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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

sunderland56 SGI (223 comments)

The VFX industry has for most of the last 30 years been reliant on Macs and Windows machines for video editing

You seem to have skipped SGI hardware, and software like Discreet Flame/Fire, which defined both video and film editing for a decade.

about two weeks ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

sunderland56 Commission (238 comments)

So commissions are $50/$481 = about 10%. In other words, a fairly minor factor; you can usually save that by switching companies. Sure, it would be nice to chop 10% off your bill; but that is hardly a "major disruption". Even a caveman can chop 15% off your bill; who needs technology?

Most major carriers are moving towards online services already. If Google enters the market, their efforts can quickly be matched, leaving no net advantage for Google.

about two weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

sunderland56 Re:Open source it (137 comments)

Uh.... the software wasn't the magic. Unless you plan on putting 1000 TV antennas on your roof and building a server farm in your living room, the software isn't going to be of much use.

But yes, Aereo is to be commended for something *truly* innovative and useful.

about 2 months ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

sunderland56 Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Take the deal, and contribute the money you save to an organization that fights the monopolies. Mine goes to the ACLU.

about 2 months ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

sunderland56 Re:Who knew? (62 comments)

If Google really wanted to help out, they would scan their database to find your blog/twitter/facebook/etc. postings about your family; then they could make much more useful suggestions, like "Hey, Uncle Norm is a real pain - why don't you relax and stay at home this Thanksgiving?"

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (335 comments)

No, because atomic bombs don't have computers in them.

Dear Sir,

I am both amused and frustrated that you do not consider mechanical computational devices to be 'computers'.

Charles Babbage

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (335 comments)

Isn't an atomic bomb just a very, very simple robot?

while (altitude() > TARGET_ALTITUDE)
        sleep(1);
explode();

And yes, it is impossible to determine if that algorithm will ever terminate.

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

sunderland56 Re:only incorrectly device to kill humans? (335 comments)

Once we get to the point of building and testing killer robots, I predict that engineering management is going to be a LOT more polite than they are today.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

sunderland56 Re:Sue Them or Give Up (159 comments)

There is no human solution.

Of course there's a human solution. My cousin Tony, from over there in East Jersey, he'll fix your problem right up with one visit. Your business, hey, it just needs a little protection.

about 2 months ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

sunderland56 Re:Simple and stupid question (89 comments)

Some of us prefer GTK over Qt.

So then *you* help them out.

I'm a OpenGL/Linux/kernel/lib developer, and there is no way on God's green earth that I will contribute anything to Gnome.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

sunderland56 Wrong approach (50 comments)

So, basically you welcome viruses and malware, but fix up the damage afterwards?

Sounds like the anti-vaccine crowd. In reality, it is far better to vaccinate and never get sick, than it is to self-repair after you get a virus.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

sunderland56 Correction (60 comments)

AT&T *claims* to have stopped using internal tracking codes.

Whether or not you believe one of the top 3 most evil corporations on the planet is up to you.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

sunderland56 Re:Umm, encryption? (148 comments)

Maybe you missed the story from tuesday where ISPs can and do turn off the encryption for you?

Plus, if you've replaced the router's firmware, it can make it *appear* as if you have e2e when you do not.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

sunderland56 Re:Bill Naming (257 comments)

Nobody calls it the "Affordable Care Act" - everyone calls it Obamacare, even though it was originally a Republican idea put forth by Mitt Romney.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

sunderland56 Democracy (257 comments)

So, a completely unelected position has total control over which bills get put up for a vote??

about 3 months ago
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US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

sunderland56 Telecommuting?? (50 comments)

How the bleep does the mailman get to telecommute???

Marissa Mayer is the devil incarnate - but even I'll agree, delivering the mail kinda sorta has to be done in person.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

sunderland56 Re:AT&T (35 comments)

Maybe Comcast will do in-flight wifi instead?

The cable costs alone would be prohibitive.

It would bring a whole new meaning to the term "tethering".

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

sunderland56 AT&T (35 comments)

In-flight Wi-Fi services tend to be expensive and disappointingly slow

Gee, AT&T would have fit right in then. Nobody does crappy, overpriced internet service like them.

Maybe Comcast will do in-flight wifi instead?

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

sunderland56 Uplink? (74 comments)

An array of satellites will provide a very nice downlink. Now how do you do the uplink?

Current satellite internet does it two ways: one, by standard old telephone modem. I suppose you could do it by wireless phone as well, but the basic problem is the same - very low bandwidth. The other way is by a microwave transmitter - which requires professional installation, and is a highly dangerous thing to have in a consumer environment. (Jack goes on the roof to fix a loose shingle while Jill is shopping online... and hey presto, Jack and Jill aren't having kids).

about 3 months ago

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