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Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show

paulbiz Re:Same with music (366 comments)

Exactly, I've listened to some terrible 30-year-old cassette tapes of live shows, etc. The audio quality is atrocious and sometimes you can barely make out what's going on, but it's amazing how quickly you stop noticing that once you become engrossed in the music itself.

On the other hand, a nice CD-quality version of a terrible song will still make me want to turn the speakers off. :)

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Bug Could Give Spammers Names, Photos

paulbiz Re:*Smack Face* (145 comments)

I have a "good" gmail address (my full and I constantly get e-mail from other people signing up for things who apparently don't know their own e-mail address. I've received passwords and various other sensitive data. Sprint was sending me receipts for someone's very large corporate purchases, I kept replying and forwarding them to sprint's customer care and they basically told me they can't do anything about it and to just delete them and not worry about it.

It's also amazing how many sites will not let you unsubscribe without providing some kind of personal info. Seriously? They let you sign up with the wrong address without confirming it, but I can't unsubscribe unless I know the last 4 digits of the guy's SSN?

more than 4 years ago

Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

paulbiz The boring basics! (383 comments)

students are avoiding computing classes because they teach nothing but the boring basics

In fact, when I was forced to go to school I tried to avoid all classes because they all taught nothing but the boring basics.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

paulbiz Re:Better than the default browser (57 comments)

Considering Opera Mini is a J2ME app and the N900 has no J2ME runtime, and the only way to run it is with MicroEmulator, I'm not surprised that it looked bad. I'm surprised you managed to get it running at all after 1 day of owning the N900. There is, however, Opera Mobile for N900:

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

paulbiz Re:Notable (57 comments)

It has Flash, it's just disabled by default.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

paulbiz Re:What if you block Flash? (261 comments)

The plugin-container is only launched when a plugin is actually loaded.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

paulbiz Re:Just as Adobe drops 64 bit Linux (261 comments)

And if you read the Adobe page linked to by that article, it says: "We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player."

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces Command-Line Tool For Linux

paulbiz Re:Works for Android or iPhone? (210 comments)

You are correct, I untarred the source on my Nokia N900, built and installed and it works fine.

Dunno about the other phones, but if they have a CLI, python interpreter & can use puthon-gdata then you should be good.

more than 4 years ago

Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme

paulbiz Re:If you want to compare it to electricity.... (514 comments)

Where I live (midwest USA) the electricity actually gets cheaper the more you use... It's like they encourage you to use as much as possible for greater "savings".

more than 4 years ago

EA Introduces "Online Pass" To Get In On Used Games Market

paulbiz EA Sports has already been doing this for rosters (223 comments)

EA Sports has already been doing this for roster updates, for example NBA Live 2009 contained a card which entitles you to one season of roster updates. If you rent the game, buy used, etc, you would need to purchase the roster updates subscription instead (for $10 or so). If they are also charging for roster updates, renters or purchasers could potentially be hit with even more fees than just the $10 online play fee (not to mention if you have an Xbox 360, Microsoft already charges a monthly fee to play games online in the first place).

Current-year used EA Sports games in stores are typically just $1 to $5 cheaper than new ones (previous year's sports games are virtually worthless used, prices drop to $1.99 after a couple seasons have passed), so the extra fees can make buying used current-year titles much more expensive than buying the game new. EA wins.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Resynth vs. Photoshop Content Aware

paulbiz Re:I'm sure... (269 comments)

My heart was lost to (and lost with) DeluxePaint long ago.

Color palette animation FTW

And I'm still saying Fantavision is better than Flash for vector animation...

more than 4 years ago

Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

paulbiz Re:Beauty is in ... (519 comments)

I bought one of the Unicomp keyboards on eBay. Despite the seller's description, the thing was nasty. There was so much hair, skin, and general "other person's ickyness" on it, I was really bummed. So, I popped off all the keys, threw them into a bowl and soaked them in warm soapy water for a couple hours. I took some Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol and cleaned out the sludge that was underneath the keys. Put it all back together and the thing was clean and good as new. I love it and a few people who have used my computer to check e-mail or whatever have commented on how nice the keyboard feels. I ended up buying another one for my other PC.

more than 5 years ago

HP Accused of Illegal Exportation To Iran

paulbiz Re:PC LOAD LTR (287 comments)

PC load letter! FSCK!

The Iranian version would probably be PC LOAD A4

(only the USA and Canada use "Letter")

more than 5 years ago

Alternatives to Daylight Saving Time?

paulbiz Re:Screams of Frustration (755 comments)

I'm sure the curators of the history museums (the only places that still have VCRs) are annoyed by this task.

more than 5 years ago



paulbiz paulbiz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paulbiz (585489) writes "It appears Charter Cable's DNS servers have just started resolving all invalid hostnames and pointing them to their own error page. The about page states "This service automatically eliminates many of the error pages you may encounter as you surf the web. No software was installed on your computer for this service to work." It has an "opt-out" page, but when you "opt-out" it simply sets a cookie that makes their page redirect errors to Microsoft Live Search instead!"



#173 on the list of things to do before I die...

paulbiz paulbiz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

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