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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

PPH Re:Dying of boredom (304 comments)

On the other hand, if I only had 6 months to live, the first thing I'd do is to get back together with my ex-wife.

That would be the longest 6 months ever.

7 hours ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

PPH Customer support (298 comments)

Did they try turning North Korea off and then back on again?

7 hours ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

PPH Re:Nonsensical (159 comments)

Or give him a football scholarship.

7 hours ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

PPH This could be a problem .... (255 comments)

... for my upcoming book, "Programming with Brainfuck".

10 hours ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

PPH Re:Combination of revenue sources is required (259 comments)

most pay TV channels can't pay the bills to produce original programming.

And yet, my local OTA TV station seems to make a go of it. With a much smaller market available to spread the costs of their news anchors or local personality talking heads.

I think what you are hearing is the lobbying PR of the pay TV channels trying to protect one source of income that they had Congress write into law years ago.

10 hours ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

PPH Re:Satellite TV is unicast (259 comments)

satellite television is broadcast with conditional access and satellite Internet is unicast

Merely a technical detail of the implementation by Dish. And not really of concern to, or the business of, any outside party.

Tomorrow, Dish could lease bandwidth from some ultra cheap, high bandwidth satellite provider that would enable them to switch to video delivery via IP or whatever. That's not my business, or Fox's. The encrypted satellite up/downlinks are private communications channels for the exclusive use of Dish between their head end and set top boxes. What Fox, or Netflix, should pay for, is the service of delivering a video/audio stream to the HDMI port on the back of the STB.

The fact that Congress has a couple of morons who write laws based not upon a product or service, but one particular implementation of that is what hampers innovation.

10 hours ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

PPH Re:Chainsaws? (251 comments)

"The beauty of a chainsaw is that you don't have to start it. Just show up with it."
-- Joe Walsh, on checking in to hotels

11 hours ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

PPH I suppose ... (212 comments)

... if you've got all your cops surrounding the Ecuadorian Embassy, you don't have time for anything else.

13 hours ago
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The Magic of Pallets

PPH Re:More job loss (237 comments)

Give them a rifle and send them to the front lines.

yesterday
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The Magic of Pallets

PPH Re:slashvertisement (237 comments)

Personally, I find either brand to be unpalatable.

yesterday
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

PPH Re:Well duh (198 comments)

"In other news, an undercover officer still doesn't need to tell you that he or she is a member of law enforcement if you ask. "

"Are you a cop? Or are you just some dangerous nutjob, lurking around my property armed? Think carefully about your answer. Very carefully."

yesterday
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

PPH Re:A gun nut checking in here (111 comments)

But I recently got a Barrett M82A1 and love to see just how far I can shoot the .50 cal rounds to hit things.

Does this version sound any better?

yesterday
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

PPH Re:Broadcast TV viewer here (259 comments)

It was probably sarcastic

Probably.

We'll see when Netflix starts charging Verizon and AT&T for distributing their content.

yesterday
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

PPH Re:Broadcast TV viewer here (259 comments)

Other way around.

That doesn't make sense. What with broadband providers trying to squeeze all the money they can out of Netflix, Google and any other content providers. Just call it sattelite Internet service and charge Fox for the bandwidth.

yesterday
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

PPH Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (144 comments)

NASA. The people that had to break a handle off the Hubble Space Telescope because they don't know basic mechanics' tricks for disassembling stuff.

yesterday
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

PPH ISS to Mission Control (144 comments)

ISS: "Could you please e-mail us the instructions for a wrench?"

Ground: "Please clarify. What kind of wrench do you need?"

ISS: "It doesn't matter. We are going to use it as a hammer."

yesterday
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

PPH Broadcast TV viewer here (259 comments)

I don't really understand the issues. How much was Dish charging Fox News to deliver their content to Dish viewers? And what sort of fee increases was Dish asking for?

yesterday
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

PPH Re: Perspective (74 comments)

native aspect ratio.

Right. This is of most interest to geeks anyway. And we understand that, looking through a round porthole, there's only so much you can do with a widescreen format.

2 days ago
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

PPH Re:Perspective (74 comments)

Next time, put the countdown timer plus some altitude, velocity and maybe heat shield temp data in the side bars. That'll look much cooler than the widescreen kludge.

3 days ago

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Douglas Englebart, Inventor of Computer mice has died

PPH PPH writes  |  about a year and a half ago

PPH (736903) writes "Dr. Engelbart died on Tuesday at 88 at his home in Atherton, Calif. His wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart, said the cause was kidney failure."
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