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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

r_jensen11 Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...

The problem is, how much of that $100 is your internet bill? Adding the TV channels to my Comcast bill added ~$30/mo to my bill, and that included all of the sports channels we would use (e.g. ESPN family, B1G, Tennis Channel, &c.) as well as HBO. Granted, we used a cablecard w/ an HDHR unit to avoid another $20-$30/mo and the headache of using their DVR (why the hell can't it output the video in a fixed format instead of switching between 480P/720P/1080i when channel surfing???), but spending $30/mo for TV at home was much cheaper than going to the bars to watch the same games.

about a week ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

r_jensen11 Just tax the hell out of them (186 comments)

Sure, people will bitch and moan. Why doesn't the city just apply an exorbitant tax to all sugary drinks, regardless of size?

about three weeks ago
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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

r_jensen11 Re:remove Health Care from jobs and then labor cos (154 comments)

I pay $194/month as a retiree for former-employer-subsidized healthcare....

Want to really help the American people? Pass the Fair Tax, which would put everyone back to work and they could then buy their own healthcare without the gov't getting involved in paying for it.

The "Fair Tax" sounds an awfully lot more fair when you're not spending 90% of your salary just to get by.

about 1 month ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

r_jensen11 Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

Not all jobs at Google are computer-science related, so it would be silly to expect their demographics to fit that mold. That would be like saying that since all professional NFL players are men, that all NFL employees should be men.

about 1 month ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

r_jensen11 Re:Mutants! (213 comments)

Radioactive waste + the majority of the world's most dangerous species = ... ? Godzilla? Hundred metre diameter spiders? Snakes the size of the great wall of China?

Kangaroos which can hop between Australia & Papau New Guinea? How will we ever contain them from spreading to Indonesia and beyond? Help us Godzilla, you're our only hope!

about 2 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

r_jensen11 Re:Surface: the only Hope (379 comments)

I would argue that a lot of Apple's success today stems from the fact that they were the dominant machine in schools 30 years ago.

Apple's the dominant force it is because it's still riding on the coattails of OSX and the iPod/iPhone/iPad being cool. It certainly wasn't due to how their computers performed in schools. I went through school using their computers from the Apple II's, endured their horrible puck mouse, and put up with the slow and nearly-non-functioning G3 iMac/eMac line-up, with other Apple products in-between. Generally, the Win95/Win98 experience was more powerful (less waiting/hourglass/spinning-wheel time), and had about the same rate of program crashes. Doing anything online was always a pain, although having a marquee within a marquee will always be a nightmare)

about a month ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

r_jensen11 Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

What did people expect from a country which pledges to be indivisible?

about a month ago
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Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

r_jensen11 Re:The FCC has no right to dictate terms (208 comments)

Personally, I support making the actual last mile wiring a public utility. Let ISPs share them.

That is the wrong way to do it. The right way is to install a 6" wide publicly owned conduit. That is enough for thousands of fibers. Then let any bonded company pull fiber through it. The government should own the roads, not the trucks.

Using your analogy:
FTTH would be the roads
Installers creating the physical connection would be road maintenance
ISP's would be the trucks/vehicles
Data would be the cargo

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

r_jensen11 Re:Isn't it a bit ironic (150 comments)

Just pointing out the irony.

Please continue explaining, because I believe you'll have a hard time:

irony
noun
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Eg: "Clear as mud"

a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
plural noun: ironies
Eg: Ronald Reagan getting shot due to bullet ricocheting off his bullet-proof car

a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
E.g: Pick a random Shakespeare play

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

r_jensen11 Re:He thinks it is not connected to the internet . (522 comments)

. . . but curiosity got the better of those eager NSA employee fans, who have bugged the computer to know what will happen before the rest of the world . . .

So that explains the *Beep* *Boop* *Hiss* sound he hears every time he boots up his computer these days....

about 2 months ago
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Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

r_jensen11 Re:No different than asking... (201 comments)

That's like using a Ferrari to haul construction equipment or using an F-150 on racing day.

Can't speak for the Ferrari, but it's a known fact that adding racing stripes to your F-150 adds 10HP and shaves a second off your 0-60.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

r_jensen11 Re:Sure you can. (482 comments)

That's exactly when you DO need a cell. Frankly, only a twit focuses on the day-to-day convenience of these devices before the massive gains in travel safety. If your phone doesn't work in the middle of nowhere, it's broken.

I find walkie talkies and other forms of radio much more reliable than any cell coverage I've had (ATT, T-Mobile, VZW, and Virgin Mobile/Sprint) when out in the boonies. But that's just me.....

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

r_jensen11 Re:Just what I need when I'm in danger (1374 comments)

a gun that might not fire.

Sounds like a good gun for the police to use. Get back to us when every police officer in the country has one of these and is forbidden to use a traditional weapon.

Considering gun owners are more likely to get shot by their own gun than shoot an intruder, I'd consider this a win.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

r_jensen11 Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

I don't know what USPS service you have, but... if you have USPS service so exceptional that you find it to be truly better than all other alternatives, well, great, good for you. It just doesn't seem to mirror the experience that I and everyone else I know has.

Society determined (relatively, for the US) long ago that every resident must be able to have access to mail delivery services for a variety of functions, such as:
Civic responsibilities (e.g. voting, being informed of jury duty, &c.)
Delivery of goods (e.g. medicine)
Communications (e.g. letters for correspondence)

This not only includes city dwellers which constitute the vast majority of /., but also people hundreds of miles away from a major city (e.g. the entire states of Alaska & North Dakota, Navajo nation, &c.) There are areas between the US's borders with Canada & Mexico which have no other lifeline to the rest of the world and private couriers have no obligation to provide services to, so they outsource to the USPS.

about 3 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

r_jensen11 Re:There's no liability (440 comments)

So no legal reason no to donate food.

When considering the court of law, correct.

When considering the court of public opinion, incorrect.

about 4 months ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

r_jensen11 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (143 comments)

Who watches the watchmen?

Yes, the NSA and the greater intelligence community clearly needs oversight, but will anyone trust someone with that much power any more than we currently trust the NSA?

And to preach to the choir, but shouldn't the conversation shift to asking:

  • Which risks are we (as a society) willing to take
  • What does the intelligence community need to fulfill its social responsibility?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

r_jensen11 Re: Exactly (178 comments)

The truth from the consumer's perspective, though, is that the consumer will likely look at more than just a $15 price difference when assessing the value proposition between a $699 HP and a $684 Dell.

about 5 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

r_jensen11 Re: The RSA they use is different from the RSA we (464 comments)

How sweet a victory would it have been if RSA had "accidentally" swapped said weakened & hardened encryptions, resulting in the NSA using the compromised method while the rest of the world continued to humm along as usual?

about 7 months ago

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Fluid dynamics of Splashback

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about 8 months ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "Affectionately known as the "Wizz Kids," a pair of BYU physicists have pushed past the bounds of toilet humor to publish their research on splashback: the paradox of going to the bathroom without suffering from urinary ricochet. Many have tried to tackle this problem (my favorite idea comes from You Don't Know Jack's skit, "The Shield"), however few have studied the subject as thoroughly as Prof Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd. Using high-speed cameras set up in their Splash Lab, Truscott and Hurd took notes on how to best address the Plateau-Rayleigh instability phenomenon. Some highlights from their research include:
  • The closer you are, the better
  • The angle of attack matters
  • Toilet designs also matter

And like all proper researchers, the duo concludes that further research is necessary to determine "the optimal approach for urinal usage""
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Nokia selling wireless modem business for $200MM

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about 4 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "Nokia is in the process of selling its wireless modem business, which includes many patents for LTE, HSPA and GSM. Given its troubles with developing a flashy smartphone as of late, could this be a sign that they are doubling their efforts to be a phone company like HTC, and less like Motorola? Or is this a sign of more troubles ahead?"
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ATI Catalyst 8.1 released

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "AMD have released their Catalyst 8.1 drivers for Linux yesterday, which now supports REHL 4.6 and 5.1, as well as Gusty. AMD notes four resolved issues: Corruption will no longer be noticed in the lower right corner of the display or on the mouse pointer after the system is running for a long period of time

Custom mode lines in xorg.conf will no longer be ignored by the fglrx driver Suspending to RAM or DISK on kernel version 2.6.23 or later no longer fails Connecting a display device that supports 1680x1050 to a system running Linux will no longer result in a maximum display resolution of 1280x1024 only being available
The only major catch?

On workstation hardware 3D applications will be corrupted if the screen width is not an integer multiple of 64 pixels, for example with a 1680x1050 wide screen display.
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1st Gen Blu-ray players already obsolete.

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "The BBC reports that a new wave of movies being released for Blu-ray are including features, such as picture-in-picture, that require bluray players to support the current profile 2.0 (BD Live). Apparently, some people are not terribly concerned that many people will find that they've dropped some $2,000 on a device that is no longer fully supportive. Alastair Upham's (from DVD Review) opinion of the matter is:

"The guys that bought the first Blu-ray players are the guys who bought the first laser discs. They know the risks."
And for all of you out there that bought a PS3 because it's a cheap blu-ray player, well, you're in luck:

But because internet functionality is not a mandatory requirement in current players, none on the market today will be able to access the feature.

The only Blu-ray player which can upgraded to use all the features is Sony's PlayStation 3, because it comes with the right hardware built-in and online access.
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Demonoid shut down for good?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "It appears that the CRIA is at it again. According to their website, Demonoid may be down for good. The only message the crew have left is the following:

The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.
What do you think, is this the end of Demonoid? Or will they move to another country, yet again? Or maybe someone could revive them again?"

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Can the PS3 be the new TiVO?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to the BBC, European consumers will be able to add on DVR capabilities to their PS3's. FTFA:

Sony has unveiled a TV tuner which plugs into the PS3 and turns it into a personal video recorder like Sky+. The company has held a press conference at the Leipzig games show in which it highlighted key multimedia capabilities for the PS3 and handheld PSP... PlayTV for PS3 is a twin TV tuner that will launch in early 2008 in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain with other countries to follow.
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Stem Cells + Existing Body Fat = Breast Implants

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about 7 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to a recent BBC article, using a combination of existing body fat from either the belly or the butt, along with stem cells, is providing a more 'natural' breast implant. Some possible uses discussed are augmentation and reconstructive surgury. FTFA:

Scientists say they are not sure quite how it works, but suspect that the stem cells emit signals that encourage blood vessels to grow and nurture new tissue.
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Social sites reveal class divide - Or do they?

r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  about 7 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "According to a BBC article, PhD student Danah Boyd (Berkeley) claims that there is a social divide between Facebook and Myspace users. FTFA:


A six-month research project has revealed a sharp division along class lines among the American teenagers flocking to the social network sites. The research suggests those using Facebook come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college. By contrast, MySpace users tend to get a job after finishing high school rather than continue their education.
Now, the article doesn't mention that Facebook originated as a College-only network, but they might still have a point. This could also be interesting as many view Facebook as becoming more and more like Myspace."

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r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "FTA:

The deteriorating cement roof tiles of the Paul VI auditorium will be replaced next year with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity.

The cells will generate enough power to light, heat or cool the hall, the Vatican engineers say.


Given its size, would this then make the Vatican the most energy-efficient country in the world?"

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r_jensen11 r_jensen11 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

r_jensen11 (598210) writes "I know this topic has been asked at least once before, but seeing as how 6 years have passed, I figured the question is due again. It's about that time of the year again when we find out how much we owe Uncle Sam (Or as in my case, how much Uncle Sam owes me.) Software has changed drastically in the past 6 years since the previous query I found on Slashdot, as well as many tax rules. Does anyone here use tax software other than TurboTax and TaxCut? I know that there are also online forms I can fill out, but which ones are accessable to people that use OS's other than Windows and OSX? I'd preferably use a program that I can use off-line and store my information locally instead of using eforms, but if I have to resort to eforms, which ones should I investigate and which ones should I stay far away from?"

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