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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

CrashNBrn Re:Not like Ebay or Amazon (98 comments)

Haven't dealt with Alibaba, or its smaller subsidiaries... though I was tempted quite a few times. Ebay is probably fine for physical goods, but a crap-shoot for software. Ebay prices really don't impress me, as once you factor in shipping, bidding or even insta-buy - it's almost always been a better deal to just buy from Amazon and get it in 1-2 days. Just wish we could buy from Amazon.uk for a few things.

Amazon customer service is the best I've encountered ever, anywhere. They respond to inquiries and suggestions within 12 hours. Returns are never refused, even for reasoning like, "didn't like it, wasn't suitable."

1 hour ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

CrashNBrn 7xx to 9xx ?? (121 comments)

So its a tweaked 780/790... and Nvidia bumps the leading digit by 2? WTF. Shouldn't this of been an 8xx series at most? Pretty f'n misleading.

yesterday
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

CrashNBrn Re:They Do Not. (315 comments)

The ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS stations that are provided via Cable may or may not have "some" Canadian content. Most-likely not. They are not local stations. Your local cable company has made a deal with an American affiliate to carry that channel. Except for when Global, ATV, CTV, ASN, or CBC simulcasts a show the Ads aren't even changed from what that American affiliate airs.
I lived in Canada for 39 years, the only "Canadian-Content" I ever saw on American television Networks was the odd time they would cover a Canadian news story. Less than a half-dozen of the countless Canadian television shows ever made it to the US. More than likely as America always does, they would take scripts/ideas and redo the whole thing instead of airing the original.

2 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

CrashNBrn They Do Not. (315 comments)

Global, CBC, ATV, CTV, etc have to to comply. The stations that rebroadcast or simulcast American Television content.

2 days ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

CrashNBrn Insulin Response from actual Sugar, Honey, etc (292 comments)

The other part is satiation, and insulin response. Higher levels of fructose do not trigger a normal insulin response, and while food sweetened with sugar vs HFCS will have a similar caloric value --- you wont "feel" satiated due to the unbalance and irregular insulin response. Thus you are more inclined to continue to consume more.

Coca-cola for example, anywhere else in the world, except the U.S. is made with sugar. You will (should) feel satiated after consuming a bottle of a sugary beverage. Whereas with HFCS you will be more inclined to have another.

This information has been known for more than a decade. This article Consumption of sugars and the regulation of short-term satiety and food intake, is from 2003.

I imagine the Corn Industry lobby has done their best to suppress this information. The corn industry is heavily subsidized in the US, along with Sugar having import tariffs.

Hell, a few years back know their was a campaign to rename HFCS to Corn Sugar --- as HFCS has gotten too much bad press. I think it didn't get past the FDA

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

CrashNBrn Addenum: also DOS SLIP. (334 comments)

There was also DOS SLIP. One of those should be able to connect to a dial-up account.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

CrashNBrn Or You know... DOS. (334 comments)

Or if all they can actually do is email. DOS.
Until 1998 I ran DOS 6.2, DOSPPP (for dialup) and I don't remember what program I had for email. Along with NCSA Telnet. I think I used a TSR ("terminate and stay resident") - may of been required to launch DOSPPP.

Those "windows.exe viruses" wont get very far in a 16 bit environment.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

CrashNBrn Re:systemd (377 comments)

*snicker*

I can understand when ppl bitch about obscure acronyms or Biology/Physics/etc concepts being bandied about as common knowledge... but really, SystemD --- LINUX ... it's quite possibly one of the most common topics on ./ this year.

4 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

CrashNBrn Re: Spectromancer not FPS (291 comments)

Most of the players are across the pacific, European-continent countries, Russian. The asshole ratio is fairly small. The worst I've seen, less than a dozen times or so in a year (as I Blacklist them) are the people that make a snide/dickish comment when you lose, as opposed to "gg". Although most people don't say (type) anything at all.

All of the other online CCG/TCG's that I've come across force you to continually spend money, or at the very least invest far, far too much time to earn "virtual-coins".

The only thing you can "earn" in Spectromancer is renown. The card-list is self-contained; and only changes when new "Caster-types" are added, which has only occurred twice over the last 5-6 years with the two expansions.

Spectromancer is a bit more math-oriented than MTG, and you can't make your own decks in multi-player --- aside from some Tournament/Arena match-types. It's definitely not for everyone.

I introduced it to my 10yo nephew 4 or 5 months ago now, and we play almost every week for about an hour. One of the best investments I ever made.

4 days ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

CrashNBrn Degen or Sangean on Amazon (40 comments)

Check out Degen or Sangean on Amazon. Some are shortwave radios, some world-bands, graphic-equalizers, portable, many take SD cards for MP3 playback.

5 days ago
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Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

CrashNBrn Forking is Evil now? (54 comments)

That might be a bit harsh, but none of the companies on the page are exactly well known for cooperating with the projects they use, with Google being one of the worst offenders by forking both Linux and WebKit.

How does forking something make google the worst offender. Isn't that one of the key benefits to OSS that something can be forked?

5 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

CrashNBrn Re:Spectromancer not FPS (291 comments)

I know right. RTS, and FPS and moar guns and death, Civ-likes and RPG's that take months to finish, they are much more valuable to modern computing.

5 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

CrashNBrn Spectromancer not FPS (291 comments)

ALl this talk of multiplayer sounds awfully FPS-centric. Try a card game (Spectromancer) based on Magic-the-Gathering, designed with Richard Garfield, and MTG art assets. No micro-transactions, no further purchases beyond the $20 up-front cost. And if $20 is too much, play single-player-only for free on Kongregate.

A game can last anywheres from 2 mins to 30, with the average of about 5-8mins.

5 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

CrashNBrn Big Government in Little China (418 comments)

They used BIG Government for the subsidies and pay-outs. Then used little Government to lock out the competition. Just like Verizon has claimed to be a telecom when it suits their needs, and then claims "internet" isn't telecom when that suits their needs.

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

CrashNBrn Re:Addenum: FF is nothing like Chrome (129 comments)

Oh, and FYI. I come from 15 years of Opera. I know what customizable is. As soon as they make it easier to incorporate a custom-button, they'll have smoked Opera 12 as far as that's concerned.

When multi-threading gets more stable, they'll have smoked Opera in every way imaginable.

And for the people that wont give up their legacy-shit-extensions, you can add back the Status-bar/Addon-bar and live in the past to ones hearts content.

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

CrashNBrn Re:Addenum: FF is nothing like Chrome (129 comments)

It's actually more customizable, and easier to do so.
I'm pretty sure the primary reason for getting rid of the "Addon Bar" and such is to break legacy usage of shit extensions that aren't secure, haven't maintained development, and in many cases are no longer necessary. There are so many garbage extensions in the online addons repository, it's not even funny. Hundreds of addons that do one stupid thing, that USERSTYLES can do or that FF already does natively. Yet people still download and install them. Hilarious.

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

CrashNBrn Re:Tell my Grandma (129 comments)

Then I guess she wont mind using a browser thats 10 years old either.

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

CrashNBrn Addenum: FF is nothing like Chrome (129 comments)

Chrome is quite possibly the least customizable browser available. Whereas FF is far and away the MOST customizable, perhaps even better than Opera 12 in that respect.

Even IE allows for some pretty major GUI surgery with BrowserHelpers, and extensions. I use Quero for IE, and hide the "native address-bar".

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

CrashNBrn Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

I'm helping. I use FF Nightly nearly exclusively plus IE11 when I can't tell if a problem is a site or FF. Nightly has made major progress since 32/33, which would freeze for nearly 10 mins on relaunch with hundreds/thousand+ tabs (even with don't load tabs until selected).
Now there's very little time at all before the interface becomes useable, even without enabling "Electrolysis". Although I keep trying to test multi-threaded, but it breaks LastPass, RequestPolicyContinued and probably some other things.

Mozilla should just make it easier to report bug reports. They already collect my telemetry data, I shouldn't have to go through yet another registration and run over to bugzilla.

The FF-whiners spread more disinformation than truth. Although at times it contains a grain of truth. Granted they sound similiar to some of us when Opera dropped Presto. At least FF held their ground and pushed through.

about a week ago

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The Pirate Bay R.I.P.

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "We have heard rumblings of The Pirate Bay going the way of the DoDo Bird. The possibility that the current owners were considering selling. This has indeed occurred.
According to BetaNews, "Wayne Rosso, former president of Grokster has been working with Global Gaming Factory X, the Swedish firm that recently bought the Pirate Bay, to turn the service legit and legal without changing the user experience at all."
Rosso said, "I'm calling this new model 'resource supported'. In short, the more computer resources the user contributes to The Pirate Bay, the more his content consumption is subsidized. I won't drill down any further due to commercial confidentiality, but it can actually work. And if it does, it will be huge."

While the piratebay blog goes on to say, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

Color me skeptical, but it should certainly be interesting seeing the fallout from this."

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Apple Declares War on Palm Pre

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Fairly brief blurb on Gearlog, regarding an iTunes Support note on how Apple doesn't guarantee third-party syncing with iTunes... "because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players". Considering the timing of the support note and the Palm Pre's release, it looks like a passive agressive attack on the Pre. Interestingly, Gearlog mentions the Pre was designed by a number of ex-Apple employees — which I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere before.
Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox states, "If Apple chooses to disable Media Sync in a future version of iTunes, we just think it will be a direct blow to their own users""
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Judges upholds $107,834 award against RIAA

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
In the long running saga of Atlantic v. Andersen the judge has awarded the exonerated P2P defendant over $100,000 in attorneys' fees. Her malicious prosecutio lawsuit against the RIAA is still pending."

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MacBook Pro external drive... and Windows?

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn writes "My GF has a macbook pro, does Video and Music editting on an external drive. She inadvertently formatted it to Fat32, which in this case is next to useless. The problem as it stands, the drive will periodically need to interface with Windows machines. NTFS as I've read is not natively supported by Mac, and Mac's filesystem is not supported by windows. Is there some middle ground that doesn't rely on the Windows machine in question to be running WebDav or the like?"

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