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New Laser Data Transfer Rate Record Set At 26 Tbps

Cynonamous Anoward Re:I was going to make a "Library of Congress" jok (127 comments)

Boy, this will REALLY piss off the those entertainment fat cats...

They got upset because transferring a portion of their catalog no longer had a "cost" associated with it. What are they gonna do when transferring their entire catalog no longer even has a time-cost associated with it?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

Cynonamous Anoward Re:no substitute for the real thing (585 comments)

IIIIIIRONYYYYYYYYY.

Most of the games of that era run better under UNIX and WINE. Case and Point - Dungeon Keeper 2 runs beautifully on Mac OS X.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Rebranding of FLAC (450 comments)

They already have their own lossless format (and it can handle 24-bit as well). it's called ALAC, which is ironically close to your joke..

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Miss the point more? (1073 comments)

How long until the witch hunts begin, and we start removing undesirable thoughts/people/etc?

We have already started trying. Just ask Julian Assange.

more than 3 years ago
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Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War

Cynonamous Anoward Re:No, the BBC Changed the Story (299 comments)

The man who sells a phony vacuum cleaner is a liar. The man who buys one is an idiot.

more than 4 years ago
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Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War

Cynonamous Anoward Re:No, the BBC Changed the Story (299 comments)

If you use the wrong tool for the job, I call that failing. But it's not the tool that failed. It's you.

more than 4 years ago
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First 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito Created

Cynonamous Anoward Re:How about a bite-proof mosquito? (261 comments)

bite-proof mosquitoes? I didn't realize that there was a big problem with people biting mosquitoes!

more than 4 years ago
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"Green" Ice Resurfacing Machines Fail In Vancouver

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Summary & Article Leave a Bit to Be Desired (356 comments)

What the hell? I go to kings games. In LA, in march, on a Saturday afternoon. I've been to hockey games were it was 90 degrees outside. The capitals stadium must have really poor air control if they have problems with that.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

Cynonamous Anoward Re:So they should (507 comments)

Confirming this. In my experience, most jailbreakers do it to run "illicit" apps, rather than to "pirate" legitimate ones. You want to run an emulator? You want to customize your phone in a non apple-approved way? you want to run an X rated app? Jailbreak. Note that I have seen jail broken phones doing all of those things, and in most cases, the apps were all paid for.

If apple allowed an open market, or, at most, did some basic sanity checks (to filter out malicious or incompetent apps that can cause harm), there would not be a jailbreaking problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Will Fix the Internet? No One, Apparently

Cynonamous Anoward Dominant force doesn't matter. Early adopter does. (370 comments)

The adoption of a new technology is generally not driven by those who dominate once it is widespread. It tends to be driven by early adopters, who are willing to spend the money to try out a new technology. They either prove it, or they have tons of problems. As soon as somebody proves a technology is viable, a business shmuck at some large company can make a successful pitch that "This is the future, etc, etc...and it's already proven technology so the company doesn't have to worry about hiccups, etc, etc".

That is why Porn killed Betamax. Not because Porn represents a large market share, but because Porn was willing to be an early adopter of VHS. They proved that video sales and rental via VHS was viable. Once that happened, the major video players we unwilling to take a bet on Betamax, no matter how superior it was, because they looked at the Porn industry and saw that VHS was already in use, and therefore, the business plan and technical hurdles were done for them, guaranteed.

about 5 years ago
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Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

Cynonamous Anoward Re:1984 (646 comments)

We didn't do 1984, but HS Freshman English we read Animal Farm

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

Cynonamous Anoward Re:hi (727 comments)

It's not off topic. There is no topic in the original post...

'how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?'

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

Cynonamous Anoward Re:hi (727 comments)

I say mod this +1 just for having a post which deserves to be modded down, but manages not to fit into any of the -1 categories.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers As They Look Forward To Windows 8

Cynonamous Anoward Re:New OS naming trend? (386 comments)

But, But, But...if they name things consistently, people will learn the scheme and be able to properly identify the varying levels of suckage...

more than 5 years ago
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Should Network Cables Be Replaced?

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Overkill... (524 comments)

No, it's not that anything is possible in Vegas, just that whatever _IS_ possible stays there.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Lawyer Calls YouTube ContentID Worse Than DMCA

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Not really (219 comments)

I think I know the story first hand thank you.

more than 5 years ago
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COBOL Turning 50, Still Important

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Another reason... (314 comments)

Generally, yes. My point was that older programs like that (hell, new programs too, who are we kidding) tend to have poor behavioral documentation, meaning that small features and bits of logic which are important to the company are captured only in code. Meaning you needed to start the rewrite before the old geezers who maintained the old system retired, because otherwise you will have new engineers who are not familiar with the language or tools, trying to dig ultra-deep into unfamiliar software for answers.

Hell, to your point that the language being COBOL doesn't matter that much, you're probably right. Take any competent C programmer who has never looked at large open source project X, and ask him to find and modify the code for feature Y. It will take him waaaaay longer on his own than if he has access to a programmer who has been hacking on the source for a while.

more than 5 years ago
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Work Progresses On 10,000 Year Clock

Cynonamous Anoward Re:Errr (307 comments)

Hmmm. credentials please? citations maybe? I don't claim to be an expert, but blanket dissmisiveness with no details or citations is not going to convince me, since I do know a hell of a lot about both computers and arithmetic in alternative bases.

My opinions are just that, opinions, especially regarding tertiary machines, since, to my knowledge, a truly usable one has never been demonstrated.

So it's possible that what I said is not actually true, but my opinion is based on first hand experience and opinions of others who have been in the field of computing for a very long time. So as I said, it will take more than a general statement with no backup to change my mind.

more than 5 years ago

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