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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

terrab0t Re:Too little too late (157 comments)

More than that, Google is buying Twitch.tv. Adding these new features matches both Twitch.tv's video quality and viewer donation feature. This makes perfect sense if they are planning to buy them and partner more closely.

Hopefully they won't make the same mistake again by trying to link all Twitch.tv users to a Google+ account and generally break things.

about 5 months ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

terrab0t Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

Here in Canada we have a strategy that works. For tobacco, which is clearly proven to cause a range of costly health problems, we levy a tax that the government uses to cover the extra public healthcare costs that come from smoking. All Canadians get the same public funded healthcare. The ones who are doing something that clearly puts a larger burden on the system pay for it.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

terrab0t Re:no more OS changes means potentially more secur (423 comments)

Someone mentioned it above. There is software called Windows Steadystate that keeps the base file system unwritable to regular users and instead lets them write changes to a journaled file system that can be selectively restored from the base.

about 8 months ago

Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

terrab0t Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (199 comments)

It would be nice if the existing big studios were intelligent and competitive enough to eventually catch up with technology, but if even the piracy they rave and lobby the government over won't push them forward, they may never join the rest of us.

The future lies in content producers who already sell their work mainly online. It woudn't surprise me to see vhfx.tv releasing an app like Netflix, or adding their library to any number of other convenient online media stores. They get it. Digital distribution is better for them and their customers.

The existing large media companies will only follow suit long after we have all abandoned them for the ones who do things sensibly. However, that will never happen unless we stop giving them our money and start giving it to people who use services like vhfx.tv

about 8 months ago

First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

terrab0t Re:I Want A TLD Too! (198 comments)

There is no new TLD in that domain name. It's actually available. Register thatnoonewillevervisit.com and setup the obscurespecializeddomain.dreamedupbymarketingidiots subdomain for it.

about 10 months ago

First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

terrab0t A New Era Begins (198 comments)

Domain Squatters, start your engines.

Many organizations will be caught off guard by this and have their names grabbed under the new TLDs. On the bright side, this will temporarily give us a chance to grab decent names instead of paying a squatter. It also drops the value of their holdings.

Aside from that, looking at the list, I think some of these should have also had abbreviations. .software, .engineer and .attorney look nice, but I would immediately want a shortened version as well.

about 10 months ago

First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

terrab0t Re:why do we need generic top level domains anyway (198 comments)

According to Wikipedia, Tim Berners Lee mostly agrees with you on the URL format. From the Wikipedia page:

Berners-Lee later regretted the use of dots to separate the parts of the domain name within URIs, wishing he had used slashes throughout. For example, http://www.example.com/path/to/name would have been written http:com/example/www/path/to/name. Berners-Lee has also said that, given the colon following the URI scheme, the two slashes before the domain name were also unnecessary.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

terrab0t Re:I don't use providers HQ in the USA (178 comments)

“retard” is a good word for this. For a server hosted inside the US, it makes things much more expensive (but not nearly impossible) for the NSA.

From the article you linked:

...there are other actions powerful adversaries could take. For example, they could convince the server operator to simply record all session keys.

So, the NSA cannot quickly pick out your server's traffic at their traffic hub monitors and decrypt it with the root SSL certificates they coerced vendors to give them.

What they can still do, if your server is in the US, is coerce the server operator to record all session keys so they can decrypt all traffic from that point onwards. This is much more expensive though.

The nice part about this is that a server hosted outside the US would only have to worry about less-powerful, less-funded government spies going through all of this. In Japan, the government may not do it at all unless your server's activity warrants a criminal investigation.

1 year,28 days

35,000 vBulletin Sites Have Already Been Exploited By Week Old Hole

terrab0t Why Only Now? (91 comments)

If you watch your server access logs, you will regularly see bots checking for common install URLs of popular website software. I'm blown away that vBulletin's hasn't been targeted for years.

about a year ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

terrab0t Re:They're gross looking (655 comments)

There is a new product in pre-production the does exactly what you described. It's nutrition shake, not a solid food though. They should be shipping regular orders by sometime this fall.

For something closer to what you described, and more relevant to this post, NASA is funding research on a complete daily nutrition solid that may use an insect source for protein. This may be licensed as a commercial product sometime in the future.

about a year ago

OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

terrab0t Re:Ok? (173 comments)

Based on another article I read, it only works in the Safari browser.

about a year ago

Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

terrab0t Re:additional advice: (413 comments)

When I used to ride regularly, I had a rear-view mirror that attached to the end of my left handlebar.

about a year ago

Researchers Complete New Gondwana Map

terrab0t Re:Google maps? (116 comments)

It's not so surprising when you look at his username.

That also explains how he grabbed such a low user ID number.

about a year ago

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox

terrab0t Re:Doom Mozilla and DMCA Notice (124 comments)

I noticed that too. They should have ported PrBoom to the browser.

about a year and a half ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

terrab0t Re:Confession? (626 comments)

I am not a French Lawyer, but I think that would be coercion.

about 2 years ago

MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

terrab0t We already had this discussion in 2004 (513 comments)

In fact, we had it right here on Slashdot the day Gmail was announced. We panicked about Google reading our email. Then, if you follow to the bottom of that thread you will see the same conclusion we reached here today. No one is reading your email. An algorithm is parsing it the same way all spam filters do.

That was 2004. We probably moved on after that, but about 4 years later Steve Ballmer himself started to use this misunderstanding to generate fear, uncertainty and doubt. A year after that, Google was sued over it.

The people behind this new campaign at Microsoft either don't remember all of this, or they're smart enough to see that it's been long enough to sound like a new issue. Let's not treat it as one. This issue should not be news to anyone reading this site. The only news here is that Microsoft is trying to use this misunderstanding again, ie. that a person is reading your mail, not an algorithm.

about 2 years ago


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