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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

bhcompy Re: More changes I don't want ... (172 comments)

For now. And then the old features will be sunsetted, much like the old GMail

3 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

bhcompy Re:Sigh! (172 comments)

Sure, but a phone is not a dedicated tool. Those 60s era technologies were specifically designed for the specific purpose they served. Your phone doesn't store local maps and it has a low grade GPS receiver. A dedicated GPS unit has the maps stored on it and has a better GPS receiver, so there is much less delay.

3 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

bhcompy Meh (194 comments)

I hate it. Makes browser loading/transitions slower than just loading a JVM or Flash(and that's saying a lot), fucks with mobile, fucks with NoScript, screws up common hotkeys like backspace which loses what you've written Google Docs unless you're smart enough to run Lazarus(which you shouldn't have to), etc etc etc. Trying to be slick just makes it worse.

about a week ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

bhcompy Re:also applies to flash and acrobat (111 comments)

Last I recall Chromium does not have native Flash playback like Chrome

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

bhcompy Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

Netflix has shit selection of new movies, while Amazon has a pretty solid selection comparatively and has real blockbusters like the Marvel and Hunger Games films.

Anyways, you want to put all your eggs in one basket? That's why you're bitching about your shitty connectivity and I'm not. The fact is that Amazon, HBO, Hulu, etc don't have the problems that Netflix is having, and that's indicative of a Netflix problem, and that's why they're paying to put CDNs inside or close to ISP networks, which is how content delivery has been done since the advent of the CDN.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

bhcompy Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

Coming from Verizon, Netflix uses Cogent, not AWS. This is acknowledged by all three parties.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

bhcompy Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

The beauty of choice. If Netflix wants to use shitty hosts while Amazon and HBO use superior ones, people will move to Amazon and HBO. This has been the way of the internet for eons. It's why things like datacenter tiers exist in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

bhcompy Re: Thats Fair (158 comments)

But if Verizon FIOS is anything like Comcast, they want to charge Netflix to bring Netflix to their own customers.

Well, no. Netflix is already being brought to their customers. Like the guy said, he can use it, it just doesn't look pretty.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

bhcompy Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

They do have that. It's called Craigslist, or the Want-Ads/Recycler/Pennysaver in print

about three weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

bhcompy Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

And if that's the case I already have alerts setup with Ticketmaster, Live Nation, my local venue, whatever. Just like I already do with Segerstrom Hall. The beauty of the internet is that it allows these things. It makes random advertising kind of redundant because I've already chosen what solicitation I want and how I want it. This is different from television or print, where they are advertising to a demographic. The best print ads are coupons. People actively search them out. The best television ads are humorous or memorable in some way. Web ads are different. They're not coupons in the traditional sense("YOU MIGHT WIN $1MILLION DOLLARS IF YOU CLICK THIS" isn't a coupon). They're mostly just annoying "Hey I exist" ads or they're PUNCH THE MONKEY click-bait that doesn't sell anything. Conversely, NewEgg, MWave, and Fry's deliver advertisements and coupons directly to my email, because I subscribed and I want them, and those advertisements generate a ton of business, just like they do on the back page of the sports section in the newspaper(Fry's does this numerous times a week).

about three weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

bhcompy Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

This is where targeted ads fail. If I'm being targeted based off my activities, I've already accomplished what I wanted. My activities are in the past, not what I'm going to do.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

bhcompy Well that's random (99 comments)

This could also be a major step towards quantum computing.

Why is that just thrown in there? It seems kind of random.
"Pizza Hut has created a bacon, cheese, AND sausage stuffed crust pizza! This amazing pizza is very delicious. This could also be a major step towards quantum computing."

about three weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

bhcompy Re:Story title needs a warning! (274 comments)

It's pretty absurd though that the article talks about teenage girls being charged with a felony for taking pictures of themselves. What a world we live in.

Well, they started charging the boys first. And then the boys with good lawyers started making noise about the fact that the girls were producing the porn that put the boys in jail in the first place. So it's either charge the girls, or throw out convictions and get sued.

about three weeks ago
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The "Man In the Moon" Was Created By Mega Volcano

bhcompy Re:hmm (33 comments)

I thought the speculation for the difference in nearside and farside elevation was heavily favoring tidal influences?

about three weeks ago
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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

bhcompy 3d printing is legit (69 comments)

Used to get plastic printed trains at Griffith Park when I was kid. Now, I can make my own plastic printed train. I'm so happy you have no idea

about a month ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

bhcompy Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Shareholders are shortsighted. Everything is quarter to quarter these days. Google has shareholders, but Page and Brin own the majority of the shares so they have control, and when shareholders give them shit every year for spending so much money and resources on failed side ventures and pie in the sky stuff like self-driving cars, they tell the other shareholders to get bent, because they can't be raided by people like Carl Icahn and have their company taken from them because they're not giving a higher dividend or because their R&D budget is absurd.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

bhcompy Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

Think of all the money they would save if they focused on making fun content instead of, as all MMOs do, focus on creating dull, repetitive tasks that either OCD folks get hooked on or the 1337 dudes deal with just so they can top the meters.

This is what MOBAs are.

Of course, then they wouldn't have legions of hooked players forking over $1,000s of dollar to play the same thing over, and over, and over. So, their strategy is obviously the better money maker than mine.

And MOBAs are making money without the necessity of monthly subscriptions(World of Tanks does have a subscription model for premium accounts, but it's not required to play). People are still playing the same thing over and over, but it's competitive and it's against other humans, just like playing Counterstrike or Starcraft or something.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

bhcompy Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

Unlikely it was only $20-40m. They were deeply invested in the game and it was nearly beta when they shitcanned it last year. Star Wars The Old Republic cost over $150m (est.), Warhammer Online was somewhere near $100m in 2008 dollar, etc. CCP reported a loss of $21m in R&D after shutting down the World of Darkness MMO development, and CCP is developing no where near the scope or cost of Blizzard. This is at least a $100m loss, likely closer to $200m-$250m. Bobby Kotick himself said that in order to challenge WoW a developer would need to make a $500m investment(to which John Smedley replied that $500m was too much, but $100m is the minimum).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

bhcompy Re:Read Slashdot (479 comments)

Meh. It depends. You're either discarded as overqualified(and likely to jump ship) if you have a PhD and you're applying for a job that is loaded with people with 4 year degrees, or you're held to a higher standard that you may not know or may not be capable of achieving at the present time(or ever?).

The optimal answer is to apply for jobs that require that PhD.

about a month ago

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$1 preorder with a catch

bhcompy bhcompy writes  |  about 3 years ago

bhcompy (1877290) writes "Polish publisher Nicolas Games is offering its new action-horror game, Afterfall: InSanity, for $1 with preorder. The catch is that in order for you to get the game for $1, they need to sell 10 million copies prior to launch on November 25th, otherwise you get a $1 discount on the retail price. As part of the promotion, they're giving away cash to charity(unspecified international charity) regardless of whether they meet the preorder threshold or not, so at least your dollar might go to good use. Based on the existing footage, the game looks to be worth at least a dollar, but will that be true for 10 million people in a half-dozen weeks?"
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Newb-friendly Linux flavor for LAMP server?

bhcompy bhcompy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bhcompy (1877290) writes "I need to setup a system to serve 2500 users and I've been looking at a LAMP setup. This is not commercial, more of a personal side project for some friends. I've no experience configuring or administering a Linux server having worked with MS and PICK based solutions my whole life, so I'm looking for something that will be relatively straightforward to implement and not a chore to manage and preferably not completely CLI. I will be serving a forum(phpBB 3 suits my needs and seems adequate) and a variety of PHP driven content with a MySQL backend. Requirements are PHP 5.3.0+ and MySQL 5+. Suggestions?"

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