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Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre

ericrost Re:Nethack on handhelds (201 comments)

The hardware keyboard on my LG Ally makes playing the android port of nethack rather pleasant. Both the GP and you have need of purchasing cluefullness.

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman Worried About Chrome OS

ericrost Re:News Flash! Water is wet! (393 comments)

I don't store my information in a phone book, and even if I did, it doesn't have my birthdate alongside pictures of me alongside a publicly accessible list of my acquaintances. The issue is too much information being available to be cross-referenced by ME all in one place. Yes, there are CERTAIN people I would love to share that information with, however facebook has shown quite clearly that they don't respect my wishes on that, so I don't keep much information on there.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

ericrost Horseshit (224 comments)

I use my Android constantly with airplane mode turned on and wifi turned back on since the cdma radio is such a hog. I never run into any app that doesn't work as expected based on this setup.

about 4 years ago
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The Joke Known As 3D TV

ericrost Re:Consumer upgrade #4231844 (594 comments)

I don't have to pay per view with netflix instant, hulu, espn3, nor any of the other streaming services I use.

about 4 years ago
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The Joke Known As 3D TV

ericrost Re:Consumer upgrade #4231844 (594 comments)

I would have to fork over $1000/year to Comcast to "turn on HBO". Why would I do that, compressed or not? The series all come out on DVD/BD eventually, and $108/yr to Netflix, is a lot better. Especially when you spend your comment digging on it, why the hell would you pay for that crap?

about 4 years ago
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The Joke Known As 3D TV

ericrost Re:thrusting (594 comments)

And add to that I've got a $30 replacement DVD drive coming in the mail for my Xbox360 that the wife is currently streaming a marathon of 24 in "HD" off of Netflix Instant, and we're happy as clams 2 generations behind.

about 4 years ago
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The Joke Known As 3D TV

ericrost Re:thrusting (594 comments)

I won't get a 3D set if I don't replace the 720p DLP rear projection set I've got sitting in my living room, or if I make the plunge into my preferred front projector setup that constantly has new midrange hardware getting better and better at the $1000 price point. I can very easily avoid 3D just as I've avoided BluRay and all the other hyped up crap.

Midrange is now King. People have seriously woken up in this recession that the premium for "cutting edge" isn't worth it, nor is the unplanned format abandon-ware (HD-DVD anyone?).

Then again, I build my own network storage, my own htpc's, and roll my own pvr and media streamer, so maybe I'm not the perfect demographic. But I know one person with a 1080p set, and he's 25 and fresh into a good paying job, so he's a fairly strange case. I'm 30, have plenty of cash if I wanted to buy these things, but just don't see the point.

about 4 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

ericrost Re:Good... (94 comments)

You just used a lot of words to say that they don't really do much aside from cripple that data you're trying to use for SIP calls by prioritizing their own traffic above it. I don't bother with the cell network at all, as I'm pretty much always near wifi, and over a standard network, SIP call quality is fantastic. Over 3G, it sucks, and its only because of "QoS" crippling.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories

ericrost This thread is under the sega story (354 comments)

reading this conversation under the sega story in the rss feed. And now wh

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

ericrost Re:That's very nice of you Adobe (515 comments)

You're leaving out one important (to me) detail about that setup. SD fullscreen flash runs like CRAP on my lowpower dual core AMD HTPC under Linux. Boxee is totally hamstrung by this, but MythTV can decode full HD on the fly in the gpu, h.264. Flash is completely hamstringing my setup from doing what I would like it to for No Good Reason. I have a hardware h.264 decoder in my gpu. I can use it to playback local file beautifully and no, the "latest flash" doesn't play them back using my hardware and the OS that does what I want with the rest of the hardware.

more than 4 years ago
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MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

ericrost Re:Consider how long Theora has been out (399 comments)

They can consider it patentable all they want, but to patent something (which I have done) you MUST file before you exhibit it publicly. If you exhibit a technology publicly before filing a patent, you lose the right to patent it. What could possibly be more of a public exhibition than releasing an implementation's source code under a public license?

Making available and exhibitions of products

Publicly available products also count as prior art, even though it may be very difficult to determine exactly what the product is made of or how it works. If a device is put on the market before the patent application filed on a feature in that device, the feature is no longer novel. Usually, the sale or other disposal of the product is enough to make all its features prior art for later filed applications. If the product is not sold, but only demonstrated to the public, then only those features which the public could observe count as prior art.

http://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/

more than 4 years ago
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MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

ericrost Re:Consider how long Theora has been out (399 comments)

IANAL, but, wouldn't that make a good case for estoppel? Saying that there were well known, visible implementations of this technology in the field for years, and the rights holder waited until commercial viability and adoption to give economic incentive to litigate. Seems like the definition of estoppel to me (in my NAL understanding).

more than 4 years ago
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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

ericrost Re:Fight them (857 comments)

And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!

-John Adams (letter to Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 3, 1816)

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity.

-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my church.

-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

more than 4 years ago
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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

ericrost Re:Fight them (857 comments)

http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm

He was a Deist. The Jefferson bible removed all supernatural and mythical features of the scriptures and focused on the moral teachings of Jesus.

more than 4 years ago
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Too Many College Graduates?

ericrost Re:Necessity of a 4-year degree (1138 comments)

I've found that's one of the best things about a large company (you're already in the door, so if you want to do something outside your degree field its usually relatively easy).

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Windows XP Updates haven't passed Windows Logo

ericrost ericrost writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ericrost (1049312) writes "When updating a Desktop install of Windows XP that I use at work, the following amusing error came up in the initial download of patches from Windows Update (while updating Windows Update itself).

Is it just me, or is Microsoft completely broken in how they condition their users to blindly click boxes that pop up. Is anyone surprised that the botnets run on Windows boxes?

Sheesh,

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2053/1695373550_ac93bfd4bd_o.jpg"

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ericrost ericrost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ericrost (1049312) writes "realclimate.org has had responses to this FUD up for awhile. There have been several links and journals submitted to http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2007-03-04-1 .html over the last few days. Digging through the comments on that site led me to http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=11#myth2 basically showing that the claim that every point brought up in that essay is long analyzed and defunct FUD. Unfortunately, its also the crap that's going on in the congressional hearings."

Journals

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Just had to vent about HP's BS!

ericrost ericrost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ok, here's the email I got after asking if HP would fix the well known problems with their BIOS on the Pavilion dv9000 series of laptops like they did on the dv6000 series:

HP Chat Support Experience Follow-up (KMM16293709V71550L0KM)

Dear Eric,

NOTE: Please do not reply this email .

This is Veronica, from HP Total Care. This email acknowledges your
recent chat support experience. Unfortunately, we have been unable to
communicate with you as we would have liked. We apologize for the
inconvenience caused.

I would like to inform you that the BIOS update is provided depending
upon the operating system installed on the notebook.As HP supports and
recommends Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista on its notebooks, we
will not be able to provide you correct BIOS update for the Linux
operating system.
Thus, I suggest you please contact the support for Linus OS , so that
they will be able to provide you the correct BIOS update that is
compatible for your OS.

We are committed to helping you with any questions about your HP
Pavilion Notebook. We encourage you to visit the following Web site to
initiate another chat session with one of our support specialist:

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you.

Regards,

Veronica,
HP Total Care.

Now, may I just close by saying what a complete and utter load of horse shit. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing OS dependent in a correctly implemented BIOS........

HP Sucks... I will never buy another product from them as long as this is the attitude they give their users who don't subscribe to the Microsoft lockin.

If anyone is a lawyer, isn't this the crap that M$ got their asses sued for a few years back?

I'm buying hardware from them and expecting that they will fix problems with their hardware.... /rant

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