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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

pakar Re:If some idiot leaves a space heater running 24/ (349 comments)

Here in Sweden i just got upgraded from 100/10 to 100/100 Mbit... and monthly fee reduced from about 13 to 12 EUR.... (Our building-cooperation have a really sweet deal with the ISP)

about a month ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

pakar Re:Power (926 comments)

Equalized in terms of that all people are worth the same - Yes.
Equalized in terms of that all people gets the same amount of wealth - No.

Life is a long struggle, but making it so everyone have the same opportunities to start with is something we should strive for.

Two things in life that most people want and need.. Education and healthcare... Make those two free for everyone and the world would be come a much more interesting and safe place..

about 9 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

pakar Re:Yeah, but they nailed the "documentation" part (394 comments)

The thing with open-source projects is that you do not need to have it documented to the extreme.. For run-time you need descriptions of all the configuration and usage, but for API's you can keep the documentation fairly basic since you have access to the source and can see exactly what is happening.

I have seen it many times in closed-source software where you need to init things in a very specific order and the order is only available in a few simple examples. When having the source you can run it in a debugger and actually see the full flow, and you can even modify it to take care of corner-cases the original developers did not think of..

Best of two worlds is to have a well-documented proprietary software with a source-code license.

about 9 months ago
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Never Underestimate the Bandwidth of a Suburban Filled With MicroSD Cards

pakar Re:Sneakernet was another one (208 comments)

10baseT??? .. that's not too long ago... i think of 10base2 when people say things like that...

Going from 10base2 to 10baseT was heaven.. :)

about 10 months ago
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Never Underestimate the Bandwidth of a Suburban Filled With MicroSD Cards

pakar Re:More than just dimensions (208 comments)

How much of the weight is plastic? Deduct that and you might be able to fit a few more in the car...

about 10 months ago
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"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

pakar Re:batman (213 comments)

Hey... Just imagine the trouble of training the sharks to paint a bat-signal in the sky with their lasers......

about 10 months ago
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

pakar Re:Yawn (278 comments)

Hey... We got this bunch of patents here... Pay us a fee for using them or else we will find some obscure patent to sue you over!

about a year ago
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Transportation Designs For a Future That Never Came

pakar but... (120 comments)

Quite a few of the images there includes technology that we use in transportation today...

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

I would more say that it's a case of MS complaining that it cannot do whatever they want, like they used to be able to...

Look at what MS have been doing with their previous versions of the application... I would myself start to be extremely strict on the TOS for any company that have blatantly ignored it from the beginning.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

According to a "angry letter" posted on technet... If you do a simple search for this and read a few of the articles you can see a behavior from MS that is not ok... I can understand Google for forcing MS to follow the TOS to the letter after the crap they have tried to pull.

Even if Google is slow on providing MS with what they must comply with and how they can do this does not make it ok for MS to publish an application that still fails to meet the terms.

If MS is having issues then they can pay for some youtube experienced developer to come over and assist them with the stuff..... Can be from Google or other places...

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Yes, i read the article and also a few more related articles about this... The link was to what Microsoft wrote on technet, ie their opinion of what is happening.. If you actually check a few more sources you can actually find a bit of history of how Microsoft have behaved since the start of this.
If a company blatantly ignores terms and continues to say that "we fixed it" without actually fixing the opposite party might become more and more strict on the terms specified for the service.

https://developers.google.com/youtube/terms
There you go.. It's for the publicly available API, not for the ad-enabled API but to get access to that you have to agree to a similar terms, and you have about the same level of documentation for that.

And just because they have not yet received the information does not make it ok for them to publish the application that fails to follow the terms. If they have problems to fulfill all the terms maybe they should pay google for a single person to do a simple "do we fulfill the terms now" test before they go public with the app.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

pakar Re:There's a big difference between (385 comments)

Slowing down for turns would break that model and could create congestion. Hence me question.

Nope, not if you place them at a optimal distance between each other. Since all carts will have to pass the bend they will all slow down. So as long as the distance between each cart is at least the difference in distance a cart will go at the slower speed compared to full speed, and that is probably not that much and should probably fit the time it takes to unload/load passengers on each end.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

However Microsoft isn't allowing Google to write the Windows Phone app.

I think i read that Google did not want to write an application currently because the Windows-Phone market-share was too small.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

They can not leverage a de-facto monopoly in one area to block competition in another. That is what Google is doing now.

They can as long Microsoft fails to comply with the requirements-list.

Why should Google be forced to allow a platform with 3.3% smartphone market-share to bypass the rules they have set for other platforms?

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Google are not being assholes, they are protecting their revenue from the ad's playing together with the videos..

They had 2 requirements that microsoft listed in the article.
- Not an HTML5 app. (requirement from Google maybe?)
- Google claims that the application does not show the AD's as it should in all instances.

Only time Microsoft can complain is if they fulfill all the listed requirements and Google still refuses them access.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

From the article:

Google claims that one problem with our new app is that it doesn’t always serve ads based on conditions imposed by content creators.

Why should Google allow any other company to develop their own application without following the requirements specified for the service?

If Google says "you gonna have to write it in Amiga E and then emulate a 68000 cpu on the phone to run it" that will be the terms of using the service... It's only google than can decide what the rules are and they are free to set them to any level they want and they can be as hard and as soft as they want towards anyone implementing it... Microsoft have a reputation of not playing nicely so then Google might just be a bit more string on the rules.

And if comparing this to how Microsoft behaved back in the day this is nothing..

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

pakar Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Open web is what Google is selling

Open web != Use our stuff any way you want.

Open web == Use our stuff for free as long as you follow or requirements.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

pakar Re:Too Many Adverts? (443 comments)

Well...... Look it up how much ad-revenue the different channels make on a popular show on prime-time ....

It's that the companies wants to make more money... And the channels and the cable-companies are usually separate partners where the cable-operator has to license the channel, even for ad-driven ones... Then you have crap where a studio would license that only this channel is allowed to air this series in this country during this time-period, and then that channel then makes plans to make allot of money on the show during this time...

It's all economics, and the old channels/cable-operators are still clinging on to the old ways since the current distribution model will hopefully be gone in 5-10 years allowing new service-providers to offer this content in more specialiced ways and cutting out the middle-man (the channel) and just leaving the production-company and the service-provider.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

pakar Re:Too Many Adverts? (443 comments)

For a 40 minute episode even having one ad-break is too much for something you have to pay to get access to.. Having 20 minutes advertising during a 40 minute episode is way to much!

And usually the ad-breaks are placed where something exiting is happening just to try and keep you in the sofa during the break and not change channel either.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

pakar Re:commercials (443 comments)

Does not look like it could get it here in Sweden, but they have been doing this on a few shows like "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood"... If i first sign up for a subscription to my cable-operator. 30EUR per month and then add a premium package on top for 23EUR..... If i don't want to sign a 18 month contract i would have to pay at least 300EUR for a PVR box too so i can watch the shows when i want.

So for ~53EUR + >300EUR i could get 2 series i regularly watch (Game of thrones and True Blood)..... Don't really see that it would be worth it even if Breaking Bad was added.

Netflix/HBO/Filmnet etc are not options either.. Issue there is that i would have to get all of them and then keep track of where each episode is "aired" and so on so it just makes it harder.. And i would still not get all the shows i want... They cost between ~7-10Eur per month or so and i do not want to pay for something that makes it harder to use, more expensive without any gain, and still is missing some things i want/need.

If someone could license *ALL* movies/series in a sane way so it could be made available globally. Profit can easily be shared via something like ((/)*)-...
For movies i could accept that it would show up at the same time as it goes on DVD/Blueray... As long as it's within 2-3 months from when it started in the cinemas...

For that type of service i would have no problem paying up to 50-80EUR per month.... Say 5 series (40 minutes each) and 2 movies (90 minutes each) = 380 minutes = 0.1315789473EUR per minute = 5.2631578920 EUR per 40 minute episode or 10.6578947313EUR for a 90 minute movie (and 80% or so of this going to the maker of the movie/series).... Even cutting this down to a 20EUR/month would still give back quite a bit per minute of media, and since it's all streaming then if someone re-watches the same movie a year later they will get the same amount again...

If the provider wants to attract more classical tv-watchers they can have channels where content is shown according to a playlist and then have some live-shows (news etc) mixed in.

about a year ago

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