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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

TonyXL This is good news (520 comments)

This will spur development of more broadband to people's homes as there is now a double demand for broadband. Google Fiber would then offer a better price to Netflix, and a price war would occur.

about 2 months ago

Doom Is Twenty Years Old

TonyXL Where has the last 20 years gone!? (225 comments)

It seems like it was just yesterday I was playing this game when it came out. Had a null modem cable to connect 2 PCs in adjacent rooms. Was too short to reach thru the hallway so we had to swing the cable window-to-window to connect. Endless battles between my brother and I. Creating custom levels using the free tools (DCK, I think?).

about 4 months ago

Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

TonyXL Except Taxes Went Up (671 comments)

Except taxes went up (including investment taxes) so there is less money for investment.

about 7 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

TonyXL Ah, the memories (BBS, AOL, Trumpet Winsock) (410 comments)

Started with AOL. Still remember the tune of my local dial-in number (820-0480). At some point we switched to an ISP (good ole Trumpet Winsock) and used this thing called Netscape and all those other winsock apps (Usenet, IRC, FTP, etc). Also was lucky enough to live near enough to the Software Creations BBS (sysop Dan Linton) so that it was a local call. I remember experimenting with the download protocols (xmodem, ymodem, etc.) and determining Y-modem-g was the fastest.

about 7 months ago

Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View

TonyXL Then don't use Verizon (332 comments)

Verizon owns the fiber so they can do whatever they want with it. If you don't like it, don't use Verizon.

about 7 months ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

TonyXL Previous Warming Periods (1105 comments)

100% of scientists believe that periods of global warming that occurred from 4.6B years ago through 5000 years ago were NOT caused by humans.

about a year ago

Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

TonyXL Then DON'T USE IT (469 comments)

If you don't like Google or Facebook, don't use them. I don't use Facebook. They can do whatever they want, zero privacy, share all data, etc. Doesn't affect me.

These companies only survive if they satisfy their customers. If they annoy people they will go out of business. No regulation required.

about a year and a half ago

Sweden Imports European Garbage To Power the Nation

TonyXL Mr. Fusion (165 comments)

This is news? I've been powering my DeLorean with trash for years!

about a year and a half ago

Do We Need a Longer School Year?

TonyXL End Goverment Schools (729 comments)

We are only asking "Do We Need A Longer School Year" because schools are run by the government. If schooling were free market based, that question would be like asking "Do we need a bigger container size for milk?", and the answer would be that parents could choose whatever kind of school they want.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

TonyXL Money (639 comments)

With the harder Google packaging comes hundreds of dollars of savings. Sounds like a win to me.

about a year ago

Google Launches International Campaign For Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage


Why does government need to give us a permission slip to be considered married? It's insulting. Marriage is a private contract.

about 2 years ago

Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

TonyXL Verizon owns the cables... (430 comments)

...so they should be able to do whatever they want with them. Allow traffic, throttle traffic, it's their property.

If you own a house, you can invite or exclude guests as you see fit.

about 2 years ago

Silicon Valley Values Shift To Customersploitation

TonyXL What a joke (244 comments)

If consumers are being exploited, why are they staying with the company?

about 2 years ago

Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

TonyXL Ad Skipping Details (578 comments)

The commercial skip is available the next day, and only on the small, well-defined set that is primetime network shows, so I assume Dish simply analyzes the show and sends the commercial start/end frame #'s down to the STBs. So we have yet another case of "illegal numbers" like the DeCSS episode.

What would be interesting is if the STBs were flexible enough to allow peer-to-peer download of commercial frame #'s. Then bored IT nerds could be posting commercial times 30 seconds after a show ended. What would the networks do about that?

Personally I use Windows Media Center and comskip, so all my commercials are skipped automatically, but this is not a regular-Joe type of solution.

In a truly free market, commercial marking would be allowed, but then the networks would simply:
A. switch the advertising to be "in show" with crawls, pop-in graphics in the corners, etc.
B. pay per episode with only short ads like Hulu does ("This episode of CSI is brought to you by Acme Metal Detectors")

about 2 years ago

Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

TonyXL The TV "network" is going the way of the dodo (578 comments)

With internet lines directly to people's TV / tablets / phones a producer of a show does not need a TV network. They just need a vendor like Apple/Google/Netflix/Amazon to stream it to the user. Those are your new big 4 "networks" right there.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

TonyXL Polo (372 comments)

Search Amazon for "Regis Faller polo". They are a delight for the imagination.

about 2 years ago

How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

TonyXL Bravo Apple! (599 comments)

Would you rather Apple keep the money to pay workers and invest in R&D, or give it to the government and have it disappear into the black hole of special interests and lobbyists?

about 2 years ago

Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"

TonyXL "...tax will not affect the average citizen..." (353 comments)

WRONG. If you increase business costs, businesses will have to increase prices, layoff workers, decrease pay, decrease R&D, etc. Economic intervention impacts the entire economy.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

TonyXL Incorrect Story Title (747 comments)

The Supreme Court did not "approve" of strip searches. They "approved" of the idea that states set arrest rules, not the federal government.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

TonyXL Constitutionally Correct (747 comments)

I didn't read the justices' reasoning, but there is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits a state from deciding its own strip search rules. Any restrictions on search/seizure only apply to the federal government, not the states.

about 2 years ago



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