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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 a week 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 a week 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

AnalogDiehard Glad I pulled the plug (342 comments)

I pulled the plug on broadcast and cable television back in 2000. Nothing worthwhile to watch and too many ads. My brother brought DVDs of newer shows and I've no interest in them either. I've lost any desire to waste time watching television, and these legal battles do more to drive me away from it all. The content owners don't want to play nice and I refuse to patronize such villiany.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

AnalogDiehard Who is the devil here? (632 comments)

Just who is the devil here?

Hate to be playing devil's advocate but a common tactic to shield assets from the taxman has been to transfer them to children.

While this may be a good tool to combat such tactics, it does have unintended consequences in harming those who can least afford it.

It's a well known fact that the IRS doesn't have the resources to resolve debts against the rich armed with a loaded legal and financial warchest. So they go after those who are least able to resist. This isn't a fair law at all.

about 3 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

AnalogDiehard Why do we need a law for this? (477 comments)

My work cell phone is provided by my employer. I have my own personal cell phone, which is 100% separate from my employer. I will not provide that cell number to my employer. Period. When I get home from work, I turn off the work cell phone. If they contact me during off-duty hours, I won't get the message until I am on duty. If my employer demands my personal cell number, then in return I demand that they reimburse my cell phone bill 100%. It is not an unreasonable demand and they never follow through. Why do we need a law for this?

about 3 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

AnalogDiehard Why do I need a rear view camera (518 comments)

Why do I need a camera to see my rear view? They make my ass look big.

about 4 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

AnalogDiehard Re:Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (286 comments)

No-fly lists simply shouldn't exist, regardless of whether or not they can work. The idea that you can be considered too dangerous (Without a trial!) to fly and yet not dangerous enough to arrest is absurd. As others have said, this is just used for oppression.

There was one case of the no-fly list being used against US Sen Edward Kennedy, proof that it is a tool that can be exploited for political retaliation and oppression.

about 4 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

AnalogDiehard Re:Why do we keep asking this question? (513 comments)

This doesn't work as an explanation because corporations in countries other than the U.S. (with faster speeds) are also greedy. So corporate greed isn't the cause per se. It may be necessary, but its not sufficient.

Other countries don't have lobbying loopholes where corporations can buy their own laws or have the issues with regulatory capture that the US does.

about 5 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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