2632 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
Re: Confused by Netflix
Here in Mexico, the Netflix site started showing the low monthly fee the day the service was launched for my country. Funnily, the Netflix client had been sent to my PS3 in some previous firmware update so I knew they were going to open up here "someday".
But the way I learned about Netflix actually opening up here? The day they started offering Netflix here, someone turned on the TV and I heard a Netflix ad!
Not in my country
My ISP is owned by that famouns billionaire Carlos Slim. The one thing he doesn't own is a TV station or TV cable co. So at least he isn't trying to throttle my content! :)
Re: Plane phone usage
I was thinking along these lines as well. I remember the AirPhone era ... And I distinctly remember the LACK of usage of said phones given they were extremely expensive. I used 'em once, to tell my dad the flight was running late (thus being one of those 57s calls) and I once saw a Mexican "diputado" use it like a public payphone. Ah, Mexican taxes at work!
I'm guessing the voice pricing on this feature will be high enough to make it as used a feature as the good ole AirPhone. Also, why bother with calls? You can already send BBM/Whatsapp/email/FB/whatever with the (failry expensive) wifi, why pay extra?
It doesn't work like that. The "calls" go through WiFi. Which makes me think that T-Mobile users probably could do this anyway with their "calls over wifi" feature?
The cellphone jammer wouldn't do anything except maybe interfering with the plane itself. You crashed the plane! Good job!
I do wonder what will happen with the Nokia dumbphone lines; those are the grunt force that's still widely used. The MS-infested abortions aren't that liked though; it's probably good for Nokia to disassociate its good brand with those turds.
The 'last ever real Nokia' phone released was the last one that carried Symbian. The MS-powered abortions were the beginning of MS borging and thus don't count as true Nokias.
Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...
Wow, I have to agree with Orlowski on this, really. Indeed the Google argument is the exact same reasoning the NSA is using to justify the data slurp; PRISM and such isn't "reading" because no human eyes are reading the emails according to the spooks. The same arguments Google has used.
As a very recent motorcycle rider (as you drive cars, but you ride bikes ;), I have to say: there are awful drivers on all categories. Bad cyclists, bad bikers and bad drivers. I agree a lot that bicycles should have their own confined lanes. Speed differential is too high in main roads, a Darwin Award candidate is more likely to earn his/her Darwin Award without the confined bikeways. There's also the thing that I'm wearing a full enclosed helmet + body armor when riding a motorcycle; most cyclists will be wearing a styrofoam half-helmet at most. Good for bicycle speed accidents, not so good when you suffer a close encounter of the lorry kind!
I've found out that those products that allow your SSL to run in "FIPS mode" will automatically discard the crappy legacy ciphers immediately. That's a good thing, even if the protocol hasn't been updated that much.
I hope all the Snowden NSA brouhaha will finally get most organizations off 3DES; DES has been cracked for 14 years and I doubt 3DES is that much secure.
What's the new relaxed rules then?
Turning off devices during takeoff and landing has been in place since 1996.
Keeping your devices with the cellphone reception OFF has also been in place since said year.
So what's new? Just the Bluetooth relaxation? Not really that much of a relaxation. Maybe this means you can watch DVDs on your lappy though; "laser devices" are banned during flight. I'd like to know if GPS is allowed … I've always wanted to get a screenshot of a GPS recording 1000 km/h speeds!
Re: Mexico's chances at going to the WC: slim
As a Mexican, we all know there needs not to be an international conspiracy for Mx to lose its chances to make it to the World Cup. A certain media mogul (think the Mexican Rupert Murdoch) has its grubby hands all over the Mexican 'Selección' and has screwed over the team for profits. Said screw-ups now cost him the surefire entry into the WC, and a lot of us hope MX will lose the WC ticket as that would probably mean that said media mogul will get kicked out from the team's management.
Re: Ollila says there were several reasons for Nokia's spectacular decline
To be honest, Android would've been a bad choice as well. Had they pushed Meego a bit further, they might have done it well. Even Symbian Belle was looking pretty good, and that platform had a lot of developers before the Elopocalypse.
Hell, they had more options, going for a third-party OS was a last resort. MS should have always been a NO choice, especially if you've read how Symbian came into existence. Nokia had risen an alliance to counter MS in the mobile space, years before MS even digged the smartphone market!
If it still were Nokia
I'd be saddened by this. But it is now Microsoft who will bear the load on this, so screw 'em. They themselves are patent trolls on other issues, like the ransom they charge against Linux distros and Android.
But sex-mad? Absolutely not ... he was tech-mad. I never even saw him look at porn.
Watching porn is usually done when you have a lack of sex, or at least that was the case in college. Those who aren't watching porn aren't uninterested in sex, they're porking daily! Thus Steve's behavior would match someone having lots of rumpy pumpy...
Re: Use a mail client
Sound advice but not having to use a client is the main reason web mail exists.
Um.... nope. The main reason webmail exists is because it allows people to keep their email addy if they ever switch ISPs or their jobs. Of course, it later started turning into a given to have email access everywhere via a web interface, but the main reason for using free webmails is still the ISP/work independence.
"1990 is still a bit early. Text-only Internets were all the rage back then.."
Think you might find it's pre-WWW too.
Errr, that's kind of the point. WWW is the webby stuff. He's referring to telnetting into BBS at best, dialing in at worst. Xmodem! Zmodem! The fun!
Or maybe Fidonet, which doesn't predate the actual internet but was all the rage back then.
Based on my last US experience, I'd recommend the TracFone PAYG handsets. Those cost $30 for the handset, but the cheapest minutes package will last you quite a lot, especially if you're doing mostly local calls. The SIMs aren't compatible with other handsets, but at least it is cheap enough for me to not care about it.
Re: Time to investigate the alternatives
Meh. At least two minimart chains have switched to Linux; I noticed it because the cash register GUI has a GNOME/GTK+ look & feel. It can be done, it just depends on how much time the company has to do the switch, and how much will they save by doing something like that.
Re: The elephant in the room @DougS
Actually, even with smartphones and tablets, I still have demand for PCs at home. Mostly because homework and work stuff can't be done on a tablet, and that's a 17 y/o kid talking, the same demographic where tablets are "da thing of da yoof".
PCs (or Macs, which these days are just fancy PCs with a nice OS) are still needed for real work and I'm not the only one thinking that. Otherwise our clients would have switched to tablets. Yes, the PC lifecycle is now much larger than it used to be, but that was already true by 2007, thus my main PC having hardware dating from that age. Tablets have been eating away at the PC market for years, but the slump took a nosedive (even by analyst predictions) with the release of Windows 8, which is what I was pointing out. Everyone except Microsoft sees it; their attempt to halt the tablet takeover is actually accelerating it!
The elephant in the room
Most kids might want am iThingy or an Android tablet... But the main reason PCs ain't selling is still Windows 8. Otherwise the fall would have happened last year!
Re: Ye gods...
Dude. This is the 2010s. Disks don't break anymore.
Au contraire, mon ami! Haven't you seen the awful failure rates of the newest HDDs? It is now more likely than not that you will have at least one disk failure when buying a batch of WDs or Seagates!
Maybe it's the filesystem?
I might see that part of the problem is also related to filesystems and how they manage large spaces. Could be an issue with some of 'em? ZFS might fix that; just get a large enough LUN and put ZFS on that. Want to "partition" for your DBA? Just make the virtual partitions on zfs and tell them it's done. Everyone's happy, and you only get one LUN assigned by storage!
Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)
This would far less likely get through on the iTunes Store
They already had a boo-boo years ago. Can't remember the name of the apps or the vendor, but it was something like iMob or something like that; the app would slurp your contact list and other stuff and send all that data to the company selling the games. And they had all those apps get through the iBone Store! Which shows that the whole iTunes Store approval process is more of a security theater thing.
Re: Oh not this again
"Or read in a library. "
You clearly don't know how libraries work. I suggest you learn. The creator does get paid for this.
Um... another troll discussion occurred at a BBS about a year or so ago, with one person arguing that libraries were awful for book writers ... up until an actual author jumped in and basically told us that libraries may not pay per use, but they do pay for the book and it is still desireable to have many people read the book, because it either gives them more coverage, or actually translates into a sale by the reader if he likes the book.
So yes, I know how libraries work. I also know they can't actually pay for exact readership numbers. How do I know how many people grabbed the Harry Potter series, book 7? Or Moby Dick? At most, you might check the records on those books that people with library cards took home, but it isn't necessarily the same quantity of actual readers they have.
And how about bookstores? Some of them like Barnes & Noble in the US actually let you read the books inside the bookstore.
Anyway, it's treading off topic. The point is that copyright infringement is bad, but it isn't theft. There's a reason it is stated as something totally different by copyright law.
Re: What a bunch of charmers they are to be sure.
So little johnny borrows a film from his mate and plays it and the next thing Dad knows is that "the boys" are kicking his door in.
The fun thing is that some of the things described in this article means that little johnny will stick the film into his player and will get a big fat "MOVIE NOT AUTHORIZED TO PLAY ON THIS DEVICE" error. Which makes it even more braindead, as that's what almost killed the XboxOne. Though the Xbox180 is probably doomed anyway, not everyone is going to buy the "we turned it off" gesture MS gave them. Especially if it can be turned on again...
Oh not this again
"So, you mean copyright infringers?"
No, I mean thieves.
Your retardedness is showing.
If you copy it - it's the same thing. (And I'll type this slowly so that you can keep up). THE. CREATOR. DOES. NOT. GET. PAID.
Neither does he get paid if it's bought at a second-hand bookstore. Or read in a library. Yet those who write books actually encourage the latter, as being put in a library means more people read their stuff, and can actually translate into more sales.
If you don't like the price, terms of sale or anything else; don't buy. It's that simple. There is NO EXCUSE FOR THEFT.
Agreed on the don't buy and I do NOT condone piracy. But equating copyright infringement with theft is retarded and only the MAFIAA believes that. And I say this as someone who makes a living from software, one of the very things that gets hurt by piracy.
But does it come without DRC?
The main reason our current music sounds crap isn't because of the frequency, or the resolution... it's because the mastering is using shit Dynamic Range Compression in the name of the Loudness Wars. So unless this BD audio format is using some kind of mastering that doesn't crank up the compression, it just won't sell.
Though most audiophiles are adamant on using only LPs these days and are actually going backwards in tech. They're building bulb amplifiers! Those guys are probably going to distrust any digital format these days.
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
Y'all GNU kids remember...
GNU was never turned into an actual OS due to delays on the GNU Hurd kernel. enter a young student called Linus who just built a Minix-inspired kernel and glued all up using the GNU tools stack. Ta-da! Of course, this meant Linux took the limelight originally intended for GNU, thus the dick-wavering eternal fights over how the OS should be called. GNU/Linux, as "GNU Linux" implies Linux is part of GNU which it isn't. RMS insists that you should even actually say "gnoo slash leenuks" when referring to the full name.
That said, I agree with other commenters; RMS is needed as the radical element he is, to keep balance on the force and avoid awful stuff like the DRM'd HTML5 we've just been announced. Yeech!
Re: The historical accident of little-endian
"In all the (human, natural) languages that I know of, we start with the biggest quantity and work down (even in expressions like "four score and 7", "vingt et un" and "eleventy one")"
German uses little-endian for numbers < 100, though. "Zwei und vierzig". Quick, what number is that?
TOR project has been off-Navy for years, plenty of time to catch or fix any planted backdoors. However, people from the TOR project themselves have stated that TOR isn't built to withstand a multi-national snooping operation (precisely what the NSA does).
However, this particular dude was caught for being stupid. TOR wasn't even involved in tracing him to the source!
So the one thing that is still a mystery is how they got hold of the server itself. Because tracking down this guy seems to have been pretty easy; having your nickname or "internet handle" be easily linked to your real life name is a surefire way to get the feds on you. Especially if you're running an overtly illegal scheme.
So it seems to be less of an NSA-assisted manhunt and more of the Dreaded Pirate Roberts ... err... Ulbricht being too dumb to do illegal stuff.
By getting the wallet's private key. That way they either hold it or transfer it to their own wallet.
At least, that's how I think they're doing it.
It's just yet another version of the "CrushLink" thingy, except this one is sex-oriented. I'm pretty sure the blind date-match thingy predates the internet at least.
Though I'll admit that the only book I've actually read has been The Hunt for Red October. Most of his other stuff, I only watched the movie adaptations. Hunt for Red October was mighty good.
Re: bah haven't had many downvotes lately
GTA actually had the multiplayer appeal before it officially had multiplayer support. Ever heard of SAMP? Basically the equivalent of QuakeWorld to Quake1; they altered GTA: San Andreas and gave it the ability to play online. Rockstar eventually catched on and added it to GTA4. I fail to see the appeal, but it seems it's popular enough among the young 'uns.
Re: Tupperware? What's that got to do with it?
Propene implies a double-carbon bond somewhere. Not the same as Propane.
The PC KEYBOARD power switch
Soooo.... Nobody here remembers the retarded keyboards from the mid-00's with the awful "shutdown" key? Especially the ones that had a row of "shutdown, suspend, sleep" keys right below the "insert, delete, hone/end" keys. So you could be trying to press End, but press the cursed shutdown key, which would send an unstoppable shutdown command to Windows! Weeeeee!!
I usually had an unsaved Notepad session somewhere, so that I could click Cancel on the save dialog to stop the process. Though if you took too long, all the other apps would have been killed by the OS anyway... :(
Expenses and strip clubs
Yeah, yeah, the wife tracks the bank statements. But really, she's not going to quiz you about a $500 lunchtime cash withdrawal?
Many years ago I went to a certain strip club and paid with my CC. The statement had it show that it was some generically-named "Regional Restaurant Operator". And during my last visit to Sin City, a cab driver noted that strip clubs in Vegas do the same thing, and that it's pretty common for those with corporate credit cards to charge such escapades as "food expenses". I doubt any of those guys has pulled a $17k bill though, that would raise red flags immediately. What would you eat for $17k? Diamonds?
Re: Its All About Getting Dev Support Early and In Numbers.
Right on one thing: Anyone betting mobile apps on html5 needs their head examined. It is stupid, even Apple tried that and failed (remember the original iPhone?). And burning previous SDKs is also stupid; the whole OSX transition in its time had Carbon released as a transparent transition route from Classic MacOS to OSX. And BlackBerry didn't even have the excuse of not knowing they were going down the wrong path: webOS had already crashed and burned by the time they started the BB10 transition!
Re: Now I'm Completely Confused
It's Nokias all the way down!
I've been fiddling with the idea of setting up an external RAID for my VM labs. USB would just not cut it, I already tried it and it is slower than simply using a big HDD, and there the advantage is lost. TB can handle the data rates for a decent ZFS pool and give me enough storage for it to be worth carrying an external box. Yes, they cost $700 so it's going to be a while before I buy one but at least I do see why I would choose a TB port, even if I don't do external SSDs.
Re: 4K is a temperature
ssssh .... pedantry with K and k means he'll soon come out with the kirbybytes and argue that 1 kB = 1000 and not 1024... that path leads to the daaark side!
Really, it is the lack of SCSI that made me start suffering from stuff I wasn't used to. I mostly used SCSI due to our heavy Mac usage back in the late 80's and early 90's, and it was far better than IDE/PATA. We could have 6 HDDs on a SCSI-toting Mac vs. 2 HDDs on a PC, especially in the "no secondary IDE" dark ages. No weird fumbling with jumpers, just set the SCSI ID on the HDDs and you're done.
Also, as others have mentioned, it was much more reliable, there's a reason high end stuff stayed on SCSI until SAS came out. Hell, the entire SAN concept was based on SCSI because it was robust enough to do that and iSCSI is the underlying protocol for most, if not all SANs.
BBM is good
It is AFAIK the only mobile IM service that can tell you if:
- Your message has been sent
- Your message has reached the destination
- Your message has been read by the recipient ***
Where the *** marks that one feature no other IM solution gives you. Ok, iMessage does that but you're confined to the iEcosystem. BBM is currently BB-only but opening up to iOS and Android gives all three platforms a worthy opponent. Also, WhatsApp requires you giving out your phone number, which is a concern if you value your privacy. BBM uses PINs, harkening back to the ICQ era and thus you can disassociate your PIN from a real phone number.
"I guess the best advice is: if you can't be bothered with a password then the fingerprint scanner is better than nothing."
If you can't be bothered with a password, you deserve to lose everything you had on your phone.. Nobody would leave their car unlocked on the street with the ignition key on, yet having a smartphone without password protection is the equivalent of doing just that. Of course, there are things that are worse than no protection at all, like 4-digit PINs and easily-hackable fingerprint scanners.
I'm surprised they didn't go for the Gummi Bear route, though...
I also like Blackberry (formerly known as RIM) and have stayed on the boat since 2008. In fact, I'm currently toting a brand new 9790, despite many asking me why haven't I migrated to Android or iOS. I haven't done so for security reasons (these are FIPS 140-2 and have real security built from the ground up) and privacy issues (I don't want Google slurping up my stuff). It is sad to see them slowly go down; I had previously seen Nokia as a possible jumpaway boat but Elop killed that option. I'm truly worried about MS circling BB, as I would definitely jump ship if they get their grubby hands on them. There's no way I'll ever use anything MS branded on my smartphone.
If only BB could release low-end BB10 handsets, they might get back some of the smartphone market. Not all of us are app hoarders.
It could be worse
They could've brought in the craptastic 'standing desks'! It's already horrible to spend 30-60 minutes standing on the subway during my daily commute (that's 30-60 minutes each way, not combined) and I'd be miffed if I had to stand 8+ hours as well during work!
Re: The Bravest Pickpocket In The Whole World!!!
He was packed chock full o' green&red herb mixtures, I s'pose...
The return is mostly because that stock raised.
Um, raised according to what? From the article:
By comparison, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, the man Elop replaced as chief exec, left Nokia with around $5.8m in severance pay and 100,000 Nokia shares – shares that are now worth 34 per cent less than when Elop took the corner office in 2010.
Anyone who invested under the assumption that stocks would raise under Elop were screwed over. Badly.
Re: Lets see a Windows version of ZFS which you can boot off, not just as an extension.
Indeed. I wish I could simply use ZFS as a standard between all my boxes instead of having to resort to FAT32 or weird VM skipping to stuff files on NTFS. Currently I can do so with ZFS with everything except Windows.
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