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Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype On Sale For $150K

adavies42 Re:Hey look! An Ebay Auction. (114 comments)

i suppose the worst case is asteroids, which is only properly reproducible with an oscilloscope....

about 2 years ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

adavies42 Re:yes (1010 comments)

Her statement back to the interviewer was "How am I suppose to know how to use an adding machine if no one has ever taught me" at which point the interview was ended.

coincidentally, i just finished rereading atlas shrugged last week. she sounds just like Philip Rearden.

btw, there are apparently whole countries that just don't practice change minimization--i got the funniest looks in singapore when i'd offer eleven dollars (a ten and a one) for a six-dollar purchase. i'd just nod and smile and hope they'd learn something useful when they saw what their machine said....

about 2 years ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

adavies42 how do you define "ISP"? (250 comments)

my first internet access was through dialup (actual modem-dialer dialup, pre-PPP) to a university VAX, where i fiddled around with email, usenet, ftp, gopher, and the very early web. there were also Delphi and GEnie and so on--dial straight into the SPRINT data line and see if there's anything interesting going on on the message boards.

my first ISP (in the normal sense of the word) was probably two or three years later.

somewhere in between were the GUI-based online service providers--Prodigy, CompuServe, AOL, eWorld, even Juno at some point.

i've only personally, voluntarily switched ISPs (as opposed to moving, changing dorms, my parents' doing it, etc.) once, i think--i had a cable modem connection in new york city a few years back that was so bad i switched to DSL, even tho it was Verizon and it took them a month to get me hooked up.

about 2 years ago

San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley

adavies42 Re:Hip City? (282 comments)

Istanbul actually means "in the city" or "to the city" (in medieval Greek). People near New York call New York "the city" (and people in the other boroughs mean "Manhattan" when they say "the city").

about 2 years ago

RIM CEO On What Went Wrong

adavies42 Re:LTE? How about Android and IPhone (299 comments)

i wish iOS had bb's ability to handle very-low-bandwidth conditions. my bb can send and receive email seamlessly, and browse the web with mild difficulty, in a one-bar environment where my iPhone just spins, assuming it can get an IP address at all. (that's about the only thing i like about bb tho....)

about 2 years ago

'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky

adavies42 Re:For fuck's sake (288 comments)

no, that's war crimes. if you commit acts of war, then you're in a state of war, which means the armed forces of your opponent are legally justified in shooting you dead as soon as they can find you. that's the whole point of legal concept of "state of war".

(there's a fine point to be argued about whether acts that would be acts of war given a formal declaration of war are acts of war or war crimes, but that's a different question.)

more than 2 years ago

I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

adavies42 four (380 comments)

driver's license, work id, old college id (i still live in the same city, it's sometimes handy for getting into alumni events), and "passport card" (the thing that lets you drive into canada or mexico). (i'm not really sure why i carry that last--i think it may be a carryover from a year i spent living abroad a couple years back when having unambiguous proof of US citizenship on me at all times seemed like a good idea.)

more than 2 years ago

The Nice Guy At the World's Largest Weapons Expo

adavies42 Re:stone crusher (180 comments)

How about the Crushinator? My robot bud here needs a new girlfriend....

more than 2 years ago

I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

adavies42 5? (280 comments)

Windows and Linux at work [1]; OS X at home [2]; iOS on my iPhone, iPad, and new Apple TV; and whatever iPod Nanos run [3].

If you get into versions, it's XP for all the Windows work; Redhat 4, 5, and 6 for Linux at work; currently straight Debian (I think Sid?) at for Linux at home; mostly Leopard through Lion for OS X [4]; and iOS 5.

Oh, and I have a dev edition of an Intel tablet I got for free that I've booted exactly once. I think it runs Maemo or Meego or something?

Do we count firmware? I'm pretty sure my receiver, TV, Blu-ray player, and cameras all run things sophisticated enough to be called OSs....

[1] And very occasionally Solaris (8, mostly, I think).

[2] With occasional interludes of Windows or Linux at home, mostly via VMs.

[3] Also miscellaneous earlier iPods, from original up to 3rd gen Shuffle, that get used an average of once a year.

[4] And one ancient Tiger box I boot maybe once a year.

more than 2 years ago

MusOpen Releases Open Source Classical Music As Pro Tools Files

adavies42 Re:What is the definition (83 comments)

What is the definition of "Classical" music? I thought that the works composed by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and so on were out of copyright anyway.

the problem is that the vast majority of recordings of classical music are under copyright (to the orchestra or whatever). anything old enough to be public domain by sheer age is going to sound terrible (mono 78s at best, and almost certainly recorded "acoustically" through a horn) and there's not going to be much because of the format limitations of the time. (10-inch 78s hold 3min a side, that's about right for a piano etude. hard to put a symphony on those....)

there's a similar issue actually with sheet music--most of the good sheet music for those same pieces is under some degree of copyright control. i wonder if anyone's looking at doing the same thing there? you could transcribe whole swaths of the canon to MusicXML or ABC and release them under CC-SA or GFDL pretty cheaply, i'd think.

more than 2 years ago

MusOpen Releases Open Source Classical Music As Pro Tools Files

adavies42 Re:What is the definition (83 comments)

iirc definition 2 was originally supposed to relate to "classical" in its primary definition of the time--"relating to Classical Civilization", i.e. ancient greece and rome (cf. classical architecture). i think the idea was that this music was a simplification from the baroque period that preceded it.

more than 2 years ago

All Researchers To Be Allocated Unique IDs

adavies42 Re:16-digit ID (164 comments)

9 999 999 999 999 999
I have no idea what number that is. What comes after trillions?

It's called Quintillions

actually (in short/american count) it's quadrillions. (10e15 is ten quadrillion.)

and the only book that I've read that would even approach that would be Niven's Ringworld... and I'm sure that even that would fall short.

a ringworld as wide as the earth and at our orbit would have roughly 5 trillion square miles (~8000 miles * ~100e6 miles * 2 * pi) (inside) surface area.

10e15/5e12 is 2000 people per square mile, slightly less than bangladesh, and about 24x america -- feasible, if not terribly probably.

Ringworld itself is unlikely to have anything close to this "now", given what the Puppeteers did to it, but i suppose it might have back when the Pak were running things.

Perhaps a large star cluster full of Ringworlds?

a (solid) dyson sphere at our orbit would have about 125 quadrillion (4 * pi * ~100e6 miles^2) square miles (inside) surface area, and could thus accommodate 10e15 people at 1 per ~12.5 square miles (~0.08 per square mile), just slightly more than greenland, and 15x less than alaska.

more than 2 years ago

Star City and the Baikonur Cosmodrome

adavies42 Re:live launch tours from $5000 to $20000 (66 comments)

the one at the end of an arm shouldn't make you puke if it's set up properly and you know what you're doing. the spinning chair on the other hand....

more than 2 years ago

The Scientific Method Versus Scientific Evidence In the Courtroom

adavies42 Re:Advocate for?! (140 comments)

how does this relate to "advocate against"?

more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

adavies42 Re:Of course... (637 comments)

of course you can, you just have to be a hunter-gatherer. you're perfectly free to move to the alaskan bush any time you like. just remember, some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.

more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

adavies42 Re:Scary (910 comments)

23% still have confidence in banks?


more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

adavies42 Re:no agreement... (910 comments)

can we get someone who respects the constitution who doesn't sound as wacky as Ron Paul?

Will Gary Johnson do?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

adavies42 Re:Why? (297 comments)


(tho i'd've said github)

more than 2 years ago

Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)

adavies42 Re:zomg (63 comments)


(coincidentally, the fortune at the moment is "'From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.' -- Dr. Seuss"

more than 2 years ago

Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)

adavies42 Re:zomg (63 comments)

yo dawg....

more than 2 years ago



Patent Trolling of the 1850s?

adavies42 adavies42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

adavies42 (746183) writes "The Volokh Conspiracy is currently hosting a series of guest posts by legal historian Adam Mossoff, a professor at George Mason, on the "Sewing Machine War", a series of patent lawsuits in the mid 1850s that showed many of the features of modern patent warfare, including injunctions, threats against consumers, and patent trolls. Interestingly, the war was eventually ended by the voluntary formation by the major patent holders of the Sewing Machine Combination, America's first patent pool. Could the modern patent disputes which seem endemic to the tech and biotech industries resolve themselves similarly?"
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