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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

drhamad No surprise (158 comments)

They charge more for BD, so why wouldn't they charge more for 4K? It's a good opportunity for them to be able to raise fees.

about a week ago
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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

drhamad Re:Ooh look! (111 comments)

That's the point though... this really isn't a push for open formats. We could scour the web looking for mentions in a lot of places. Until it's actually close to a policy it means absolutely nothing.

about 6 months ago
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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

drhamad Ooh look! (111 comments)

Ooh look, a MEP said something! I think we should have a front page post on /. anytime Boehner says something too. I mean, seriously? Someone said something and it used a TLA so therefore it's /. news, apparently.

about 6 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

drhamad What's it worth to you? (983 comments)

I have a Mac Mini server set up hosting about 8 TB of primary data on mirrored USB3 drives. I then have it running Time Machine on all of that to a 16 TB RAID5 array on a NAS. Total cost (not including the server itself)? About $1,000... and that's for two sets of backups, one for drive errors (primarily) and one that has an always-available actual backup.

about 7 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

drhamad Re:Recent - but not too recent (236 comments)

I agree. I've been re-reading the entire Jack Ryan/John Clark chronology and it gets more boring post-cold-war and then much more boring post-9/11. Now the military fiction I read is the futuristic kind such as Honor Harrington.

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

drhamad Re:Dont watch it (578 comments)

Unless you're like a thousand years old there has never been a time it hasn't been political. The Olympics are entirely a political statement... it's all about interaction of nations.

about 8 months ago
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Mobile Spyware Conferences Into Your Calls

drhamad I hate to say it (105 comments)

Was Steve Jobs right? Is a single, restrictive & tested, marketplace the way to go?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Hints At Near-Field Payments System In Next-Gen iPhone, iPad

drhamad Re:Steve Jobs (164 comments)

Steve Jobs has never claimed credit for any of this. But what he did do is reinvent those things in ways that made regular people like them and want to use them.

more than 3 years ago
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'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World

drhamad Re: If you ignore Star Wars/etc (384 comments)

They're only state of the art if you ignore the fact that Star Wars came out FIVE YEARS before it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Shortcomings of Google's Open Handset Alliance

drhamad Re:Competitor? (208 comments)

While your point is valid, I'm not sure T-Mobile really counts as a competitor? They're a Google partner, last I checked?

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

drhamad Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (656 comments)

It is legal to reverse engineer things for compatibility promises - unless you explicitly sign a contract saying you won't do that. If Palm didn't sign on to use USB, they'd be allowed to reverse engineer until their hearts were content. But they've signed a contract waiving the ability to, among other things, use a forged vendor ID.

This is not reverse engineering.

about 5 years ago
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First European Provider To Break Net Neutrality

drhamad Re:Sure (343 comments)

Well like I said, I wasn't passing judgment as to whether that argument is right or wrong. Just commenting upon it.

That being said, I challenge you to find a major ISP that currently says their service is unlimited.

more than 5 years ago
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First European Provider To Break Net Neutrality

drhamad Re:Sure (343 comments)

No, /. (and most net-savvy user websites) gets pissy when they go after the 1% because after all, they agreed to X Mbps, they should get to use that 100% of the time.

Whether that argument is right or wrong, the two situations combined (the one in this article and the one I'm laying out in this post) equate to a catch 22 for the ISP. The ISP's only remaining choice is to drastically lower promised speeds, but that's a marketing disaster, and really a technical one as well, since most people do sometimes use the top speeds, but don't do so regularly - makes them happy to have it available when needed though.

more than 5 years ago
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First European Provider To Break Net Neutrality

drhamad Sure (343 comments)

Sure, but /. gets all upset when Comcast/etc does that as well. Many ISP's either do that or have done that - and everyone gets pissed every time.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice

drhamad Not the reason (326 comments)

No, because VOIP, while a concern, according to these documents, was not the reason for the rejection (or postponement). Rather, mimicking of core iPhone functionality was.

more than 5 years ago
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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2%

drhamad Never (607 comments)

Never? MS is not knowingly selling a defective product, their product just has a high failure rate. That's something for the consumer to look into. MS warrantee's it for a certain amount of time, which the consumer is informed of. So the consumer is agreeing to purchase a product that will only certainly work for whatever that time is. After that, they're on their own.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

drhamad Re:Oh Noes! (314 comments)

To be fair, Blackberry's don't have wifi either, do they?

more than 5 years ago
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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

drhamad Re:What's a C student at Monroe College? (1251 comments)

A "C" is theoretically average, but whether or not that's true in practice varies widely. Most schools don't fail a high percentage of people, so a C ends up being towards the bottom.

That being said, unless I'm missing something here, a 2.7 is a B-, not a C. Some schools don't have a +/- system, but in that case it's still well above a base-line C.

A: 4.0
A-: 3.7
B+: 3.3
B: 3.0
B-: 2.7
C+: 2.3
C: 2.0
C-: 1.7
D: 1.0
F: 0


If there's no +/- system, it's just 4/3/2/1/0.
As for Monroe College... I live in the area, and I've never heard of it (or at least, know nothing about it). Some local school, I guess. Certainly not a regionally, nationally or internationally known one.

more than 5 years ago
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You Are Not a Lawyer

drhamad Talk about timing (693 comments)

Only yesterday I read an article (found through Reddit) called (paraphrasing) "You are not a macroeconomist - you are a geek" - about all the Reddit/Digg/whatever people that think they understand the economy and how to fix it.

more than 5 years ago

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iTunes Plus is worlds largest DRM-free music store

drhamad drhamad writes  |  about 7 years ago

drhamad writes "With all the stories about Amazon's DRM-free music store lately, people seem to have forgotten that iTunes Plus has been doing this for far longer, offering 256kbps DRM-free MP4's, rather than Amazon's 256kbps DRM-free MP3's. As we now have seen, Apple just dropped their price to $0.99 per song (Amazon, by contrast, offers songs between $0.89 and $3.87, roughly). What hasn't been mentioned is the sheer size of the iTunes Plus store — over 2,000,000 tracks."
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MySpace profile and a statutory rape conviction

drhamad drhamad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drhamad writes "A man convicted of statutory rape attempted to use a MySpace profile to show that the girl was putting herself out to be over the age of 18. The court denied him because he couldn't prove he saw it prior to the "rape". Whether or not you believe that it should be admitted in this case, it's an interesting example of our reliance on internet information and how cases in the future may be looked at."
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drhamad drhamad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drhamad writes "Apple and YouTube announced today that YouTube was now converting videos to be mobile phone compatible, and that the iPhone would be the first of these to access them.

In somewhat separate news, the first software update for the AppleTV came out today, giving it the promised ability to access YouTube."
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drhamad drhamad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

drhamad writes "Apple today launched iTunes Plus and iTunes U. iTunes Plus is what they're calling their 256k AAC's sans-DRM, as announced previously. These are available for $1.29 per song, or regular album price. Upgrades of already owned songs are available for $0.30 per song, or $3 per album.

iTunes U is a new, University section of iTunes."

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