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Are Newspapers Doomed?

mind21_98 Or... (338 comments)

The newspapers could adapt to changing technology. Although, it looks like they are already. I see more and more newspapers becoming online-only, for better or worse. The "major" ones will probably continue print editions, but they'll be only on Sundays or something. How this will effect people who can't get the Internet, I don't know, but it's one of the few ways they can stay profitable.

more than 5 years ago

Abit To Close Its Doors Forever On Dec. 31, 2008

mind21_98 High-end isn't in demand anymore. (195 comments)

Abit specialized in high-end motherboards back in the day. I'm not too surprised that they're closing now; most people are going with laptops now, and the people who get desktops get sub-$1k machines, anyway. Hell, most desktops seem to be less than $500 now.

Oh well, at least Gigabyte's still around. *hugs his mobo*

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Hack Cellphone To Detect Diseases

mind21_98 But... (100 comments)

...would third-world nations have wires, a light filter and LEDs?

(then again, LEDs are something like < $1 each)

more than 5 years ago

Obama Transition Team Examining Space Solar Power

mind21_98 Life imitates art (275 comments)

Doesn't this remind you of the microwave power plants in SimCity? To me, it does. :)

more than 5 years ago

Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95

mind21_98 Answer's obvious. (126 comments)

The FBI is supposed to get the whole truth out. Unfortunately, there are people who want to bring politics into enforcing the law, so we need checks and balances on the entire government. That's where the media comes in. Mark Felt did do the right thing, even though it was incredibly difficult for him at the time. RIP, Mark. (now, whether we'd have the balls to do that today, or the attention span to see it through, is another question entirely. I don't think we do, quite honestly, judging by the multiple scandals that have gone seemingly unpunished during the Bush administration.)

more than 5 years ago

The Post-Bilski Era Gets Underway

mind21_98 Re:Irrelevant. (94 comments)

But the case doesn't really prove anything, at least, not until SCOTUS denies to hear it/agrees with the ruling. But even then, it could just be that patent writers have to be a bit more creative about the wording of their patents.

more than 5 years ago

Inside F.E.A.R. 2's Engine and AI

mind21_98 Not hard to program that kind of thing. (34 comments)

Really, it's a graph that you create a topological ordering from in order to execute the correct sequence of actions. The cool part is seeing the end results of that sort of thing (and what algorithms and AI can do), not the exact implementation details. Although, I guess they're doing all this faster than real-time, so that's cool, too. *shrug*

more than 5 years ago

The Post-Bilski Era Gets Underway

mind21_98 Irrelevant. (94 comments)

Software patents, sadly, play by different rules than everything else. I'd imagine that software patents would still be granted and enforced, especially since they could just tie the process to the PC and meet the court's requirements. Meh.

more than 5 years ago

Nobel Jurors Facing Bribery Probe

mind21_98 So that's what they call it these days (74 comments)

Meanwhile, I "explained the selection process" to your mom last night. ;)

But really, there needs to be a bit more transparency for stuff like this.

more than 5 years ago

FTC Says Payment Processor Took Millions

mind21_98 This place is bad news. (120 comments)

With most merchant accounts offering 99% approval rates, if your company falls in the other 1%, it probably can't accept cards anyway (due to the type of business or other factors, or you're just plain shady). I feel bad for the people defrauded by the merchants who used this processor. :(

more than 6 years ago



Open Letter To AT&T

mind21_98 mind21_98 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mind21_98 (18647) writes "I mailed a letter to AT&T's CEO a few days ago outlining my dissatisfaction with their capping scheme. I want them to talk about their real motivations behind doing this and I want them to realize how bad and impractical of an idea the idea of bandwidth caps are. It would be good for this to get far more attention than it has so far so that we in the Internet community can take action to stop this and to make it harder for other ISPs to do this in the future."
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Kite 1.0.0 released

mind21_98 mind21_98 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mind21_98 writes "Hi all! Kite 1.0.0 has been released after almost two years of development. There have been many changes since the last beta, all of them helpful to the overall programming experience. The language is designed for ease-of-use and small size, while allowing people to expand the language within the capabilities of the system the interpreter is running on. More information is available from the home page or from the Freshmeat page, and downloads are available for both Windows and Unix."
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Web Hosting Code of Ethical Conduct

mind21_98 mind21_98 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mind21_98 writes "With the closure of Web hosts on a daily basis, and the high-profile closure of, many people are left stranded without Web sites. This doesn't have to happen! I wrote up a series of rules that all legitimate companies that provide Web hosting services should support and follow. Together, we can make sure that no person is ever held hostage by their Web host again."
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Kite 1.0b8 released

mind21_98 mind21_98 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've posted a new version of Kite (and a redesign of the Web site) tonight. Basically, it now uses a real garbage collector, reducing the amount of RAM each Kite process uses considerably. It also has an official Windows build, now, meaning that it runs on Linux, Windows and OS X. More info here. :)


The Social Causes Project

mind21_98 mind21_98 writes  |  more than 6 years ago I recently started a Web hosting/software business. As a ten-year veteran of the Internet, I've watched it change everything about our world. But there are some people that are unable to take advantage of the potential for social change. Enter The Social Causes Project. Basically, I'm offering reduced-cost (or even free) hosting and help to deserving causes who cannot take advantage of services offered by other hosts. Hopefully, I'll be able to help at least a few people with this program. :)

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