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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

BenJeremy Which is it? Who blocked it? (115 comments)

FTFA: 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks ... Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News

So each one is blaming the other...

1 hour ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

BenJeremy Re:Meaningless? (173 comments)

I don't know... I find it odd that the WD drives, at the 5400rpm speed, were able to write data faster than the 7200rpm Seagate drives. That seems counter-intuitive.

It's also nice to see all of the drives go through that sort of "punishment" without a single failure - out of the box. NewEgg reviews aren't terribly helpful, since most only leave reviews when they have issues, and only a few customers ever bother to leave good reviews unless they are overwhelmed by the quality of a product.

4 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

BenJeremy Re:Interesting, but ... (148 comments)

As the other person said, I'm not against cultures, just that it's a bad reason to isolate segments of humanity into ghettos of language.

Plenty of people commemorate their cultural heritage without demanding exclusive use of the language. They are separate things, but too easily confused by more short-sighted, prideful people (the Quebecois and French are a good example of this). I suspect this is more rooted in our hard-wired tendency toward xenophobia (i.e. fear of things 'unfamiliar').

As I also stated, they could choose Esperanto or Spanish... just pick something and stick with that as a language. It is rather ridiculous that software can get hung up on localization... it's a huge waste of resources, both in development, as well as in the bandwidth/storage used.

A great example are some of the latest games that came out, like Watch_Dogs, that ran 50GB just to localize all of the audio in the game for hundreds of languages. It's nice if you are Khazak, but the effort and resources are disproportional to whatever has been gained.

Lastly, I'll also add that 'Murica has had no problem exporting its culture through movies and games, even when they are dubbed in other languages. Clearly that has little to nothing to do with the heart of a culture.

5 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

BenJeremy Re:Interesting, but ... (148 comments)

If the article about communicating with animals at a conversational level is published, the information will be translated into English.

Seriously, though, why do we still speak hundreds of languages? - I know... because culture! Culture is a lousy, empty, truly vapid reason. A large percentage of the human race's information is in English, a flawed, but serviceable (and malleable) trade language that served the British well for several centuries. As the study pointed out, English is, far and above all others, a global language.

It's a shame that it will likely be centuries before mankind figures out how to be more informationally efficient and come up with some sort of "basic" language. I'd even go along with Esperanto if the powers that be would just pick something and move the human race to it.

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

BenJeremy Where's my iPhone with UltraRetina? (179 comments)

Come on, Apple, when are we going to see our 5" 8K displays? Imagine how clear that will be!!

about two weeks ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

BenJeremy How much is that in F-35s? (121 comments)

For all budget discussions, any program, should always couch the monetary amounts in terms of how many F-35s it equates to.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

BenJeremy Was his name Dr. Sbaitso? (417 comments)

This guy has been around for a while, I used to talk to him way back in the day, seemed pretty smart.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

BenJeremy Re:PS4 keys? (528 comments)

To clarify.... I know this is Sony Pictures, but if the hack was this invasive into Sony's IT infrastructure, it's very possible they penetrated the entire Sony network.

All we are seeing at the moment is from Sony Pictures, but we may see a lot more in the next few weeks.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

BenJeremy PS4 keys? (528 comments)

How long before we see Sony's flagship console jailbroken like the PS3?

For that matter... we'll probably see the PS3's keys brought up to the current version, as well.

about two weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

BenJeremy Re:UPS (236 comments)

For a $500 computer, it would be a $40 UPS. That said what is your data worth? What is your time (involved in setting up the PC and installing apps)?

Also, a UPS isn't just about protecting against the damaging severe spikes and surges or outages - I used to live in an apartment and had all sorts of mysterious reboots and lockups until I attached through a cheap UPS. I took the same experience to heart with my job at the time, as an embedded systems engineer - we had a troublesome installation that had the panel rebooting constantly in the factory - all the while, the plant electrician insisted the power line to the panel was a conditioned line that was a rock solid waveform, but only after attaching the UPS to one of our panels, and having it perform perfectly for 3 days, was he convinced that all his fancy diagnostic tools might have been lying to him. After putting UPSes on all of our panels, all the problems disappeared. My next visit to that plant, and ALL of the control panels they had in the plant had UPSes inline.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

BenJeremy AT&T confirms its future business plans... (308 comments)

The headline rephrased for truth:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to double-dip subscribers AND content providers for payments.

or perhaps with the correct context:

AT&T confirms its future business plans depended on being able to shake down content providers for bandwidth subscribers already pay for.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

BenJeremy Re:A global network of high-latency torrent server (74 comments)

High latency is right. Back around 1999 I got sick of waiting for Charter to flip the switch on broadband and got Echostar/Dish 2-way. My ping times were around 800ms for the trip to satellites 22,000 miles out. Luckily, I only had to deal with it for a year.

Cranking up a multiplayer game of Serious Sam with my son on our LAN was funny though... the games would appear on the internet, and people would try and join. Satellite wasn't conducive to multiplayer games, for sure.

about a month and a half ago
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Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

BenJeremy The glitch (137 comments)

There is no dark matter... it's a glitch in the machine.

That's not a bad thing; a glitch can be exploited.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

BenJeremy Re:The good news (700 comments)

You might be a bit out of your depth in understanding the issue.

The information is still a bit sketchy, but from what I gather, the chips in question are widely used to interface Arduino-type boards to your PC to program, debug, get data, etc...

The key thing here is that the counterfeit chips essentially have the same interface, so they can use the same drivers as devices built with the FTDI chips. Inside, however, they aren't using the same "firmware" as the FTDI chips, so the counterfeits have some extra functionality, like programmable PIDs; this is what FTDI exploited. It was NOT accidental, this simply isn't possible. They specifically coded their drivers to re-write the PIDs using functionality unique to the counterfeit chips.

The real problem is that they not only bricked the fake chips, but the entire device using it. This is a pretty bad thing, if your arduino was collecting data, for example, and you plugged it in to save it. The user has no idea his board is running FTDI-compatible chips (which is really what they are - they are no more "counterfeit" and an AMD CPU is somehow a counterfeit Intel CPU).

FTDI is upset because they paid legitimate fees to get the assigned PID for their device, but this is entirely the wrong way to do it. All you do is upset your customer base and break the law; destructive responses go back to the days when a CP/M spreadsheet program incorporated code to delete everything it could touch if it detected a pirated copy - and they paid dearly for that at the time. At least the victim back then WAS a pirate (mostly, unless the pirate was an unscrupulous vendor, which was often the case back in the 80s).

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

BenJeremy Apple's take on Windows 8 (370 comments)

Ugh... when Microsoft throws out the old to make with the new, however stupid and ill-advised it really is, they justifiably get lambasted for it.

When Apple does it, they are "designing for tomorrow"

Um, ok, sure. Whatever. Ignoring good user interface design is still bad.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

BenJeremy Looking forward to the year 2174 A.D. (88 comments)

The year they finally get around to having 10% of the country wired for fiber.

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

BenJeremy Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (352 comments)

Fund NASA to explore the advantages (and mitigate issues, such as waste heat) of using fusion in space vehicles. Let's get new designs in play now, so we can get the ball rolling fast when these compact generators are practical and real. Ion thrusters, magnetic fields, life support... having hundreds of megawatts of power makes the entire solar system within reach for manned space travel.

about 2 months ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

BenJeremy Re:Open Source? (345 comments)

It's a purposeful misspelling of the word moron, a habit picked up on another site where it's a meme.

The original reference was from a picture of some idiot holding a sign that says "Get A BRAIN! MORANS" and another sign saying "GO USA" while wearing a Cardinals shirt and star-spangled bandana.

Thanks for "calling me out" though, especially as an AC. One more 'moran' with nothing worthwhile to contribute to the thread, it seems.

about 2 months ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

BenJeremy Re:Open Source? (345 comments)

I posted the question honestly (Not sure what moran gave me a Troll mod for my question) - I know ChromiumOS is open sourced, I was not sure how available the source was for Chrome OS.

That said, if the issue is not an issue in ChromiumOS, Google has some serious questions to answer.

about 2 months ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

BenJeremy Open Source? (345 comments)

If so, why can't members of the Linux community write the required code to support EXT2/3/4 properly, since Google's team can't?

Instead of bitching about losing the feature, zero in on the alleged problem, and provide a solution so it can be reinstated.

Problem solved.

about 2 months ago

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Adobe trolls slick dealers

BenJeremy BenJeremy writes  |  about 2 years ago

BenJeremy (181303) writes "This morning, lots of bargain hunters awoke to great news: Adobe was offering their Creative Suite 2 for free, just for registering an Adobe account! Download links and serial numbers on Adobe's web site seemed to confirm the news, as "hot deal" sites and even Forbes published the news. The plug was pulled a few hours later as horrified Adobe employees discovered they had inadvertently exposed a web page intended to help Adobe customers (who were already licensed) deal with activation servers that Adobe shut down on December 15.

One would hope Adobe would simply say "we meant to do that, here you go, have fun with the old version of Creative Suite and consider purchasing a newer version" but it doesn't look like they will do that."

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