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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

macromorgan Re:Local content? (96 comments)

A TiVo might be about as close as you're going to get... for now. One of the models with an ATSC tuner anyway (the 2 tuner Premiere or the 4 tuner Roamio). It requires pyTiVo on another machine to stream your own videos to it, and lacks Amazon Prime streaming. It does have Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and can record whatever show you want. If your cable company does pull the plug the shows you recorded still work (you just can't record new ones obviously). I just wish they weren't so damned expensive ($550 for the Roamio for hardware and lifetime) and had more services, say nothing of their closed nature.

about two weeks ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

macromorgan Re:Ford Explorer (314 comments)

More Firestone jokes? Let's not tread there guys.

about 2 months ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

macromorgan Re:Alternative Nomination (343 comments)

I'm not sure Nobel would be turning too much. His whole goal of the Nobel prize was so people wouldn't look at his legacy harshly considering he invented dynamite (at the time what could be considered a terrible weapon of war). Instead of associating his name with death and destruction, we associate him with great feats in science or humanitarian work. Looks like he got exactly what he wanted.

about 3 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

macromorgan Re:Hmmm ... (513 comments)

Why would you buy a PC from HP?

Great question. Even if you format the drive and load a clean copy of Windows, you still can't get the HP crapware out of the firmware. You know, the one that blocks you from putting any wireless card you want in a laptop... The truly evil part is that they RSA sign the firmware so you can't modify the hardware whitelist away. Seriously, stay away from HP.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

macromorgan Relevant Quote (510 comments)

"A matter of [internal] security... the age old cry of the oppressor!" - Captain Picard

about 3 months ago

Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

macromorgan Re: No Wine for Me (128 comments)

If I recall, they are using the WebCrypto HTML5 standards in their HTML5 implementations today. They use a plugin on Chrome OS, but only because those extensions aren't yet implemented in (non dev versions of) the browser. On that note, anyone successfully get it working in Chromium, preferably by enabling those extensions in the dev version?

about 4 months ago

Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

macromorgan That's Odd for HP (57 comments)

No, I'm not talking about the overheating problem, I'm talking about the fact that using a 3rd party charger is allowed. If my HP laptop is anything to go by, I would have expected it to just detect you are using a non HP approved charger then fail to charge.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

macromorgan Shocked That Elop is the Front Runner (183 comments)

Given what Alan Mulally had done for Ford as CEO and Boeing as a senior VP, I'm shocked he's not the front runner. He helped lead Boeing's resurgence against increased competition from Airbus, and then made Ford the strongest of the big three automakers and the only one able to weather the storm of the Great Recession. It would seem only fitting that he would be picked to lead Microsoft as it attempts to reinvent itself against growing competition.

about 5 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

macromorgan We're All Guily (1160 comments)

How does killing killers make us any better then the killers themselves?

about 6 months ago

Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

macromorgan Re:"Ubuntu Phone" (88 comments)

So they're letting design decisions for their phone interface dictate how they implement their desktop interface.

You mean Ubuntu is about to adopt Metro?

about 6 months ago

Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

macromorgan Can't Believe Microsoft Thought it was a Good Idea (246 comments)

The main strength of Windows was its ability to maintain an impressive amount of backwards compatibility. A few applications aside, things I bought 10 years ago still work on my Windows 8 x64 machine (without virtualization or emulation). To attack two well entrenched competitors Microsoft went in guns blazing without what is historically been the most compelling feature of Windows. I have an MBA, and even I saw this coming...

about 9 months ago

Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

macromorgan Expert Advice (148 comments)

If anyone knows how to filter internet traffic, it's the Chinese.

about 9 months ago

First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

macromorgan Main Reason I went iPhone... (54 comments)

This is really the main reason I'm still on an iPhone, despite being a mostly Linux fanboy. Apple is able to push software updates without having to deal with carriers' machinations, while Android requires both the manufacturer and carrier to be on board*. Apple has also supported the devices I owned for a minimum of 2 years from their launch. *(I'm aware of Nexus devices, however due to some licensing issues there are no Nexus Verizon phones, and Verizon as a carrier is a requirement).

about 9 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases

macromorgan Re:"You have to kill your own babies" (180 comments)

The important thing to remember is in a competitive economy, someone is going to disrupt your business. It might as well be you. Fighting against it only postpones the inevitable.

about 8 months ago

Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela

macromorgan More RAM (71 comments)

Unfortunate to hear the SoC can only talk to up to 512MB of RAM. I have one of the original Pis with 256MB... how I'd love a GB or more (call it a model C).

about 8 months ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

macromorgan Re:$45 /month Unlimited (131 comments)

The terms of service for Straight Talk prohibit you from tethering, and they tend to get really cranky if you use more than 2GB of data (even though they say they are unlimited). Depending upon which type of SIM you grabbed when you signed up, you are either on AT&T or T-Mobile's network. Source: I used Straight Talk for a few months back in 2012 and found it to be a decent enough experience.

about 10 months ago

Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

macromorgan Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

QuakeCon is in Dallas (was in Grapevine last year I believe).

1 year,6 days

New Pope Selected

macromorgan Re:News for nerds? (915 comments)

He's religious and intolerant, so obviously his favorite OS is Emacs.

He's religious and intolerant, so obviously his favorite OS is . . .

. . . the Spanish Inquisition . . . !

Honestly, I didn't expect it.

about a year ago

New Pope Selected

macromorgan Re:76? (915 comments)

If you want to be Pope someday, you don't elect someone younger than yourself.

about a year ago

Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

macromorgan Re:Science vs gods (528 comments)

Action without consequences are impossible, yet that tends to be the modern Atheist's goal.

Nice strawman. Please, tell me more about my goals. As for "uncivilized behaviors", I regard a proper mix of the gold/platinum rule that I try to live by (treat others how you want to be treated/how they want to be treated) as far more civilized than any "civilized" behaviors I see as the result of any major religion.

about a year ago


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