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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

BitZtream Re:Nope (316 comments)

difference between a quality DVD upscale and a Bluray

You lost all credibility when you said upscale. You just showed that you don't understand that you've been caught in a marketing gimmick.

And ... pretty much everyone can tell difference if you put them side by side, its just that most people will never see them side by side because they have far better things to do than sit around jerking off about the video quality ... like actually watching the video.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

BitZtream Re:Don't need this yet (316 comments)

You're doing it completely wrong. You need to get a clue about viewing distance and the ratio between display size and it.

You're one of those guys who thinks he has this kick ass awesome setup because you made it bigger, but really, you just made it shittier.

You should at least get the most basic of clues from wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

At no point should your display be larger than the distance you're viewing it from, thats just retarded.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

BitZtream Re:This is why Big Pharma is so maddening (648 comments)

Only if it saves 30-40 percent more than before the vacs was used.

Instead what happens is you create drug resistant virus that are 50-60 more likely to infect, so cutting it down by 30-40 percent is still higher than it was before you started. Net Loss.

And hint: No one has 'no immunity at all'

3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

BitZtream Re:Just Require an IQ Test (648 comments)

Considering recent studies show that cancer is more likely to be caused by genetics than smoking ... you might want to adjust your ignorant holier than thou attitude and learn how science actually works rather than blindly believing shit you've been indoctrinated with and being too stupid to think for yourself.

Hint: Science is the opposite of what you think it is. Science is actually questioning what you think you know, not believing what someone told you in D.A.R.E.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

BitZtream Lip service, Eric Schmidt can go fuck himself (225 comments)

And with your permission and all of that

Could you be more of an asshole?

First off, when did Google start asking permission BEFORE it just did privacy invading shit?

Second, how many times have you (Schmidt) basically said you didn't give a fuck about peoples privacy or their wishes and that you were going to get your way eventually anyway?

Lets be realistic here Schmidt, you don't mean a word of what you just said. What you mean is that you want devices in every room analyzing everything everyone does in an attempt to figure out how to sell them to advertisers for a higher rate. THAT IS WHAT YOU MEAN.

3 days ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

BitZtream Re:Crusty Hardware (188 comments)

So basically you want Apple and Microsoft to keep supporting your crusty old hardware with new features that it doesn't support anyway?

Both Apple and Microsoft provide 'support' longer than pretty much any other software maker on the planet, including any Linux vendor you can name.

Get a clue fanboy.

4 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

BitZtream Quality not Amount (209 comments)

Perhaps the problem is that people who use G+ post things when they have something to of value say, not when they took a shit.

My circles are pretty active, no, I don't know what they had for lunch though.

4 days ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

BitZtream Re:Wow! (165 comments)

Less than the mess that is otherwise know as FireFox

4 days ago
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Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials

BitZtream Not really for mastery ... (75 comments)

If it was, it wouldn't be about UFS, it'd be about ZFS.

UFS is still fine for small installations on embedded systems, but for any thing of any size, you should be using ZFS. Its superior in every way other than memory usage.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

BitZtream Wrong OS (184 comments)

Android is the antithesis of privacy. You might as well be looking for GNU/OS X.

Androids entire existence is to gather your private info for Google. There is literally no other reason ite exists. If your not ok with that, you should probably start looking for alternatives.

You'll be more likely to use lava to chill your drinks than get privacy from Android.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

BitZtream Re:Because OS X is no longer supported on my Mac (586 comments)

Yea, but the latest OS X runs on hardware that can hardware emulate yor PowerPC at twice the speed your used to.

I'm sure your Mac can emulate x86 fast enough to run windows 3.1 like a champ to.

But let's stop pretending that your setup is ideal, sustainable or more importantly workable for others.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

BitZtream Hey ... Obama ... FUCK YOU. (556 comments)

Does anything else really need to be said?

You've established that you think you don't need actual court approval just like Bush.

Now go fuck yourself and take everyone who thinks like you along to n the sit and spin.

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

BitZtream Re:design flaw with placement of antenna (130 comments)

Perhaps, or it could have been there for protection during the landing sequence.

And its likely that without the solar panels extended, there wasn't going to be much use of having the antenna available due to a rapidly depleting power source.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

BitZtream Shame on you Google (261 comments)

Not everyone wants to follow you're ridiculous upgrade cycle. Example: I like Google Chrome, I won't use it because its a pain in the ass to stop it from auto-updating, and if you stop it once, a month later it randomly starts upgrading itself again.

Why does Google think what its doing is any better than the people who sell exploits on the black market? They aren't asking for cash directly for them, but they are trying to hurt the competition.

Issue #128 might not even be a bug depending on your perspective, as noted in the report! The one that is 'the more serious of the two', WTF? And its not like MS hasn't patched it ... they've created a patch, that caused some compatibility issues so they delayed the patch so the compat issues can be resolved ... So Google publishes the exploit code just to be dicks about it.

The less serious ... lets a user view another users power control settings ... Seriously?

This is just Google mud slinging. Its starting to look more like Google is a politician running for elected office than being a good citizen.

Google: You're starting to look like an even bigger douche than Microsoft.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

BitZtream Re:rubbish (164 comments)

What do you call any number of attorneys at the bottom of the ocean? ...

A good start.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

BitZtream Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

Its just you.

He could have just as easily caused his wife her sight by finding doctors that weren't as good as the originals and the originals having the right course of treatment.

Doctors practice medicine. Notice the words I used, PRACTICE medicine. They ALL get it wrong, A LOT.

Don't think for a second that this guy saved the day with his skill alone, he got lucky.

Neither the summary nor the article gives enough detail to make a medical decision and a 3d object printed isn't immensely more useful for diagnoses than the MRI/CT which they can manipulate on the computer like any other 3d model.

One of the things that causes problems for medical advancement in areas like this is that doctors are liars. ALL of them. Put the same MRI or CT scan of a 100% perfectly healthy individual in front of 100 different doctors and they will ALL diagnose something different but still wrong with the scan. Companies trying to do things like have machine learning decode/analyze and find problems on scans are essentially screwed because they get no help from living doctors who don't want to say 'I don't see anything on this scan' so no progress can be made as far as machine learning since no one else will accept anything from a study like that. God forbid someone call the fucking doctors out on their bullshit.

Okay so not ALL doctors at that way, just 99.999% of them, and I say this as the husband of a doctor with friends who work for companies trying to build the automation I mentioned. Again, he didn't show how awesome he was and better than the doctor, he simply found a different set of doctors who were willing to cut his wife open versus the other ones weren't. The rest was dumb luck.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

BitZtream Use of language isn't unique (154 comments)

If there's one thing that distinguishes humans from other animals, it's our ability to use language.

Hate to break it to you, but humans aren't the only ones who know and use language. We're not really that distinguishable from many animals if thats your deciding factor. Dolphins, Whales, Octopus ... they all probably would like to have a word with you.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

BitZtream Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I write this while homeless in Santa Monica, CA

Yet, you can somehow manage to post on slashdot.

Your priorities are puzzling to say the least.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BitZtream Re:Competition? (426 comments)

Tesla chooses to not use dealers.

Tesla can sell in all 50 states directly should they accept that they must sale to dealers rather than direct. It's not even hard, there would certainly be dealers that would love to do so.

Tesla wants to be like Apple though. They want to control the experience and price completely, and are unwilling to sacrifice that in order to sell in more locations.

And let's be realistic, anyone willing to buy a Tesla today is willing to deal with the hassle of not having a local/in state dealer. It's not like they aren't backordered for years. Tesla loses nothing by holding out in this case.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

BitZtream Re:Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

"ignore the production costs" - what exactly do you think you're paying for when you buy renewables equipment ?

Items that had their sales cost lowered by subsudies.

"ignore the environmental cost of the equipment" - the energy paybacks on all renewables techs are now very low.

Only because you ignore the environmental impact you shipped off to some poor nation.

In the long run, renewable is pretty much our ONLY choice, but lets not be fucking retarded and pretend they are the only choice for the immediate future. Theres a big picture to look at, not just your own agenda on how you want things to be.

Nuclear IS the right thing to use NOW. Solar and Wind hopefully in the near future, when we are more proficient with them. The physical foot print of these methods are currently untenable. Its not that they are eye sores, its that they will change their environment DRASTICALLY when implemented, so we have to implement them in a well thought out and efficient manner, engineering our climate by using their installation for more than JUST energy production.

The only real problem nuclear has is paranoid nut jobs acting like the world comes to an end over a minor incident. Fukushima WAS A MINOR ACCIDENT with practically ZERO consequence, regardless of how bad you want to blow it out of proportion. There has been more radiation spread from the energy (generated from coal) used to power the Internet based discussion about it than Fukushima itself released, its fucking ridiculous to treat it any differently. Yet you are.

Fukushima was a cluster fuck of preventable accidents and heads should roll for what happened when the plant survived the actual disaster only to succumbed to being unprepared for something that could have happened even WITHOUT a tsunami. We should bust our asses to ensure those faults do not happen again, but we should not run off on some ignorant tangent about using some other inferior (today) energy production method because people are afraid due to ignorance.

Nuclear can be MUCH safer, but retarded fear won't let anyone replace plants that are of known inferior designs with once that mitigate the problems passively. Everytime we see something like this happen, its to a plant that we should have decommission or in this case WAS about to be decommissioned in favor of a newer design.

You mention the very solution to the problem, then go off to stick your head in the sand out of fear that you don't understand it. You're going to have to deal with it eventually, how many disasters is it going to take before you finally realize that hiding from something you have to learn is the right idea?

about two weeks ago

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Homeward Remastered available for preorder on Steam

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  4 hours ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been officially unveiled by Gearbox Software at PAX South today. The game will feature a high-definition upgrade to all the assets, new voice-recordings from the original cast, and updated cinematics that also keep in with the games original theme and style.

It will also include access to a new Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta, which combines both classic games into one platform for a wider variety.

Gearbox have also laid down a launch date for the game too: February 25th. It will be available via Steam, and you can pre order today for a 15% discount."

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FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"
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BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"

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