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Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

AnalogDiehard Our work day is more efficient WITHOUT Facebook (112 comments)

I work for a major corporation and they started blocking FB last year. They found that FB was disrupting too many people so it makes our work day more efficient.

about two weeks ago

The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

AnalogDiehard Other hoaxes (100 comments)

There were other component hoaxes.

BD-1 Battery Discharger, also had a product spec printed. Marketing actually heard from a customer who wanted samples.

To compliment the Light Emitting Diode (LED), a company offered the Dark Emitting Diode (DED).

Hard to top the WOM though. I actually used that term in a meeting involving computers. Reaction was deer in the headlights from the IT folks. Had to quickly clue them in.

about a month ago

Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

AnalogDiehard I remember records too well (433 comments)

When I became old enough to afford my own music it was just before CDs became available. By then, plastic had replaced vinyl as the medium for records. I owned very few records because the plastic ones were bad out of the package. I once had to return a defective record multiple times, by the fourth time it still was defective and I refused to buy any more.

I have a National Semiconductor application manual on audio circuits that describe the operation of the needle on a record. I can't believe how primitive and vulnerable to damage that technology is.

Never have and never will be a customer of records again. When CDs came along, I embraced them. All my original CDs back to 1985 still work. The few records I owned got lost in my divorce and I do not miss them.

Frankly, all playback media has their thorns. I see no compelling reason to go back to vinyl records. CDs sound good enough to me, and I am into pro audio (not audiophile, there is a difference).

about a month and a half ago

Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

AnalogDiehard Dear Zuckerberg (206 comments)

Take a look at AOL. Yahoo. That's where you will be in five years.

about 3 months ago

NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

AnalogDiehard This just in (786 comments)

80s ads are responsible for the lack of male shoppers at shopping malls because the merchandise in stores appeal predominantly to women.

Really, it all comes down to marketing. The mens' clothing I see in stores have zero appeal to me because women are usually in charge of purchasing at clothing stores and they stock colors and patterns that are too effeminate. Not to hard to see a parallel with computers as they simply LOOK like mens' tools. Next time you see a woman using a palmtop or cellphone, note the accessory(s) that are matched to her wardrobe.

about 3 months ago

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

AnalogDiehard Re: The decline started with OS/2 (156 comments)

The other reason that Lotus 123 fell out of favor was copy protection. They used a scheme that detected an intentional fault on the floppy disk. You couldn't make a backup because the program would detect the missing fault and refuse to run. Maybe accounting departments could look past that, but engineering departments with daily production reports and new product deliveries critical to the bottom line weren't very comfortable depending on a system with no backup.

about 4 months ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

AnalogDiehard NY State Law has ways to find evaders (185 comments)

Here in divorce-centric NY, they WILL find ways to serve papers on you. Having a GOOD lawyer who knows state law helps. The judicial system doesn't approve of evaders.

When I filed for divorce in NY (I'll be very brief), my master manipulator STBX evaded the servers. She was an ex-deputy of the Sheriff department and learned of papers through the "old boy network". When she was at home she parked the car at an undisclosed location and no one answered the door. She was known to wear wigs for disguise and they could not find her on campus. All the places and events she was known to frequent, she could not be found.

The judge heard testimony from the servers that they were unable to serve papers on her after six months of trying. My lawyer and the judge had never seen a case this bad. At that time, she told me to contact her through her mother. I had a GOOD lawyer and he cited NY state law that in the event that a family member has been designated a contact, then papers can be served on that family member.

My mother-in-law never even knew we were separated and she went through the roof when she got the papers. Then the very next day her lawyer responds, and this timing of events was used in my trial before a very impressed judge.

Without going into details, the whole episode stretched out years longer than it should had for a simple divorce case and the judge cited her intentional abuse of the legal system in his ruling to prolong the process.

Did it end there? Nooooo.... when I found a buyer for the marital residence she refused to sign the papers, in violation of the stipulation. The same judge, with my divorce case fresh in his memory, wanted that broad in his court in two weeks. She was working at a state camp for the summer and I provided precise directions of the location of this camp for the server. Knowing her tactics, he posed as a delivery person carrying a parcel that required her signature. He delivered the parcel - and the papers. She never expected it, and probably forgot that years ago I wrote down those instructions when she called me out to that camp because her car broke down.

about 4 months ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

AnalogDiehard Brilliant move! (504 comments)

Apple codes their iOS so that neither they or law authorities have no backdoor or master key to access any iDevice.

When they approach the owner, he can flip the proverbial middle finger by citing the fifth amendment.

And it's all legal despite any Patriot Act, secret FISA court, or intimidating threats from the NSA.

about 4 months ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

AnalogDiehard In other news (504 comments)

Apple Computers has announced that their servers have crashed due to the extremely large demand from iDevice customers seeking to download the latest iOS version 8. They're blaming it on some bizarre phenomenon called "the Slashdot effect".

about 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago



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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