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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

transporter_ii Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (490 comments)

Yes. Netflix can rent physical DVDs without negotiating with studios or distributors. In theory, they could run to Walmart and buy DVDs to mail out. They need nobody''s permission to do this. With streaming, they are at the mercy of the studios. Studios who want to offer their own streaming services.

The death of DVDs could equal the death of Netflix. It may or may not play out like that, but DVDs have been very good to Netflix for the simple reason of not having to enter into any agreements to do their core business.

There are any number of entities that would love to see Netflix fold. The way to do that is through license fees. They can turn the screws.

about three weeks ago

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

transporter_ii Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

Yeah, tell Chiropractors there is no medical conspiracy. They sued the AMA for conspiring against them, and won!


In the past, medicine has fought battles to limit the practices of such professionals as homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, psychologists and chiropractors. In the case of osteopathy and chiropractic, there are distinct differences in the approach to healing and health when compared to medicine. The last thing that organized medicine wants is for their doctrine of drugs and surgery to be challenged.

Osteopaths allowed themselves to be absorbed by medicine--today there is little difference between an M.D. and a D.O. Chiropractic on the other hand, fought hard to be a separate and distinct profession.

about a month ago

Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

transporter_ii antibiotic soap (63 comments)

Same goes for skin, as well. Wash your hands, but you don't have to "nuke bacteria from orbit." A lot of it is good for you and is there for a reason.

Scientists Discover That Antimicrobial Wipes and Soaps May Be Making You (and Society) Sick


What is worse, perhaps the most comprehensive study of the effectiveness of antibiotic and non-antibiotic soaps in the U.S., led by Elaine Larson at Columbia University (with Aiello as a coauthor), found that while for healthy hand washers there was no difference between the effects of the two, for chronically sick patients (those with asthma and diabetes, for example) antibiotic soaps were actually associated with increases in the frequencies of fevers, runny noses and coughs [4]. In other words, antibiotic soaps appeared to have made those patients sicker. Let me say that again: Most people who use antibiotic soap are no healthier than those who use normal soap. AND those individuals who are chronically sick and use antibiotic soap appear to get SICKER.

Here, then, is the evidence we need, evidence very clearly at odds with our intuition to scrub and scrub. Yet hardly anyone has followed up on Larson’s study and no one has reexamined what happens with chronically sick patients and antibiotic soaps. The truth is that few biologists are studying what antibiotic soaps do to us. Still, the evidence indicates that when confronted with a dirty grocery store cart handle, we should just wash with soap and water like our great grandmothers would have done (if they had had grocery carts). At the very least, antibiotic wipes do not appear to help us and, it may be that they are actually hurting us.

about a month ago

Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

transporter_ii Antiseptic Mouthwash Raises Heart Attack Risk (63 comments)

Probiotics and alternative medicine people have said things like this for decades. Modern life, with antibiotics for non-life threatening illnesses, and things to kill bacteria at every turn, is one big living experiment. Little things that have big consequences that are really unknown:

Antiseptic Mouthwash Raises Heart Attack Risk

about a month ago

New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

transporter_ii If it were me (86 comments)

I would change my diet very quickly and take up jogging:

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

Also, I would look specifically at anti-inflammatory diets, because Alzheimers, like many chronic modern diseases, is linked to chronic inflammation (in this case, in the brain):

> Since the late 1980s, various studies have found hints that the chronic inflammation found in Alzheimer’s hastens the disease process

See the connection?


Inactivity and obesity increase the risk for diabetes, but exactly how is unclear. Recent research suggests that inflammation inside the body plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

The good news: An "anti-inflammatory" diet and exercise plan can help prevent and treat type 2 diabetes.

The effects of inflammation are familiar to anyone who has experienced a bug bite, rash, skin infection, or ankle sprain. In those situations, you will see swelling in the affected area.

With type 2 diabetes, inflammation is internal.

about a month ago

With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

transporter_ii Why the 'Virgin' Developers? (241 comments)

All they would have to do is fork Android and replace all the proprietary Google parts with their own. There is nothing secret or shady about this. See: Amazon Kindle Fire.

Microsoft would just have to jump into it fully. I like the Amazon App market, but I've found apps in it are often several versions behind apps in the Google Play store. If something like that is going to work, app makers are going to have to support multiple app stores, and do so fully.

Even though I like Amazon giving Google the competition, I find I'm starting to get apps from Google more because they seem to be supported better.

about 2 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

transporter_ii Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (526 comments)

I have been reading slashdot since about 1999-2000.

I've been a user since 1996-1997. Fuck Beta. The most obvious thing is they don't seem to give a shit about our feelings. I'm sorry you are getting annoyed, but it won't be long before we won't have to worry about anything in the comments, because there won't be any comments any more. It's like sitting with a dying relative. You see death coming, but there really isn't anything that is going to stop it. Sucks, but Fuck Beta.

about 2 months ago

Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

transporter_ii Re:Fuck Beta (255 comments)

Fuck you.

about 2 months ago

Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

transporter_ii Re:Jai Hind! (255 comments)

let the rest of us get back to discussing real issues?

Enjoy it while you can, because when Beta goes mandatory, there will not be any more comments.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

transporter_ii Because it is classic (876 comments)

And why should you change if what you had worked great. I'm not against change, just as long as it is change for the better. If they came out with some new snazzy looking way to write code, but everyone said it sucks...but the old way worked just fine...then freaking stick with the old way. Unless you just don't care about actually making writing code better. Now who in their right mind would want to change something just to make it worse?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

transporter_ii Re:Classic Desktop (503 comments)

Posting this from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and I consider pre-Unity as a "classic desktop," and it is Gnome.

Seriously, I have nothing against change, but I think there should be a cross-distro standard desktop that JUST FREAKING STAYS THE SAME. There should also be bleeding-edge environments for more adventurous people. Why shouldn't people have a choice? But it would be nice to install most any popular version of Linux and get a standard desktop.

about 3 months ago

Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

transporter_ii A free market solution (199 comments)

So the free market will do what New York couldn't with taxes...drive the price of junk food up! Sweet.

about 3 months ago

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

transporter_ii OS/2 Warp (346 comments)

[O]verall, OS/2 failed to catch on in the mass market and is little used outside certain niches where IBM traditionally had a stronghold. For example, many bank installations, especially Automated Teller Machines, run OS/2 with a customized user interface.


about 3 months ago

Mathematical Model Helps Estimate Optimal Timing of Cyber Attack

transporter_ii Re:Obvious (31 comments)

Yes, this. Someone had some taxpayer money to spend to come up with this crap. When the law and the NSA are playing S.H.I.E.L.D, this will look really cool on the monitors. And then they will time it for a holiday or other important day and release the DDoS.

about 3 months ago

Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits

transporter_ii re: Sonic brushes (102 comments)

I used to brush every day, but not always two - three times a day. Always had cavities and inflamed gums. Lost a few back teeth that couldn't be saved (but at least they were in the back). I got a Sonicare for Christmas a few years back. I haven't had a cavity since. Got a check-up yesterday and he said my gums looked great. In fact, cleanings used to be very, very painful. Not so much anymore.

True story. My second cleaning after getting the Sonicare, the person cleaning my teeth said she was going to get one. She had receding gum lines herself, and she was so impressed with my improvement that she was getting one. Her exact words were, "you may have just saved my teeth."

about 3 months ago

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

transporter_ii Re: freedom (573 comments)

And suppose he tried that, he ended up in jail, and the government was somehow able to spin damage control and minimize his efforts? You make some good points, but he took the most realistic path of options to make sure he didn't go down in vain. I must admit, when this all started, I thought it would blow over fairly quickly. Most events like this have. In the end, the only thing that America responds to is money. That Snowden is costing corporations money here is the best thing to happen to America since apple pie. The Constitution is gone and our Rights are a joke, but cost corporations some money, and maybe we will see baby steps taken in the right direction.

about 3 months ago

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

transporter_ii Re: freedom (573 comments)

Soldiers fight for our freedom? As if fighting in some third-world crap hole has anything to do with our freedom here in the United States. I think Snowden is a true hero. He didn't give his life for oil or empire, he gave his life for something that intimately has to do with *our* freedom.

about 3 months ago

Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

transporter_ii Re:Norway (229 comments)

Lots of things work for Norway, and lots of other countries, that doesn't work for us. We are abnormal when it comes to the rest of the world. Now that may not always be a bad thing...but normal we are not.

about 4 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

transporter_ii What might scare MS (564 comments)

A dual boot Windows 8.1 and Steam OS machine. I'm not really feeling the need for Android on a PC. Anyone else?

about 4 months ago

Owncloud 6 Brings Collaborative Open Document Format Editing to the Web

transporter_ii I'd have been happy if it would just sync files (73 comments)

I setup an older version at work to sync important files between laptops. Version wasn't that far behind. We had nothing but trouble with it. If clients didn't hit the network or Internet, sometimes the clients would just lose all their settings. And client setup was not trivial, so I had to be the one to do it. Also, it would sometimes create a huge number of dupe files, which were versioned in order to stop collisions.

All in all, we ditched it for Goodsync. Not perfect, but it doesn't just one day up and lose all its settings for no apparent reason or create hundreds and hundreds of dupe files.

about 4 months ago



SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests Of Internet Rideshare Drivers

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about 9 months ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "In the past month, San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from mobile-app enabled rideshare companies that pick up and drop off passengers, an airport spokesman said. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said there have been seven citizen arrests issued to “various offenders” since July 10. The airport had issued cease and desist letters to several rideshare companies, including Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, in April.

Taxi drivers are holding a noon rally at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday to “keep taxis regulated and safe” and are calling for the end of ridesharing services."

Link to Original Source

What the government pays to snoop on you

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about 9 months ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "So what does it cost the government to snoop on us? Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, and with little scrutiny, surveillance fees charged by phone companies can vary wildly.

For example, AT&T, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey."

Link to Original Source

East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about 2 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern CASE plants. How does it work? A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors (generated by natural gas generators) to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, according to the plants owner. The location near Palestine, Texas was selected because of its large salt dome, which will be used to store the compressed air. The plant is estimated at 350 million-plus, and will create about 20 to 25 permanent jobs."
Link to Original Source

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  more than 7 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "What hardware/software combination would best be suited for an 802.11x city-wide Mesh or PtMP network for use in a WISP application? Rather than this being a case of letting Slashdot do all of our research for us, we have already deployed two wireless systems with mixed results. One, a Motorola Canopy system, was extremely expensive but worked very well as long as line of sight was available. Given that we are located in East Texas, the LoS issue, combined with equipment cost, caused us to move to an 802.11b Mesh Network. For this network, we used custom-built APs that consisted of PC Engines WRAP boards, 200 mW radio cards, and Locustworld software, because of it centralized management features. While this setup was much more affordable, we have been plagued with a host of problems. The wireless network will slow down even though there is still plenty of bandwidth left on our backend, traffic that passes through just a couple of hops slows to an even slower pace for no apparent reason, and the APs will hang and/or reboot randomly under high temperature (again this is Texas) and high traffic. All in all, it has been a pain for us and our customers. Is there any Mesh or PtMP equipment that offers good stability, can handle the heat well, offers good network management features, and does so at least a somewhat affordable price? And for clarification, the system does not have to be fully 802.11x. Using a different spectrum for backhauls is something we are really interested in, except for the 900 Mhz spectrum, which is already pretty crowded in our area. Information on a setup that works good in an area with a lot of trees would also be extremely appreciated."


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