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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

cdrudge Re:Ahem. (407 comments)

Obviously the reason why crime is down is because they are equipped like tank battalions. We must equip them with more in order to keep lowering the crime rates. You don't want to see crime rates increase, do you? And if rates do happen to go up, obviously we didn't equip them well enough so they deserve EVEN MORE!

3 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

cdrudge Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

They will not remove DRM, because the studios they license films from demand it.

So how's that mandatory DRM working out for them these days?

4 days ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

cdrudge Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

Tell that to H. Beatty Chadwick. He was jailed for 14 years for contempt of court for not handing over something he claimed he didn't have. He was never actually charged with committing a crime. While 14 years isn't holding you forever, I think many would still classify it as rotting away in prison.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

cdrudge Re:Not me... (261 comments)

Have you tried contacting Google?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

cdrudge Re:Not me... (261 comments)

Does your domain have SPF and/or DKIM set up? Does your server have a correct rDNS entry? Is your server on a static IP address?

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

cdrudge Re:NES limits (337 comments)

I never said that there weren't limitations. There obviously is...it's an 8 bit platform running at a clock frequency less than I think what my watch runs at.

But seriously I find much more enjoyment, even now, playing old retro games from my childhood growing up with a NES and SNES than what I do playing modern games. I think the games were more original with better stories even if the graphics and sound were inferior.

It's much like how a well written book is far superior to a high def movie. My eyes may not see as beautiful of an image and my ears may not hear it, but my imagination more than compensates for even the best vision and hearing.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

cdrudge boo hoo hoo (337 comments)

Boo fricking hoo. Learn to develop a game with what you have and quit yer bitching.

The best damn video game console ever was 8 bits, ran on a single core (usually), at 1.79 MHz IIRC. Gamers then logged just as many hours saving princesses, shooting aliens, and stacking blocks as what gamers do today. And guess what...they loved it. They fucking ate it up and went back for seconds and thirds. No, it wasn't photo-realistic 3D video with dolby-i-don't-give-a-crap sound and 87 button LCD-screen force feedback controllers. We didn't need it because we could have fun with what we had and didn't worry about frame rates or pixel resolutions or how many cores a OS management thread ran on vs graphics cores vs whatever.

Game designers these days, spoiled rotten little twerps that whine about everything.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

cdrudge Re:Hmm maybe this is the reason (171 comments)

I think sapphire is used for the Apple watch will require much less material.

Way to go out on a limb with that though.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

cdrudge Re:Possible sequence (171 comments)

You forgot:

6) Apple obtains GTAT through bankruptcy proceedings in lieu of being repaid for cheaper than what it would have cost before #2

7) Apple vertically integrates a component of supply chain using change it found in their lobby's couch cushions.

about two weeks ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

cdrudge Not helping the problem either (92 comments)

Because a subject of "Re: SubjectsinCommentsAreStupid" isn't continuing to make it worse?

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

cdrudge Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (534 comments)

If asked like that, you're going to get skewed results in most cultures. I'm somewhere between an atheist and agnostic. However I was once Christian but I've also attended other religious services as well. And even now, I'll attend a service, say a wedding, although I may not believe or agree in what is said in the service. So I wonder how I would be expected to answer that question...

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:Chairman Tom Wheeler (135 comments)

Perhaps. Remains to be seen what the long term effect is. What happens when the NFL is "forced" to go cable only. Or worse, shows games on an uber-expensive channel/package a la Sunday Ticket. Is it better to require fans to purchase cable tv or an "NFL package" to watch the team that their tax money often goes towards?

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:So nothing happened? (135 comments)

Blacking out games has always been the NFL's idea, but it use to be even worse. With the original policy, all games in the home market were blacked out, even playoffs and championship/superbowl games. When teams first started broadcasting all their games, there was a very large drop in attendance as a result, hence the "need" from the teams/NFLs point of view for the blackout rule.

It wasn't until Washington was denied viewers in 1972 and Washington's politicians missed watching their team that things changed. The Attorney General requested the NFL adjust it's blackout rules, and when the NFL refused, it was suggested that the NFL's tax exempt status could change. Congress in 73 passed a law that lifted the blackout in home markets if they sold out more than 72 hours. That policy has since been tweaked to allow a sometimes 48 hour or rarely a 24 hour deadline if a team is very close to selling it out.

The NFL sometimes does point to Congress/the law and says in effect "don't blame us, it's not our fault. It's the law." but it really has always been them. It was the law that changed the policy from awful to just bad. And now it's the law that has changed it from just bad to it's-all-on-the-nfl. And with many teams looking at the local community to chip in for stadiums, I'd expect a large amount of backlash should stick their hand out for begging for money while simultaneously blacking out games.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

I'd venture a guess the reason why is that you don't need 50k watts when the speaker is about an inch from your eardrum.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

cdrudge Re:huh? (269 comments)

"As terms of employment you consent to being video and/or audio recorded. If you do not contest, please let HR know where we can forward your final paycheck."

Is it right? No. Is it legal? Almost if not everywhere? Yes.

about three weeks ago
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NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

cdrudge $10m or $4m? (48 comments)

NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors
...
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million...

One of the first things they are going to research is how to properly add numbers.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

cdrudge Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Don't forget extra fees for the monthly rental of the disabling/locating device. Plus installation costs. And then removal if you should happen to pay it off before they can repo it.

about three weeks ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

cdrudge Re:Is this a joke? (52 comments)

I'm going to bet that "those guys" won't even send you a printed catalog for the same $100 that the kickstarter campaign is looking for. So the cost for detection is going to be orders of magnitude different. But you're going to have orders of magnitude more accurate results too.

That being said, you're right although I probably go with a 3rd grader. The kit diagram wasn't draw in crayon but it does look like the pencil was traced. It really looks like a primary school science fair project.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

cdrudge Re:Wager (308 comments)

I thought Monsanto owned the rights to Nitrogen as well as the complete genome of oats and barley. This should be a slam dunk case for their lawyers.

about a month ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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