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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

SeaFox Re:Lots of people... (537 comments)

Kinda "duh" here, but most folks don't work in labs (or hospitals). When people talk about wearing "gloves" and working with touchscreen phones, they generally mean using their devices outdoors in the cold.

2 days ago

SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

SeaFox Re:don't have money to waste (114 comments)

I'd argue removing personal responsibility for lifestyle choices and giving society a say in them weakens America.

People unable to get coverage for cancer they developed through no fault of their own will be interested in your opinion.

3 days ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

SeaFox Let's take a page from their book... (139 comments)

I guess the contents of the report show that their drone programs impacts privacy in ways that violate the law. So their drone program needs to be stopped.

What's that, FBI? It doesn't? Well then why don't you release the report, without any omitted material or redacting.
I mean, you say the program is working within the correct boundaries. You should have nothing to hide if you're not doing anything wrong.

5 days ago

Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

SeaFox Re:Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (77 comments)

You're sister is smarter than you are, apparently. It would be stupid for her to pay $100 to fix the phone when she can get a new one for now additional fees unless she was actually going to change providers, which realistically, she wasn't.

His sister is still dumb because she's letting her old iPhone sit in a desk drawer and lose value every time a new generation comes out. If Verizon was really going to give her a new iPhone for nothing (but a contract extension), she should have still paid Apple the $100 to fix the screen on the old one, and then sold it immediately. Working iPhone with brand new screen -- wonder how much that would have fetched on the market.

5 days ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

SeaFox Re:The bigger picture... (165 comments)

LOL. If we fired every person on Capitol Hill who wasted taxpayer money we'd have no legislative branch.

5 days ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

SeaFox Re:Mac OS X Yosemite (165 comments)

National parks are selling commercial naming rights?

National parks aren't corporations, and national parks and operating systems on computers aren't the least bit related so you're not going to have a trademark collision.

And this is assuming I'm entertaining the notion the national park has any exclusive ownership to the name to start with.

about a week ago

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

SeaFox Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

Once in a while I end up watching a DVD on a more normal player, usually as the result of watching something at someone else's house. I am astounded at how poor the experience is. One has to wade through irritating, poorly thoughtout and slow menues, and spend ages skipping (if you're allowed) a bunch of crap before starting to watch what you want.

When I stick a disc in my player it normally will just start up to the movie for me. I've heard this problem before, part of that is player features, part of it is the specific title you're playing. Unskippable content is lame, I agree, but if I get a disc like that I can just do a direct copy of the disc contents with the protections removed and re-burn to a dual-layer blank. Now I can play it back on the player and skip content, no change in quality. Still cheaper and quieter than a second PC in the living room.

And one of my favourite features is the reverse 10 seconds button. Great after unpausing or if you failed to catch an important line of dialog. I've never seen a standalone player with such a feature.

My Sony DVD upconverting player had a feature like that. Actually it might have been a 30 second forward-back skip, but they were one-touch buttons on the remote.

Why use a regular player? Because it "just works".

Not only does MPlayer "just work", it "just works" a damn sight beter than "proper" DVD players.

If you'll read back what you're replying to, you'll see the topic was blu-ray playback, commercial discs in particular, not DVD playback. For DVD playback on a monitor with a computer attached, yeah I would just use the PC, too. Because then I can have MadVR doing chroma upscaling. DVD playback on a PC just works thanks to DVDJon. It is the particular issues that software blu-ray players have verses standard stand-alone players I was talking about..

The experience is overall smoother.

Not for DVDs it isn't. I don't own a blu-ray player...

Do you play commercial blu-rays, direct-from-the-disc on your PC? Because if you don't then I don't know why you are replying to this, since it sounds like you have no experience in what we're discussing.

I don't have software incompatibilities or system resource issues effecting my playback like can happen on a PC

Get a better OS. I use Linux. It's marvellous, you should try it.

I've tried it and play with it in virtual machines often. Have also been checking out the new KDE 5 on a USB stick. I could switch over but there are a few pieces of software I like that are Windows only. Last weekend I built a newer machine for my mom, who I've had using Linux for months now... I was forced to give her one of my own N wireless cards as the wi-fi card she had been using in Mint 16 with no issues (a Belkin 802.11g card) wont stay connected to the wireless network in Mint 17. I tried swapping in a different 802.11g card and had the same issue. It just drops after a few minutes for no reason. My D-Link N-card seems to not be effected. Since I have the old computer and her card in my possession at this point I want to try and figure out the problem, but right now I don't want to spend any more of my free time in a terminal on a PC that sounds like a hair dryer when it gets revved up.

dedicated hardware and software for a consistent, assured compatibility experience.

Consistent compatibility with all the latest "rights management" stuff? No thanks!

I'd rather have Linux and MPlayer which are actually compatible with my rights, thankyou very much.

I want to buy the movie legally in HD and be able to watch it in full quality and without an Internet connection. I'm perfectly within the rights I purchased. I don't watch videos on portable devices and even if I did I have the know-how to rip the disc and make my own encoding. Even if I want to do something outside the rights I've been granted doesn't mean I need to resort to some self-imposed boycott of the approved equipment.

about a week ago

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

SeaFox Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

I have the world's slowest blu-ray player, an original Sony. BDP-S300, I think. It lacks both ethernet and performance.

You should have waited is all I can say. Reviews for blu-ray players always mention how long it takes to load discs for a model, and those times get shorter with each generation. Panasonics used to be the fastest, but I think we might be reaching a point where everyone is starting to even out. Just like how picture quality is generally the same on all players now. You can tell when the tech started to reach maturity because suddenly blu-ray players got a lot smaller front to back (this was when the BDP-S350 or maybe 360 came out for Sony). The groundwork was laid and thermal issues were worked out, and equipment makers could focus on miniaturization and competing on features.

A modern blu-ray player isn't just about disc playback now, it's about streaming services available on it, PC file compatibility, and possibly DLNA client usage.

about a week ago

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

SeaFox Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

why use a regular player? it runs unknown code, can blacklist your devices, forces menus and ads on you and takes too long to startup.

ripped files play right away and on any vlc or video software player.

the days of NEEDING a standalone video player are long gone.

I suppose you never owned a DVD player for your TV because it forced you to sit through ads at times?

How many devices have been blacklisted in the last 10 years. And I mean blacklisted as in "too bad, you can't update the firmware on your source or display device to fix this, you have to buy new hardware, and you have no legal recourse". How many times?

Tell me about the audit you did of the code that ran the recording abilities on your last VCR.

Why use a regular player? Because it "just works". Blu-ray players need to have their firmware updated [i]occasionally[/i], but they don't require anywhere close to the constant stream of little patches blu-ray playback software for PCs does (or blu-ray ripping software). Sometimes it's just to get a single disc to play back properly. Keep in mind that patch had to be written by the developers. What if the disc that doesn't work isn't a popular movie? Well, they may not bother fixing the issue. Or maybe they'll only make the patches available for the latest version of their software, forcing you to upgrade. You can argue that the same thing could happen on stand-alone player -- but it doesn't. I still get a firmware update every once in awhile and my player is over three years old.

The experience is overall smoother. I don't have software incompatibilities or system resource issues effecting my playback like can happen on a PC, plus a stand-alone player is quieter than a computer. It's really the same arguments as to the ways game consoles can be better than PC gaming -- dedicated hardware and software for a consistent, assured compatibility experience.

about a week ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

SeaFox Re:Can you hear me now? (76 comments)

Verizon: "You can't hear us, and we don't listen to you."

about a week ago

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

SeaFox Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

for the 5 people that own any blu rays and don't just use a regular stand-alone player or game console


about a week ago

Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

SeaFox What? (52 comments)

A black hat presentation was cancelled for legal considerations? Am I reading that right?

about a week ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

SeaFox Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

How about admit to yourself that you are not _supposed_ to be able to support yourself on a minimum wage job?

What is the purpose of having a "minimum wage" to begin with then?

If the jobs that pay this are only supposed to be for people who are co-dependant on others to meet their living expenses (especially shelter and utilities), what is the goal this "minimum" is supposed to be enabling in the people getting paid it?

about two weeks ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

SeaFox Re:In a week it'll need to be updated to @toredits (95 comments)

They'll only use that argument when dealing with regular citizens. That issue will simply not be mentioned when a congressman is involved. Just like how courts rarely entertain the possibility a policeman can be lying, like any other human.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

SeaFox Re:Misuse of FOIA (231 comments)

... the real story is that Snowden, Libtard hero, never even tried to whistleblow.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

He did something he knew would raise the ire of the government to the point they would want to capture him and torture him, dooming himself to a life on the run for the rest of his days. Yeah, he's a real yellow-belly.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

SeaFox Re:Ask Snowden! (231 comments)

That wouldn't matter. The government would simply claim any messages they don't like the content of were falsified. We could ask them to release their copies then, but they could similarly release doctored emails. The end result would be a classic case of he said/she said.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

SeaFox Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (231 comments)

And yet they don't seem to have any problem violating the fundamental rights of nearly everyone in and outside the US.

Irony: Only by becoming a terrorist by the government's standards does one gain acknowledgement of their right to privacy from it.

about two weeks ago

Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

SeaFox Re:Windows DLL injection attack vector. (75 comments)

Remind me again why a free, "superior" operating system couldn't gain any appreciable market share in the consumer space

Because consumers will generally buy what they're convinced they should by marketing before they get off their butts and actually do research and then make choices. Windows has a major corporation pushing out advertising backing it. Whereas for much of Linux's existence it's coding was a volunteer effort, let alone having paid marketing. Why did Betamax, the superior video cassette tape format, lose to beta? The consumer space was flooded by JVC pushing licensing to anyone, unlike the more restrictive Sony -- gee, kinda like IBM/PC vs Macintosh.

about three weeks ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

SeaFox Re:LEDs (278 comments)

Some bulbs are still incandescents, mostly because I haven't been able to find a satisfactory replacement. These are small chandelier lights (that would need at least 40 watt equivalent output) and the three-way bulbs on the night stand (Cree just released them). Products are available, but both require shipping from the States. I'll wait a little longer before making the complete switch.

Would you be talking about the small-base bulbs used in bedside touch lights?

about three weeks ago



SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Macworld reports that a U.S. judge has denied the request of E360Insight to have Spamhaus's domain pulled by ICANN. Judge Charles P. Kocoras wrote that such an action would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct." ICANN has previously said that even if served such an order they would not have the authority or ability to carry out such a request and it would be the up to the actual registrar to carry out the action. Spamhaus's registrar, Tucows is based in Canada, making the situation even more complicated. Tucows could not be reached for comment at the time of ICANN's statement on October 12th."

SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Mac-rumor site ThinkSecret reports that at least part of Apple's WebObjects, the web application infstructure that powers the iTunes Music Store and Apple's own online store will be Open-Sourced in a new version to be released next year. A public announcement is expected at the release of Leopard. This follows up the license fee for WebObjects falling from $50,000 to Free when Tiger was released.

From the article:
Apple will not be withdrawing support for WebObjects, sources stressed, despite the software's omission from the list of Application Server Technologies under Mac OS X 10.5 Server and the Intel-based Xserve. Portions of WebObjects code are covered by patents Apple acquired from NeXT, and Apple will keep that code in-house.

Also mentioned are changes to a J2EE-style environment and preformance improvements of four to six fold via a new threading module. Apple aquired WebObjects as part of the 1997 buyout of Steve Jobs's company NeXT."


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