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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

AnalogDiehard Re:Read first? (131 comments)

If you read TFA:-

A default feature in Facebook’s mobile app that automatically launches videos in users’ newsfeeds has been blamed for devouring mobile phone users’ data and driving up their cellphone bills.

Nothing to do with browsers.

As of yesterday, my Safari browser was auto-playing videos in FB. That wasn't true a week ago. Time to look into preventative actions and fire off a nastygram to FB.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

AnalogDiehard Re:it tingles (182 comments)

Liquid nitrogen is an oxygen deficiency hazard. We have kilns at work that operate in the few thousand Fahrenheit range. These kilns are over 200,000 cubic feet. In case of a fire, liquid nitrogen is used to extinguish it by cutting off the oxygen that feeds the fire. The control systems dispense it rapidly enough that it is a human hazard and alarm systems warn to evacuate immediately. You don't want to be around when that stuff dispenses.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

AnalogDiehard Microsoft Messenger = Spim (127 comments)

Microsoft Messenger got a bad reputation as a target for spim (IM spam). It was enabled up to WINXP SP2 which finally disabled it by default, but by then it was an abandoned protocol because almost all users turned it off in earlier Windows OS to block the spim. It became a ghost town haunted by spammers like most Yahoo groups.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

AnalogDiehard Cable TV tried this (611 comments)

Back in the 1980s, many channels on Cable TV had zero ads.

By the 1990s, every channel had ads. And the cost of Cable TV continued to rise. By 2000 I pulled the plug and swore off broadcast TV. I pay for viewing privileges, not for ads.

I'm not easily convinced anymore when a sales pitch promises ad free content.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

AnalogDiehard Whitelist (382 comments)

We don't need a payment system. We need a whitelist. If I see a new alias I should have the option to peek at your posts prior to adding you to my whitelist. If you're a civil human poster, I add your alias to my whitelist and I look forward to reading your comments. If you're a troll or spammer, I never add you to my whitelist and I never have to waste eyeball on your diatribe or sales pitches again.

about a month ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

AnalogDiehard When cruise control was new in the 1970s (406 comments)

When cruise control was new in the 1970s, there was a news story about a guy who wrecked his brand new RV. He said he turned on the cruise control then went to the back of the RV to make a sandwich.

about a month ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

AnalogDiehard Job market for MCSE? (300 comments)

I'm sure there is a big demand for those folks with MCSE certifications - Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Expert.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

AnalogDiehard Poetic justice for an AOL employee? (401 comments)

In the last 15 years, AOL has been pulling the same thing on customers wanting to cancel their services. Hurts to wear the shoe on the other foot, eh?

about 2 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

AnalogDiehard Blame the person behind the wheel not the machines (579 comments)

Idiot drivers rushing traffic obstacles have been a problem ever since the automobile was invented. During the first fifty years of automobile ownership they were especially problematic with collisions with trains because those idiots tried to beat the train to the grade crossing and they lost. A 200 ton locomotive against a 1/2 ton automobile is no contest. A 1000 pound automobile against a human being at a fraction of the speed and mass is no contest. People are too quick to blame the machines and should starting blaming the idiots behind the wheel.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

AnalogDiehard Re:Wow (80 comments)

The article only mentions ONE PERSON that stood up and spoke out against the deal at the hearing. ONE.

And that's not by accident. Those hearings have limited seating. It has been well known that corporations pay "plants" to grab those seats well in advance, show up and claim their seat, and do nothing at all during the entire proceeding. Some of them are brazen enough to sleep. This effectively shuts out the dissenters and could be a 1st amendment violation.

about 2 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

AnalogDiehard No one knows you're a dog on the internet (191 comments)

I don't not trust the internet, but one has to be very prudent in verifying sources. There is a LOT of misinformation that get perpetuated around the net. Part of it is the armchair charlatans, the other are parties "planting" half-truths or outright lies to further their agenda with little fear of retaliation. There's a lot of wisdom to the saying "no one knows you're a dog on the internet".

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

AnalogDiehard Re:I skipped Windows 7... (681 comments)

Just wait for a few iterations of Mac OS until Apple says the latest one will not work on your still perfectly functional hardware.

Well aware of that. Apple profits from hardware so they force obsolescence using OS upgrades. Not a fan of the upgrade treadmill so I plan my purchases for the long haul, even when a future OSX will no longer work on my Pro. A buddy is currently having that problem and I learned from that. That's just one of the reasons I chose the Mac Pro instead of the iMac and cheaper Mac machines.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

AnalogDiehard I skipped Windows 7... (681 comments)

...and purchased a Mac Pro. My WIN2K machine started showing its age. HP stopped making ink cartridges for my printer. Upgrading required a completely new system as none my peripherals will work on Vista and higher. We started using WIN7 at work from XP and I just hated it. Since I had to buy a completely new system, a Mac Pro was only a little more money. And the migration to learning a new OS was easier than I anticipated. I have no regrets, especially seeing the stupid mistakes MS has made in WIN8.

about 3 months ago
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Programming On a Piano Keyboard

AnalogDiehard Re:That's going to be embarrassing... (57 comments)

That's nothing. Play something by John Cage, and you get Windows OS.

Clippy: It looks like you're trying to play John Cage's "4:33". Would you like help?

about 3 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

AnalogDiehard Follow The Money (646 comments)

A quick google reveals that the owner of the team has donated 97% to the GOP. This is another retaliation using federal agencies to intimidate political enemies. Today the Redskins, tomorrow the "tea party" or any other name that the liberal democrats deem hostile (at their choosing) to their cause. "Racism" was just a shell covering their true motive.

about 3 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

AnalogDiehard This is why I rip my CDs (329 comments)

I have CDs going back to the 1980s which still play. This article confirmed my suspicion that they will not last forever and I don't want to spend the $$$ to replace my 400+ CDs with another media that the record cartels control like BluRay with the movie cartels. When the mp3 format came along, I found an encoder (RazorLame) that did an excellent job of maintaining the fidelity of my CDs so I proceeded to rip my entire collection. I heard some horrid fidelity mp3s on filesharing sites due to bad encoders so I don't download music nor do I upload my rips. The original CDs are now backups which are ripped to lossless and lossy formats. I'm covered in case those CDs start dying, and I also have redundant backups on different media other than disc platter technology in case my mp3 collection gets hosed. The record cartels hated mp3s but copyright law permits personal backups and there has been no legal case or precedent against personal backups.

about 4 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

AnalogDiehard EPA please! (194 comments)

Please, PLEASE do the same to the EPA. If you read the recent news, one of the staff who just got a bonus was spending most of his taxpayer-funded work hours downloading p0rn. This is a wonderful solution to that problem.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

AnalogDiehard Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

Successful Sony Formats... + CD http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

The audio CD wasn't a format developed solely by Sony, it was a collaborative team effort between Sony and Phillips both of whom had been independently developing the technology. Development of that format started in 1974 long before Sony was a content provider. In fact when the infamous rootkit scandal emerged, Phillips called out Sony because the rootkit media did not conform with the "redbook" audio CD specification and should not carry the audio CD label.

The biggest reason why audio CD was a successful format was because the audio CD specification contained no provision for DRM.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

AnalogDiehard Tried it, liked it (865 comments)

I have traveled internationally. Automobiles in Germany have a keyless ignition with push button start. If your fob is within proximity of the control panel, the button starts the engine. They have it in Ford, Mercedes, and BMW autos that I have rented. I liked the system.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

AnalogDiehard Proprietary format? (208 comments)

Color me reluctant, but I have no interest because Sony is notorious for proprietary formats that lock you into their product and I still despise their hostile disposition for customers when they gave us the rootkit scandal.

about 4 months ago

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Judge Rules Music of Pi is non-copyrightable

AnalogDiehard AnalogDiehard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AnalogDiehard (199128) writes "A copyright case alleging infringement of a 1992 Lars Erickson song "The Pi Symphony" by Michael John Blake's "What Pi Sounds Like" was dismissed by US District Court Judge Michael H. Simon. Both pieces were conceived by assigning numbers to musical notes, then deriving a melody based on the pattern defined by a finite set of numbers in Pi. Judge Simon wrote in his legal opinion, intentionally announced on Pi day (3/14), that "Pi is a non-copyrightable fact". While the Judge did not invalidate the Erickson copyright, he ruled that "Mr. Erickson may not use his copyright to stop others from employing this particular pattern of musical notes". The judge further ruled that the two pieces were not sufficiently similar — for instance, its harmonies, structure and cadence are all different."
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