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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

blanks The difference is the process involved. (433 comments)

I'm not going to bother touching on the ongoing debate of which sounds better or which format is generally better. I personally believe the difference of vinyl and other audio formats is the process involved with vinyl and the a lack of a better word the intimacy people have with it.

I always tell friends who ask about my collection that vinyl is to digital media what home cooked meals are to microwave dinners. Some people don't like cooking and choose easy and fact meals they can just eat so they are no longer hungry. While other people enjoy the process of cooking for hours to make a meal they are proud of and enjoy. Is the home cooked meal better? To the person who cooked it yes it most likely is because of their involvement.

These days with digital media you simply browse a site/app click a few buttons and the song or album is lost into your collection. It becomes background noise after listing to it a few times and has no real relevance to the person. With vinyl (specifically hard to find albums) a person can spend years searching for the album. They might go to stores weekly talking with employees and building friendships so they can get items held for them or called when a big collection just comes in, or spend hours walking around the city searching all the stores. Nearly all my records have stories like this.

There is also the process of playing the albums vs simply hitting shuffle on your computer. You have to search your collection deciding what you want to listen to, start up your equipment, maybe you have to clean the record before hand. You also have a tangible object you need to interact with. There is involvement.

So like I said; some people want quick and easy music that requires no involvement. Some of us do. I love the process and thinking about what I went though to get an album I'm listening to, or who I talked to when they suggested something or the show I picked the album up at. Personally I could care less if one or the other sounds better and I still personally listen to streaming music/mp3's when I simply want background noise, but when I want to listen to music I turn to my vinyl.

about a month and a half ago

Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

blanks Hasn't worked before (592 comments)

If ubisoft and EA have shown us anything over the last few years its that always on never works. Interruption at home? Yep you lose all your unsaved game. Interruption with your ISP, major node some where, at the data center, or maybe a server failure, slight down time (anywhere) and you get to replay everything again.

I'm also going to assume that this activation code that will be required to be used will not give me the ability to download the game if the disk is lost or destroyed, or if I lose my game I will not be able to get a discounted price for the physical disk? Oh and I'm just guessing here but if I did buy a new copy my old save games wouldn't work with the different "game" will they?

Its like they WANT people to pirate games and software. Why go though all this when I can simply download/burn the game and play it for free? Sounds much easier.

about 2 years ago

Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

blanks Just make easy to remember passwords. (538 comments)

Am I the only person who generates easy to remember yet difficult to read / crack passwords based on things like movie / cartoon / book quotes or music lyrics? I don't think I have ever make a totally random password for myself and instead create easy to remember passwords from all sorts of phrases. The only problem with this is when sites disallow long passwords (so many limit passwords under 10,12,20 characters).

Take for example (random things off the top of my head) the sun will come up to morrow, to morrow. Tswcu2m2m. Or Dance your cares away Worrys for another day DycaWfad. Throw in a few !! or $$ at the beginning or ending and you're set.

about 2 years ago

Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

blanks Re:Meg, Carly (237 comments)

I'd say I hate HP more because I have at some point in the past used a Ebay/Paypal service.

more than 2 years ago

Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

blanks Re:Individual Song Downloads (247 comments)

Or music videos. Or playlists not following album releases.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge vinyl collector and would never pay for a digital download (as I enjoy the entire album experience) but once you give in you basically throw out your entire excuse and invalidate everything you have previously said.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

blanks You can't force diversity. (343 comments)

" How far do we have to go to ensure we are diverse?""

By not ensuring it and let it happen organically? Doing it any other way defeats the purpose of trying to be diverse.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

blanks Ubisoft just cann't make a functional DRM system. (473 comments)

Ubisoft has been trying to use DRM in their games for years and has failed at every attempt at a functional DRM that dosen't limit the person who "purchased" the game.

I recently bought Heroes of Might and Magic VI not realizing it was owned by Ubisoft. I was unable to play the game right after I downloaded it (their Authentication system was down to login to). After waiting several hours I was finally able to login and play. After about 2 hours of play I was disconnected again because the connection to their DRM server was lost. This meant I couldn't continue my game (and all saved data was lost too). After waiting a day it was finally back up. And on weekends you deal with the same problem.

Plenty of other games, systems, etc have been able to do very simple and very easy DRM on games. Look at battle.net and all of blizzards games. Their DRM management is so effective you don't even realize your dealing with any type of DRM or license authentication.

Gamers are willing to deal with DRM if it allows them to play their damn games they bought (forever) and have to deal with very little when dealing with the DRM. Ubisoft hasn't realize this and it will (and should be) the death of the company.

about 3 years ago

TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970

blanks Online media is not the problem. (349 comments)

The problem is that no one wants to spend an extra $500 - $1000 for a 3D tv while most tv manufactures are trying to cover all their losses over the last 4 years from the mistake of trying to push this silly technology.

Once the focus is back to standard TV's with increasingly better displays at a reasonable price then people will start buying again instead off holding onto their all ready "good enough" LED / LCD tv's.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

blanks Re:Ready, fire, aim (529 comments)

I take it you have never had to deal with identity theft before?

If your credit card / account was used in a different country or obviously not possible to be you making the transactions then you are damn lucky. In most cases though you are dealing with identify theft in your general area like a city or state. In these situations you have to prove that you are Innocent which is damn near impossible. In fact the credit card companies try to make it as difficult as possible for you to prove your Innocent.

So during Christmas time and banks dealing with thousands (tens of thousands?) of extra malice credit card transactions on top of what they normally would at this time of year I can't imagine the banks trying to make it easier for their customers. It will be in fact the most difficult time of the year for the customers to deal with this.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

blanks This will only hurt the charities... (529 comments)

I've stood behind many of the things Anonymous has done in the past but this just seems stupid.

The only thing this will do is cost charities millions in audits, time, etc and make many lose services they use to collect donations. You know what will happen if a charity receives illicit funds through paypal? Their bank account gets frozen and paypal will in most cases never allow them to use their service again.

If they want to be dicks they should use these attacks through online services that the music/movie industries run / make money from, or big evil online retails like walmart and bestbuy or make payments to other banks customers mortgages / dept.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones

blanks Re:No developer will pay for this. (129 comments)

Did a quick re-read and it turns out they are going to offer it for free to developers in hopes of forcing customers to click on a button to get charged for better network speeds.

Somehow if their network is too saturated this client api will speed up their network they are saying. Oh, no it wont, they will simply throttle other paying customers while charging you an additional fee for a service you are all ready paying for.

Oh and a great quote from the article :

  "And just because you request a high quality of service doesn't mean you're gonna get it."

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones

blanks No developer will pay for this. (129 comments)

So now software developers will have to pay a fee to get "good" data speeds?

And to top that off now developers will need to design 2 versions of their application for every type of version phone / OS and everyone else. Way to go guys.

more than 3 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

blanks Or another way to look at it. (357 comments)

It could be that the hardware isn't worse for androids, its that it is more difficult to replace or file a claim with Apple then it is with android phones.

I had a blackberry for several years and have had an android phone for 2 and have never had any problem.

I do on the other hand know several people who have had several iphones die and were un-replaceable because of whatever excuse Apple could come up with.

That and people are far more likely to "upgrade" their iphones the moment a new version comes out instead of using their existing phone until it stops functioning.

more than 3 years ago

Is Perl Better Than a Randomly Generated Programming Language?

blanks Am I wrong? (538 comments)

"Its syntax is very forgiving, and there are lots of ways to do most things"

Am I the only person who sees this as one of the biggest problems with PERL? Don't get me wrong, I love choice and having options. But when you're learning a language you do not want 10 different styles of writing a function, statement, loop, whatever. Because when you are working with 10+ people you now have 1 language, 10 different ways to write in (and now 10 different ways you need to read).

When I first started learning PERL and reading books, websites and downloading examples all the different styles of writing in PERL was the biggest problem. You can't just simply learn how to do an IF statement, you have to learn the 20+ different ways you COULD write an IF statement, since every example you will find online will be totally different.

more than 2 years ago

Google Employee Accidentally Shares Rant About Google+

blanks This guy knows what he is talking about. (354 comments)

This guy is spot on with pretty much everything he discussed. I have never understood why Google does the things it does. They create some fantastic products, but they their products never overlap; meaning you do not get access to many other applications within other applications.

Look at reCaptcha. Quite easily one of the best, if not the best captcha system around. Google bought it like 2 years ago; and yet they do not use it within any of their sites. They use their horrible, out-dated and unreadable captcha system.

Also look at dodgeball. It was a fantastic service that google killed off like 3 years ago. And now facebook has this exact feature that is insanely popular.

Their user account system is just awful too. Yes at least you can link your webmaster, analyst, gmail, home page, etc together, but its just done so poorly that this is very little reason to have 1 single account. Its about as continent as having several accounts.

Google was onto something with gears and with gadgets but with gears gone and gadgets basically having zero development done in 5+ years they have pretty much killed off any really cool way to share, use or access cool or useful tools.

Hopefully this changes because I would hate to see facebook continue to get bigger.

more than 3 years ago

EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools

blanks And whats a hacker tool? (248 comments)

The concept of banning "hacking tools" is just silly. What would these people consider a hacking tool? SSH terminals since they allow people to connect to compromised systems or to connect to machines with "hacker tools"? Or what about IRC servers since many bot networks have used them or offer the ability to let people talk about hacking?

Even some of the biggest "hacker tools" are used for real network and server analysis like winshark and the like.

This is simply the wrong approach to fix a problem. This is in fact the worst way to approach the problem. The real solution is to charge software companies for making insecure software. Don't fine the hackers for finding the exploits, fine the developers for not finding them. The software developers are the ones making money off the software, if they cause people to lose data or have their systems compromised they should be the ones that should be held responsible, not the person who found it.

Instead of trying to remove the ability to make "hacker tools" why not remove the ability or need of these tools by making more secure software. I guess that would be too easy though.

more than 3 years ago

US Funding Five Game-Changing Energy Projects

blanks Only 130 million? (529 comments)

I'm sorry, but are we supposed to be impressed by the 130 million on ENERGY? This is almost 1/10th the cost of a stealth bomber.

Energy is one of our biggest problems in this country and is one of the scariest things we have to look forward to in the future. 130 million will not solve any problems or come up with any new solutions and will barely line the pockets of which ever friends of friends were given government contacts that will receive this money. We need to start coming up with massive amounts of money to not only put into R & D but as basically bribery to the current oil industries (cars/aircrafts) to really pull out heads our of our asses and move on from our current primitive situation.

If our country really wanted to try solving the worlds energy problem we would be spending 130 BILLION. That is a number that will solve problems.

more than 3 years ago

Man Creates "Creepy" Stalking App

blanks This is not a privacy issue. (142 comments)

Why are people saying this is a privacy issue? It's not. It uses publicly available information that the person freely posts online for the general public to read. Its like saying articles posted in the New York Times is private information of the authors who write for it. This program dosen't even do anything cool like make HTTP requests from state / city govermently run publicly available data.

There are all ready existing applications out there that have all the features this software has and much much more.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source Licensing and the App Store Model

blanks No room for open source in the "app store" model. (251 comments)

Really have people in the open source community not realized this yet? App stores like Apple are not setup to distribute software or sharing code or ideas. it's about making money. Period! If apple has to choose between a sub par app that will sell for $5.00 over a similar app that is open source and free they will accept the lesser product because they can make money. It has happened in the past so don't expect it to change.

Besides with these apps stores are a dead end for open source products. People can download and use the product and it ends there. They can't download the source, make changes, distribute, etc. So these stores really limit open source software since the changes of people getting involved with them is almost non existent.

more than 3 years ago

Nexus One a Failed Experiment In Online Sales

blanks This shouldn't have failed (366 comments)

Everything about this phone was great, and it shouldn't have died in the tree like it did. I was really excited to get one and even had a "free upgrade" through tmobile.

The reason it died is not because people didn't want to buy it online. Did you see how they were selling it online? It was just too damn confusing and this is coming from someone who has been developing confusing sites for 13 years. I couldn't understand if I was going to be buying the phone or signing up for new service. I couldn't tell exactly how much I was going to spend. I also couldn't tell if I would keep my old service. Finally after a few days I spoke with Tmobile, and it was going to cost me roughly $400 with my "free upgrade" plus my monthly bill would increase over $40.00 a month because of th service you had to get.

So no it wasn't any of their silly excuees as to why it didn't sell. Bad and confusing site design, price and forced "upgrades" were the reason. This and the fact that there were several other phones almost as good that were free (no upgrade, no out of pocket) compared to spending over 1200 freaking dollars over a 2 year period extra just to have a new fancy phone.

more than 4 years ago


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blanks blanks writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm at the KioskCom convention for the 4th time in the last 4 years and I have to say that I am very let down.

KioskCom (held in Vegas once a year) is supposed to be the largest convention relating to the field of kiosks, which to give you a general idea is a machine that is used for pay to use internet, or a point of service device for despencing things like phone cards, gift cards, movie passes or informational services like searching though books.

Over the last 2 years they have added digital signage which is simply displaying digital convent on a video screen. Why digital signage has become so popular in the last 3 years is beyond me. The available markets is minimal and all ready saturated with companies coming out with unreliable products that handle digital content in awful ways. On top of this the market is so small with the biggest possible deployments (airports, hotels) all ready having been taken over by a few large companies.

The only interesting digital signage system I have seen so far this year has been a video over ip system which is still lacking but is by far the most interesting product yet. It is a really great idea but it is still limited to the number of servers you have pushing content which makes little since to me. The idea is you have 1 server displaying the same piece of content over a network. This network connects to video boxes that display video/audio to a display. Its a great idea but you can only display the same content from the same server. You can't for example have 50 screens displaying 5 different videos at the same time (10 displays each displaying 1 video); they all have to be displaying the same video. Which means you now have to manage 10 different servers each displaying different content. Why they would do it this way is beyond me but hopefully this will be changed.

As for kiosk related software and new ideas I have seen very little. It seems like there has been very little innovation in the last year with the previous year being every kiosk company copying my companies ideas and building off them. Last year the only interesting new products where the products our company had released the previous year with a few bells and whistles added.

I guess it should make me feel good that the kiosk industry is waiting for me to come up with the next big thing which I still haven't decided on. Since I'm now being forced to focus on digital signage for the next year they might have to wait a while for this; but at least we will give them something in the digital signage industry to copy in the next few months.


Microsoft, seperation between IE and explorer.

blanks blanks writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I was doing some tests with IE7 beta today. I have been using it over the last few months and it seems pretty stable.

One of the companies I work for writes a kiosk application. From my expierence all kiosk software technologies use the explorer.exe, by replacing this with their own "secure explorer".

Now something I just realized is that with IE7 (beta) explorer and IE7 are totaly seprated. Meaning you can no longer do searches from any explorer window you opened.

  This means that explorer is a totally different "application" then IE7. This is really bad for kiosk software providers. And not a single one of them know this.


My view of itunes

blanks blanks writes  |  more than 9 years ago I saw a post about itunes DRM and wanted to comment, but it was allready saturated. So i'll just post it here.

To start off is with the issues with the Ipod battery,  I dont know if they have fixed this problem, but if they still have the battery hardwired into the system, so if the battery dies as they allways do, you buy a new ipod, very simular to most of apples equiptment, where if one piece breaks, you throw it away and buy it new.

As for Itunes, I only run PC's and I hate items sitting in my application tray,  I only want specific items there, and I dont want to kill off items I dont want everytime I reboot.  Also the last time I ran itunes using my dual 3p 1000 machine, it ran so slow and so poorly, that I couldnt even stand it.

Now, heres my problem with the DRM.

Lets say my cd collection of about 350 cd's I had instead bought on Itunes,  we will say about 12 songs per cd so its about 4200 songs.  I can play them on my PC ONLY with Itunes, or I can burn them to cd instead (defeates the idea of not buying cd's).

What happens when my ipod breaks,  I dont know anyone whos Ipod has lasted for 18 months, and naturally with mac people, they toss it out and buy a new one.

So lets say I say fuck the Ipod, and I buy a different media player, what happens?  or lets say I want to play the media in my car (carputer) or if I want to listen to my music using anything else other then itunes or an ipod.  Your fucked.    Your restricted to a single DRM that restricts you to one piece of hardware, or one piece of software.  Unless you make it into a playable CD, but why bother then!

And finally itunes TOS says you do not BUY the song, you purchase a license that gives you the right to listen to it.  Can you sell this license to someone else?  General opinion on this is no, you can not.


free wireless internet, with only the cost of personal info.

blanks blanks writes  |  more than 9 years ago I live in minneapolis, and anyone who lives here will tell you one of the best things about the cafe's is the free internet.  Everywhere.  You can go to some places and have allmost 2 dozen access points to get free internet off, in fact it can be difficult to find "blackout zones" where there are no access points available.

I run / maintain 2 free accee points, and have been noticing many things.  There are so many damn people sniffing packets its not even funny.  One location where I work from about 25 hours a week has had many people packet sniffing. One of the easiest ways I have found is to do a walkthough and see if anyone is running linux.  Just about every user I have seen using linux was sniffing the wifi network.

So now I am starting a project, it should be interesting, it will function as a honeypot but will also be logging data over the network.  Sure you are now going to say that Im not any better then these people, but the problem with people like this is they will keep doing shit like this, unless its done to them.  I plan on finding who these people are and scaring the hell out of them.

I found out that this cafe is the location for the 2600 meetings in minneapolis, so I need to have this ready by the first firday of the month,  im thinking it will be quite a shock to them all.



blanks blanks writes  |  more than 9 years ago KioskCom is coming up, april 15th.  Good source for kiosk related issues (software, security etc) as well as pay-per-use wireless applications.

I will be there with KioskLogix and Kiosk Controls, check us out if you stop by.


Moving back to minnesota

blanks blanks writes  |  about 10 years ago Finally hitting the midwest again after spending 11 months in Florida.

Note to anyone reading this, do NOT live in florida.


blanks blanks writes  |  more than 10 years ago


This is a new community website I have been working on for the past year or so. It has become kinda popular, with alot of members, and lots of visits.

I think the best part is that over 30% of our user base stays on the site for longer then 1 hour! This is amazing because most sites have only a few seconds or minutes per user.


Kiosk Kontrol software

blanks blanks writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My new software is coming along well.

www.public-internet.net has access to it.

The software website www.kioskkontrol.com

This software, once finished will give kiosk vendors access to many tools for monitoring and maintaining their internet kiosks.


I hate journals

blanks blanks writes  |  more than 11 years ago

These things should be enabled or disabled, im sure half the users dont even use them.

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