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Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

GNious Re:150 kelvin = -189.67 F (17 comments)

C'mon, it is the year 2014 already - no-one uses Fahrenheit any longer.

1 hour ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

GNious Re:Good for China, goods for us (157 comments)

hmm... people in low-cost countries should start studying US law, so they can give cheap legal-advice :)

1 hour ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

GNious Re:That's it? (399 comments)

I don't think you're looking at this the right way....

Ads are per-site.
Those sites are generally free (ignoring the various ads).

To pay for an "ad-free internet", you would pay the sites you use directly, to get an ad-free experience with them.
You use YouTube? Pay them 3GBP/month.
You use Slashdot? Pay them 1GBP/month.
You use Reddit? ...uki, they should then pay you...
You use The Daily Mail? Pay them 9.99GBP/month. ...and so on. Eventually, the internet bits that you use, are ad-free for you.

Yes, this doesn't make the complete internet ad-free, but it makes everything you use on the internet ad-free; your experience becomes an ad-free one.
No issues with a central collection and distribution, no licensing headaches, no cumbersome barrier-of-entry for new sites, and still the presence of this "democracy" thing you talk about.

Note: The idea of for-pay TV (Satellite TV in the form of Sky) was that the consumers would pay directly, and not have any ads ... not sure that worked out very well.

4 hours ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

GNious Re:Faulty logic (154 comments)

If GoDaddy filed an effectively-bogus DMCA, why weren't they punished?

"[..] statement by you UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf."

yesterday
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

GNious Re:Access restrictions (82 comments)

Am thinking we should look at the requirements and budgets set out by management, before we put the admins into the stockades.
Yeah, the admins probably could have done better, but if there were expressed requirements to do stuff in a given way, perchance from upper management to make something easier, the admins might not have had much say in the matter.
Likewise, if there wasn't sufficient budget to do things correctly (not really seeming likely, given the nature of this beast, but possible), the admins cannot really be blamed.

yesterday
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

GNious Re:Leave New York (227 comments)

Leave the U.S. and move to an actually-free country? ..yeah, I'm out of ideas as to where that might be, but I suspect rural Greenland might be a good option.

yesterday
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

GNious Re:Now what could go wrong? (375 comments)

This is written, literally, RIGHT BETWEEN THE SUMMARY AND THE COMMENT SECTION:

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.

2 days ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

GNious Re:As a chrono-American, I can remember... (111 comments)

I'm thinking it was around the time everyone there were either prisoners, or people hired to look after said prisoners ...

4 days ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

GNious Re:Better Idea (82 comments)

Thats assuming you know your going to be protesting with enough lead time.

If you get caught up in a spontaneous protest your not going to have time to go out and by a disposable phone.

Try to not "get caught up" in random protests.

4 days ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

GNious Re:Why not off Samba shares? (112 comments)

Would you really expect it to transfer PCM 44k1/16bit over network?

Remember, the "idea" of DLNA is not "to play audio", it is to facilitate media between a server, a browser and a render. It does dictate some very basic media-types to support, which I personally think is a bit silly, but I guess that ensures some limited shared-functionality.

More interestingly, the idea of DLNA is to make using it simple for the non-nerds.
I'd hate to see random-joe-sixpack set up NFS/Samba/FTP/HTTP sharing of media files, and then figure out getting his cellphone to browse these, and sending them to a player (cannot even see how NFS, Samba and HTTP would do that, and FXP is non-trivial). I assume you'll send me to a page showing how to do this in 5 easy steps - meanwhile, I just save files on my Synology, wife turns on the media player and see "Media Server", and then browse to the file she wants and clicks play - no configuring done on the media player (various), only 1 extra step (first time, choose render) on the cellphones and tablet.

There are some very picky players out there - the PS3 is not following the standards (and I'm not sure it is certified either), but the standard is not at fault if the implementation is poor. I'm quite certain that the server-implementation I'm using now has a pile of code to detect browser/render name and adjust the output accordingly; I know TwonkyServer does.
And I don't need to pick up server source code, to see silly flaws - I've sniffed enough network-traffic to see what various products do, and I've written my own flawed source code :)
(note: There are some... uhm ... less-than-optimal things in the standard, and bits too open for interpretation - but these are not what I'm seeing people complain about).

Finally, I'm not trying to defend UPnP and DLNA - they have flaws (in my opinion anyway), but everything I've seen people complain about are implementations (e.g. the person who said it only did 8.3 filenames!). I have a lot of positive experience with DLNA (not counting Sony PS3's version...), and some bad ones, but I chose to stick with it due to a very high WAF* rating and simplicity in setup and use.
Yeah, I could probably figure out getting something supporting SAMBA to run in the living-room, and then figure out SAMBA on my Synology server (it supports it*), but for now using my PS3 works. Likewise in the bedroom, but my Samsung DVD player supports DLNA, and required 0 minutes for setup. I'm sure iPad apps support SAMBA/NFS/FTP/HTTP/AFP, but DLNA works fine the moment the app is installed, and finds my server, ditto for Android apps.
There probably are easy-to-follow steps for SAMBA et al out there, but I installed an app on an Android tablet, then handed it to my now-5-year-old daughter, and 2 minutes later she was watching cartoons using - that is reason enough for me for DLNA to exist.

* WAF: Wife Approval Factor.
* Synology supports Samba, but I'm really only using AFP

5 days ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

GNious Re:Enquiring minds want to know (107 comments)

1 dollar bill is 0.10922 mm thick (or 0.0043 inches)
A 200 mm stack of 1 dollar-bills would come to 1831 dollars, assuming there is no space between the notes, and that the notes themselves are in near-pristine condition.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

GNious EST? or EDT?!? (425 comments)

The linked G+ post says "August 20th, 2014 at 12:30pm EST to 2:30pm EST", but August 20th, 2014 is during Summer Time/Daylight Saving Time ...

So, is is 12:30pm EST, or 12:30pm EDT ??

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

GNious Re:meh (164 comments)

Perhaps because those outside of the US knows that some imperial measurements comes in multiple versions depending on the source...

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

GNious Re:meh (164 comments)

As long as they'd bother note whether it was 5 front-yards wide, or 5 back-yards wide, we can probably convert trivially.
Besides, pretty sure they use american-imperial units in Greece.

about a week ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

GNious Re:Why not off Samba shares? (112 comments)

If the application (the Media Render) can play these as files, but not via DLNA, then it is a shite application - the source of the data should not matter.

Also, remember, there are 3 components in DLNA:
* Server
* Browser
* Render
The Browser and Render is usually the same, though in the case of XBox One it seems it will only be the render.
If the Browser or the Server doesn't understand the media you're trying to play ("render"), and fail to send correct MIME type to the player (or just refuse to send anything?), then THAT application is shite, and the player may be just fine. This is the 1 really weak spot in DLNA: You can have the best server, and a shite render, and the result is shite - you can also have a shite server and a great render, and the result is also...shite.
But, this doesn't mean DLNA itself is bad - the protocols are just fine from what I've seen (Though I've mostly looked at the underlying UPnP standard, as described in books from Intel), and what I've seen as the most-common issue are bad implementations, like the PS3.

about a week ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

GNious Re:Why can't it just be one mass? (74 comments)

The core is pure eezo, and this has caused a mass-effect field to form, significantly increasing the mass of the asteroid...

What?

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

GNious Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

"Truth in Advertising" - it is an interesting concept, and I'd love to see it applied some day...

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

GNious Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Technically, yes, I guess - but then Netflix et al can go on a campaign to get users to reject Comcast's offerings, or change protocol.

P2P is stigmatized though, so it would be easier for ISPs to get away with saying something about it, as opposed to saying that "you cannot use the network excessively for watching video". P2P also have some rather aggressive network-options, where you'll have hundreds of connections, and easily use tens of megabits per second, while Netflix and YouTube and other similar services tend to be a single (or 2?) connections, and single-digit megabit transfers, and time-limited (you don't watch Netflix 24/7).
No, I'm not trying to justify Comcast's behavior, but throttling P2P protocols is likely to have the best impact on their service, and likely the place they'll be most-likely to "get away with it".

about a week ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

GNious Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Irrelevant - if T-Mobile's T&C says you cannot use the service for bittorrent or other P2P protocols, and the T&C was available at the time the customers signed up, T-Mobile is fully within its remit to throttle these.

about a week ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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