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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

blueshift_1 Re:Hahaha (316 comments)

While this is pretty acurate, Continuum was pretty good.

2 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

blueshift_1 How uncanadian (316 comments)

I guess they might be concerned about international users viewing Canadian content - though seems unlikely.

Otherwise, I just see it as a government body trying to throw its weight around... however that just seems quite un-canadian though.

2 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

blueshift_1 Ehhh, cases. (424 comments)

Meh, most people will put a big, thick case on it and it won't even matter.

5 days ago
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I think next winter will be:

blueshift_1 They'll complain about it either way. (147 comments)

I'm sure there will be the usual people who will say, "I can't wait for summer, it's too cold" and then in the summer they'll say, "I can't wait for the winter, it's too hot".

5 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

blueshift_1 Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (320 comments)

Who would have thought getting free music would have caused such an uproar? Hasn't the RIAA been filing suits against people for downloading music without paying for it for a decade or so?

5 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

blueshift_1 But I'm le tired... (210 comments)

Seems like a lot of effort just to get back at a bunch of call center guys who may or may not call you. I mean, if they kept calling on a daily or even weekly basis, it might would seem reasonable.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

blueshift_1 Too chaotic of a system (194 comments)

I'm really not that suprised. The sheer amount of decisions that we make while driving (which is a pretty complex and chaotic system) is pretty staggering. Not to mention you have local/state/national laws that vary - just to make it a bit more challenging. I really don't forsee driverless cars becoming a reality until local communication between all cars can resolve a lot of problems.

about two weeks ago
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Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

blueshift_1 Pub quizzes! (85 comments)

I feel like the age of the security question is slowly become more obsolete due to the sheer amount of facts of our lives that are made public (also any question that revolves around your favorite x is subject to change, making it incredibly difficult to answer these questions if the configuration was done a few years in the past). Either that or they have to become more obscure/tricky. Like in the way that pub quizzes have had to become more clever to prevent people cheating with their smart phones. Which would again, make it even more challenging for even the right person to answer the question.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

blueshift_1 It's pretty impressive (405 comments)

Hate them or love them, apple has done an incredible job of making themselves the de facto device in several categories. Certainly most slashdotters know the broad categories of tech, but for most people they just know the most discussed one or two. Apple fanboys are still making themselves heard.

about two weeks ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

blueshift_1 Just people using same passwords (203 comments)

I'd guess it's just hacks of other sites, filter it on just gmail accounts and hope they used the same password for both.

Really just people trying to ride the coat tails of the fappening. Ermagurd, mad hax!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

blueshift_1 Discreteness (471 comments)

I'm not going to be an early adopter, just because I feel like they'll be more of a novelty than anything. But I really enjoy the discreteness that it could provide for meetings and just generally not looking like a douche with your face in your phone all the time. Also, I'd love to see them come out in more vintage styles (basical stainless case with a brown wrist strap).

Naturally, the health/fitness tracking is going to be awesome - I mean a fitbit is about $100 so condensing all the other features with similar into a single piece of wearable tech makes the price look a bit more reasonable. I definitely think this is the best way to enter wearable tech since it isn't so obtrusive as glass (and other head wearables).

In all, I think this can really be the way to start to assimilate wearable tech into society without it being rejected as due to being too extreme and different than the existing social norms.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

blueshift_1 An army! (47 comments)

It's amazing how cheap and effecient microcontrollers have become... who needs a beefy computer when you can have an army of controllers for less!

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

blueshift_1 Just get really good at something (385 comments)

There is always jobs out there. Really it's better to figure out what style of programming/development you want to do, then go out there and get damn good at those most relevant languages. It's certainly good to tinker in different ones that might fall outside just for excercise and just a new experience. However, focus on you want, build your core and there will always be positions to suit you skills in my opinion.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

blueshift_1 Vex (115 comments)

I really enjoyed the vex robotics kits. They are bit pricy, but are more substantial alternative to the lego mindstorms (which are also quite good). Just another option. They have a basic toolkit to do some autonomous routines but also have the ability to do remote controlled. And lots of sensors and goodies. I used them at a robotics camp at ORNL about 8 years ago. They aren't great for more industrial style robotics, but a neat project to do more advanced erector set style learning/expermenting I though it was most excellent.

http://goo.gl/JlX692 Link to the standard vex kit.

Also, there are endless projects with arduino, but it's naturally a bit more technical. So I guess it depends a lot on skill level with electronics programming.

So I'd probably say Lego for the truly basic beginner, Vex for some prior knowledge but wanting a bit more robust system. And then for the well experienced arduino.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

blueshift_1 meh, public domain. (81 comments)

I really just feel like if you post it on the internet it's part of the public domain. While I don't particularly like web slide shows, many other people seem to like them. In cases like this, it makes far better sense to have a standard than a ton of variation in functionality.

about two weeks ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

blueshift_1 Issues get fixed (185 comments)

It's amazing! IT issues getting fixed... I thought programmers just liked to make things worse. Who da thunk it?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

blueshift_1 Flipping arrays (729 comments)

I occasionally do some work in Fortran (and even rarer with matlab) and arrays that begin with an index of 1. It's so subtle and simple that I have to take a step back and try to reroute my thought process. WHY U NOT START AT 0?!?

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

blueshift_1 Nothing new. (226 comments)

While it's nice to know that some look is going to many of principles they present in background and make not-so clever allusions to, BBT is just the standard sitcom formula with a different wrapping. Nothing really new or exciting.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

blueshift_1 Le sigh... (253 comments)

This really made it to the main page of /. But that aside, thinking a ziplock bag would protect your phone is ridculous (even if you had double wrapped it). That's why they make very nice (and not that exensive) drylok bags that are meant for that sort of thing. And what it comes down to is that it's absurd for them to keep that much inventory on-hand. And lets be honest, getting a replacement electronic device from warranty/insurance issue would take far longer. The phone industry is far ahead of the rest of the tech world.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

blueshift_1 Re:Cinelerra or Creative Cloud (163 comments)

I was thinking creative cloud as well. Naturally it's not the FOSS solution, but it's always nice to be able to utilize the tools that you are used to. Though of course it is more expensive in the long run, you get access to everything as well as all of the updates.

about three weeks ago

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