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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

pr0nbot Consumers pay (324 comments)

Obviously Netflix will just pass the cost on to its subscribers (where else would they get the money from?). It's very unlikely they'd implement this as a surcharge for their Comcast subscribers only (I wish they would, but I expect their contract with Comcast prohibits it), they'll just absorb it into the single subscription price. So in fact non-Comcast customers will effectively be indirectly paying Comcast to subsidise other users' access.

From an engineer's point of view it's all baffling (Netflix and their customers are both paying for a certain amount of bandwidth, so where's the need for anything more?), but when you view it through the lens of capitalist incentives it all makes perfect sense.

4 days ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

pr0nbot Flawed methodology (469 comments)

I think to really accentuate the difference between the two violins we need to commit them to vinyl. How else can we really appreciate the true richness and colour of the sound?

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

pr0nbot Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

I think a fire alarm is an instance where I'd like something to have as simple and foolproof a mechanism as possible. I suppose a smart alarm could perhaps call the emergency services or something... but I'd still probably combine it with a bog standard fire alarm.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

pr0nbot "Paranoid" (198 comments)

In the post-Snowden world, I think we can replace most instances of the word "paranoid" with "reasonable".

about three weeks ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

pr0nbot Maximising the wrong thing? (72 comments)

As far as cabbies are concerned, the optimum algorithm will be whatever maximises their revenue. Any algorithm that doesn't will probably be vulnerable to cheating, i.e. a rogue cabbie that can make more money exploiting some aspect of the algorithm will do so.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

pr0nbot Re:Elegence? (373 comments)

My rule of thumb is, "if the first implementation of this didn't work, and I had to change it, then it needs comments" on the principle that if the "obvious" solution turns out not to work, then the problem is not as obvious as I'd thought.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

pr0nbot Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

Burqas are also handy for hiding one's stash of apo'strophe's.

about 1 month ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

pr0nbot Beards (480 comments)

How do you feel about the current popularity of beards, and what can I do to make sure my own beard style is not incorporated into a proprietary system?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

pr0nbot Re:BitTorrent Sync (146 comments)

I think you meant that both sync devices need to be on at the same time IF you want the sync to be immediate. Otherwise, BTSync will happily sync at the point where the missing device come online.

about 2 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

pr0nbot Success = happiness? (397 comments)

Would you rather be successful and miserable, or a happy failure?

I'm told that Hawaii, for example, has an odd vibe where a lot of people lead frugal lives with clapped out cars and McJobs, but they're there because it's a wonderful place to live. Do they deserve contempt for their lack of ambition? Praise for their ability to value the things that really matter? Respect despite having chosen a path we might not choose for ourselves?

about 3 months ago
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Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

pr0nbot Test site suggestion (222 comments)

They need to make sure they do this somewhere where if it all goes wrong, nothing of value is lost, like maybe Croydon.

about 3 months ago
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Hawaii Desktop Stable Released, Powered By Qt 5.2 & Wayland

pr0nbot Re: The Right Desktop is.... (137 comments)

I guess when he rated the desktops it was a tie.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

pr0nbot Re:Mavericks is free? Hmmm... (471 comments)

It'll be free to get people like me who're still on older versions of the OS to upgrade, so they have fewer versions to support. I expect soon they'll announce no more support for Snow Leopard et al.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files To Russia

pr0nbot Re:Only moose and squirrel have them (220 comments)

"[...] a scribbled note with the password" was what the intelligence agencies reported. Greenwald denied it (on Newsnight the other day).

about 6 months ago
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David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

pr0nbot Re:Doulbe Standard (279 comments)

The double standard implied is that the Guardian deemed one way of obtaining data unacceptable (hacking into people's voicemail) but not another (downloading your employer's data onto USB sticks and then giving it away).

I would argue the public interest defence. If someone came to me and said, "on that voicemail is X's confession to the abduction and murder, even though he denies it in public", hacking it could be in the public interest, whereas fishing voicemail for gossip is not.

Similarly if Edward Snowden came to me and said, "on this USB stick is proof of illegal and pervasive surveillance by governments, which I've nicked", I'd at least look at it to establish whether there was a public interest case.

about 6 months ago
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US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

pr0nbot Geopolitics (416 comments)

I wonder what this means for geopolitics... will the US continue to support the Saudis etc?

OTOH I expect we'll just see Jevons Paradox in action, which would mean we still need the Saudis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Shortlisted For Europe's Top Human Rights Award

pr0nbot Re:Comparative sacrifice (273 comments)

Maybe he meant "uncontrolled dump"?

about 7 months ago

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pr0nbot (313417) writes "The Register reports: 'Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for select Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.'"

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