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How Netflix Eats the Internet

hoxford Re:Is Netflix (303 comments)

Just like Akamai and others were doing 13 years ago...

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Blocks Illinois Law Against Recording Police

hoxford Re:The problem is presentation, not recording. (225 comments)

As long as cops are given the authority to use force above and beyond what ordinary citizens are they expected to behave differently than ordinary citizens. They are supposed to follow the law and follow their training. If they cannot behave better than a typical goon when confronted with an emotionally charged situation then they should not be given any more authority than a typical goon. Ultimately, though, you are correct which is why the idea that only cops should be allowed to carry guns is silly.

about 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

hoxford Re:Photographer should say "Go ahead" (667 comments)

You have a very fucked up sense of values if you really believe it is the same as blowing someone's head off.

more than 2 years ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

hoxford Re:NTP and hospitals (290 comments)

Not necessarily. NTP allows multiple servers to be specified and will "vote out" obviously incorrect sources.

more than 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

hoxford Re:bittorent is not for speed (354 comments)

And I don't need a freeway to quickly get to where I'm going, I can just hop in a private helicopter.
But it's significantly cheaper and more efficient to build a freeway for many people to use than supply a private helicopter for everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

hoxford Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (663 comments)

Yes yes... we *know* it's not stealing or theft already.

Then why do people continue to use that word to describe it?

Saying theft is not the same as piracy, is like saying

...like saying that piracy is not theft in response to people continuing to use the word theft to describe piracy over, and over, and over, and over... That's what it's like. And it's necessary because despite the repetition people still do not seem to get it.

Yes, copyright infringement technically isn't theft. But it might as well be, and it should carry the same penalty and weight because it's close enough to theft

No, it's not as people have clearly pointed out over and over again. Yet people like you still can't see the difference. Go educate yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

hoxford forensic analysis (811 comments)

I want to see the results of a forensic analysis of the unit to find out why it failed. if the scanner is putting out enough energy to permanently damage the circuits it's a strong argument against the safety of these things.

more than 2 years ago
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The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

hoxford Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (663 comments)

Same thing applies to Slashdot. Threads of this exact nature pop up every 2 months or so for the last 10 years -- and the point they're trying to make is still incorrect.

No, they aren't trying to make the point you think they're trying to make. The MPAA lies about piracy and its impact on their profits. They distort reality at every opportunity in order to get horrific legislation passed and create propaganda to twist the minds of people who haven't studied the facts. Combating that misinformation is the point of articles such as this. The copyright holders can attempt to choose their business model (though the market may reject it) but they should not be able to distort reality in pursuit of favorable legislation.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

hoxford Re:Well... (891 comments)

Ok. But should taxes be used to capture the costs of externalities not accounted for otherwise?

For instance, the increase in the cost of healthcare caused by polution isn't reflected in the price of gas at the pump. That cost is passed along to society at large. Do you think it's appropriate for that cost to be captured by a tax?

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint Developer Forks Gnome 3

hoxford Re:You're... (314 comments)

what the hell went wrong?

My theory is that everyone who is in any way involved in UI development now thinks they're the next Steve Jobs and that they are justified in imposing their brilliant and unparalleled vision on everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years

hoxford Re:By Slashdot standards, Reddit's crap looks savo (91 comments)

Slashdot today is a bad joke. I often find better content and discussions on Twitter.

IMHO, part of the problem is that most Slashdot comments are literally bad jokes. Too many of the comments are feeble attempts at humor by some attention starved idiot who believes he/she is far more clever than they actually are.

more than 2 years ago
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Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

hoxford Re:The patents in question are - (386 comments)

You forgot the descriptions.

6,339,780 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,579,517 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,652,913 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,758,352 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,791,536 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,897,853 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,339,780 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,778,372 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,889,522 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,891,551 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,957,233 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places

There, much more complete and informative.

more than 2 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

hoxford Re:Good... (94 comments)

You start with talking about VOIP via wireless then switch to talking about hard-wired circuit switched technology? What is your point exactly?

I'm pretty sure that VOIP over 3G can carry more simultaneous calls per cell than GSM or CDMA2000 so I'd dispute your claim that it's incredibly inefficient. And compared with a dedicated, circuit-switched 64kbit stream like the ISDN calls you mention, it's VERY efficient.

about 4 years ago
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All GSM Phones Open To Attack, Tracking

hoxford Re:GSM != CDMA (119 comments)

Sprint and Cricket are CDMA carriers.

more than 4 years ago
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A Simple Guide To Net Neutrality

hoxford Re:to all the propentants of net neutrality (154 comments)

The only reason nothing has happened in the last 3-4 years is that the huge backlash caused a *threat* of legislation that made the monopolies back off on their plans. That's not to say they have given up on them, merely realized they need time to spin the issue differently. If there were no threat of legislation there is little doubt in my mind they would have implemented their plans already.

As for it being harder to get into the industry, that's easy to say but do you have the least bit of evidence to back that up? Do you have any idea how difficult it is *now* ??

more than 4 years ago
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A Simple Guide To Net Neutrality

hoxford Re:Common argument (154 comments)

Satellite is a substandard product compared to DSL and cable due to it's high latencies and other issues. It's really not a direct competitor.

DSL provided by third parties has a history of issues due to the Telcos controlling the physical plant and not providing same level of service to the third party companies or their customers and with playing games for the fees charged to lease the lines. The third party companies are usually marginalized somewhat because of the deck being stacked against them in this way.

more than 4 years ago

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