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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Immerial Kickbacks... I wish (135 comments)

Sadly, the reason the RealMedia stuff is still around is due to legacy files. Since they were the leader in streaming for a bunch of years, there are still a lot of files still in this format. I currently have 569 RM files that I need to replace with the ones that I've converted to mp4 and mp3. The older stuff is lower priority so it probably won't be done for another year or two... ugh.

about 3 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Immerial Technically it is supported (554 comments)

It may not be supported by the latest OS 10.9.x but it is still supported by Lion 10.7.x and Lion is still getting OS updates from Apple. So you are still supported. Eventually that will change once they release Yosemite in the next few months. Apple generally doesn't support more than a couple versions back... basically to cover their 3yr. Apple Care extended warranty. That combined with their OS versions gives you around 5 years minimum of support. While not ideal... it's not too bad.

I also think the hardware support will lengthen as most don't need much more power to email, browse, watch videos, etc. OS versions will probably support older and older hardware, unless some new feature comes along that needs more processing power (better language processing?). My Mac Mini (Early 2009) it will be supported with Yosemite 10.10... which means even if that's the latest it can support... it will end up with minimum of ~8years of support. I think that is pretty good.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Immerial Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

And even more confusion for folks from Boston. They would wonder why they would make a Terrahfactory... it's not even close to Halloween yet!

about 5 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Immerial Sarcasm Fail (869 comments)

Man, it's sometimes hard in threads like these to pick out the real trolls vs the heavy sarcasm. Commenting to undo incorrect moderation. We need a freakin' undo.

about 8 months ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

Immerial Preferences (80 comments)

Maybe the judge has her preferences set to Plain Text ;)

about 8 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Immerial Yes YES... feel the RAGE! (364 comments)

Or as it has happened IRL... they mash the gas peddle, swerve around you to get in front, flip you the bird, scream at you with the window rolled down, only to have to stop four seconds later, as you slowly drive up right behind them at the light :P

about 9 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Immerial Ma-Ma (914 comments)

What was her name again? ;) Are you sure she not advocating both? Maybe she's seen the latest Judge Dredd movie.

about 9 months ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Immerial Re:Remeber this before signing up.. (185 comments)

Man, they are going to have one hell of a center piece... "Hey, check out what I found outside." =D

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

Immerial Re:BBC (361 comments)

As a foreigner I view it as an outsider's view of the US news... which I value greatly. With Fox News making stuff up (man, they've got their tin foil hats on tight) and 20/20 doing NSA fluff pieces, it's hard to get anything real from inside the US. Now I know BBC news has it's own tilt, it's just no where near as bad as news from inside the US. Sadly I find myself sometimes agreeing with the "WTF is with Americans?" sentiment of some of the articles.

about a year ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Immerial The Google knows (511 comments)

...And all your stuff knows all of your other stuff. SCARY.

about a year ago
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MIT Begins Offering For-Pay MOOC In Big Data

Immerial Correction: thousands of courses (51 comments)

MIT OpenCourseWare is up to around 2200 courses... let alone the 20+ they've done through MITx. MIT has spent tens of millions of dollars giving free education material to the world.

Disclaimer: I work for MIT OpenCourseWare and still get annoyed that we have a ton of people who don't know about us cranking away at free course materials for the world for more than a decade! (MIT OpenCourseWare was announced in 2001.)

about a year ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Immerial Re:No question? (961 comments)

Who will now take the responsibility of culling the herd?

Physics.

1 year,19 days
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

Immerial Knowledge (104 comments)

MIT OpenCourseWare (https://archive.org/details/mit_ocw) stores a copy of all the videos on its site on the Internet Archive. Currently that is 75 full video lecture courses and 17 full audio lectures courses, plus a ton of smaller one-offs and mini-series video and audio files. Over a thousand hours of teaching. I would like to think that would be something of use to the human race.

about a year ago
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Computers and Doctor Who

Immerial Arthur C. Clarke (93 comments)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

about a year ago
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Inside OS X Mavericks

Immerial Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

Nah... for me that doesn't bother me much in 10.7. It's just another menu item under the Apple menu. I just don't use it. I basically don't see it or notice it except when I forget and do the OS 'full screen' and it limits me to one screen (I have a multi-monitor setup)... that is annoying. (I'm glad they finally fixed it in 10.9). The biggest thing moving to 10.7 was all the Rosetta apps I lost. I knew 64bit was coming so I'd have to deal with it at some point. Luckily I found replacements for almost all of them.

about a year ago
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Inside OS X Mavericks

Immerial Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

The messed up thing about this is that Apple only legally supports 10.7+ to be virtualized. So if you want to run your older software, you are going to have to buy an older machine (according to Apple). It's too bad they didn't decide to let 10.6 be virtualized since I have some older software too that I'd like to keep.

about a year ago
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Inside OS X Mavericks

Immerial Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

I bet most of those folks are using older machines that can't use 10.7+. There are a quite a number of Macs that don't make the minimum reqs. Mac OS 10.7 requires a 64-bit CPU. 10.6 was the last to support 32bit. I have a MacBook at home that is stuck at 10.6.

about a year ago

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