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Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards

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Re: Fighting piracy is costing the movie industry millions.

> the bluray rip with the changing ratios

...is probably moot unless he has a projector.

Check out those viewing distance versus display size charts. It's very hard to easily get into a "can notice a difference" zone unless you aggressively scale up the size of the display.

When it comes to a "proper presentation", the media is really the last thing to sort out.

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Re: Fighting piracy is costing the movie industry millions.

> Could I get the movie on to the server? Only with a lot of frustration.

A DVD? Are you kidding? Push one button on a suitable ripping program and you're done.

Hardly a burden. Certainly not something likely to induce "a lot of frustration".

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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Re: "Hollywood studios that put out the likes of Saw?"

I know of no one that views Saw as "socially acceptable entertainment" and I know some really sick f*cks.

The fact that it exists only means that it's legal to produce. Based on that, there's nothing you can really imply regarding it's level of social acceptance.

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

OK So the bible is supposed to be the root of Americas warped morality...

The only problem with that is this is a classic case of pointing fingers. The other 3 are pointed back at yourself.

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Re: American organisation offended by breathing

There are separate groups that complains about violence. Although they have their own problems.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Re: Rasberry Pi servers!

There are all kinds of web servers. Not all of them need to host the internal app servers for the largest corporations on the planet. The right tool for the job might be something that only costs $30. Not every problem needs a million dollar monstrosity.

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Re: Linux is a richer OS

> Why the hell would I use the CLI if I had a GUI to do the same job

It probably can't.

Knowing what needs to be done to a sufficient level of details typically requires as much "bother" as dealing with text based commands. This is why some very fancy GUI applications still have command line interfaces. If you need precision and repeatability, pointing and clicking probably isn't going to cut it.

A GUI typically forces you to do a lot of busy work over and over again.

A CLI tends to avoid that. Do it once and let the machine do it on it's own after that.

GUIs tend to automate poorly because they tend to be designed with the expectation that everyone is a trained monkey unwilling to work, or think, or plan ahead.

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Re: Linux is a richer OS

Microsoft sells the idea that you don't need skilled people to run your stuff.

Corporations love to think they are saving money.

Plus you've got all of the legacy desktop stuff that Microsoft can use for leveraging.

Windows suffers as much from it's own faults as it does the notion that it can be run by a trained monkey that can't get past a shiny happy GUI.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: Why is this important?

Theft is theft. These j*ck*sses are trying to take ownership of something that is not theirs to take. The fact that it might not be anyone's to take at all just makes the situation WORSE. This is the worst kind of virtual land grab. If it is allowed to stand then all manner of people and corporations will be subject to bogus litigation and completely unecessary extra costs.

Taking from the public domain is as much theft as "piracy". More so even.

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WTF is... IEEE 1905.1?

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Re: Erm?

> why would system ever choose Wifi connection over the nice fast gigabit ethernet link?

It's broken.

I have a Smart TV that did this. It decided it was going to use the WiFi and ignore my nice fast wired network.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Luckily for most who will even consider having servers at home...

Why would wives be an issue? Just have a den / home office / man cave.

If they aren't completely mindless they might even appreciate where you're coming from.

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Re: Lucky? (am I missing something?)

...you've got 3 or 4 complete PCs and possibly even Macs and you are worried about the cost of a KVM switch?

Really?

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Re: Lucky?

...or you could just use X and RDP. You don't even need to be in the same room with the other PCs.

A KVM switch is also an obvious solution. You can share the monitor too.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Re: Oh look...

The water into wine incident happened with a group of JEWS.

If you want to get a good handle on the Xian attitude towards booze, just compare what you get during communion to what you have to drink during a Seder.

Xians are uptight and always have been starting with that monk that created that whole "deadly sin" nonsense.

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Re: David's dangler

> "Sex was invented by the ancient Greeks, but it took the Romans to introduce it to women".

Anything the Romans did was a Greek copy. So whatever they did, the Greeks would have to have done it first.

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Re: It's just a penis.

No. The average human body that's at best pudgy and out of shape is not beautiful. There is good reason that you don't typically see your average schmuck as the subject of high art. It doesn't matter what the age or civilization. Most people simply don't measure up.

The Germans had a great PSA regarding exercise that featured an "average" David demonstrating what lack of exercise would do to you. Nobody wants to see the that version of David.

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Re: @Crisp - It's just a penis.

...yet society at large welcomes this kind of shenanigan so long as it's a female that's being held up as a spectacle.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: 4TB

> 4TB is a lot of data to lose when the drive crashes.

That's why you have more than just the one, preferably from different production runs.

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Re: Seagate has now produced 2 billion hard drives :(

While Seagate has certainly had their problems and deserve all the grief they are getting presently, the situation is not nearly as dire as some of you would like to make it out to be. I have a pile of perfectly good old Seagate drives sitting on the shelf. They are not sitting there because they failed. They are sitting there because I needed more space and moved on to larger drives.

DOA is the biggest issue by far. Just buy from a nice reputable vendor with good return policies (like Amazon).

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It's not just time and space that are relative...

...there's also price tags. Amazon sells a 4TB drive for TWICE what it sells a 3TB for. That's still a hefty premium even if you have foggy memories of 10MB drives.

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Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year

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Re: @JEDIDIAH

You obviously don't contract for them either.

Otherwise you wouldn't be fixating on the tip of the iceberg there.

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Coming full circle...

The only alternative to shelves of boxes gathering dust is lots of spinning rust.

Trusting "The Cloud" is just silly. I have music that predates MP3s being offered by Apple and I have video that predates that being offered by Apple and now they are being displaced by a new flavor of the month and there still isn't anything that's portable across all devices (no Vudu isn't it).

Any droning on about "my isn't that obsolete" needs to include a plausible answer to the question "What are you going to replace it with?".

My local stuff will still be usable when your current Cloud based fad is long gone.

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Re: Death of optical

A USB drive is much easier to replace once you've worn it out. You don't have to crack the case or anything.

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Re: Strange, I never stopped using'em.

Your "play anywhere" content has to come from somewhere and the Cloud centric conventional channels aren't providing it. If you want choices beyond the iPad and Kindle, optical disks aren't going anywhere.

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Re: Great!

Not only do we have price stagnation but we also have capacity stagnation. 4TB drives have lingered on the edge of being commonly available for quite some time now and newer and larger drives haven't been introduced. I would like to move on to the next step up in terms of capacity but it doesn't seem to be coming. I really wonder if I will be replacing my latest batch of drives with more of the same capacity once those get too old to be trusted anymore.

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Talk about short memories...

> I cant recall anyone in the EU needing American help!

Try the French RIGHT NOW for starters...

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Re: Interesting dichotomy ...

> The biggest threat to us is not some company using browsing habits to sell us chewing gum.

No. That is the real threat. Who do you think the government uses to get it's information from? Most likely, it gets both tech and the actual information from some outside data aggregator that collects all of this cruft and slices and dices it for easy sale and consumption (to corps or government).

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Re: More EU beauracracy. Business costs up once again

>> P.S. I don't own a business myself.

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> Most people who can't spell 'competitive' don't.

...like you would know. What do you know of business or business owners. You're just a prole from the peanut gallery.

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Re: Fuck 'em

It's almost like the idea of national sovereignty doesn't matter until it's YOUR nations sovereignty.

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

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Clueless rubes from somewhere else...

Peak time in the evening? Are you kidding? Peak time is going to be in the middle of the day when you've had the sun up long enough to bake the landscape. By the time evening rolls around, things are actually starting to cool off a bit.

Peak time is going to be when the Sun is cooking you because all of the rubes from back east have built dwellings and offices that aren't adapted to the climate and they're all blasting their ACs.

Daytime AC is going to be the biggest power drain on the system by far.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Ah the Woolworths syndrone....

Windows is an extension of MS-DOS.

Attempting to fixate on Windows while ignoring MS-DOS is just dishonest. Microsoft was already using dirty tricks to bury everyone else and getting slapped by the feds for doing it.

When Windows 3 was first released, the common PC wasn't able to handle it very well. It was not quite as bad as OS/2 or Unix but it still really required more machine than what most people had. In the end, Microsoft's legacy relationships with OEMs and 3rd party vendors is what won the day.

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Re: Ah the Woolworths syndrone....

> If you don't buy the products, they don't sell them. It's called economics.

They can't sell them if they don't bother showing them.

These machines were too cheap. No one except consumers wanted them. Both merchants and manufacturers want to sell you something MORE EXPENSIVE. The local Best Buy just plain hid machines like these and Frys was always out of stock.

You would be hard pressed to buy these things from a B&M store even if you wanted to.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Re: There is a simple fix

If Samsung missed this, then what else did they miss? What other ticking time bomb is lurking in their products. They get to go straight to the top of the PC sh*t list. There they will stay until they get their act together or someone screws up worse.

...not that they would have been the first name to come to mind even before this debacle.

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Re: Licence agreements

> Which they do. BMW, Porche and some other from the list of our "favorite" car companies

...perfect reason right there to reject both of those companies and their products out of hand.

Excessively proprietary products are always much more of a bother.

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Re: Ah UEFI.

What's there to stop an old backup program from backing up a new OS really?

Why should the new OS make old system utilities useless? Why would any man with the least bit of self-respect tolerate such shenanigans?

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: As I recollect

> If you wanted to avail yourself of Windows 3.x

All blatant nonsense.

You can't re-write history. Some of us were actually there. Alleged msoffice supremacy was as much over hyped Lemming nonsense then as it is today.

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Re: "Domestic cats"

In general, it is very difficult to get a cat to do anything against it's will. Unless it is in a cage, you can pretty much assume that the cat has given it's consent. Otherwise, there would likely be a pretty badly cut human.

"herding cats"

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Re: How many creatures

Sometimes I wonder if they could cut out the middle man by just letting all of those cows graze on those fields that are now planted with corn.

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

Goldfish will quite literally eat themselves to death. This is why you aren't supposed to overfeed the fish in your aquarium.

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Re: I Hate Cats

Just think. We could go back to the good old days when rats were held in high esteem and plague spread freely throughout the land.

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Fujitsu reveals data transfer protocol 30 times faster than TCP

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Re: Good to know my physical links are now 2000% efficient

50 hops? Where are you trying to send packets to? Mars?

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Or for $200

Never mind msoffice on an x86 tablet. I don't even like using wireless for media transfers on an ARM phone or tablet. Wired interfaces are dramatically faster. Transferring anything "into the cloud" is even worse.

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Re: well, err

It's funny seeing people trying to defend the cloud trying to fixate on music. It's funny because any other use case tends to quickly fall apart. Not that the music use case is terribly robust either.

You can either pretend that you are living 20 years in the future with networks that actually match the hype of today, or you can actually get to take advantage of what tech has to offer.

Actually getting to do stuff is much more satisfying than bogus smugness about the Cloud.

If anything, wireless network dependence is going to drive tech churn much more than using local storage. You're going to need this week's phone/tablet just to take advantage of the wireless network du jour.

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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Arrogant and Insane...

Expecting people to spend $100 per year on a problem that was already solved 20 years ago? Really?

For most people it should be $50 and done, period.

Most people simply don't need Word Perfect style overkill. The only reason this is even remotely an issue is the perception that you need to be compatible and even that is being eroded by tablets.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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The mystique is gone already...

The mystique is gone already. As soon as Apple got into heavily subsidized consumer devices, the Apple mystique was doomed. When you have heavily subsidized phones, you just can't keep the secret. Apple devices are nothing special and if anything they are crippled and limited. Apple confuses usability with gutting features and flexibility.

Unfortunately, that doesn't work even with non-geeks. Not everyone is as stupid as your blatantly anti-intellectual attitude implies. Many people are quite able to fend for themselves and are demanding technology users. It's not 1976 anymore. You don't have to be an electronics technician to be a power user.

Attempting to redefine the term "geek" won't alter your fortunes.

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Re: You want portable?

> Hell, a MacBook Air isn't much pricier than one of these iPads.

That was a thought that struck me when buying the iPad1.

The tricked out tablet is not that much cheaper than an actual Mac.

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Re: The only tablet

> Isn't choice a good thing? if someone really wants 128GB and has the money then let them buy it.

I would rather just plug a thumb drive into my phone.

...and I'm still waiting on something to top my Archos. It has 512GB.

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Re: I thought you would be

> I use mine to take notes

Sounds like a palm pilot from the early 90s. It's a media consumption device.

If your use case doesn't sound like "media consumption", then it's going to be a disaster.

Sure, there are business reasons to do "media consumption". That doesn't make your glorified ipod a serious computing device. It makes it a slightly more portable take on a VHS player.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: @PatientOne

I find it absurd that someone could be accused of murder for killing a home intruder. It doesn't matter what the extenuating circumstances are. If they are in your house, they should expect to end up DEAD. The most that poor fellow should have been on the hook for was a weapons charge for having the illegal gun.

Puts a whole new spin on Clockwork Orange for me.

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Re: @Psyx

Yeah... "no direct physical threat to others". He was just running around like a nut doing insane things and running into people's houses.

No "threat" at all.

As far as "what's the point goes":

A dead burglar discourages the other idiots.

A dead burglar also helps mend your own family, helps them sleep at night, and allows them to feel safe in their own home.

It works for the neighbors too. It feels reassuring after some burglar gets mauled by someone's dog. It helps make a high crime zone feels a little less dangerous.

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