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New Exoplanet Is Best Yet Candidate For Supporting Life

mangusman Re:22 light years (288 comments)

I'm neither a scientist or engineer, but I find these dicussions fascinating (and somewhat technically intimidating), however, if there are other forms of life traversing the universe, exactly, HOW are they getting around?

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

mangusman Re:Simplistic view (278 comments)

Really? How do you explain the massive explosion of smartphones that stream video? I'd bet lots of people sacrifice nutrition (maybe even rent payments) so they can make their cell phone payment.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer

mangusman Fix Extensions/Addons (453 comments)

They should really look at forcing extension developers to optimize their code simply because poorly written extensions trump all the latest and greatest speed improvements that they're coming out with.

more than 3 years ago
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NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?

mangusman Growth? (305 comments)

So I'm curious. What's the projected subscriber growth over the next five years? Is it enough to justify the development cost and investment? Or was the cost primarily aimed at NOT getting hacked?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Paywalls Are Good, But NYT's Is Flawed

mangusman A la Carte? (256 comments)

So here's an idea. Is it too far-fetched to provide the major sections of the NYT (or any major newspaper) on an a la carte basis? For example, I only read the business and sports section and could give a crap about the rest of the newspaper, but as it is, I'm paying for something I'm never going to read.

more than 3 years ago
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Senators To Apple: Pull iPhone DUI-Check Alerts

mangusman Easy Fix for the App (348 comments)

There's a easy fix for this app (and all similar apps): Make the user *earn* the right to use the app by forcing them to prove they're not legally impaired. If they can't find Waldo, or some other such test, then they'll have to pull over or take their chances and hope they don't find the checkpoints.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 RC1 Released

mangusman Performance Much Better (189 comments)

There's no question that the performance has increased and pages are rendered much quicker, but it does come at a cost. Memory consumption and memory leaks are STILL a problem. Having said that, Chrome's memory usage isn't much better, and neither is IEs.

more than 3 years ago
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Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

mangusman What? (292 comments)

What the hell is rock-paper-scissors? Seriously. Enlighten me.

more than 3 years ago
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A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

mangusman Wipe and Reload! (638 comments)

Yes, like many here, I too used to troubleshoot/repair friends/relatives computers and it got very old till I decided one day to tell the non-paying customer, "I'll troubleshoot for 15 minutes, and if I can't get it to a previously known good state, I'm going to wipe the hard drive and reload the OS, and ONLY the OS. Do you want me to continue?" Usually the answer was no. I'd recommend they take it to a computer repair shop.

more than 3 years ago
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Leave a Message, Go To Jail

mangusman What about dashboard cams? (486 comments)

It's seems the police need the consent of the citizens when using their dashboard cams as well. How do these reconcile?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla

mangusman Firefox dying....No Way (236 comments)

I use Firefox, Chrome and IE daily, I still can't see what all the hoopla is around Chrome. Yeah, it's a nice browser, but until they support all the extensions that Firefox does, it won't be my go-to browser any time soon. On the other hand, even the latest Firefox beta is still consuming way too much memory for my taste, and now with multiple Firefox plugin containers running (why?), it's somewhat of a sore spot.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Industry Mourns DEC Founder Ken Olsen

mangusman Great Company In Its Heyday (172 comments)

As a former employee of DEC ('79-'95), I can tell you it was a great company to work for. DEC's overall management philosophy was and is still the standard I measure other managers to, and sadly, most can't even compare. Did Ken Olsen make mistakes? Sure he did. He didn't put a lot value in marketing his products, and it cost him dearly. And DEC *was* building PCs before they were in vogue. But again, they weren't marketed (and really weren't aimed at home users), but the Robin, DECmate, Pro350 were all PCs built before their time. RIP Ken.

more than 3 years ago
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20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death

mangusman SDML (843 comments)

Way back in the day (80s and 90s) there was a markup language called SDML (structured document markup language) and was used by large corporations for writing and publishing technical documentation for their enterprise products. Extremely powerful, but like LaTex, had a large learning curve. When the WYSIWYG editors hit the streets, we realized we had nowhere near the control or flexibility of the markup language. I'd like to have that option today to produce white papers and such, but it's not cost-effective any longer.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

mangusman Seriously? (1365 comments)

How many more times are we going to beat this dead horse?

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

mangusman Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (1870 comments)

There are FAR more artists making little to no revenue from their artistic endeavors than your realize. Part of being an artist is the pleasure from creating the art in the first place, be it writing, painting, composing, et al.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

mangusman Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (1870 comments)

Actually, you're partially wrong Cubby. People indeed are paying to see musical tribute acts (facsimile performances) of everyone from Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin. There's a very successful tribute band called ClassicRockBands that people are paying big bucks to see.

more than 5 years ago
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Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

mangusman Because? (743 comments)

And this is suprising because? When the main source of "young people's" music comes from ear-buds and the like, what else would you expect? These kids are clueless as to what comprises a serious audio system. It's all about portability and accessibilty, and the rest be damned.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Kill Switch For IE Confirmed — For More Apps, Too

mangusman But... (208 comments)

How sad that the ability to remove an application from Windows is generating worldwide news.

more than 5 years ago
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State of Colorado Calls Firefox Insecure, IE6 Safe

mangusman How Sad... (530 comments)

As someone that works and lives in Colorado, I find this truly embarassing.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Helicopter Security Breached By File Sharing

mangusman Encryption? (408 comments)

Maybe an obvious question, but why wasn't the file (folder) at least encrypted?

more than 5 years ago

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Photoshopped NASA Image?

mangusman mangusman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mangusman (778529) writes "I'm old enough to remember the Apollo missions the first time, and I've never believed for a minute all the conspiracy theorists that the Apollo missions were "faked". However, there was a photo posted on the NASA Image of the Day site (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_gallery_2104.html) of Commander John Young on the moon, and the photo clearly looks tampered with, especially at the feet. Am I seeing things? Gawd I hope so."
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