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Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging

Syberz Re:Porn? (457 comments)

I'm not sure you'd want someone from the porn industry behind you... You'd probably just end up walking funny for a few days and not gain anything else out of it.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

Syberz Re:The real bombshell story (360 comments)

Oh come on now, that's unfair. Regular workers don't get penalized or fired when they screw up, why should CEOs?

Oh wait...

Well at least we too get the big fat bonuses when stock value goes up, right guys? ...guys?

more than 2 years ago

Discouraging Playstation Vita Details

Syberz Explanation needed. (275 comments)

"Ensuring a consistent experience for all users."

I don't get this. If the card system used the universal SD card system (which everyone already uses in their phone/camera), then the experience would still be consistent. The only difference is that now everyone is getting consistently pissed off at SONY for being forced to use a proprietary card system that's very expensive and useless with anything else.

more than 2 years ago

TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

Syberz Re:It's broken for me (839 comments)

Speaking of which, it's 2011, why do PVRs look and work as if they came from 1995?

I'm with Videotron in Canada and we're forced to use Scientific Atlanta PVRs and they are horrible. Switching channels takes seconds (used to be instant with regular cable, so no more zapping), the interfaces are butt-ugly and the features are non-existent (why, for the love of god, can't I hide the channels that I'm not paying for?).

Stop fiddling with headache enducing-gimmicky 3D and instead work on providing decent hardware to actually improve the user experience.

more than 2 years ago

IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

Syberz Christmas bonus? (388 comments)

What's that?

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Expects To Be Unprofitable In 2012

Syberz Re:I'm sympathetic, but stop with the bonehead mov (323 comments)

Netflix streaming is still BY FAR the best deal around.

Selection-wise, perhaps. But it really isn't if you have bandwidth caps. You can't watch that many movies/shows in HD if your limit is 20-30gb a month and you use your internet for other things than media streaming.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia-Siemens Axing 17,000 Positions

Syberz Re:People are not the largest cost of doing busine (87 comments)

Oh noes! Congress might raise minimum wage! Here's an interesting factoid:

Average worker hourly rate in 1965: 19.61$
Average worker hourly rate in 2007: 19.71$

Average CEO hourly rate in 1965: 490.31$
Average CEO hourly rate in 2007: 5419.97$

You know what, I don't think that congress raising minimum wage is where we should focus our attention...

more than 2 years ago

OSHA App Costs Gov't $200k

Syberz Re:Just downloaded the Android version (234 comments)

Not that I want to defend the contractor, but perhaps it's not their fault. I've oftentimes had to develop crappy products because I absolutely had to follow the provided specs. The customer just wouldn't listen to our suggestions for improvements.

We can't assume that the people in charge at the government were actually competent and sometimes you've just gotta do what they ask if you want to get paid, no matter how crappy it is.

Add to this the ever changing specs and scope creep problem of most government projects and a 1 day project lasts a month.

more than 2 years ago

Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice

Syberz Re:Wow! Cheating in advertising! Something new? (381 comments)

Why don't they put two naked chicks fondling the expensive card monitor behind it . . .? And Roseanne Barr behind the cheapo one . . . ? Then I would know which one to buy!

I wouldn't, Roseanne has the most seductive laugh...

more than 2 years ago

Hamburg To Fine Facebook Over Facial Recognition Feature

Syberz Nice precedent (195 comments)

Unfortunately, Zuck can probably find 420k $ between his sofa cushions, so it's not much of a deterrent.

more than 2 years ago

Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

Syberz Re:About time (548 comments)

Yeah, but if I'm in NY and buying something from an online retailer with a headquarters in CA, do I pay NY tax or CA tax or both? What if that online retailer also has offices in FL, which taxes win?

Therein lies the problem with taxing online purchases.

It is unfair, but it's also a complicated issue to fix.

more than 2 years ago

Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced

Syberz Re:Bipartisan support (548 comments)

Actually, I don't mind paying for it. What I do mind however is the amount of money that is wasted by the government with redundancy, inefficiency, redundancy and bureaucracy. So before asking me for more money, use the cash that you're already getting from me in a better way and then I might be inclined to give you more.

more than 2 years ago

End Bonuses For Bankers

Syberz Re:Nassim is one of the brightest thinkers around (548 comments)

3. Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You are doing yourself a disservice if you don't read Taleb.

I don't know about that one, it's much more fun to see Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman making out live on the screen, rather than imagining it in my head while reading.

more than 2 years ago

IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years

Syberz Re:old news (1105 comments)

Wow, judging by the amounts of time that it was said that the climate change is irreversible, it must be true!

more than 2 years ago

No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

Syberz Re:Excuses (948 comments)

He's a lawyer, his job is to lead your attention to something irrelevant so that you forget what the real issue is; barring that, he's trying to shift the blame onto the victim. Essentially, he's jiggling his keys so that we focus on the shiny instead instead of the fact that he beat his daughter.

As your comment demonstrates, it ain't working.

more than 2 years ago

Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare

Syberz Re:So this is why I have to use Good Mail (533 comments)

Although it may not apply to you, sometimes there's a reason for the nuisance you're describing. In my case, I work with Patient Health Information which is protected by HIPAA. If any of that info gets out, via a lost laptop/blackberry for example, my company can be fined up to 50k per record (imagine if you're rocking a full db worth of PHI data).

So yeah, having to unlock your device with a password, then your email with another and then wait for decryption is painful, but sometimes it's necessary.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?

Syberz Easy solution? (402 comments)

I just wrote down my passwords and list of the important online accounts that I have on a piece of paper and put that in my fireproof safe.

more than 2 years ago



First look at Captain America

Syberz Syberz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Syberz (1170343) writes "Entertainment Weekly presents us with our first look at Chris Evans as Captain America. Honestly, it's a good thing that the article mentions that it's Chris Evans because having only the photo I would not have recognized him... hard to believe that it's the same guy that played Human Torch. We'll have to wait until July 22nd 2011 to see how the movie turns out."
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OLPC To be a 75$ Android Tablet

Syberz Syberz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Syberz (1170343) writes "The original One Laptop Per Child project was a noble endeavor which wasn't without its flaws. One good thing that came out of the original project was feedback about its shortcomings: movable parts that broke, cost, latin only alphabet keyboard, etc. To curb these issues, Nicolas Negroponte says that the next version will be a tablet running the Android OS: "The new tablets will have at least one, and maybe two, video cameras. They'll sport Wi-Fi connections to the Internet, multi-touch screens and have enough power to play high-definition and 3-D video. Unlike Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet, the device will also work with plug-in peripherals such as mice and keyboards."

On paper this sounds like a very interesting device, especially considering the cost of the alternatives."

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