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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

VAXcat Re:I don't really get it either. (433 comments)

Yah, you're on to something here. I have thousands of hours of music available in digital form (most of it ripped lossless to FLAC). What I really enjoy listening to, though, is my old reel to reel tape deck. Even thought the fidelity is dramatically less than my digital collection, I enjoy thinking about the magnetic domains gliding by, being picked up by a coil and amplified into music. The dance of the VU meters is also hypnotic to watch, in time with the music.

5 days ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

VAXcat Operational analysis needed (218 comments)

Hmmm...this reminds me of the story about operational analysis of bomber armor in WWII. Briefly, the Allies examined bombers that returned from raids, compiled where they had been hit by flak and machine gun fire, and started a program to armor those spots. Then they realized, that the planes that hadn't returned probably had been damaged in the spots that the returning planes had not been, and that's where the armor was needed. In this case, singling out the people who get arrested over and over, while not a bad idea, is focusing on the incompetent criminals - the people who are good at it will get arrested at much lower rates than the ones who are in and out of the system all the time.

about two weeks ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

VAXcat Neuromancer (57 comments)

With his hands in the pockets of his jacket, he stared through the glass at a flat lozenge of vatgrown flesh that lay on a carved pedestal of imitation jade. The color of its skin reminded him of Zone's whores; it was tattooed with a luminous digital display wired to a subcutaneous chip. Why bother with the surgery, he found himself thinking, while sweat coursed down his ribs, when you could just carry the thing around in your pocket?

about two weeks ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

VAXcat "losing" tools (82 comments)

Yah, my tools seem to grow legs and walk off as well,

about three weeks ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

VAXcat Autonomous fighting vehicles (117 comments)

They're working on the Bolo Mark XV Horrendous.

about three weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

VAXcat Re:IQ of congress (163 comments)

There was a time, a golden age most of you have never even imagined, when, to work in IT, you had to be very smart, well educated, and very dedicated to coding and computers. Sadly, that decades gone Xanadu has been replaced by legions of people just looking for a paycheck, who have never seen any other platform than Windows, and whose main qualification is that they have a certification or two. Makes me sad to look back on it...

about 1 month ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

VAXcat Re:That is NOT steampunk! (81 comments)

Sinepunk? Cosinepunk? Analogpunk? Fourierpunk?

about a month ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

VAXcat Hail Hydra! (86 comments)

Cut off a head, and two shall take its place! Hail Hydra!

about a month ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

VAXcat Re:Coastal people live in their own universe (264 comments)

It's sort of like the Dunning Kreuger effect - the cognitive skills that wold enable you to tell if you are rational are exactly the ones that the lack of makes you irrational...thus, your assertion that you are rational is just another symptom of the California effect.

about a month and a half ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

VAXcat Re:Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

But happy...and from what his wife was saying later in the movie, no longer impotent....

about a month and a half ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

VAXcat Re:It's been done...in 1959 (161 comments)

AAIEEEE! I don't' know what I'd be more scared of - the X-rays this thing generates, the high voltage potentially lethal power supplies, the flying glass when one of the reservoir jugs breaks, or the incredibly toxic vaporized mercury!!! in the diffusion pump. People didn't scare very easily back in the 50s

about a month and a half ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

VAXcat Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

HA! That reminds me of what Terry Carr, a science fiction writer, once said, that if the Bible was released as an Ace Double, it would have been titled "War God of Israel", with the flip side called "The Thing with Three Souls".

about 1 month ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

VAXcat Re:Not sure about this one (168 comments)

So, you think there is a WiFiNoFly list of mac addresses maintained by the government?

about 2 months ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

VAXcat Only one way to deal with this problem (150 comments)

Make sure you keep your resume up to date and on local storage. When your company's cloud vendor fails...print your resume and use it to get a job somewhere else.

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

VAXcat WiFi boombox (146 comments)

I bought a Pi to stick into an old Sony Boombox that had a worn out CD player. I added a WiFi USB adapter andI loaded MPD/MPC on it and use it to stream music from the house server. I mostly use it in in the garage and the backyard. I added a USB sound adapter, and spliced its output into the boombox's CD input. Sounds great and now I can listen to any of the albums I've loaded on the server instead of having to carry CDs with the boombox.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

VAXcat Bill Gates... (130 comments)

...I've seen what his work is like - not all that interested in his opinions...

about 2 months ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

VAXcat Re:Missing out (217 comments)

Most people are such poor shots with a handgun, if you get more than 10 feet away from them, they haven't got a hope in hell of hitting you.

about 3 months ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

VAXcat Re:400v? (60 comments)

I can't stand this kind of disrespectful joking around, with puns no less. I'm positive that we can run the negative energy displayed by your post to ground.

about 3 months ago

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