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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

MMC Monster Meh. (323 comments)

I've been burnt or nearly burnt with new tech over the decades and consider myself a bit of an early adopter.

4K and UHD are interesting ideas, but I'm really not interested in replacing my entire hardware investment (including the current HDMI cables in the walls) just for a better picture. (Though the improved colorspace is somewhat tantalizing.)

Also, I've just recently gotten comfortable buying bluray discs in any quantity since I know I can rip them to my home media server. What sort of advanced copyright protection are the newer formats going to have? How many years of having to rely on a dedicated player? (I've just detached my dvd player from my TVs and likely will detach the bluray players as well.)

2 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

MMC Monster Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

I'm not a fan of the false moderation because it's so obvious that it will be rampantly misused. (ie: Jennifer changed her status to "In a committed relationship". Flag: FALSE!)

I like the moderations /. uses. Would be interesting if a similar system could be made for a social site, with moderation points, etc.

5 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

MMC Monster A lot of people here are missing the point... (588 comments)

(I'm not an Apple fanboy, I think. Of the 8 computers in my house, only two are Apple hardware, and one of them is > 5 years old.) The rest are either Acer or System76.

A lot of people buy Apple hardware because it's a known quality and (relatively) easy to get fixed. You (probably) know you're going to pay a little extra, but you know the build quality is generally consistently good and if there are hardware issues you can take it into an Apple Store and get it fixed fairly quickly.

It's fine for people that buy PC hardware all the time to say that a particular brand or model is good price and excellent quality. Most people don't want to do that much research for a laptop or desktop. And many have burnt themselves with buying something expensive and had it go bad in a couple years or need to be troubleshooted over the phone or mailed back due to some obscure issue. Better to drag it to the local Apple Store for many.

about a week ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

MMC Monster Re:There are real questions that need to be answer (227 comments)

'Capable of' and 'allowed to' are two different things. I agree that it will likely be a decade or more before they're allowed to roam around on their own.

Capable of roaming on their own may be here now or near future. When Musk announced the driverless mode Model S, he mentioned that on private roads it could theoretically be fetched by the owner using his phone app.

What if it ran over a dog while on a private road? You know someone will sue. Until liability for that is cleared up, I'm thinking the driverless feature will be purposely be disabled when there's no one in the driver's seat.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

MMC Monster There are real questions that need to be answered: (227 comments)

There are some issues in AI that need to be addressed in the near future.

Autonomous vehicles are essentially here. The question is liability when one of them gets involved in an accident.

You can imagine all the possible people potentially liable in that instance. The question is how liability will be split up amongst the parties.

Whether an automatous vehicle is programed to minimize passenger mortality vs. minimize pedestrian mortality, it's a no-win situation.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

MMC Monster Re:Returning to their roots & getting with the (314 comments)

How about being a total 3D printing solution place?

Go there, use their computers to upload your 3D design, or rent space there to create a 3D design, print on their 3D printer, and come back in an hour for the printer output?

Is it that hard for them to find a niche?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

MMC Monster Article is wrong... (402 comments)

The article should say: I used to write Linux kernel drivers and hate the direction systemd is taking it. Please support me by clicking on my rant and joining me in installing BSD on your router.

Seriously, I'm barely familiar with Linux as I'm just an end user, and I know well enough that I don't need an ask slashdot to figure out which OS I can put on a router which doesn't include systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

MMC Monster Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (181 comments)

Because we Tesla Fanboys (I certainly count myself as one) understand that there's a big difference what Tesla does and what other car dealers do.

The secrecy in the price is what aggravates most car buyers. If I knew that I paid the same price for my BMW as everyone else who bought one this year, I would happily buy another BMW (if they made a full-electric that ran for 250 miles and had similar features to a Tesla, that is).

Tesla Fanboys also realize that Tesla is using the profits from their cars to build up the infrastructure for the supercharger network as well as pumping the money into R&D for the next couple Tesla models. After all, that's what Elon Musk said several years ago and the only thing he's wrong about is his slipping timeline.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

MMC Monster Re:Competition? (426 comments)

Cool. I had no idea there were that many full electric car models being sold. I was under the assumption most of the models were series hybrids like the Volt.

What other full-electric cars (no gas or diesel engines) are popular in the US?

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

MMC Monster Re:I'm done... (177 comments)

Which benchmark is suggested?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

MMC Monster Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Hah!

My employer just started Windows 7 rollout a couple months ago, and the users are screaming.

As a user, I'm quite happy with a Citrix virtual Windows XP environment which gets cleared out every 12 hours or so. I'm in the health care industry, so we really shouldn't be keeping personal stuff on work computers anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

MMC Monster Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

You found the rare exception which proves the rule. :-)

I had a nice Saturn dealer when I bought the Saturn SL2. But that was ~17 years ago. Every car purchase since then was basically fights about how much of a "deal" I would get.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

MMC Monster Re:Cost? (426 comments)

It's not that Chevy wont make a profit on the Bolt. It's just they wont make an insane profit on each one, like Tesla does.

I seem to recall that the margin on a Tesla Model S is over 25%. It's just that Tesla uses that money to build up the supercharger network rather than take it as pure profit at the end of the quarter.

If Chevy decides they don't want to build their own supercharging network they can charge a lot less for the car. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't ask Tesla to piggyback on the Tesla supercharging network.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

MMC Monster Re:Competition? (426 comments)

Tesla realized that electric cars cannot be bought through dealers.

Dealers would never afford to be open if they just sold electric cars unless the markup on them was huge. Otherwise, where would they make the money? Certainly not in service contracts since electric cars don't have expensive parts that go bad after 50K miles.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

MMC Monster Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (190 comments)

And you'll see a lot of second sites very near the first.

Almost anywhere you live, you likely live within a hundred miles of an "auto mile", where you have 7 or 8 dealerships strung right next to each other. Almost always they're owned by just a couple families, rather than all single person shops.

Dealers are scum. Never liked buying a car from one, and hope to never again buy a car from one.

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

MMC Monster Re:Vague article (319 comments)

Just because someone is known, doesn't mean anything can be done.

What should have been done with these guys before they killed people? Have them watched indefinitely? Imprison them because they may cause a crime? Limit their freedoms in any other way?

The world governments know a lot about a lot of individuals. It's just that most of what they know is circumstantial and not actionable information.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

MMC Monster Re:No (437 comments)

That's because Apple will push a notification to any Apple iDevice that's compatible with the latest version of iOS when it's connected to the internet.

Google can't do that because the hardware manufacturers all run custom versions of Android.

Whether the hardware manufacturers add value to the OS is not for me to say.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

MMC Monster Re:Where should I hold my Bitcoins? (161 comments)

But is that what we should recommend to people who are not technologically verse?

People who can expect their computers to get hit with a virus or trojan or phishing scan a couple times a year?

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

MMC Monster Where should I hold my Bitcoins? (161 comments)

Back when MtGOX went bust, people were saying you'd have to be an idiot to keep your Bitcoins there as they were untrusted.

I'm sure people are saying the same thing now about Bitstamp.

So I ask: Other than keeping it myself either in a personal wallet on my PC or smartphone or burned onto a CD on my shelf, where should I keep my Bitcoins? (Because on my desktop computer or smartphone is just asking for trouble, and on a CD is just asking for a different type of trouble.)

about three weeks ago

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