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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

prelelat Re:Apple? (409 comments)

We've been trialing it for about a year here and it's still no where near where it needs to be for an IT person not to crawl under their desk and sob.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

prelelat Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Also don't beat dogs. That was just an old saying and it's terrible.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

prelelat Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

No, the basic idea is that other people won't want to do that shit.

That's not going to work. Lots of the time crimes are committed because the person is mentally ill, desperate, or just crimes of passion. The death penalty never really worked as a deterrent I doubt this would either. The chances of them recommiting after being released when you have probably broken them mentally with this punishment are probably higher. Now the case that she was talking about, where the two adults killed that child. They are probably beyond being rehabilitated, that doesn't mean we get to beat them like a dog for it.

about 4 months ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

prelelat Re:Absolutely (212 comments)

You are right. This solves nothing. What happens when a contributor comes out as being from an embargoed country? Do they remove the code and say oh well? Do they take a heavy fine and possible jail time?

I'm not a lawyer but I find this way of dealing with the problem very dangerous to the community. They need to move the project to a country that will not cause so much problems for it.

about 5 months ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

prelelat Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

Your making it sound like a scam. First of all vapourware is something that never ships this did. Second of all they explained the goals and hardware of the device which they have met the hardware goals, though I don't think the software is exactly where it should be. Basically they want to be steambox with android as the OS. It's not a terrible goal but they needed more titles and backing from developers not just people buying it for a set top box that happens to play games. Which is pretty much what people are using it for now it would seem.

about 5 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

prelelat Re:freedom... (374 comments)

Sorry I didn't think about it. Seeing as the article was based in the U.K., I assumed people would talk about it from either a global or U.K. perspective.

about 6 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

prelelat Re:freedom... (374 comments)

There are two scenarios in forcing someone to hand over information on an encrypted disk.
1) With no evidence of wrong doing they make you hand over information that's encrypted. There is no court order, because there isn't any evidence. It's like passing through security and they want to view secret documents in your locked briefcase. That's not warranted. It's a violation.

2) Court has evidence against you there is an investigation and they court orders you to hand it over. It's the same as asking for the key to your briefcase because they have a warrant to search it. The only difference is, is that if you don't give them the key they can't smash the lock to open it up. If you don't give them the key and they can't open it up they will throw you in jail for disobeying the court. I see that as nothing different than what has happened here.

Now it has been argued I believe successfully that encrypted data should be treated just personal speech which should be protected by the 5th. Now this wasn't the U.S. so this has no barring on the current case. It's quite interesting to think of how this falls. Is it the same as making someone testify or make a statement or is it more like locked files in a cabinet.

So while the scenario in part 1) isn't debatable the scenario in part 2) is. Was this a violation of freedom it's hard for me to say.

The EFFs thoughts https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/new-eff-amicus-brief-argues-fifth-amendment-prohibits-compelled-decryption

about 6 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

prelelat Re:"familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style" (117 comments)

They probably made a deal in order to do the interview and they probably dictated the type of questions that could be asked. If they deviated they would most likely have either gave some BS question or ended the interview leaving them with nothing for ratings.

The person doing the interview would have been given questions to stay away from and 60 minutes would be happy to have such a high profile person they would have done what they were asked. It's not news it's a stage show.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:There were problems, that is the problem (383 comments)

OK it cost them money that sucks for them I'm sure.

I just don't get how you are jumping to Net Neutrality being able to allow the gov more restrictions over data. They could impose that under either model really. Without net neutrality the ISP's are going to be able to impose restrictions.

Net Neutrality is already in place so that extra cost to the ISP it's already done with, the only thing they are missing out on is extra profits from segmenting the connection.

Essentially if things stay the way they are now it's fine, so why change it now? You say that Net Neutrality is a boon for the gov. then why put someone into the chairman seat who was a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry? It's more likely that the gov. doesn't want Net Neutrality, or more likely doesn't give a shit.

Bottom line who does net neutrality hurt? Possibly consumers in higher prices but ISP's have already admitted to over inflating the price there is no incentive to drop prices without network neutrality. It hurts ISPs because they can't develop packaged internet services for different services.

If you have some numbers on how network neutrality is costing ISP's more money I would love to see it I find that kind of thing interesting.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

There were also no problems while the FCC introduced the rule. So what is your point?

Do you know what the ISP's want to do? They want to make teirs for services like cable and have you pay extra for say streaming netflix services. They could block access to youtube unless you pay the bill.

So? That's how markets work you pay tolls to go places and you pay for goods and services.

What this ends up doing is hurting the openess of the internet. You are so worried about having gov. influence in your service that you didn't even consider corp. influence? Your ISP has a streaming service that they want you to buy into. It's not as good as netflix or amazon prime so they can't compete. So instead they mark up the price of being able to connect to those services instead of subsidizing their own. It closes pathways on the internet and even if you do work around it can cause lag time.

It's not to say that it would happen but it has been suggested by the gentlemen at AT&T and Time Warner.

Now having the net neutrality laws in place what did that do? Maybe it jacked up the price that some ISP's offer their services at, though I highly doubt that. But what it did was keep all of those channels open and not filter things out. They couldn't prevent access to competing systems for a toll.

The reason there wasn't a problem before is because they were doing something crazy, like future proofing the internet from ISPs trying to muck up the openess of the internet. Streaming, gaming, facebook and so much more is now a part of our lives that an open internet for all is very important. It would be like having the great wall of china but instead it's instituted by the Corp. and they block or limit content they don't want you to have.

So I might not be Einstein but the implications of removing net neutrality could be very consequential to everyone.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

prelelat Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

You trolling me? Net Neutrality was preventative to say that it never stopped anything is like saying that stoplight never stopped anyone from T-boning someone. It didn't happen because the FCC didn't allow it to. I believe most if not all the major ISP's were hoping to have a tiered system and have been saying so for years. It's well documented their lobbying on the matter.

As for the Snowden bullshit do you think for a second that just by not having net neutrality corporations are not going to hand over information to the NSA? Government is going to be involved in data traffic regardless of who is the carrier and how they handle it. They could care less in that regard. That will change nothing with privacy at all. So why allow companies to fuck everyone over with their large oligopoly.

about 7 months ago
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New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display

prelelat Re:Can't wait (156 comments)

Maybe a better description would be stereoscopic video? It would be more accurate than 3D for sure.

about 7 months ago
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New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display

prelelat Re:Shut up and take my money (156 comments)

I would buy one right now but it always seems like the retail version is just around the corner. i would rather wait and get a model with tracking and a better screen. I can hardly stop myself from getting the dev model, but I know I won't be able to justify getting the retail one when it comes out then.

about 7 months ago
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New Oculus Rift Prototype Features Head Tracking, Reduced Motion Blur, HD AMOLED Display

prelelat Re:Can't wait (156 comments)

That seems a little cynical don't you think? More and more movies are coming out that have a 3D showing if you look I would guess you would notice it trending up for blockbusters and kid movies. I will give you that it doesn't work well at home because passive TVs have been until recently, rare. Passive 3D tv and projectors are also quite expensive right now but watch and I bet you will see a slow trend towards more people buying them as the technology becomes more reasonably priced.

Saying the Oculus is a passing fad is bordering on being a troll, are you a troll? It's more than 3D it makes using your computer an immersed environment. It's like saying TV screens for radio are a silly idea, it brings something that people have been craving for decades. To be right in the action. Think of how much you get into a game and think how much more enjoyable it would be if you could look around, see enemies and depth. Adjust your shots based on distance. Go explore places and feel like you are seeing it as though you are there. Explore 3D models of cars, planes and so on. If they can finish working out the kinks(this article suggests they have made a major leep in doing so) I would snap one up in a heartbeat.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Gets $34 Million Tax Break, Adds Capacity For 35,000 More Cars

prelelat Re:Thanks, California taxpayers! (238 comments)

wow you are looking for things to rag on. If you live in an area with a tesla charge station it free to charge in about 30 minutes. If you don't it's not that expensive compared to a regular car. Which you can charge while you are at home. Unless you are traveling in excess of 160miles a day I find it unlikely on average that you will ever need to stop somewhere and charge your car.

Batteries die and it's a huge huge huge expense this is the only one I see relevant in your post.

If you are going somewhere in a tesla S it can reach up to 300miles and there are more and more tesla charging stations popping up. Usually somewhere close to services like food. Most people typically get out and stretch for a bit every few hundred miles. I'm not saying you might have to stop and rest when you don't want to, or that right now you might end-up somewhere that you have to stay over night to charge your car, but that's going to be fade fast if Tesla is able to keep building infrastructure for their cars.

You ran out of a charge on the road, you are just as likely to run out of gas. I think it's easier to find a plugin than a gas station. I think the charge for a tow truck is the same regardless.

Bottom line the only thing that will not be fixed with time(infrastructure and charge times at charging stations) is the battery is going to die. Tesla has been looking at ways to fix this as well. Tesla cars right now are kind of in a beta testing mode, they work, they are cool and most of the flaws have fixes set out for them that need to be implemented. It's going to take time but outside of a battery replacement I don't think having one in the future is going to cost as much as you think.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Gets $34 Million Tax Break, Adds Capacity For 35,000 More Cars

prelelat Re:Thanks, California taxpayers! (238 comments)

Tax breaks are an incentive to new and upcoming technology. It's great when it's helping a company like Tesla innovate an electric car. Giving tax breaks to companies that are well established is laughable. In the case of Tesla it's still a question of if they can keep increasing the tech at this level and how much of a benefit is it going to be to everyone. The gov. funds research in this exact same vein. Instead of investing in the company and taking a stock and risk being called a socialist they instead get to fund and support it with tax breaks. It advances science.

Not only that but as JeffAll said as well it keeps jobs local as well as keeps such a major project strictly American.

about 7 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

prelelat Durrable (495 comments)

I wish my phone was 50% more durrable. Having a new phone after my last one that I need to basically treat like an egg is silly. I have to get it clear coated and put in a case. I want something I can throw around without fear, make a call do some texting and maybe have some internet time on.

about 8 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

prelelat Re:price (331 comments)

Depends on what you are using to read on. If I use my phone or tablet I get eye strain after a long read. If I read on my kindle 2 I don't have any issues at all with eye strain. I can read it almost anywhere I read a regular book as well(took it in the bath one time felt nervous the whole time). Real issue with it is the battery, which lasts forever if I have wireless turned off.

The real big thing I dislike about the ebook is the pricing is crappy and I can't really share my books easily(US has a way to loan out certain books but I'm Canadian)

I think the e-ink craze kind of died off though which is unfortunate for ebooks.

about 8 months ago
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Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

prelelat Re:Heat related? (190 comments)

Or grab the average temperature of the servers on the bottom of the rack and apply an equivalent heat source to the one server and see what the error rate is.

about 8 months ago
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

prelelat Re:Happy Canadian (415 comments)

going to the doctor once a year is good for you, and good for keeping healthcare costs down. Preventative treatment of things is key to keeping costs of expensive surgeries and treatments at later stages of disease and injuries. I'm guessing you are probably healthy but man you should get checked out. I got checked out and found out I had high blood pressure and cholesterol which apparently after talking to my dad every male person in my family has. Thing is, you never know unless you get checked out. Go get checked out.

I think that's why having free healthcare for everyone can end up being cheaper and extending peoples life spans. You end up with people not afraid of a doctors bill, or increasing premiums. You can go in get checked out and if they find something you're in better shape to get treated.

about 10 months ago

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Apple sued over legal threats

prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "Apple has been sued by the operator of a wiki site over legal threats Apple made to stifle discussion of iTunes workarounds. Apparently the EFF are involved in the case the article is pretty slim on details. It will be interesting where this leads in regards to DMCA and other sites that contain similar information."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "It seems that the NHL was initially upset about the use of sling box to transmit it's broacast but has learned from the RIAA's mistakes:

Sling Media is the company behind the Slingbox, a set-top box that lets people beam the cable or satellite TV channels they receive at home to their computer (think: laptop) via the Internet (e.g., to a hotel room or airport many miles from home). Under its deal with Sling, the NHL will be able to cash in on fans' enthusiasm for sharing highlights from the games they watch, rather than trying to stop them from uploading those clips.
MLB seems to have more problems with the technology, but have also decided suing would not be the answer."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "I find it somewhat hard to believe but this story over at pc word, indicates that the ipod has sold over 100 million units. It also asks how many are broken and replaced which makes me believe the number may be more accurate."
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prelelat prelelat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

prelelat (201821) writes "Researchers at University of Toronto decided to make a tool that will allow people in countries like China, that have restrictions on internet access get access to censored sites. The tool is to be released at the universities Protect The Net conference. The goal seems to be to allow access to sites like wikipedia."

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