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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

MachDelta Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Actually, Cowon makes an MP3 player (X7) with a 120 or 160gb HDD, although I haven't used that model myself.

They also have an audiophile device (Plenue1) that has 128gb flash + SD card (up to another 128). Beautiful device with some crazy features (when's the last time you saw optical out on an MP3 player?) - just don't ask about the price.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

MachDelta Re:I get it. (341 comments)

You joke, but two(ish) decades ago we had an ISP tell my father that their "Unlimited Internet" referred to unlimited access (eg: 24/7/365) and not unlimited bandwidth. When he asked what the monthly data allowance was, he was told that there wasn't one... but it wasn't unlimited. It was just that our household was using more bandwidth than usual (entirely my fault, being a tech-crazed teenager at the time) and it would be really nice if we would cut that out - for the good of the network. So my father explained that he had a better solution for the good of the network, and canceled our cable TV and internet on the spot. We signed up with their competition (who assured my father that their unlimited internet really was unlimited) the next day.

Of course, now no one in my area offers an unlimited bandwidth internet package for anything shy of $130/mo.

about 2 months ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

MachDelta Re:Update from Synology-sec issue patched 12/2013 (150 comments)

[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.

about 2 months ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

MachDelta Re:Clearly illegal? (251 comments)

Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.

about 4 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

MachDelta Re:Well that seems just fine (377 comments)

There are definitely hybrids that could be considered chick-magenets. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder come to mind. The problem with them is that their price tags are of the "if you have to ask..." variety.

about 4 months ago

Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

MachDelta Re:not impressed (81 comments)

jet engines are for flying, any other use is stupid

I respectfully disagree. (1 minute video, worth a watch if you haven't seen it)

about 4 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

MachDelta Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

Happened to my 92 Plymouth Laser. I was driving home from work, pulled into the left turn lane, pushed in the clutch and brake to stop for the light, and she just died. I thought it had stalled so I tried to restart but it wouldn't turn over. Timing belt had about half a dozen teeth stripped off it, so the pistons were wedged up against some of the exhaust valves. I hadn't put a lot of miles on that belt (short commute) but it hadn't been replaced in about 5 years and so I guess that was enough time to weaken it. Took a lot of hours to remove and reinstall the head, and having the valvetrain fixed wasn't cheap, but she lived for a few more years before I had to let her go.

Still miss that car though. She was buckets of fun to drive. Sometimes I daydream about finding an old 1G DSM to restore, but there just aren't that many kicking around these days. Oh well.

about 5 months ago

Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

MachDelta Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.

Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.

about 8 months ago

EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

MachDelta Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

...which is why those hardcore libertarians running Sweden are counted "among the countries with the least problems," right?

about 9 months ago

Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

MachDelta Re:False premisis (301 comments)

Canada would have as much if not more problems getting oil export terminals set up in Vancouver BC or their east coast ports.

Oh don't worry, that fight has already been ongoing for almost a decade. We should find out this year weather or not it's being greenlit.

about 9 months ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

MachDelta Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

Another reason I'm wary of vets is how so many of them respond when they hear about raw feeding dogs.

Most vets make quite a lot of money pushing sponsored foods (Science Diet, etc), so they balk when you feed them anything else. Food is a good sized reoccurring expense for a pet, so why wouldn't a vet want to take a cut? The reality is, those specialty vet foods are generally worse than almost anything you can find at a dedicated pet food store (yet still above what you'll find at most supermarkets - that shit should just be labeled "Animal Cruelty in a Bag"), and almost certainly worse than raw diets.

about 9 months ago

Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

MachDelta Re: You get the best government you deserve (168 comments)

Most of which came from Alberta (North Texas).

2011 election, Tory seats won:
Ontario: 73
All four western provinces: 72
The land of Oil and Evil and Oil (aka Alberta): 27

Like Texas, everything is bigger in Alberta. Including, apparently, our votes.

about 9 months ago

Building An Uncensorable Course Guide At Yale

MachDelta Correction (47 comments)

It's not a replacement website, it's actually just a Chrome extension that appears to helpfully mangle the official website.

about 9 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

MachDelta Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Now the real question is, which is more like Canada, Minnesota or Maine?

Google can tell us!

"Poutine in Maine" -> 86 results
"Poutine in Minnesota" -> 78 results

Sorry Minnesota... Looks like Maine gets to be our 11th province!

about 9 months ago

Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

MachDelta Re:Access games you purchased for free? (144 comments)

You're missing context. When the PS4 was first announced, one of the questions people had was "backwards compatibility?" to which Sony replied "Not natively, but just wait for our streaming service!" Thus, it was widely speculated that, to both fulfill a fan feature wish AND bootstrap a new service, Sony would support adding previously-purchased games to your streaming account.

about 9 months ago

A Year With Google Glass

MachDelta Re: "Class Divide"? (292 comments)

Interesting that you used the term "intersection" - look up next time you're at a traffic intersection, and count the number of cameras pointed down at traffic. In a lot of first world nations, chances are pretty good you'll see red light cameras or cctv or both. We all know that it's essentially impossible to go about public places without being caught on some kind of camera these days, so it's interesting to see that placing the camera in an ugly enclosure on someone's face crosses some kind of perceived line. If anything, it tells us not that we dislike being recorded, but that we can't stand to be reminded of it.
If this technology has any kind of future, subtlety will be key.

about 10 months ago

New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

MachDelta Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (674 comments)

I think Dawkins would say the role of religion is not to exist. That he would say that theism works against our interests more than it helps, so he would say no Christians understand the proper role of religion.

I'm not sure he would go that far. Remember that Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, and to him, there is always an explanation for why some feature or trait persists in a species. I think Dawkins would more likely qualify your statement with "now that we have science, we no longer need religion." I've read some of his books and there's a sense that you can justify the existence of religion as a socio-evolutionary trait of humans. Our early society demanded something, an idea both simple and powerful, to germinate around. Something that promoted beneficial traits, like a strong sense of community, and not to ask too many questions, all while "explaining" the natural world. This was religion's role. Something which would promote the survival of one tribe over another, so that the most devout tribe was likely one of the strongest. But, now that we have science, logic, and rational thought, we no longer need religion as the very core of our societies. The social nature of humans is both well established and self-sustaining (barring global catastrophe, of course), and I believe his opinion would be that we're long overdue to jettison the booster-rocket of religion, and rely solely on science and logic to be our main engines from here on out. Pardon the rocket metaphor.

That's my take on him, anyways.

about 10 months ago

A Playstation 4 Teardown

MachDelta Re:PR crapapalooza (254 comments)

I've got it!

We spin the disc clockwise...
And then spin the console counter-clockwise!

Just think of the throughput! That laser will be moving across the disc so fast, Sony will have to build hardware that works with 0's and 1/2's instead of 0's and 1's!

about a year ago


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