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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

fishwallop Slashvertisement event horizon (502 comments)

And past this post, no further information from Slashdot ever reached my location.

about 7 months ago

Virgin Media Demos World's Fastest Internet Service In the UK

fishwallop Sure, speed is good, but... (115 comments)

This will come with a 1.5 gigabit cap to keep the "bandwidth hogs" at bay.

more than 3 years ago

MP3 Player Tax Proposed In Canada

fishwallop Private members' bill is going nowhere (281 comments)

This proposed legislation is going nowhere in this form.

The bill being put forward by a member of parliament from the NDP, who are at the opposite end of the political spectrum from the governing Conservative parties. It will not get enought support to make it past first reading - it would need the support of the largest opposition party, the Liberals, and they're likely to just ignore it, because politically, it looks like a tax. Also, because there's finances involved, passing the legislation might be considered a confidence vote which would bring down the government and trigger an election, and this just isn't an issue the Liberals want us going to the polls over. Canada once did have an "ipod tax" of the sort proposed. The "private copying" regime in Canada makes it legal (i.e. not a violation of copyright) to copy music (but not movies, or non-musical audio recordings) for private use onto an "audio recording media". The flip side of the legislation is that a levy (tax) is imposed on "audio recording media" to compensate recording artists for the copies of their music that are copied in this way. For example, there's a levy of about 30 cents per blank CD. However, because the law doesn't model technology very well, there is no levy on blank DVDs, and when they tried to impose a levy on MP3 players several years ago, the Court struck it down, concluding that an MP3 player is not "audio recording media". Hard drives, similarly, are not "audio recording media" because they can hold anything, not just audio. Like I said, the law doesn't model technology very well.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Find Way To Zap RSA Algorithm

fishwallop Article == Summary (173 comments)

The only thing the article "ads" to the summary posted here is a pretty splash screen, which in my case tried to sell me SQL Server.

more than 4 years ago

Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones"

fishwallop No research in a vacuum (106 comments)

The lead scientist noted that they were "piggybacking" on colleagues' forensics research.

more than 4 years ago

Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization

fishwallop A relatively unimportant event (221 comments)

I fail to see why this is a "deeply symbolic moment in the history of operating systems" and not merely a moderately interesting moment in the corporate history of the respective companies (or, more specifically, in Red Hat's corporate history). Red Hat may represent Linux, but it's not Linux, and market capitalization, being a function of share price, is a less interesting metric then any measurement of the actual use of the operating systems these companies produce. Anyone who remembers the Red Hat IPO will know that share price is more closely tied to hype than to particularly signficant tecnical advances.

about 6 years ago

Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

fishwallop Re:Wondering what a Sectera is? (365 comments)

Oh, a SMEPED. Why didn't you just say so in the first place? Damn marketing boys with their fancy-sounding "Sectera". How the heck are we supposed to know what a "Sectera" is? That don't even stand for anything!

about 6 years ago

The Technology Behind the Magic Yellow Line

fishwallop Re:The reason for SI units (261 comments)

From my perspective, it is sufficiently advanced technology to be regarded as magic. Of course, I haven't watched TFA.

about 6 years ago

Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies In Canada

fishwallop Thanks, Jim (163 comments)

The industry minister's response is like saying in the controversy concerning battles at the arena, the Industry Minister said "we will continue to leave the matter between the Christians on the one hand and the lions on the other".

more than 6 years ago



Pornographers try to hack Facebook, get sued

fishwallop fishwallop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fishwallop (792972) writes "The Toronto Star reports that Facebook has started a lawsuit against an adult online company for its attempts to harvest personal information. Given Facebook's recent bad press over privacy issues involving Beacon, it's nice to see Facebook defending the users' privacy, even if they're only doing it in their own interest."


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