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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Gr8Apes Re:Cam-tastic (148 comments)

Incorrect - the Bill of Rights were a list of rights that should not be abridged. Numbers 9 and 10 were there to reinforce that the feds were limited strictly to what was in that 10K word document.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Gr8Apes Re:First Sale (437 comments)

Are you kidding? Have you played the latest Assassins Creed?

Nope, and I have no interest in it either. My interests lay with developers like Black Isle, iD, Valve, and Bioware in the distant past and a bunch of independents today are more likely to get my dollar. I'm not interested in massively online game play, unlike most, because I simply have 0 time available for such game play. Heck, even posting on /. takes too much time some days.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Gr8Apes Re:First Sale (437 comments)

While games with DRM based on online codes is at least semi-problematic for reasons that have been listed ad-nauseum, my original writing off of Ubisoft was due to the always on DRM stance they took a long time ago. Apparently they've retracted that stance in 2012, but after reviewing their game list for the past few years, I see why I was unaware of it - not a single one is on my potential "to-play" list so no interest in anything related to Ubisoft. Honestly, I was surprised they were still in business.

yesterday
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

Gr8Apes Re:Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (178 comments)

Not sure how you figure that one. No party affiliation on the ballot would eliminate rote party voting. It would also probably give rise to many local parties, although I doubt nationally there would be more than 4 or 5.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Gr8Apes Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (437 comments)

Wow, I just went through the list. It's like someone went through the game catalogue and listed every game I don't own nor want to own. How is Ubisoft in business? Except for one game from 2009, there's not a single title on the list that I own or have played or wanted to play that Ubisoft was involved with since 2002 (and they were merely distributors for that one). That's absolutely amazing. I stopped in the late 90s, it appears a long string of losers as far as I'm concerned. (I will mention that I own Far Cray, but that came as part of a graphics card package, was never installed, and Crytek was the owner/publisher at the time.)

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Gr8Apes Re:Oh like that will happen (437 comments)

I agree, I don't buy EA or Ubisoft. Especially nothing Sony. If it's got DRM, it's not going to run on my system (this is not merely an idealistic stance, but a realistic one - it literally most likely won't run on my system or, if it does, it will screw something else up)

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Gr8Apes Re:First Sale (437 comments)

People are still buying Ubisoft? Why? That's a serious question actually, why would you pay money for some DRM infested crap that corrupts your system? There's no game so important I'll corrupt my system to play it. Any Ubisoft game can wait until it goes on sale on GOG, or be avoided forever. No loss here.

yesterday
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Gr8Apes Re:At 768, video is slow, web browsing is fine (253 comments)

I don't want higher priced 25/3 to be the new minimum.

I don't either, I want 25+/25 to be the new minimum, 100/100 would be a good upper end goal.

2 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Gr8Apes Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

OK, I'm not watching 240P, I'm watching 1080P on a 55"+ screen. It's why I bought them and not a 15" B&W CRT. On 55+, everything I've seen so far streaming wise sucks, because the compressed bit rate is far too low. Based on my analysis of the stream sizes, Netflix / Hulu run between 2-3 Mbps, Dish runs 2-3 Mbps for SD, AT&T U-verse runs about 6-8 Mbps for HD, TWC runs about 5-6 Mbps for HD, and OTA runs between 8 and 15 Mbps locally. I'll note that Netflix/Hulu had horrible artifacts, TWC is very noticeable, U-verse is mediocre, and OTA has very few artifacts. For comparison, BD runs roughly between 25 and 33Mbps streams depending upon material and compression schemes and has virtually no artifacts. As you can tell from these numbers, 10Mbps is a bare minimum for streaming a single TV channel for me (up and down, since I'd like to be able to stream to the relatives).

2 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Gr8Apes Re: What did you expect? (190 comments)

Friends and family are surely tired of my tinfoil hat, they just do not seem to care about their privacy. Many say the "I have nothing to hide" line.

Many are idiots. And the tin-foil hat line seems passe now that it's been proven that quite likely even the most paranoid tin-foil hat wearer underestimated the true scope of the surveillance operations.

2 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Gr8Apes Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

I'm on a 1M connection and can surf the web, watch movies, etc.. with no issue.

I call BS on this one. I'm on an 10+M connection, and movies are unwatchable. Then again, it has nothing to do with my connection, but the source.

The FCC would be much better off leaving the broadband definition alone and instead try to figure out how to get at least 3-4 independent providers in every area so there is real competition.

The FCC should define acceptable broadband by upload speed. 10M up would be acceptable. Down past 10 (or the upload speed) is not usable, unless we're talking 4K streams. Why up? Because when you have 20MB photos you want to print, or share with someone, or movies, no, not pirated stuff but HD home movies are still large, 70 minutes came out to 50GB, for instance. I know that after processing, I'll get that down to 10GB or so, but to share that with family is not really doable on a 3Mbps upload link where your real upload is going to be a lot less over the course of 10GB. A 10Mbps upload will at least allow some reasonable connectivity, and remove the need for an intermediate server to hold the file. Ideally we'd be on 25Mbps upload, as a minimum. There's only 2 providers that have these numbers in the US, Google, and Verizon FIOS. Neither is wide spread, and Verizon has killed further FIOS deployments.

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Gr8Apes Re:Translation ... (386 comments)

So they want to continue their illegal activities by threatening more illegal activities? And those other activities have precedent on getting them jailed? Sounds like popcorn time!

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Gr8Apes Re:Good news (420 comments)

Ewoks didn't appear until Return of the Jedi....

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Gr8Apes Re:Good news (420 comments)

The first Transformers movie sucked badly. Really badly.

The Transformers: The Movie is fucking awesome.

You must be 11.

Seriously, the animated cartoon posing as a movie wasn't a "movie". Animated feature would probably be doing it a large favor.

3 days ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Gr8Apes Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

I'm well aware of what an app bundle, or really any kind of packaging in OSX is. I was only addressing the aspects of Windows and the registry and the perceived lack of transportability of windows programs. None of those things need occur in windows, it's just shitty developers toeing the MS line or worse, not knowing any better.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Gr8Apes Re:Good news (420 comments)

The first Transformers movie sucked badly. Really badly. The first Star Wars movie was considered pretty awesome then, and has weathered the years pretty well (think about how many other special effects laden movies are treated well 45 years later). The second Star Wars movie was awesome, and is still considered good. I don't know about others, but the third movie was a major let down, bordering on the ridiculous, and seemed targeted at an age range half of the previous two movies. The prequels were... unmentionable, other than to hold them up to display how additional experience, wisdom, and financial capacity have exactly 0 bearing on the quality of a movie.

4 days ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Gr8Apes Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Because, thanks to nonsense like the registry, installing an app into Windows is a non-trivial operation. ... So if you've got files that need to tag along with the .exe (especially DLLs) or want the app installed for more than one user, you're stuck with installer hell.

a) it's crappy developers that force the registry hell on you. There's no reason to use it, nor any requirement to use it.
b) There's no problem building a single EXE with all required DLLs (or there didn't used to be.)
c) there's nothing preventing you from shipping a zip (because windows still doesn't understand a tarball) which has everything packaged up nice and neat (ie, a bundle)
d) multiple users can use an app that you drop into the appropriate places, some will require that when you drop it there, you have to elevate your privs, but that's pretty standard
There's no excuse to have installer hell. Just say no.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Gr8Apes Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

I wasn't commenting about you specifically, just using your post as a segue. Sorry if my post implied anything other than that. For what it's worth, I did and do play around with Android across the 2.3 through 4.4 versions, and I can't say I prefer any of them over the Apple ecosystem. If your desire is to tinker with them, absolutely, but if you just want a phone that mostly works and doesn't require learning 5 different ways to get through various menu navigations, then no. Especially if you're dealing with non-technical older people.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Gr8Apes Re:Google Customer Support Phone Line (629 comments)

Google Voice doesn't recognize your Android version, please upgrade...

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about a year ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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