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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Well, in my case, aren't I already entitled to the unencrypted OTA signals in my home broadcast market? Why should the broadcasters get to say how I process the *over the air* signals they've so graciously provided?

about a week ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

(reposting here cos I can't edit or delete a badly-aimed reply)

Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

about a week ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

GTRacer Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Not when it's a thousand antennas for a thousand customers. There wasn't any signal aggregation with Aereo (such that I understood). Each customer had a singular and direct link with an antenna. No different than if the customer put it up there themselves.

Yes, they were trying to beat the system on a technicality, but frankly, they (Aereo) were technically correct. The best kind of correct.

I live in a city of 1 million+, but far enough away from the digital OTA signals that I can't get many channels even with a powered antenna, and I tried two different models. I was looking forward to a service like Aereo to give me access to the signals I'm already entitled to. But for now, I'm stuck with ComCast to get my locals...

about a week ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

GTRacer Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (150 comments)

He was "essay-izing" the plot of his novella, Sucker Bait, written 5 years earlier. Its entire premise is based on a corps of "Mnemonics" who are trained from birth to seek correlations in data. They do this with the full knowledge that these unexpected connections are what drives progress.

I read the essay yesterday and the first thought I had was, "sounds like that one book of his." God I miss his storytelling...

about a month ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

GTRacer Re:Web Server 101 (101 comments)

SnapSaved's server != SnapChat's server.

The problem isn't SnapCHAT's servers, or the client-server model. It's that this app was allowing users to bypass SnapChat's supposed anti-copy protections WHILE ALSO making its own copies.

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

GTRacer Re: Never buying Samsung again (92 comments)

...And the carriers get all fussy when we root our phones so we can do exactly that. CM11 (KK 4.4.4) running very nicely on my S4.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

Please see my reply to Karmashock above, as I don't feel like duplicating the post. But essentially my kids leave the house, we know the outside will influence them, it's all about showing them there are alternative behaviours.

Also, if being able to express one's feelings and having compassion for others and a desire for fairness makes them feminine in your eyes, well, I guess that can't be helped.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

I didn't mean to imply control - just that we set a more open example so they know they have a choice. And of course the outside world has its own ideas and will try to influence them. But as it turns out, the two schools my boys go to are pretty neutral. My older son's school is filled with kids (male and female) that are more like us than not. And I'm glad for it.

Something else we give our kids: My wife and I are loving and affectionate to each other in public and private, have been these 20 years. They may know people whose parents are less emotional, or are hostile towards each other. Again, it's all about showing them alternatives so they know there are options.

And I'm not really sure where you were going with the homosexual comment - are you suggesting if I had a gay kid that would be a problem?

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

GTRacer Re:Awesome (283 comments)

Mind the fjords!

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Mod parent up. (728 comments)

The ass-holes are not attacking women because the ass-holes are misogynists

Putting aside 4chan and Gamergate for a moment, do you honestly believe this is true, at least for the gaming and IT communities? Do black men face the same level of harassment from other gamers when they play online or in tournaments? Same for a black IT staffer - does he get the same crap from peers and/or the users he's supporting?

Do you honestly not believe there is a higher than average level of misogyny in either of these groups? I consider myself thankful that I've not endured much harassment online at all, but I know my girl friends have been hit more often than my guy friends. Anecdotal? Yes, sure. But still... It matches so many others' anecdotes. Time for a controlled study?

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

GTRacer Re:Don't over generalize (728 comments)

You toughen up or you're a weakling. The boys will literally call you "a girl" if you complain.

I thank God that my two boys live in a house where we've NEVER told them to toughen up or compared weakness to being a girl.

You realize that's a token indicator of a lot of what's wrong here? That men are seemingly most insulted by being called feminine slurs, and women by calling them feminine slurs. So we have people that intentionally or not reinforce the idea that being female is a problem.

That little tidbit, plus another one that's been passing around social media are so telling to me: (summarized) "When you send a girl out of class / home from school for 'inappropriate' dress you're telling her a dress code or preventing male distraction is more important than her education, and that the boys' distraction-free education is more important than theirs."

My boys are in high school now, but I also have a young daughter. I'm trying to ensure she lives in a world where equality (gender, sexual, marriage, etc.) is a goal if not reality. I want all of my family to live in that world.

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

GTRacer Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Closer, but that's too far west. Also, love to vacation there but not as sure about living in Tampa...

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

GTRacer Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Close. But I'd love to live there!

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

GTRacer Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Actually, my wife and I do just that - we go to the cinema at least 25 times a year. Sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. It is most definitely a "shared experience" thing. No, we do not often buy sodas or snacks.

The rest of the time we watch movies is via streaming service or Redbox (automated physical DVD rental kiosks).

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

GTRacer Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Look, I enjoy a good football game. It's something my parents and I have done from time to time, usually as the playoffs get closer. I also live in an NFL city, home to a lousy team which had to resort to trickery to get their stadium seating numbers to a point where they could sell / give away / foist tickets on people enough to lift the blackouts, plural.

Help me out here - those of you who live where /good/ teams are, don't you normally avoid blackouts because your team is worth watching? Wouldn't it be the stinkers that have to be propped up by rules like this?

about 2 months ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

GTRacer Re:Warcraft Killed it? (155 comments)

12-year old FFXI has catgirls. What XIV did to revolutionize the MMO landscape (aside from crashing and burning only to resurrect from its ashes) was to add catguys.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

GTRacer Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

Yes, I get it, space is like Heaven for atheists. You have the same mind-set as any religious person.

Look, I get you have your rant-dial cranked all the way to 11, and maybe you haven't had a nutritious breakfast yet. So I'll ignore the strange hostility against humanity's general tendency to want to explore.

I'm curious why you think space colonisation is the domain of the atheist. I'm Catholic and I've dreamed of space since I was little. I have no means now but I would *absolutely* go into space as a tourist (or professionally!) if I could. I have no idea why space itself or the desire to explore it precludes faith in God.

*puts asbestos suit on in preparation for anti-ID flames*

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

GTRacer Re:Small setup (287 comments)

[...] and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)...

May I ask why you keep WiFi off at home? I completely understand keeping it off away from home (Thank you Llama!) to keep ad-snoops from trying to tag me in stores, etc... But home?

Then again, my poorly-positioned and very outdated Linksys WRT-54G can't get a VOD-capable signal into my room from the den some days, so it's mobile data at home a lot for me ><

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

GTRacer Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

[snip] an approximate 44-hour process.

Pfft. They have a ways to go before they catch up to Royalton Industries. They can do from initial carbon bond to finished car in 36!

about 2 months ago

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Hilton Plans Phone-based Check-in and Room Access

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 4 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Forbes reports that Hilton Worldwide, international hotel operator, is rolling out smartphone-based guest tools allowing self-service check-in, access to a virtual floorplan to select a room, and (in 2015) actual door access once checked in. The author states the drive for this technology is the growing influence of the swelling ranks of Millennials, who "[...] have a very strong inclination toward automated and self-service customer service." The security risks seem obvious though "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [is] working on using the same, or a similar, system soon–and Four Seasons is nothing if not secure and discreet.""
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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 8 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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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."

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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 11 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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