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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

kelemvor4 Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (365 comments)

Minimum basic cable price (if I don't want to sell my entire soul to the cableco) where I am is $39.48 + $3.99 for a converter box

They blatantly lie and claim that the box is "necessary" "because digital", but it isn't. The real reason they want you to use the box is because of their unilateral insistence on encrypting even the signals that you'd otherwise be able to get unencrypted from an antenna anyway, so that they can charge you a rental fee. But even then, it still isn't necessary because you can get a CableCard instead.

When I had cable TV (only because the TV + internet bundle was cheaper than internet-only that year), I refused the box (and refused to be charged for the box) as a matter of principle.

I used a cablecard for a few years. You still have to rent the card, although in my case it was $1 cheaper than a box. They still get to know what you're watching. You have to provide "guide" services somehow, as cablecards don't include that functionality.

Depending on where you live or who your provider is you may be able to get analog cable despite the claims. My local cable company tells you that it's digital only and you must have a card/box. My dad plugged his coax straight into his tv (which does not have or support a card) and he gets about 100 channels. So, I say try plugging the coax in and find out what is really what.

12 hours ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (140 comments)

Reminds me of the gratuitous bong-rip philosophy you see on Ashton Kutcher's news site A+, which is bizarrely one of the most-viewed websites in the US.

Never heard of it before.

And who or what is Ashton Kutcher?

He's an American actor. Did a tv program called "that 70's show". I think he does chick flick type movies now, not really sure.

13 hours ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (140 comments)

I myself only heard about it from an article making fun of it:

http://www.cracked.com/quick-f...

Thanks, that was downright hilarious. I think the idea posited by cracked that a+ is a gag is likely to be accurate.

yesterday
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:And? (140 comments)

And I care about one more crappy corporate-controlled portal site why? Other than the "will they set up a GeoCities page next"-esque shock-value that any company in 2014 still believes their customers give the least damn about their ISP's home page, of course. If Verizon doesn't want news about the ways the intelligence community and Verizon conspire to rape us all, hey, their portal. And if I want actual news, hey, not their portal. It all balances out.

TFA made it sound like they were hiring "reporters" (sounded to me more like bloggers) who are actually writing content rather than running a portal.

yesterday
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

kelemvor4 Re:Hipsta mode activated (140 comments)

Reminds me of the gratuitous bong-rip philosophy you see on Ashton Kutcher's news site A+, which is bizarrely one of the most-viewed websites in the US.

Never heard of it before.

yesterday
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

kelemvor4 Re: Friends (367 comments)

I don't know about you, but I don't think I could properly evaluate it if I had to avoid browsing to any website where I might need to enter a password, or unzip password-protected zip files, or, well, do anything that would involve me entering a password.

Why would you use a pre-alpha release of ANY os on your main computer? Or you can download the ISO, enter the key (it's all over the net), and set up an entirely fake user account. It's not like Microsoft has the same "real names" policy as facebook.

Somehow I suspect that pirating something that's being exposed for how much it phones home might not be the smartest idea in the world.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Comcast & Warner Cable Bullshit (132 comments)

As long as Comcast and Time Warner are competing with each other, Netflix can say "Well Comcast only charged us this much, can you lower your price?" to Time Warner.

And Time Warner will say "How nice that Comcast is giving you a break. But if you want access to our customers -- which you cannot get from Comcast -- then this is the price."

Well, maybe one day unicef will get into the extortion business. Until then, we're the people to see. Do you want access to our customers or not?

about three weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Given my current install experience with TWC (132 comments)

I can't support this merger given how horrible my current experience is with TWC. They've been to my house 6 times over 8 weeks and still no service. I've missed neatly 3 full days of work. It's not like I have another option either. One customer service rep canceled my order accidentally and had to start a new order.

Make sure you file a complaint with the FCC. You must know that the FCC isn't reading slashdot comments. Here: http://www.fcc.gov/complaints

about three weeks ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

kelemvor4 Re:Comcast & Warner Cable Bullshit (132 comments)

is getting pretty deep.Competition?In Most areas,THERE IS NO COMPETITION! Like here where I live in Southeastern Kentucky,It is either Warner Cable or nothing.

Bingo! That's exactly why they said that the merger won't affect competition.

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

kelemvor4 Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Old iPods let you do this. I had one that did, I don't miss it at all.

For those who think "oh I wish i had a device i can just browse as a hard drive"... well, how do you make playlist with a filesystem? I have 2 thousand files on my iPod, and I'm not even trying hard. Because some are based on last time i played them, dozens of files come and go based on metadata changes every time I sync. You want me to manage that myself? How can I have a file in two playlists, do I have to have two copies on disk? There's no real good way on filesystem only. You have to have some managing software. And at that point, you need to sync between Filesystem image and Managing software image. At that point, I'm willing to drop the Filesystem access for a decent player. I had the second gen iPod.

There's that whole "subdirectory" concept. I know, it's new and obscure so you probably didn't hear about it yet.
Also, every filesystem player that I owned support .m3u playlists. Of course all that was before cell phones rendered dedicated music players totally obsolete. Those phones also support .m3u. At least Android does. I've no idea if Apple stuff does, they're not real big on using "open" anything.

about a month ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

kelemvor4 Re:Perjury (191 comments)

So does this mean they go to jail for perjury?

That's not how it works in America. Only citizens take that risk of actually being punished for a crime. Government agencies are free to do what they want.

about a month ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

kelemvor4 Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

Visit the woman's site. Check her publication history. She's a shill. Hint: "polarbearscience" isn't hard to type into a Wordpress template.

That site is one of the most depressing and dishonest things I've seen in a while. She should be ashamed of herself.

Her opinion on walrus ecology is as valid as yours and mine. Except hers is paid for by a "think tank" that does everything it can to undermine science if it gets in the way of corporate profits.

We are so fucked.

She'll probably be elected to congress soon as it sounds like her credentials are up to snuff.

about a month ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

kelemvor4 Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

Mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, not due to low ice cover http://polarbearscience.com/20...

Large haulouts of walruses -- such as the one making news at Point Lay, Alaska on the Chukchi Sea (and which happened before back in 2009) -- are not a new phenomenon for this region over the last 45 years and thus cannot be due to low sea ice levels. Nor are deaths by stampede within these herds (composed primarily of females and their young) unusual, as a brief search of the literature reveals.

Includes references, links and copies of contemporary reports.

Whoopsie, wwf made a poopsie.

The factual inaccuracy of the claim is insignificant in light of the millions in donations they'll likely garner as a result.

about a month ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

kelemvor4 Re: feminists controll the law! (195 comments)

Read the article. This software was "expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers". Apple and Microsoft have not expressly designed anything for those purposes.

Re read the article. You are quoting the US DOJ statement, not what the company or persons in question have said. If you go to the cached version of the stealthgenie website (since the real one is gone) that is not the case. They were marketing it to employers and parents of teens.

Regardless of your opinion on that matter, the statement you quoted appears to be a falsification.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

kelemvor4 Re:Bury the lead? (47 comments)

According the summary, Microsoft is actually selling tablets and mobile phones! Who knew?!

You misread. They're making tablets and mobile phones. It's mostly just Apple and Google's partners who are selling phones and tablets.

about a month ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

kelemvor4 Re: feminists controll the law! (195 comments)

No one is saying that. We are saying that there is commericial software that is basicly an invitation for abuse, that for a couple bucks lets anyone play NSA, law enforcement at their most depraved and stalk, harrass and intimidate people by hi-jacking their devices. somehow its about feminism. are you fucking daft?

Next we should go after Apple and Microsoft. It's well established that 98.28% of all electronic stalkers, harassers, and domestic abusers used either Windows or osx to do it.

What the fuck is wrong with the world that the seller of a tool can be arrested because some customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes. I sure hope people don't start using cars to commit crimes because I like having a car. Oh wait...

about a month ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

kelemvor4 Re:Walked past Security Theatre (217 comments)

I'm so glad that so many people were able to participate in the extended season of Security Theatre. Too bad the iPad patron missed out. Well, at least at first...

In their defense, Apple users always look kind of shifty to me.

about a month ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

kelemvor4 Re:What, no positional tracking? (88 comments)

It means tracking translation. The Gear VR tracks your head's rotation but not translation which triggers a reflex in your brain that causes nausea.

Basically the brain knows that your head moved a certain way and what your eyes see doesn't match that. In turn, your brain decides that the only explanation is that you've been poisoned and makes you want to hurl as a defense mechanism.

Maybe not such a bad thing. A lot of gamers drink Monster, which is similar to poison - at least in flavor.

about a month ago

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Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 4 months ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ILIM/publications/PDFs/DTBRKN-ICCP12.pdf"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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