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

binarybum Not Surprising at all (200 comments)

"Related: an article at Gizmodo explains that it takes surprisingly little hardware to replicate (at least most of) Netflix's current online catalog in a local data center. "

It's not surprising. It all boils down to the compression algorithm used. By maintaining a library of nearly exclusively B list movies Netflix is able to seed their algorithm with just a few titles like "Plan 9 from Outer Space", "Catwoman", and "Gigli". The rest of the movie files contain quite a bit of material that has a high degree of overlap with these films which allows for heavy compression. Did you know that "Hitch" for example only takes up 6mb when referenced across a library of these 3 films using the netflix compression schema? It's true.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

binarybum Re:Not really (381 comments)

What do you mean a specific phone or vendor? The Pebble has been around for a long time and has no such allegiances.
And ugly? Have you seen the Steel? It's more handsome than the majority of watches I've owned.

    Calendar alerts, live weather, caller ID, and text messages all have made me a fan of my Pebble. Try one for a couple of weeks - I'm pretty sure you'll become a convert. I'm sure it varies based on style, but I've discovered that I probably only respond to about 30-40% of text messages (some are ignored, others are received ends of conversations). The rest can be viewed on my watch without having to ever mess with the phone.

  With a watch and a blue tooth head set soon enough the question will not longer be who needs a smartwatch, it will be who needs a smartphone - I think the mini-tablet will ultimately reign supreme and act as a hub for tiny peripherals. That's what I'm hoping for at least.

about 2 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

binarybum BOB (611 comments)

Windows BOB is still the best!

about 4 months ago

A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

binarybum Gross (95 comments)

"Yesterday, I got as close as any media physically can to Barrett Brown"


about 6 months ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

binarybum Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

This is true of all learned subjects.
  Temper your nihilism.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

binarybum Depends on... (421 comments)

Do you already have a moustache? If yes, you are probably creepy enough to wear google glass - consider it if you have funds left over after buying a nice pair of tight leather pants.

about 7 months ago

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

binarybum missiles (445 comments)

Aren't ground lasers what laser guided missiles use to target precise locations? A couple example cases of jets equipped with these should get the message across.

about 7 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

binarybum Can't blame him... (474 comments)

I've forgotten about HP too. I think we all should.

about 8 months ago

Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

binarybum Re: OpenBSD (189 comments)

probably the linksys hardware. As the parent mentioned the solution is a good Buffalo Router. I have run dd wrt on my buffalo for over a year at a clip and still going strong about 9 years out now.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

binarybum command line spelling (383 comments)

great. I've been looking for a good command line spell check. All the graphics on the gui spell checkers are very distracting.

about 9 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

binarybum Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

I bet some people with brains also might have dimmers. Even the best dimmable CFL dims nowhere near as nicely as a good incandescent. Some high-end LEDs dim a little better but hum and flicker is still a huge widespread problem with these. Some people with brains also like saving money. CFL only saves money after quite some time - for short term applications incandescents are a cost saver.

about 9 months ago

Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

binarybum AZ (462 comments)

Arizona may be backwards about the vast majority of things, but at least they have this right - daylight savings time doesn't exist!

about a year ago

Game Preview: Firefall (video)

binarybum video? (122 comments)

anyone have a link to the video? When I hit play it was just a series of ads strung together.

1 year,4 days

US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

binarybum yeah right (616 comments)

This is the same government that specifically said it was not running the exact kind of spy program Snowden described? The same government that had authorized robotic drones to spy on and kill it's own citizens?

Well I for one trust them, let's bring him home, what could go wrong?

about a year ago

Post Office Proposes Special Rate For Mailing DVDs

binarybum Mail? (176 comments)

What is a DVD?

about a year ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

binarybum Re:Privacy and etiquette (155 comments)

Axe is a very crude approximation - you know those commercials aren't real right??

  "Its very hard to function in society when every single person you meet is trying to manipulate you and has more Intel then a cold war spy beureau."

agreed, but it's hard to see this NOT happening and relatively soon. Counter-measures will need to be employed. Security will become paramount.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

binarybum Re:Public Shaming (247 comments)

I do the same thing with email and my domain name. I suspect that while sometimes the lists are being compromised, other times the companies are selling the lists to spammers for extra cash. I do address the companies when this occurs, and usually the response is something along the lines of ' you have no idea what you are talking about, spammers use random generators and word lists - your experience is likely purely coincidental' (I call total BS on this since you would clearly be receiving all kinds of spam from the exact same sources at other emails on the domain - btw, Xlsior must work in customer service for one of these companies =) Then I capitalize on the unique address and create a filter.
    Since you mentioned the idea of posting the info here, I'll get a grudge off my chest. One of the heaviest spam loads I received was years ago from J&R ( They didn't handle it well, and I still avoid orders with them despite their established reputation as a top electronics distributor. In fairness it was over 10years ago, so I'm not suggesting this is still going on there, but simply to point out that blowing off customers trying to help point out some kind of abuse in your system leaves behind a very foul taste.

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla Brings Back Firefox 64-Bit For Windows Nightly Builds

binarybum Waterfox (209 comments)

Good news. Even if it doesn't result in 64 bit final products soon it should provide more material for the Waterfox project to develop upon. As long is there is developer support from Firefox for the 64bit the onus is on the developer advocats of 64bit computing to prove that it can show a significant enough performance enhancement to be taken seriously and pushed to mainstream.

about a year and a half ago



Google Kills Cloud Connect

binarybum binarybum writes  |  about a year and a half ago

binarybum (468664) writes "To keep their focus on Google Drive, Google is discontinuing Cloud Connect, the free plug-in that automatically saves Microsoft Office files from Windows PC's to Google Drive, and it will no longer be available to use after April 30th, 2013. An advantage of Cloud Connect was that files could be easily accessed and edited from the drive without having to save all your drive contents locally."
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Seamonkey 2.0 is here!

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "Often forgotten, but the independent open source spirit lives strong in the once Mozilla project — now Seamonkey. Version 2.0 is finally out and rivals firefox with similar features but integrated email with a small footprint."
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Seamonkey 2.0 Beta 2 has been released

binarybum binarybum writes  |  about 5 years ago

binarybum writes "SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 combines a state-of-the-art web browser based on the same core as Firefox 3.5.3 with a solid email and newsgroups client and a simple HTML editor, rounding the experience with web development tools and IRC chat. It now includes tabbed email. Seamonkey often takes up much less memory than running firefox and a separate mail client."
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Folders Vs. tags for shared e-mail accounts?

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "I run a student organization with a 10 member "board of directors." We hardly ever all have time to attend meetings and a large part of how we interact with the student body is through e-mail. We have a shared e-mail account (accessible by the 10 of us on the board) right now that is typically accessed through an outlook web access portal. We've been attempting to keep things organized in the account through a complex collection of folders that have been tacked on ad libum. It's turned into a complete mess. I have the onerous task of restructuring the folder system in hopes of achieving sustainable organization, but I'm wondering if I should just switch us over to a tagging system — perhaps Gmail. Has anyone used tags for a multi-user account successfully or does it end up being just as messy?"

seamonkey project not so open with end-users

binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

binarybum (468664) writes "It's been almost a week now, and the Seamonkey project has still not released release notes for the latest version of the mozilla-seamonkey browser suite. They have a list of security fixes, but no actual release notes explaining what changes have been made to their software — they simply recommend that all users upgrade blindly. This seems to me a breakdown between the collaboration between developers and end-users that once made Mozilla great. I usually associate the "it's better because we say it's better" attitude with closed-source software."
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binarybum binarybum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

binarybum writes "The beloved site seems to have disappeared (hopefully temporary). Last week my e-mail submissions of new Chuck Norris Facts were bounced back, and now this! Some webmaster is likely going to receive a serious roundhouse kicking."


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