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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

blitz487 Obsolete (1162 comments)

I don't buy DVDs or bluerays any more. Even when I own the DVD, I'll watch it using netflix streaming instead. It's easier than searching for the DVD, waiting through the menus and previews, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Erasing CDs By Using 150,000 Volts of Electricity

blitz487 Lots of easier ways (242 comments)

Or do what I do. Rub it face down on the concrete, like the sidewalk.

more than 3 years ago
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Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice

blitz487 Re:Cue the pissing contest (110 comments)

The Wright brothers had 5 major innovations that set them apart: 1. A propellor design that was 90% efficient rather than 50% 2. Wing warping for roll control 3. Rudder attached to the wing warping for controlled turns, solving the adverse yaw problem 4. Innovative balance in the wind tunnel, used the wind tunnel to design the airfoil, as all existing data proved to be wrong by a factor of 2 5. Lightweight gasoline engine The Wrights also engaged in an organized, step-by-step method of development, and carefully documented each step. Modern aircraft design can be traced directly back to the Flyer, and no other claimants. This is all in stark contrast to other claimants to first flight.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Pulls Purchased E-Book Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm

blitz487 Isn't this stealing? (645 comments)

If someone takes something you bought, without permission, stealing? Even if they leave you a check for it?

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Greet an Extraterrestrial?

blitz487 Obviously... (803 comments)

"Take me to your leader."

more than 5 years ago
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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

blitz487 Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

Since taxes discourage whatever it is they tax, then let's tax things we want to discourage. Let's start with taxing pollution.

more than 5 years ago
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$30B IT Stimulus Will Create Almost 1 Million Jobs

blitz487 What about the jobs lost due to the cost? (809 comments)

Never mind all the jobs lost from sucking $10 billion out of the economy to pay for those stimulus jobs.

more than 5 years ago
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Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)

blitz487 Carbon monoxide poisoning (695 comments)

Every year, people accidentally kill themselves with home generators. If you're going to use one, do not bring it indoors. Do not run it in the garage, even with the garage door open. I had mine outside and was still getting CO inside from it - turns out the generator must be a minimum of 10 feet away from the house, with the exhaust port pointed away. The next thing is, don't plug the generator wiring into your home electrical wiring. This will put juice back into the electric company's wires, and can electrocute the poor guy trying to repair the wires to your house. So, to use a generator, use extension cords with it. Make sure they are heavy duty ones, a lamp cord will fry. Let me emphasize heavy duty. At least 12 guage. Pay attention to how much amperage you're trying to draw through the cord and make sure it is heavy enough. You can hook it up to your home wiring system using a device called a "gentrans", which will isolate the generator from the power grid. You'll need a decent electrician to install one, but if your power goes out a lot, it's worth it.

more than 5 years ago
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Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

blitz487 What you're planning is unethical (604 comments)

You signed a non-compete agreement. Isn't your word any good? Or is it just what you can get away with that matters? Secondly, I would suspect you (if I was your employer) of not putting your best efforts into making it a good product. You are not being paid to do a deliberately crappy job, you are paid to do your best. If you can document that management shot down your attempts at doing your best, then fine, but if you're holding back your good ideas so you can compete with the company that trained you and paid you, that's just plain wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Psystar Case Reveals Poor Email Archiving At Apple

blitz487 Good reason not to even use email (123 comments)

So many companies have been hung out to dry based on emails one wonders why officers and above in the organization are even allowed to use email. They should go back to voice only, and have someone else write a memo if it is really important.

more than 5 years ago

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