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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

sudon't Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (261 comments)

I, too, am enjoying this. I've been calling for a la carte cable for a long time, never failing to bring it up when TW would call to try to get me to buy cable TV, (I've never had cable TV. I grew up in the era when TV was free - because commercials).

But after I read this article, I began to think - would I even buy a la carte cable at this point? I don't think so, now. Who sits down in front of the TV at a certain time of day to watch a show anymore? And do I even really want to pay for HBOgo? They have a lot of good programming, but won't I also have to get AMC's and Showtime's app? I can see this beginning to add up. The thing that still annoys me is, how the studios destroyed the promise of Netflix. That you would have every movie, every show, no matter how obscure, always at your fingertips. Remember the "long tail?" You don't hear about that anymore.

Maybe if the cable TV business crashes, we'll finally get that. Where else are the studios gonna go if people don't want to buy a different app for every show they're into, (hopefully not to Hulu. I will not pay for any content that contains commercials). I think most people are like me in that, they don't pay much attention to, or care about, which studio or channel made what, and would like everything in one place. to that end, I support what Netflix tried so hard to do. Here's hoping for the return of the Long Tail!

about half an hour ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

sudon't Re:What did you expect.. (97 comments)

I'm pretty sure it has to do with the rise of the gaming console/personal computer, and parents no longer forcing their kids out of the house to play. Kids no longer burn off the fatty, sugary, starchy food they eat. These kids nowadays!

[Citations forthcoming. You'll see!]

1 hour ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

sudon't Re:Why? (86 comments)

Can someone remind me why it is that we, the people who elect and pay the wages of the politicians and public servants who seek to destroy our right to privacy in this way, continue to allow such outrageous behavior to continue?

Has the concept of a democracy been replaced by one of serial fascism where voters are lulled into a false sense of empowerment by governments which collude with the *real* power-brokers to simply look after their own best interests and for who "voters" are synonymous with taxpayers -- a necessary evil required to keep the oily wheels of government turning?

Something like that. I don't know how they do it where you live, but here in the US, we're given a choice between two pre-vetted candidates. The ruling class decides who we'll get to vote for. Which is to say, it's not really a choice, but the illusion of choice. It's certainly not a democracy.

1 hour ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

sudon't Re:Time for hope (421 comments)

Yeah! That evil Obama is responsible for every Bad Thing. Even the Bad Things that predate his term, or have fuck-all to do with him! That's how horrible he is.

3 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

sudon't Re:Time for a revolution (421 comments)

You don't read the news much, do you? Here's a primer if you're actually interested.

3 days ago
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Rosetta Probe Reveals What a Comet Smells Like

sudon't Reminds Me of Some Apartments (53 comments)

Reminds me of some apartments I woke up in during the seventies. Horse urine is weirdly specific, though.

3 days ago
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How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"

sudon't Re:President Obola the Traitor going to KILL US AL (38 comments)

Personally, I don't see much difference between Democrat and Republican administrations, in practice. What is weird, is how the paranoid, conspiracy-nut lunatic fringe has become the base of the Republican party. I wonder if they now regret encouraging these people?

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

sudon't Cable for $30 per Month, Including HBO (139 comments)

It's interesting that my local cable monopoly, Time-Warner, has recently offered me cable for $30 per month, including HBO. We seriously considered it, but with the cost of renting the equipment, installation fees, and the fact that that price was good only for one year, we decided that torrents were still a better option. I would happily pay for HBOgo, as long as it's reasonably priced. Same goes for other so-called premium channels. A la carte cable would also be a nice option, but really, you can't beat having shows on demand. I work evenings, so the sit-in-front-of-the-TV-at-a-certain-time model doesn't work for me anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

sudon't Re:Comcast is not as bad as Stalin (232 comments)

They should use that as a tagline in their advertising: Comcast...we're not as bad as Stalin!

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

sudon't He's Right (549 comments)

The xkcd idea is a good one for those few passwords you have to remember. But this guy is right - the issue is password managers. I've been railing about this for years. I have two passwords I remember. The other 800 or so I've collected over the years are stored in the password manager. I don't choose the passwords, I let the password manager do that, with the bit slider set to create passwords of 80 to 90 entropy for most things, and greater than 130 for those wanting better security. I've never had an account compromised. We need to train everyone to use password managers now, so that we won't have to put up with annoyances such as multi-factor authentication in the future.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

sudon't Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

In 1969, $100 was real money - a good week's pay for working people. Today, $600 isn't that much dough.

about two weeks ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sudon't Re:Your conclusions are invalid. (216 comments)

Men are slaves to their biology, too. It just takes a different form. We are all the slaves of hormones, particularly when it comes to reproduction, (or love, if you prefer).

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

sudon't Re:PETA Won't be Happy (367 comments)

They remind me of a certain person I know who, rather than give away a pair of cats she could no longer keep, had them euthanized. Her logic was along the lines of: No one could love them, or give them a better home than me, so they're better off dead.

In terms of what they do with their funding, i.e., pay out very nice salaries, PETA is no different from other charities. The biggest beneficiaries of most charities are the executives of that charity.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

sudon't Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

Yep. My power amp has a pair of big, blue meters on it. It's only about six years old, but McIntosh certainly hasn't stopped using them. Indeed, the trend has been towards ever larger meters. My truck - 2012 Peterbilt - has fourteen or fifteen analog gauges, (and six digital gauges). It would be more costly to use a display large enough to accommodate that many gauges, which you want to have visible at a glance. While it's certainly feasible in a car, I notice some manufacturers, like Cooper, have opted for analog, simply for looks. But it is true you see fewer analog meters anymore. They've pretty much been eliminated from soundboards these days, mostly I suspect because they take up more space.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

sudon't Re:Ok, but (580 comments)

Coulda swore I just read that the FBI was green-lighting dope smokers because they couldn't find enough qualified people otherwise? Ah, yes, here it is:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/want-work-fbi-pot-smokers-welcome-chief-says-n110911

If they're gonna screen out downloaders, I mean, isn't that almost anyone who knows how to work a computer? The only people I've met who don't download media are those who haven't yet figured out how it's done.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

sudon't You Don't Have to Go Nuts (279 comments)

You don't have to go nuts wiring the whole house, (although that would be ideal). You could have one or two rooms wired, and use slower wireless elsewhere in the house. It's not like you always need gigabit. I have two desks in two different rooms where I can plug into the ethernet, Elsewhere, I just use the wifi. Not that I even have gigabit internet - I'm a Time/Warner Monopoly slave.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

sudon't Re:Stop The Video Ads Slashdot! (208 comments)

Ha! I remember playing whack-a-mole with my hosts file. Some people need a hobby, I guess, but I'd rather let someone else do the work of keeping track of every new ad and tracking vector that pops up. When ad blocking software first appeared, I jumped on it. Thank you, writers of ad blocking wares throughout the years! Besides, do you really imagine the sub-literate moron who made that post, an idiot too lazy or stupid to install ad blocking software, whose Karma is so bad on this site that he doesn't have the option to turn off ads, a person who writes and behaves like a child, do you really think he'll be able to figure out hosts file editing?

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

sudon't Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

That's correct. Ending alcohol prohibition did not eliminate the gangs it spawned, but it did weaken them by cutting off their major source of funding. But they quickly moved onto other prohibited items and plain ol' theft. The lesson we need to learn is that prohibition creates criminals.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

sudon't Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

Or even if they're not in pain. There's nothing at all wrong with heroin, and it's quite safe for even chronic use. Opiates are among the safest and most studied drugs we know of, next to cannabis and psychedelics. The bad consequences of opiate use all result from prohibition, particularly the artificially high costs imposed by the black market.

about three weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

sudon't Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Corporate personhood has nothing to do with the ability to hold a corporation liable for debts and crimes. I wish it did - I'd love to see them convict and execute a corporation for murder. Corporate personhood is about corporations gaining constitutional rights, such as the right to free speech. If it were about taking on liability, do you think corporations would be clamoring for it like they do?

In most societies, with rights come responsibilities, (at least when it comes to actual persons). Instead of granting rights to animals, with god knows what unintended consequences, we should should be holding humans to their responsibility not to harm animals.

about three weeks ago

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