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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

EvilSS Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

What "studios" are you talking about? Isn't this kind of thing up to the publisher/funder (i.e. HBO)? In any case, it doesn't detract from the point. If these decisions are up to the studio, then every single person involved with marketing for the studio is incompetent. They're incompetent in thinking that DRM has a point when non-DRM files will always be posted on piracy sites within minutes of an airing. Why would someone pay for something inferior?

This isn't per-episode. It's a subscription to HBO, but sans cable. So no, all the content they show is not theirs. The vast majority is not theirs actually.

about a week ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

EvilSS Re: Never buying Samsung again (92 comments)

Wow, Samsung apologist fanbois. They really are copying Apple on everything!

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

EvilSS Re:What's the PC Processor Usage Then (338 comments)

I suspect BS, but I'll hear out the argument if there is actual evidence. Sliding down the resolution to 900p from 1080p would mostly save you on GPU, and Graphics memory usages. In a more detailed artilce it was stated that they picked 900p because they didn't want to fight with the differences between the XBone and PS4. The main reason the PS4 keeps getting 1080p and the XBone does not is that the memory for the graphics is so much faster. So if someone actually has the PC version and can so that "AI" is burning every processor at 100% then I'll buy their argument as plausable. Until then the story has changed from day to day, and isn't believable. If the AI has something to do with it then the AI coder has probably deadlocked the system when they use multiple cores, and has been cheating by using only one core.

Well if Watch_Dogs (another UbiSoft title) is any indication then I would believe it. I bought the PC version (yea yea, I know, Watch_dogs!? Fool me once...) and ran it on a 2nd gen i5. Don't recall the model exactly but it was clocked north of 3Ghz. Not a beast by today's standards but not horrible either. With that and a 780ti, the game was horribly CPU bound. Constantly at 100% CPU. Upgrading to a i7 4790K and it still runs at around 60% CPU. So yes, I can completely believe that their games are CPU bound. Now, as to why, and if it's necessary or just massively unoptimized, well......

about two weeks ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

EvilSS Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (162 comments)

Consumptions of infected simian meat has been the explanation for a very long time. Why does everyone seem surprised?

Because, at the same time, we've been told HIV can't spread orally.

Well since we don't routinely butcher and eat people, I imagine they felt they could leave that method out of the pamphlet. However blood-blood contact is also a known, disclosed method of transmission. It's just a lot less common in humans than sexual contact.

about three weeks ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

EvilSS Re:The story (162 comments)

How exactly does a virus change from a chimp version to a human version?

The same way avian and swine viruses jump to humans: mutation.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Did you seal up the cooling vents? If a router overheats trying to run sustained full rate, or in this case a mere 1/10th of full rate, I think you need to get your money back.

Nope. Most consumer routers are crap and they cut corners on things like thermal management. I went through multiple brands, all with the same issue. And no, I don't live in a jungle. Well, the midwest US but still, I keep the house cool in the summer and downright cold in the winter. If I dropped to WAP, the problems went away, but I will not run my wireless network with WAP. Might was well turn off encryption all together.

about a month ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

EvilSS Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

a) Their constitution is based on ours. b) It's not really standard surveying work when it is targeting a specific area to collect money from tax evaders with drones and it is most certainly invasive if they are comparing it against people's tax documents.

You do know that state and county governments in the US have been using aerial photography to help validate tax records for decades now, right? Where do you think Google got all those aerial shots in the early days of Google Earth? The only news here is "...with a drone!!"

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Gave up on rack-mount servers (287 comments)

I ditched my rack mount servers when I came home one February when it was 20F outside and my AC was running. Just not worth the cost of operating them! I culled my equipment down to a pair of T110 quad core Xeon (with HT) Dell pedestal servers, and a build-from-scratch file server with eight 3TB drives, cheap AMD proc, mobo, and all with 16GB RAM. Drastically lower power consumption than my old setup (4 HP DL585 G1's) and more powerful as well. The T110's are setup to allow me to swap out the boot drives to change hypervisors in and out. They have dedicated 1 gig storage networks back to the file server where the vdisks for the VMs all live. Between the two I can run Xen, VMWare, or Hyper-V (my work requires me to work with all three) and on those I can run pretty much anything I need. I have some Cisco gear for when I need to play with it but for the most part those stay unpowered. I can simulate most of the networking for testing.

Other than that there is a pair of 8 port gigabit switches, router running Tomato Shibby, cable modem, Silicon Dust OTA networked TV tuner, and a wireless access point in the center of the house for phones/tablets. All living on a 4 shelf bread rack in my office.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Try streaming mpeg-ts captures from broadcast TV over wireless. They put Netflix to shame.

I've done this and it does work. The problem I always ran into wasn't the bandwidth, it was the encryption. I would cook the routers streaming 1080p TS files with WPA2 enabled. Eventually gave up and ran ethernet. Living in a rental townhouse, I had to get creative with runners and area rugs to do that without punching holes in walls...

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

EvilSS Re:Or your fingerprint ... (504 comments)

So don't enable Touch ID if you are that concerned about it. Really, the user needs to take some responsibility for their privacy. That includes making choices between convenience and security.

about a month ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

EvilSS Re:Biggest concern is the data usage (323 comments)

Not necessarily. Someone who only downloads small, cheap apps would want to download them immediately over their cellular connection and would not expect to have relatively large downloads forced upon them.

There are separate settings for auto-downloading music and apps. You can enable one and not enable the other.

about a month ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

EvilSS Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

I haven't bought music through iTunes yet, so I'm hardly an expert, but it seems to me that if I were to PURCHASE music through a DOWNLOAD service, I would want to "download new purchases". It seems, then, that this would be the normal and expected setting - unless perhaps one expects to purchase on cell data service and then download later on wifi? in which case it would seem the better solution would be an option in the service to only download big files while connected on wifi, but I know Apple doesn't seem to care about little things like how much you spend (after all, you bought an Apple product, you want coolness!)

While there are reasons you would want to turn it on, you don't have to. If you attempt to play a song that is in your library but not downloaded, it will stream the song, playing it while downloading it to your device. This is nice if you have a smaller device (16 GB especially) and a large music collection. It will manage the music storage automatically. The user can control if they use their cellular data for this functionality. By default it's turned off.

about a month ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

EvilSS Re:Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (59 comments)

While any nuclear detonation creates an EMP, it's really only high-altitude detonations that you need to worry about for EMP effects. Their interaction with the magnetosphere can amplify and spread their EMP effects over a very large area . By contrast the effective range for a normal ground or airburst nuclear EMP is less than its thermal and overpressure damage radii. When you are pincushioned by debris and on fire, you tend to re-evaluate your level of concern about your electronics.

about a month ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

EvilSS Of course they are! (533 comments)

AT&T and Verizon's (FIOS aside) main offerings are stuck at around 6mb/s. This change would mean that all of virtually all of AT&T's residential service and Verizion's non-FIOS residential service would fall out of the broadband category. Neither company wants to spend money on any infrastructure if they don't have to so keeping the status quo definition will save them billions of dollars.

about a month and a half ago
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CPU's Heat Output to Amplify DNA Could Make Drastically Cheaper Tests

EvilSS Re:You completely missed the point of the article (27 comments)

The big deal is they could do this with the existing machine, and they didn't need to make modifications.

Waste heat has nothing to do with it.

Thank you. I was trying to figure out what the heck I was missing in the summary that would make this a big deal.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

EvilSS Re:First things first... (154 comments)

Get a chair that is comfortable for you, then use other items to meet your other criteria.

100% agree with this. Find the best chair, then find the best laptop support option. No all-in-one solution is going to beat that.

about 2 months ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

EvilSS Re:Oh now Apple joins the team (160 comments)

I dunno. Most of the people I know with iphones have asked Siri "where can I hide the bodies" because she has a funny answer (starts looking up quarries, if I recall). Of course, if any of them had become murder suspects shortly thereafter, it could have been a problem, but if Apple reported all of those, the police would probably give up after the first few as a waste of time.

Actually I don't think it does this anymore. I was playing with it not long ago and wondered if they had updated any of the old "joke" queries and noticed some of them seemed to be removed and this was one of them. I wonder if this is why. I tried it just now and, of course, Siri appears to be down.

Also, let this be a record that I was asking this to verify if it still worked or not!.

about 2 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

EvilSS Re:Never let the truth (391 comments)

I don't think they would (they spend a lot of time making sure there is no bias on the wheels). Any bias seems to be in the croupier, not the wheel. I've run into croupiers that never seem to get runs, and others who worked almost like a clock (those are my favorites). I once spent two hours on the floor of the Mandalay Bay watching (and betting with) one particular croupier. It was 7 red then black (or vice versa) over and over and over. I was quite sad to see her shift end :) I've also seen streaks go on for 16 spins. Lucky for me I always seem to hit those when they peak. I watched a kid trying to do the same thing on one of those long streaks. He walked away quite sad, even more so when I walked up, dropped $50, and won on the next spin. So yea, there is a lot of luck involved (apparently I'm allowed to win small amounts of cash, just not the lottery)

I did once build a model for this that allowed me to play with the streak and chase bet numbers and I found that at 7/3 the results (won cash minus lost cash) quickly went positive and stayed there. I ran these over several hundred thousand "spins" and it didn't waver. I also kept track of the numbers to make sure they were with in the expected probabilities.

about 2 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

EvilSS Re:Never let the truth (391 comments)

I wait for a run of 6 (or more) red or black. I walk up, place a bet (say $20) on the opposite color. Most of the time, I win right away. If I lose, I will double down (double my prior bet on the same color, so $40, $80, $160), but no more than three more times. Outside the first time I did this (and chased a $20 with over $600, realized what I did and set my rule!) I've never had to go past three (so 4 bets total)

And that's it. Statically speaking I always have the same slightly less than 50/50 chance of winning (thanks to 0/00 it's not even odds although it pays that way), the prior spins really don't make any difference. Except, when I play this way, I win.Like I said, statistically it shouldn't work. Call it luck I guess.

The downside is you need a busy casino (with busy tables, which is getting harder and harder to find even in Vegas these days) that allows cash or casino chips on outside bets (bets along the outside of the table for color, odd/even, etc) at their roulette tables vs making you buy table chips, which for roulette are specific to the table. You will not get rich playing this way, it's too slow and higher bets risk running into table limits if you start doubling down, but it's an easy way to pay for dinner.

about 2 months ago

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