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US Bans Loud Commercials

Snarf You Re:How loud is that? (289 comments)

My guess is that regular content will end up being compressed and amplified to compensate (say goodbye to dynamic range in movies) so that normal content and commercials are all at the same, as-loud-as-possible-without-clipping volume. After all, that would be the easiest approach for television station operators.

more than 3 years ago

The Science of Humor

Snarf You Re:Be careful! (344 comments)

According to Google, the translation is:

If nunstück is git and slotemeyer? Yes! Beiherhund or the gersput flipperwaldt!


more than 3 years ago

File Organization — How Do You Do It In 2011?

Snarf You My Secret Technique (356 comments)

Here is my highly effective file organization methodology:

  • I keep multimedia (audio, video, porn) files scattered around 37 or so different folders, each with several subfolders. The majority of these folders have 'temp' or 'download' in their names, except for porn files and folders which consist solely of simple combinations of letters and numbers, such as zzz/tt2.mpg, abc/xyz10.mpg, etc.
  • Programming projects (some for work, some for hobby, none of which are finished or ever will be) get split up among folders whose names convey increasing seriousness. For example, first there was simply 'Projects', then along came 'New Projects', which begat 'Really New Projects' and eventually 'Even More New Projects'.
  • Helper files (planning, documentation, spreadsheets, etc.) for each such project have strange filenames relating to whatever thoughts were racing through my mind at the time they were named.
  • Then, all you have to do is remember where and what everything is.

And that's pretty much all there is to it. This system hasn't failed me yet. Plus, it will stimulate the economy in approximately 0 to 60 years, because the investigator who has the pleasure of snooping through my computers after I croak will have job security for years.

more than 3 years ago

Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name?

Snarf You Re:Obligatory... (177 comments)



more than 3 years ago

Canadian Firm Plans 78-Satellite Net Service

Snarf You Re:This will be great! (143 comments)

Think of how many pigeons you can buy for $9 Billion.

Think of the "packet drops" from $9 billion worth of pigeons.

I pity the guy whose job it would be to wade through all of those "hex dumps".

about 4 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

Snarf You Re:Why I Use Basic (709 comments)

Sounds to me like he should only be allowed to teach eunuchs.

about 4 years ago

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

Snarf You Re:Who? (701 comments)

You must be Knuth here.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Says Moon Has More Water Than Great Lakes

Snarf You Re:libraries of congress... (255 comments)

What I want to know is: if you flooded the moon with as many great lakes as there are books in the LoC, to what depth would the flood waters rise?


You seem to be off by a factor of 6.

more than 4 years ago

Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap

Snarf You Re:Perspective (306 comments)

To offer some perspective, here in the UK we have monthly limits that are most commonly in the 15-30Gb range, with a premium limit of 50Gb being offered by a minority of service providers.

Yeah, but your guys' internet isn't nearly as big as ours.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Gates's The Road Ahead, 15 Years Later

Snarf You Re:Microsoft best innovation: Clippy! (280 comments)

how to write a letter

It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?

  • Get help with writing the letter
  • Just type the letter without help

[ ] Don't show me this tip again

more than 4 years ago

German High Court Declares All Software Patentable

Snarf You Re:Show me the software! (330 comments)

If you make

I think you

more than 4 years ago

Chrome Private Mode Not Quite Private

Snarf You Re:Addicted. (234 comments)

Is there any way to stop Chrome sending the info of the URLs you type into the address bar back to google, yet?

Yes - use SRWare Iron. It's a fork of Chrome, without all the phone-home stuff.

more than 4 years ago

ACLU Sues To Protect Your Right To Swear

Snarf You Re:What's with the asterisk, Slashdot? (698 comments)

"You can say 'I pricked my finger', just don't say you fingered your prick." - also from the late, great, and sorely missed George Carlin

more than 4 years ago

LimeWire Likely To Shut Down Soon

Snarf You Re:FrostWire (264 comments)

I prefer LemonWire myself. Although PlumWire has some nice features, and CherryWire isn't too bad either.

But whatever you do, stay away from KumquatWire!

more than 4 years ago

Purple Pokeberries Yield Cheap Solar Power

Snarf You Re:Pokeberries? (206 comments)

An upcoming Ask Yahoo question:

Someone poked my berries and they have now turned purple, should I be worried????

more than 4 years ago

UK ISP Spots a File-Sharing Loophole, Implements It

Snarf You Re:Lets get rid of it (179 comments)

Could it be because this ISP charges for bandwidth (and quite heavily during the day) and are more expensive than other providers that supply truly unlimited tariffs?

more than 4 years ago

Cleaner Air Could Speed Global Warming

Snarf You Re:If we are to err (344 comments)

...whereas I would rather stave off global warming, so if anyone needs me, I'll be outside emptying cans of hair spray, bug poison, and cooking oil into the atmosphere.

more than 4 years ago


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