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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

AbRASiON Maybe h.265 adoption will be sped up? (158 comments)

Seems a possibility at least, it's going to buy them anywhere from 25 to 50% bandwidth reductions once adopted. Admittedly only for customers with a modern machine / software to decode it but we may see the adoption of it quicker than we saw the switch from mpeg2 to mpeg4.

about a week ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

AbRASiON Re:4k is a buzzword (158 comments)

audiophile ! = videophile
Also if anything, a proper videophile would likely agree with the GP.

about a week ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

AbRASiON Always divide by 2, if not significantly more. (92 comments)

Wifi specs are just bullshit, always have been.
54mbit wifi
theoretical maximum 6.75MB/s
theoretical maximum, allowing for the standard /10 instead of /8 overhead rule: 5.4MB/s
actual maximum attained speeds, over years and years of multiple networks/ cards / laptops / routers /location. 2.9 / 3.0MB/s

It's only gotten worse for me, the higher the spec goes.
If they claim 4.6Gbps I'd probably believe it might do 20 -> 40MB/s, actual, genuine, sustained transfers. Maybe.

about a week ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

AbRASiON Re:Makes Sense (225 comments)

The way google has behaved in the past 24 months that post doesn't seem to be untrue to me, they certainly seem to think they are king of the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

AbRASiON NO! NO! NO!? WHAT? 32bit AGAIN? (554 comments)

I've ranted about this since Windows Vista bloody shipped! You can't be serious. They NEED to drop 32bit support. It's time to go. It's 2014! Even the most basic CPU has been 64bit for well over 7 years - the only exception is some shitty intel atom chips (that Intel damn well should never have released)

It's time to embrace 64bit entirely, move to the future and let 32bit die out, the extra work for developers, support people, driver writers and what have you? No, just no Microsoft, come on.
Astounded how dopey this move is.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

AbRASiON Re:LOL. You expect MS to fix the problem ... (577 comments)

Yep, it's a registry thing.
Until stuff is sandboxed properly this is going to continue to occur (although it's slowly gotten better over the years) it's still not ideal.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

AbRASiON Anyone who says something so stupid (942 comments)

Does not deserve to hold a place in office.
What, a fucking idiot.
No other way to put it, sorry.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

AbRASiON Re:Android version req - long time coming (427 comments)

Problem is I can't remove their idiot stuff, take a look at your list below, I've highlighted what I don't want and will never EVER use.
(and even if I did, I should be able to optionally install it!)

Search
Text-To-Speech Engine
Chrome

Youtube
Play
Maps
Drive
Keyboard
Voice Search
Google Now
Google Cloud Print

These apps are already part of nearly every Android install as it is. Some of the rest of the 20 can be due to Google's (IMO silly) decision to split Play store content by type:

Play Newsstand
Play Books
Play Movies
Play Games
Play Music
(All of these!)

When you force stop, delete cache, delete data and disable these apps, at least on all the Samsung phones I've owned. Guess what? a month or two later, google releases an update and it forces itself back on the phone and re-enables the app.

I know I'm in the minority here but I want a fast phone but not the stock google / cyanogenmod skin I *like* the look of the Samsung dialler, contacts, etc - there's several font, colour, shading, dividing lines, spacing changes which are vastly superior to the poorly designed google offerings.
I can disable samsung camera eye tracker, samsung voice and all their dopey stuff and still keep the nice skin - but the stupid google apps re-enable themselves, chewing up my precious rmemory and making my phone sluggish garbage.

Googles "don't be evil" policy died several years ago and it's progressively getting worse.
Infact I've got to be honest, at this point, I haven't seen them do ANYTHING cool or amazing or "oh man, those amazing guys, god they are so great!" in several years, just worse and worse shit.
I genuinely believe they are worse than Microsoft ever was at this point.

about three weeks ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

AbRASiON Pretty bad example of a radical change. (191 comments)

Michael Utley was a successful stockbroker who often went skiing and windsurfing before he was struck by lightning. Today, at 62, he lives on disability insurance. "I don't work. I can't work. My memory's fried, and I don't have energy like I used to. I aged 30 years in a second." Lightning also dramatically altered Utley's personality. "It made me a mean, ornery son of a b****."

Had it been an example where he became a greenpeace or PETA speaker or something, it might be more shocking but this doesn't come across as entirely surprising.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

AbRASiON The campfire is the "TV" of camping (89 comments)

No question of it, I've been on multiple big camping trips, mobile phones banned, things like that - and we just had a big big fire in the middle, sat around talking, relaxing and staring at the warm glow of logs slowly crumbling. It's incredibly mesmerising when there's nothing else to look at. Very relaxing.

Drugs or alcohol may or may not assist but are not required!

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

AbRASiON I'm sick of this bad English (494 comments)

Sorry but fuckit.

What's with "shake up industry" ? What does that even mean. Christ did no one go to school.
What industry? Which industries? Not just "shake up industry" that makes no actual sense.

While I'm at it and going to be mod'd down anyhow, "best for baby" in infant commercials, what the shit? No, it's best for "the baby" or "your baby" but "best for baby"? Nope, no and no sirree.
I only retained about 50% of what I was taught in English and it's driving me insane what I see and hear nowadays, I can't begin to imagine what my English teachers and parents would think of the state of things now.

But I'm sure y'all could care less, right?
(I know I could)

about a month ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

AbRASiON SIMILAR DEVICES BEEN AVAILABLE FOR YEARS! (106 comments)

http://alexchiu.com/index.htm

Jeez guys, our good friend Alex Chiu has been selling fine magnetic immortality devices as long as I can remember on the internet and now some "harvard scientist" thinks they can get in on poor Alex's action here? What gives!?
 

about a month ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON Re:You are of no value to the company, you're a to (250 comments)

It doesn't interest me though :/ if anything I've found the majority of security people I've dealt with, technically incompetent and cause nothing but trouble. 9 times out of 10 they are over paranoid to the levels of extreme AND don't know shit about IT.

Furthermore, with the whole "send it to the cloud" philosophy, yep, even security people are being reduced. Who needs a team of 5 to 10 security people for desktops, servers, networks etc when a large portion of the infrastructure is now located off site and presumably X cloud provider will handle security?

about a month and a half ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON Re:You are of no value to the company, you're a to (250 comments)

Your post is redundant, when it's a hirer's market at the moment. Very very few jobs can you leave one and get the same pay. Not when there's 200 applicants per job. Wages are in freefall over here (AU)

about a month and a half ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

AbRASiON You are of no value to the company, you're a tool (250 comments)

That's all you are, it's all I am and it's all I've been. The drive for the bottom dollar has gotten even more intense in the last decade than ever. Managers, CEO's CTO's, shareholders, taxpayers, regardless - the primary focus is money.

The ONLY IT workers they give e a shit about are the well dressed, smart talking (and genuinely smart) guys who waltz in consulting on how to reduce costs. (ie: you MAKE them money, you're income, not expense!) If you can charge a business 700 to 1500 a day for 6 to 18 months, but in the end of your project they get to fire 3/4 of a team of 100 people then you're _exactly_ what they're after.

I write this unfortunately as a primary support person over the years, maybe due to lazyness, apathy, people skills, depression, personality? Who knows - but I never became a creator always a supporter. I fixed things but I never designed stuff, so now things are breaking less and less, things are finally being designed exceptionally well. Plus there's ways to minimise the impact if things do break. At least in the support area, you are fucked, be it level 1 2 or 3.
They do still need some support people but less and those people generally already have their jobs. So, if you know how to replace systems, "send shit to the cloud" - you're in, save carefully though, because eventually every business will be "on the cloud" and your consulting gig, moving people to the cloud will dry up too.

This is just how IT has gone, let alone the impact of the shitty financial industry and governments fucking up the economy(ies) internationally, gloablisation means move shit to where it's cheapest - and a lot more shit can be moved easier now. We had a good run on the gravy train but that shit is finished now.

I'm estimating a 35 -> 45% pay drop from the job I've just been given the heave ho-from to my next one (assuming I'm lucky enough, I'm hearing an average of 200 applicants per job in my city) I should've damn well become a plumber or electrician. YEah they need to re-train now and then too but you sure as shit can't outsource it to XYZ country.

about a month and a half ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

AbRASiON Re:Fix 4k first (204 comments)

Exactly this, current 4k implimentations are balls.

There's a large contingent of gamers pushing for 120/144hz gaming for example, we can't even do 60hz at 4k easily. (Forget about the GPU power, the damn cabling and interface standards to send the signal to the display) this really needs to be solved, especially with OLED coming and it's potential 1000's of frames per second refresh rate.
I suspect the display will work on some kind of 10:1 ratio, where it updates 10 times for every 1 time the GPU can - as long as it's in sync (another unsolved issue!) then great.

5k is meaningless, fix 4.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AbRASiON Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Security whining about Facebook aside, there's a plethora of countries where your 3g/4g data limit per month is quite low. I've just come off a 600mb per month plan to 1gb. I only use about 300mb per month but I have on holiday gone up to about 800+mb in a month.

The cost however, when you exceed your limit is _insane_ auto playing videos which you can't damn well stop is idiocy. They should have either a wifi only option or a play button. (I had the same issue with vice videos in twitter for a while too)

Too many companies continue to take their product, fiddle / fuck with it for the sake of change (keeping UI designers in a job I suspect) and then antagonise their users. Google maps is a prime example, the new google maps is AWFUL compared to the existing one, lacking several key features. Please, stop fiddling and changing things.

about a month and a half ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

AbRASiON Re:I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

If you read his post, I got the impression the link was down, remote access wasn't a viable option. If that means an administrator needs to talk someone through unplugging / re-plugging something or confirming a diagnostics LED, so be it, they're employed regardless.

about a month and a half ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

AbRASiON I never thought I'd be one of these posters (129 comments)

but consider yourself lucky someone wants or needs your help. This industry and capitalism's desire for endless efficiency and profit means a fair few of us reading your post are sitting at home without a job at all.

I'd gladly sit on the phone through a translator to fix something, infact I'd be inclined to think you're probably at a medium sized business or smaller if you're dealing with something like that, so it's probably within your power to do some pretty interesting and dare I say "cowboy-ish" stuff. Once a business reaches a certain size, your hands are constantly tied for experimenting or learning.

Meanwhile, yeah I'm here in my pajamas still at midday but my bank account won't last forever.

about a month and a half ago

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AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  more than 8 years ago

abrasion writes "Harold Hunt has recently posted his impressions of Thecus N5200 NAS box here http://www.starnet.com/huntntech/article/storage_s erver_review_thecus_n5200/

Slashdot recently saw a review from Hexus.net here http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/ 16/1257226 which seemed quite positive for the device, however Harold has had some more issues with it, specifically in regards to hooking it up to a Windows domain and decided to share those with us.

Since home storage is beggining to boom for those of us collecting movies / music and other such large quantities of data, perhaps another opinion on this device would be of use for those of us who were considering this device or perhaps similar solutions.
Feel free to discuss any other NAS solutions in this topic as I'm certainly in the process of hunting around myself and wouldn't mind some feedback from the rest of the /. crowd."

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People who use fans / foes are clearly losers

AbRASiON AbRASiON writes  |  more than 9 years ago

No really, childish kiddie stuff - sad - comedy nerd morons.

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