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The Individual Midnight Thread

EdIII Re:Pipedot.org (40 comments)

Wikipedia has a much larger audience, and Slashdot is a community.

You need to figure out how to monetize it to an extent that it at least supports itself and does so in a way without offending anyone.

Good luck. I would love to see such a site get created.

about 8 months ago
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The Individual Midnight Thread

EdIII Re:marked as SPAM (40 comments)

Yes, but he does have a point. Slashdot is being ruined far more by the complaints than the Beta (fucking POS). So whatever damage is being done at this point is "your" fault. I put that in quotes as I don't know the extent of your involvement in the revolt.

It's very effective, but is also exactly what terrorists do. Make it so bad for the innocent bystanders that they have no option but to listen to you. I'm not the only one that senses an undercurrent of spoiled entitlement in the messages and actions either.

You guys can flame away on me as much as you want and claim I'm a corporate apologist, but that would just be reactionary, emotional, and illogical.

I'm with all of you on this. Slashdot is being ruined by corporate greed and shortsighted decisions by executives, and they are all worthless wastes of skins based solely on their actions . I have to block 9 trackers, beacons, and widgets on this site, and this site, above all others, should NOT be violating our privacy with 3rd party corporations known to be raping us in cyberspace.

However, while we voice our displeasure with what has happened to our beloved community let us not attack those who are not our "enemies", but those that have valid complaints about how we are reacting to it.

Fuck Beta is annoying from all angles.

Let's just leave and come back the Tuesday after next and see what happens.

about 8 months ago
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The Individual Midnight Thread

EdIII Re:Pipedot.org (40 comments)

I don't think it's possible to make a site unsupported by advertisements. Where you do plan on getting the money for hosting from? Private donors?

I might give you 20-40 a year. I think I may have given Slashdot like 60 bucks before the economy went into the shitter.

Why on earth would Adobe flash be required for anything? Every time I see Flash on the page I just come to the conclusion they had poor website designers. Seriously. Who chooses that complete waste of a corporation now? If they didn't have Photoshop I would not use a single program by their ridiculously abhorrent corporation, and I only use Photoshop because I don't consider GIMP to be an alternative that is there just yet. Getting there, but not yet.

Kudos on getting rid of the trackers, beacons, and widgets though. We would be blocking them anyways, so there is no point for anything outside of internal analytics.

about 8 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

EdIII Re:Extra apostrophes (367 comments)

That's simplistic.

It's also used to warn that there might be a "g" missin' and it was intentional

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

EdIII Re:Use an antenna. (578 comments)

You just gave the exact reason why I wait for somebody to cap the whole thing (just like it is their job), remove all highly objectionable corporate content and political bullshit, and package it up and send it out as a torrent.

They can try as hard as they want to, and will never defeat that.

With memberships at closed private tracker sites I sit comfortable in the knowledge that I can tell them to fuck off anytime I want to and watch that content on MY terms.

The harder they try for control, the more they push people like me away. If they calmed down for one second, I might seriously consider paying 30-50 bucks for Olympic coverage sans commercials.

Since they're stupid and greedy (wonderful combination) I just get the content for free instead.

That goes for a large number of other things as well. I loved some shows so much that I would happily pay $10 a month per show to receive it streamed without commercial content. While I pirated the crap out of the shows while they ran, I also rented every DVD on Netflix and returned it, and purchased DVD box sets, and received DVD box sets as gifts.

I'm paying for content, just not as much as they demand, and I'm not letting them rape my eyeballs with such intellectual poison that commercials have turned into.

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

EdIII Re:Why? (578 comments)

The reason you are forced to have a cable subscription to watch content is the same exact reason why car manufacturers tried to make it illegal for you to make after market purchases and modifications to the vehicles (which failed).

Old men with old business models that don't feel they have to compete fairly for one second.

Television is just information, and information is just bandwidth usage, and we already created an incredibly robust way to transfer huge amounts of information.

They're upset that the Internet killed their cash cow, and instead of innovating and trying to create new markets and new business models, they resort to highly unethical and abhorrent attempts to force the subsidization of their aging business models at all costs.

You have to look at another fact as well. We only have so much disposable income, and corporate greed demands continuous growth. ESPN seems to think it's possible to continually increase their costs beyond inflation to satisfy the shareholders. The idea that the shareholder must be satisfied at all costs is what creates shortsighted decisions with long term consequences.

We already have everything we need. It should never cost more than $100 (adjustments for inflation are fine) to purchase bandwidth. In fact, it can really costs a whole heck of a lot less than that even.

It reminds me of when aluminum used to be worth more than gold and a single invention killed it. Well I don't seem to recall that when we buy gold that we are also forced to buy aluminum at the same price in the same transaction lest we have no access to gold. Do you?

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

EdIII Re:Why? (578 comments)

Yes, the Olympics should just be renamed Corporate Greed & Corruption Incorporated

It's very telling that an event that was supposed to bring us all together as one people (planet wide) to participate in a friendly sports competition, that is thousands of years old, has been turned into nothing but a political money grab to roam around the planet and make rich men richer while denying access to this humanitarian event unless you are regularly paying a corporation to sell your eyeballs to other corporations to drown you in inane intellectually offensive material to convince you that you need some worthless shit you never knew you needed.

That's why I don't watch the Olympics, and I don't give two shits about who has gold or silver what. Never have.

Call me back when it actually means something, and I will get excited over it.

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

EdIII Re:Why? (578 comments)

Privatizing the benefits while collectivizing the costs is not capitalism.

Apparently, you have not met the *new* Corporate America. That's EXACTLY what they did with the bailouts for Wall Street, and pretty much defines a large part of capitalism now.

If you're big enough, you don't have to suffer any consequences anymore.

If you're a regular person, then shut up. You don't say anything because you clearly understand nothing of economics, that's just the way it is, get a haircut you fucking hippie, pay taxes, and die with individually mandated health insurance, and no, we won't actually fix medicine or any of the cronyism and nepotism you continue to claim are present... what's wrong with you? Fucking Communist.

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

EdIII Re:Why? (578 comments)

I would argue that we are owed access to the content in a reasonable manner without monopolies and undue restrictions.

It's not an issue of entitlement, but discrimination.

I openly admit to pirating the living shit out of Disney because they are doing their best to sequester the content and not allow access. I'm talking about stuff well over 20 years old, so I refuse to respect the copyright on a fucking mouse created in the 30's with the daughter of the creator dying at old age already.

If NBC refuses to make a deal with me individually, and demands that I possess an existing contract with another corporation for thousands of dollars per year, then they can lick balls.

They're not offering the content in any way that I can compensate them for the production.

Therefore, it's Public Domain instantaneously since it's being kept from people. At no time do I ever respect ownership of ideas and expressions. I respect, support, and encourage artists and I'm willing to do that with money, but only if they are willing to act in good faith and allow me peaceful enjoyment and reasonable compensation.

So NBC can say hello to "piracy". At least from this individual...

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

EdIII Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

They're most likely never going to get it right, precisely because of what you just pointed out:

Audience vs. Community

It's abundantly clear that Slashdot is run by corporate masters and marketing suckheads. Those people are ALWAYS about an audience, as advertising and shill articles make money for those execs, which translates into more money/resources allocated for the marketers.

They don't have any incentive to treat us as a community as long as treating us like an audience is making them money.

I think you nailed it, and I think it's time for must of us to exit Slashdot and find a place that gives news that matters for nerds in a community oriented atmosphere with information dense interfaces that aren't purely about the shiny.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

EdIII Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

What do you think?

So the better alternative to Slashdot and possibly Groklaw (Technocrat.net) all comes down to a single decision by your wife? Man. I've heard of wives influencing the guy's good times, but that's next level ;)

Well Slashdot has gone to major suckage lately. I've had a terribly hard time just coming back to posts and finding comments that I wrote, let alone finding a comment that I was looking at right before I closed the tab accidentally. That was after the last great "improvements" in the comment system. It's become *less* functional and enjoyable to me since I joined, and that's not a good thing for any website.

There are reasons that I think Technocrat.net can work:

1) While I disagree that javascript is terrible, it's good at what it does do. Primarily ajax calls to post without leaving the page. That's nice. I'm sure there really are only a few things that benefit that much from javascript and you could cut the rest out to considerably slim down the pages. That should appease the people that are determined to disable javascript on everything, while preserving major site functionality without it which leads to the most important thing I think everybody agrees with....

2) Clean and simple. Another poster here said it very well. The Beta is all about cashing in on new pseudo-touch design fads that waste space and have no real purpose other than being shiny. I'm sure you and others you work with are more than capable of creating an information dense site designed to service the core business of Slashdot. That core business is just articles, posts, and comments. Most Slashdot readers could not care less about the shiny. We love function over form.

3) I'm guessing that you won't have corporate wastes of human skin breathing down your neck with advice from fancy marketing firms demanding you "fix" something that is not broken just to play buzzword bingo. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but I have my own experience with PHB's making inane/insane demands that are straight out of a Dilbert strip.

4) As another poster said, Slashdot has been pulling this crap for awhile and been going downhill in overall quality across the board. Perhaps, this time if you build it they really will come. I don't see Slashdot with its corporate masters allowing us to go back to clean and simple ever again. ( I really do think you can do clean and simple with minimum javascript too, so flame away guys)

5) Technocrat.net could start right off the bat with a few policies that could stop spammers and trolls right in their tracks instead of just allowing a Wild West mentality. I support freedom as much as anybody, but there have been instances in which Slashdot has outright refused to even protect itself in ways that everyone would find reasonable. Not an easy thing to do, but you don't also have all the restrictions that Slashdot has, and your not mired down in it's viewpoints, processes, and methods. You could start from scratch, which is something Slashdot is not capable of clearly.

6) If you're involved I'm sure that many, such as myself, would give our patronage (I've subscribed to Slashdot a few times) to a site that would mostly likely support the concepts and ideas of Open Source.

If you make another site I promise that I would join and at least submit a couple of articles a month that I find elsewhere. I don't have many approved submissions here, but I do have a few. I also comment prolifically and I'm only slightly trollish.

I came here to read news for nerds that matters and post comments. Let's face it, Slashdot hasn't been getting it done, and the last few days people have revolted and we don't even discuss the news anymore. Maybe this is the time to make a change?

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

EdIII Re:Fuckbeta (2219 comments)

3-digit is impressive, but I've single double digits around here once or twice ;)

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

EdIII Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I don't see a reason for the change for one.

I'm on classic at the moment and I can't see just what is so great about the new one at all, other than a site layout change and aesthetics. Mostly aesthetics, which is not a reason to change something that works.

As someone who has subscribed a few times to support Slashdot, I would be sad to leave. All things change though and I'm sure I could live without Slashdot and find other competitors that deliver tech news I want to hear.

So if they really are listening, clean up all the *crap* code and fire whoever is doing it. May sound harsh, but seriously, how can a development team release a Beta that was pre-Alpha at best with quality? Were they drunk? "Feature Parity" should have been something 100% resolved before the Beta.

Information density is interesting as a concept and I understand what others are saying, but you never even made it to the point where you could have the luxury of such decisions.

Just make it work. That's it. Have all the same features and the *exact* same ability to write comments, especially the line spacing and markups. The beta was absolutely horrible to get anything done that classic did without a problem. It's an unmitigated disaster.

about 8 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

EdIII Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

While I know that you are probably joking, you can make the number 9 and include me.

For a half a day I suffered their new interface and noticed nothing but problems. I come here to read comments, and possibly write them. The new interface is much more difficult for me to read. It's not about it being different and jarring, it's about it being the worst coded piece of shit ever.

It's simple. If the interface makes it difficult, and they don't have the bugs fixed, and the layout isn't conducive to easy reading.... I'm just going to stop.

Slashdot won't provide me with what I come here to enjoy, so whatever, I move on and go someplace else. Stuff happens, stuff changes, and all sites die eventually I guess when the owners tank it.

I would love to see the list of problems and feature requests that made them create that abomination of code in the first place. ..AND... as far as the low amount goes.... you notice whole articles now like this where we are talking about this shit instead of about the article. That can't be a good sign.

about 9 months ago
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South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

EdIII Re: Sad times (133 comments)

What about monitoring the border like that violates the Constitution?

I'm very adamant about the 4th and privacy, but monitoring the stretch of the border with at most 100ft resolution does not seem to create mass violations of privacy.

We should be protecting our border.

Aside from this particular piece of tech, there are the Constitution Free Zones. That is a much bigger problem than some Kinect's looking for human shapes along side the border. I would choose the Kinect's at the border or over the Totalitarianism Zones in the US.

At least the border is small and doesn't directly affect over 70% of the population of the US.

about 9 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

EdIII Re:Time Lord's Charter (179 comments)

McDonald's is atrocious. I'll give you that. Miley.... just looks weird to me. Seriously. Her body is just not shaped right or something.

But... if you're *gonna* nuke the Amerkins, do it for a damn good reason. We gots plenty.

I'll start:

Bush

about 9 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

EdIII Re:Time Lord's Charter (179 comments)

If you're referring to Shatner's music, then yes, nuke Canada.

about 9 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

EdIII Re:Happy Saturday from The Golden Girls! (342 comments)

LOL.

I just saw the lines and remembered the tune. Didn't even see such a horrible pun in there at all.

Thought it was one of those constant crazy comments we get around here, and I do remember seeing it at least a few dozen times at this point.

about 9 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

EdIII Re:Typical (342 comments)

I pretty much see politics as a single proposal to the working man.

Suck a dick, or take a dick. Either way, we're giving you Dick. It's whats for Dinner, and I'll give you a hint: Dick.

about 9 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

EdIII Re:Duh - help his state out (342 comments)

Shots Fired :)

I haven't heard someone bash MS and LA that hard in awhile...

about 9 months ago

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Satellite Internet connections for South America (specifically Peru). Advice?

EdIII EdIII writes  |  about a year ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "I've been looking on the Internet for a decent contention service (4:1,10:1) in South America and I am not finding much. I have also heard that some frequency bands are a lot better at cutting through cloud cover. This is for a fairly remote ground station with reliable power generation, but also routinely cloudy. I would need at least 3/1Mbps with hopefully decent latency. What's your advice Slashdotters? Yes, I know that some of the solutions can cost 20K for deployment and 2-10K per month for service. Not looking NASA results with Home Depot parts on the budget of a 7/11 chiclet. Feel free to to tell me about a good commercial service. There is another ground station that might be deployed in north east Alaska. Thanks"
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White House must answer petition to "Build Death Star"

EdIII EdIII writes  |  about 2 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "The White House petition to secure funding for building the Death Star has garnered 25,499 petitions, meaning the White House must officially respond.

I can't wait for the response... but my question to Slashdot readers is what modifications would you add to the proposed Death Star?

Obviously, as one journalist put it, "guardrails around any of the facility's seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits""

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7,500 square mile floating rock shelf in the Southern Ocean

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 2 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "Sailors from New Zealand's Royal Navy found more than 7,500 square miles of the lava rock bobbing on the surface of the South Pacific Ocean, which is slightly smaller than New Jersey, but more interesting.

It has been initially determined to be from underwater volcanic eruption, possibly from Monowai."

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White House dimisses petition to investigate Chris

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 2 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "Recently a petition was successful to ask the White House to investigate former Senator, and now MPAA CEO, Chris Dodd and others for bribery due to his specific comments about funding from Hollywood tied to the passing of SOPA/PIPA. The White House refused to comment or take action on the grounds the petition specifically asked for a criminal investigation.

For all the lawyers out there, armchair or otherwise, how can we reword and resubmit the petition to ask the White House to compel an ethics investigation, or some similar investigation of improper conduct surrounding SOPA/PIPA that is within the purview of Congress and the President?

It's clearly bribery, so how we can change the wording so we can't be so easily dismissed?"

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Netflix meltdown in progress?

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 3 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "Like many I got home from work (approx 9:15 PST) and sat down to use my "Netflix Ready Device" to get my Netflix on.

It reported errors connecting on the device. Rebooted it, since it helped before, and still had the error.

Upon checking with my web browser I was unable play content with Netflix advising me to contact them.

Their 1800 number is so overloaded it first reported all circuits busy, but not in the same way as my cell phone would.

2nd attempt played a message saying that there were not accepting further calls due to heavy call volume.

So I went to my queue just to remove something and it reported that it could not do so in a jquery like pop-up.

Then my dvd queue and instant wach disappeared.

Then some of my personal data in front of me.

So..............

Anyone else experiencing similar issues with Netflix? It it having a really really bad day in the IT Dept? :D"
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material can pump water with no added energy

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 4 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "

Researchers at the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics have discovered a way to make liquid flow vertically upward along a silicon surface, overcoming the pull of gravity, without pumps or other mechanical devices.

This seems to be a trend where new materials are being designed with properties derived only from their physical construction, and not chemical components. Just recently there was a material modeled after spider hairs that is nearly 100% waterproof. The examples of this material are geared towards computing and thermal cooling, but.. if this material effectively pumps water without any energy requirements (pumps) and can do so against gravity I wonder if it could be used for different purposes. Pumping water obviously, but what about hydro power generation? Possible uses for this material seem to far exceed just computing."
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NYPD spends 1 million dollars on typewriters

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "Despite having most, if not all, of it's arrest forms computerized, the NYPD has spent nearly $1M dollars on new typewriters for it's police officers to fill out property and evidence vouchers with carbon copies. Regardless of complaints from police officers about inefficiency, lack of common sense, and slow processing type writers are not going to be phased out anytime soon according to officials. As one cop put it, "We have to sneak around the rest of the precinct in search of a ribbon to steal". According to one study by Dr. Edith Linn outdated equipment is part of the reason for officers being averse to making arrests for less serious crimes. However, it's not all bad news. For the type writer companies at least."
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45 year old modem used to surf the web

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "

[phreakmonkey] got his hands on a great piece of old tech. It's a 1964 Livermore Data Systems Model A Acoustic Coupler Modem. He recieved it in 1989 and recently decided to see if it would actually work. It took some digging to find a proper D25 adapter and even then the original serial adapter wasn't working because the oscillator depends on the serial voltage. He dials in and connects at 300baud. Then logs into a remote system and fires up lynx to load Wikipedia. Lucky for [phreakmonkey] they managed to decide on a modulation standard in 1962. It's still amazing to see this machine working 45 years later.

Although impractical for surfing the Internet today, there is something truly cool about getting a 45-year old modem to work with modern technology. The question I have, is what is the oldest working piece of equipment fellow Slashdotters have out there? I'm afraid as far back as I can go is a Number Nine Imagine 128 Series 2 Graphics card on a server still in use at my house which only puts me at about 14 years."
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ZillionTV brings ad-based streaming content to TV

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "

The ZillionTV(TM) Service (www.zilliontv.tv) is a breakthrough television entertainment platform that gives television lovers instant access to their favorite shows and movies with no subscription fees — all on-demand and delivered directly to their television sets. Major Hollywood studios and television networks such as ABC/Disney, Fox, NBC/Universal, Sony and Warner Bros. have partnered with ZillionTV to provide a vast collection of programs that will continue to expand.

There is a catch:

Advertisers experience a revolutionary new way to ensure that viewers actually experience their advertising within an industry already hard-hit by the proliferation of ad-skipping DVR technology.

By opting in to view personally selected advertising with no fast forwarding allowed , the viewer actually earns rewards which can then be redeemed directly through the TV remote.

Now advertising is a deal breaker to me in all instances. Especially the forced viewing. However, there seems to be a strong indication that in exchange for targeted advertising that cannot be stopped the customer is given a free subscription and rewards that can be exchanged for products you see on the "TV". So fellow Slashdotters, just how many of you would be willing to make that kind of deal and why?"
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Time Warner recommends Internet for some shows

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 5 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "The dispute between Time Warner and Viacom over fees seems to be without any resolution this year. Time Warner faces the possibility of being without content for almost 20 channels. Alexander Dudley, a spokesperson for Time Warner, is fighting back:

We will be telling our customers exactly where they can go to see these programs online," Mr. Dudley said. "We'll also be telling them how they can hook up their PCs to a television set.

Why pay for digital cable when many content providers and now providing it on demand via the Internet? Not to mention the widespread availability of tv shows in both standard and high definition on public and private torrent tracker sites. It is entirely possible to watch television with no commercials or advertising with only an Internet connection. So getting your content via the Internet is not exactly free, but it certainly isn't contributing to Time Warner or any other cable providers revenue stream. The real question is why Time Warner would fight back by so clearly showing how increasingly obsolete they are becoming and that cable providers are losing their monopolistic grip on media delivery."
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PC manufacturers view piracy as "hidden benefi

EdIII EdIII writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EdIII (1114411) writes "GamesIndustry.biz is running a story about an interview with Todd Hollenshead from iD. Some notable comments:

iD Software's CEO Todd Hollenshead has stated that he believes PC manufacturers' acceptance of piracy and the sharing of content the user does not pay for is the PC hardware industry's "dirty little secret".

Hollenshead — famed for PC titles Doom, Quake and the forthcoming Rage — believes that PC manufacturers will obviously speak out against piracy in public, but the enormity of the problem is evidence that it's being largely ignored by hardware companies.

If Mr. Hollenshead thinks that hardware companies are ignoring the problem, which is to say his problem, just what does he think the solution should be? It would seem that he thinks that computer hardware is no different than a rented cable tv box and the industry as a whole should have rights to create whatever protections that they want in the form of hardware level DRM.

Is a computer really just an extension of corporate property in consumer's homes, or do we as consumers have an absolute right to control what code gets executed and how?"

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