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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

Well, the key word in my original post was *eventually*. Stuff like ESPN3, MLB.tv, and March Madness on Demand work already, I don't think it's too far out there to either increase bandwidth or develop more efficient protocols to handle more customers in the not to distant future.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

I'm not familiar enough with the inner workings of a CDN to say specifically, but I'm pretty sure something similar can be set up for live events. Instead of sending a single copy of an old show to a CDN to be distributed to all the downstream end users, a single live stream could be sent to a CDN equivalent and that could be forwarded to all the end users. Of course, I'm just a lowly end user spitballing here, so maybe I'm missing a huge hang up that would prevent this from happening.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Re:Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

Not now, no. But eventually, once we all get hooked up to Google Fiber or equivalents and CDNs are beefed up, maybe.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

wile_e8 Still getting outflanked (130 comments)

I'm not surprised that the cable and satellite TV companies want to their branding and interface in front of Amazon and the like. But I thought the point of these boxes was so that eventually you don't need the cable and satellite TV companies and get everything steamed over the internet to the set-top box. Cable and satellite TV companies can't control the interface if you don't use their services.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

We could go back and forth forever, but if you are basing this all on smartphones being too unreliable and fidgety maybe you need a new smartphone. Or a tablet. Because we never have any issues using our Chromecast with our phones and tablets.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

People are plugging the smartphones and tablets into the wall regularly due to regular use already, very rarely will you want to use it and have it be dead. And if you already have and use a smartphone or tablet, another remote is just another thing to get lost. And given my experience with the first generation Roku, I'll take a multitouch screen over arrow keys at least until the remote comes with a keyboard.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

Good lord what a moronic piece of drivel. It screams "I have no idea how this product works, but I won't let that stop me from bashing it!"

  • Are you the only person in the world without a charger in your house? If the battery on you phone or tablet gets that low, you can charge it while watching the show.
  • It is possible to share smartphones and tablets. Somehow multiple people can control a TV despite only one remote control.
  • Any device can control any Chromecast connected to the same wifi network. And can stop, pause, or rewind a program started by another device.
  • And the worst, most blatant example that you have no idea how the product you are bashing works. When it comes to streaming shows from the internet like on Netflix or HBOGo or whatever, Chromecast doesn't actually stream from the device that started the program. The device gives the Chromecast the location of the stream, and the Chromecast accesses it directly. If you need to run to the grocery store, it keeps playing even if you take your phone with you.

A someone that easily uses a Chromecast with my wife and children, you need to shut up until you learn about what you are bashing.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Fuck Google... (117 comments)

And this is why you should buy a dumb TV and just use it as a display for smart devices. Whatever is added on to the TV is usually obsolete or dead long before the TV and can't be replaced, but a box or stick can. This has been the way to do it since they started coming out with TV/VCRs, and it's even more true more that input devices are advancing so much more rapidly.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

wile_e8 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

But how many people that would be interested in a set top streaming box won't already have a tablet or smartphone to use as the source? Not exactly a large market there.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

wile_e8 Linux Mint + Cinnamon should be fine (287 comments)

I've been running Linux on my home computers for about 8 years, starting with Ubuntu and switching to Linux Mint + Cinnamon to get away from Unity and Gnome3. I've had some issues with hardward peripheral support (less lately), software availability (less lately with everything moving to the cloud), and Office documents getting mangled formatting as they went through Open/LibreOffice and back, but as long as your Grandma doesn't do anything of these things and just uses the browser for surfing the web and email she should be fine. Linux Mint also comes with a lot of multimedia support built in - I was able to add the same stuff in Ubuntu, but it was more convenient to have it from the start in Linux Mint, so you're less likely to have to come back and figure out why some song or video won't play.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

wile_e8 Re:Why? (769 comments)

I have a French press at home and it's not that hard to use. But when I'm at work and I just need a cup of of coffee (which is often, at least until my son starts sleeping through the night), there is nothing as quick and convenient as my Keurig. Turn it on and a couple minutes later I have a cup of coffee with no mess to clean up. No, the quality of the coffee won't be as high as a press or other methods, but I'm not a coffee snob so it's fine as far as I can tell.

about a month and a half ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

wile_e8 Re:Programming as a vocation! (491 comments)

If they know the concepts behind a relational database, training them to write SQL queries should be easy. If they know the concepts behind the OSI model, training them to use a packet sniffer should be easy. Teaching students narrow topics like SQL queries or how to use a damn sniffer is very limiting, teaching them the theories behind them is useful in many different fields. Refusing to train your employees and expecting them to know very specific topics is very short sighted and limiting. Expecting your employees to know high-level theories and then training them for the specific needs of a particular job gives you much more adaptable employees that will be more beneficial in the long run.

about 2 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

wile_e8 Re:Programming as a vocation! (491 comments)

High-level theories and models and UMLs and chess board Java CS projects are most definitely useful to 99.9% of tech employers. High quality employees will apply those concepts to write efficient, maintainable code regardless of the particular language being used on a project at a tech company. Once the students have learned those high-level concepts, learning how to apply them to the syntax of a particular language is the easy part, and the student will also be able to go out an learn multiple other coding languages with ease. Like the file out question you mentioned: they might not know how to do it in a 4-line script, but they will know the general algorithm behind how to do it (or at least they ought to if they've learned high-level theories). Teaching them the syntax for it in a particular scripting language is a minimal investment after they are hired.

Techology evolves, software suites come and go, but the theories will be always be applicable. Unless you want the students to become useless once a particular software suite becomes outdated, you teach the theories that will always be applicable. Tech employers that hire solely based on knowledge of a particular software suite are very short sighted and get what they deserve.

about 2 months ago
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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

wile_e8 Re:Why now? (105 comments)

From what I've heard, the companies are legally required to act like separate companies until the merger clears all the regulatory hurdles. So killing this because of the pending merger would look bad from that aspect. IANAL though, so any legal types feel free to correct me.

about 2 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

wile_e8 Re:Whats wrong with Windows Phone? (241 comments)

Really Windows Phone is not a bad OS and if it was not made by Microsoft it would not be soo bashed here.

This is part of it - people associated Microsoft with horrible experiences when locked in to the Windows monopoly. This deters the "just works" folks compared to iOS. Also, it is just as locked down as iOS. This deters the tinkerers and other people likely to develop apps compared to Android. Combine those with the fact that iOS and Android were already pretty entrenched by the time it came out, and no one really had a good reason to choose it over the other two.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

wile_e8 Re:No throttling - impossible dream (235 comments)

Strawman - this isn't about "don't throttle me", this is about "don't throttle me while letting the other guys doing that same thing as me go because they paid you $millions". Capacity is finite (although it would be nice if they put all those profits into improving that), but as long as they don't discriminate based on the source there should be fair competition between startups and entrenched services.

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

wile_e8 Re:There's no default title in a reply in slashdot (463 comments)

The comment threshold system is fundamentally broken.

This is the part that kills me. As far as I can tell, there is no way to expand/view the parents or children of highly-moderated posts without viewing at -1, at which point the highly-moderated posts get lost in the noise. Lots of "Funny" replies where I can't even open the parent post to get the context of the joke.

about 2 months ago
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Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

wile_e8 Re:Why? (104 comments)

Off the top of my head:

  • As you mentioned, it's wireless.
  • Since it's wireless, it can display even more whateverthefuck on whateverthefuck, as it can receive from all sorts of phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops that don't have HDMI ports. Just need WiFi and an app or program that use this API.
  • Since it's wireless, it can display from multiple devices without having to physically connect and disconnect each device
  • Since it's wireless, multiple devices can control the display at the same time (YouTube allows multiple devices to queue up videos, for instance).
  • In fact, it's not even required that the device that started the video stay in contact. For some streaming, if you start the video with your phone and then need to leave, the video will keep streaming for others even if you take your phone with you.

Basically it's perfect for cord-cutters looking to stream content to their TV, as almost anything you can stream over the web can be redirected to the Chromecast as long as the developers implement the API. And it's pretty cheap too.

about 2 months ago
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David Pogue and Yahoo's "Normals" Problem

wile_e8 Re:No RSS feed? (213 comments)

You aren't the last person using RSS, but you and all the rest of the people still using RSS are gearheads, and they don't want gearheads. They'd much rather have the type of people that think Twitter can serve the same purpose.

about 3 months ago
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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

wile_e8 Re:+1 Article Troll (206 comments)

Read the statement from Clem in the summary. Linux Mint updates just as fast as Ubuntu on most things, but has certain updates that could potentially crash otherwise stable machines disabled as a default. If you are really concerned about these to avoid vulnerability, they are easy to enable. Nothing about Linux Mint updates are slow after you enable them.

about 4 months ago

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