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

dltaylor must they be despicable? (199 comments)

Is it a requirement that cable company employees (probably above the level of grunt) must be utterly despicable {socio|psycho}paths, or is that the industry just doesn't attract anyone the rest of us wouldn't be better off without?

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dltaylor almost should have let her call (875 comments)

If there was any good chance of a reasoning being on the other end of her call to the police, it would have been worth it to let her call and then have the LEO "explain" to her the (unfortunately rare) consequences of filing a false complaint, then watching HER be arrested for disrupting the flight. As it is, of course, ...

4 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

dltaylor Linux Blu-Ray rip (137 comments)

I don't mind buying a copy of the content, but I dislike the disc experience as much as your children.

Suggestions for loading my discs into local storage?

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

dltaylor wrong place for solution (538 comments)

Myopia is the effect of having an eyeball out-of-round. Astigmatism is the result of aberrations in the cornea. Why cut up the cornea to fix myopia? You got lucky with 20/15; most do not, and many have aberrations. No thanks.

If/when myopia-corrective lens implants give full vision range (and, incidentally, also correct presbyopia), I'll be down to the clinic to have it done. Until then, I have 20/15, 20/20 and astigmatism correction with contacts and no side effects.

4 days ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

dltaylor Re:They were probably doing it anyay (75 comments)

It's not illegal, except, maybe, in California, and not tested all the way up there, AFAIK.

It's sleazy, but Verizon is a US telecom provider, so that is almost (exception , anyone?) a given.

5 days ago
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

dltaylor Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

None of the above. I have an old Denon DBP-2010CI that just plays discs (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD), but has a (at the time it was sold) spectacular scaling engine.

All of the other stuff would be handled by a WDTV, PC, Mac, ...

So far, I haven't found a 1080P, or less, disc it will not play, but the DVD players all eventually couldn't handle the menu formats of some disc, or other, so I suppose this one will, too.

I still need a good Linux BD->streamable file converter for backups, though, and I could also use the files with XBMC or one of the systems listed above.

about a week ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

dltaylor theory != practice (190 comments)

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."

If you want to know that you can protect against/treat smallpox virus, even if mutated (un)naturally, you have to have some with which to work.

The question is fundamentally nonsense.

about a week ago
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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

dltaylor might still be worthwhile to avoid Comcast (63 comments)

There's still the Comcast deal pending, and email will change then, anyway, so I might as well explore the options.

about a week ago
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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

dltaylor need to move my email - where? (63 comments)

As a current TWC hostage, I need to move my email before this happens. Since the US government is unconcerned about collateral damage when taking down a hosting site, I'd like it to be in Europe (Germany, France, Netherlands, for example). I need POP/SMTP access, and a routable domain (name not yet selected) for incoming mail. If there MUST be a web service, a simple static "C" program returning "Access to this site not authorized." in a few languages (and, maybe, a suitable response for robots) should suffice.

Any suggestions for hosting provider/registrar there?

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

dltaylor sold box, still have cards (192 comments)

I sold my A2000, stripped, for $300 way back when. I still have the card set (RAM, '030, 7-port serial, two SCSI adapters, 8088 bridge board, video sync; even the two SCSI hard drives still work). Maybe I should buy one and put it back together to support 32-bit Linux. I have the CD32 and A500 for the games, I s'pose. Tricky bit is converting the old output to VGA, much less HDMI.

First cards were for a homebrew ZorroII expansion I built for the A1000. 2 additional Megabytes of RAM and the Amiga's yet-to-be-equaled ramdisk gave me a really usable system.

about a week ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

dltaylor Re:advertising does NOT power the Internet (394 comments)

IFF the methods I listed are supported. Comment system doesn't parse Internet News to build threaded responses.

I get my email through POP/SMTP, so don't need a browser for that.

Nav's built into the car, and I use hardcopy, so no maps needed.

Buy from stores, unless literally impossible, and place 'phone orders, otherwise, so no ecommerce.

Give me the others and I happily pull the browsers, on top of which, it would reduce my security exposure.

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

dltaylor advertising does NOT power the Internet (394 comments)

I used the Internet, quite happily and successfully, for more than a decade, before HTTP (curse you, Tim Berners-Lee) began to intrude on the experience. I would be very happy to go back to those days. Throw in an IRC/FTP/RTP+RTSP "subscription" for content, and there's nothing I would miss.

The old adage about TV ("99 channels and nothing on") applies to the web, but with several orders more magnitude of noise to signal.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

dltaylor no Astroturf (tm) in France? (424 comments)

How stupid does ANYONE have to be to believe a positive (or, for that matter, negative) review online?

There's an ad on TV for a referral site for various services that claims that only "members" can post reviews. How many of the "members" are paid shills?

about two weeks ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

dltaylor Re:Cost lies in power consumption and maintenance (145 comments)

There's still the initial outlay to consider. You can buy quite a bit of expensive ZA power for the up-front cost of a new cluster (USD $25-30 million). Any work to create the facility is recoverable if/when they do choose a newer cluster. Additionally, there shouldn't be much in the way of "teething problems" if they can give it clean-enough power, so it becomes useful, almost on day 1.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

dltaylor Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

Except, at least in the USA, the $1 your friend trasfers to you will be "discounted" by a bank transaction fee. How much does PayPal make on micro-transactions?

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dltaylor but, but, but, the Canadians ... (364 comments)

We've bullied/bribed/... the Canadians into buying them.

How bad can they be?

about three weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dltaylor Re:this is how China et al will catch up (364 comments)

never happen.

The Chinese economy would be as devastated as ours if we simply reneged on all the debt of ours they hold and nationalized all of their in-US assets. They're buying California real estate so fast the realtors can hardly keep up with the price rises.

about three weeks ago
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Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

dltaylor Re:I always wonder about things like this (102 comments)

This is why most discoveries are double-checked by someone else.

Whether it is table-top cold fusion, stem cells, planets, or the Higgs boson, you publish "we found X by doing Y". Someone else tries and does or doesn't succeed. If they do, it adds evidence to your discovery. If they don't, they go back through your "Y" and see where it doesn't add up for them. In this case, it was found that "Y" didn't take into account "Z" (rather like the "faster than light" neutrinos a few years back where the timing signal was slowed by a weak electical coupling).

Additionally, there's a lot of data coming from the space-based and, still, Earth-based, telescopes. A data item can show up after you've started your analysis that you didn't know at the time, for example, the stellar rotation period for which to account might not have been known.

On the plus side, this will require all of the to-be-published research to check for this factor, reducing that type of erroneous reporting.

about three weeks ago
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Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

dltaylor Re:Pluto is still a player (102 comments)

Don't know about the god/animated characters' love lives, but get over the "Pluto is a planet" nonsense. Just because there are ossified grooves in your brain doesn't make it true.

There are still people around from BEFORE Pluto was discovered (named in 1930), and there was plenty of time when some of the larger asteroids, such as Ceres in the 1800s, were considered "planets", and if we have to end up counting all of the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) as planets, why not comets (at least the ones with millenial scale stable orbits)? You STILL don't get nine. You either settle for the current eight, or you will, eventually, have hundreds, at least.

about three weeks ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

dltaylor Re:Hydrogen is metal! (119 comments)

Helium is not!

If you read the article, however, it would point out that astronomers use a skewed definition of "metal", as any element heavier than lithium.

At birth, stars contain little helium, but is is constantly generated by fusing hydrogen.

If you start with metals like sodium and potassium, plus what we normally call non-metals, like carbon and oxygen, then you won't get around to generating helium until you fuze something radioactive that emits an alpha particle.

about three weeks ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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