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Comment Re:His Girl Friday (Score 1, Troll) 296

The same guy who is complaining that TV / Movies at normal speed are too slow, probably couldn't comprehend and fully appreciate the average Aaron Sorkin sitcom dialog interchange slowed down by 20%.

Different writer / director combinations dump data at the viewer at different speeds and use a variety of compression algorithms (references, partial quotes, alliteration, anagrams, homonyms, puns, etc.) to embed additional metadata into the verbal stream.

Guo and others who are fans of accelerated speech are watching low data density dialogue as well as not intellectually interested in the full texture of well written material. They want the bullet points and laughs and to be done with it.

Comment Re:Why the political ending? (Score 1) 224

You have every right to complain about how people vote when there isn't a "no confidence in either candidate" option. Not voting is a growing sign of discontent which will hopefully result in violent revolution. We've proven consistently that grassroots and other forms of non-violent revolution make little long term change (e.g. the Tea Party) with minor exceptions for obvious, and frankly trivial from a legal standpoint social policy (suffrage, civil rights).

Real change to the movers and shakers, campaign contributions, cronyism, wealth distribution, general body of criminal, tax, budget, and welfare law are well beyond non-violent means.

Comment False Premise (Score 1) 507

I haven't found SmartTVs to be a significant cost increase over the regular ones since last fall with the rise of <$1000 4k televisions. There are lots of premium TVs which heavily exhort their SmartTV capabilities, but comparing actual comparable models (size, panel quality, etc.) seems to be very little difference in price. Where there is a huge difference is getting larger, premium quality panels with superior color reproduction and refresh rates. Those ones are already going to cost a nice premium, and universally that halo market includes Smart functionality.

Let's go through a few specific statements:

1) "media-center computers and DVRs are ubiquitous" - Umm nope, not even close. They're common with middle and upper class white techy males and their families. Heck, I have XBMC on a PC hooked up to my TV and still use the native "SmartTV" functionality for Netflix and Prime because dealing with those on XBMC is extra steps and inferior. XBMC is for playing stuff I've downloaded almost exclusively.

2) "smartphones have HDMI connectivity" - Most do NOT, more have Miracast/AllShare or similar wireless tech. They literally overheat or lose battery while charging and mirroring whether wired or wirelessly.

3) "Raspberry Pi is inexpensive and can play 1080 content at full framerate" - This is a lot of extra work for non-technical common folk. You might have gotten more mileage from saying AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, or FireTV. Of those, only AppleTV and Roku have a user interface and setup which isn't vastly more painful than the average SmartTV. Chromecast and FireTV are actually a huge PITA for non-techy people, and even as an IT engineer, I found FireTV to be a piling steam of slow crap, eclipsed in speed and usefulness by a $600 black Friday special (read: cheaper components) 4K SmartTV's native software (Tizen?). Further the $100 price tag for the AppleTV or better model Roku is more than the SmartTV price jumps in most situations.

4) None of these devices are terribly expensive anymore, and the price jump from a non-smart TV to a smart TV makes it difficult to justify the expense. - See original point.

Comment Re:Is Linux really any better? (Score 1) 81

The Linux community is still in denial over the fact that claims of "year of the Linux desktop" starting around 1998 were quickly destroyed by Windows 2000 and XP. Windows 7 certainly put the final nails in that coffin.

Linux/GNU is a fine OS for monolithic servers with minimal update needs and it works fine as a base kernel to run a completely different environment and API on top, as is the case with Android.

Comment No, it's already paid for... (Score 1) 257

Android is paid for by advertising and data mining. Further, Android is provided with virtually zero real support (e.g. direct support and ticketing, solutions not starting with full wipe, etc.). There is no reason I would pay for a product like that ever.

Now if Microsoft started making Windows ROMs for Android or Apple with iOS, I might consider paying just to try those out on Android hardware. Same would go for Linux distributions (or QNX or whatever) that came without OS level data mining / advertising, and came with real support.

If the primary method of paying for a product or service is trying to advertise to me or monetize my behavior, I will not pay for it. The same goes for television / cable content, music, and websites. I will pirate it or adblock it without guilt and without sitting through advertisements because I as a consumer already buy plenty of products from the companies paying for the content. I've already paid my share for the product.

Comment Re:Like the phone, no Tmobile LTE support though (Score 1) 55

My biggest gripe has been the fact that they're over priced in the US since you have to go through crappy eBay or similar overseas distribution channels. Then again, I have a soft cap of around $300 that I will spend on a smartphone. The difference in construction cost between a $700 flagship and $200 basic phone is about $70 ($70 vs $140 parts / build cost).

I'm certainly not spending $300-600 for a Mi5 where the $300 model is crippled with low RAM/ROM (2/16GB) when I can get something vastly more usable like an Asus Zenfone 2 (4/64GB+microSD) at the same price point over a year ago. As long as I can keep crapware and API (un)improvements like biometrics replacing my password and blowing through CPU away, the only reason I would need the fastest / newest CPU/GPU would be gaming....

Comment You already pay for music... (Score 1) 67

Given how much goes to the hands of middlemen and just a pittance to the artists, I am happy obtaining the music I want through non-subscription means and alternate distribution channels.

Seriously, I can't see how people would stomach paying more than $20-40 a year for unlimited, well curated music and music suggestions. The current Spotify and Pandora pay models are just stupid overpriced.

Secondly, I already pay for most of the music. You know the products which the do the radio ads which pay for the music on the radio. We've all bought some of them. The margin on those products paid for the music, we've paid for it already.

You know what music I do pay for and buy all the time? Albums from local artists I enjoy who aren't on AM/FM radio. Some are marginally obtainable on online services, but I rather pay $10-15 for a CD and know that $8-14 went straight to the band / artist.

Comment Every time smart phones almost get there... (Score 1) 109

What an incredibly stupid way to blow through CPU cycles. Seriously, use my local processing power for things I want, like local search, voice interaction and navigation which can work offline / from cache consistently.

There is a second HUGE problem with this. Any app can gather sufficient biometrics to falsify a Trust Score. Even worse, unlike say an intentionally malicious app which could just replace your keyboard app and grab passwords by key logging, advertising and other agencies could request little pieces of biometrics and heuristics from different sources in innocuous ways until a complete picture for forging a Trust Score emerge.

Didn't we just go over the bit about RunKeeper recording and then passing along a fairly nice stack of location / movement statistics?

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 1) 796

Except presumption or guilt / innocence along with a misuse of deliver versus create. That legal interpretation is logically flawed. The evidence, if a person is guilty in the first place, already exists in their memory as well as any physical evidence. The same logic would be to jail someone indefinitely for failing to tell the state where they ditched the knife / gun / big stick they used to kill someone.

Comment Re:This guy is high on Chinese pollution (Score 5, Interesting) 245

The funny thing is I am getting used to hearing this special kind of rambling. It's an epidemic in dealing with nearly every IT or really any engineering resource in Southeast Asia, especially certain parts of China, all of India, and others. It appears to stem from two intellectual deficiencies. The first is big picture thinking. I've met plenty of engineers who were one trick ponies and couldn't even see how their expertise in X could be applied to Y, much less understood how their knowledge fit in the tapestry of technical architecture. The second is the need to fill time / space with words when they have nothing useful. A huge list of banal generalities spew out, either positive or negative based on what they think the audience wants to hear.

The outsourcing movement has a couple more decades of rubber band-like hysteresis. Most companies that send technical services out to Chennai or Bangalore save their short term cash for 2-4 years, pay the CEO and CIO their bonuses, and then bring them back to the US as soon as they can get out of the contracts they've signed.

Comment Re:Don't Be Evil (Score 2, Insightful) 432

"Your friendly reminder that without open standards, you're not "buying" smarthome hardware, you're renting it." - The F/OSS FUD is tiresome.

For nearly 20 years I have made the argument that software simply needs to fall under the same laws as any other consumer product for quality, reliability, safety, and doctrine of first sale. Bugs that make software unusable / crash prone should be the same as a coffee machine that only lasts a week or tends to start fires. The manufacturer can replace it until it works, or give me a full refund, regardless of if it puts them out of business.

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