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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

jader3rd Re:Native MKV, about time! (223 comments)

People have been messing about with Media Player for years with Codec packs and various other add ons for years trying to make it more useful than MS will let it be. Crazy.

You're right; Microsoft is really crazy for developing a platform that lets anyone create plugins/addons so that the user can customize their experience. Microsoft should have been less crazy and not let any non-MS software run on, or plug into, any of its platforms.

4 hours ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

jader3rd Re:Even so... (223 comments)

I'm still going to uninstall Media Player as soon as I buy a new Windows box or upgrade to 10.

Why bother uninstalling it?

4 hours ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jader3rd But what about the API's? (171 comments)

I know in Windows 8.1, if you query for the version number you get back the version for Windows 8, unless you're executable lists the GUID for 8.1 in the app manifest. So in Windows 10, with no app manifest, do you still get back the version number for 8?

about a week ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jader3rd Re:Great. (171 comments)

Every time they overhaul things, they break stuff right and left. Why can't they leave things alone that are working properly?

Because it's never quite worked properly. So far it's just worked good enough, but all those who work on it know that it can work better.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

jader3rd Re:Change Last Mile (144 comments)

Citations please. How many municipalities have created their own local last-mile implementations? How many have gone bankrupt? You're talking out of your ass and it smells that way too.

A quick search found Municipal broadband expansion blocked in many states. I'm not claiming that the municipalities are going bankrupt (like what happened with Provo, UT and why Google was able to buy their fiber for $1), but I know that's the reasoning being presented to the state legislatures. I wouldn't be surprised if a lobbyist could go before your average state representative and say "Municipalities are doing X, and going bankrupt over it. You'd better stop X in your state so you won't have to bail out your Municipalities", and the representative wouldn't spend time double checking the reality of the situation. They just know that they wouldn't want to deal with a budget crises where all of their municipalities are going bankrupt.

about two weeks ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

jader3rd Re:Change Last Mile (144 comments)

Upgrade the Municipality to FIOS service to a COLO facility.

I believe that states have started passing laws against municipalities laying their own fiber because the states are tired of bailing out bankrupt municipalities who have done so.

about two weeks ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

jader3rd Re:Was impressed until.. (144 comments)

Sounds like you are benefiting more from the competition than from the regulation.

Given the natural monopoly condition that laying cables in the ground creates, regulation can force the competition into existence. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

jader3rd Re:But is high speed rail a *good* public investme (418 comments)

while in practice only a relatively small number of people will ever benefit directly from the faster travel times.

But how many will benefit indirectly? Even if you never travel on the train, having people travel on the train to meet with you, or do business with you, does benefit you.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

jader3rd About time (525 comments)

Well it's about time.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

jader3rd Re:Expect a push from the Insurance Industry (320 comments)

The one question I have on the insurance situation is when an autonomous car causes an accident who is fault? The manufacturer or the owner? The manufacturer. Unless there's evidence that the binaries for the AI system were hacked.

about 1 month ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

jader3rd Re:A working automated vehicle (320 comments)

Call me when they can make an automated car that car drive in snowy conditions when no lane landmarks are visible.

Would it really be that bad if people stopped traveling in super unsafe conditions?

about 1 month ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

jader3rd Re:You mean the same precautionary principle that (432 comments)

You mean the same precautionary principle that led the US government to indoctrinate a generation of kids in the food pyramid, leading to generational highs of sugar intake and obesity,

You think the food pyramid did that? The real reason is that Nixon saw a food shortage coming and didn't want to deal the political fallout of that. So he started subsidize corn, which resulted in a massive explosion of High Fructose Corn Syrup being added to everything that Americans eat. That's what's causing high sugar intakes and in increase in obesity.

about 1 month ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

jader3rd Re:the totalitarian synergy (217 comments)

how many countries has China bombed recently?

Due to the massive size of their own population, they have yet to extend much oppressive power outside of their boarders.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

jader3rd Re:Bigger question (170 comments)

Create a large file, that the super user then deletes when the super user needs to fix issues.

about a month ago
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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

jader3rd Re:Chrome Dumbed Down (68 comments)

When practically every user fails to connect to your server, including your own people, you know you have a problem to fix. Creating some work for web site owners in the interest of their own security.

In the real world, when a user updates his browser, and then can't access websites that he could access yesterday, he doesn't plow on a head, knowing that he's forcing some admin to make updates to their webserver, he rolls back the update, and then probably picks a new browser.

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

jader3rd Re:Don't avoid them (210 comments)

Some of these "friends" no longer live close to us so we like to see pictures of them, their families, and their activities. Facebook allows us to do these things.

There were many solution to that problem before Facebook, and there are still many solutions to solve that same problem today.

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

jader3rd Not that tough (210 comments)

Given that I don't use two of those services, and occasionally use the other, that advice is not that tough.

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

jader3rd Interest vs capability (144 comments)

Apparently those who are capable of taking the AP CS exam are also those who are interested in taking the AP CS exam. Getting outside pressure to increase interest does not increase capability. Color me shocked.

about a month and a half ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 6 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 10 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 3 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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