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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

watermark why are we still doing this (300 comments)

And again, my media PC combined with torrents is still better. It can already play 4k videos. Don't have to buy any new hardware, don't have to re-buy movies I've already bought. Don't have to worry about the kids breaking the disk. Don't have to worry if that disk you bought in Europe will work back in the States. DVDs were a large upgrade from VHS, the next step is better digital distribution. Blue-ray and UHD are just stepping stones to them realizing physical media is dead.

Give me a digital distribution system that will work even if the company goes out of business. One that I allows me to backup the media. One that allows for offline storage so I can watch when I don't have internet. One that works on all platforms. One that I can re-download the file if I do lose it. The only thing that satisfies all of that is DRM free files. Until they provide that, torrents will still win.

yesterday
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

watermark Asking the wrong question (303 comments)

The question shouldn't be if they can legally do it. The question should be why is this type of interception even possible without the cooperation of the phone company? If they can do it, so can the "bad guys".

about three weeks ago
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Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

watermark Keep the kids longer and don't send homework (161 comments)

Keep the kids longer and don't send homework.

For many children, success in school depend on 1-on-1 help with homework. In many households, parents are not able to provide that help due to work schedule or their own lack of education. Depending on homework seems to disproportionally affect children living in poor, uneducated households. Those children grow up less educated and end up with a lower paying job, so when they have children of their own, the cycle continues.

A great example of this is the very debate over "the core curriculum". The debate's loudest voices are from parents that just don't understand what the new methods are trying to accomplish. The parents all agree their child should be taught math, so the debate should be between educators on *how* to do it. I guarantee you that there would be next to no debate if parents were not asked to help with homework. If we limit what we teach to what all parents understand, then we're done. Turn the lights off and crawl back into our caves.

about a month ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

watermark Re:DOCSIS3 modem for Residential... (291 comments)

They tried to charge me for not returning my own modem as well

about a month and a half ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

watermark Re:no seller account needed (287 comments)

Same thing came to mind

about 2 months ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

watermark Re:Doing Google Wallet quietly? Shocker... (105 comments)

Google Wallet still has limited usefulness. NFC payments are still only supported on a tiny fraction of Android users, using a custom build of the wallet app not available in the Google play store. Only some phone distributors are given access to this custom build. My phone has android 4.4, NFC support, and Google wallet installed, but I can't do NFC payments. How do they expect to compete like that?

about 2 months ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

watermark Comcast tried to bill me for my own modem (223 comments)

Canceled Comcast internet and got a letter in the mail a few weeks later saying they were withholding my prorated refund check until I returned their modem. I have never own one of their modems and have never been billed for one of their modems. That took 2 hours on the phone to get straight.

about 2 months ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

watermark Re:Meh (245 comments)

What about your username and password? Blocking TLS also sends your credentials in plaintext.

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

watermark Re:Same thing in the US (356 comments)

"Proper" sounds dogmatic to me. If you want to focus purely on health, there are tons of studies out how a vegetarian diet is better for you. I take it you don't like green beans? This article from the other day seems relevant, http://science.slashdot.org/st...

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

watermark Re:Same thing in the US (356 comments)

Meat will make you sick if you haven't eaten it in a while

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

watermark Same thing in the US (356 comments)

Vegetarian sister lost tons of weight because they couldn't just give her a damn apple. She had to find other inmates willing to trade their portion of veggies for her meat.

about 2 months ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

watermark lose a finger (328 comments)

Chop the finger off and burn it. Better than some sentences that could be handed out.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

watermark Re:HTTPS Everywhere (206 comments)

There are tons of reports (just google them) of the server side cpu load being minimal to encrypt traffic. My guess is either the load balancing setup they have doesn't support SSL or their 3rd party ad network doesn't.

In general, I think sites don't support https because of a) the extra cost of a cert, b) they don't care, c) the extra cost of a dedicated IP (SNI isn't supported on IE on XP). You can say "screw XP" all you want, but a good 20% still (of at least my traffic) comes from IE on XP.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

watermark Re:which Verizon services (206 comments)

I'm aware. I used some random site I found on google that displays my sent headers.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

watermark Re:which Verizon services (206 comments)

I'm on fios and just checked headers, nothing like this (yet).

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

watermark Re:What about Tor? (206 comments)

The first tor hop is encrypted, so no. Technically, if the exit node is on verizon wireless, then it would have the code of exit node, not yours.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

watermark HTTPS Everywhere (206 comments)

They can't inject into secure traffic. HTTPS solves this problem too.

about 3 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

watermark Re:faster cpu, standards? (146 comments)

I'm not sure what you're saying. I should use a device that uses the x86 ISA instead of ARM if I want a standard ISA?

If you've come across a low cost, low watt/volt, quite, passively cooled x86 solution, I'd love to hear above it. All that I've seen are close to $200 and don't offer much more performance than the $35 rpi.

about 3 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

watermark faster cpu, standards? (146 comments)

Have 5 of them. 1 used for offsite backup to a usb drive, 1 to display server stats, others used for xmbc.

I'd like to see a faster cpu, the loading times in xbmc on the rpi are annoying.

All ARMs seem to be so different. I want distros to be able to release an ARM version that just works on all ARM devices. It seems like all ARM devices need custom builds. The smaller guys suffer for this. I want a cubox, but it seems like only software made by them works on it.

about 3 months ago

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Banks foreclosing on small business

watermark watermark writes  |  about 4 years ago

watermark (913726) writes "Banks are foreclosing on small businesses for no apparent reason. Even if you have never missed a payment, they can send you to the unemployment line. They accept bailouts from tax payers and use the money against the very people that supplied it."
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Poll: Oracle/Sun

watermark watermark writes  |  more than 4 years ago

watermark (913726) writes "Since Oracle bought Sun, my opinion of Sun's old products...

1. Hasn't changed
2. Changed for the better, give me more
3. I used Sun products before, but I won't now
4. I never used them before Oracle bought them
5. Fork!
6. There are better options out there
7. Cowboy Neil, yatta, yatta"

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