Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case
Aereo is an online streaming service - among its offering, it enables people who stay very far away from NYC (for example, Sydney Australia) to watch TV stations from NYC.
Actually, they don't legally allow you to do that. If they detect your IP is not in the geographic area where your account is registered they put up a warning that it is against the terms of service to use it outside of the service area. they then give you the option of saying you ARE actually in the service area but you're using some sort of service (like a corporate VPN or proxy) that mistakenly shows you as outside the region. They can terminate your service if they think you're lying though, or you do it too much.
Further, you have to have a billing method that has an address in the service are when you sign up. I can't create an account for nyc.aereo.com from Atlanta with an Atlanta billing address.
The argument from the teevee stations is that by allowing the streaming of their broadcast content, Aereo is violating the "copyright".
I dunno about you, but I find this argument utterly preposterous !
Legally speaking, true, the way the copyright laws has been stipulated by those "legal experts" is that a copy of whatever copyrighted content (be it sound, image, book, or the combination of any form) can only be used one time, in one place.
But c'mon !
People living in Sydney Australia don't get to watch teevee station beaming from NYC anyway - and by allowing them to watch it via online streaming, how the fuck this going to make the NYC teevee station losing money ?
I agree. It's a bad argument that will fail at the high court. Aereo was very careful to design technology that gives each customer a single real antenna. They're basically renting you an antenna, a DVR, and the use of their infrastructure to remotely (but still within the geographical limits of the broadcasts) use that remote antenna and DVR.
Mozilla Planning Firefox Metro For Windows 8 On December 10
Actually, it's been Fx since the name was created so many years ago. http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releases/1.0.6.html#FAQ
Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service
Amazon is more likely to be used by people with money to burn, people wealthier than the average WalMart customer. This will get those types into the store, and will certainly result in more purchases by those types. The long term viability will depend on Walmart making the store attractive to those types.
Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?
I think it's not literal, his point is it's 2012, there's no legit reason this shouldn't take a fraction of a second, and the understanding of this is frustrating.
Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity
Yes, but a scale such as the ones being used can't really measure mass independently of a known gravitational pull, so while it's reporting in grams, it's really reporting weight because of the variable pull of the earth. AFAIK without a balance beam, you're not going to accurately measure mass with gravity as a variable. I presume these scales are intended to be calibrated once they arrive at the destination. This experiment isn't calibrating the scale to local gravity, I imagine.
Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot
Totally off topic, I remember the company that might be your namesake made great SCSI hosts back in the day. Thanks for the blast form the past. :)
G2 Detects When Rooted and Reinstalls Stock OS
An OS can be useful and dead. DOS is useful, DOS is dead. Latin is useful, Latin is dead too.
G2 Detects When Rooted and Reinstalls Stock OS
I bought the N900 as soon as it was released in the US. I had been waiting for it since I got my N810, which I instantly fell in love with. The N900 was great out of the box, but over the next 4 months I became increasingly disappointed with it. I even changed from AT&T to TMobile because I wanted 3G data. The Maemo platform is still incredibly immature as anything other than a hobbyist/developer platform. As a smartphone it's nearly useless. And Nokia did nothing but pay lip service to the platform after launch. I say this as a long time Nokia fan and Maemo booster. I jumped to Android, the Nexus One, and haven't missed my N900 for a second.
Not only does the software platform suffer from terribly integration and missing features, the hardware itself is poorly designed. The slide mechanism is cheap, and wound up putting scratches into the right side of the keyboard area. There is a magnet on the OUTSIDE of the battery cover that performs two actions. It helps hold down the useless kickstand (it's positioned too far to one side to reliably keep the N900 upright if you play on touching it) when the kickstand is closed, AND it also triggers a sensor on the phone so it knows the battery door is closed. When that magnet falls off, the phone won't mount the SD card because it thinks the battery door is open. The only solution is to go to Nokia warranty and have them send you a new back.
If you lose the stylus, Nokia won't even SELL you a new one. They sell them to warranty service centers, but PEOPLE can't get them.
Nokia has completely lost any clue they had how to satisfy customers anymore. They keep putting out great designed phones with Symbian, a dead OS (don't even tell me how awesome it still is, it's not. It's a dead OS that no one told is dead. iOS, Android, even WinMoPhoneCE 7 is better than Symbian.), and crappy hardware with a POTENTIALLY fantastic OS, Maemo. And then they decided to merge Moblin with Maemo. It'll never take off, any chance it had is dead. Meego is the new Taligent. And the N900 is just dead in the water.
Symbian Completes Transition To Open Source
Symbian's a dead end. Maemo/Android/Linux is the way going forward. I've been a long time Nokia fan, I make no bones about it. I can call them out when they screw up, but generally I find their products superior. I've used a number of Symbian phones, and two Maemo devices, the N810 Internet Tablet and the new N900 phone. The N810 was a great device, and the N900 blows away any handheld device I've used. The ease of use, the ability to customize, hack, the ease of getting applications, everything is just so much better on the N900 than any Symbian device I've ever had. Symbian is an aging platform that hasn't worn well over time. It's time to let it die.
Why Open Source Phones Still Fail
Yes, but in that case, just state that, rather than doubling numbers. I make far more calls than I receive, so your math fails with customers like me.
Why Open Source Phones Still Fail
Now, it's true I like in "retarded America" and thus I must be a retarded American, but this part confused me: "150 mins (300 american mins)". While money has exchange rates, I'm fairly sure that our clocks use the same size minutes as the rest of the world. What exactly did that part mean?
Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out
I've been with Dreamhost since 05 and they started offering unlimited to new customers a while ago, and they recently completed moving all old customers to unlimited too. The reality is, most people use a fraction of the offering anyway.
Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine Unlikely
No, the reality is that they don't own all the intellectual property in their drivers, so they can't open the code because of ownership. What ATI did wasn't opening the code, but the interfaces in documentation so people can code their own drivers.
Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine Unlikely
No, the reality is that they don't own all the intellectual property in their drivers, so they can't open the code because of ownership. What ATI did wasn't opening the code, but the interfaces in documentation so people can doe their own drivers.
Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"
Sometimes after a week of arguing with someone who shifts their weak arguments from one excuse to another, one gets tired of being diplomatic, and lays the truth out baldly. "Idiotic excuses" is sometimes unkind but true.
Verizon FiOS/DSL Customers Get Free Wi-Fi Across US
I really really really don't want to lose my faith in humanity because of this...
Oh, come on over, having no faith in humanity isn't that bad. Life's great when you are at peace with the knowledge that at least global warming will obliterate mankind now that we've managed to muck up nuclear annihilation by disarming.
DHCP Management Across a Diversified Network?
To everyone who tagged this "domyjobforme", I hope every single one of you gets the same response the next time you ask for help doing you job. At least this guy had the sense to say, "Hey, there's a community of people that contains a multitude of experts in many fields, I bet someone might have some good suggestions." And guess what else? Maybe some readers will find the suggestions helpful too. Ask Slashdot is for questions that the general community might find interesting and helpful, not just one guy. It's not just about the submitter, and it's certainly not about your need to be snide to those who recognize their shortcomings and try to expand their base of knowledge.
IRS Now Wants To Repeal Cell Phone Tax
Definitions. We say right wingers want total free market anarchy and no government except that which can be provided by corporations, and right wingers say left wingers are totalitarian lovers who think Stalin didn't go far enough. :)
On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn
Wow. I'll reboot my 810 every few months and that's it. It's rock solid for me. The 800 was originally released at 330mhz or so, and OS2008 bumped it up to 400 like the 810 has, so maybe the 800 is flakier at the higher speed? The 810 is a fantastic machine to me.
On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn
I have an N810 and LOVE IT. I installed Evince which lets me rotate PDFs left or right so I have a full page visible on the 800x480 screen, and it's wonderful to read a book on. The fact that I have a full Gecko based browser and full xterminal everywhere is just icing on the cake.
No one told me where the secret meeting room is.
saltmakeseverythingbetter, hrmmrainbowtablesmustbesomethingnew, whatsthedownside, suingnotjustforamericansanymore, and last but not least, matthartleyisagobshite.
These are all tags on recent Slashdot articles. These are being coordinated somewhere. No one is going to convince me that a number of people individually came up with "matthartleyisagobshite". So, where exactly is the meeting place where these tags are shared?
I'm getting pretty much nowhere with my efforts so far, so I'm resorting to means like this to try and get the URL spread around. I have NO idea how well it'll work, and at this point have little illusions, but it can't hurt. Please spread the URL around if you can. Donations won't be refused either. :)
Dreaming Of You
It reminded me, however, how wonderfully fulfilling these kinds of relationships are. How totally satisfying it is to have a person you truly love to wake up to every day, and to go to sleep with every night. In my dream she was very warm, and caring, very down to earth, smart and funny, everything you could want. Although she was blonde, and not my preferred red hair color, in the dream, for a while she did try black hair. That was fun.
I miss those days. I suppose that's the price of maturity. The chick-du-jour becomes tiresome after a while...
I would say who's face it was on Miss Right, but that would just totally ruin the effect. Needless to say, I didn't realize it during the dream...
Ralph Nader, W's New Best Friend, and America's Worst Enemy
Sure, Nader says that Gore lost it on his own, and yes Gore ran a really bad campaign running away from all the good he and Clinton did for 8 years, but he did still get more popular votes than Bush even with a bad campaign. So yes, saying Nader lost Gore the election is wrong, but not totally wrong. Nader contributed to Gore's mismanagement of the campaign, and helped put Bush in the White House. So Nader and Gore both get half the blame. Gore is worthless now, so only Nader seems to want to repeat the horror that was the 2000 election.
I emplore all former Nader voters to IGNORE RALPH NADER this year. Do not let him help Bush get reelected. The world as a whole cannot put up with 4 more years of Imperial Insanity or AWOL idiocy.
Let's Humiliate the Poor!
While I'm ranting, what is it with the poor? Every time I go to a store it seems one of the two checkouts that's open (I like to shop late at night) is being held up by some poor person trying to cash food stamps. If I ran things there'd be a Poor*Mart that only took food stamps and people with such stamps had to buy everything there.
So, it's not humiliating enough that these folks are so fucked in our wonderful economy (thanks George! Keep racking up that deficit too!) that they can't even afford to buy food, but let's ostracize them to special stores too!
Now, I can understand that this is maybe just a rant and he maight not really mean it (I hope), but still, it's just an asinine statement.
I really wasn't prepared for that...
No one is ever 'grown up'...
Reading it, I realized I was reacting in a way I'd never reacted before. I reacted from the father's perspective. I imagined myself in the same situation, a 16 year old daughter coming home and saying those words, "I'm Pregnant". It was disconcerting to both be in that situation, and also to realize that being in that situation isn't as far fetched anymore as it once was.
For a long time, when you're young and dating, and doing the thing no parent thinks their kids are doing, and the deed we never admitted to our parents when it was happening, your worry is about being the person that would become the mother or father. And how you're too young for that to happen, and you realize it would really throw your life off course. Then, time passes you by while you're not looking, and suddenly, your friends are getting married, folks you went to high school with already have kids, and you're no longer too young. And your perspective has changed. You realize you identify with the other viewpoint now. You understand so many things your parents told you when you were young (not all of them, because, after all, we're all smarter than our parents were ;).
And also we realize more than ever, when we were young, how stupid we really were in so many places we thought we were so smart. And we realize as every year passes how little we really know, and how much we still need to learn. And of course, just when you think you have got the rules memorized, the game is over.
Wow, maturity is a real downer...
Meandering thoughts, linkage...
I'm glad that the long musical drought in which we were subjected to years of horrid bubblegum pop with not one, but THREE crappy boy-bands (does no one remember the last intense flameout that was NKOTB?), and one half-dressed, no talent, blonde teeny-bopper for each of the big 5 music companies, is starting to see the first good rain. Artists like Avril Lavigne (who is quite impressive for being so young, thank god she didn't let them bleach her hair and make her do porn-esque "dance" moves with 15 boys behind her mimicing ever move on a 15 foot tall plastic/metal monstrosity on some soundstage), Gorillaz, Thicke, etc. Now all we have to do is find a way to ship Britney Spears on an expedition to the core fo the sun, and life will be tolerable with the radio on.
Tumult in the Mozilla world. Mozilla 1.2 has a nasty flaw, not discovered until after it went gold, necessitating a 1.2.1 milestone. Phoenix Technologies asked The Phoenix Project to rename Phoenix to something else, To Be Announced. And the trunk is kinda wonky right now... Well, over at MozillaNews.org, we opened the ever expanding Mods section. New Mozilla splashes, games, resources and links, and soon themes and icon sets, and whatever else makes it in there. Stop by if you run The Lizard...
What's cool, what sucks, stuff it.
And speaking of growing up, we need to talk about this whole "first post" thing...
Dead Horse #2
These days, it seems that as technology companies evolve their product lines in the march towards ubiquitousness (and yet not commoditized), and greater accessability for the masses, they are leaving behind a very important group. Those of us who can be described as technophiles, geeks, hackers, (even enthusiasts to some) are being left behind with the oversimplificaion of products. Yes, most products don't need to be as complex as they are for the majority of users. But those of us who prefer to see the gears turn, tinker with the innards, and get our hands dirty are being locked out and spoon fed the pablum that is modern computer related technologies.
Often times, many of us would (and do) pay a bit more for the next level of product. Let Joe Sixpack buy Widget Standard. We want Widget Pro. We want to be able to get at the core. 99% of car buyers and users do not care about the spark gap, engine timing, cylinder offset angle, etc. But for those who DO, auto manufacturers cater with high end parts, technical manuals, and loads of other goods for the engineer in all of us.
To manufacturers: Don't weld the hood shut, just bolt it, and let those of us who want to peek underneath do so.
I need to do laundry.
To start things off on a charged note, we'll revisit, very briefly, the Linux Vs. Windows debate.
Linux kicks ass in serverspace. Even in some vertical markets of workstation implementation it kicks ass. I think it would be great for CAD systems to move to Linux. Crashing while designing the floor trusses in a high rise would be a Bad thing. But as a desktop, right now and for the forseeable future, it sucks. Let's move on.
Windows, on the other hand, is an excellent Desktop OS. Asidee from app support, it's a fantastic single user environment, and with some proper security restrictions to the horrid built in Worm Distribution System called Windows Scripting Host, we'll be set. And get rid of IE, my god. Use Mozilla. But Windows sucks in the serverspace, and has no business being there. Too bad MS doesn't see it this way... An ideal world would have lots of Windows desktops with decent security, all connecting to Linux based servers. Oh, and there would be free money and magical pixies.