0/PnP Kernelmode (on Windows), as merely a filter for the IP stack (no overheads of more driver layers OR browser level slower less efficient addons):

21++ ADVANTAGES OF CUSTOM HOSTS FILES (how/what/when/where/why):

Over AdBlock & DNS Servers ALONE 4 Security, Speed, Reliability, & Anonymity (to an extent vs. DNSBL's + DNS request logs).

1.) HOSTS files are useable for all these purposes because they are present on all Operating Systems that have a BSD based IP stack (even ANDROID) and do adblocking for ANY webbrowser, email program, etc. (any webbound program). A truly "multi-platform" UNIVERSAL solution for added speed, security, reliability, & even anonymity to an extent (vs. DNS request logs + DNSBL's you feel are unjust hosts get you past/around).

2.) Adblock blocks ads? Well, not anymore & certainly not as well by default, apparently, lol - see below:

Adblock Plus To Offer 'Acceptable Ads' Option [] )

AND, in only browsers & their subprogram families (ala email like Thunderbird for FireFox/Mozilla products (use same gecko & xulrunner engines)), but not all, or, all independent email clients, like Outlook, Outlook Express, OR Window "LIVE" mail (for example(s)) - there's many more like EUDORA & others I've used over time that AdBlock just DOES NOT COVER... period.

Disclaimer: Opera now also has an AdBlock addon (now that Opera has addons above widgets), but I am not certain the same people make it as they do for FF or Chrome etc..

3.) Adblock doesn't protect email programs external to FF (non-mozilla/gecko engine based) family based wares, So AdBlock doesn't protect email programs like Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows "LIVE" mail & others like them (EUDORA etc./et al), Hosts files do. THIS IS GOOD VS. SPAM MAIL or MAILS THAT BEAR MALICIOUS SCRIPT, or, THAT POINT TO MALICIOUS SCRIPT VIA URLS etc.

4.) Adblock won't get you to your favorite sites if a DNS server goes down or is DNS-poisoned, hosts will (this leads to points 5-7 next below).

5.) Adblock doesn't allow you to hardcode in your favorite websites into it so you don't make DNS server calls and so you can avoid tracking by DNS request logs, OR make you reach them faster since you resolve host-domain names LOCALLY w/ hosts out of cached memory, hosts do ALL of those things (DNS servers are also being abused by the Chinese lately and by the Kaminsky flaw -> [] for years now). Hosts protect against those problems via hardcodes of your fav sites (you should verify against the TLD that does nothing but cache IPAddress-to-domainname/hostname resolutions ( via NSLOOKUP, PINGS (ping -a in Windows), &/or WHOIS though, regularly, so you have the correct IP & it's current)).

* NOW - Some folks MAY think that putting an IP address alone into your browser's address bar will be enough, so why bother with HOSTS, right? WRONG - Putting IP address in your browser won't always work IS WHY. Some IP adresses host several domains & need the site name to give you the right page you're after is why. So for some sites only the HOSTS file option will work!

6.) Hosts files don't eat up CPU cycles (or ELECTRICITY) like AdBlock does while it parses a webpages' content, nor as much as a DNS server does while it runs. HOSTS file are merely a FILTER for the kernel mode/PnP TCP/IP subsystem, which runs FAR FASTER & MORE EFFICIENTLY than any ring 3/rpl3/usermode app can since hosts files run in MORE EFFICIENT & FASTER Ring 0/RPL 0/Kernelmode operations acting merely as a filter for the IP stack (via the "Plug-N-Play" designed IP stack in Windows) vs. SLOWER & LESS EFFICIENT Ring 3/RPL 3/Usermode operations (which webbrowsers run in + their addons like AdBlock slow down even MORESO due to their parsing operations).

7.) HOSTS files will allow you to get to sites you like, via hardcoding your favs into a HOSTS file, FAR faster than remote DNS servers can by FAR (by saving the roundtrip inquiry time to a DNS server, typically 30-100's of ms, vs. 7-10ms HardDisk speed of access/seek + SSD seek in ns, & back to you - hosts resolutions of IP address for host-domain names is FAR faster...). Hosts are only a filter for an already fast & efficient IP stack, no more layered b.s. (remote OR local). Hosts eat less CPU, RAM, I/O in other forms, + electricity than a locally running DNS server easily, and less than a local DNS program on a single PC. Fact. Hosts are easier to setup & maintain too.

8.) AdBlock doesn't let you block out known bad sites or servers that are known to be maliciously scripted, hosts can and many reputable lists for this exist:

Spybot "Search & Destroy" IMMUNIZE feature (fortifies HOSTS files with KNOWN bad servers blocked)

And yes: Even SLASHDOT &/or The Register help!

(Via articles on security (when the source articles they use are "detailed" that is, & list the servers/sites involved in attempting to bushwhack others online that is... not ALL do!)).

2 examples thereof in the past I have used, & noted it there, are/were: [] []

9.) AdBlock & DNS servers are programs, and subject to bugs programs can get. Hosts files are merely a filter and not a program, thus not subject to bugs of the nature just discussed.

10.) HOSTS files protect you vs. DNS-poisoning &/or the Kaminsky flaw in DNS servers, and allow you to get to sites reliably vs. things like the Chinese are doing to DNS -> []

11.) HOSTS files are EASILY user controlled, obtained (for reliable ones -> [] ) & edited too, via texteditors like Windows notepad.exe or Linux nano (etc.)

12.) With Adblock you had better be able to code javascript to play with its code (to customize it better than the GUI front does @ least). With hosts you don't even need source to control it (edit, update, delete, insert of new entries via a text editor).

13.) Hosts files are easily secured via using MAC/ACL (even moreso "automagically" for Vista, 7/Server 2008 + beyond by UAC by default) &/or Read-Only attributes applied.

14.) Custom HOSTS files also speed you up, unlike anonymous proxy servers systems variations (like TOR, or other "highly anonymous" proxy server list servers typically do, in the severe speed hit they often have a cost in) either via "hardcoding" your fav. sites into your hosts file (avoids DNS servers, totally) OR blocking out adbanners - see this below for evidence of that:


US Military Blocks Websites To Free Up Bandwidth: []

(Yes, even the US Military used this type of technique... because IT WORKS! Most of what they blocked? Ad banners ala doubleclick etc.)


Adbanners slow you down & consume your bandwidth YOU pay for:



And people do NOT LIKE ads on the web:



As well as this:

Users Know Advertisers Watch Them, and Hate It: []


Even WORSE still, is this:

Advertising Network Caught History Stealing: []


15.) HOSTS files usage lets you avoid being charged on some ISP/BSP's (OR phone providers) "pay as you use" policy [] , because you are using less bandwidth (& go faster doing so no less) by NOT hauling in adbanner content and processing it (which can lead to infestation by malware/malicious script, in & of itself -> [] ).

16.) If/when ISP/BSP's decide to go to -> FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans: [] your internet bill will go DOWN if you use a HOSTS file for blocking adbanners as well as maliciously scripted hacker/cracker malware maker sites too (after all - it's your money & time online downloading adbanner content & processing it)

Plus, your adbanner content? Well, it may also be hijacked with malicious code too mind you:


Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing display toxic ads: []


Malware torrent delivered over Google, Yahoo! ad services: []


Google's DoubleClick spreads malicious ads (again): []


Rogue ads infiltrate Expedia and Rhapsody: []


Google sponsored links caught punting malware: []


DoubleClick caught supplying malware-tainted ads: []


Yahoo feeds Trojan-laced ads to MySpace and PhotoBucket users: []


Real Media attacks real people via RealPlayer: []


Ad networks owned by Google, Microsoft serve malware: []


Attacks Targeting Classified Ad Sites Surge: []


Hackers Respond To Help Wanted Ads With Malware: []


Hackers Use Banner Ads on Major Sites to Hijack Your PC: []


Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills: []


Major ISPs Injecting Ads, Vulnerabilities Into Web: []


Two Major Ad Networks Found Serving Malware: []












London Stock Exchange Web Site Serving Malware: []


Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads: []


As my list "multiple evidences thereof" as to adbanners & viruses + the fact they slow you down & cost you more (from reputable & reliable sources no less)).

17.) Per point #16, a way to save some money: ANDROID phones can also use the HOSTS FILE TO KEEP DOWN BILLABLE TIME ONLINE, vs. adbanners or malware such as this:


Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills: []


AND, for protection vs. other "botnets" migrating from the PC world, to "smartphones" such as ZITMO (a ZEUS botnet variant): []


It's easily done too, via the ADB dev. tool, & mounting ANDROID OS' system mountpoint for system/etc as READ + WRITE/ADMIN-ROOT PERMISSIONS, then copying your new custom HOSTS over the old one using ADB PULL/ADB PUSH to do so (otherwise ANDROID complains of "this file cannot be overwritten on production models of this Operating System", or something very along those lines - this way gets you around that annoyance along with you possibly having to clear some space there yourself if you packed it with things!).

18.) Bad news: ADBLOCK CAN BE DETECTED FOR: See here on that note -> []

HOSTS files are NOT THAT EASILY "webbug" BLOCKABLE by websites, as was tried on users by ARSTECHNICA (and it worked on AdBlock in that manner), to that websites' users' dismay:



An experiment gone wrong - By Ken Fisher | Last updated March 6, 2010 11:11 AM []

"Starting late Friday afternoon we conducted a 12 hour experiment to see if it would be possible to simply make content disappear for visitors who were using a very popular ad blocking tool. Technologically, it was a success in that it worked. Ad blockers, and only ad blockers, couldn't see our content."


"Our experiment is over, and we're glad we did it because it led to us learning that we needed to communicate our point of view every once in a while. Sure, some people told us we deserved to die in a fire. But that's the Internet!"

Thus, as you can see? Well - THAT all "went over like a lead balloon" with their users in other words, because Arstechnica was forced to change it back to the old way where ADBLOCK still could work to do its job (REDDIT however, has not, for example). However/Again - this is proof that HOSTS files can still do the job, blocking potentially malscripted ads (or ads in general because they slow you down) vs. adblockers like ADBLOCK!


19.) Even WIKILEAKS "favors" blacklists (because they work, and HOSTS can be a blacklist vs. known BAD sites/servers/domain-host names):



"we are in favour of 'Blacklists', be it for mail servers or websites, they have to be compiled with care... Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like (which protects the Firefox browser)...


20.) AND, LASTLY? SINCE MALWARE GENERALLY HAS TO OPERATE ON WHAT YOU YOURSELF CAN DO (running as limited class/least privlege user, hopefully, OR even as ADMIN/ROOT/SUPERUSER)? HOSTS "LOCK IN" malware too, vs. communicating "back to mama" for orders (provided they have name servers + C&C botnet servers listed in them, blocked off in your HOSTS that is) - you might think they use a hardcoded IP, which IS possible, but generally they do not & RECYCLE domain/host names they own (such as has been seen with the RBN (Russian Business Network) lately though it was considered "dead", other malwares are using its domains/hostnames now, & this? This stops that cold, too - Bonus!)...

21.) Custom HOSTS files gain users back more "screen real estate" by blocking out banner ads... it's great on PC's for speed along with MORE of what I want to see/read (not ads), & efficiency too, but EVEN BETTER ON SMARTPHONES - by far. It matters MOST there imo @ least, in regards to extra screen real-estate.

Still - It's a GOOD idea to layer in the usage of BOTH browser addons for security like adblock ( [] ), IE 9's new TPL's ( [] ), &/or NoScript ( [] especially this one, as it covers what HOSTS files can't in javascript which is the main deliverer of MOST attacks online & SECUNIA.COM can verify this for anyone really by looking @ the past few years of attacks nowadays), for the concept of "layered security"....

It's just that HOSTS files offer you a LOT MORE gains than Adblock ( [] ) does alone (as hosts do things adblock just plain cannot & on more programs, for more speed, security, and "stealth" to a degree even), and it corrects problems in DNS (as shown above via hardcodes of your favorite sites into your HOSTS file, and more (such as avoiding DNS request logs)).

ALSO - Some more notes on DNS servers & their problems, very recent + ongoing ones:


DNS flaw reanimates slain evil sites as ghost domains: []


BIND vs. what the Chinese are doing to DNS lately? See here: []



(Yes, even "security pros" are helpless vs. DNS problems in code bugs OR redirect DNS poisoning issues, & they can only try to "set the DNS record straight" & then, they still have to wait for corrected DNS info. to propogate across all subordinate DNS servers too - lagtime in which folks DO get "abused" in mind you!)


DNS vs. the "Kaminsky DNS flaw", here (and even MORE problems in DNS than just that): []

(Seems others are saying that some NEW "Bind9 flaw" is worse than the Kaminsky flaw ALONE, up there, mind you... probably corrected (hopefully), but it shows yet again, DNS hassles (DNS redirect/DNS poisoning) being exploited!)


Moxie Marlinspike's found others (0 hack) as well...

Nope... "layered security" truly IS the "way to go" - hacker/cracker types know it, & they do NOT want the rest of us knowing it too!...

(So until DNSSEC takes "widespread adoption"? HOSTS are your answer vs. such types of attack, because the 1st thing your system refers to, by default, IS your HOSTS file (over say, DNS server usage). There are decent DNS servers though, such as OpenDNS, ScrubIT, or even NORTON DNS (more on each specifically below), & because I cannot "cache the entire internet" in a HOSTS file? I opt to use those, because I have to (& OpenDNS has been noted to "fix immediately", per the Kaminsky flaw, in fact... just as a sort of reference to how WELL they are maintained really!)


DNS Hijacks Now Being Used to Serve Black Hole Exploit Kit: []


DNS experts admit some of the underlying foundations of the DNS protocol are inherently weak: []


Potential 0-Day Vulnerability For BIND 9: []


Five DNS Threats You Should Protect Against: []


DNS provider decked by DDoS dastards: []


Ten Percent of DNS Servers Still Vulnerable: (so much for "conscientious patching", eh? Many DNS providers weren't patching when they had to!) []




TimeWarner DNS Hijacking: []


DNS Re-Binding Attacks: []


DNS Server Survey Reveals Mixed Security Picture: []


Halvar figured out super-secret DNS vulnerability: []


BIND Still Susceptible To DNS Cache Poisoning: []


DNS Poisoning Hits One of China's Biggest ISPs: []


DDoS Attacks Via DNS Recursion: []


High Severity BIND DNS Vulnerability Advisory Issued: []


Photobucketâ(TM)s DNS records hijacked: []


Protecting Browsers from DNS Rebinding Attacks: []


DNS Problem Linked To DDoS Attacks Gets Worse: []


HOWEVER - Some DNS servers are "really good stuff" vs. phishing, known bad sites/servers/hosts-domains that serve up malware-in-general & malicious scripting, botnet C&C servers, & more, such as:

Norton DNS -> []
  ScrubIT DNS -> []
  OpenDNS -> []

(Norton DNS in particular, is exclusively for blocking out malware, for those of you that are security-conscious. ScrubIT filters pr0n material too, but does the same, & OpenDNS does phishing protection. Each page lists how & why they work, & why they do so. Norton DNS can even show you its exceptions lists, plus user reviews & removal procedures requests, AND growth stats (every 1/2 hour or so) here -> [] so, that ought to "take care of the naysayers" on removal requests, &/or methods used plus updates frequency etc./et al...)

HOWEVER - There's ONLY 1 WEAKNESS TO ANY network defense, including HOSTS files (vs. host-domain name based threats) & firewalls (hardware router type OR software type, vs. IP address based threats): Human beings, & they not being 'disciplined' about the indiscriminate usage of javascript (the main "harbinger of doom" out there today online), OR, what they download for example... & there is NOTHING I can do about that! (Per Dr. Manhattan of "The Watchmen", ala -> "I can change almost anything, but I can't change human nature")

HOWEVER AGAIN - That's where NORTON DNS, OpenDNS, &/or ScrubIT DNS help!

(Especially for noob/grandma level users who are unaware of how to secure themselves in fact, per a guide like mine noted above that uses "layered-security" principles!)

ScrubIT DNS, &/or OpenDNS are others alongside Norton DNS (adding on phishing protection too) as well!

( & it's possible to use ALL THREE in your hardware NAT routers, and, in your Local Area Connection DNS properties in Windows, for again, "Layered Security" too)...




"Ever since I've installed a host file ( to redirect advertisers to my loopback, I haven't had any malware, spyware, or adware issues. I first started using the host file 5 years ago." - by TestedDoughnut (1324447) on Monday December 13, @12:18AM (#34532122)

"I use a custom /etc/hosts to block ads... my file gets parsed basically instantly ... So basically, for any modern computer, it has zero visible impact. And even if it took, say, a second to parse, that would be more than offset by the MANY seconds saved by not downloading and rendering ads. I have noticed NO ill effects from running a custom /etc/hosts file for the last several years. And as a matter of fact I DO run http servers on my computers and I've never had an /etc/hosts-related problem... it FUCKING WORKS and makes my life better overall." - by sootman (158191) on Monday July 13 2009, @11:47AM (#28677363) Homepage Journal

"I actually went and downloaded a 16k line hosts file and started using that after seeing that post, you know just for trying it out. some sites load up faster." - by gl4ss (559668) on Thursday November 17, @11:20AM (#38086752) Homepage Journal

"Better than an ad blocker, imo. Hosts file entries: [] " - by TempestRose (1187397) on Tuesday March 15, @12:53PM (#35493274)

"^^ One of the many reasons why I like the user-friendliness of the /etc/hosts file." - by lennier1 (264730) on Saturday March 05, @09:26PM (#35393448)

"They've been on my HOSTS block for years" - by ScottCooperDotNet (929575) on Thursday August 05 2010, @01:52AM (#33147212)

"I'm currently only using my hosts file to block pheedo ads from showing up in my RSS feeds and causing them to take forever to load. Regardless of its original intent, it's still a valid tool, when used judiciously." - by Bill Dog (726542) on Monday April 25, @02:16AM (#35927050) Homepage Journal

"you're right about hosts files" - by drinkypoo (153816) on Thursday May 26, @01:21PM (#36252958) Homepage

"APK's monolithic hosts file is looking pretty good at the moment." - by Culture20 (968837) on Thursday November 17, @10:08AM (#38085666)

"I also use the MVPS ad blocking hosts file." - by Rick17JJ (744063) on Wednesday January 19, @03:04PM (#34931482)

"I use ad-Block and a hostfile" - by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Tuesday March 01, @10:11AM (#35346902)

"I do use Hosts, for a couple fake domains I use." - by icebraining (1313345) on Saturday December 11, @09:34AM (#34523012) Homepage

"It's a good write up on something everybody should use, why you were modded down is beyond me. Using a HOSTS file, ADblock is of no concern and they can do what they want." - by Trax3001BBS (2368736) on Monday December 12, @10:07PM (#38351398) Homepage Journal

"I want my surfing speed back so I block EVERY fucking ad. i.e. [] and [] FTW" - by UnknownSoldier (67820) on Tuesday December 13, @12:04PM (#38356782)

"Let me introduce you to the file: /etc/hosts" - by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Monday December 19, @05:03PM (#38427432)

"I use a hosts file" - by EdIII (1114411) on Tuesday December 13, @01:17PM (#38357816)

"I'm tempted to go for a hacked hosts file that simply resolves most advert sites to" - by bLanark (123342) on Tuesday December 13, @01:13PM (#38357760)

"this is not a troll, which hosts file source you recommend nowadays? it's a really handy method for speeding up web and it works." - by gl4ss (559668) on Thursday March 22, @08:07PM (#39446525) Homepage Journal

"A hosts file certainly does not require "a lot of work" to maintain, and it quite effectively kills a LOT of advertising and tracking schemes. . In fact, I never would have considered trying to use it for ddefending against viruses or malware." - by RocketRabbit (830691) on Thursday December 30 2010, @05:48PM (#34715060)


Then, there is also the words of respected security expert, Mr. Oliver Day, from SECURITYFOCUS.COM to "top that all off" as well:


Some "PERTINENT QUOTES/EXCERPTS" to back up my points with (for starters):


"The host file on my day-to-day laptop is now over 16,000 lines long. Accessing the Internet -- particularly browsing the Web -- is actually faster now."

Speed, and security, is the gain... others like Mr. Day note it as well!


"From what I have seen in my research, major efforts to share lists of unwanted hosts began gaining serious momentum earlier this decade. The most popular appear to have started as a means to block advertising and as a way to avoid being tracked by sites that use cookies to gather data on the user across Web properties. More recently, projects like Spybot Search and Destroy offer lists of known malicious servers to add a layer of defense against trojans and other forms of malware."

Per my points exactly, no less... & guess who was posting about HOSTS files a 14++ yrs. or more back & Mr. Day was reading & now using? Yours truly (& this is one of the later ones, from 2001 [] (but the example HOSTS file with my initials in it is FAR older, circa 1998 or so) or thereabouts, and referred to later by a pal of mine who moderates (where I posted on HOSTS for YEARS (1997 onwards)) -> [] !


"Shared host files could be beneficial for other groups as well. Human rights groups have sought after block resistant technologies for quite some time. The GoDaddy debacle with NMap creator Fyodor (corrected) showed a particularly vicious blocking mechanism using DNS registrars. Once a registrar pulls a website from its records, the world ceases to have an effective way to find it. Shared host files could provide a DNS-proof method of reaching sites, not to mention removing an additional vector of detection if anyone were trying to monitor the use of subversive sites. One of the known weaknesses of the Tor system, for example, is direct DNS requests by applications not configured to route such requests through Tor's network."

There you go: AND, it also works vs. the "KAMINSKY DNS FLAW" & DNS poisoning/redirect attacks, for redirectable weaknesses in DNS servers (non DNSSEC type, & set into recursive mode especially) and also in the TOR system as well (that lends itself to anonymous proxy usage weaknesses I noted above also) and, you'll get to sites you want to, even IF a DNS registrar drops said websites from its tables as shown here Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS -> [] & even DNSBL also (DNS Block Lists) -> [] as well - DOUBLE-BONUS!


* POSTS ABOUT HOSTS FILES I DID on "/." THAT HAVE DONE WELL BY OTHERS & WERE RATED HIGHLY, 26++ THUSFAR (from +3 -> +1 RATINGS, usually "informative" or "interesting" etc./et al):

  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  APK 20++ POINTS ON HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2010 (w/ facebook known bad sites blocked) -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP CAN DO SAME AS THE "CloudFlare" Server-Side service:2011 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2011 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP & OPERA HAUTE SECURE:2011 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> [] IN HOSTS:2009 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> [] in HOSTS:2009 -> []
  HOSTS MOD UP:2009 -> [] (still says INSIGHTFUL)
  HOSTS MOD UP vs. botnet: 2012 -> []


Windows 7, VISTA, & Server 2008 have a couple of "issues" I don't like in them, & you may not either, depending on your point of view (mine's based solely on efficiency & security), & if my take on these issues aren't "good enough"? I suggest reading what ROOTKIT.COM says, link URL is in my "p.s." @ the bottom of this post:

1.) HOSTS files being unable to use "0" for a blocking IP address - this started in 12/09/2008 after an "MS Patch Tuesday" in fact for VISTA (when it had NO problem using it before that, as Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 still can)... & yes, this continues in its descendants, Windows Server 2008 &/or Windows 7 as well.

So, why is this a "problem" you might ask?

Ok - since you can technically use either:

a.) (the "loopback adapter address")
b.) (next smallest & next most efficient)
c.) The smallest & fastest plain-jane 0


You can use ANY of those, in order to block out known bad sites &/or adbanners in a HOSTS file this way??

Microsoft has "promoted bloat" in doing so... no questions asked.

Simply because

1.) = 9 bytes in size on disk & is the largest/slowest
2.) = 7 bytes & is the next largest/slowest in size on disk
3.) 0 = 1 byte

(& HOSTS files extend across EVERY webbrowser, email program, or in general every webbound program you use & thus HOSTS are "global" in coverage this way AND function on any OS that uses the BSD derived IP stack (which most all do mind you, even MS is based off of it, as BSD's IS truly, "the best in the business"), & when coupled with say, IE restricted zones, FireFox addons like NoScript &/or AdBlock, or Opera filter.ini/urlfilter.ini, for layered security in this capacity for webbrowsers & SOME email programs (here, I mean ones "built into" browsers themselves like Opera has for example))

MS has literally promoted bloat in this file, making it load slower from disk, into memory! This compounds itself, the more entries your HOSTS file contains... & for instance? Mine currently contains nearly 654,000 entries of known bad adbanners, bad websites, &/or bad nameservers (used for controlling botnets, misdirecting net requests, etc. et al).

Now, IF I were to use My "huge" HOSTS file would be approximately 27mb in size... using (next smallest) it would be 19mb in size - HOWEVER? Using 0 as my blocking IP, it is only 14mb in size. See my point?

(For loads either in the local DNS cache, or system diskcache if you run w/out the local DNS client service running, this gets slower the larger each HOSTS file entry is (which you have to stall the DNS client service in Windows for larger ones, especially if you use a "giant HOSTS file" (purely relative term, but once it goes over (iirc) 4mb in size, you have to cut the local DNS cache client service)))

NO questions asked - the physics of it backed me up in theory alone, but when I was questioned on it for PROOF thereof?

I wrote a small test program to load such a list into a "pascal record" (which is analagous to a C/C++ structure), which is EXACTLY what the DNS client/DNS API does as well, using a C/C++ structure (basically an array of sorts really, & a structure/record is a precursor part to a full-blown CLASS or OBJECT, minus the functions built in, this is for treating numerous variables as a SINGLE VARIABLE (for efficiency, which FORTRAN as a single example, lacks as a feature, @ least Fortran 77 did, but other languages do not))!

I even wrote another that just loaded my HOSTS file's entirety into a listbox, same results... slowest using, next slowest using, & fastest using 0.

And, sure: Some MORE "goes on" during DNS API loads (iirc, removal of duplicated entries (which I made sure my personal copy does not have these via a program I wrote to purge it of duplicated entries + to sort each entry alphabetically for easier mgt. via say, notepad.exe) & a conversion from decimal values to hex ones), but, nevertheless? My point here "holds true", of slower value loads, record-by-record, from a HOSTS file, when the entries become larger.

So, to "prove my point" to my naysayers?

I timed it using the Win32 API calls "GetTickCount" & then again, using the API calls of "QueryPerformanceCounter" as well, seeing the SAME results (a slowdown when reading in this file from disk, especially when using the larger or line item entries in a HOSTS file, vs. the smaller/faster/more efficient 0).

In my test, I saw a decline in speed/efficiency in my test doing so by using larger blocking addresses ( &/or, vs. the smallest/fastest in 0)... proving me correct on this note!

On this HOSTS issue, and the WFP design issue in my next post below?

I also then questioned MS' own staff, even their VP of development (S. Sinofsky) on this here -> [] & other places in their blogs, to get them to tell me WHY this seemingly intentional inefficiency was implemented... & I have YET to get a solid LOGICAL answer on this as to why it was done - THUS, @ this point?

I am convinced they (MS) do NOT have a good reason for doing this... because of their lack of response there on this note. Unless it has something to do with IPv6 (most folks use IPv4 still), I cannot understand WHY this design mistake imo, has occurred, in HOSTS files...


2.) The "Windows Filtering Platform", which is now how the firewall works in VISTA, Server 2008, & Windows 7...

Sure it works in this new single point method & it is simple to manage & "sync" all points of it, making it easier for network techs/admins to manage than the older 3 part method, but that very thing works against it as well, because it is only a single part system now!

Thus, however?

This "single layer design" in WFP, now represents a SINGLE POINT OF FAILURE/ATTACK for malware makers to 'take down'!

(Which is 1 of the 1st things a malware attempts to do, is to take down any software firewalls present, or even the "Windows Security Center" itself which should warn you of the firewall "going down", & it's fairly easy to do either by messaging the services they use, or messing up their registry init. settings)

VS. the older (up to) 3 part method used in Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003, for protecting a system via IP Filtering, the Windows native Firewall, &/or IPSEC. Each of which uses diff. drivers, & layers of the IP stack to function from, as well as registry initialization settings.

Think of the older 3 part design much the same as the reason why folks use door handle locks, deadbolt locks, & chain locks on their doors... multipart layered security.

(Each of which the latter older method used, had 3 separate drivers & registry settings to do their jobs, representing a "phalanx like"/"zone defense like" system of backup of one another (like you see in sports OR ancient wars, and trust me, it WORKS, because on either side of yourself, you have "backup", even if YOU "go down" vs. the opponent)).

I.E.-> Take 1 of the "older method's" 3 part defenses down? 2 others STILL stand in the way, & they are not that simple to take them ALL down...

(Well, @ least NOT as easily as "taking out" a single part defensive system like WFP (the new "Windows Filtering Platform", which powers the VISTA, Windows Server 2008, & yes, Windows 7 firewall defense system)).

On this "single-part/single-point of attack" WFP (vs. Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003's IP stack defense design in 3-part/zone defense/phalanx type arrangement) as well as the HOSTS issue in my post above?

I also then questioned MS' own staff, even their VP of development (S. Sinofsky) on this here -> [] & other places in their blogs, to get them to tell me WHY this seemingly intentional inefficiency was implemented... & I have YET to get a solid LOGICAL answer on this as to why it was done - THUS, @ this point?

I'll stick to my thoughts on it, until I am shown otherwise & proven wrong.


Following up on what I wrote up above, so those here reading have actual technical references from Microsoft themselves ("The horses' mouth"), in regards to the Firewall/PortFilter/IPSec designs (not HOSTS files, that I am SURE I am correct about, no questions asked) from my "Point #2" above?

Thus, I'll now note how:


1.) TCP/IP packet processing paths differences between in how Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 did it (IPSEC.SYS (IP Security Policies), IPNAT.SYS (Windows Firewall), IPFLTDRV.SYS (Port Filtering), & TCPIP.SYS (base IP driver))...

2.) AND, how VISTA/Server 2008/Windows 7 do it now currently, using a SINGLE layer (WFP)...


First off, here is HOW it worked in Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 - using 3 discrete & different drivers AND LEVELS/LAYERS of the packet processing path they worked in: []

The Cable Guy - June 2005: TCP/IP Packet Processing Paths


The following components process IP packets:

IP forwarding Determines the next-hop interface and address for packets being sent or forwarded.

TCP/IP filtering Allows you to specify by IP protocol, TCP port, or UDP port, the types of traffic that are acceptable for incoming local host traffic (packets destined for the host). You can configure TCP/IP filtering on the Options tab from the advanced properties of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) component in the Network Connections folder.

* "Here endeth the lesson..." and, if you REALLY want to secure your system? Please refer to this: []

APK [mailto]

P.S.=> SOME MINOR "CAVEATS/CATCH-22's" - things to be aware of for "layered security" + HOSTS file performance - easily overcome, or not a problem at all:

A.) HOSTS files don't function under PROXY SERVERS (except for Proximitron, which has a filter that allows it) - Which is *the "WHY"* of why I state in my "P.S." section below to use both AdBlock type browser addon methods (or even built-in block lists browsers have such as Opera's URLFILTER.INI file, & FireFox has such as list as does IE also in the form of TPL (tracking protection lists -> [] , good stuff )) in combination with HOSTS, for the best in "layered security" (alongside .pac files + custom cascading style sheets that can filter off various tags such as scripts or ads etc.) - but proxies, especially "HIGHLY ANONYMOUS" types, generally slow you down to a CRAWL online (& personally, I cannot see using proxies "for the good" typically - as they allow "truly anonymous posting" & have bugs (such as TOR has been shown to have & be "bypassable/traceable" via its "onion routing" methods)).

B.) HOSTS files do NOT protect you vs. javascript (this only holds true IF you don't already have a bad site blocked out in your HOSTS file though, & the list of sites where you can obtain such lists to add to your HOSTS are above (& updated daily in many of them)).

C.) HOSTS files (relatively "largish ones") require you to turn off Windows' native "DNS local client cache service" (which has a problem in that it's designed with a non-redimensionable/resizeable list, array, or queue (DNS data loads into a C/C++ structure actually/afaik, which IS a form of array)) - covers that in detail and how to easily do this in Windows (this is NOT a problem in Linux, & it's 1 thing I will give Linux over Windows, hands-down). Relatively "smallish" HOSTS files don't have this problem ( offers 2 types for this).

D.) HOSTS files, once read/loaded, once? GET CACHED! Right into the kernelmode diskcaching subsystem (fast & efficient RAM speed), for speed of access/re-access (@ system startup in older MS OS' like 2000, or, upon a users' 1st request that's "Webbound" via say, a webbrowser) gets read into either the DNS local caching client service (noted above), OR, if that's turned off? Into your local diskcache (like ANY file is), so it reads F A S T upon re-reads/subsequent reads (until it's changed in %WinDir%\system32\drivers\etc on Windows, which marks it "Dirty" & then it gets re-read + reloaded into the local diskcache again). This may cause a SMALL initial load 1 time lag upon reload though, depending on the size of your HOSTS file.

E.) HOSTS files don't protect vs. BGP exploits - Sorry, once it's out of your hands/machine + past any interior network + routers you have, the packets you send are out there into the ISP/BSP's hands - they're "the Agents" holding all the keys to the doorways at that point (hosts are just a forcefield-filter (for lack of a better description) armor on what can come in mostly, & a bit of what can go out too (per point #20 above on "locking in malware")). Hosts work as a "I can't get burned if I can't go into the kitchen" protection, for you: Not your ISP/BSP. It doesn't extend to them

F.) HOSTS files don't protect vs. IP addressed adbanners (rare) &/or IP address utilizing malwares (rare too, most used domain/host names because they're "RECYCLABLE/REUSEABLE"), so here, you must couple HOSTS files w/ firewall rules tables (either in software firewalls OR router firewall rules table lists)... apk

Re:Learn the TRUTH... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292021)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.


apk on 4chan []




That was amazing. - []


My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - []


Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - []


put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - []


Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - []


[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - []


Can I have some of what you're on? - []


this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - []


oh come on.. this is hilarious. - []


I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - []


Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - []


As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - []


It's actually a very clever parody of APK - []


Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - []


$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - []


Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - []


And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - []


Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - []


I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - []


Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - []


golfclap - []


The Truth! wants to be Known! - []


DNS cube? - []


KUDOS valiant AC. - []


Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - []


You made my day, thanks! - []


Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - []


truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - []


It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - []


Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - []


APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - []


You got that right. I think. - []


Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - []


ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - []


I miss Dr Bob. - []


Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - []


Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - []


That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - []


I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - []


1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - []


What? - []


I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - []


It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - []


er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - []


performance art - []


it's apk, theres no reason to care. - []


Seems more like an apk parody. - []


That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - []


Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - []


Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - []


I can has summary? - []


I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - []


If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - []


DAFUQ I just look at? - []


Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - []


We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - []


Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - []


Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - []


Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - []


Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - []


In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - []


You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - []


"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - [] []


I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - []


Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - []


Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - []


Best. Troll. Ever. - []


I like monkeys. - []


This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - []


lul wut? - []


I admire this guy's persistence. - []


It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - []


Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - []


Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - []


I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - []


^ Champion Mod parent up. - []


I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - []


The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - []


AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - []


Don't hate the player, hate the game. - []


If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - []


">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - [] []


No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - []


The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - []


Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - []


Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - []




I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - []


Can I be in your quote list? - []


Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - []


+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - []


Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - []


APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - []


Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - []


I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - []


You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - []


oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - []


"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - [] []


"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - [] []


"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - []
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - []


Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - []


you have a point - []


I do admire that level of dedication. - []


[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - []


I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - []


I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - []


Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - []


Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - []


Happy now - []


Professional. - []


I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - []


extremely bright - []


You provide many references, which is good. - []


Holy shit - []


this is a perfect example - []


You're my personal hero. - []


Obviously very passionate - []


Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - []


Thanks ... You should probably stay - []


Art? -- []


PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - []


I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - []


PROOF apk is a liar! - []


I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - []


Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - []


Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - []


Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - []


[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - []


Oh shit, the hosts files have become self-aware and started hacking accounts. - []


What mad skillz you have!! - []


Am I the only one who enjoys this sort of insanity? - []


You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - []


Most insightful post on the Internet - []


people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - []


Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.


* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [] I practice.


Disproof of all apk's statements:


RECENT POST LINKS: [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []

linux ppl love to sell out (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291457)

just look at the editor begging for closed source drm streamware to be ported to linux...why don't you stop grovelling and switch to a real operating system? it's not like you're making some big GNU/Moral Stand by using linux and then running a bunch of drmed crap like steam or prorietary shit like netflix all using your closed source drivers from nvidia.

Re:linux ppl love to sell out (4, Informative)

The Mighty Buzzard (878441) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291807)

Even worse, look at the editor bitching about Netflix not working on Linux when it's [] a [] solved [] problem.

Re:linux ppl love to sell out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292945)

If by "solved" you mean that a software engineer grad student and his pocket protector stand an even chance of knocking it out in a spare weekend then yes my good sir, that problem is solved.

Re:linux ppl love to sell out (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292489)

Once again some idiot is confusing Linux users at large with RMS.

hope its better than house of cards (-1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291495)

i got bored after 30 minutes

Re:hope its better than house of cards (1)

Psyborgue (699890) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291595)

It's good if politics interests knows and you have a decent attention span. You do have to pay attention to the show, but I've watched the series to the end and I think it's was worth it. Everything fits together at the end.

Re:hope its better than house of cards (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291755)

Well you may need to see your doctor for a potential ADD diagnosis. House of Cards was one of the best shows I have seen recently. Admittedly, you need to pay attention, and this is obviously made hard for the average viewer as the explanations that make everything obvious are limited to a minimum, and there are no shootings or gory deads in the first 30 seconds of each episode. Oh and yes, there are no protagonists to root for and everybody is a bad guy (i kind a like this). This is probably the worst offense to the years of conditioning that Hollywood has provided to the viewing audiences.

Re:hope its better than house of cards (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292281)

i got bored after 30 minutes

I'm sure that's why they hired the Wachowskis, they need shows to appeal to those with no taste. It's too bad they couldn't land Michael Bay for you.

Get more comments 3 of 3 loaded (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291509)

wow, 3 of 3 loaded yet i don't see any comments? wow, has dice actually managed to make slashdot suck even more than when those va linux pump and dump scamsters owned it?

Poor GNU/Linux Already Watching Nefllx (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291543)

Someone clearly didn't get the memo. Neflix on Linux is dead simple to run now. Here is a video for noobs that breaks it all down:

Install and enjoy!

Re:Poor GNU/Linux Already Watching Nefllx (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291613)

Yeah but is it open source? Anyone who uses proprietary software is an enemy of freedom. If you going to start using proprietary shit why don't you just run Windows or OS X? You can't be "mostly free except when there's a new episode of Game of Thrones", you're either a free man or you're a slave. There's no in between.

Re:Poor GNU/Linux Already Watching Nefllx (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292551)

I use Linux because it's not crap.

The freedom stuff mainly helps ensure that the platform will not be killed off by Microsoft.

Why not Windows? It's insecure crap.
Why not MacOS? It has too much of a "walled garden for morons" mentality.

Re:Poor GNU/Linux Already Watching Nefllx (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292871)

Don't feed the AC trolls dude.

Netflix works on linux (4, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291561)

Netflix has been working in wine for quite a while. []

Way to be out of date slashdot.

Re:Netflix works on linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291637)

Netflix has been working in wine for quite a while.

Yeah, and they've recently started soaking their own corks, too.

Re:Netflix works on linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291749)

I looked at the link and read "silverlight working under wine" ... followed by "it's not as easy as it sounds."

It didn't sound easy! If for no other reason than graphics hardware differences might make good playback hard.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291803)

Clearly you did not read the link.
It states those instructions are outdated and for Novice users like yourself an Ubuntu PPA exists.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291887)

I think you missed the part where there's no graphics acceleration and it sucks.

Also, I really just want a DRM-free RTMP stream that I can use with xbmc. Or, hell, throw some trivial drm on there that you know is broken and just look the other way like Amazon and Hulu. Until then... I guess Netflix doesn't get my money, and I will be sad that there is no legal way for me to watch JMS return to television.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291901)

I think you missed the part where it does not suck, and CPUs these days are plenty fast.

Keep dreaming on that DRM free RTMP stream.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292931)

We can all have dreams.

Re:Netflix works on linux (3, Informative)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292183)

Netflix has been working in wine for quite a while.

4 months of "working" is still Alpha/Beta stage in FOSS time. WINE is great and a lot of blood, sweat and tears has been put into the effort but in the end, it's a recipe for disaster if you have read incantations from the Necronomicon (wget+curl+./configure+make+make install|patch -p1|at>cron|bash -x /bin/sh|blah blah blah...) just to get it working. On other platforms, it's click+download+install+watch movie. If it's this way on that (godforsaken) Boxee-Box, why is it not this way for Linux?

Yes, there's a PPA to do all the heavy lifting for you but the first kernel/library update that comes along is going to leave your Netflix with a bleeding head wound until someone can get around to hacking things together again. Don't get me wrong, it's great that we have people willing to put the time and effort into this stuff but having a hacked-together-binder-twine-duct-tape solution is a piss-poor reason to not strive for native platform integration. I'd really like to hear the reasons why Netflix (and Amazon prime and Hulu for that matter) seem to be too braindead to figure out a viable Linux platform solution. No talent? Can't get the DRM right? Flash too screwed up? Can't figure out permissions? Prefer backslashes?

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292565)

I am sure they have a working client, or could have one in a day or two. The licensing is probably far more the problem.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292307)

Who even cares if Netflix works on a computer. If you don't have a PS3, TIVO, Rocu, networked DVD player, or any one of a hundred other devices that include a Netflix interface, your online entertainment needs are bigger than if you can get Netflix to work on your crappy computer.

Re:Netflix works on linux (4, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292631)

...yes, quite.

A $60 appliance will get you Hulu+, Amazon, & Netflix. So you don't really have to fixate over whether or not desktop Linux supports Netflix.

It's not 2005 anymore.

Re:Netflix works on linux (1)

Fox_1 (128616) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292449)

The main reason I'm commenting is to affirm this statement.
Netflix has been working for a long time on a couple of my systems using the wine solution.
AND get this crazy folks
linux, virtualbox, old windows license = also working, for an even longer time - which is just as much cheating as wine, but come on, this isn't hard.
I have even had netflix working on an old blackberry running BBOS6 - though technically that was just a stream from a linux host system I could still control it with the blackberry.
The point is, what the hey hey?
*I suppose since I'm in Canada I should point out that my netflix isn't HD, perhaps that's the issue for people, these solutions probably break at HD workloads.

Devices that play Netflix (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291563)

Hopefully it'll end up available on DVD eventually, for us poor GNU/Linux users who are not worthy enough for Netflix (or: to any Netflix engineers reading, make it work).

No smart phone, game system, smart TV, blu-ray player, tablet?

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291639)

poster is a basement dweller who only uses a traditional computer for everything

why would you need a blu ray player if you torrent all your movies

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291859)

Laugh all you like, but my traditional computer hooked to my TV means I can watch HULU while laughing at their HULU+ adds TV and Bluray player support commercials.

If you have just a little know how making a wife friendly HTPC is pretty simple. No, there is no mouse in my living room and no the computer is not visible nor does it have fans.

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292225)

i have a tiny apple TV, don't use HULU and only subscribe to netflix

i only pay for cable from time warner cable and get free HD quality broadcast channels over the same wire as the internet comes in since they aren't encrypted. that's how my wife watches a lot of her shows

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292379)

I have no cable, I have netflix and FIOS internet.
My wife has 0 interest in shows that start at any time other than when she starts them or that cannot be paused.

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

dmacleod808 (729707) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291703)

Clearly the Author lives in 2002.

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

marsu_k (701360) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292273)

Yeah, while it is annoying that Netflix doesn't work under *general* Linux, it does work under *some* Linux-ish operating systems. Like on my Android phone/tablet, my "smart" TV (which does run Linux) and apparently soon in some Chromebooks. Yes, they should move away from Silverlight. Yes, the UI on the "smart" TV leaves a lot to be desired (why on earth should I plug in a USB keyboard I can only use the arrow keys and enter, instead of you know, typing?). But all in all, I'm not losing any sleep over it. It'll get there eventually, Silverlight is a dead end.

Re:Devices that play Netflix (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292697)

A copy of the material that originated on DVD is still going to be better than any of those options. Many of those devices aren't "current' or feature complete. All of them depend on a constant and robust network connection. Many of them have interfaces that are just crap.

netflix ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291565)

Google Netflix on Ubuntu there's a YouTube video of how to get it working. Its just 3 lines of code to copy and paste. I'm not a programmer or any way comfortable with the terminal and I have it working.

Straczynski and the Wachowskis? (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291569)

Huh, that's going to be one seriously polished series.

Re:Straczynski and the Wachowskis? (0)

simonbp (412489) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291665)

JMS is going to plan out this awesome many-year epic that never be finished, and then the Wachowskis will take a CGI shit on it.

So, it look nice, briefly.

Re:Straczynski and the Wachowskis? (2)

Unknown Lamer (78415) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291775)

Hopefully having been burned by the collapse of PTEN and then getting bent over by TNT, JMS negotiated a contract that will avoid immediate cancellation... because I want some good scifi that wasn't made 15+ years ago, and there's only one man left who can do it...

Re:Straczynski and the Wachowskis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291825)

So, it will be just like Crusade: a (planned) multi year epic series that was a CGI shit.

Re:Straczynski and the Wachowskis? (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292567)

Crusade was basically TN mucking with everything until the point that JMS was exasperated.

No, it'll be more like Babylon 5 Seasons 1-4 and Jeremiah seasons 1-1.5

Uh oh... (3, Interesting)

Daetrin (576516) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291583)

So just going from past history...

JMS = doesn't really start to hit his stride until the second season.

Wachowskis = each part of an episodic thing they work on is worse than the one that came before

So either the strengths of one will compensate for the weaknesses of the other, or it's going to start out as on okay show with some promise but a lot of problems to overcome and then go downhill from there.

Re:Uh oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291781)

My understanding of The Matrix is that 2 and 3 were supposed to be a single movie, with the trilogy capped off with a prequel. Unfortunately, the studios decided they didn't like that idea and meddled. Would it have worked out better if executed as originally planned? It's hard to say; however, the blame shouldn't be laid solely at the feet of the Wachowski brothers.

Re:Uh oh... (2)

loonwings (1519397) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292403)

"Wachowski brothers" is inaccurate. Lana Wachowski identifies as female.

Re:Uh oh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292867)

As far a science can tell its biologically accurate.

Re:Uh oh... (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292481)

My understanding is that the Wachowskis were still the ones who wrote the abomination that was the final Matrix movie. Studios will always meddle, but few writers/directors are given as much artistic license as the Wachowskis were given. It's obvious that Warner Bros. didn't meddle enough -- they have interns that could have identified the Revolutions screenplay as crap.

Re:Uh oh... (2)

KatchooNJ (173554) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291993)

In all fairness... most shows take a couple seasons to hit their stride. I still remember watching the first episode of Star Trek: TNG and thinking that it stunk and I completely gave up on the show at that point. I then rejoined the party in season 2 and ended up loving the series, for the most part.

Also, how many episodic things have the Wachowskis worked on? I can only think of the Matrix films. Maybe there are things out there I haven't seen yet.

Re:Uh oh... (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292553)

In all fairness... most shows take a couple seasons to hit their stride.

What on earth gave you this idea? Most shows, if they don't hit their stride by the end of the pilot, there isn't a season two. I don't remember the first season of Star Trek: TNG (been waaayyyy too long), but that was riding on the Star Trek name and fanbase. I don't think that show is indicative of greater trends in television.

Free as in beer, freedom, etc (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291589)

While I understand that this is slashdot, and that these sort of conversations are the norm here, why did the article blurb about the TV show have to be followed up with some snip at getting free software ways to play it? Why is that important to add?

I mean, slashdot talks about mobile phones all the time (recently the samsung galaxy has been all over the headlines) and yet the open source gab is not there in the summary. What about the Tesla Model S electric car, which has been dominating headlines too? There's dozens or possibly of hundreds of non-free non-accessible encumbered firmwares in that car, and nobody's adding a sentence to the end of that

I think the main issue I have with it is that the little sentence at the end is mainly _whining_ and there's no actual recourse given as to what one can do about it. But it's slashdot, so that flies here.

Re:Free as in beer, freedom, etc (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292737)

Some people are more demanding. A lot of those people read Slashdot. This demanding nature also includes the TV watching experience. Slashdot users are much more likely to be early adopters of things like Tivo, HTPCs, and streamers.

I would love to be able to liberate a Netflix show from the Netflix user interface.

We're not a herd of sheep here.

Silverlight, Magnetic Link and Bittorrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291635)

Nowadays, we already have the tool to make it better than netflix.

We just need some tool on the browser (using Silverlight and Monolight [1]) as a plugin or a website. The website and plugin must not store any file, so it will not be subject to DMCA.

Then you can use magnetic links like this:

The plugin/website will start download using Monotorrent[2]; It will appear not those fancy torrent download progress bars but a simple one like netflix;

No commercial ads, no bullshit.

The website/plugin will start streaming the main file as soon as its available (and there are many way to determine that), look for subtitles, and PLAY the movie.$magnetic-links -> PLAY!

Like Magic!

That the way you do a website/plugin DMCA complaint. As EASY for the USER as NETFLIX, WITH A FAR BETTER AND LARGE DISTRIBUTED CONTENT STORAGE.


Re:Silverlight, Magnetic Link and Bittorrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291873)

Yeah! Right!

Is "Netflix exclusive" ever really exclusive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291647)

I heard that "Lilyhammer" was supposedly Netflix exclusive but there were scene releases available immediately, for everyone whose money Netflix had said no to (e.g. all-Linux houses like mine). Was I wrong that it was exclusive (i.e., the scene got the video from somewhere else) or has Netflix been cracked?

I've been looking forward to Arrested Development season 4, and this thing (or at least its first episode; Lilyhammer turned out to be pretty boring and I stopped watching after two or three episodes) might be worth a watch too. I've assumed that Netflix' staunch position of "fuck you, don't pay me," (dudes, I think you're misquoting Ray Liotta) won't matter (we'll be able to get the video in spite of Netflix not wanting to do business) but maybe I'm wrong. Am I?

Re:Is "Netflix exclusive" ever really exclusive? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291957)

Recording a netflix stream is possible without cracking it directly. You could even just record off the HDMI output since HDCP is trivial to crack.

Re:Is "Netflix exclusive" ever really exclusive? (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292587)

My understanding is Netflix is producing as exclusive, but then planning to syndicate to other networks.

Want some cheese with your whine? (4, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291675)

Who still watches netflix on their computers, anyways? At least half the blu-ray players on the market today can play netflix out of the box. Every major game console can as well. Quite a few TVs have it built-in now, too. Why on earth would you want to watch it on your computer?

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43291813)

What kind of retro luddite would have a blu-ray player? Isn't that one of those devices that makes you watch ads, and you can't even fast forward past them? About a decade or so ago, everyone upgraded up and away from that level of tech.

Re: retro luddite would have a blu-ray player (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292161)

You either have gigabit internet, or don't mind recompressed video quality. Some of us don't have that kind of bandwidth and appreciate a good picture.

Re: retro luddite would have a blu-ray player (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292779)

Most BD players these days are as cheap as dedicated streamers and have exactly the same apps that you would want from the dedicated appliances.

Lots of us do (1)

future assassin (639396) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291845)

I have two htpc's (AMD A-10 and A-8 and Linux Mint 14 KDE). One at home and one at work. Watch online content, Netflix, Hulu and play Stream. With 700+ dvd's who needs a BluRay player? Skipped right over it to all digital. Thanks....

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291977)

You might find this hard to believe, but HDTVs made computers more popular for this sort of thing. It became trivial to hook a computer right up to the largest screens in the house.

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292035)

Maybe you have a computer connected to your TV so you don't need a crappy blu-ray player or console.

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292165)

My computer is attached to my TV and does more than just Netflix. Plus, if there is an update to the software platform Netflix uses which breaks your smart TV / games console / Blu-Ray player, do you think they will update it? No, they'll tell you to buy the newest version and throw your old one away.

My 5 year old Samsung 37" has YouTube, NetFlix, Sky Go, iPlayer, etc etc etc ad nauseum because it is a dumb TV.

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292501)

I watch majority of Netflix on computer. True geeks multitask.

Re:Want some cheese with your whine? (1)

pianoman113 (204449) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292897)

Why on earth would you want to watch it on your computer?

Here, here. Quit bitching and drop $100 for a Roku 3.

Can't Wait (3, Interesting)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291805)

Honestly, it sounds ... well, it has potential anyway. I seriously enjoyed three of the four movies mentioned (let's just play pretend and say that fourth one never happened, mmmkay?)

Fringe is over after a good run, V was canceled just as it was getting really good and there's not much else out there I can find with as much character depth.

Bring it on!

That's the way to do it! (1)

houbou (1097327) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291817)

I like how Netflix delivered "House of Cards" in one shot. That's how TV shows should be. No more Neilsen ratings crap. There are SO many great shows that were axed because of prime-time competition. I hope this model will work and become the norm for TV entertainment and kill those NBC/CBS/ABC/ and other networks.

JMS... (0)

asylumx (881307) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291963)

The Java Message Service is teaming up with the Wachowskis? That's going to make for a strange movie. (Seriously... stop using acronyms for peoples' names. We get enough without that.)

Re:JMS... (3)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292267)

Do you also complain when people say RMS, or ESR?

Re:JMS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292783)

Do you also complain when people say RMS, or ESR?

No, because those are people who should be familiar to most visitors of this site AND they've routinely gone by their initials for the majority of their popular lives. "J. Michael Straczynski" is just some TV creator/producer only known by name to a subset of a subset of people (even around here), and even fewer know him just by "JMS".

Re:JMS... (4, Informative)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292645)

JMS was JMS before Java Messaging Service. And probably has more internet acclaim than java messaging does as well.

Dang, JMS was on GEnie yes, before the world wide web was even popular. Hell, JMS predates Java itself

Sorry your failed at your nerdiness...

As long as it is not on cable (1)

mauriceh (3721) | about a year and a half ago | (#43291969)

As a cable TV boycotter, all I can say is :
"All good as long as cable companies do not make a cent of it)

Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (1)

Harald Paulsen (621759) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292029)

There were several new shows in the past years. Not many made it though..

From memory, and the amount of scifi might be discussed but in no particular order:
Threshold, Werehouse 13, Defying Gravity, Lost, Person of Interest, Revolution, FlashForward, Eureka, The Event, Fringe, Alcatraz, Stargate Universe, Continuum, Heroes, V (the new one), Dollhouse..

Re:Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292543)

Not disputing your point at all, but: Revolution sucks. Continuum sucks.

And Lost was not scifi. The big thing about Lost was that it felt like it might be scifi but it ever got there. If Lost is scifi, then so is Hogan's Heroes, and the term has nearly no meaning.

As for the rest, I haven't seen them, I remain hopeful, and I thank you for the tip.

Re:Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292683)

Stargate Universe died in 2010. It's been three years since we've had ANY space sci-fi shows.

Yes there have been some sci-fantasy shows, but really most of that is SF lite. It'd be great if Netflix would consider a space series.

Re:Without any new scifi shows? In what universe? (1)

Harald Paulsen (621759) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292951)

Can't really say I miss space sci-fi. Sure, I loved stargate universe, firefly and defying gravity, but space is not a necessity for a good sci-fi. Perhaps in some years when they can do something that is actually new. There can be only SO many weekly episodes of yet another planet and/or new aliens. ;-)

Speaking of which.. you know they recently revived Red Dwarf? I guess that sort of counts like a space sci-fi.

Haven't actually seen the new episodes yet.. hmm, better get around to that some day.

Not now, honey (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292185)

Is it really proper to say, "of Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer fame"?

mod 80p (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43292407)

"Souls hunted"? (1)

demon driver (1046738) | about a year and a half ago | (#43292641)

Makes me set my expectations low, if religious mystery is already communicated in such prominent a line. As much as I liked B5, JMS's embracing of everything religious and metaphysical was in my opinion the most annoying aspect of the series. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to find out whether my prejudice will be proven right or wrong!

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