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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

paiute Re:What? (199 comments)

Aereo got hammered because they rebroadcasted content that they did not have the rights to broadcast.

They had the right to "rebroadcast" (really it was redirecting) to me because I gave them permission. Did I have the right? If I did not, the the antenna on my roof is illegal.

3 days ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

paiute Re:Bullshit (198 comments)

major cable and telecom companies have battled attempts to create community broadband networks, which they claim put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Complete bullshit.

No - they are right. Municipal broadband might have good customer service and actual high speed connections, which would be a serious competitive disadvantage to entities like Comcast, who do not want to have to match those.

4 days ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

paiute Try the veal (218 comments)

The problem with Chinese subatomic particles is that one half-life later you are ready for more.

about a week ago

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

paiute Re:eh? (64 comments)

To summarize the summary: "The most striking finding is was not extraordinary."

Not to belittle the loss of those involved but it's always a bit much that 43 dead in the US = catastrophe. If this had happened in Asia or Africa it wouldn't make the news unless hundreds or thousands had been killed.

You are assuming that the Oso slide made the Asian and African news outlets.

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

paiute Wrong joke (613 comments)

A more appropriate saying from the old Soviet bloc was: "They pretend to pay me and I pretend to work."

about a week ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

paiute Re:Better version of TFA (131 comments)

Article in original content format, without ads:

It just isn't the same with a 15 second ad tacked on the front.

about a week ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

paiute Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

"You must be stupid if you believe that" is a logical fallacy.

Man, you are stupid if you believe that.

about two weeks ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

paiute Re:Why and how is it "fortunate"? (125 comments)

That those less usable tablets have had "some success in Brazil, China, and Japan"? Do you hate the Brazilians, the Chinese, the Japanese?

Studies have shown that these three countries have a high number of tables with uneven legs.

about two weeks ago

Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

paiute Need a EULA for video (67 comments)

The networks want to be paid every time a consumer watches a program, live, recorded, restreamed, or whatever. I am surprised that they do not insert a screen before every show reading something along the lines of 'I agree not to redirect the following content.' If the user does not agree with that, they are instructed to stop the program at that point.

about two weeks ago

Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

paiute Re:Does not matter to me (147 comments)

Why didn't you get an antenna and avoid paying at all?

I built an HD antenna out of scrap, but the cost of Aereo was so low that it won out in the laziness contest over connecting cables, siting the antenna, etc. If the price of Aereo goes up, the antenna option will win out.

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

paiute Re:Don't sweep it under the rug as collateral dama (157 comments)

To be precise, the Sack of Béziers took place in 1209, when the local bishops were in charge. The Inquisition took lead of the Albigensian Crusade in 1222. And that was the Medieval Inquisition. The Spanish Iniquistion was only established in 1478.

Man being stretched on the rack:(Screams) Mind you, I'm not complaining. I bless my stars every day that I am being interrogated by the Medieval Inquisition and not the Spanish Inquisition. I hear those Spaniards are right bastards. (Screams)

about two weeks ago

New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

paiute Thank you for coming, everyone (204 comments)

My grandfather was lucid right up until the end, until he convulsed and cried out some gibberish, which I thought was: "Crease the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes!", but that sounds too outlandish to be real. Then he passed away.

about two weeks ago

Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

paiute Does not matter to me (147 comments)

The reason I subscribed to Aereo was that it was cheap enough that those few times I wanted to watch local TV on my tablet were reasonable. If they raise their rates, I will just go out and buy an HD antenna of my own and not pay them anymore.

about three weeks ago

The Billionaire Mathematician

paiute Why am I not more impressed? (96 comments)

Born into a family with money which encouraged his education, he went on to make more money.

about three weeks ago

YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

paiute Grade is on the curve (110 comments)

How long until Comcast sends YouTube a bill for carrying the HD content?

about three weeks ago

How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

paiute Today's lesson (46 comments)

Your homework for this week deals with unit conversions - subway cars, Volkswagens, Libraries of Congress, African swallows, European swallows, a coon's age, a pinch, a New York minute, and many other units you will have to deal with in your daily lives.

about three weeks ago

Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

paiute Re:Just goes to show stupid legislation is stupid (74 comments)

how are they going to remove people's ability to remember ?

Folks, if you would just look right here for a moment. FLASH! What you just saw was the light of swamp gas reflecting off of the planet Venus.

about three weeks ago

European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

paiute Waity wait wait (210 comments)

I said we wanted a slope. Nobody said it had to be slippery.

about three weeks ago



Universe now 1.4 hellameters across

paiute paiute writes  |  about 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes ""When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella."

Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often — and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same. Sendek, who was forced to use "hecka" as a child, has petitioned an international scientific body to make "hella" the name for the hitherto nameless, unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power — or 1 followed by 27 zeros."

Google, as one might anticipate, has embraced this whimsical unit and has incorporated it into the Google calculator:

"Now users can find out, with a little finagling, that our $13-trillion national debt, when expressed in hella-dollars, is a pleasingly tiny 1.3 times 10 to the minus 14th."

Slashdotters in the greater Boston area are readying their petition to the Consultative Committee on Units to make "wickedpissa" the new name for 10 to the 28th power."

Link to Original Source

Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes "Matt Karolian, a Marketing Communications major at Emerson College in Boston "won" a netbook in a Microsoft re-tweet competition (whatever that is). Then the prize arrived, and it was not exactly the high-quality major award he had expected from a Microsoft:

"A few months back I entered a re-tweet contest that Microsoft was holding. I know, I know, as a marketer I should cringe at the thought of a re-tweet contest but one of the prizes for this re-tweet contest was an xbox 360, so I caved and took part. Time passed and I heard nothing about anyone winning, and I eventually forgot about it...""

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