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Journal of a High-Tech Cat is where I put long rambles:

For short comments and contact with the world: http://twitter.com/fairuse

No longer writing assembly code and burning EPROM for stuff regular folks never buy. That life has been replaced with consumer rights issues; copy protection, copyright, DVD backup and helping folks understand the DMCA.

Have read:
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 1 (including Chapter 1 Endnotes)
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 12 (popular name; Section 1201(a)
DMCA read but resistance is futile is the best summary of that thing.

I don't iPhone I Gphone.
Mac user, no Microsoft machine running currently - The coffee maker stand is win98 on a 20MB drive. The PDP-11/34 is unplugged but the excellent power conditioner (30amp max draw) is where iMac G4 and stuff gets juice.

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  • Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 1:07pm

    Re: Re: Streaming vs wire vs wireless vs broadcast

    Forgot. I do not have 4K equipment. Just what is called 2k.

  • Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re: Streaming vs wire vs wireless vs broadcast

    I do have gigabit service. What I did not address clearly is the software sending the stream to the screen is more of a quality killer than hardware.

    Amazon Prime Video streams play via Fire Stick are perfect over my wifi. Same for Netflix - 4K untested.

    When stuck waiting for a task to complete I will use Chrome or Firefox, for example, to watch Netflix or Amazon - quality goes down. It makes me crazy because all the control for DRM is software.

    As for the cable feed - get what is delivered.

    Devices like tablets are solid unless wifi is hotel grade.

    No Fiber in this area, out in the woods but close enough to get gigabit.

  • Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 5:57am

    Streaming vs wire vs wireless vs broadcast

    Streams make me lose my mind if I am in a browser. Tablets are nice but a big screen is what it is all about.

    On mobile screen I just figure the ability to watch is handy. Streams get into a "wifi required" tangle depending on content.

    Comcast via "box" and Internet is darn good. However, there are changes on how rent/buy/free work. Can be painful. The cable is still the only quality screen because not TCP.

    The Amazon, Netflix, Xfinity stream quality never will be as good as compressed cable. From software DRM issues and network traffic to device issues Internet streams always have less quality.

    Do not get me started on how SD and HD are just marketing if you don't have hardware. Even you tube looks good on Amazon TV Stick, most of the time. Hardware!

  • Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 5:43am

    Re: AT&T turns everything it touches to sh(t


    I went with Comcast years ago like wen Showtime had Ron Harris girls. Yeah, that long. At one time I had all that was offered. As the cool cable networks got bought up by broadcast networks I have reduced my bill.

    Comcast Internet: I spend $ for fast. Channels: no HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime.

    Any special series or movie I have Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.. No Disney, CBS, others. WGNa now does deal that new series are blocked on Comcast but not on telcomm that makes wireless deal - See Almost Paradise on WGNa.

    Good bye to studios that made great series and movies because, He That Dies With The Most Toys Win.

  • Jul 31st, 2020 @ 2:54pm

    The trend - PayPerView for books

    After reading all the comments in IA blog post I noticed the view of royalty payments to the author for every barrow (Canada, UK). Not sure what that does. The publishers pay the author for his work, every sale on amazon is recorded by publisher. Percentage of sale to author per publisher contract is sent to author.

    Library is not Amazon retail but deal directly with publishers. The books are bought and lending is done. Publishers want to have all use of digital to be a lease contract controlled by them.

    I have shifted to audio format of hardbound fiction already boxes (stacks of paperback also) and love it. Already I have to buy ebook + audio on Amazon. That is a publisher demand as far as I can tell. Retail so I deal with it. If a library is forced into PPV model, meaning every borrow is fee based then digital lend becomes to expensive.

    Just a thought as I am only reader not a specialist.

  • Jul 29th, 2020 @ 9:09am


    The few times I clicked on something on either ad "service" (yes, air quotes.) all that was found is something that was total rubbish. Flush cache, and all data in browser. Logout, take a shower. cold start computer.

    Service to the Internet if Taboola, matter, meets Outbrain, antimatter.

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 8:51pm

    Re: Re: This is why I refuse to buy Apple products

    The car example.

    Old car under 100,000 miles on it started breaking. Some parts warranty, some parts not covered. Tried to get codes on out of the car's computer each time but got nothing - towed to dealer. There is not a single system on cars that are repairable outside the dealer -- No information.

    Her brand new car is a spaceship of screens and driver awareness software and auto safety systems. I told her to get the best extended coverage offered by Subaru. Prepay the required checkup visits. No way to avoid this expensive feature. It is pretty like a race horse and high priced to operate.

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 8:25pm

    Now I'm Hungry!

    Trying to bust customers who photograph the dinner in front of them?

    No. Then put a photo of your astonishing plate in the snobbish foodie magazines. Fixed in print. Good to go for life.

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 8:05pm

    Hard Stop

    This is not a movie script right? Sorry, may as well RFID chip my body too.

    Good plan but it is too intrusive:
    1) NO --"Digital COVID passports that could grant those with immunity or an all-clear from a COVID test the right to enter stores, malls, hotels, and other spaces may well be on the way."

    2) THEY WILL -- "The potential for law enforcement and corporate actors alike to abuse these tracking systems is just too great to ignore."

    3) And because Latinx people do not exist i have to pull the emergency brake: The workers don't need tracking, they need to be tested at the work site. And work site needs to do the recommended procedures to control virus(s).

    'Black and Latinx people are more likely to work as cashiers in grocery stores, in nursing homes, or in other service-industry jobs that make infection far more likely. Many such workers are already subject to pervasive and punitive workplace surveillance regimes. "

    TRACKING: No, it is bad in more ways than I can imagine.
    latinx -- Don't say that my hispanic stepsister in Miami would say. She teaches.

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 3:22am


    Speaking of Sci-Hub. Pretty quiet, gotta search for news. Reckon.

    This publish for $ seems like a game show where players never win and those watching cheer.

  • Jun 5th, 2020 @ 12:44am

    No Tinfoil Hats in Academic Publishing

    No, no, no. Academic Publishing is about control by price fixing.


  • Jun 3rd, 2020 @ 9:24am

    Ma Bell got a divorce and AT&T midlife crisis

    Telecoms can't help being what they are. Before DARPA experiment in distributed fault tolerant communications became pre-WWW, the phone companies owned the wired communications -- There was a mess of data transfer methods and very expensive hardware.

    Remember POT line price in minutes of use? Data cap is natural. HBO Max is the new trophy wife. Poor thing has HBO Go stepchild to cable, the ex-wives, AT&T TV with children from several hookups.

    The HBO/Cinemax (Open Marriage) is in divorce - Actually the whole Cinemax production and development is pimped to streaming/cable without new original series - I expect it will be the wife that disappears.

    Whatever I am paying to get old fun HBO/Cinemax on all platforms is al a cart now (Amazon Cinemax monthly), Xfinity Streaming HBO via apps and cable. What I cannot get is HBO Max on Amazon Prime/TV Stick/Kindle/OnePlus/iPads, and most likely iMac is too out of DRM date.

    I will not signup, e.g. sign a contract with AT&T wireless Hotspot on Subaru Forester. That is like saying that Leopard won't bite me.

    Will T-mobile make some kind of deal for app? Sorry, that was a creepy thought.

    HBO Max in the final form, in my case, is the crazy aunt that has many get rich schemes and make money by flipping low rent row houses is the latest.

    Opinion Alert: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, all the other OTT may not get pinched until AT&T build up is 4K HBO Max. Unlimited is not unlimited for At&T users (Does Cell data at 4G and [_G] cap?)

    Will I dump Xfinity and rely on T-mobile 4G for all content. No. Xfinity streaming and catalogue are on all devices. I won't get a bill; drunken sailor had a party and few hundred GB streaming over weekend - Netflix and Prime Video nonstop.

    Exclusive Content: AT&T #FlimFlam 'cause the efficient new content production is thrown in the tower. Warner, that not so bright guy that keeps making bad streaming ideas is the last straw.

    Unless there is magically the best thing ever product at a too good to be true price.
    RIP HBO/Cinemax.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 7:56am

    Re: Roku

    It depends on what deal is made - Roku folks have a seat at the table. In my case I have Amazon Fire TV sticks, Kindle Old and Kindle brand new, iPads, android mobiles, wayback iMac 27" intel, and Comcast. Why?

    All content distribution is controlled by the holder. Amazon makes deals to offer stream via Prime. AT&T sees Amazon as the enemy.

    The latest twist to live and stream ondemand is WGNa blocking Comcast viewers from all of "Almost Paradise" but Fios users no cost. I went to Amazon and bought season 1 with next day stream - 1 eps a week 10 episodes.

    So, there will be turf wars on every device. Since I have Xfinity wired from box trying to mirror xfinity stream app on Kindle to Big TV fails.

    So many ways to bust everyones balls.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 6:42am

    HBO/Cinemax Quality Series via Hands-off The Creator - RIP

    Cinemax has helped several stories get on cable via the Premium Channels Bundle - HBO/Cinemax, Starz, Showtime. The Cinemax channel was more adult than HBO and as "Banshee" Deputy Siobhan Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn) said during an interview, "Telling my father I was in a Cinemax series was [interesting] because it had pushed the limits in sex scenes and everyone knew that. [ed: some paraphrase liberty by me for safe language] ".

    HBO let Cinemax productions test new stories without binding the writer(s) and director(s) to oversight and loss of creative control. Win for all.

    Series : Strikeback, Banshee and some movies were violent, sexual, and did not waste this viewers time. Some other complex stories did not draw my attention but as my wife said "there are stories I like. Don't be greedy". Cinemax is out of the production business, is split off into its own subscription (Amazon has best price so far). I won't pay for HBO outside of Comcast for 1) Not much content for me, 2) $15 month is a deal breaker.

    I predict AT&T toss crappy TV in its HBO Max product with some movies from quality collections and have a "few" streaming deals at a respectable price. However, it will do what it does - piss off everyone in any way possible because AT&T only understands "profit center".

    RIP HBO/Cinemax. Tip: Buy DVD and/or Blu-ray if you like a series (double check Burn-Ondemand disks - Amazon does good work but the master may be only aired episodes without any background shorts).

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 8:58pm

    Re: Hennepin County Medical Examiner

    And to expand:
    Cause of death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression

    Manner of death: Homicide

    How injury occurred: Decedent experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while
    being restrained by law enforcement officer(s)

    Other significant conditions: Arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease;
    fentanyl intoxication; recent methamphetamine use

    WTF! So cop kills junkie now. Baltimore cops favorite excuse in the past. I'm done. Fking coverup is above my pay grade.

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 8:46pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Of course I went off on the British Empire word soup. Redcoats were King's cops then and now we are back except now bluecoats have that power.

    I would move to a new planet but "they would follow". <<-- how past colonies were thought of. Except Transportation. Sorry OT

    Thanks for the info I didn't know.

  • Jun 1st, 2020 @ 8:18pm

    The British Empire: The Original Bad Cop

    Why was there a war to kick British Army and Navy to the other side of the big pond?

    Right. Here is the really short version:

    The 13 colonies were owned by the king through various trade company deals and charters, some with stockholders who expected gains on their investments. So, profits require no overhead - Dutch slave traders windfall.

    King is in as much money as South American cartel, however, people get taxed up the butt, redcoats start doing riot control. Bang people die.

    It goes without saying in this very simplified summary that as soon as the cops start killing people without justification there will be more violence.

    The USA exists because the kings cops treated everyone like police treat black people. (A note: Only the selected few had power from the King to execute so called law breaker. Our police have that power now and we have to take it away.)

    SSDD - immunity for murder and other crimes by police, property forfeit have to go away.

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 10:41am

    Re: He's been fired now

    It seems people have not watched any Racing Sims; iRacing in sports cars is a big deal withe the races called by the same people who call real life races.

    The open wheel type races are a bit on back foot. A simulator is not a game and there are rules.

    live on TV in USA and you tube also.

    Unfortunately Sim Racing gets no respect from ball sports people; till now.$$

  • May 2nd, 2020 @ 4:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: POI - The 2011 (s1 d6 warner bros) there

    Beach walk sounds good.

    Of course other shows on tv did use similar subject matter. I was not picking random shows. The "banging on"? Ok, using a specific series as example is Off Topic.

    Going to breakfast.

  • May 2nd, 2020 @ 3:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: POI - The 2011 (s1 d6 warner bros) there is a sc

    Not a random show, the creators take 15 minutes to explain why they created a bit of entertainment using the data gathering that is already a problem.

    Maybe I did not clearly state the creators of the show explaining a surveillance state already exists. Covid-19 contact tracking via Ckearview is the baby step to disaster.

    PaulT - "All I'm getting from you is "I saw a TV show aren't I smart?" and "the show I liked had distribution problems in the past at some point". Neither of these are particularly relevant to anything."

    Reckon I will not try to combat that narrow parse of what I tried to say. He who controls the information has no duty to the people using it. So, what.

    I have other things to do. Some actually fun.

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