1867 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
A pretty superficial review...
As an HTPC, there's just a little bit more than having a cable that connects to your TV. The fact that the machine is tiny may or may not make a difference depending on your setup. You might actually want a larger machine for better heat dissipation or a better GPU. How it interacts with the rest of your AV gear is important.
Talking heads like to beat this particular dead horse but I don't think any of them actually put Macs through their paces in this area.
I used to use Minis as HTPCs before it was trendy.
It doesn't matter who you try to redirect the blame at. This sort of thing should have not made it out of QA in Cupertino.
Re: If veryone did what the bearded hippie wanted....
> ... there would be know internet, no amazon, no ebay, nothing.
There is nothing about the Internet, Amazon, or Ebay that requires bending over and saying ahh for every corporate overlord that comes along. Amazon in particular benefits very much from Free Software. They probably could not run their operation without it.
Amazon probably owes it's existence to Stallman.
Re: Bearded man has informed opinion
> Apparently people shouldn't be allowed to opt-in to a service Stallman disagrees
Except that is NOT what is happening here.
Something sinister is being installed by default. The clueless and the unwary won't be aware of what's going on here. They will be spied on without their knowledge or consent. That is why the parallels to Microsoft are being drawn here. This is precisely the sort of thing you expect from Microsoft or some random bit of Windows shareware.
It's an OS level default rather than something that requires a "spy on me please" button.
Missing key relevant details...
O'Dwyer was not a pirate. What he's accused of is running a search engine for pirates. That's a subtle but meaningful difference.
It boggles the mind really. You and various people in the industry are ready to boil this kid in oil when what he's really doing is giving you a map and a flashlight. That's right: a map and a flashlight. He's cataloged all of the infringers for you.
Everyone involved should have just let him be and allow him to be an unwitting pawn for law enforcement.
Re: More Green Drives
What's supposed to be the time frame on that? I have one of those drives. When should I expect it to die?
It seems to be chugging along fine.
It doesn't host / or /var though.
Re: Meh Consumer NAS
I have a similar "home built" NAS that's nothing more than a ready made box from a web vendor that has a hot swap rack shoved into it. It has a respectable amount of bays and can easily and cheaply accommodate more. This box can saturate a GigE connection. I wonder if any of the "appliances" can manage that.
Are you kidding?
2 hours of HD video in a nicely packaged consumer format is 35GB.
A few trips to some picture worthy destinations and you can easily eat up a mere 600G just with homemade vacation videos. Never mind accumulating stuff you might have paid for from places like Walmart, Amazon, or iTunes.
Re: Apple needs TV networks more than TV networks need Apple
That's not the problem.
The problem is that the cable providers own the data networks.
You are trying to unseat the platform owner. It's a lot like Netscape trying to unseat Microsoft.
If I decide to go crazy with my Roku, my local physical monopoly can just go crazy with the bandwidth caps. Plus current tech already limits what you can do with HD material.
Re: TV is not music.
You are ignoring key relevant details (like a fanboy).
There are multiple monopolies at play here including physical distribution monopolies. Most video content is delivered through a local physical monopoly. THAT is something that Apple never had to deal with in the music realm. Also, music already had a well established payment model. Most people simply don't buy the stuff they watch ala carte. They buy subscriptions to services.
Virgin Megastore was never a monopoly. It was also never a monopoly that controlled access to the user. It was also not a monopoly over which all Apple product needs to traverse.
It's not just another example of "Apple uber alles".
Re: Just trying to protect their balliwick
Apple is really the only vendor that pushes it's own exclusive ecosystem and suffers from NIH syndrome. Most other vendors at least try to be more flexible. Although ARM hardware will only let you do so much.
Most other video appliances are closer to an HTPC that is MORE compatible rather than less.
Playing video formats from across the pond is a good example of this.
DRM is a problem but most other services are hardware agnostic.
No. The problem for Apple is how do they stop this sort of thing from happening again.
This is an Apple QA failure and there's really no way to whitewash it.
If the shoe were on the other foot, you would be screaming bloody murder and declaring how an Apple curated solution would avoid such nonsense.
Re: Blu Ray
That still leaves rentals. Physical media may seem "quaint" but it's still the most effective transport mechanism available. Streaming formats are inferior either in terms of quality or their ability to actually be streamed. I recently experienced that with a high quality stream. It looked pretty good but playing it in real time just didn't work.
Spinny disks allow for fewer compromises when you're actually watching the content.
Netflix streaming quality is generally pretty crappy and their selection isn't much better. Plus the lack of personal property rights on "streams" means that companies like Netflix are always at the mercy of upstream content owners. That's why their spinny disk library is much more comprehensive.
Re: I run a company....
You don't even have to be hired by Google. You can be an independent accountant and still make out like a bandit by fleeing into the private sector. Mine is an ex-IRS auditor. So some of the skills do trickle down and are available for "the little guy" to take advantage of.
The tax code is much easier to personally exploit as a "non-employee" than a member of the Google collective..
Re: Randoid bolllocks eh?
Can't comment on the UK tax code being from the other side of the pond. However, all of this nonsense with proles trying to defend the rights of corporations reminds me of scenes from the show Tudors. It shows a complete lack of understanding of how businesses are run and how the tax code already favors them. The poor and powerless are desperately shilling for the high and mighty and the King.
Re: She has options
...yes her choices are "anal probing" or "being cast out".
Great list of so-called "choices" there.
According to you it's all good. Doesn't matter if it's someone like Stalin or Hitler in charge. They always have the choice to go live in the ghetto or get themselves a nice farm in Lancaster county.
Re: Yeah, but...
The problem with streamers is content. You have to fight with legacy monpolies that have no interest in seeing you succeed. That includes both the content and the delivery mechanism (network). While the mechanics are pretty simple, you can be starved for content.
Any device that can be a cheap PVR client for Tivo or MCE or MythTV quickly has a leg up on any device that doesn't. The same goes for playing "legacy" content the user my have on hand.
However the price point the market will actually bear seems to be about $100. So there's not a lot for companies to work with. Although Sage was already there a long time ago.
Re: Isn't choice grand
Some of us actually expect our overpriced luxury branded goods to actually work as advertised.
Apple fanboys make excuses for nonsense that they would eviscerate Linux or Windows over.
Re: Isn't choice grand
Your window of opportunity for getting a refund on a Mac is very small. Beyond that you will be forced to deal with their warranty replacement system and even that will only last as long as the warranty does.
For a company that is often compared to BMW, they really don't stand behind their product.
Whether or not they are on par with Dell here isn't the point. They aren't supposed to be "just another Dell".
Furthermore, you won't get an "immediate fix". It will "stay in the shop" for awhile.
Been there. Done that. That's why I recommend putting a Mac through it's paces as soon as you can. Make sure it's not a lemon as soon as you can. Otherwise the "refund" option may simply disappear.
More like a communist party purge...
There is another perspective to consider here. The Republicans are really big on "party discipline". The current state of the party is such that it's starting to look like the communists under Stalin. Members are expected to vote with the collective. The GOP is much better at enforcing this in practice than the Democrats are. Anyone that deviates (including Presidential candidates) gets collectively walloped by all of the relevant media talking heads.
This may have been just far too much academic freedom for the party leadership to handle.
It simply could have been a matter of Darth Vader choking an upstart General Tagge.
I'm not sure I even know what you are on about.
Although I am sure I can find the relevant features by using the mouse to poke around whatever interface you happen to be talking about.
Re: @ZFS Fanboys:
> the arcane spells that need to be typed into the shell, and so on.
Like what RAID level you want? Yeah, I could see how that could be a bit of a burden. Then again, that crowd probably isn't even aware of NAS appliances at all.
Re: not enough bays
Intel parts aren't nearly as power hungry as they used to be. Power management is a lot better across the board. So there are fewer and fewer reasons to shell out the cash for an appliance.
...and while there are more "robust" appliances, those are even more rediculously overpriced than the small ones that are the subject at hand.
>> "Why does Oracle Linux use OCFS2?"
> Because ZFS' license is not compatible with the Linux kernel's GPL one,
Huh? Oracle OWNS ZFS. They own it along with everything else that was part of Sun Microsystems.
If they really wanted to use it then licensing it would not be a problem. They own it. They aren't some random 3rd party.
The fact that ZFS is not a clustered filesystem is likely why Oracle uses OCFS2 instead.
It's kind of like comparing apples and potatoes.
Re: not enough bays
Putting an array together is 5 minutes of work. You Google it once and you are set for the next 5 years or however long your setup manages to meet your requirements.
Just knowing "what buttons to push" on an appliance is going to put you way beyond the skill or comfort level of most people. The shiny happy interface (or lack of one) really isn't the biggest problem here.
4 disks just isn't enough. Not enough bays to handle redundancy or parity and hot spares and such.
Re: I don't get NAS boxes...
A n00b is going to have a problem with fixing any NAS. This goes for appliances as well as Windows boxes. There is simply no magic in Windows (or even MacOS) that hides the complexity of this stuff. "Normal people" just have trouble with the idea that they can create a shared drive under Window and use it on another machine.
Never mind anything that's really interesting.
Re: HP Proliant Micrpserver
With what I save on not using overpriced appliances, I can have a completely redundant array.
That nullfies much of the typical marketing bullet points associated with NAS appliances.
Plus you've got a whole other copy of everything.
Why? Because he's actually built something. He has demonstrated an understanding of technology. He's shown that he has a clue.
Plus he wasn't a jerk about it. He didn't engage in artistic megalomania.
Apple makes even Microsoft look good.
> Sorry, I'm missing the bit where Flash, a closed propriatary format, helps the open web.
That closed proprietary platform is cross platform. That's more than you can say for some phone app.
It may not be perfect. It may be far from perfect. It's still better than what the Mr. Flash-Killer wants to offer you.
Re: XBMC not as scalable
> I backed up some of my DVD collection to an iTunes, spent $99 on an Apple TV box, turned it on and *it just worked* and I knew that any serious attempt to deploy XBMC in a similar fashion would not be as trivial in my time
iTunes does squat in terms of media management. It doesn't just do BAD media management. It does NO media management.
It does not "just work".
The experience of what you are describing is nowhere near as "polished" as XBMC.
You might have better luck making up bogus nonsense about a $800 or $2400 product. AppleTV's are just too cheap. Plenty of the rest of us can run them for lulz and see how they really perform.
The painfully obvious...
Of course the guy is paranoid. He's in the security business. He wouldn't be doing what he does if he weren't paranoid. A little nuttiness probably goes along with the territory too.
Paranoid security guy? Imagine that...
Re: HD video? Good enough for me
> Except it makes cheap ION gear look seriously overpriced for the performance you get.
Both the CPU and GPU in an ION run circles around a PI.
It has better video decoding support and enough CPU power to do a lot of decoding in software. If your GPU doesn't support something, you're not completely out of luck.
Atoms only look pathetic next to real x86 CPUs.
Wishful thinking any stinginess only gets you so far.
Re: HD video? Good enough for me
A Raspberry PI may or may not be able to handle whatever HD video I have on hand.
What it can handle, it will only be able to handle because it's got special purpose silicon for the task.
If I need to do anything else computational, I will be just plain out of luck.
It's just like cheap ION gear.
Lifestyle choices are not innovation...
Making the machine less maintainable so that it can be prettier is not "innovation". It's a lifestyle choice and being a slave to fashion.
Apple just makes more noise about doing it. They are great at marketing and they have a willing cabal of astroturfers.
Re: Right click
Using two fingers is nothing like using just one finger.
Talk about obscure.
At least the bit about "secret corners" on the trackpad has some possibility of being something the user has seen before and can relate too. It's less of a "secret handshake".
Re: Say no to magic underwear
I thought this whole election was a riot. Romney was basically a closet case. It all reminded me of when I was forced to go to church when I was younger. It was an evangelical congregation and they did things like propagate anti-Mormon propaganda videos.
....really made me think about Beghazi. Wondered if Romney would ever have the balls for a "I know how you guys feel, really" kind of moment.
Magic underwear is just the tip of the iceberg.
Re: @White v Hispanic and Black
> because they wouldn't be expecting the Mexican invasion
Are you kidding? It's Texas. The Drug Lords would be outgunned just by the Boffins.
Not just that....
...but you would have a mounting bracket ready to go in the box. Just bolt it onto an old monitor and you've got your dirt cheap iMac knockoff.
Re: Hurding Cats
MacOS is going nowhere.
PhoneOS is being marginalized.
The academically objectionable approach is still doing very well both in terms of pure performance and it's ability to drive sales. Linux continues to thrive in the server room and on mobile devices and in embedded applications.
The main problem with a Mach kernel running on a Mac is not the kernel the hardware is running but the fact that you've got very narrow limitations when it comes to that hardware and what kind of system design tradeoffs you can make.
You are better off running MacOS in a VM on a cheaper and much more powerful Linux machine.
Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer
> Some very intelligent people indeed, who just happen to not be IT people, don't even understand the concept of a repository,
They understand App Stores and GUIs.
That's all that's necessary for a suitably complete distribution.
The entire situation is an artificial legal issue that has squat to do with the underlying usability of Linux.
Re: @Pete : Divide and conquer
> through the frustration of trying to install libdvdcss2
Are you kidding? That's a hack to get around the DMCA. It's an extreme legal grey area only made difficult by a highly corrupt American copyright law. It's relevance to just about anything else is nil.
If that's really the best you can do then you just proved the other guys point.
Re: more buy in
Linux was the first x86 Unix that supported my hardware. That's really all there is to it.
You can make all of the excuses you like but I think the fact that Linux was a populist Unix early on contributed to it's popularity quite a bit. At the time, I would have been willing to shell out the coin necessary for Solaris x86 or OpenStep if only either of those actually supported MY hardware.
On a long trajectory, a very small angular deviation can account for a very big difference where you end up.
Re: You've talked the point under.
This is just sour grapes nonsense. The BSD folks are just mad that it's Linux that became popular and successful. On the one hand, the license on the source just doesn't matter for most people and even most companies. Most people simply don't have a 4 year old notion of property. (what's mine is your and what's yours is mine) So the whole drama of BSDL vs GPL is entirely irrelevant for them.
On the other hand, contributors might object at being free labor for IBM or Oracle or Apple or Microsoft.
THIS is why the GPL was created. It wasn't some subversive political agenda on the part of RMS. His contributors were p*ssed over exactly the kind of corporate proprietary assimilation that the BSL allows for.
You gotta keep the talent happy.
Noisy BSD fans are like the Trench Coat Mafia fantasizing about revenge on the popular crowd.
Re: Why downgrade from Win 8 ? Upgrade from Win 8!
> There are plenty of linux distributions out there that can't recognise wireless cards, etc.
You only need one that works.
Given that there's more than one, you have a far better chance of finding something suitable.
Re: I have to say I think this review came at the device from the wrong angle...
I would expect to be able to install Netflix and Angry Birds on any Android tablet.
These are the relevant analogs to kdenlive or GIMP.
Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little
> some people just want colour and backlighting and ease of use, and don't want more technical stuff.
Pretending that a wider selection of apps and services is "more technical" won't magically make it so.
Taking a regular tablet and making it an Amazon walled garden just doesn't make much sense. There is no real advantage. There is no extra "ease of use". It's just a crippled Android.
It's not like buying an Amazon-centric device with an alternate display tech like the e-ink Kindles.
Re: Buy cheap...
My local iFan defected after using a 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2.
Replaced her phone.
Stopped using her iPad.
Asked for a Kindle too.
> i do like driod but not having 1 stable ecosystem is killing it.
There is nothing wrong with the Android "ecosystem". This is just Lemming 2.0 fear mongering.
The great thing about Android is that you aren't stuck with the ONE AND ONLY ONE choice that ONE AND ONLY ONE company offers.
So it doesn't really matter if Amazon Brand sucks. There are plenty more to choose from.
Re: It's much more useful...
...or you could just buy a less restricted Android to begin with.
That's the key advantage of "fragmentation". There's a fragment for everyone.
Hopper versus a "normal" DVR
This tech is a pretty obvious extension of the DVR itself. That's why one of the first DVRs had it (ReplayTV) and why MythTV also has it. Once you have the video, you can do anything you want with it (including marking the commercial breaks).
It was only litigation that slowed down Replay during the dawn of the DVR.
Re: Might be good for the viewing experience, but what does it do to the business model?
Programs are already funded. Dish PAYS to carry these channels.
That should give them the rights to do anything with the ads they like. Some terrestrial cable systems like to put their own ads on top of the ones in the original broadcast stream. What Dish is doing is really no difference.
Fox is just mad because it can't "double dip" any more. They sell ads and then they force companies to pay for the priveledge of giving those ads a wider audience.
It should be one or the other but not both.
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