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Mozilla Adds H.264 Support To Android Firefox

Tufriast WebM (77 comments)

No offense, but what happened to the "WebM is super double plus good, and all we're gonna nom-nom on" dogma that was touted? I'm happy that they are adding support for H.264, but after all this baby mama drama, what was the point? I'm wondering what happened internally to reverse this choice. Was it a matter of "the world has moved on" or "we're just gonna make the best UX possible" that drove the decision?

about a year and a half ago
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AT&T Introducing Verizon-Style Shared Data Plans

Tufriast Sad, but we let them do this. (307 comments)

AT&T was shitty before this point, but now they are no longer even TRYING to mask the fuckening. What's worse is that they have court backing. You can thank all of the "conservative" leaning judges who side with businesses from a legal angle that made this happen. I'd like to point out that left leaning judges are also a bad thing in the long haul. Hell, judges should lean neither way. In any event, a special thanks to the American people for getting us raped and smiling while doing it.

about 2 years ago
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Credible Reports of a 7.85 Inch iPad Mini Emerge

Tufriast There will not be a 7 inch iPad (193 comments)

What I hate about these rumors is that they are just that - rumors. Has anyone checked the track record of the suppliers "sources" of late? There will not be a 7 inch iPad and there never will be. The form factor will not accommodate a finger properly, and the app library will not work on a 7.85 inch screen. Apple is and never will be interested in the low end market. This is a fact. If anything, this is a smokescreen to keep competitors making seven inch screen tablets. Apple's brand loyalty department is notorious for issuing these kinds of statements and crap to media outlets to throw people off the trail.

about 2 years ago
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Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers

Tufriast System REQUIREMENTS (518 comments)

It says it on the box. The system requirements are there. I'm not sure why people complain about the game not working on their platform. If you want to run it, just run a full blown VM and call it a day. Virtual Box is free. That being said I'm using an OS X virtual machine and it runs very well with D3 thanks to a few tweaks.

Running a full blown VM this day and age is not a difficult thing for a hacker to do, and even better, is still as cheap as running WINE if you have a copy of OS X "laying" around.

The system requirements are printed on the box, its their code, and people not reading the TOS leads to this. If you really want to stick to the OSS mantra - this piece of closed source code should not even have touched your system anyway.

about 2 years ago
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Google Caught Misbehaving By Kenyan Startup

Tufriast To the people stating this is fake... (383 comments)

I'd hate to pour some cold water on your hot heads - the man has proof, recorded proof. In addition he has IP logs and tracebacks to Google HQ. He has enough evidence to stand in a court of law and press charges against Google inside of the United States. He's checked with ISPs and double-checked over a period of many months. This is no fake; and this is a huge, huge, blow to Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Caught Misbehaving By Kenyan Startup

Tufriast Re:Do no evil indeed (383 comments)

The corporate offices in Google CA were traced to this issue; check his IP logs he has. I might be foggy on this, but from what I saw, this came from California as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Caught Misbehaving By Kenyan Startup

Tufriast Legal ? (383 comments)

Isn't this illegal in the USA? If it is a US based company can they be sued in the US for doing this? This at least crosses the slander lines, and I'm sure the FTC would love to hear about this. Any attorneys in the audience care to comment?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

Tufriast Strong Box (514 comments)

GPS beaconed and battery-backuped/powered strong box hardwired into your car's battery and built into its frame is the most definitive solution. Throw some biometric thumbprint scanning and numeric passcode locking if you really want to go overboard. This is an expensive solution though. ($10K plus to start with.) If you are driving a car without a trunk, upgrade your car for maximum protection. You set priorities in life, so you decide how secure your want your setup. I think that you could suffice with a small strong box with lock, key, and tumbler code and some degree of heft to it. Perhaps 35 pounds or more. This would deter speed and swiftness.

more than 2 years ago
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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

Tufriast Needed to be done. (938 comments)

I hate to break it to people, techies included, but talking on your phone and driving kills people. Its a pretty well known fact and insurance companies are even charging higher premiums to people who have had a cell phone related accident (more than a normal rate increase). Ultimately this is the states' call, but if it was your kid, significant other, or friend who got killed by someone texting/talking on their phone would you let it go?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Launches Suicide-Prevention Effort

Tufriast More like this...good move. (159 comments)

Honestly, I do not see why a social network has not done this in the past. I had this idea that perhaps Doctors could get help to people on social networks via this means - at least schedule appointments. $0 cost and doctors might be able to get some new patients. Forums are around that do this, but its not like FB. Scope is what they have on the table. As long as the chat messages are secure, I think we could see a lot more philanthropic work hitting social networks. How about donations to the Red Cross or any organization via FB?

more than 2 years ago
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Adblock Plus Developers To Allow 'Acceptable' Ads

Tufriast They got paid for this... (247 comments)

I can't really state anything but like my subject says, I believe they got paid off by someone to do this. I fear that their hard work probably wasn't seen as a cash flow of significance. I don't buy the only "25% against any advertising" mantra. I think a lot of people, myself included, will be looking for another advertisement blocking plugin. I pay for Slashdot, not much, but I do pay. I pay for what I read.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

Tufriast Re:Telcos/Cable Companies Make TV Broken On Purpos (839 comments)

1) First off I'm not buying another damn box for a box. And no I'm not renting a box for a box either. I read plenty of books. Brandon Sanderson, William Gibson, RA Salvatore, Proust (way back in college), and even the late Anne McCaffrey sit on my shelf. Regardless, I don't watch a lot of TV. I read far more.

2) The examples provided are about the shows I actually gave a damn to see. There are far more that have been cut short, and I'm not going to pull out a TV history encyclopedia to find out how many were cut in recent memory that were great shows. Judging by the flack I hear from coworkers and superiors, I'd say there were plenty of bullshit bad decisions.

3) No, I don't think the television studios are to blame here. I believe a la carte is totally possible when I take telcos and totally cut their greedy, and monopolistic asses OUT of the picture. Give me your bandwidth and be gone. Don't give me the shit line about "we're not dumb pipes" defense. Everyone knows their not, but don't defend their abuse of a system that sucks to try to compete in. Do something honest and right for once and provide a service that actually serves. Not enslaves.

4) Don't try and simplify the remote control, cable UI, and/or any smart/dumb television. They are piles of confusing shit any 4 year old needs to sit down and watch mom and dad use for a full 90-120 days before even feeling comfortable touching a button w/out daddy getting pissed. I've seen it.

5) No, I don't need to buy shit. Telcos need to stop raping the country. We paid their asses for fibre to the curb, decent bandwidth, and a neutral internet. What do we got? A bullshit farce. This is just one more slap to the face. I don't even pirate shit and I still have these pathetic caps that make our country look like shit in the face of the likes of Ukraine and South Korea.

6) iTunes is the way to go, and yeah, when Apple DOES indeed come out with an a la carte solution I'll be the first one on the bandwagon to say "Cancel your shit cable b/c this train is going to the moon and back." Will it kill jobs? Maybe. Will people value bandwidth more than cable? Yes. Will networks and telcos both get what's been coming for 30+ years? Yes. All I have to say is that payback is a bitch, and when the consumer pulls that plug - oh - I will savor it.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

Tufriast Telcos/Cable Companies Make TV Broken On Purpose (839 comments)

Honestly, I don't want, will not pay for, or even deign to give a red cent to telco companies and their garbage they call TV for a number of reasons.

1) TV doesn't do its job anymore. News in particular. Entertain and inform were the tasks at hand. Instead I see middle American slobs neither entertaining nor informing me of anything useful. Reality shows and garbage slant news coverage is not something I will pay for. 2) The TV that is good is covered up, hidden, made inaccessible, or mired in advertisements - if it survives some political TV executives wide-swung axe. (Examples: Eureka, Firefly, Community, and many others.) 3) The price is exorbitant. When people say they are paying for 1,000-3,000 channels they are forgetting they DO NOT NEED 1,000-3,000 channels. Nor will they watch that much garbage content. They are forcing a justification to price gouge you. 4) TV in its current iteration is a problem that telcos have forced us to have. Its complex, there are huge software issues, huge time slot issues, and even bigger hardware complexity issues that make it so unwieldy most leave the damn thing off. We're paying middle men of middle men for the right to look at content that is shit. I don't need more middle men. 5) It does not meet demand. It demands of you. 'YOU BE HERE AT THIS TIME AND THIS PLACE AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOME MILDLY ENTERTAINING TRASH.' I don't think anyone should pay for that - not today not ever. I run my life, not some damn box. I don't care if its a sporting event, debate, or "hit show" b/c it will be forgotten inside of a year.

We need a simplistic a la carte system where we can pick what we want, when want, and how we want it, and how much we're willing to pay for it. Nothing more, nothing less. Because of monopolistic practices inside of the communications industry and due to network greed we don't have that. Instead we have the opposite of that and then some.

more than 2 years ago
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GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years

Tufriast Convert to digital? (91 comments)

Hello! Don't shut down the site, just shut down the print and go to iOS NewsStand! Was this even considered? This was the first gaming magazine I ever read. I have issue #1 in my attic some place, and yeah, I thought it was grand. Now, the market has changed, and they give up? What the hell, is it that American companies just LACK agility in any shape or form these days? I can think of maybe 5 off the top of my head that will come against a big change and go "ok we can handle this" instead of doing like GamePro and caving. Ok I'm done ranting, but seriously, what is with the print industry? Sure, print is done, but DON'T kill the horse. Start a games site. See Destructoid or some other successful indie gaming news outlet. They started indie and made it big. GamePro would have had the advantage of starting big and STAYING BIG.

more than 2 years ago
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Thunderbolt vs. SuperSpeed USB

Tufriast Ubiquity vs. Moving Forward (327 comments)

When the Compact Disc first came out not many had any chance to play one. It was expensive, part of extravagant home theatre systems, and only the rich could afford it. Years later it was adopted by the masses once it was able to be cheaply reproduced. The same goes for this piece of technology. While truly innovative and new technology almost never starts out as being ubiquitous; it does move us forward. This is my point: it is better, faster, and eventually it will be cheaper too. That and I heard Apple had exclusivity on the hardware totally until 2012 with regards to it. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/24/intel_details_thunderbolt_as_exclusive_to_apple_until_2012.html

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

Tufriast Re:Stallman: Hypocrite (1452 comments)

I'm not arguing for or against Apple, but I do see your point. I do still believe Stallman's emotions got involved, and his anger, as usual got the better of Stallman. Choice or not, Stallman still wants all of his followers to use FOSS strictly, and only FOSS. Nothing else. It comes out heavily in his thoughts on this man's death. This sort of purism is borderline "software racism" in my mind and leads to a sort of negativity that is unwarranted and out of line. Jobs didn't care if people bought or did not buy his software and hardware. Jobs did place rules on using his goods; tons of them. Stallman will hate you until the universe folds in on itself if you even touch proprietary software. To me it is the same difference. Two views, and use the users trapped in the middle.

more than 2 years ago

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Larry Page and Google were Drug Dealers: Fact

Tufriast Tufriast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tufriast (824996) writes "From TFA: "The Federal government says Google CEO Larry Page, knowingly allowed his company to run ads for an illegal Mexican drug company. "We simply know from the documents we reviewed and witnesses we interviewed that Larry Page knew what was going on," U.S. attorney Peter Neronha told the Wall Street Journal.""
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HP WebOS Open Sourced

Tufriast Tufriast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tufriast writes "In a surprising turn of events, HP is now open sourcing WebOS totally. This could be a boon for the platform as developers and consumers can freely tinker with the OS without fear of reprisal. In addition perhaps 3rd party companies will be more inclined to make hardware supporting it. HP will openly and actively contribute to the operating system as well."
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World's first Cybernetic Athlete to Compete

Tufriast Tufriast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tufriast writes "The world's first mechanically augmented athlete, Oscar Pistorius, will now compete against unaugmented peers on behalf South Africa. He'll be running in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the World Athletics 2011 Championships. Pistorius, a double leg amputee, has had special leg blades crafted for him that allow him to compete against his peers. He's fought hard to prove the provide no advantage, and according to IAAF they do not. This should be a very interesting race to watch. His nickname: The Blade Runner."
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Cross-platform equivalent to Roland Versaworks?

Tufriast Tufriast writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tufriast (824996) writes "Hello all, I work in the IT field and support a large company that is very cross-platform and into publishing/advertising. I was wondering is there a cross-platform equivalent to Roland's Versaworks software that will output to Roland printers? I've been searching high and low for an answer. We've got a network of Macs, PCs, and a few Linux boxes across a few subnets that need to be able to print to this fancy printer. Any open source or closed source ideas would be helpful. Cross-platform is a must though as many would like to print to it. If we must depart from Roland, describe some good alternatives! Any ideas? Thanks in advance."
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