top Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
This constant harping on how great streaming is bugs me. While that may be true in urban cores,
in the technological hinterlands we are lucky to *have any* Internet connections. When home, I have problems getting short YouTube videos to play at all (if they do play, I get long hangs every few seconds). Last time I looked my choices were AT&T DSL (I to not think they can provide Uverse to my home), Comcrap or Clear (which is what I have). I used to have AT&T for home phone, DSL and GoPhone cell service - I will *NEVER* willingly be an AT&T customer again if I can at all avoid it. And there is a reason I listed the 2nd choice as "Comcrap".
I have never had Netflix but if I were to sign up it would be only for their DVD service.
As is Ihave a large collection of DVDs in hand (TV shows, movies - lots of anime). So I do not
find them "clunky" at all.
top Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers
You don't own it, you only rent it and the "owners" can get make you pay again and again.
I'm sure they (RIAA/MPAA/etc) would like if everything was pay-per-view and we could not even own our own thoughts.
I dread the day when IP lawyers realize our brains hold memories of the songs we've
heard, the movies we've seen and the books we've read and demand we be made to forget it all or pay, pay, pay.
top Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
I deal in all 3 operating systems (Mac/Windows/Linux). Actually 4 as I have a number of Solaris systems
to maintain (project underway to migrate to Linux). I have not used WIndows 7 very much; I used to use XP as my main desktop but the system got wiped after a minor infection (caught and fixed by the AV but that was not good enough) so I have been using my Mac laptop heavily. When I use Linux I am mostly in a terminal window running command line mode. One thing I like about the Mac is that I have a robust GUI but I'm just a terminal window away from Linux command line - something just not easy to do under WIndows.
I am currently using Snow Leopard but need to move to a new Mac Book Pro and Lion but where is the
time... I must admit I am disturbed by the IOSifcation of the Mac and the slow death of Mac shareware and freeware (aided and abetted by the Mac App Store).
I too feel like Linux will be more important in my future as a desktop OS.
about a year and a half ago
top CT State Senator Wants To Ban Kids From Using Arcade Guns
Here we go again...
It seems appropriate that information just out has cast more than doubt on _Seduction of the Innocents_, the book and its
author behind the censorship and restrictions on comic books in the 50s. Once again all the research keeps showing little if any connection between games/movies/TV and the propensity to violence but the "true believers" know otherwise. It'll again be "damn the evidence, full speed ahead -> censorship, criminal penalities, etc".
top Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?
My solution was to leave AT&T for Clear.
This was primarily due to my DSL speed dropping way, way below the 1.5 MBits (which I NEVER got near) I was paying for. I was also concerned by the, at the time, looming usage limits.
Where is Judge Green when we need him?
top Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming
Some of us are stuck with "braodband" in the 1.5Mbps and movie streaming is
just not an option. May the telcom industry go stuff itself!
top Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?
The wayward satellite is in (or near) geosychronous orbit (23+K miles up). The shuttle cannot
reach that orbit, being limited to a couple of hundred miles altitude. Similarly, the anti-satellite weapons are only designed for low orbit satellites (spy satellites and other military targets).
Now, if we had ever gone ahead and build the interorbit taxi/transport as an adjunct to
the space station (either robotic or manned), we would have a solution to the problem. Right now we are stuck.
top Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance
Will never happen given the lobbying by the corporations and the wealthy PLUS probably more han 1/2 those in Congress who write and vote on this bill are already using tax havens.
top Support Grows For Blanket Music Licensing
I don't listen to music much and certainly don't download it so I object strongly to a "tax" on my ISP charges (already high as it) to pay for something I don't use and don't want.