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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Chaos Incarnate Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

They filed the trademark application back in 2009. The USPTO just hasn't gotten around to processing it until now.

about two weeks ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

Chaos Incarnate Re:Wet Dream (99 comments)

Backwards compatibility was taken away, in conjunction with a price drop because eliminating those chips significantly lowered the cost to build the machine. I'm more than happy to have saved $100 on my PS3 to lose that.

Cross-game chat (which is what's really being asked for; plenty of games have implemented their own in-game chat), while trivial from a technical perspective, has the issue of Sony not being able to increase the memory or CPU footprint of the OS while a game is running, lest they break one or more of the thousands of existing games. So if they added that, they'd have to find something to carve out. Theoretically I suppose they could build more RAM/a faster CPU into the newer machines, but only those would be able to support chat.

about a month ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Chaos Incarnate Re:All the happy (136 comments)

The fact that you still have those LaserJet 4s may be why they considered selling it. Hard to make a profit when customers don't need to buy more printers.

about 2 months ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

Chaos Incarnate Re:Write your name with a pen? (82 comments)

If you don't want to participate in their program, you're welcome to format-shift the book yourself. They're giving you a free bonus here, not trying to make something that you're entitled to more difficult to get.

about 3 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

Chaos Incarnate Re:Paltry (193 comments)

The "running TV tally" is from exit polling, which you can't do anything about. It's not actual vote counting.

about 4 months ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

Chaos Incarnate Re:Fox should get nothin! (210 comments)

Actually, they do - 20th Century Fox was the production company, and holds the distribution rights (so they sell the DVDs). The show succeeding was in their best interest, so they had nothing to do with network-of-the-same-name's cancellation decision.

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Chaos Incarnate Re:I would think (379 comments)

The goal here isn't to review individual commits; it's to get the code to a more maintainable place so that it can be audited as a whole for the vulnerabilities that have cropped up over the years.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Chaos Incarnate Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

With Comcast, at least locally, it's cheaper to keep whatever their bottom tier of cable is than to get just Internet service by itself.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

Chaos Incarnate Re:need to drop the college for all idea and stop (295 comments)

I guess I was considering relevant work experience, not flipping burgers. But that wouldn't be a newbie - in that case, I think I agree that the degree is certainly a more useful indicator. :)

about 6 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

Chaos Incarnate Re:need to drop the college for all idea and stop (295 comments)

So between someone with no experience but a degree, and someone with 5+ years experience (at the same company) and no degree, you'd still opt for the degree-bearer?

I would have thought the work experience would show that they can do #1 and #2, and probably #3 as well...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

Chaos Incarnate Re:.NET (247 comments)

Really? Sheesh. I have SSRS experience, and I'm laughing my ass off at that. "SQL wrapped in XML" is not exactly an arcane skill....

about 6 months ago
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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

Chaos Incarnate Re:Interactive music (66 comments)

You need to go back and play the original X-wing and TIE Fighter. (Not the Windows 95 ports, the DOS versions.)

Also, possibly Wing Commander 1 & 2 (scored by The Fat Man). But I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't played them yet, despite owning the GOG rereleases.

about 7 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Chaos Incarnate Re:*Shrug* (304 comments)

From the publisher's perspective, the ebook's costs are hardly "negligible", as the retailer gets to skim 30% off the top. Less than a print book (the retailer gets 40-50%), but a decent-sized chunk of change all the same.

about 8 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Chaos Incarnate Re:*Shrug* (304 comments)

Calibre can't do it out of the box; you need to go find certain addons for it.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft & More Settle Lawsuits With Boston University

Chaos Incarnate Re:I have zero problems with BU's patents (129 comments)

They're not supposed to wait until it becomes ubiquitous - if it does, then it seems to me like it fails the obviousness test for the patent if they were able to independently derive it. Licensing should be arranged before, or as soon as possible after, the products come to market.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

Chaos Incarnate Re:*sigh* (417 comments)

Windows XP Mode is just an XP VM. It will still have the same vulnerabilities as an unpatched Windows XP.

about 8 months ago
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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Chaos Incarnate Re:Track your every move (257 comments)

Not just your 15-year-old daughter, per se, but it does support the require a PIN change to make temperature adjustments (or to make temperature adjustments outside a certain range).

about 8 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

Chaos Incarnate Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

The answer to that isn't "then guns aren't necessary", the answer to that is "then tanks should be civilian legal".

about 8 months ago

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