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Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Catastrophism (71 comments)

Velokovsky (and Ackerman) wrote about the birth of Venus, and Mars waging war on the Earth as an actual hypothesis as to how the solar system got to how we view it today. Hogan, as was often his style, took that idea and wove a fictional story around it.

I wish I had recommendations of other lesser known authors of a similar style, but I've never encountered any. For the most part I probably read the same books that most techies do, Asimov, Gibson, Stephenson. It was just a fluke that my mother bought me the fourth book in Hogan's Giants series for Christmas one year, and despite not having read the previous three books I was hooked.

about 5 months ago

Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Catastrophism (71 comments)

You think Velikovsky got carried away? John Ackerman picked up where he left off.

But I came to leave the same comment. Well, the Velikovshy part, I didn't expect to find anyone who had read Jim's stuff. I miss him, I used to e-mail back and forth a occasionally. I do own copies of all of his books, most in hardback, and the first editions of the last dozen or so. I never had to heart to tell him that his last few were not very good.

Anyway, here's to the new baby moon in Saturn's cradle.

about 5 months ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Neon Spiral Injector I Use it Internationally (280 comments)

I'm a 5-digit /. user, i.e. an old guy, but I do use WhatsApp. Only with international friends, though. Even then I tend to use Facebook messenger, but there were a few people who wanted nothing to do with Facebook, and they were actually the ones who pushed me to WhatsApp. I wonder what will happen with them now.

about 7 months ago

CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers

Neon Spiral Injector Combo (87 comments)

I'll wait until I can get a 3D-scanner/printer/copier/fax that does none of those jobs well.

about 8 months ago

The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Ionescu (208 comments)

Alexandru is a common name. You know with being over there by Greece.

about 10 months ago

The State of ReactOS's Crazy Open Source Windows Replacement

Neon Spiral Injector Ionescu (208 comments)

I had always assumed that Alex Ionescu was Romanian. But he says he was born in Canada in this video.

about 10 months ago

iPhone Infringes On Sony, Nokia Patents, Says Federal Jury

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Live by the sword . . . (166 comments)

A company that makes no products has no need to cross-license patents.

about 2 years ago

Intel and Micron Unveil 128Gb NAND Chip

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Get ready for a new wave of poorly coded softwa (133 comments)

Yeah, Java 1.2 ran like crap on my 133 MHz 5x68 with 16 MB of RAM in 1998, but today's Java isn't too bad on my dual Six Core CPUs with 32 GB of RAM.

more than 2 years ago

Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Wow (244 comments)

From the fine article, "Current phone networks allow users to talk and listen simultaneously but, the scientists said, they use a work-around that is expensive and requires careful planning."

more than 3 years ago

Sony Reveals the Next Generation Portable Console

Neon Spiral Injector Neo Geo Pocket (244 comments)

Wasn't there already a portable with the initials NGP?

more than 3 years ago

SanDisk, Nikon and Sony Develop 500MB/sec 2TB Flash Card

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Specification (98 comments)

Nor do they have the technology to actually build said tires.

more than 3 years ago

Wireless HDMI At 1080p, Lag-Free WHDI Tested

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Security? (171 comments)

Amimon's FAQ answers this question.

Is WHDI secured? Could someone eavesdrop on my wireless high definition video?

WHDI uses strong encryption (AES 256 bit-based) to protect the high definition wireless link. This ensures that all video or audio content transmitted wirelessly over WHDI links is safe from intentional or accidental eavesdropping.

more than 3 years ago

Homebrew Cray-1

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Wow! (140 comments)

It's instructions execute accurately clock-for-clock, but running at 33 MHz instead of 80.

about 4 years ago

Avatar Blu-Ray DRM Issues

Neon Spiral Injector Re:No matter (376 comments)

He's a troll. People are comparing this Avatar BD to Sony's "Superbit" DVDs. It has no extras, and yet has one of the highest mux-rates of any disc released to date. It's reference material.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Update Bricks Playstations

Neon Spiral Injector Re:No issues here (510 comments)

Your Linux partition is still there, you just can't make use of the space reserved for it anymore. The only way to recover the space is to do a back up, format, and restore.

more than 4 years ago

Technical Objections To the Ogg Container Format

Neon Spiral Injector Re:what is the point, exactly. (370 comments)

You do make a good point about the name, though. A name like: filename.pcm.dv.avi, or filename.mp3.mjpg.avi would reveal a lot more information. Too bad that scheme isn't more widely used.

more than 4 years ago

Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

Neon Spiral Injector Re:Sony Timer (147 comments)

It wasn't a PSN problem, I know someone with a PS3 which has never been online, yet she couldn't play a trophy-enabled disc game on Sunday.

The affected systems now think it is January 2, 2000--unless the user has corrected the time. When the bug hit they all reset to December 31, 1999 (which is a year one can't manually enter).

more than 4 years ago

Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

Neon Spiral Injector Sony Timer (147 comments)

I have a theory there's an unseen clock running inside the PS3. Since the passage of time solved the problem, shouldn't too have setting the system time forward a day? I tried that, yet the system was still bugged. It would make sense if there was a hidden clock not able to be directly set by the end user for things like DRM. Since Sony has downloadable movie rentals, which can only be viewed for 48 hours after payment. It would follow that there's an extra timer which one can't over-ride to get more time with the rental. It also makes sense to tie this to game DRM, and trophy acquisition so users couldn't forge earlier time stamps. The other observation I made is that when I manually set the clock the system would keep time as long as it was on. But shutting down and restarting would cause the displayed time to revert to the time I had previously set. So the system clock wasn't being updated by the hidden clock, while it was in the buggy 29th day of February.

more than 4 years ago



Google Sign a Deal to Acquire On2

Neon Spiral Injector Neon Spiral Injector writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) writes "Google's Blog reports, 'Because we spend a lot of time working to make the overall web experience better for users, we think that video compression technology should be a part of the web platform. To that end, we're happy to announce today that we've signed a deal to acquire On2 Technologies, a leading creator of high-quality video compression technology.' There is also a full press release.

It should be noted that On2 donated an older version of their video codec to which was the basis for the Theora codec."


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