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DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels

ticker47 Re:they are all evil (378 comments)

While a la carte would be nice, a lot of the channels bundled together would fail to grab enough viewers to make them economically feasible. You know that very few people will actually watch all 26 of those channels that Viacom has. Instead they'll opt to watch a two or three. Remove the bundling and all of the sudden the provider doesn't make enough money to keep airing all of those channels. A few might still make it, but a large portion of those channels would just cease to exist. When you lose channels, you lose variety and eventually you end up paying the same amount of money or more for a small subset of the channels you can get now with bundling.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing

ticker47 Re:I only download free books (311 comments)

Yes, because you know that those books available on Project Gutenberg were never sold, no one tried to buy one and it was only when they were available online for free that people tried to read them.

more than 2 years ago
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New Interface Could Wire Prosthetics Directly Into Amputees' Nervous Systems

ticker47 Sarif (160 comments)

They aren't by chance starting a company called Sarif are they?

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

ticker47 Time (458 comments)

Would a warp drive have the same affects on time for the observer as normal high speed travel would?

more than 2 years ago
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Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

ticker47 Re:It's not just the Amazon Gift Cards... (223 comments)

That's only if you choose to use the physical monitoring device. The amazon gift cards are for only using the Chrome browser extension.

more than 2 years ago
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Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America

ticker47 Re:For crying out loud, think. (281 comments)

than /= then

The computer didn't underline it red so it must be right!

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

ticker47 Re:Perspective (438 comments)

This has little to do with offering better service and more to do with offering a product that is universally wanted. AT&T is typically regarded as the worst of the wireless carriers (in the US), but they still have the iPhone and have had it far longer than anyone else. Apple knows that people want the iPhone and can charge whatever they want for it and since the carriers know that people want the iPhone, they'll risk lower profit margins (per device) in the hopes of higher sales and hopefully come out ahead.

more than 2 years ago
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Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

ticker47 UPC Codes (532 comments)

I've seen a couple of products at different stores that have the original UPC covered up with a store specific UPC that displays no useful information when you scan it with a phone. The product might be available online elsewhere, but it makes it really annoying to look up with your phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

ticker47 Re:This isn't as bad as it looks (741 comments)

How dare you read TFA and talk sense...you should be banned.

more than 2 years ago
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Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games

ticker47 Re:Kill Used Games? Say Hello to Piracy (543 comments)

How would piracy work for XBOX games? Computers and their OS's are fairly malleable, you can either modify the system to ignore bad keys or modify the game to not need a key. But with XBOX being a fairly closed computer system, how would one bypass something like a CD Key that requires online validation (that would probably them by tied to your account),especially when you have no access to the game files? I'm sure it's possible, but what would be required to bypass such a system and could the average person who just wanted to play their friends game be able to do it?

Alternatively this could just lead to a more Steam like system and games would be attached to your account and allow you to download on any device and play as long as you were logged in. I wouldn't mind that as long as they had sales on games like steam does and an offline mode.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Nets 350K Textbook Downloads In 3 Days

ticker47 Re:The customer is the university..... (376 comments)

That's fine if you just want to learn University Physics on your own, but in college the professor will usually assign homework from problems in the book, which a comparable book won't have.

Also, for K-12, although the thought of being able to buy books for $15 sounds great I think the start-up/maint costs will be too much. Hardware will increase every year, and hardware requirements for software will increase to match that. You end up with 4-5 year lifespan before you have to buy new iPads because the old ones aren't compatible with new textbooks/educational software. Plus you add in the IT related costs of having to maintain a fleet of iPads along with replacements for breakage/insurance premiums. Most schools use books for many years before they replace them with newer editions.

I'm not trying to down play the how awesome it would be to go digital with textbooks, I just think with the resiliency of books and the cost of hardware this is not going to be the revolution apple thinks its going to be, right now anyway. (But then again, maybe I'm wrong)

more than 2 years ago
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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

ticker47 KVMs (704 comments)

I want to know how this is going to effect KVM switches. Do they support HDCP and will they increase in cost if they are required to for this? I haven't done any research on the topic so I really have no idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Post-9/11 DOJ Tech Project Dying After 10 Years?

ticker47 Is it sad (115 comments)

that the government spending $356 million on a failed project doesn't sound like that much money anymore?

more than 2 years ago
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New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

ticker47 I don't know (117 comments)

New Mexico was where LightSquared was testing their LTE system...

more than 2 years ago
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Forget Space Beer, Order Meteorite Wine Instead

ticker47 Cave Johnson (77 comments)

I think I'll pass....we all know what happened to Cave Johnson.

more than 2 years ago
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Spotted Horses May Have Roamed Europe 25,000 Years Ago

ticker47 Re:Cavemen are not dumb. (87 comments)

I agree, I've seen the Geico commercials and cavemen enjoy many of the same activities that we do.

about 3 years ago
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Quadruped CHEETAH Robot To Outrun Any Human

ticker47 Re:Skynet (177 comments)

Sure it will:

Law 1: A robot must protect its own existence.
Law 2: A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Law 3: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm long as it does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Or did I get those flipped around? Either way, I think this will lead to a wonderful Robot Cheetah, Human relationship.

more than 3 years ago
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Stanford To Charge Reconnect Fee For DMCA Notices

ticker47 Chico State Does Too (344 comments)

Chico State has required that students pay a reconnect fee for about a year and a half now. If you want you can still come into the library and use one of the public computers, but if not you have to pay some 25 dollars to reconnect. It makes sense considering that if a campus computer continues to share copyrighted material, the school gets in trouble for it. The only reason schools do this is to cover their back. I personally don't want student fees to be raised because they have to pay the riaa or mpaa for lawsuits made against the for sharing copyrighted materials...

more than 7 years ago

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Home Network Security

ticker47 ticker47 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nate writes "I have a home network with about 9 people on it. Our apartment has an IPCOP box with three cards, one for Red, one for Green, and another for Blue. The blue is connected to a Linksys WAP-54G, which honestly works great. The problem is that we need to serve internet to an apartment about 75 feet from ours and we've been having issues with it. I'm using a Hawking wireless repeater and it seems to connect ok, but every time I turn on wireless security someone can't connect to the network. I personally have no problems on either network, but some of the people in the other apartment are using older computers and I think that's causing issues. Does anyone know of a relatively cheap wireless solution that would allow me to have just one access point in our apartment and not have to have a repeater in the other apartment and is there any kind of easy to implement security for wireless networks without having to to use WEP or WPA. IPCop does mac filtering, but for some reason being connected through the repeater seems to be bypass that. I've thought about doing some sort of login authentication, but I'm not sure how feasible it is."

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