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Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

djhertz Re:I use Aereo, it's great (211 comments)

Ah, now that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.

about 8 months ago

Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

djhertz I use Aereo, it's great (211 comments)

I live within the broadcast range of Boston but due to a hill I'm on (and weather) I only get one or two channels at best. I like to watch American football and having the signal drop in the middle of a play just stinks. Aereo allows me to watch (and pause/record) shows I would normally get fed up with and just not watch. It's a great service to mesh with Netflix/Amazon Streaming/etc. since you get sports and live news. We really like it.

As to why the broadcasters are against Aereo I guess there could be concern about timeshifting, etc. But if I did get solid reception OTA I could just use any DVR to do pause and recording, or even a VCR (ok not a VCR, no TV is worth using one of those again).

Overall I see Aereo, Netflix, etc. as the future. Much like mp3s and digital streaming are the media for music. It would probably be best for the broadcasters to try and figure out how to best make it all work. I still don't understand why a broadcaster would not want Aereo to 'repeat' their signal, w/o it I would not be able to watch the shows, hence not view the commercials.

about 8 months ago

Cyber Monday and Amazon's Online Dominance

djhertz Re:It's not surprising (174 comments)

You saved me from having to write the same thing. :)

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

djhertz Re:*turns off TV* (88 comments)

This storm + That show = Need more shotgun shells

At least I know how to brew my own beer.

about 2 years ago

PS3 Encryption Keys Leaked

djhertz Re:This changes nothing for me. (284 comments)

Can you point me at the $2.16 lunch? I usually get a really nice sub or salad and soda for $8.03 at a local place but we do have an Arbys nearby.

about 2 years ago

Is a Wireless Data Center Possible?

djhertz Burritos (172 comments)

It'll be cool when somebody microwaves a burrito in the lunch room and random servers drop connection. 3.. 2.. 1.. ding! Hm, server connections are back.

about 2 years ago

Demonoid Shut By Ukrainian Authorities

djhertz Re:Just like the war on drugs, nobody ever learns. (178 comments)

As a Libertarian, thank you. I live in NH and get a lot of calls from presidential survey companies, "In the upcoming election will you vote for the Republican X or Democrat Y." And I respond with "Neither, I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate Z" They don't seem to ever like that since the little boxes they use don't have that option. I'll be told, "Sir, that isn't an option" and then I get on my soapbox....

Part of why I became a Libertarian was to have an impact. The phrase "The only wasted vote, is the one that goes to a Democrat or a Republican." really hits home and I'm going to start using that a lot. I have a friend with her PHD in Political Science. I thought voting for anything but X or Y was a waste but she pointed out that anybody who usually votes one way or the other is already a notched vote, it isn't going to change. The 2 big parties need me, so what can they do to get my vote? So by voting and being vocal about how I feel I can get the attention of X and Y and maybe they will change a bit towards my direction. So by acting how I do, I impact both sides. If I am a solid X or a solid Y I'm just in the pile to be counted, not to be courted.

more than 2 years ago

Why Smart People Are Stupid

djhertz Poker hands (337 comments)

It sounds a lot like when a you watch a friend play a hand in poker and you can see all the mistakes, but when you are in the hand you are blind to them.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

djhertz Re:Rise of the discount carriers (331 comments)

My wife is on Virgin Mobile (which is the Sprint network) $25/month, unlimited text, data, and 300 minutes. Coverage is actually pretty good. It's also pay as you go and you just buy your phone up front (I think it was $100). It's some kind of LG with Android 2.2. It gets it done and it's really cheap. I would highly recommend it as a way to save $50/month vs Verizon.

more than 2 years ago

Google Drive Launching Next Week With 5GB Free Space

djhertz Re:5 GB (265 comments)

Pretty cool, I'm going to check that out.

more than 2 years ago

Google Drive Launching Next Week With 5GB Free Space

djhertz Re:Google Drive (265 comments)

I was doing truecrypt but didn't like the extra steps to open a file, dump stuff in, etc. I gave boxcryptor a whirl and have been very happy with it. It adds on right to dropbox. It's free (up to 2 gig of encryption) and a one time fee for unlimited. I tried spider oak too but didn't like how it all worked and I'm not a fan of re-occuring costs.

more than 2 years ago

Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

djhertz You can already do this on your own (911 comments)

-Put it in neutral
-Put it in park
-Pull the handbrake/emergency brake
-Pull the key/shut the car off

If the brakes in the car fail due to floormats, then a special system to allow the brakes to 'over ride' the gas could also fail for other reasons such as floor mats still just blocking the brakes (which I've never really understood anyways). I could see a new system like this actually causing more problems by making the breaking/gas more complex.

more than 2 years ago

Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

djhertz Re:Autism (1007 comments)

Excellent, I wish I had mod points.

more than 2 years ago

Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password

djhertz Re:The battle now begins. (407 comments)

What you've written makes sense. However IMHO it is different to those things public (by posting on Facebook) then to just doing those things. As far as I'm concerned if it's posted on Facebook expect everybody you know, and will ever know, to see it. Forever. I try to be very careful about what I post online for that reason.

What I find most intriguing about Facebook isn't the actual content of the post, but that people choose to post things that will forever be available for viewing forever to perhaps anybody. It's like if you pull our embarrassing photos of your child to their date, but your child is planting embarrassing photos and comments to be shown at a later date to everybody. I can see that as a lack of judgement in some cases.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?

djhertz Re:Don't be a tightwad (508 comments)

Very nice. I got a good laugh.

more than 2 years ago

FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

djhertz Re:Hi, this is Rachel (210 comments)

First it was at home, then my cell, then my work, and now on Slashdot?! Make it stop! For the love of God make it stop!

more than 2 years ago

Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

djhertz Re:What if... (1009 comments)

What's strange is I was thinking the same thing. I've had that happen to me from time to time. Day to day, using a password I use all the
time and boom... wtf... I can't remember it. The thing is with my work stuff there is always a way around, I can call the guys that manage our
servers and have them reset it (they know my voice and confirm who I am with a personal question, not a password). The crazy thing is it can be something I use all the time. In high school I would forget my locker combo after using it for 3 years. So for my personal stuff.. well.. I've actually lost drives that I just can't remember how to get into them if I can't remember the login, kind of silly.

more than 2 years ago


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