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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Wing_Zero Re:What? (200 comments)

TV Networks already double dip. they get paid for advertising, and they get paid for a cable carrier to add them to the channel list. now they have a triple dip as they ask customers to pay to gain dvr-type access straight from their web site. (which some add commercials to as well)

this kind of thing is why areo got hammered so quickly. they skipped the second dip for the TV stations. Now cable companies (falsely i hope) are saying that netflix may be in a position of getting a cut like a cable station or risk being blacklisted. (remember Dish network and FOX?)

about a week ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Wing_Zero Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

They have the Autobon, A speed limit free road, and they constantly reach speeds of 95+. In America meanwhile, have you ever seen a SmartCar going down the freeway? Looks odd when it weaves in and out of traffic, but it has a power/weight ratio that rivals some sedans. (made by Mercedes BTW, a European car company)

about a week ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Wing_Zero Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

the Digital currencies already have a partial solution. they allow transactions via bluetooth, nfc, and qr-code. all that has to happen after that, is sync the wallet via the p2p network they work on, and in a few minutes, it becomes a confirmed transaction.

about three weeks ago

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Wing_Zero Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

this technique really is only effective against $50+ denominations. everything lower get spent out as change, or cash back, or loaded into the ATM (The ATM in our store doesn't scan the bills)

about three weeks ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

Wing_Zero Re:Obama (211 comments)

Free, Right. I looked it up a few times, and it is anything but free. Suppose one makes $10/hour. In most rural places in the country, this is enough to rent a decent appartment, and maybe have $100/month for extras. well, Obamacare wants $90/month for that pay grade for health insurance. opt-out? $200/year penalty fee.

Sorry, not interested.

about a month ago

Huawei, Vodafone Test Out Hybrid System That Combines LTE and GSM

Wing_Zero Re:Internet access for vehicle passengers (46 comments)

in my experience, the it's pre-caching a ROUTE. I used it to get to the museum in Milwaukee, and we took a turn early because of construction. google maps got confused, and tried to connect to the server to update the route. Since the tablet had no cellular capabilities, it locked up maps, and exited the app.
Granted, its been years since i last tried Maps for gps duty, but i dont think it changed that much as far as that is concerned.

about a month and a half ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Wing_Zero Re:Yup-article is BS (394 comments)

that label is referring to "Peak Power", or the most power it may use at any one time. this may refer to it on start-up, when it spikes at 500w for .5 seconds, then idles at 35w for the remainder. Kinda like buying a Power supply for a pc, you need the 700w version to start the spinning disks, but once started, consumes only 100w continuous.

about a month and a half ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Wing_Zero Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

We have a fallback manual Credit card machine where i work, used mainly for when the power goes out or the CC machine decides to take a dump (either can happen about twice a year) when the power comes back up, we can either

A) Manually enter the CC# into our cash till (type the cc info into the machine by hand) or
B) call our CC handler and read off the CC# over the phone.

either way, the customer sees it as a normal swipe transaction on their bill. I don't see either way being anything less than worse security than the standard way.

about a month and a half ago

Docker 1.0 Released

Wing_Zero Re:Holy crap! (88 comments)

happened a few months ago to me trying to update XBMC on my HTPC. ended up reinstalling the whole OS. all i wanted to do was "Apt-get upgrade xbmc". doing a standard "apt-get upgrade" would tell me it was held back. even on my current install, i have about 15 packages that are held back because of this kind of package snafu

about 2 months ago

Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Wing_Zero Re:No Way! (261 comments)

I don't know, It got me a few months worth of dates with a nice girl. We were on our first date, wandering walmart waiting for the next showtime for the theater, and we passed a LG 3D tv display. she complained the picture looked odd, i grabbed the 3d glasses, and placed them on her. she looked at the image, slack jawed a bit and said "this is cool!". (her first time seeing 3d) I mentioned my tv had this, and from there, we had Friday movie night at my house, 3-4 months to get through my collection at the time, and she would stay over usually.

look at the previous "3D" fads, and usually it was those god-awful red-blue goggles, no preserving image quality there. at least now, with theaters and some tv's, it's just a polarization trick, my tv is the active shutter glasses, and that gives me eye strain after a hour and a half.

here's one for you, take a ps3 and load netflix. watch the 3d version of "Wild Ocean: IMAX" (I think that's the one, netflix in the web browser doesn't tell you which movies are actually in 3d)(8mb/s required minimum for 3d stuff, my connection falls short, saw it at my parents) THAT is cool to watch!

about 2 months ago

Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

Wing_Zero Re:LOL (109 comments)

i like my slider phone, I think it offers the best of both, full size screen, and a keyboard when you need it.

about 2 months ago

Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

Wing_Zero Re:Start of a trend... (70 comments)

When i was in high school, I bought a copy of BeOS. I thought it was really cool. it flew on my k6 with a matrox video card. it came with cool demos like dragging videos onto a 3d cube and playback all sides. really i think it had much more polish than Linux or windows of the day visuals-wise (my opinion linux still drags behind on this). even today, a modern OS struggles to load itself from power off in under a minute, where BeOS loaded itself in under 15 seconds. I would have loved to see it survive, but after Palm bought it, and gutted the company (all they wanted was the IP) it kinda died slow and horribly.

I've checked in with the development of haiku, and other than re-creating the system in open-source, it seems fairly stagnant. I'm gonna be rooting for them, if they can get some modern chip set support, it could bring back relevance.

about 2 months ago

Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

Wing_Zero Re:bamboo car (198 comments)

Is this the re-emergence of the "woodie" style car?

about 2 months ago

Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Wing_Zero Re:Hop the strass (389 comments)

if nobody rides, some politician would cut funding to boost his career. "I saved the state $XXXXX a year during my time as a senator!" (and to funnel money into his own pet project)

Typically, these programs are funded to 75% through taxes, and then it is up to the management to set fees and such to make up the difference.

So for example, the train maintenance is covered, and tracks, and new tunnels, but gas/fuel, and wages come from the tickets. (not a informed breakdown on this exact case, but i have family in the accounting side of government, and i base these figures on past conversations with them)

about 2 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Wing_Zero Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

Agreed, I love my Chromecast. I stream Netflix and my Plex server content to it. Doesn't need a constant connection from the phone/tablet, (in fact, once the stream starts, it can glitch out and ignore the commands from the phone, making it hard to stop a show and switch to the next. so far only a Netflix issue)

Chrometab isn't a big feature for me, but i could see putting the team page on a second tv during the game.

With my Plex Server is where i think this thing shines. I have it plugged into my bedroom, grab my phone, que up a tv show, and enjoy!

about 4 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Wing_Zero Re:I'll wait and see (117 comments)

As much as i liked hulu in the past, they really piss me off now. You watch a show and and they give your a list of shows you might like, yeah, cool. click on it. "oh sorry, we only have seasons 2,3,5, and 8 and the most recent season only has episodes 1,4and 5. but we have episodes 1&2 from season one to give you false hope and addict you to it anyways"

Netflix did this a few times to me, but at least with them, it's by season and not by episode.

about 4 months ago

Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

Wing_Zero Re:WOW! (132 comments)

I don't know about 7 years old being BAD per say, I have a toshiba laptop that i bought 6-7 years ago, and despite it being a core duo, i think it still runs great.

the hard drive part I will agree with, but that is a easy fix, a sata-usb cable costs $25 (including drive clone software) and a 1TB HD is around $100

I paid around $600 for this laptop, and i think it run circles around some of the budget laptops out now. the ONLY upgrade i've done is the hard drive, and i might think of the battery sometime, but it stays plugged in most of the time, so not too important.

not a big gamer, but i have a HTPC that is WAY over Spec'ed, would rather game on that anyway.

about 4 months ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

Wing_Zero Re:Cold (94 comments)

I was responding to the first part of your post, sorry, just read the second. wow, can't believe i missed it.

My thought on that, is that they would use that bus for the shorter range routes, 100 miles, while it seems small, would probably be fine.

about 5 months ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

Wing_Zero Re:Cold (94 comments)

Most districts have bus garages where they store their buses overnight, you typically heat that area anyways for the maintenance crew.

even if you don't heat the garage, just being in a structure will help cut some of the cold. My old pickup has a manual transmission that gets stiff in cold weather, to the point that i have to warm the engine for 10-20 minutes when the temp is under 10F just for the shifter to move right. In the garage the time is at the lower number, but, when i park outside, the higher number is more common.

at the very least, a school bus would probably be a ideal use for this type of tech. Predictable loop runs, twice a day, stored in the garage(and charging) while school is in session.

about 5 months ago


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