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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Noah SILVA Re: Linux soon? (202 comments)

There is no way to do this. At the very least, i have seen plenty of devices that can capture encrypted HDMI.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Noah SILVA Re: Linux soon? (202 comments)

And do they think I can't do this on OS X? Hahaha

about 6 months ago
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Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

Noah SILVA Re: No different than asking... (201 comments)

Not if you use transparent aluminum!

about 7 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Noah SILVA Re: tldr (490 comments)

why not? ripping content isn't always about saving money. i want drm free copies of my movies on my computer, so when i buy a dvd, it gets ripped and put back in the case.

about 8 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Noah SILVA Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

No, his point was that wealth is relative. For example, to the uneducated, it would appear that you could solve everyone's money problems and make everyone rich simply by printing huge amounts of money and sending everyone a check for a million dollars. Then you would be a nation of millionaires, right? Well technically, yes - but... soon houses that used to be one million dollars would rise in price to a billion dollars or so as people bid against each other. In fact everything would rise in price, meaning that not much would change overall. Then again, what would change is that if you had two people: One with a million dollars, and one with zero dollars, then before the give-away one would be very rich and one would be dirt poor. After the give-away, one would be "normal" and one would have twice as much money as the new "normal" but that would be a lot less rich than he used to be in relative terms. (i.e. he might be in the top 25% now instead of the top 5%). Either way, printing money ends up to cause massive inflation and is a form of taxation. Who benefits depends on where how the money is distributed. That said, the blurb in this "article" is too short to understand what he was actually trying to say. I suppose he thinks that IT workers are overpaid compared to other professions, and thus allowing more H1B workers might possibly lower the average pay and thus help make wages more even? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me either, because then we would have to go searching for the next target. Doctors? Pro-wrestling? Cable man?

about 8 months ago
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Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US

Noah SILVA Re:Inside China Alibaba is not used (93 comments)

That's (perhaps) a shame, but hardly unusual. Most web sites only support the local language - so just as most US web sites only support English and most Japanese web sites only support Japanese, one would expect that naturally most Chinese web sites would only support Chinese. To put it another way - what percentage of potential TaoBao users inside China would know another language (say English), but *not know* Chinese? Let's say well less than 1%? If Japan is anything to go by, only 1.7% of the population is foreign, and of those, over 95% speak Japanese. So you're looking at a potential market of a *Maximum* of 0.09% and for that you are going to translate your web site, all of your documents, hire bilingual staff (who will want a higher salary), etc., etc.? I don't think so. That's even assuming that everyone spoke the *same* different language (like English). If some spoke only German or Korean, etc., then the situation gets much more complicated. Just because you want it to be doesn't make it so. For all the talk of the "Global Platform" of English, the reality on the ground is that in most countries if you really want to get along you had better learn the local language, or expect to pay more for less and need help all the time.(Of course, English speaking countries like the US are no different here, as they expect you to learn English before coming).

about 8 months ago
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Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US

Noah SILVA Alabama?! (93 comments)

Yes, at first I read the headline to mean that Alabama would have an IPO!

about 8 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Noah SILVA Re:Sexism angle way overblown (710 comments)

At any rate, in all seriousness, I agree that most of the complaints seemed to be of a general nature. Specifically of what I would call "Small Company Syndrome", where companies are small enough that gossip about people's personal lives permeate 100%, and there is no independence between departments like HR, IT, etc.

about 8 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Noah SILVA Re:Sexism angle way overblown (710 comments)

Maybe the boss's wife was sexist? She was nice to all the hot guys and a bitch to the only girl?

about 8 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Noah SILVA I don't see what the problem is (342 comments)

Tesla could play their game if they wanted to. For example, set up a separate dealership company which can contact with the manufacturing arm. If Apple can do it for tax purposes, Tesla could do it too.

about 8 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Noah SILVA Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (310 comments)

Why would you think you *wouldn't* be able to just change the time you do things? How hard would it be for the government to say "Instead of adjusting the time forward by an hour, we're keeping the same time and changing the official business hours forward by an hour" - that would be enough to make most companies comply. And... I like going outside... at night, when it's dark.

about 9 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

Noah SILVA Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (310 comments)

Uhm... well yes, you have to have one of the following: 1. Different time zones so you can know whether it's light/dark out somewhere. 2. The same time, but a location to know whether it's light/dark out somewhere. But, even with #1, the actual lightness/darkness varies wildly based on location and season. Then there's cultural differences. In some countries, most people go to bed by 9pm, and in some countries most people stay up until much later, for example. When I worked at a French company, everyone was out by 17:30. In some other places I have worked, everyone stayed until at least 22:00 or later. - So again #1 (the current system) really doesn't help - but it does make the match annoying an mean that you constantly have to do conversions between time zones (including date), and ask people what time they meant. If you did #2, scheduling meetings would be much easier. What time? 22:30 UTC? ok. done. That might be morning for you and evening for me, but if everyone agrees to it, you're good to go. There would be no BS like "Oh sorry I missed the meeting, I forgot Daylight savings time changed in your country on that day", etc. The biggest negative effect would be that for the majority of people who interact only with local people there would be no immediate advantage, but they would have to get used to f.e. waking up at 22:00 instead of 09:00, etc. I don't think that would take that long though, it's just a number.

about 9 months ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

Noah SILVA Come on... (299 comments)

We all know ISP standa for "Ikebukuro Shopping Park". (At least I figured this out after it appeared on my credit card statement a few times after shopping at the grocery store near Ikebukuro Station).

about 9 months ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

Noah SILVA Well Good... (253 comments)

If the WiFi Network is a separate SSID and the traffic is routed straight outside, I don't see any huge problem with this. Except that Comcast was a rip-off last time I checked, so if they are going to be using everyone's private locations to improve their coverage, they could at least give you a discount for it. The whole "But it's using my electricity", etc. is a bit silly. The router is likely to always be on 24/7 in your house anyway, and it's doubtful that it uses much more power over the course of a year just because there is some occasional visitor accessing it from nearby. Opt-in sounds great, but we are talking about cable company internet customers. These are not the informed types that have Covad or Speakeasy run to their homes. These are the Joe Sixpack that buy the local cable or telecom internet (and the crappiest consumer package at that). If you don't make it opt-out, nobody will opt-in because they likely won't understand it, much less bother with it.

about 9 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

Noah SILVA Re:Poor management (423 comments)

I think there's a huge difference between this and Amazon's add-ons: 1. Things that show up on Amazon (or pizzahut.com or whatever) take exactly 1 second or less to skip. You don't have to listen to some annoying guy talk for 10 minutes so you can tell him "no." 2. The things at that the stores try to sell you are often either totally generic (like cabinets or cell phones or sattalite dishes whatever), or they are things that go with the products you are buying buy you might not want (batteries, cables, etc.), and are typically vastly overpriced. So RadioShack will sell you a printer for cheap and then charge you $30 for the cable! The things that Amazon recommends are more or less based on what other people bought in combination with the item you are buying now - not so much based on trying to force you to buy what Amazon wants you to buy. It's much like banner ads. I hate ads, but I don't mind the ones on Google so much because they are less intrusive and they are actually relevant some of the time.

about 9 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

Noah SILVA Re:Stop Being Something Your Not (423 comments)

Hmm but I have seen a lot of comic book stores ( no personal interest, but...), model train stores (again, not much interest myself), and used book stores are all over the place. And some of the used book stores are clearly not a small mom and pop type operation either.

about 9 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

Noah SILVA Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (423 comments)

Well I remember there being a time, when I was in middle school or so when the local radio shack sold at least Resisters, Capacitors, Multi-Meters, LEDs, small ICs like 555 timers, Piezo-electric buzzers, battery cases, solar cells, motors, breadboards, copper circuit boards, pcb etchant, solder, soldering irons, wires, shrink-wrap tubing, etc., etc. Last time I wandered into one a few years ago I didn't even see *any* of that stuff. But they had crappy "realistic" radios. Great. As for there not being enough people doing electronics as a hobby? Well... to that I say: 1. If not, then it's the end of an era, and the chain can die a honorable death by sticking to their guns until the end. 2. I don't really believe this. Sure, people don't build computers and TVs from scratch with soldering irons anymore - but there is lots of cool stuff they could sell that is targeted as hackers/makers instead of junky consumer stuff. 3. If it's so, then it must be a US thing. We have parts stores here in Japan, and I have seen them in Germany in other places. They don't need to be as common as McDonalds, but there is normally a reasonable population to support them. If not, you're probably doing something wrong.

about 9 months ago
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Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Noah SILVA Re:Why? (105 comments)

Because, wires and wireless transmissions aren't the same. Commonly used wireless transmissions take up certain frequencies for certain distances, and basically nobody else can use those frequencies in that area then. Two wired transmissions can be run very close together without interfering nearly as much.

about 9 months ago
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Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Noah SILVA Re: Still ugly (164 comments)

Which is pretty much what I dint like about it. It looks very retro, and not in a chill kind of way. Maybe tesla could roll out a new line of cars designed to look like the Ford model t.

about 9 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Noah SILVA none (270 comments)

so about the same

about 9 months ago

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