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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Xipher Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

I would equate it to how a lot of sound is done in 1st/3rd person video games.

5 days ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Xipher Re:Why can't (349 comments)

Electricity, water, and natural gas all "consume" physical product. Bits on a wire don't actually consume anything, other than the electricity used to put them there but thats mostly constant. Bandwidth is a time limited function, not product limited. "Unused" bandwidth on a link is just wasted time with no useful data traversing the wire.

about a month and a half ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Xipher Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

With newer vehicles the "cranking because it won't start" isn't an option even with a key. The ECU handles that entirely so you don't even have a chance at burning out the starter.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

Xipher Re:Alternative power? (86 comments)

There are a few wind power farms in Iowa.

about 4 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Xipher Re:Well (312 comments)

As opposed to your ass?

about 4 months ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

Xipher Re:Low hanging fruit (95 comments)

Physical attacks may be easy, but attacking over network infrastructure can be coordinated without even being in the country and could take out ever target simultaneously.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Xipher Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

What about when there isn't a provider between Netflix and AT&T? This is the case when Netflix wants to peer directly with an ISP and offers caching appliances that the ISP can host inside their network. This removes the "provider" from Netflix.

about 5 months ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

Xipher Re:But they need to move around in our environment (122 comments)

The more convenient you make it for the robot the more the robot can do instead of you. You interface with the robot, let it do the rest.

about 5 months ago
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Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Xipher Re:They'll stop him (412 comments)

just because people dislike his playstyle doesn't mean he won't draw in more viewers. Some people enjoy hating on a guy, and they might watch him in hope of another contestant taking him down.

about 7 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

Xipher Re:I believe it (1010 comments)

thinking god isn't real and being an atheist isn't the same thing. Someone might follow a faith for the moral story and community, while not believing that the deity actually exists. They could also be agnostic/non-religious, which isn't the same thing as atheism.

about 8 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

Xipher Re:Chain of Command (572 comments)

I believe this is a relevant quote from Jayne Cobb/Firefly
"You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with until you understand who's in ruttin' command here."

about 8 months ago
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NHTSA and DOT Want Your Car To Be Able To Disable Your Cellphone Functions

Xipher Re:Tech solution for a social problem (405 comments)

You realize it's not that easy to actually catch them texting in motion. If an enforcement officer sees it and pulls you over, how does he retrieve evidence? Taking your phone without a warrant seems like an easy to abuse stretch, and warrant-less retrieval of phone records isn't great either? What if you use Google Voice, they won't know the difference and when your records come up clean they will be stumped. These are issues I know have come up from officers here in Iowa when the issue of enforcing texting while driving laws were brought up. Simply put the law can be on the books, but officers hands are tied attempting to enforce it.

about a year ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Xipher Re:Is Netflix (303 comments)

Actually Netflix is trying to get past transit ISPs as much as possible via peering. Provide free peering and caching appliances to ISPs, they get their content closer to the customer, and cut down their transit costs.

about a year ago
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Why It's So Hard To Make a Phone Call In Emergency Situations

Xipher Re:pay phones (179 comments)

Sure, until the circuits are all tied up, or the lines get cut by a backhoe. Even land lines have limited capacity to emergency services dispatch centers.

about a year ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Xipher Re:It's not the ads (978 comments)

I don't know if any advertiser would ever do this, and if they did those ads wouldn't make the site jack squat for money because they are almost worthless to the advertisers. The data the advertisers collect is probably the most valuable part of the advertising.

about a year and a half ago
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UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions

Xipher Re:Microsoft controls compoter booting (185 comments)

The alternative is to try and get every motherboard manufacturer to accept a singing key from them. Having Microsoft sign it means they don't have to deal with that headache.

about a year and a half ago
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The Coming Wave of In-Dash Auto System Obsolescence

Xipher Android in the dash? (445 comments)

I wonder if any of the auto manufacturers have considered working with Google and using Android?

about a year and a half ago

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