* Posts by Michael Habel

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Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

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Re: here you are...

Better yet... Go on Fleabay search for MXIII (Or other like Android TV Box), that comes with Kodi Pre-installed... And Bobs your Uncles Sister... Or something...

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Re: CAN WE HAVE ADBLOCK FOR TELEVISION

Nope RTL... Along with a begrudged (if you believed 'em) ProSieben.Sat1 Gruppe made damned sure that YOU COULD NEVER block the Ads ever with their Common Interface Plus System Which also has a mandatory anual fee of 60€ just so you can watch there Tat in upscaled HD...

This thing is PURE EVIL it will prevent you from using most DVR Functions by not even allowing you to record anything. The few things it will let you record will prevent you from trying to skip though the Ads. And, yet the Sheeple are stupid enough to deal with this.... ~shakes head!~

I'd say you'd have to be retarded to even bother watching that sh-- But, I'd be damned if I'll be further insulted by having to actually pay for that privilege as well...

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Re: According to Eyeo, AdBlock Plus is used on 50 million devices

The Admen will just find ways to get around AdBlock. Even without paying for the whitelist treatment, they'll probably start using ad-blocker-blockers that deny you access if you have it or anything like it like NoScript on. And before you say, "I'll just go somewhere else," suppose the site has exclusive content you need or ALL the sites with the stuff do the same thing, forcing you into a Take It or Leave It situation (submit to the nauseating ads or go without that important file you need like an obscure driver)?

Then I'd have to find a different source of Information then... RTL could make a bag of Hammers look more intelligent then then the dimwits that run it. But, then perhaps I'm not qualified to render such judgments as I care NOT A JOT about Reality TV or its side dish of 1-900 Dial in Talentless Hack Shows. The only reason I even still use my Basic Cable is just to watch a bit of the 24h News Channels to stay informed of current events. So my opinion should probably be discounted.

Otherwise I use Kodi (formerly known as XBMC), to do my TV Watching on an On Demand Bases. So I don't deride the idea of the Internet killing the likes of these goons here in Europe. The States might well be a different place... Since they pretty much create all the Content. But, I'd be damed to find just One redeeming quality for RTL & ProSeiben. These could fall into the abyss tomorrow, and I wouldn't even know that they were gone.

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German RTL need to die, and take ProSieben out with 'em These are the same Arseclowns that gave the World this thing we call HD+ Where you have to pay them 60€'s a Year to watch gloriously shot Ads of Dish Washing Soap in HD. While the rest of their sh--y programing is just a lame half-assed attempt at upscaling their shoddy SD Content. And, the kicker is you have to use their Common Interface+ System WHICH EXPLICLTLY FORBIDS YOU TO RECORD ANYTHING... And for the stuff it does... Will cockblock you from fast forwarding though the the commercials.

So I'm not even surprised they took ABP to Court over this. I'm just pleased that they lost!

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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

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The question here I think hearkens back towards net neutrality, and how we want our Internet ran. more or less like it is now... (e.g. As a Title II Utility [Telecoms]), or the way most ISP would have it as the next gen level of tiered DTH services?

I'm all for net neutrality Title II Tax, and all... And if VoIP then gets treated like any other "Traditional" Servive... So be it...

BTW: I don't know how it is in Blighty... Here in Germany... What used to be a Combo of ISDN + DSL... Has now been fully replaced by VoIP and the same DSL / Cable I'm not even sure IF you can even still get an Analog Line in anymore. So if my Provider Deutsche Telekom only give me the option of VoIP, am I not just as safe, as if i were on Skype?

No?! Why?

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Got any more from this loon?

Oh but his proof will be that someone wrote a book about it.

That famous book, with the ...Missing first Page? Perhaps?

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Sniffing and sharing Wi-Fi passwords? There's an app for that!

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All the more reason to use that MAC Address filter built into your WiFi router or access point.

>Implying that MAC Filtering is the key to keep the baddies out, and that cloning such a MAC Address would be all that difficult to pull off either.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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Re: I think I can answer a question

*To clarify that last statement... When I said I had done a complete Device wipe... I was referring to the Format functions under Samsungs Odin Flasher, and not the One inside the 3e Recovery. Which on that note... Why the HELL doesn't Google buy up TWRP, and make that the mandatory recovery?!

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Re: I think I can answer a question

Bullshi-- here, bullsh-- there, bullsh-- EVERYWHERE bullsh--! 'Ol McDonald had a Server Farm e-i-e-i-o....

And, this will get Google to change its mind, and suddenly go 'round digging in the Vaults to fix this? lol I don't believe it.... You know what I believe EVEN LESS?! Assuming for just One second your Guy actually WAS that good... And, Google actually wanted to do something to fix this... (They won't BTW!), But, in an otherwise 'finite Universe, had they actually wanted too... And, had fixed this.... The OEMs will have been to busy flogging their M9's, S6's, Nexus 6 etc... etc... to care.

This said, when I picked up a second hand Galaxy Tab a few years ago. It was literately filled with all kinds of nasty... If slightly arousing tings on it. Sadly before I thought to back any of it up I had performed a complete Device wipe, before installing what was CM9 at that time, on it.

I was under, the understanding that the last owner had enough sense to perform a Factory Reset, if only to protect his Accounts.

But, I really do NOT expect this is something that's ever gonna change ever!

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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According to some accounts I have, my city of birth is

49283hasepry79q

My pet's name is:

dsgfob20yweGFITw74

and my mother's maiden name is:

98432bgaisvffagsefroah

Why hasn't anyone ever thought of that before!? your a [REDACTED] GENUS! I'm gonna have to rethink how to answer these in future times....

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SMS --- In essence 2FA, Which is probably the best way to protect stuff (Google Accounts!), with... Only problem here is what happens after a given time, and you switch providers? (i.e. SIM Card + Number?)

eMail --- Doesn't that hearken back to the "Stupid Questions" that the Article seems to address? As in my experience you have to first answer some dimwitted question, like First School, First Pet's name. etc... etc...

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Imation CEO voted off board in proxy war bombshell

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What's left for Imation if OEMs have tossed the CD/DVD/BR Brunner to the Curbside? Now that installing via USB Sticks have become the new norm?

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

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Re: I see the value coming from 2 directions

I say that's a rather cynical take on it... But, your also forgetting the small matter of these places general stability. e.g. They haven't got any political stability at all...

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I still struggle to see what facebook get out of this, can't imagine the worlds poorest appeal to many advertisers and as the percentage of FB users that fall into that group increases wont advertisers lose interest?

>Implying that anyone outside of the Marketing Ddept. cares about Ad's...

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What do you sell to someone who has nothing with as likely as not absolutely NO INFRASTRUCTURE in place to get said things shipped to? A place where things like Electricity, and indoor plumbing. Are almost at mythic proportions? A take out Pizza?!

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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So says The Wall Street Journal, which found folks familiar with the effort to explain that Cupertino tried to use tellies for video calls, to no avail.

Ughh you mean Skype? Damn that pesky business with prior art, though I'm sure (CR)Apple would find a way to say they invented that concept, and successfully sue MicroSoft into the ground. Which actually come to think of it... WOULD BE A GOOD THING!

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Can these be eventually paired up to form a 5.1 / 7.1 Surround System? If not WHY THE HELL NOT?!

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Sky...

I do confess to not having a Sky box so it might vary between receivers.

It doesn't trust me...

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Can it be rooted?

What about XBMC / Kodi, can this be sideloaded? As to Hardware can it do HVEC at 720p like my MXIII? What about 4k 2160p at all? I guess installing your sundry Android *.apk's are right out the Window again? So what about the small things like 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and, GigE?

No matter how "nice" this Box might be... It'll never be as nice as my Minix Neo x8-H Plus....

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: I feel that a little textual analysis might be helpful here.

How the Hell do you use Windows in a "Non-Genuine" State, with its black screens, Pop-ups and uts utter refusal to actually work?

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So lets assume

That I manged to dump my PC BIOS, the used a hex editor to flip a few bits 'round on it to enable the correct SLI from Windows XP to Windows Vista & 7, as you do, then just added the correct OEM Cirt's again as you do to any 'ol Windows *.iso File... Which you can get directly from them, and manage to install it, as you do with it already pre-activatred. Again as you do...

It's clearly NOT an OEM License anymore but, do they know that? This was One of the things they tried to put a stop to with Windows 8, and the new UFEI System. No doubt they'll figure out on how to improve on that... But, how do they plain on locking out these users?

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: Insidious Mind Control?

I really need to re-watch that Movie again!

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Re: and WMC was not worth the support and WMC was not worth the support

Windows Media Center was a [REDACTED] joke... It could've been a contender... But apparently DVB-C is something they never heard of over there in 'ol Redmond. So WMC was never EVER of any use to me ever... And remember it took 'em all the way up til Windows 7, just to gain support for DVB-S(2). By that time I was long into VDR Linux.

Well that was then, today I'm on an ARM Android powered Device, and it supports my SAT>IPTV (Live TV), and Kodi, and it only burns ~12.5w an Hour, as opposed to the +400w's of my old HTPC. And I'm not missing a single thing. As a Docked USB HDD covers all my recording & Storage needs.

So I never really got what WMC, was ever good for...

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Whats that whooshing sound?!

Ohh.... It was just MicroSoft's last hope of ever getting me off of Windows 7 Ultimate... If its there prerogative to dumb down the Windows OS to the point of their crappy WinPho OS. In order to forester more Nokia's off on us... Then I suspect that they'll feel the biting reality in due course. For starters I have NO ambition of being an @55c10wn for them to though 5h17 at the wall, to see what sticks on Win-OSX So as not to upset the Banker-Classes when it all goes South. Is already NOT a place I want to be... But This latest addition just took the, last Biscuit for me.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

Known dodgy Updates like KB 3035583 (Notification on the release of WinOSX!). Hardly the first time MicroSoft pulled that sh-- outta there arse! Anyone else here remember Windows XP: KB 905474 - Which BTW was marked as CRITICAL!! only had One purpose in its sad life which was to always call home and, make sure to say a cherry HELLO! back to MicroSoft's WGA Servers every chance it got!

Now imaging the sheer joy knowing that by the time you read about such "Infections" here on the Reg... You can bask in the warmth of knowing its safely on your Systems!

It's the One with the Windows 7 Install Stick in the Side Pocket! Hopefully by 2020, the Year of the Linux Desktop will have either passed us by, or is just 'round the Corner. Once 7 goes the way of XP!

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

Here's another PROTIP: WHY THE FECK SHOULD MicroSoft CARE ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE'S UNLICENSED CODE! And, lord only knows how many Vulns Start8 brought / brings with it?

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

What's not to like?

No Office, and Photoshop, or AutoCAD... Ok so actually with Two out of these three having gone into the Cloud, and, One of those Three being a non-sequitur I guess only the Architects will be the only Ones to suck up MicroSoft's latest offering.

So this Old Chessnut of... Well I need MUH Software is slowly drying up now too it seems...

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So will Ultimate (Vista / 7) users get stuck with Home versions of the Game, or can we update to the Pro version(s)?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

Just pray that who ever does this doesn't live under US jurisdiction!

Either way I can't see it surviving a DCMA slapdown

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Re: Firefox is a prime example of why complexity kills the FOSS Idea

In an ideal world people would either steer the development of Firefox into the direction that's desirable, or fork it.

Ever heard of Pale Moon?! It is a fork of Firefox... Without all the Chrome Vomit, of Australis.

And you can still revert back to the old Download Manager too if you so wish. Its pretty much everything you used to love about Firefox... Just still supported!

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Re: Netflix ?

Its like Bitcoin, but only slightly less fantasy behind it. That is if you actually believe in the Fed. Which I personally don't!

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Has there ever even been an "Official" x86-64 Version of Firebadger? I can't seem to recall there ever being any. Firefox clones like Ice Weasel, and such sure... But, I think I've been waiting for an x86-64 version of Firefox, for some time now...

Either way I'm using Pale Moon now, and its doing everything I need, or more to a point want my Browser to do. Without having puked up all of Google's tasteless Chrome vomit everywhere.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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Re: What's

Its the thing you need to watch Netflix on your PC...

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Shabby treatment of F1 fans

This is the kinda sh--! that pisses me off... as Germany is the only One actually sharing anything, with the rest of Europe. We have to pay over the odds to fund 27 different WDR's over Astra... Some even in HD! But, will most people ever get to watch this Tripe...

Ughh no... 'Cause the Cable Companies have a bug up their arse, that the these Broadcasters just aren't paying them enough to host 'em. Add to this the rather sick joke that's called Common Interface+ (i.e. HD+), where said RTL lives in HD is also encrypted. and has so many restrictions about recording, of fast-forwarding though the crappy Commercials. e.g. YOU CAN'T!

Is it any wonder why everyone's moving to find a decent VPN to host US Netflix?

I swear if it weren't for the Tagesschau(24) (News / News Channel), I'd be right off broadcast TV.

The BBC was at One time a bright spot, of entertainment. But, since they finally shrunk the beam in 2011 (IIRC), its no longer available to me here in Frankfurt. (Well not on my Sqush Dish anyways).

But, as a E.U. Citizen I'd be temped to take up such an offer were it available.

It makes me wonder why the E.U. hasn't already mandated this. As other big offenders here would be the Austrians and, the Swiss. who eat our sh-- and encrypt their stuff, so as the rest of the German speaking community can go get bent!

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Some Ideas.... Open up the Satellite(s), again to allow those who actually don't live in the UK to watch it again... And, perhaps... Just perhaps encrypt it in such a way as that you have to register for a Smart Card, to view it, and by proxy either pay over the odds for this "Service", or at least the going rate of ₤145.50 a Year. 'cause I thought nationalism died at the E.U.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Wrong Tablet

The variables - external ports, OS, keyboard, CPU architecture - have been lumped together through historical accidents. There is no inherent reason why an ARM device couldn't be given more ports and a OS that is happy to do work. There just isn't much of a reason to do so, though.

Battery life? Ok perhaps not... But, definitely less of a resource pig then a i7 with TWD of 95W, and this is before we add on another 200 or so Watts to run that nVidia Card.

I for One would almost certainly welcome an ARM Desktop Linux Device, that was capable of running a ported version of either Debian or, at worst Ubuntu.

I suppose for everything else there's the Intel NUC.

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A Music Video that hasn't been hit with a "This Video is not available in your Country!" Colour me shocked!

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Great so all the Lusers can get to become the Guinea Pigs, for everyone else to test out Microsoft's new Alpha build of the WGA call home Bug, that they had the sheer audacity to brand as "CRITICAL!!", before the Corporates have to deal with it?

Well if that's how it is the fat chance of me ever installing Windows OSX then.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Look a bit much like Googles Leanback Launcher to me... Just without the YouTube Vids.

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: Just thinking out loud

Easy The OEMs should start taslking to like likes of Google (Chrome Books), or even Debian, about the possibility of creating an OEM specific flavor )i.e. Skinned!), of Linux, with the few bobs, and ends like an OEM Branded App Store, or even better Music & Movie Stores!

...Then watch MicroSoft fall away!

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Re: Windows 10 = Windows 8.10

@TL:DR....

And, again your missing the point, and that these "Features" should NOT have to be corrected by shady 3'erd Party IAP @55c0wn5, with who know what kind of agenda? Can you do this? Yeah sure, why not... If your already misfortunate to have Windows 8.x, on your System, then sure go ahead. The rest of us will continue using Windows 7, in the interim.

Specifically: Does Microsoft still have the leverage to force Windows upgrades through restricted MS Office/MS Outlook compatibility? They used to in the past. I'm unsure whether they still have it, but I'm pretty sure that whether or not they have that leverage is the crucial question in the Windows Upgrade Circus.

I'ma gonna say no... No chance with Office365 at least. But. I doubt it'll be a slam dunk for libre/open Office either.

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Stubborn 'won't fix' Google U-turns on Chromecast vid judder twitching-eye blunder

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Not directly related, but while we're on this subject...

I just recently picked up an Asus Nexus Player (Puck) Android TV Box, so as to enjoy some Netflix, and Google Play Movies on my TV... Thing is my TV must be so damned old that it doesn't even send a decent EDID Signal with.in enough time for the Nexus Player to get out of 576p. And, worse still I was unable to find any kind of Setting that would force said change to 720p or, 1080i.

Thankfully I was able to return this back to the Store for a full refund. But, really if a cheapo Chinese Box, can change Modes, why can't this One?!

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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its time for Google to lay the smack down...

'Cause you know Tim Cook wouldn't have any of this if Samsung suddenly decided that it would be a great idea to convert iOS (Cr)Apps in to *.apk's for their line of Galaxy Phablets... Much less his Holiness St. Jobs.

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SOHOpeless Realtek driver vuln hits Wi-Fi routers

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Re: We must finally outlaw hardware without publically documented interfaces

Well that fine would have to be astronomically high to get those companies to have updates. After all their whole workflow is not designed to bring out patches. They take a complete image from their chipset vendor, skin it and release it. For a patch they need to do the whole thing again.

This comment reminds me of the current state of my Chinese Android TV Box... There are a few Vendors selling, what is essentially the same Device. Sans the bit, of Lipstick meets Pig, they're identically the exact same Firmware, worse yet with the exact same Bugs in the amcodec decoder.

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Ahhh it's time to upgrade to an 802.11ac Router anyway.... Hopefully everyone with a b/g/~n~ Router will be so dense as to not head this advice... Leaving the 5Ghz Spectrum largely unused for a while longer...

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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

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How does One contain Data to just One Country...

The Register is in the UK... Possibly also in the US, or Austria (Hail Best Dad ever lol), I live in Germany. So who gets dibs on the trivial Diarrhea of the keyboard Droppings I leave behind? Germany (My Host Nation), the broader E.U. as a whole, or the N.S.o.A?!

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Comcast accused of torpedoing Hulu sale to rivals with weapon of mass transactions

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Re: Greasy

I don't think it works that way... At least not on my Side of the Pond anyhow. When you get pretty much anything, Electricity, Mobile, Landline + VDSL, or Cable (Triple Play), you generally get stuck in a Two Year Contract with 'em. Though having just changed my Electrical Provider again. I think its only a One Year Contract. So although its in your right to tell 'em over the Phone that you wish to cancel your Contract with 'em... Over here we have to draw up a Letter that basically states I wish to cancel my Contract, at the end of the Current Term. Then sending that via registered Mail to their Billing Department. Then you should get something back in writing about when your Termination Date is due.

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TV networks peck at sun-bleached skeleton of Aereo, come away with $950,000

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

@ Caustic, NP: I thought it might have explained the discrepancy of SD to 720p is all.. Anyway I use this mostly to watch NCIS (New Orleans), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. along with such other favorites as The Price is Right, and Jeopardy. Along with the occasional Ravens NFL Game. As a free Service its not bad... Even if I don't have recording functions.

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

How do you watch it then? I use XBMC / Kodi, and 720p @ 1024kbps rtmp is the default, and where it is SD like on PBS. The difference is very noticeable. As opposed to the normal Broadcast Channels which are in 720p. On XBMC / Kodi at least.

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Re: Anyone else here ever heard of USTV Now?!

Well if your paying for it... They do suggest you take the Chicago region, which has more Channels, then the standard Harrisburg One. But, being from Baltimore, just to the South from there, I'm plesed as punch come Football Season! CAWWW!!

But, as to why? I guess I'd just assumed that was where they were located, or somehow cut, a deal with some other Operator. Comcast?! I really don't know either.

As for Low-res... I thought 720p was standard Broadcast theses days? Yeah I know is it really a 720p Stream though... At least this is what XBMC/Kodi is reporting it to be... And for the most part I don't find it to be an Eyesore. If you ever had the misfortune to ever use an AFN Decoder though.... That's an eyebleedingly bad eyesore... Poor color, sh-- resolutions that would have made SD look like freaking 4k! So perhaps I'ma tad biased.

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