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Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

natophonic Re:Oh no (178 comments)

Of course, the whole point of a Military Unicorn is lost, if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world!?

about 3 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

natophonic Re:Do not want (81 comments)

> a bunch of thugs (you know who I mean)

No, who do you mean?

about 3 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

natophonic Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

You must be pretty young, or have a very selective memory, because when I voiced my objections to the US invading Iraq in 2002 and '03, I encountered quite a bit of intolerance for differing opinions. If you had to choose between being called an asshole and having your company boycotted, or being called a traitor and threatened with physical violence and potentially imprisonment, which would you choose?

I'm writing this post via Firefox, and would agree that this boycott is a bit silly (if I'm going to boycott the products of every company whose CEO has stupid, fucked up political opinions, I might as well pack up and go live in a log cabin in the woods and make my own soap). But laying this at the feet of "The Left" much less Obama is utter horseshit. Hell, I remember when I was a kid in the late 1970's, and my dad wouldn't take us to Burger King because they were supposedly supporting communists somehow.

about 4 months ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

natophonic Re:If I were him (182 comments)

In that case, I'd say it's clear that he found his 'special purpose!'

about 5 months ago
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So You've Always Wanted a Hovercraft... (Video)

natophonic Re:I'd love one of those (66 comments)

See, this is why I'm hesitant to carry a gun; if that were you and me, you'd either be dead, or have a hole in your gas tank.

about a year ago
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FCC Issues Forfeiture Notices to Two Business for Jamming Cellular Frequencies

natophonic Re:FCC=BS (350 comments)

People like you make me SICK! It's my RIGHT to use MY phone when and where I want in the MAGNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

about a year ago
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Pot Smokers Might Not Turn Into Dopes After All

natophonic Re:lol (332 comments)

> respectable career in theoretical physics.

As someone who was a physics major during the late 1980's, who idolized Feynman, watched Buckaroo Bonzai way too many times, and had to repeatedly apologize for Pons and Fleischmann to friends and acquaintances... I find this statement hilarious.
 

about a year and a half ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

natophonic Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (544 comments)

I predict that they're trying to line up an appearance from Giorgio A. Tsoukalos at their press conference, but the fee negotiations are getting out of hand.

about a year and a half ago
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What Happened To Diaspora, the Facebook Killer? It's Complicated

natophonic Fondue party! (215 comments)

> Former fans mockingly dismissed it as 'swiss cheese.'

One has to wonder how cheesy the first few iterations of Facebook would have looked if their source had been open to all.

about a year ago
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Church of Scientology Enlisting Followers In Censorship

natophonic Re:Why is 'church' in quotes? (628 comments)

Because any 'religion' with an eschatology that reads like (bad) science fiction is illegitimate and false. A true religion has an eschatology that reads like a dragons and wizards epic fantasy.

about 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

natophonic Re:Fairly well known issue (567 comments)

I read that part, and it led me to take the rest of the article less seriously.

In 1996, a ProTools rig itself (not the microphones, etc.) would set you back ~$20,000, between the A/D/D/A converters, the 10K SCSI disks, and a PC fast enough to keep up. Nowadays, you buy a setup with far better sound quality for about $500, and run it on commodity PC hardware. For established artists (who are perhaps still using the same studio gear they bought in 1996 with the royalties from that one hit that got used on the soundtrack of a Michael Moore film), this might be a small factor, but for fledgling musicians recording in their bedroom, it's a big deal. Many people track and mix on such setups (perhaps not Lowery, who may think it's crucial to have that $20K tube preamp to get that 'warmth' when he screams and caterwauls into the mic, but many other people).

It's also worth noting that in 1996, paying DiscMakers for a run of 1,000 CDs of your first effort was a daunting cost. Now you can upload to bandcamp for free, provided you're willing to lose some of the revenue in fees.

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

natophonic Re:Fairly well known issue (567 comments)

I'd say naming his band Camper Van Beethoven was the harbinger of things to come. He's smart and witty, but Lowery's a not-great-looking guy who doesn't sing that well, and if we're being honest, never wrote a song after "Take the Skinheads Bowling" that had anywhere near as much commercial potential... probably on purpose.

I'd say he had a pretty good run. The music industry was littered with guys 10+ years into their careers, who played to an increasingly "more selective demographic," long before mp3 was a file format.

more than 2 years ago
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Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone

natophonic Re:Wow, what a childish article (277 comments)

The issue is indeed simple, and you've completely missed it.

We see 10 cops investigating the Chief's kid's missing phone, while the police can't even be bothered to file a report of an ordinary citizen having their phone snatched right out of their hand. We see thousands of people needlessly losing their homes to banks that have perjured themselves by 'robosigning' documents, and the DAs settle with the banks for fractions of a penny on the dollar; meanwhile, Bernie Madoff rots in a real, not-Clud-Fed prison for having the temerity to rip off rich people.

We are supposed to be equal before the law. In theoretical legal sense, we are, but in a practical sense, when it comes to enforcement, we are not. As the public becomes more aware of this, they are angered, and rightly so.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price

natophonic Re:Troubling signal, why? (471 comments)

Ho ho ho! I'm thinking Goldman Sachs ability to repay in such a timely manner might have a little something to do with the $182B bailout to AIG, seeing as GS was AIG's biggest customer of its credit default swaps, and those AIG stakeholders were made entirely whole, whereas as of earlier this month, AIG still owes about $45B to the US taxpayers.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

natophonic Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

> the H1-Bs all go home and help THEIR countries to compete

They don't /all/ go home. Despite the green card process having become pretty onerous over the past 10 years, many of those on H1-B's do attempt to become permanent, legal immigrants. Many more would likely go that route, if the green card process were streamlined and made somewhat more predictable, and if our country hadn't become so antagonistic toward immigrants who aren't white and Christian.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

natophonic Re:Isn't that anti-science? (1055 comments)

Are you suggesting presenting varying findings from people actually working in the field?

Or "teaching the controversy" by presenting the rantings of retired weathermen from Kansas and Oklahoma railing against communist environmentalists?

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

natophonic Re:So will it still be simple to switch? (481 comments)

There's a lot of potential out in the future that could cripple the disc-based side of things (look at the current turmoil involved with the Post Office).

If I were to wager, I would bet that the Congresscritters who blather on about "limited government" will prefer to let Level 3 et al upcharge and/or QoS route Netflix network packets, than face their rural constituents' ire at the USPS no longer routing packages down their country roads.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

natophonic ... aaaand down 3.65% at 10:51 (481 comments)

Wall Street is a fickle mistress, and cares overmuch what other people are saying about you.

The initial bounce was probably due to their CEO saying something -- anything -- in response to the customer anger over the price hikes that have caused their stock price to go from ~300 to ~150 over the last three months. Now some 'analysts' are weighing in with much the same "Uhmmm, what?" that Netflix's customers are.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

natophonic ... with an elbow and a knee and a roundhouse kick (481 comments)

The differentiating factor of their streaming offering *is* the integration with a physical disc queue.

Exactly. I don't doubt that In The Future, we'll all be watching movies and TV programs primarily via internet stream. I already do.

But Netflix needs to face reality about their current streaming offerings... I like Muay Thai boxing movies, sci-fi b-flicks, and 30-year-old TV series as much as the next guy (that is, I do, but a little goes a long way), but most people want to see something that's in the "Top 100" too (I do). Currently, Netflix streaming doesn't doesn't offer that, but Netflix streaming+DVD does... as does Amazon, iTunes, Hulu+, etc.

The only thing that would make this make sense is if Netflix, by divorcing their DVD delivery and streaming businesses, will get better selection and terms from movie studios and other content holders for their streaming service.

more than 2 years ago

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