Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Slashdot comments of the day #3

There are some hysterics going on over at Slashdot because a rumor about Hulu requiring a cable subscription is being reported as fact.  Lots of dialogue over whether this would apply to Hulu Plus members, whether it would be implemented soon or take several years, whether Hulu is acting like a cable company pawn because it is scared of being sued, or because it is being controlled by Comcast (which apparently controls NBCUniversal, which owns Hulu in part).

Many in the slashdot community are irate because they hate cable companies, which are seen as charging too much for falsely advertised bandwidth speeds, and generally manipulating the market and people in unfair ways due to a monopoly on what is the only high speed wire available to homes in many cases (was hard not to use First Person there).  Now that you have the setting, you can enjoy:

Ukemike comments:

"Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Not in a house.
Not with a mouse.
I would not watch it
here or there.
I would not watch it anywhere.
I would not watch cable TV.
I do not like it, no-sir-ee"

BobNet cites this very funny comic: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

But the best has got to be this ill-typed comment by Moby Disk:
"People use Hulu because I don't have cable. Isn't that the point?"

To which an Anonymous Coward responded:
"I don't know about anyone else... but I use Hulu and I had no idea whether or not you had cable."


  1. "...a monopoly on what is the only high speed wire
    available to homes in many cases"

    What about free space optical communication and RONJA?

    Search them from wikipedia and google.

    1. Hah, that is awesome. I have often thought about why such an optical connection isn't more common. Besides the problem of line-of-sight, I wonder if it can scale to many users with separate connections. I imagine the hub would need a different light for each connection, and to obscure or somehow hide the lights that a user node does not need to see. In any case, very interesting indeed.

    2. On transmitter, the different LED lights could be behind one lens or in front of one parabolic mirror, on different parts of the focal plane, similarly to a projector.

      On receiver side, light sensors can be pinned to correct spots on a metal sheet with magnets.

      Or if it's used widely enough, a special microchip can have million light sensors of which thousand, 100 or ten at a time can be selected for receiving of bits. On such chip, spatial resolution and color distinction are traded for time resolution, so only 2 "colors" 1 or 0 with the threshold brightness depending on background light. Optics could be anything since 17 century, e.g. a low quality partial telescope or camera.