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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

ElephanTS love this (2288 comments)

The geek tends to see himself as anarchic-libertarian. But technocratic and elitist would be closer to the truth.

That's brilliant. Should be the footer on every slashdot page.

more than 3 years ago

Pocket Wars and Cores

ElephanTS Re:No Windows 7 Mobile on ARM (159 comments)

I shouldn't say they can't -- I should say they are unwilling.

I totally agree with the MS problem but I think they can't. Ten years ago they should have got away from everything that Windows had become and start again but they were too scared they would lose their base customers on the way. It shows they were insecure about their product and thought that it was a success they couldn't repeat again - too dependent on a naive market. Instead they came up with the compromise way forward (fix it - let's make Vista) and got terribly stuck as the complexity of the task overwhelmed them.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

ElephanTS Re:I'm really getting tired of all this.. (306 comments)

I used to work for xxxxx many years ago and we had a massive joint project with Sony to create an open reel digital multitrack standard. It failed ultimately but I did learn of the prejudices of the Japanese engineers. Even then (late 80s) the word was that Sony was making deliberately short-lived consumer products which reflected the extremely fast turnover of their domestic market. In the rich parts of Tokyo you could (apparently) retrieve fully working VCR's etc from trash - things discarded for the latest model. Sony I think built this planned obsolescence into their products as they thought consumers were not interesting in having a VCR work for say 5 years.

Probably the peak of Sony design was late70s to early80s and since then it's been laurel-resting and marketing. I too miss the old Sony but I guess Apple have taken that now.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

ElephanTS Re:I'm really getting tired of all this.. (306 comments)

Yeah absolutely. I'm an audio engineer for over 20 years now and when I started Sony owned the broadcast equipment market. Then some time during the nineties we began to realise that this stuff was going wrong *a lot*. Their DAT players although standard in many ways failed like no other brand. Panasonic took over that one and I changed my preferences to only buy Trinitron products - which in the CRT days were the best. Then they started failing quite badly too - but not before they'd mugged me for a large multisync CRT that died after about three years. Something very wrong with Sony and has been for years.

more than 3 years ago

App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

ElephanTS Re:Uh, no. (353 comments)

I was writing apps for the Macintosh in the late 80s. They always were called applications on the Mac, even then.

I think app is pretty cool actually and seems about right for what it is.

Lawn, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Bastardi's Wager

ElephanTS Re:real science (672 comments)

no mod points but well said...

more than 3 years ago

With the Jack PC, the Computer's In the Wall!

ElephanTS Crysis benchmarks? (119 comments)

C'mon let me know. Did RTFA lol.

more than 3 years ago

Geocities To Be Made Available As a 900GB Torrent

ElephanTS 900Gb? (215 comments)

The vast majority of this torrent has got to be (badly optimised) GIFs. They should do a version without those included which would be interesting all the same.

Damn, I'm back to remembering when Adobe Imageready 1.0 came out . . . .

more than 3 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

ElephanTS Re:Tough to find a 16x10 monitor anymore! (1140 comments)

I had the same situation last year and compromised with a 2048x1152 Samsung display. You don't miss the 48 'missing' pixels at all. It's called QWXGA in the VGA naming scheme. All my Nvidia cards have no problems with this res either.

more than 3 years ago

1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. the iPad

ElephanTS Flying time (81 comments)

Depressingly I remember the AGT from when it was new. Used one at a computer fair when I was 12 in amazed mode.

more than 4 years ago

Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?

ElephanTS Re:Use a specialized device (289 comments)

Totally agree. Never, never buy anything from Belkin - they are shockingly bad in most of what they do.

more than 4 years ago

US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

ElephanTS Re:I don't buy this (307 comments)

Don't forget runners and so on can get hooked on endorphins. I cycle a lot and am familiar with this. I think it is a type of addiction that has a chemical mechanism.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Denies It Built Backdoor Into Windows 7

ElephanTS Re:I have no problem believing MS this time... (450 comments)

"Glenn Beck is an idiot, and one of the biggest reasons this country is falling apart. "

He may be an idiot but he isn't that important. By your logic if the people then rounded on him and killed him then everything would be ok. Try it and see ;-)

more than 4 years ago

The Internet Turns 40, For a Second Time

ElephanTS The Creator (152 comments)

It's funny, they didn't mention Al Gore was there?

more than 4 years ago

London Stock Exchange Rejects .NET For Open Source

ElephanTS Re:Not out of context (498 comments)

I wouldn't put MS-SQL in that kind of environment for all the kickbacks in the world.

I would. Gladly. But then I've lost my idealism and you haven't.

more than 4 years ago

Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

ElephanTS Re:Is this news? (650 comments)

Exactly. I always say this to my Dad when they've told him some old nonsense down at PCWorld or wherever.

"Dad, do you think if he actually knew about computers he'd be working here for £7 an hour when anyone with expertise can get £50 an hour in a freelance occupation?"

For some reason this blows his mind.

more than 4 years ago

Alabama Wages War Against the Perfect Weed

ElephanTS Re:Disappointed (360 comments)

Yeah right me too! Nothing about the smokability and I RTFA!!

more than 4 years ago


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