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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

MMC Monster Re:I seem to remember... (272 comments)

- Automatic full resolution photo uploading from mobile
- Sync that just works

These are the reasons I use DropBox for my family. It's great to have it installed on their smart phones and not have to worry about them losing their phone photos. (That's about the only thing of value not synced to an otherwise easy-to-get-to-cloud.)

Now if they could only offer reasonable pricing alternatives. How about $5/month for every doubling over whatever amount you have in free?

2 days ago

3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

MMC Monster Re:As a non-fanboy I like the Cook Apple better. (85 comments)

Drop the artificial restrictions on OS updates "when it was manufactured" isn't a good yard-stick for install eligibility and everyone knows it. Those Mac Pros that are six months too old to run Mavericks are more than capable of doing so and everyone knows it, it just makes you look like a bunch of pricks by barring install.

I don't know about MBPros too old to run Mavericks. I do have a MacBook that runs Mavericks. In fact, I have one of the (very) short run of Aluminum MacBooks that was created in late 2008. Pretty much the oldest MacBooks that runs Mavericks. And the OS is slow as all heck. The system limps by, but I really need to get new hardware to make much use of it.

I can't imagine a hardware version older than that that's capable but Apple won't allow. Likely more pain than it's worth unless you're running only text-mode or headless apps.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

MMC Monster Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

No, undergraduate CS is to allow students to learn the algorithms and mathematics behind them. Languages should be an afterthought at that level. It's all big O notation and knowing which algorithm to pick.

Or at least that's what it was when I did undergrad CS 20 years ago. Now get off my lawn!

about three weeks ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

MMC Monster Re:I'd love to be wrong, but ... (442 comments)

Jumped the shark when Kothrapali started talking to women when sober.

about three weeks ago

Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents,, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

MMC Monster Re:Yes! Copyright terrorism must be stopped! (207 comments)

You seriously want to put this to jail time?

Two million people jailed a year for downloading Expendables 3? Who's going to man these jails? Who's going to pay for them.

Let's be fucking realistic please. Make it 10 times the retail cost of the copyright infringed item plus court costs and call it a day. But the person sueing has to prove that you're the one that infringed copyright. Not just a blind IP address.

about three weeks ago

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

MMC Monster Kinda like Google + (114 comments)

My friends don't hang out on Google+ and I sure as hell don't post to the site... But it's a nice social stream to get info about my hobbies and people I follow. Heck of a lot better than FB. Not sure where I'll go if G+ shutters down.

about three weeks ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

MMC Monster Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

Yes. Almost all my media is streamed ... from my basement. It was a pain to set up, but now the kids can watch whatever they want without the pains of going through DVD or BluRay menus. A plus is that the home videos are easily accessible as well.

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MMC Monster Complications under-reported (550 comments)

Speaking to a medical doctor, there's apparently a belief in the medical field that complications from LASIK procedures are under-reported.

Are there any short term and 5 year followup studies of the procedure?

about a month ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MMC Monster Re: Pft (962 comments)

Less of a problem than men killing other men, statistically.

about a month ago

Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

MMC Monster Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

I stream from my basement. Buy the discs (or, more recently, rent them from Redbox or borrow them from the library) and rip them. A NAS in the basement holds everything, and xbmc on computers in the livingroom and bedroom for the streaming.

Total cost $1000. Being able to stream whatever movie I own within 15 seconds of turning the TV on? Priceless.

Best part? The NAS accepts ssh connections from outside the home. I have a similar setup in a friend's house and my parents, both of which do a 'rsync over ssh' every time they turn the system on (with logs stored on my NAS so I know the syncs are occurring). Now I get distributed remote mirrors and they get streaming from their basements.

about a month ago

Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

MMC Monster Re:Reasons why I don't like the Internet of Things (63 comments)

#1 - You're not that interesting.

#2 - Connected devices can have interesting power management solutions. It's not just adjusting the home temperature when it figures out no one's going to be home for 8 hours. What about adjusting when the fridge uses the most power during times when electricity is the cheapest? Or sending you a text message if the motion detectors go off but your car is not in the driveway/garage? Or have lights go on just after dusk (regardless of time of year) and go out at a random time between 10 and 11pm (unless motion suggests people are home)?

The upfront cost of these devices are a bit more. To be absorbed by early adopters, of course. But when the prices come down and the kinks straightened out, they can be quite useful.

OnTopic: My neighbor showed me the app he had on his phone to monitor his pool. It allowed him to monitor temperature, pH, turn the filter and heater on, etc. The installer gave it a default 4 digit passcode, which was apparently the same four digit passcode that every other installation had. Since the ID number of the pool was adjustable, my neighbor joked that he would sometimes log into random people's pools and flash their pool lights (and had others do it to him as well). Fortunately no one's raised the pool temperature to 90 degrees or something like that (yet).

about 2 months ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

MMC Monster Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Presumably he'll get some sort of mandatory time in front of a psychiatrist to make sure he's fit for active duty.

about 2 months ago

Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

MMC Monster What they should have done... (93 comments)

What they should have done is lease or sell the boxes to their subscribers and charge a monthly service fee to keep their boxes from being attacked by viruses, etc.

That way they can't be sued for anything but installing commodity software at the owner's request.

about 2 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

MMC Monster Re:Not subtle at all (289 comments)

It's a scam and they're liars. It's really as clear and un-subtle as that. When they deliver a review unit, the expectation is that it will be representative of the products that end users will by buying.

More and more I only believe Consumer Reports. They don't accept donated items for review. They purchase their own from a normal middleman to make sure what they get is what a normal person would get.

That being said, it's remarkable they're still in business.

about 2 months ago

With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

MMC Monster Re:well (379 comments)

MS is leading the way to a place where you carry you computer all the time and just drop it into a cradle when you need a bigger screen.
Something that works for well over 80% of the populace.
I'm not a fan, but the iPad would be horrible to do that with. With it's in ability to shop more then 1 window at a time.

And I own an iPad, and I like it.

Actually it would be fantastically good with a slight tweeking of the iOS UI. All you do is detect that the device is hooked into a keyboard dock and show the running tasks bar at all times. Unplug it from the dock and the tasks bar disappears.

about 3 months ago

The Guy Who Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' the Bin Laden Raid

MMC Monster Re:"Three years ago today" (142 comments)

It's an awesome sight, and then the Japanese government was told that the U.S. had another thousand bombs of the same caliber.

The Japanese command crunched the numbers and saw that it would exterminate their race. More importantly, it showed them unequivocally that the Japanese were inferior to U.S. firepower and technological prowess.

about 4 months ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

MMC Monster Re:Shades of WinAmp 3 ? (199 comments)

Only works when the last working version isn't broken.

Want an example? Get an original iPad and install Google+. The version that installs won't let you get past the login screen. It's that last version that's compatible with the original iPad.

about 5 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

MMC Monster What's wrong with rsync? (983 comments)

1 - Get a RAID similar to your main storage to use as backup.
2 - Put the second RAID in a relative's house, where you can get access to it.
3 - Have this backup run an rsync over ssh once a week/month, pointing at your main storage array.

With proper ssh key exchange set up ahead of time and using an ssh username and port that are non-obvious (with ssh on your main system only allowing known keys and not username/password combinations), you'll do pretty well against everyone except a malignant government entity.

about 5 months ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

MMC Monster Re:The more I read... (276 comments)

If I had to give up my privacy for a free lunch I would run the other way. And I'm sure he would have if he had a choice.

That choice was taken from him by a tabloid journalist. (I don't care who printed the story. It was tabloid journalism at it's worst.)

about 6 months ago


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