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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Hi Bill! First, I want to thank you for taking the time to discuss this with me! Second, I promise I'm not trying to be thick. I believe in my position and am using this back-and-to to clarify and refine my thoughts.

As to Aereo, I thought the core issue came down to the public performance threshold. Multicasting is in effect, a public performance, right? Requiring cumpulsory licensing?

If Aereo truly is private performance, bolstered by previously-approved technical measures like remote DVR, I don't get the issue other than the broadcasters aren't getting paid for something they have to give away already.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

The original purpose of a cable TV system was to provide reception of OTA broadcasts to areas [...]

I get this part. But the difference I see is that the CATV operator is taking a good OTA signal and MULTICASTING that signal to whomever wants to tune to that channel out of the total channels in the pipe. Aereo is NOT multicasting - they're maintaining a one-to-one relationship between a received OTA signal and the user tuned to it. Only one channel's signal is in Aereo's feed to the customer at any given time. Unicast, as it were.

Again, they do the same sort of thing a CATV does, but by aggregating several discrete receptions across several discrete connections. This to my IANAL eyes is why Aereo should have been allowed to continue until someone changed laws regarding OTA reception and access.

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

I'll be honest here - I didn't read the "Cablevision" decision validating third-party DVR operation on the behalf of a customer. But what it says to me is that Aereo is taking a legal, single OTA broadcast reception, storing it in a third-party DVR and making it available to a customer who is already entitled to that OTA broadcast by being in-market.

I *still* don't see how any of what they did violated the LETTER of the law. And as Number 1.0 said, technically correct is the best kind of correct.

Maybe what I need to see is this clarified: Could I, as a New Yorker, rent a rooftop in the city, put up an antenna and run a wire to my ground floor apartment several blocks over? If the answer is yes, then why can't Aereo do the same thing on my behalf? Where does it say I have to OWN the antenna and transmission medium versus RENT?

about a week ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

GTRacer The Cullens May Need to Change Cars (106 comments)

If Volvo takes this idea and adds it to their already-lengthy safety feature list, Ed will need a new car. Cos it will assume a cadaver is trying to drive and not let him zoom around town...

about a week ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

GTRacer Re:Google = Skynet (62 comments)

If their history is any indication though, it'll be in Beta for months or years. More than enough time to breed a resistance, develop time travel, and send someone back to protect John.

about a week ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

GTRacer Re:That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

I really hope you're doing this in a well-ventilated area and/or using low-dust litter! But points for ingenuity!

about a week ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Slingbox is very different. It's a personal device that does nothing but forward a single channel from your own cable box (or DirectTV receiver) to your current location.

Um, that's EXACTLY what Aereo was doing. A single antenna, tuned to a single broadcast, streamed to a single IN-MARKET user. My dad and I actually discussed this over the weekend. He sided with the broadcasters cos Aereo was for-profit. That was it. He agreed with me on the technical merits but disagreed Kanojia, Diller et. al. should be able to profit.

about a week ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

GTRacer Re:galactic hyper-hearse (238 comments)

+1 for DNA

+1 for reading to your kids

+1 for combining the two! How old are your kids and how are they liking the story so far? Have they tried reaching for their tattered copies of the Guide yet for clarification on things?

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

GTRacer Re:Does not matter to me (147 comments)

I tried two antennas, one powered and the other not. Neither picks up squat, even though I live in a large city (>1mil population in the MSA) and I'm supposedly within good range of the major affiliate towers. I was seriously jonesing for something like Aereo as local channels are all I really watch. I was so ready to cut the cord...

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

GTRacer Re:2-year CFLs (278 comments)

They have a factory powered by the Infinite improbability drive?

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

GTRacer Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

Ha, ha... I saw this yesterday but didn't get round to commenting then. Hope you see this ^^

There's a lot wrong with me actually. Only some of it is FF and/or MMO related. But that said, XI provided an online team-building experience I've yet to duplicate. People cared because they HAD to care. Not sure if any current / modern MMOs require such closeness.

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

GTRacer Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

Seriously? One bit of cheeky slang and you reduce the information value of my post to nothing?

Oh well. I don't mind YHBT moments that much...

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

GTRacer Car Insurance Companies Too! (353 comments)

Progressive's been offering Snapshot, an OBD-II dongle you plug in and allow to monitor your driving. They get the data periodically and can give you discounts for safe driving.

Bet they can also up your rates for "normal" driving too!

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

GTRacer Re:Sinking ship... (93 comments)

I played FFXI for 5 years and switched to XIV when Beta III opened (the first phase I could join as I only have a PS3 and no PC). While the art style's general realism versus WoW's colorful palettes appeals to me, I wouldn't say it has a perceptible effect on maturity.

Honestly, since the PS4 client went live in February, I'd say the otherwise higher maturity level has dipped. And I'm saying that as a PS4 player lol. My biggest gripe is the ability of a committed player to solo or PUG almost anything in the game, meaning relationships of trust and teamwork aren't required as they were in XI or older WoW. There's your maturity issue - anyone can be a childish jerk because they can just reform the party or queue up for a random assignment...

about two weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

GTRacer Re:Don Pardo? (93 comments)

Came for this; leaving satisfied.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

GTRacer Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

I expect you could even laugh off a colostomy bag

That /would/ give new meaning to "laugh your ass off"...

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

GTRacer Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Hm. I've seen the same "TSA gets to go tech shopping" sentiment several times here. But one question - wouldn't anyone who had their phone taken report it as stolen and get the IMEI flagged as bad?

Yes, I get that we're talking about The Gub'mint here but do you really think AT&T, Verizon, et al are gonna let the TSA sticky-fingers activate stolen phones? Assuming they don't have the NSA making the activation request on their behalf?

about two weeks ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

GTRacer Re:Expert System (162 comments)

Yeah, but couldn't you totally hear the ka-chukka sound of the impact printer as you read it? Ahh, nostalgia...

about two weeks ago
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Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

GTRacer Re: I don't get it. (69 comments)

Simple. Many of us don't get paid lunches and for me at least, the nearest branch or ATM is nearly a mile from where I work. On foot, at good speed, that would take about half an hour just for the walk. And given that we're in summer here, I'd be a wreck when i got back to work.

So, a half hour or so not eating and not getting paid. *That's* what's wrong.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 4 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  1 year,21 days

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."

Journals

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Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

GTRacer
- Will whore for karma

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I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

GTRacer
- Mod THIS!

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Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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