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FCC May Pry Open the Cable Set-Top Box

Jared555 Re:cablecard is dead (222 comments)

They require a visit because they have to check to make sure they're installed only in authorized secure devices. If they let it into just one unsecured device, all their digital encrypted programming will be available for copying.

I have never delt with this so I wouldn't know. Is there any way for them to detect the transfer to another device? If not this is as stupid as half their other policies

more than 4 years ago
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ISS Can Now Watch Sea Traffic From Space

Jared555 Re:Where else... (89 comments)

A reason other than 'justifying' the space station would be that it is likely a lot cheaper to run a test like this on the ISS than to launch one or more test satellites that each require their own power systems, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

Jared555 Re:Cheap Printer? (970 comments)

Dell used to at least with their color laser printers (was definately nice getting a $350+ printer from them on sale for $200-$250 when the toner itself cost $250)

more than 4 years ago
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What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

Jared555 Re:feeBay is the answer (970 comments)

I am curious if anyone knows the cost comparison between a laser printer's toner vs using a continuous ink system (I think I got that name right....) with an inkjet printer. Probably be similar to if you replaced the toner yourself but some toner cartridges have other parts that need replaced every few cartridge replacements on other laserjets. Might be the imaging drum but it has been a long time since I read up on it.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

Jared555 Re:Credit Cards? (333 comments)

Actually in at least some cases there is an extra fee to the merchant when someone pays with a rewards card. I know this was in the terms of the contract when I was using a merchant account for online payments. I was charged an extra 1% for rewards cards and some other special card that I now forget.

more than 4 years ago
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Pittsburgh To Tax Students

Jared555 Re:Students need to do a economic demonstration (344 comments)

If it was requested by a larger number of people more banks would stock $2 bills. If you had a larger group especially they would probably special order them for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Patent Issued For Podcasting

Jared555 Re:Not exactly related to the patent (150 comments)

I don't think I waited that long to register but I know it had been a few years at least. I may have also had another account that I have since forgotten, not sure.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live Class Action Being Investigated

Jared555 Re:There isn't really any homebrew on the 360 (453 comments)

I kind of doubt that someone just replaced a fan and got banned for that reason. I suspect it (if that is legitimately all he did) would have been either due to a) a mistake in the banning process or b) a switch that detects the case being opened or another form of detection to check if the case has been opened (maybe a wire that gets snapped unless you know exactly what you are doing)

more than 4 years ago
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Netbooks Have Higher Failure Rate Than Laptops

Jared555 Re:Cheaper = Worse? (264 comments)

What I was referring to is the fact that it doesn't necessarily have to be made with any less quality than something more expensive just because it is cheaper, since you are hopefully saving money just by the smaller screen/battery.

more than 4 years ago
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Netbooks Have Higher Failure Rate Than Laptops

Jared555 Re:Cheaper = Worse? (264 comments)

It depends though. Something with a smaller screen, no dvd drive, etc. should be possible to make cheaper for the same or less money.

more than 4 years ago
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New York State Testing Emergency Alerts Over Gaming Networks

Jared555 Re:Fucking moronic (212 comments)

It could probably be an option to choose what types of alerts and how close to you the issue needs to be in a system like this. With a tv broadcast they have to alert everyone watching even if just one county at the edge of their viewing area is affected.

more than 4 years ago
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New York State Testing Emergency Alerts Over Gaming Networks

Jared555 Re:Fucking moronic (212 comments)

In regards to it being a two way communications system.... I believe at least at one point mediacom cable boxes would jump out of on demand programming for test alerts. Although if you have a test mode and a real mode you can't be sure the real mode isn't going to behave like the test mode (not showing up on the screen) unless you actually make the tests visible.

This was always fun with a quiet tv show or on demand video that you were listening to fairly loud on a stereo and all of a sudden you (and probably half the building) hear the alert tones because they are 10 times as loud as what you were watching.

more than 4 years ago
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New York State Testing Emergency Alerts Over Gaming Networks

Jared555 Re:Fucking moronic (212 comments)

An alternative to blasting everyone on the network with a test they could probably limit it to a few test xbox systems that are running the latest firmware, etc. with different configurations to make sure everything is functioning since the last updates.

Since this is an opt in system you also would likely have the option to opt out of test messages or choose how they are displayed (a warning in the corner, a full screen opaque message, a watermark on the screen, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

Jared555 Re:Ugh (849 comments)

Intelligent audiophiles don't fall for the $1000 cables, etc.

When you want to listen to a lot of movies at dolby reference levels without any noticeable distortion in a larger room you are going to spend a lot more on speakers because movies frequently output levels below 20hz (even if you can't hear the sound it is outputting you can feel it and definitely hear the port noise on the subwoofer)

The problem is a lot of the people who think they are audio knowledge gods will buy the $1000 cables even if lab equipment can't detect any difference.

more than 4 years ago
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Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

Jared555 Re:Any good audio engineer will tell you- (849 comments)

There is a significant difference between someone buying $5000 speakers at best buy and buying $5000 quality speakers. Most of the people with intelligence spending that much on equipment probably can tell a difference in quality.

On the other hand you have people who spend $5000 on repackaged $50 speakers and think they notice a difference in quality. These are the same people who believe using Monster Cable wiring is going to improve their sound over using any other quality wire (no 22 gauge speaker wires to hook up 500 watt speakers, etc.)

more than 4 years ago
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If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly

Jared555 Re:Comments are good (660 comments)

2. When you have to explain what you are doing, it helps you to discover possible errors in your code. Particularly logic errors.

What if the logic error was in the choice you made not to comment that piece of code because its function should be obvious to anyone working on the project?

more than 4 years ago
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If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly

Jared555 Re:The comment may also be complex.. (660 comments)

And keep notes for yourself so you know to make sure it is someone else who has to work on that project next time something needs changed so you aren't going to be blamed for the guarant.... possible issues

more than 4 years ago
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Copyright Time Bomb Set To Go Off

Jared555 Re:Effect on games, etc.? (402 comments)

In response to multiple posts saying you can't unlicense the music, etc. Here is another question:

If it is licensed under terms where a certain percentage of sales goes to the record company in exchange for the song, or a certain percent of movie sales goes to the publisher of the book...

Will the record company/publisher/whatever still be getting paid even though they no longer hold the rights to the work, or will whoever it is licensed to be required to pay the original author/artist?

more than 4 years ago
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The First Windows 7 Zero-Day Exploit

Jared555 Re:How is this zero-day? (289 comments)

PS how, exactly, would a malicious third party patch a bug? If you can't tell me for security reasons it's OK, I trust you. You're a security professional!

Is this part of the trolling or are you also trying to be a grammar nazi here? I assume he meant.... "If the developers or security researchers discover the bug and patch it before any malicious third party discovers it [and exploits it]"

more than 4 years ago
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Copyright Time Bomb Set To Go Off

Jared555 Effect on games, etc.? (402 comments)

How with this affect any games, movies, etc. that currently have authorization to use the music? Could this be used to require guitar hero, etc. to stop distribution of current versions because the original creator of the music doesn't want it in the game?

more than 4 years ago

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