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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Lab Rat Jason Re:Receiver must be nuke proof... (115 comments)

"hoards of unholy photons" didn't tip you to the fact that I was being somewhat less than scientific about my analysis?

2 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Lab Rat Jason Receiver must be nuke proof... (115 comments)

So if I understand this correctly, the beams that form the "psudofiber" have to be intense enough to heat the surrounding air in less than a microsecond... and the signal will be pushed down the center of the pipe... so all those hoards of unholy photons that created the pipe in the first place are going to arrive at the destination a microsecond before the signal does, and they should still be nicely focused and searching for a nice electronic sensor to deposit all that energy into... Or did I miss something?

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Lab Rat Jason Re:Pft (940 comments)

Fuck you. Violence is wrong.

The irony is almost more than I can bear.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Lab Rat Jason Re:Pft (940 comments)

fucking telepathy

Infinitely better than regular telepathy... here here!

2 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Lab Rat Jason Re:The problem is... (189 comments)

Yes, I was being facetious... giving voice to the people who hang on to this crap for no good reason.

I'm mostly just astounded by the fact that our government... who knows EVERYTHING... doesn't know where they are keeping their deadly viruses... even if they aren't weaponized.

But hey... nobody ever accused the US government of being efficient.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lab Rat Jason Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (348 comments)

But you never owned it in the first place... even when you had a hard copy. You only owned a license.

Now, trying to get a replacement copy (based on your license) when your original gets damaged, is another story, but yeah, you never owned the movie.

My problem with physical media is that it's not possible to carry it all with you... so when you want to take a road trip you have to be selective and predict what your kids are going to want to watch. When kids damage the media, you are stuck purchasing another license to something you already have a license to use, and when the player you own stops working, and you can't buy another (think VHS) you are unable to continue to use the media. All these things go away if you buy a license directly from the stuido, and are guaranteed perpetual use. I don't love Netflix... their model is only going to last so long as studios still avoid doing the distribution themselves. If you want my prediction for the future, it's this:

A company will build an end to end streaming solution that includes a server and an app that has iron clad (read mostly iron clad) copy protection that allows a user to view movies from said device, and even create local copies for airplane mode and such... this company will then approach movie studios and show them this: If you buy our streaming solution, then sell licenses to your media directly, users can download the app for free, and view your movies. They then go to other content providers and do the same. If the studio doesn't want to host all that infrastructure, the company will do it as a service. The price per movie will drop as the cost of distribution is taken out of the chain, making stuff cheaper for end users, and making more money for the studio. If Netflix is the company to do this they will survive... if not, they'll die. The problem with netflix right now is that their model is subscription based, which is why I think most studios aren't on board. But if studios were getting a better cut (subscription pays too little), and customers were still getting a perpetual license (Netflix hates loosing content almost as much as I hate Netflix loosing content), then who wouldn't be happy with that arrangement?

In short, will the dinosaurs in the room please stand up? Physical media is a thing of the past... but the perpetual license is the thing that people still want. As soon as someone assuages the piracy concerns of the studio and assuages the loss of access problem for the consumer... there won't be a reason to do anything else.

3 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Lab Rat Jason The problem is... (189 comments)

...you can't possibly guarantee the destruction of every sample. We have lax tracking policies to thank for that. If we voluntarily destroy all our live samples, and some other nation doesn't, then you can bet your next paycheck someone will use that as a weapon against us and we'll be totally powerless to retaliate (or so goes the argument).

3 days ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

Lab Rat Jason Sounds like TalkTalk... (115 comments)

...has already captured the market on people who have any desire at all to use a filtering service. Good on them for giving the customer what they want.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lab Rat Jason Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (348 comments)

You presume that I refer to the consumer when I say "disk huggers" when in fact I mean anyone who thinks that disks are the perfect medium, including the rights holders. If they would let go of their belief that disk distribution is a good thing... then we can all move towards a world where streaming distribution is normal, easy and cheap.

3 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Lab Rat Jason Re:Why does this work (194 comments)

Different drivers, OS's, web browsers, GPU's etc all have slight effects when asked to render something onto the canvas.

So what you are telling me, is the best way to be anonymous on the internet is to install a new video card each week? Perfect!

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lab Rat Jason I'm shocked... shocked I say... (348 comments)

that people still prefer a physical disk!

I pray every night that god will smite the physical disk huggers... so that Netflix can shift their business to all streaming and actually improve the availability of streaming titles. It hasn't happened yet, but I keep praying.

OP is probably still pissed about the loss of his local Blockbuster Video too.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Lab Rat Jason Re:Shit Shoveling (508 comments)

Politics has already been mentioned...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Lab Rat Jason There's always... (508 comments)

... the oldest profession.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Lab Rat Jason Re:Diversity is not a virtue (265 comments)

Irony is seeing you use a _google_ search to defend google in a diversity contest... (dons tinfoil hat)

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Lab Rat Jason New password strategy (560 comments)

Randomly pick a device in your house, and use the mac address, serial number, or part number (if it is sufficiently long) as your password. Then you don't have to memorize anything, and you can honestly claim that you do not know the password...

about a month ago
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Seattle Gets Takeout By Amazon

Lab Rat Jason Re:Idea for a movie... (61 comments)

'cause that's a different kind of movie... "brown chicken brown cow!"

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about 7 months ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"

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