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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Re:Here come the flippers (250 comments)

I don't recall all the details. You can read the linked article for insight. I see your point about the spiral, so now I too am wondering exactly how it worked. The bottom line is it was faster, but not 7x faster. It was a good idea at the time since CD rotational speeds had been maxxed out.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Re:Dead on Arrival (250 comments)

That is too funny. I just watched MiB with my son last weekend. I laughed when I heard that line because it was so long ago, but people still keep doing the same thing.

At least with physical media you have control. If you bought it on itunes you are locked into the Apple-verse for life.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Re:Here come the flippers (250 comments)

That reminds me of a Kenwood CD drive I bought for my computer. It used a multi-beam technology called TrueX to parellelize reading. It cost more than most readers at the time, but only about 20% more. The technology worked well if you were ripping the whole disc.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Dead on Arrival (250 comments)

How stupid can they be? I didn't even buy into the blu-ray hype. I only got a blu-ray player recently because a relative gave us their old one. I went out and bought one blu-ray disc (Prometheus). The movie glitched out halfway with audio and video garbage. Luckily it came with a DVD and online copy. It is the first and last blu-ray disc I will buy.

Sony is still angry about losing the beta-vhs war and is now fighting a battle nobody cares about anymore. Just like discs, the whole company is obsolete.

about a month and a half ago
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Broadcom Releases Source For Graphics Stack; Raspberry Pi Sets Bounty For Port

tedgyz Q3 (77 comments)

I love that Q3 is the test case. That was probably the greatest multiplayer FPS game ever created. A good chunk of my life was spent playing and administrating a server.

My favorite "accomplishment" while playing was always "Rampage!".

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

tedgyz Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

Thanks for the tip. I just bought Alpha Centauri on GOG for $5.99. They also had MOO 1+2 for $5.99, so I grabbed that too.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

tedgyz Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

Wow! Now that is old! I remember playing that late into the night while trying to get my (then) 1 year old son to sleep in his bouncy chair.

MOO2 was one of the best games ever. I think Civ V is the only game of comparable quality.

about 2 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

tedgyz Re:Best? No Clue (197 comments)

That depends on the woman. I know at least two women who would be thrilled to get Bruins tickets.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

tedgyz Re:ogahdno (303 comments)

Agreed!

I love my Time Warner service. Comcast will find a way to ruin it.

about 2 months ago
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QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

tedgyz BETA SUXX0RS!!! (197 comments)

Sorry Dice, but I have to jump on the beta-hata wagon. I'll just point out two things:

1. Right side bar squeezes out comments. We are here for the comments, not whatever crap you want to cram down our throats.
2. Vertical spacing of text wastes tons of real estate. It looks like a High School book report padded to fill the required pages.

Dice Holdings, Inc: Please consider your next steps carefully. The /. castle was not built in a day, but it can easily be destroyed in a day. You have one chance to avoid a mass exodus. As others have said, eyeballs == advertising $$.

Stop trying to squeeze blood from a stone. The reason we come here is because most other news sites suck. If you want to throw your hat into the sucky news site ring, all I can say is good luck with that.

about 3 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

tedgyz Re:SBD (371 comments)

...and that is why you're single.

Sorry to bust your image of me, but I am on my second marriage and I have 4 kids. Extrapolate that however you want.

about 3 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

tedgyz SBD (371 comments)

My computer is like my farts:

Silent, But Deadly

about 3 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

tedgyz Re:You lost me at... (104 comments)

Good point. Why do billionaires live in lavish, oversized homes? Because they can. My wife and I both agree that if we got rich, we still would not live in a mansion. You can only be in one room at a time, unless you are The Doctor.

Here is the sad truth though - many iThing owners are not rich. Case in point: My sister-in-law could not pay the rent living with her parent's but she could afford her iphone and accompanying AT&T monthly fees.

about 3 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

tedgyz Re:You lost me at... (104 comments)

You mean like subsidizing the $400K to replace the single glass panel that broke in the NYC Apple store? When you walk into such an opulent place, doesn't it make you wonder how they pay for it?

about 2 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

tedgyz Re:You lost me at... (104 comments)

I understand the market. I just don't understand why people so easily pay so much more for it. I know it is all about cachet and impressing your friends, so I guess rational thinking goes out the window.

If you buy ALL Apple products then all is well. As soon as you introduce a non-Apple product it all goes to sh1t. For example, my son has an android phone and a windows laptop. His frat house has Apple TV. Guess what? He can't do anything with it.

about 2 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

tedgyz You lost me at... (104 comments)

"hooks to your iPhone"

Why is it everyone targets the iphone first, despite far more android phones in the market? Is it that iDiots more easily part with their money?

about 2 months ago
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Stormy Alien Atmospheres May Spark Seeds of Life

tedgyz Alien (44 comments)

Ash: Well, as I said, I'm still... collating, actually, but uh, I have confirmed that he's got an outer layer of protein polysaccharides. Has a funny habit of shedding his cells and replacing them with polarized silicon, which gives him a prolonged resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Is that enough?

about 3 months ago
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Exoplanet Camera Now Online

tedgyz Cheese (47 comments)

Just tell me where the cheese is.

about 4 months ago
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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

tedgyz Re:Obligatory (140 comments)

Seems we both get it. Glad to find a kindred spirit. I enjoy the great outdoors in New Hampshire.

about 4 months ago

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Diablo III Authentication Servers Down

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  about 2 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "All of our worst fears have been fulfilled. Read this cheery message from Blizzard. Thanks indeed!

Update 5:00 p.m. PDT: Maintenance has concluded and Diablo III is now available for play. Auction house maintenance has concluded, as well, but commodities are still disabled at this time.

We're continuing to investigate latency affecting successful sales and purchases on the gold auction house. Please note that while these issues may cause a temporary delay in having purchased items appear in your Completed tab, your items have not been lost. If you do not see your purchased items immediately, please check back later.

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We're aware of issues affecting our authentication servers which may cause players to experience failed or slowed logins (e.g. getting stuck at "Retrieving Character List"). We're currently investigating the cause of these issues and have brought all Diablo III game servers offline for maintenance. We will provide updates as they become available.

Thank you so much for your reports!"

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Bee research details harm from insecticides

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  about 2 years ago

tedgyz writes "The Washington Post reports that new research points to pesticides as one of the causes of the disappearing bees. Ironically, these pesticides are considered more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. The neonicotinoids do not kill the bees outright, but disorient them so they cannot find their back to the hive. The study also shows an 85% decline in production of queens."
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The Living Machine Sewage System

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "Wired discusses the dirty topic of handling our waste in an environmentally friendly manner. I had the benefit of seeing one of these systems in action at a rest stop in Vermont. I paid a visit to the rest room and then walked into the greenhouse to see where "things" get processed.

From the article: Everybody likes trees, but (aesthetics aside) sending poop from the bathroom to the lobby may seem sort of icky. In environmental terms, though, it's a solid choice. Just as photovoltaics can help take a building off the power grid, living machines take strain off the pipes and municipal wastewater facilities on the "sewage grid." They also show that being green means thinking more creatively about our brown and yellow."
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tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "With duke-nukem-forever style delays, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Optimus Maximus keyboard. Engadget reports:

After some OLED display supply issues and a few setbacks, it looks like Lebedev and company have finally settled on a launch date and price for the king of keyboard, the Optimus Maximus. Hold your breath, it'll be due late November (the 30th, to be specific) for $1536 US ("Shakespeare's birthday"). Bad news, we know, but the worst news is still to come: only 200 keyboards per month for November and December, and 400 keyboards are scheduled to be made next January. (On second thought, at over $1500 apiece, maybe that's not so few keyboards.) Ok, exhale, it's going to be alright.
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tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "Wired has an article describing a high definition video service from Azureus. It looks like the previous article about commercialization is coming to fruition. Youtube is mentioned as the low definition predecessor.
From the article:
Available at Zudeo, users can upload, download and comment on videos in a manner similar to other video sharing sites like YouTube, Metacafe and Revver. But instead of the low-resolution video offered by competing services, the Azureus system promises internet video at better than DVD quality, thanks to BitTorrent's ability to distribute huge video files speedily.
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