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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

CastrTroy Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (299 comments)

Lots of things are non-essential. That doesn't mean we should tax them at ridiculous rates and that people don't deserve to be able to use them. Toasters and microwaves aren't essential. You can do all the stuff you'd normally use them for in an oven or on a stove. Let's tax toasters and microwaves 50 cents for each minute used. Most people could probably walk 2 kilometers. Let's implement a tax on all car trips that are less than 2 kilometers.

10 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

CastrTroy Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (299 comments)

The fact that people will find ways of routing around the problem is exactly why this is a bad idea. Having Linux Install-Fests was exactly what people did 15 years ago, which just goes to show that taxing internet usage will actually stifle technology. The amount of work required to update a Windows machine without going straight through Windows Update mean most people just won't do it.

10 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

CastrTroy Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (299 comments)

Streaming videos isn't the only use of the internet. At $0.62 per gigabyte, it will not cost $0.62 cents every time you want to download a Linux ISO (usually about 1 GB). CentOS is about 4 GB, meaning it would cost about $2.50 just download that. Downloading updates and security patches would also cost you extra. Perhaps people will turn off updates in order to save money, which would create all kinds of security issues. Want to download the latest game? That's going to cost you extra. Even if you only used 25 GB a month, it would still cost you and extra $15.50 a month on your internet bill. I would agree that the internet is not an essential service, but the tax seems way out of line with how much people want to use and how much people are used to paying for internet.

12 hours ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

CastrTroy Re:It would be interesting (110 comments)

I looks like there's a some assembly code there from my browsing, which might be difficult to cross-compile. I would guess from the age of the code that a fair amount of it is assembly code. It would be possible to run it on an emulator. Even that could yield some serious speed gains.

12 hours ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

CastrTroy Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (126 comments)

My thoughts exactly. It's obvious that Netflix can track you across devices because you are signed into your account and profile. They've been able to do this since they started streaming videos. I don't see how this has anything to do with advertisements though, as Netflix is a pay service and does not show any ads.

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

CastrTroy Re:It is a common thing right now in other cities (388 comments)

They created their own problem. By making it so easy to avoid late fees, they've made people pay less late fees. They send you an email to remind you before your books are late, and you can renew them online. Unless somebody has reserved a book you already had, or you've had a book out for 9 weeks, which I think is the limit on renewals, it's quite difficult to get dinged with a late fee. Plus you can drop your books off at any branch, and there are many small branches all over the city. So it's not hard to drop off a book even if you only have a day or two notice.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

CastrTroy Re:Simpsons Movie? (465 comments)

Hollywood has always had a different standard. I was rewatching Good Morning, Vietnam. I was a little surprised to see child nudity in a major Hollywood film. Mind you, it was an innocent shot of some Vietnamese kids playing in the fire hydrant, but it was full frontal nudity of children nonetheless. And it's also hard to argue intent. Something that was meant to be innocent by the artist could still be arousing to other people looking at the content.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

CastrTroy Re:The downside is (171 comments)

Good to know. I was under the impression that updates came from MS, and that the carriers and manufacturers were completely out of the loop on updates. I plan to buy an unlocked version anyway, so perhaps that will help with the situtation.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

CastrTroy Re:The downside is (171 comments)

Especially for an embedded/mobile device. My phone came out with Android 2.3, and Android 4.0 was released 6 months later. It never saw an update. Less than 6 months of updates for my phone. iOS is a no go for me, because I don't like being locked into one vendor, and their phones are expensive, at least of bought new. Android is really my preferred choice, but I really don't want to be screwed over on updates again. I'm seriously considering going with Windows phone for my next phone, as there are multiple manufacturers supporting them, and the updates come directly from MS.

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

CastrTroy Re:Ho-lee-crap (272 comments)

Why should it not be? As long as the Koreans can build the ship to the same specs as the Danes, I don't see why the jobs should go to one country over the other. Giving the jobs to Danes might mean that they have more jobs and more money to spend, but it would also mean that shipping costs would go up. As a country that is highly reliant on trade with other countries, they should want shipping costs to remain low.

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

CastrTroy Re:Ho-lee-crap (272 comments)

While obviously not as impressive in size (441 ft.), the Liberty ship could be built surprisingly fast. As a publicity stunt, they built one in 4 days, 15.5 hours. The average build time was 42 days, and in 1940, they produced 200 ships in a year. Impressive what countries can do during wartime.

2 days ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

CastrTroy Re:Android (77 comments)

If it's anything like the rest of Android development, if you haven't used it in a few months, it's most likely completely changed from the way you did it last time.

5 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

CastrTroy Re:Data centers? (407 comments)

Datacenters are mostly remotely managed now anyway. You have a few people working there to make sure it's secure and to switch out a hard drive if you need to, but there's really no reason for a datacenter to be located where most of your employees are, unless you are doing research and development and are constantly adding and removing machines and changing the hardware configuration. Servers can even be completely powered down and powered back up over the network.

5 days ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

CastrTroy Re:I live in the Northeast part of Austin... (88 comments)

Even as somebody who doesn't have a car and cycles just about everywhere, I find that spending $10 million dollars on bike repair stands to be ridiculous. First, if I get a flat, I don't want to walk even 500 meters to get to the repair stand, because that would take 8 minutes or so, by which time I could almost be done fixing the tire with the tools I bring with me. And it's not likely that they are going to have a repair stand every 500 meters. A high estimate of what it would cost to supply yourself with the tools is probably around $50, so for $10 million, you could outfit 200,000 cyclists with their own repair gear. Which is 10-20% of the population depending on if you just count the city, or metro area.

5 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

CastrTroy Re:Data centers? (407 comments)

Probably need to do too much work to make them wired and well ventilated. As far as I'm aware, there isn't much electricity in jail cells, maybe enough for a few lights, but nowhere near enough for racks full of servers. And ventilation is pretty sparse. If the roofs were high enough, I guess you could retrofit them with raised floors and put all that stuff in. You have to be careful who you sell it to though, it might end up in the wrong hands.

5 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

CastrTroy Re:at least (183 comments)

I think that most users didn't really care about those features. They saw $200 and laptop, and the choice was obvious. Most people don't have any clue what secure boot, or sandbox is. When there's a Windows laptop sitting right beside it at the same price, people are going to pick the Windows machine, because it can run everything they want.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

CastrTroy Re:at least (183 comments)

Yeah, they definitely aren't the first, but the fact that the new HP ones are 11.6 and 13 inches changes things a bit. the 10.1 inch and 1024x600 resolution of the EeePC is something that very much constrains what you can do with it. Also, I remember them being a bit more than $200, at least when they were initially released.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

CastrTroy Re:Ditch ChromeOS, focus on Android (183 comments)

Personally, I think that Android (and iOS for that matter) sucks on anything bigger than a phone screen. They just about work for a 7 inch tablet. With a 10 inch tablet, they really start to show their weaknesses. The fact that you can't show 2 apps on the screen is a major downfall. Also, the default on-screen keyboard has all this extra space, but doesn't display important keys like arrows or ctrl that are quite useful if you want to copy/paste text. Copy and paste on a Windows 10 inch tablet works a lot better than on Android. No more futzing around with the touch screen trying to tap on a specific character. tap in the general area you want to highlight, and use the left/right arrow keys to home in on exactly where you want to be. And Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V just work even on the onscreen keyboard.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

CastrTroy Re:at least (183 comments)

I think the coming Windows laptops with Atom processors are going to obsolete the whole reason for getting a ChromeBook. When you can get a laptop that runs full Windows for $200-$250 and get's 8 hours of battery life. To make it clear, these are full Windows 8 Laptops, not Windows RT. I'm waiting for the reviews to come out to see how they will perform in real life, and how durable they are, but I'm definitely looking into getting a couple for my kids if they are decent. Even in grades 2 and 3, all their homework is done on the computer. So I either have to get them computers, or let them use mine. I'd much rather let my kid have their own computer.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

CastrTroy Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

But they'd probably get a lot more subscribers. There's a lot of people cutting the cable, especially the younger generation. They don't care if you throw in ESPN, they aren't paying $80 a month for television,even if they really like to watch sports. If you make it $10 a month, you'd probably get a lot of college guys signing up. A house with 4 guys in it would probably split the cost of the subscription and it would cost almost nothing for them. And since they may want to watch the game together anyway, it probably wouldn't matter if they could only watch one stream at a time. I hardly watch sports at all, but I'd at least consider paying $10 a month to get ESPN. Sports is something that's great to watch when you have a few people over. Movies and TV require that you actually pay attention to what's going on.

about a week ago

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Microsoft Shuts Down 'Flight Simulator' Game Stud

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CastrTroy writes "Microsoft confirmed Friday that the software giant has shuttered ACES Studios, the developer of the Flight Simulator series of games, whose latest incarnation is Flight Simulator X. The simulation is considered Microsoft's oldest product, whose original version first shipped in 1982.

However, a Microsoft spokeswoman said that while the studio has been closed, the software company remains committed to the Flight Simulator franchise, without explaining how future products can be launched without a dedicated software development team backing them."
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India Threatens to Ban BlackBerry Devices

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CastrTroy (595695) writes "As yet another reminder of how much the communications industry business model is influenced by regulators and lawmakers, India's Department of Telecom has suggested it might forbid use of the Research in Motion BlackBerry device in India unless RIM hands over its encryption keys for possible use by India's security services, reports the Economic Times."
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Good games for babies and toddlers?

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CastrTroy writes "I have a 16 month old girl, and another baby one on the way soon. I've been looking for some good keyboard bashing games for her to play. She shows a lot of interest in the computer, since we spend lots of time on the computer. I've been able to find a lot of flash games, and I have some old windows 3.1/95 software which works quite well, but most of them have the problem that my daughter eventually finds a way to escape the game and start affecting the rest of the computer. Are there any games, that block out all keys so that she can just bash the keyboard, and we don't have to keep pulling her away from the keyboard every 30 seconds while we get her back into the game. The usual culprits are the windows key, alt+tab, Windows+L, alt+F4 and many of the other key combinations that will kick her out of the game. Something free would be nice, but we're planning on having 3 kids, so I'd be willing to pay for a game if there was any that actually provided what I was looking for. I'm not so worried about her messing up the computer, but the problem is more that once you leave the game, things get a lot less interesting, and hitting all the keys stops doing interesting stuff, and she tends to get frustrated when we keep pulling her away to get back in the game."
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Wii Has Outsold XBox 360

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CastrTroy writes "According to the stats at VGChartz.com the Wii has now outsold the XBox 360. It has also sold more than double that of the PS3 which was released at the same time. Current numbers as I'm writing this show 10.57 million for the Wii, 10.51 million for XBox 360, and 4.32 million for the PS3. The Wii was only released 9 months ago, and the XBox 360 had a full year as the only new console on the market, yet it seems as though the Wii will win the popular opinion poll this generation. Good graphics or not, hardcore games or not, people are buying this thing in droves."
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