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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

ubrgeek Re:$230 (610 comments)

> I'm convinced that ad based funding is a bubble waiting to pop.

Yes, and I'm convinced the Internet is a fad. As soon as we're no longer interested in porn the Internet will go away.

about two weeks ago

Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

ubrgeek Re:Retransmission consent (85 comments)

But they can charge advertisers more if they can legitimately claim they have more TV-watching customers, regardless of whether those customers are actually tuning into anything.

about two weeks ago

Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

ubrgeek Droids (32 comments)

Unless these are not the droids you are looking for.

about three weeks ago

Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

ubrgeek Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

> Run that backwards in time and we're all in the same place about 13.7 billion years ago.

New Jersey?

about three weeks ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

ubrgeek Re: String theory is not science (147 comments)

> Is there any form of math for which no match to anything in reality exists?

Yes. Standardized tests.

about a month and a half ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ubrgeek Re: It's already going on... (353 comments)

It's true. From what I recall it was Jefferson who was angry that he wasn't able to get the no-insurance-dongle requirement in the Declaration of Independence. And Franklin kept pissing off every time he showed off his FitBit.

about 2 months ago

Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

ubrgeek Re:Odd Selection (186 comments)

Warden: Mr. Cash? The record company asks you not to play any songs that would remind the prisoners that they are in jail.

Johnny Cash: Do you think they forget?

- Walk the Line

about 3 months ago

The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

ubrgeek Re:To serve and protect (205 comments)

Damn for a lack of mod points. Very funny :)

about 3 months ago

FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

ubrgeek Re:The Democrats killed Net Neutrality !! (182 comments)

> Do you want the ability to pay time warner to speed up the connections to a level faster than what those subscribers pay for in order to reduce lag and generate more revenue on your side when the players aren't getting frustrated by the lag?

Or, being a new company with no established revenue stream nor war chest full of cash, do you want to see the big boys come in and purchase so much bandwidth for their game that you can't compete? 'Cause the second option is the one that's more likely to happen, regardless of what you want.

about 4 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

ubrgeek Re:3rd world (190 comments)

Concur. Research Triangle Park worked out quite well during the dot-com era. Housing prices varied greatly depending on where you wanted to live, traffic was (generally) fine. At one point the Raleigh-Durham airport was the fastest growing in the country.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

ubrgeek Re:You're supposed to be founding startups (274 comments)

Assuming I don't lose my dentures and my hip doesn't give out I'm sure I'll be able to come up with some right after my daily afternoon nap.

- 43-year-old programmer

about 4 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

ubrgeek Re:Hey bigmouth... apk (869 comments)

Girls, girls. Settle down. You're both pretty.

about 5 months ago

Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

ubrgeek Re:well that was new... (75 comments)

I guess to an extent. But I seem to recall the folks on the MUD I was on (Overdrive) were a bit more mature than the typical MMORPG player today.

about 5 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

ubrgeek Re:Betteridge's Law in effect... (Answer = No) (156 comments)

> I would think that the only prerequisites to being a good journalist would be the ability to research a subject and the ability to communicate your findings in a clear and informative manner

As to the first part, no it's not. There are also the courses on photography, newspaper (or website) layout, communications law, and a score of others that I had to take more than 20 years ago. As to the second, the ability to research and communicate your findings is what separates a good writer from a bad writer.

Regardless, for an interesting look at a world where bloggers are considered at least as important as what are traditionally referred to as journalists, check out the newsflesh trillogy.

about 5 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

ubrgeek Re:Betteridge's Law in effect... (Answer = No) (156 comments)

What you said. A "journalist" is someone with a degree in communications, journalism (regardless of print or broadcast). Anyone can provide information and term it "news."

Just because I can perform CPR doesn't make me a doctor.

about 5 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

ubrgeek Policy changes?? (703 comments)

> likely to shape policies and climate talks for years to come.

Maybe in some countries. You know, like the ones where corporations aren't allowed to buy politicians.

about 5 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

ubrgeek Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

> The Soviets saw Star Wars as a complete joke.

Actually, I think they were OK with Star Wars. Pravda gave The Phantom Menace two thumbs down.

about 5 months ago

Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

ubrgeek Re:This has gone beyond madness (147 comments)

More likely to challenge it now would precipitate a cut to the agency's annual budget.

about 5 months ago



Evernote forums compromised

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  about 2 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "Looks like Evernote was the victim of a successful attack against its forums. According to a notice posted on the site's forum page, no password information was lost and there's "no reason to believe any personal information or database content was compromised.""
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Patent troll claims Minecraft infringement

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ubrgeek writes "Popular game Minecraft has hit the big time: It's being sued for copyright infringement by patent troll Uniloc who claims the game infringes a patent it holds on copy protection software. Developer Markus "Notch" Persson sounds like he's up for the challenge: "Unfortunately for them, they're suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent.""
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French president hypocrite, pirate

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "According to "Le Canard Enchaîné" reported that French president presidential audiovisual services "produced 400 unauthorized copies of the 52 minutes
documentary 'A visage découvert : Nicolas Sarkozy' ... It is even more appalling that we are dealing with repeat offenders : last spring, while the Hadopi law was discussed, U.S. music duo MGMT received â30,000 as a settlement for a copyright infringement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party who used one of its songs at a political rally without permission. ""

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OS wars in Sci-Fi

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "How does any OS "battle" like *nix vs. OS X vs. MS play out in an environment like Star Trek where there is obviously one OS ("Computer"). Will there still be alternative OS's? Will they be allowed in an environment like a Starship? Will Vulcan geeks hack the Tricorder to run an alternate OS X?"


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