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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

Darinbob Re:What? (33 comments)

But Tivo was convenient time shifting. There are still no DVRs that match the ease of use of Tivo.

5 hours ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Darinbob Re:VMS is dead; long live WNT (92 comments)

Because they're not at all the same thing, they're not even close. There's only a superficial resemblance, very high level concepts only. Also the concepts they have in common are very often very common in many operating systems! I think the article was written by someone who'd only ever seen VMS, NT, and Unix and failed to realize just how much variety there really was out there.

(and Cutler was called in originally to do OS/2, which is also not like VMS)

6 hours ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Darinbob Re:Quote from the article (158 comments)

No, this is about a jackass deciding to break the law because his films are more important than anything else. The movie company has no right to be on the island and all, they are the foreign invaders. The question is which corrupt politician signed the papers allowing them to break the law?

10 hours ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Darinbob Re:Who owns the island? (158 comments)

There's a difference in believing in private property, which most people in liberal democratic countries do, versus belieiving that private property makes you lord and master over every square inch of it (puffins be damned!). There is always some community responsibility involved everywhere, unless and until someone manages to live somewhere with no community and has no effects on anyone else. So even if this island was private property there are still large community effects involved (this is usually countered by the notion that economic benefits are far more important than environmental harm, maybe by saying something silly like "people are more important than birds!").

10 hours ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Darinbob Re:Today I Learnt that... (158 comments)

Well, most people in US should at least know "puffin" as it's a name of a the largest English language children's book publishing group.

On the other hand, ignorance is relative. If Europeans learn about regions 200 miles from them then that covers a lot of territory, but many Americans are very familiar with parts of their that far away and may drive on trips that far regularly. It would not be at all surprising to find London residents who know very little about anything outside of London except what they see on television.

11 hours ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Darinbob Re:Nokia still has products? (48 comments)

I think a CEO from abroad wasn't as big a concern as a CEO from Microsoft. They've had several foreigners high up in the executive staff and on their board for some time.

11 hours ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Darinbob Re:Nokia still has products? (48 comments)

Nokia had a lot of divisions, phones were just one of them. Nokia Networks however had previously merged with a Siemens division and became Nokia Siemens (not entirely sure if it's under the umbrella of Nokia as a subsidiary). There's also Nokia Research which I think is still a part of Nokia. Check Point was a partner with Nokia starting in 1998, but was never owned by Nokia. (I'm not sure what Nokia division that was)

11 hours ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Darinbob Re:From Finland (48 comments)

Not much similarity in the languages except for having a limited phoneme set. The most commonly known language that Finnish is related to is Hungarian. If there is a common parent to Japanese thousands of years ago it is so far back in time as to be irrelevant as to modern sounds.

But stick some substitute in some Finnish vowels that have the accent marks and no one would have confused it with Japanese.

11 hours ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Darinbob Re:From Finland (48 comments)

I didn't even know there were Nokian snow tires until I worked for Nokia and read their history. Even then I thought they were a European-only brand for awhile.

11 hours ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Darinbob Re:From Finland (48 comments)

Actually, a LOT of people thought they were Japanese. I honestly don't know why that is. The syllables in the language are similar, but there's nothing really in the word "Nokia" that is familiarly Japanese.

And then, once some people discover Nokia is actually Finnish they will start up with the Swedish accents...

11 hours ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Darinbob Re:where's the money?! (193 comments)

When I was in school the ACM just seemed a bit less rigorous than the IEEE. The Communications of the ACM periodical would have fewer interesting articles and seem less technical than the competing IEEE Spectrum. Though the ACM did sponsor useful conferences.

12 hours ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Darinbob Re:Arneson (182 comments)

I do like GURPS, simple, straight forward, 3d6 does a better job than d20 for most things, and adaptable to most genres easily. Most of AD&D though if you really go through the books is flavor. I think this is because RPGs were so new that there was a need for a basic instruction book on what to do. There was also a lot of filler in the AD&D books, a grab bag of various things that were better served as columns in Dragon magazine (which a lot of them were). Ie, the instructions on how to generate a random dungeon. When I ran some games I didn't keep all the rules, there were too many. As in I didn't bother with adjustments based on weapon types versus armor types, it slowed stuff down too much.

12 hours ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Darinbob Re:He just doesent' get it.. (491 comments)

This is BS. Human beings still do the hiring, not impartial computers. Humans like to hire humans that are like them; similar personalities for sure, but also similar races, same gender, same schools, same religion, people who dress similarly, and so forth. Maybe it's not overt but humans have bias, even geeks.

Meritocracy is just another way to maintain the status quo, and ignores that there are real problems preventing people outside of the privileged groups from getting the necessary education.

yesterday
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Darinbob Re:Kickstarter warning (163 comments)

And you still need a fan even if it works, just not as large. Something needs to create an air flow within the chassis.

yesterday
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Darinbob Re:A cautionary tale? (174 comments)

I found it interesting that this seems to be presented as a hoax that lasted a long time. As in way back when the author was a sophomore implies a long time ago. Then I discover it's really only been there since 2009. It's only been a measly 5 years! Ok, maybe that's a whopping 20% of the author's life but it's still a very short period of time, too short to be something forgotten due to the passage of years (maybe because she was stoned when she wrote it though).

Would it have been discovered in due course if the author hadn't confessed? The author of the original books is still alive, it seems likely he'd have noticed something eventually (though the bloggers, young as they are, express great surprise at this).

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Darinbob Re:Unbelievable (304 comments)

Ripping a CD for your own use is legal. Downloading is a different issue as that is 99.99% of the time from someone else's copy. Even before CDs were invented it was legal to make your own copy for your own use of copyrighted material you owned (ie, you could record from a record player onto a cassette and then use it in a Sony Walkman).

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Darinbob Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (304 comments)

Fair use allows by law for time shifting and place shifting. The content owners don't necessarily like this though, and they have fought the law against this for several decades. This is why they want to advocate for DRM since it prevents the customer from doing what the law explicitly allows.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Darinbob Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (304 comments)

Bought a car in 1998 that had cassette as I had a lot of them at the time, I could always get a cassette copy of the CDs I had easily, and the CD player option was very expensive. Higher fidelity sound would have been irrelevant as cars are so noisy inside. Kept that car for 13 years.

You don't have to be old and cranky to have old technology, since the technology changes faster than the devices wear out. You just need to not be wasteful and buy all new stuff every year.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Darinbob Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (304 comments)

Because I have a lot of old CDs, and I like them. I want to play them in my car. Which is why I put them on an ipod. I will never buy music from a digital though, I want a real physical copy not some ephemeral digital copy relying on a codec that may not be available in a decade. The ipod is for convenience, the CD is the actual product. That CD will play in a player I purchased two decades ago and can be encoded in a variety of formats if new ones come out. I have a bunch of CDs I got from someone else who didn't want them, since ownership can be transferred easily.

Digital media often has a become obsolete over time unless the owner takes an active ongoing effort to recode it every year or two. CD's though seem to be surviving much longer than most things out there, longer than magnetic media, longer than analog vinyl media, and with a simple and well documented encoding scheme. This is probably because the CDs were introduced a particular time in history between the transition from analog to digital and between the transition to simple and open to complex and secured and proprietary formats.

Next you'll be wondering why people still buy paper books when Amazon will lease you some in the cloud.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Darinbob Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (304 comments)

I think the point being made, no matter how stupid, is that because the device could be used to rip CD illegally that the devices themselves are illegal.

yesterday

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