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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Vandil X Remember: Space is hard (140 comments)

The miracle and wonder behind celebrating successful space missions is realizing that going to space is hard and a lot had to go well to get things to turn out right. Even with decades of satellite launches under humanity's belt, each launch is a challenge and a learning opportunity...

...some more costly than others.

about 3 months ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

Vandil X 3D Blu-Ray Player (99 comments)

I lost interest in mainstream console gaming after the SNES/Genesis and the Saturn/PS1 eras. The way gaming was going on consoles (Xbox, PS2, GCN) just turned me off and I spent more time playing MMOs on PCs. So when the 360 and PS3 came out, I bought a PS3 only to serve as an easy-to-firmware-update Blu-Ray player that can play my PS1 games and, perhaps, any PS3 game that catches my eye (SF4 for example) and retro collection discs.

The killer app for me was when 3D Blu-Ray capability was added. For me, the PS3 will continue to have it's honorary position in my entertainment scenario, so long as it can play Blu-Ray movies and allow me to play Symphony of the Night on the big screen.

If my PS3 breaks while they're still making them? I'm not sure I'd buy another. I'd just get a cheap 3D-capable Blu-Ray player and play SotN by other means.

about 3 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

Vandil X Lindows was ahead of its time. (564 comments)

This would have been the perfect chance for Lindows/Linspire to have struck. It was a decade too early!

about a year ago
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Researchers Implant False Memories In Mice

Vandil X The Matrix (102 comments)

Well, so restarts the philosophical arguments raised after the original Matrix film came out. You "know" only what your sensory inputs tell you! Is your sensors are being spoofed, may it be a nice steak.

about a year ago
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Voyager 1 Finds Unexpected Wrinkles At the Edge Of the Solar System

Vandil X Old school still teaching! (164 comments)

I'm happy that there is still an active remnant of the "cock & balls" NASA out there that is still exploring our universe and showing the world how it's done.

about a year ago
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The History of the Floppy Disk

Vandil X 5.25" USB Floppy Drives? (204 comments)

I still wish someone would make (and sell) a USB 5.25" floppy drive. I still have a few 5.25" floppies kicking around that I'd love to get data off of, if they're still readable.

more than 2 years ago
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Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch

Vandil X Here's hoping the crewed Dragon happens soon (138 comments)

It's great that we have U.S.-based cargo delivery/recovery capacity again. This is definitely a huge milestone. However, the crewed-version of the Dragon will be the true, emotional U.S. milestone, as it replaces the human element lost with the retirement of the space shuttle.

more than 2 years ago
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Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

Vandil X SSNs already do this (409 comments)

and driver's licenses to some degree.

more than 2 years ago
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iTunes' Windows Problem

Vandil X Re:Uhm, no... (332 comments)

I'm sure they could go the Adobe CS route and create an Apple "Bridge" that allows all the component applications access to the iTunes Library, app library, book library and such.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages

Vandil X Remember free Dial-Up Providers from the 1990s? (273 comments)

In the 1990s, there used to be tons of free dial-up ISP providers that gave you free access so long as you agreed to surf the web through their branded version of Internet Explorer that framed websites in ads. Some providers required you to click the ads so many times within a certain interval of time or get disconnected.

I'm sure these frames and banner ads "violated" the design of websites that were browsed by these users, but since the websites themselves were not hacked or damaged and displayed correctly on the computer screen of those not using ad-managed ISPs/web browsers, there is probably not a tangible copyright issue.

Hotel Wi-Fi is just the modern version of this same model, albeit without using software or requiring ad clicks.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages

Vandil X No. (273 comments)

1. The websurfer agrees to a Terms of Service that allows the ISP to make changes to inbound website page requests.
2. The websurfer proceeds to request pages from a remote webserver. The ISP injects ads as the customer consented.


No where in this was the remote webserver compromised or hacked. The website still loads as the content owner designed on computers accessing the website through ISPs that have not adjusted the content. Since the customer is agreeing to allow the ISP to alter his web browsing experience in exchange for Internet Access, this is permissible. Unethical, perhaps, but permissible. Certainly not compyright infringement.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages

Vandil X I'm sure he agreed to this in the TOS. (273 comments)

Whether it's free Wi-Fi or paid Wi-Fi, read those Terms of Service. I'm sure this activity was disclosed in theire either explicitly or with ambiguous language. As the saying goes: Don't like it? Don't use it.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

Vandil X Basically they took all this time to do Apple IDs (262 comments)

Hotmail account
Passport account
.NET Passport account
Windows Live ID
now finally just "Microsoft account". It's about time.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

Vandil X Linux will always be number three (290 comments)

-Windows for games and Active Directory-managed MSOffice-dominated corporate offices.

-Mac OS X for creative types and the content creators for the aforementioned corporate offices.

-Linux for the sysadmin to play with at home and, at work, to have running on an old box in the server room to do a task that a Windows server could probably do just fine, but not as efficiently, and is in constant danger of being replaced with a Windows system, just so the SOX manager will be happy.

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS

Vandil X Memory footprint should be first priority (109 comments)

The more memory in use, the more energy Mobile devices burn. Mozilla's Firefox is a huge memory hog on personal computers. If they want a shot on the mobile market, they'll need to keep the memory footprint to a minimum.

about 3 years ago

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