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100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica

sprins Filter (114 comments)

That's a cool Instagram filter they used. Anyone know which it is?

about 10 months ago

Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

sprins Re:Cloud services are for idiots. (157 comments)

The intention of cloud music services like Amazon's (and Google's, and Apple's, and Ubuntu's...) is to provide a convenient way to access your music from anywhere at any time.

No the purpose of cloud players is to keep track of what users listen to.

That tracking is actually a feature that benefits the artist who actually gets royalties when played (which is tracked). This way cloud services like iTunes Match and this Amazon service get to 'legalize' all your illegally downloaded music. The artists eventually (if you play them) get paid fairly.

In the midst of all the humbug about illegal downloading and the music industry going down the drain, I find this a very sympathetic feature.

more than 2 years ago

Original Content Coming To YouTube?

sprins Re:Define professional? (119 comments)

As has already been pointed out (sarcastically) there's plenty of original content on YouTube already, so what's new about this is that it's professional? How exactly are they defining professional though?

The article means original content BY YouTube themselve as I read it. YouTube is going to compete with the producers you talk about.

about 3 years ago

UK To Shut Down Social Networks?

sprins Re:Shut down social media? Shoot down looters! (403 comments)

Isn't it common practice to shoot looters on the act?

Not in civilized countries.

Looting hard working social peers is way off limits AFAIK.

Shooting people for any reason except to protect the life of other people is even farther off the limits.

Well, once people revert to looting other innocent people as a hooligan passtime they disqualify themselfs as a member of said 'civilized' society IMO.

more than 3 years ago

UK To Shut Down Social Networks?

sprins Shut down social media? Shoot down looters! (403 comments)

Isn't it common practice to shoot looters on the act? Or does that only apply in war? Protesting is one thing. Looting hard working social peers is way off limits AFAIK.

more than 3 years ago

Will Capped Data Plans Kill the Cloud?

sprins Answer: no (530 comments)

Capped data plans won't kill the cloud. Capping will only be a temporary inconvenience (until capping is gone through competition between carriers).

There are nice-to-have cloud syncs that use a lot of data (music, video, images) and need-to-have cloud syncs (mail, calendar, documents). The urgens syncs usually fit in a data plan. The 'leisure' syncs can be done whilst on wifi.

The real inconvenience will be data roaming charges (eg abroad) where they charge you an arm and a leg for everything :(

more than 3 years ago

Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

sprins Sore losers (508 comments)

Big corporations are such sore losers when their DRM/lockdown/lock-in systems are broken.

If SONY were a good sport they'd be proud their signing/encryption took this long to crack.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent

sprins Pimp my patent (109 comments)

Yo dawg! I heard you like to sue while you troll, so we put a patent in your patent so you can troll when you sue.

more than 3 years ago

Windows 95 Turns 15

sprins Fond memories of never running Windows 95 and up (461 comments)

Some time before Win95 came out I had already switched to OS/2, which I kept using far beyond 2000 upto the moment that I switched to Linux. When Apple OSX was released I switched to that fairly quick.

Neither OS/2 nor Linux was ideal, but it made me so happy not to have to use Win95 (and up).

For my work I mainly used the command line, and my servers ran OS/2 and Linux as well (DB/2 and Java), so that turned out pretty good.

People tended to laugh at me for being so recalcitrant with my OS choice. Yet I managed to reach financial independence in doing so. And I tend to believe that choosing my OS had unimportant role in that because we depended on speed and uptime for our business.

Therefore I want to thank Microsoft in retrospect for showing me how bad they sucked at OS development and innovation during my use of Windows 3.0 and 3.1 making me stay away from their products from then on.

Fond memories indeed...

more than 4 years ago

1-in-1,000 Chance of Asteroid Impact In ... 2182?

sprins Odds.... (326 comments)

Interesting... But what are the odds that this calculation is right?

more than 4 years ago

H.264 and VP8 Compared

sprins Re:What a horrible test file (337 comments)

And cutting-off people with basic services like 1 Mbit/s cable internet, DSL, or slow 56k dialup. Forcing people to faster speeds that they either don't have, or don't want, is irresponsible of the website owner

That's exactly what Youtube does. Offer the same video in 360p, 480p and HD. Everyone's a winner.

And 56K dialup people should really stay out of the internet-video discussion. We're also not asking Henry Ford to comment on the SLS AMG.

more than 4 years ago

H.264 and VP8 Compared

sprins Re:What a horrible test file (337 comments)

VP8 is aimed *specifically* at this kind of resolution. It's why it's great for YouTube...

Youtube and the like are all moving towards HD. 480p is normal already, 720p and 1080p are becoming normal really fast on the web.

more than 4 years ago

From Doom To Dunia — the History of 3D Engines

sprins Wolfenstein 3D? (117 comments)

I miss Wolfenstein 3D (the original game) in the list. AFAIK that was the 1st 3D FPS some time before DOOM. I understand that "From DOOM to Dunia" alliterates better, but to disregard Wolfenstein 3D alltogether?

more than 5 years ago

English DJ Claims Wi-Fi Allergy

sprins Allergy... (515 comments)

I also live in an iron-clad home far from any neighbors. But that's because I'm allergic to the neigbours.

more than 5 years ago

Mono Outpaces Java In Linux Desktop Development

sprins Java still rules server side (598 comments)

Oh give me a break. For server-side development Java is still king in the performance and feaure department. Perhaps Mono/.NET/MS it catching on, but that's only due to comprehensive copycatting of Java technology.

Although I agree we shouldn't underestimate MS copycatting...

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

sprins Re:It seems ironic... (1147 comments)

>No, the price difference is so the Faithful can run around flaunting their glowing logo and think they are superior people. Bah.

Some people wear a Swatch, other people wear an IWC watch. Both tell the same time, one costs 60X what the other costs. Usually because they can afford it, and because they appreciate the quality difference. Does that make them feel superiour to the other people? Probably not, but judging from your response you seem to think they do. So who's the bigot here?

more than 5 years ago

Using Tire Pressure Sensors To Spy On Cars

sprins April fools! (203 comments)

Of course this is an April fools joke. The VIN isn't included in the radio signals of the TPMS sensors!

more than 6 years ago



Apple OS X "Service Pack 1" released

sprins sprins writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sprins writes "As you may know, the long anticipated Leopard update has just been released by Apple. I too have been eagerly awaiting this update, as the only two programs I really work with (besides a web browser) are Adobe Photohop and Apple Aperture. Both were giving me troubles after me upgrading to Leopard. Aperture being the worst, crashing on me all the time. And after this long awaited update, guess what: Apple Aperture is still crashing on me.

Who would have thought that Apple Hardware, with an Apple OS, and a key Apple application just wil not work properly. Apparently Microsoft isn't the only one battling it's own demons..."

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