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Comment: $cientology never patented their courses (Score 1) 83

The $cientologists vigorously enforce the copyrights on their course material and they know^Wabuse the legal system. If they had been able to patent their courses, they would have. Khan Academy may not be awarded the patent based on precedent.

Comment: Re:ESPN delenda est (Score 1) 329

by AnalogDiehard (#49564601) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

I would gladly pay more for a bundle that did not include ESPN, or any of the other "sports" networks, or Empty-V or any of its myriad clones. Or the shopping channels.

I cut the cord since 2000 waiting for ala carte. Until it is offered bundle-free, the cable companies are not getting another dime from me.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by AnalogDiehard (#49139505) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
It's not just cost of money, it is also cost of the public good.

What's the cost of illegal drug trafficking if the drones were not there?

What's the cost of Mexican gang violence if the drones were not there?

The Obama administration is strong-arming public schools to provide education to all the illegals who crossed the border last year. What's the cost to the teacher's workload with larger classes? To school administration handling foreigners?

What's the cost to the public health to keep out infectious diseases if the drones were not there?

I think the $28K is well justified.

Comment: Other hoaxes (Score 1) 100

by AnalogDiehard (#48609237) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
There were other component hoaxes.

BD-1 Battery Discharger, also had a product spec printed. Marketing actually heard from a customer who wanted samples.

To compliment the Light Emitting Diode (LED), a company offered the Dark Emitting Diode (DED).

Hard to top the WOM though. I actually used that term in a meeting involving computers. Reaction was deer in the headlights from the IT folks. Had to quickly clue them in.

Comment: I remember records too well (Score 1) 433

by AnalogDiehard (#48596273) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
When I became old enough to afford my own music it was just before CDs became available. By then, plastic had replaced vinyl as the medium for records. I owned very few records because the plastic ones were bad out of the package. I once had to return a defective record multiple times, by the fourth time it still was defective and I refused to buy any more.

I have a National Semiconductor application manual on audio circuits that describe the operation of the needle on a record. I can't believe how primitive and vulnerable to damage that technology is.

Never have and never will be a customer of records again. When CDs came along, I embraced them. All my original CDs back to 1985 still work. The few records I owned got lost in my divorce and I do not miss them.

Frankly, all playback media has their thorns. I see no compelling reason to go back to vinyl records. CDs sound good enough to me, and I am into pro audio (not audiophile, there is a difference).

Comment: This just in (Score 1) 786

by AnalogDiehard (#48200777) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders
80s ads are responsible for the lack of male shoppers at shopping malls because the merchandise in stores appeal predominantly to women.

Really, it all comes down to marketing. The mens' clothing I see in stores have zero appeal to me because women are usually in charge of purchasing at clothing stores and they stock colors and patterns that are too effeminate. Not to hard to see a parallel with computers as they simply LOOK like mens' tools. Next time you see a woman using a palmtop or cellphone, note the accessory(s) that are matched to her wardrobe.

Comment: Re: The decline started with OS/2 (Score 1) 156

The other reason that Lotus 123 fell out of favor was copy protection. They used a scheme that detected an intentional fault on the floppy disk. You couldn't make a backup because the program would detect the missing fault and refuse to run. Maybe accounting departments could look past that, but engineering departments with daily production reports and new product deliveries critical to the bottom line weren't very comfortable depending on a system with no backup.

Comment: NY State Law has ways to find evaders (Score 2) 185

by AnalogDiehard (#47962051) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook
Here in divorce-centric NY, they WILL find ways to serve papers on you. Having a GOOD lawyer who knows state law helps. The judicial system doesn't approve of evaders.

When I filed for divorce in NY (I'll be very brief), my master manipulator STBX evaded the servers. She was an ex-deputy of the Sheriff department and learned of papers through the "old boy network". When she was at home she parked the car at an undisclosed location and no one answered the door. She was known to wear wigs for disguise and they could not find her on campus. All the places and events she was known to frequent, she could not be found.

The judge heard testimony from the servers that they were unable to serve papers on her after six months of trying. My lawyer and the judge had never seen a case this bad. At that time, she told me to contact her through her mother. I had a GOOD lawyer and he cited NY state law that in the event that a family member has been designated a contact, then papers can be served on that family member.

My mother-in-law never even knew we were separated and she went through the roof when she got the papers. Then the very next day her lawyer responds, and this timing of events was used in my trial before a very impressed judge.

Without going into details, the whole episode stretched out years longer than it should had for a simple divorce case and the judge cited her intentional abuse of the legal system in his ruling to prolong the process.

Did it end there? Nooooo.... when I found a buyer for the marital residence she refused to sign the papers, in violation of the stipulation. The same judge, with my divorce case fresh in his memory, wanted that broad in his court in two weeks. She was working at a state camp for the summer and I provided precise directions of the location of this camp for the server. Knowing her tactics, he posed as a delivery person carrying a parcel that required her signature. He delivered the parcel - and the papers. She never expected it, and probably forgot that years ago I wrote down those instructions when she called me out to that camp because her car broke down.

Comment: Brilliant move! (Score 1) 504

by AnalogDiehard (#47939089) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
Apple codes their iOS so that neither they or law authorities have no backdoor or master key to access any iDevice.

When they approach the owner, he can flip the proverbial middle finger by citing the fifth amendment.

And it's all legal despite any Patriot Act, secret FISA court, or intimidating threats from the NSA.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.