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iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

enosys Re:Is this story for real? (487 comments)

The iPhone probably stores the time in UTC, like OS X. When daylight savings time ends, that only changes the offset from UTC that is used when displaying time. The alarm was either always stored as UTC or converted to UTC so real time clock hardware can generate an interrupt to wake the phone at the appropriate time.

more than 3 years ago
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ISS Can Now Watch Sea Traffic From Space

enosys Re:Coverage map (89 comments)

Inaccurate.

That's just the coverage available on one particular website. (Other sites can have different data sources and different coverage.) Also, those rectangles just mean that there is some coverage within the rectangle. (Often, coverage is available around larger cities and a lot of the area is not covered.)

Furthermore, AIS is sometimes used for collision avoidance, so it is used for safety.

more than 4 years ago
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Up To 10% of CD-Rs Fail Within a Few Years

enosys Re:Were those disks verified? (317 comments)

Yes, verifying burns is a very good idea. However, I have encountered CD-Rs which verified okay and then went bad a few years later. One thing to consider is that verifying only shows that the data is readable. It does not show the quality of burn. So for example data might be readable, but only after a lot of error correction. In such a situation a small amount of degradation could make it unreadable. If the data is especially important, I do a PIE/PIF scan on DVDs to see the quality of the burn. I've never seen anything close to a 10% verification failure rate on CDs or DVDs. If you are getting that, something is wrong.

about 5 years ago
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Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

enosys Re:Why the outrage? (334 comments)

Thanks for letting people know about riaaradar.com. Here's a link to a CBS Records search. Yep, they're part of RIAA.

more than 5 years ago
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Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

enosys Re:The death of Last.fm? (334 comments)

The official last.fm Scrobbler can fingerprint music. This feature analyzes the way the music sounds to help identify untagged and inaccurately tagged tracks. Presumably it only allows one to identify what music is in the file, not what file you have, so for example they shouldn't be able to tell the difference between an MP3 you ripped and encoded yourself and one that came from a release group.

more than 5 years ago
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The Last Will and Testament of Circuit City

enosys That's just capitallism (600 comments)

Whether or not you were ever a fan, it was a sad scene.

That's just capitalism. The sad thing is that the same thing is not happening to failed banks, insurance companies and investment companies.

more than 5 years ago
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Mobile Phone Users Struggle With Hardware Adoption

enosys How lame! (386 comments)

"a problem that mobile phone carriers and manufacturers have been struggling with"? They're causing the problem!
For example, my phone has a camera. Why doesn't my phone have a standard USB connector. Why didn't Bell or the manual tell me I can download photos over USB? Why isn't the cable included? (It can't be expensive.) Why am I charged for uploading photos over the air, the same amount as if I sent photos to someone? Why did Bell tell me that uploading is free and then charge me? Why is the camera such a piece of crap in terms of optical quality, JPEG artifacts and user interface?

more than 5 years ago

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