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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Megane Re:Slashdot Effect (119 comments)

The best way to counteract the Slashdot Effect is to do what Slashdot did and make a horribly unusable beta.

2 days ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Megane Re:toward Round Rock and Dell employees, Parmer? (88 comments)

And I'm in northwest Austin near 183/620, so I share your pain. There's quite a few tech companies along Parmer in general. The dots on the map (with a few exceptions that may be the "special" places they wired like libraries, etc.) stop at 38th and Mopac, except for the Mueller area. I'm actually kind of surprised how they put so many blue dots east of 35, but then I guess the hipsters have been gentrifying the poor out of the east side lately. Lots of blue dots in downtown, too.

about a week ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Megane Re:Living in KC (88 comments)

Since Google does a "fiberhood" at a time, it may be behind your house, but not behind every house in your neighborhood. Also, if the fiber is a backbone, you don't connect a customer to that. You can't just stick a drop in the middle of a fiber cable. As I understand it, they put priority on neighborhoods with the highest demand and the lowest construction issues.

about a week ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Megane Re:I want slower for cheaper (88 comments)

Also, if you don't get it when they come around, they aren't bringing the backhoe back when you change your mind later. I think it's worth it to pay $300 for them to wire up your house. By the time they get to my house, I'll probably have moved back to San Antonio and be renting it out, and I'd pay the $300 just to be sure it gets installed to the house.

about a week ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Megane Re:Why so slow? (88 comments)

Cherry picking. Partly they're going for neighborhoods with higher anticipated demand (and higher anticipated density), partly they're going for neighborhoods with physically easier installs. Just remember that when they choose your neighborhood (aka "fiberhood"), if you don't get the install done then, you're pretty much fucked until they pick your neighborhood for again a second chance. My understanding is they generally won't go back for the stragglers and wafflers who didn't sign up when they were doing that neighborhood, at least not if it means a backhoe roll would be involved.

about a week ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Megane Re:Apology from CEO Jordan Kelley (117 comments)

So he didn't just want to be on the bleeding edge, he also wanted to be the first guinea pig to do it with Canadian plastic money? Sounds like we have a diligent idiot here.

about a week ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Megane Re:Awesome! (774 comments)

let's replace it all with emacs

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

Megane Re:Can someone explain... (69 comments)

The primary method is to send a browser user agent string that starts with "() { : ; } ; " and try to run a stupid (as in stupid people never remove them out of default installs) CGI script. Then when the shell gets invoked (either for a shell script CGI, or a dumbass system() call from another language CGI), the bug causes bash to execute whatever is on the end of the user agent string, before doing anything else. This is because the cgi-bin module takes all the various parameters of the HTTP request and sticks them into environment variables, and the bug executes environment variables before doing what it's been called up to do.

The easiest thing to do whether or not you can get a patched bash yet is to disable Apache's cgi-bin module.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

But I do stream/download them, from the OTA signal. And (usually) in the maximum quality that you can get them (almost 6GB per hour). Most ISPs would have a shit fit if you tried to download .ts files all the time. And I'm not sure how you expect to watch HD with 5.1 audio on a shitty smartphone.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:SlashDot Remographics (320 comments)

I know you're halfway trolling, but...

Undoubtedly you're the same lot who prefers Elementary starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Lu, rather than The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke.

You can add that new show "Forever" to the list. The main character and female sidekick are almost clones of JLM and LL's characters, with the "two hundred year old man" trope added in. I didn't want to like it, but added a record rule for it before the first episode ended. And I'll admit to liking the first season of Elementary, but the second season has languished in my DVR. It does have one major advantage over the BBC Holmes in that I actually get episodes of it every week as opposed to needing cable or waiting until PBS gets around to showing a few.

The same lot who prefer the modern Hawaii Five-O to the original 1970s series starring Jack Lord

I literally can not watch new Five-O. I tried a couple of times, but it's way too edgy and angsty.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:No more appointment TV (320 comments)

Saturday morning was killed by cable, but the DVR will be the nail in the coffin. Unless maybe you ran a house-wide DVR server thingy that could embargo episodes one per week until after a specific time (which could still allow for pausing and backing up to see something again). This would of course have to be of old-but-good shows that you can't get firehosed five days a week. And not just Saturday morning, you could do this with various prime-time blockbusters of the past to show them on weekday evenings.

And waiting a week for a new episode of animation isn't completely dead, it's just gone underground to the people watching new episodes of anime from Japan. Yesterday morning I watched a live (untranslated) stream of the new episode of Log Horizon with a 4chan thread. (Then I watched the sub a couple of hours later when the usual suspects came through.) There's twenty-four more weeks of waiting to see what happens next week. Ironically, by the time the sub is ready in the US, it's... Saturday morning!

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

Speedy Gonzales, nope, making fun of Mexicans

Never mind that Speedy Gonzales "remained a popular character in Latin America. The Hispanic-American rights organization League of United Latin American Citizens called Speedy a 'cultural icon'". It was the corporate gringos who decided that it was offensive, and their white guilt made them sweep Speedy under the rug.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Cable channels killed it and the OTA stations (320 comments)

Sports is (and always has been) an afternoon thing on Saturday. Well after 11am anyhow in the Central time zone, which I guess might mean a 9am game in Pacific.

Looking back at my MythTV's harvested OTA guide info, I noticed that "Good (Morning|Day) ($CITY|America)" seems to be one of the shows that takes up a lot of Saturday morning time slots. All four major networks and their local affiliates have some kind of morning newsy block starting at 6am, followed by the obligatory E/I block. It's one of those things that the more desirable demographics will turn on and leave on as they go around the house, and the commercials will play with nobody nearby to hit the mute button.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:not quite (320 comments)

Then move to the border near a major US city* and get an ATSC television. I'm pretty sure the CRTC hasn't gone quite as far as jamming US broadcast TV.

*That's a joke, son, you're supposed to laugh. I know that's basically only Vancouver and the Toronto/London areas.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Well.... (320 comments)

And Bat-Mite.

Apologies to anyone who had happily forgotten about that little runt for years. But the "scrappy sidekick" trope was never not stupid.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

And then there was the Sid & Marty Krofft stuff. Particularly the acid-trip-mascot-costume stuff like H.R. Pufinstuff (which I was surprised to recently find out was a recycled mascot from the San Antonio Hemisfair world's fair).

But on the other hand, they did do Land of the Lost, which seemed to have some sort of back-story behind those crystal panels, but I was never able to watch it regularly enough to figure it out. All I remember is the girl would always do something stupid, get lost and/or almost killed, but still somehow solve the plot of the week. Someday I need to find and watch that show properly. Those sleestak hisses were both stupid and cool, and so were their costumes, about on the level of Doctor Who stuff of its day (as if we would have known about Doctor Who back then).

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Megane Re:Speaking for myself (320 comments)

I think you should put "educational" in scare quotes. Some of the crap that gets the E/I tag (aka HEY LOOK WE'RE SHOWING THAT EDUCATIONAL STUFF, SEE?) is hard to call either educational or instructional. Especially those "teens do teen things at school" sitcom shows (well "sit" anyhow, not much comedy). Mostly it's just three hours of "wildlife" (aka look at these random cute and token non-cute animals) shows. Which are also shoehorned onto the weather sub-channels on Sunday mornings. One of the channels here plays something called "Tomorrow Today" which seems to be some sort of Australian science snippets show that I was unable to trace the origins of. (and it's produced in 4:3 too) But at least it's showing actual science-y stuff, and not teens-being-teens. (TOOOOOTALLY TEEN!)

Another part of the downfall was when it was outlawed to advertise toys along with the show that those toys were based on, when a bunch of soccer moms got in a snit about that. That certainly reduced the interest in creating more than a few shows. Meanwhile, in Japan, that certainly hasn't hurt the chirlrrrrrren.

And we must also not forget the after-school block that was big in the '90s. I guess those got killed off by courtroom shows, adult talk shows, and celebritard gossip shows, because that's what I see when looking back to last Friday afternoon in my MythTV schedule (which was harvested from the actual OTA guide info).

But really, I'm going to have to say that pervasive cable TV and cable-only networks in the US was what really happened. Why get up early Saturday morning (or rush home after school) for your toons, when there are multiple channels showing them 24/7?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Megane Re:Windows 10, huh? (644 comments)

Yep, time for Apple to go to eleven. And as we all know, that's one louder than ten.

about three weeks ago

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