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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Megane Re:Apple's post-peak celebrity embraces (260 comments)

Can you imagine Apple rolling out the Macintosh in 1984 with a celebrity lineup of the Everly Brothers and Bill Haley & the Comets?

They're a California company, they would have had The Beach Boys there for sure.

4 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Megane Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (260 comments)

In other words, they have failed to understand (or more likely succeeded in forgetting) the primary purpose of recorded music. It is something you can listen to while doing something else.

"Interactive" music is not music, it is an interactive activity (aka game) which happens to contain music.

And he's right about one thing, I won't be pirating it, because I don't want it. That's a great way to stop piracy, with the minor side effect of stopping sales, too.

5 hours ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Megane Re:rotfl (154 comments)

So that we can laugh at the balls it takes to come up with this kind of thing. "Damn, why didn't I think of that?"

10 hours ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Megane Re:hope for improvements (327 comments)

If it was working perfectly fine until they changed it with no option to use the old rendering, I would consider that a bug on their side. The GPU being able to be locked up is indeed a problem, but one that that I am surprised hadn't been a problem before, like when 10.6.x was new. In researching what the hell was happening, I found that the usual fix for other OSes is to keep one reserved thread (or whatever they're called) running on the GPU that allows it to be reset in case it gets totally fucked up.

2 days ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Megane Re:hope for improvements (327 comments)

They "upgraded" something that was working perfectly fine, without even a configuration option to go back to the old rendering?

2 days ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Megane Re:Surprising (89 comments)

Dos Doom used @ 320x200 in ModeY, Quake supported Michael Abrash's ModeX [wikipedia.org] @ 320x240.

Well it's only been a few decades, and I was mostly a Mac user back in the day. I did remember enough about VGA that as I posted, I was wondering where the hell all the color came from, because I was sure that 640x480 was only 16 colors. Oh the joys of cramming a frame buffer through a tiny chunk of a mere 1 megabyte addressing space. But at least I got the approximate CPU range right.

And FWIW, shrinking the screen down (and a coprocessor in the cartridge) was how they got it to run on SNES.

2 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Megane Re:If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (198 comments)

CRS-8 is not a "Bigelow Aerospace" mission, it is a NASA ISS mission which will carry the BEAM module.

2 days ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Megane Re:Six Missoins Each (185 comments)

But at least you still have Skylab.

2 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Megane Re:If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (198 comments)

The next launch of a Bigelow module will be BEAM on CRS-8 in late 2015, but it's only 4 meters across and will mostly be unused with its hatch shut, other than to check every now and then that it's still okay, then eventually jettisoned.

The "real" one doesn't go up until 2016.

3 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Megane Re:In the past, losers haven't suffered too badly (198 comments)

SpaceX is still going to be lifting people to Bigelow's inflatable stations. They're basically already committed to manned spaceflight, NASA or not. But flying NASA to ISS would certainly help with their cash flow.

3 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Megane Re:Flying Wing, XF-11, etc. (198 comments)

does SpaceX have capacity to make spaceships in quantity?

I'm pretty sure they've been ramping up production capacity this year. However, that's rocket production capacity (still important) with the current new F9 design, of which one of the goals was production capacity because of all the satellites they need to launch.

So how much production capacity would manned launches to ISS need? They do four missions a year, four launches a year, hence four capsules a year. As NASA requires a brand new capsule for every mission, they have to actually build four of them a year. (But that's also that many less capsules they need to build for non-NASA missions if they reuse the ISS mission capsules.)

3 days ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Megane Re:Tesla's taking a cue from Apple (154 comments)

Ah yes, now I remember the rest of the story... I seem to recall that a few weeks later I got a good deal on a Power Computing Power Tower Pro, which was a quite nice clone (except that 8.0 locked up all the time, so I downgraded to 7.6 until 8.1 came out), and that's what motivated me to sell the 4400. I hadn't really had the 4400 long enough to know just how bad it was. I kept the PTP as my main non-laptop long enough to get it running (actually more like walking) OS X. I long ago downgraded it to 9.x for when I need the retro (floppies and SCSI), and it's been a few years since I last powered it up.

The PTP basically let me hunker down during Apple's worst years of the PPC, the pre-G3 years.

3 days ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Megane Re:Tesla's taking a cue from Apple (154 comments)

One word: Performa

But there were still some pretty bad models sold without the Performa mark of crapulence. I once got a Power Mac 4400, one of the ten worst Macs ever, from a CompUSSR and realized how bad it was, so a few weeks later I sold it to a friend. I still feel bad about that.

3 days ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Megane Re:What ? That's not biologically possible (105 comments)

Toxin are released by bacteria not virus, and antibiotic do diddly squat against virus, they are used against bacteria.

The original article gets this right. You were expecting a clickbait peddler like IBT to even copypasta it correctly?

3 days ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Megane Re:Poor source (105 comments)

So tl;dr: Beads have a coating that attaches to bad stuff. Beads are also magnets and can be pulled out along with the bad stuff by a big magnet.

If the beads themselves are magnets (rather than just being attracted by magnets), they can also attach to each other to clump up on bad stuff better. (This is implied by the microscopic photo.)

I'm quite surprised at IBT's lack of knowledge.

You must be new here.

3 days ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Megane Re:Surprising (89 comments)

Wasn't Doom released in the era of the 25MHz 486 with 1-4 megs of RAM and 640x480 VGA with no acceleration? It probably helps if the screen is only 320x240 QVGA. It depends on which CPU is in use, but something designed to print a full page at 150-ish DPI should have more than enough RAM and CPU. The front panel alone has 2 megabytes of RAM, and a 45MHz LVDS interface for display data, as per its recent hackaday appearance:

http://hackaday.com/2014/09/11...

4 days ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Megane Re:hope for improvements (327 comments)

The game abuses OpenGL.

The current version of the game will not run on OS X older than 10.9 because they now use some advanced features of OpenGL that will lock up the graphics card on older versions of OS X. Their official workaround is "upgrade to 10.9".

4 days ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Megane Re:PCs are the problem (111 comments)

FWIW, some places now request your postal zip code as a sort-of PIN, particularly unattended pay-at-the-pump gasoline. At first it sounds silly, but when you think about it, if someone scammed your credit card number by swiping the card track data, or out of a database, they're not likely to have your zip code too. (I suppose if they intercepted the zip-as-PIN they would have it, so hopefully it goes down the same encrypted route as debit PINs.)

If someone stole your wallet, sure, they would have your zip code, but at least then you would know that your card was missing.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Megane Re:"anyone who shopped at Home Depot since April" (111 comments)

I think I went once or twice during those months, but I can't remember if I used my card or fed twenties into the self-service checkout.

about two weeks ago

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