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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

doccus Are you sure.. (475 comments)

You have your facts right? Perhaps in Slovenia and parts of Turkey the access was bad, but Europe was always at least staying with the curve. Same with Canada, except we were first to have nationwide cable. Because the infrastructure was already in place. We had cable TV by the mid 70s everywhere. The last people I ever heard complain about crappy dial-up were Americans..

2 days ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

doccus Re:Wow .... (155 comments)

All jokes aside, maturation of this technique has huge ramifications for the treatment of diseases that are fundamentally due to misfolded proteins. Prion diseases, frightening as they are, might finally have a cure. I would dare say related disorders that involve plaque deposits such as Alzheimer's might also benefit from possible therapeutics.

And the ultra wealthy have a new way to reverse aging so they can stay young and stupid forever..

5 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

doccus Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (376 comments)

Why is 8GB overkill? I put at least 16 in anything I have control over.

Indeed. Can you really have *too much* RAM? Seriously?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

doccus Re:Simple solution (429 comments)

Why not Meece?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

doccus Re:Simple solution (429 comments)

The wheel is set back from where the buttons traditionally are, so they sit directly under the first finger joint, and clicking a wheel also requires a great deal more force applied than a mouse button -understandably, since otherwise scrolling would be near impossible. I personally am happy with one, but I've noticed most, if not all, of the responses here have been in the order of "why do you need it anyways?" What's wrong with just helping the guy out? He wants a 3 button mouse, so help him find one. Sadly, I'm pretty sure that since they haven't made them for years, they probably don't make them with laser tracking.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

doccus Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

I don't see what kind of "dirty" secret it is. Those same types of audiophiles work for every supercar manufacturer including Ferrari, Koenigsegg, McLaren etc, which ALL have an extensive amount of tweaking to get the "right" sound out of the engine, including every trick in the book...

about a week ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

doccus RaTs! (93 comments)

I thought it said "Steampunk" broadcasting... ;-(

about two weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

doccus Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

Why did you sign a contract with a studio if you don't like the terms?

Er.. Need work? Like everybody else that aren't "big stars" we have to accept what we get, unless it's our own project, and are hardly in any position to negotiate royalties!

I'd like to add that nowhere was any hint that they'd be reissuing this stuff on dvd comps or streaming in the future. There was no real internet when I was involved in the film biz. The music unions, OTOH, have much better terms for reissues, and we even got a cut every year , even the most lowly of us, from the collected tape and CD surcharges.. If you wonder where it went, that's where, it was to poor and rich musicians alike , according to how much they worked.. NOT how much they earned. The fairest surchage in the world.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

doccus Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

Why did you sign a contract with a studio if you don't like the terms?

Er.. Need work? Like everybody else that aren't "big stars" we have to accept what we get, unless it's our own project, and are hardly in any position to negotiate royalties!

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

doccus Lord Ganesh has a smartphone? (381 comments)

Betcha he's turned the speaker volume waay down..

about a month ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

doccus Re:Tim Cook is an MBA (598 comments)

As opposed to Steve Jobs, who was not an MBA, but a dreamer. But with money. Nothing is going to upset the apple cart (pun intended) as fast as a dreamer with money, and the success of the Apple 2 made it possible. They nearly lost it all , too, with the Lisa.. but that experience and UI design went to good use with the Mac. As far as John Sculley.. ("d'ya want to make sugar water all the rest of your life?") Steve did admit "what can I say, I made a mistake"..but despite Sculley's disastrous leadership, IMHO, no, had he not gotten turfed we'd have had no "Next", therefore no OSX, and no post 1998 Apple rebound. And had he not returned, we'd probably had the return of Jean Luis Gassee, one of the the Sculley era Apple contemporaries (He was CEO of Apple France) who, along with Spindler, were mainly responsible for Apple's slide into the bargain bins of the department stores. And, not content with nearly running BeOS into the ground, he would have returned to Apple and done the same thing to it. I'm not saying that the Be OS wouldn't have been a wonderful basis for the new Apple Operating system. For several years I was a diehard devotee of Be (well, less than 2 years, actually, as it died hard and suddenly) With BeOS underpinnings, however, there's no question MacOS would have retained the "friendly" aura it always had with the classic desktop, and in all probability would even look the same, and even run the same apps but with more stability.. kind of like what A/UX promised but never really delivered. Actually, it makes me now wonder if Haiku has reached the practical daily user stage for an OS. Naw.. probably still not... Now if it can go a couple of weeks without my rebooting into MS or Apple.. or linux.. well..."that'll be the day. that I say good-bye" ;-)

about a month ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

doccus Re:Seen it coming (598 comments)

I have been "whining" about precisely the same thing for several years now.. at least as far as the desktop software, in particular, the OS, is concerned. The "rot" started setting in around the time Steve Jobs got seriously ill, (Snow Leopard) and got really bad under Tim Cook. I simply cannot get around , efficiently, such a cumbersome OS.. EVERYTHING seems to need workarounds now, and it hampers my workflow. OTOH, I found Windows 7 to be a breeze to use, and for a diehard Macophile to say that (I've been using macs for 14 years) is worrisome. I don't know about Win8, nor do I want to, but perhaps Windows 9 is like 7. I'm not ready to switch though, because I still am using Snow Leopard as my maiin OS, which is the last one to support my years of investments in applications, many of which have not been upgraded by the developer as the constant changes by Apple were too hard to keep up with, so they folded. If pressed perhaps I'll switch to another unix-y like OS.. which would need to be Linux as there aren't a lot of consumer apps for QNX ;-(

about a month ago
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Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

doccus Re:Animals love to drink (63 comments)

Oh, and I never could figure out why the birds kept flying into my trailer a couple of months out of the year.. it also happens to be when the blackberries are overripe. Hmmm...

about a month ago
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Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

doccus Re:Animals love to drink (63 comments)

You mean a real "strawberry tree"? What are the fruits like? Good?

about a month ago
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Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

doccus Re:Animals love to drink (63 comments)

Ooh, and what about tibetan "Crazy honey"? The birds will fight for a bite.. and the monkeys are really adept at finding it, even to the point of getting repeatedly stung. Of course monkeys are the biggest dope and boozers in the jungle, besides elephants... Perhaps the bigger the braincase, the more the need for it?

about a month ago
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Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

doccus Re:Animals love to drink (63 comments)

"Low alcohol" fermented fruit? Musta not ever been in the jungle. Within a couple of really hot days it reaches 15 % w.v..

about a month ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

doccus Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

cool. then boycott copyrighted works and advocate for changing the law. don't steal. is that what you want to teach your kids?

YOU are missing the point in a big way. *I* am one of those people that the studios have been stealing from, and I can tell you, I don't like it. How is it that these people can suddenly milk my work, for big bucks, and yet claim that I do not deserve a cent off of it? And you expect me to enthusiastically support copyright laws that don't give a fuck about one of the original creators?

about a month ago
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Vast Nazi Facility Uncovered In Austria; Purported A-Bomb Development Site

doccus Re:Non-scientist at work (292 comments)

Well, dumping tons of heavy water in the lake (accidentally or sabotage) during the 40s could have been a clue too ;-)

about a month ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

doccus Re:i vote with my wallet (328 comments)

THe contract is FINISHED when all parties have been paid. It is NOT a fsair extention of any contract to suddenly squeeze x amount of "new" dollars out of it, unless EVERYBODY originally involved gets a cut. And believe me, they sure the fuck DON'T. Take your "attack of the 50 foot woman" Did any of the actors get part of this renewed Amazon and netflix or google play proceeds? What avbout the Best boys? the Gaffers? The extras and the makeup department? No? But I hear you screaming "they got paid already". Indeed they did. And therein lies the moral argument against "they should be allowed too squeeze as much out of it as they want, it's their film". What you're saying actually is THE INVESTORS should , as any artists have a right to,. squeeze as much out of it. But investors arent artists. And none of the actual artists ARE getting reimbursed. So I call extended copyright out and out theft, from the public, and the original artists and technicians involved, both.

about a month ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

doccus Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (234 comments)

Wouldn't there be some way to completely encrypt communications with a modified Bit coin code?

about 1 month ago

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