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Comment: Blame the person behind the wheel not the machines (Score 1) 579

by AnalogDiehard (#47369119) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Idiot drivers rushing traffic obstacles have been a problem ever since the automobile was invented. During the first fifty years of automobile ownership they were especially problematic with collisions with trains because those idiots tried to beat the train to the grade crossing and they lost. A 200 ton locomotive against a 1/2 ton automobile is no contest. A 1000 pound automobile against a human being at a fraction of the speed and mass is no contest. People are too quick to blame the machines and should starting blaming the idiots behind the wheel.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 2) 80

The article only mentions ONE PERSON that stood up and spoke out against the deal at the hearing. ONE.

And that's not by accident. Those hearings have limited seating. It has been well known that corporations pay "plants" to grab those seats well in advance, show up and claim their seat, and do nothing at all during the entire proceeding. Some of them are brazen enough to sleep. This effectively shuts out the dissenters and could be a 1st amendment violation.

Comment: No one knows you're a dog on the internet (Score 1) 191

I don't not trust the internet, but one has to be very prudent in verifying sources. There is a LOT of misinformation that get perpetuated around the net. Part of it is the armchair charlatans, the other are parties "planting" half-truths or outright lies to further their agenda with little fear of retaliation. There's a lot of wisdom to the saying "no one knows you're a dog on the internet".

Comment: Re:I skipped Windows 7... (Score 1) 681

Just wait for a few iterations of Mac OS until Apple says the latest one will not work on your still perfectly functional hardware.

Well aware of that. Apple profits from hardware so they force obsolescence using OS upgrades. Not a fan of the upgrade treadmill so I plan my purchases for the long haul, even when a future OSX will no longer work on my Pro. A buddy is currently having that problem and I learned from that. That's just one of the reasons I chose the Mac Pro instead of the iMac and cheaper Mac machines.

Comment: I skipped Windows 7... (Score 4, Interesting) 681

...and purchased a Mac Pro. My WIN2K machine started showing its age. HP stopped making ink cartridges for my printer. Upgrading required a completely new system as none my peripherals will work on Vista and higher. We started using WIN7 at work from XP and I just hated it. Since I had to buy a completely new system, a Mac Pro was only a little more money. And the migration to learning a new OS was easier than I anticipated. I have no regrets, especially seeing the stupid mistakes MS has made in WIN8.

Comment: Follow The Money (Score 1, Troll) 646

by AnalogDiehard (#47266551) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
A quick google reveals that the owner of the team has donated 97% to the GOP. This is another retaliation using federal agencies to intimidate political enemies. Today the Redskins, tomorrow the "tea party" or any other name that the liberal democrats deem hostile (at their choosing) to their cause. "Racism" was just a shell covering their true motive.

Comment: This is why I rip my CDs (Score 1) 329

by AnalogDiehard (#46999753) Attached to: Your Old CD Collection Is Dying
I have CDs going back to the 1980s which still play. This article confirmed my suspicion that they will not last forever and I don't want to spend the $$$ to replace my 400+ CDs with another media that the record cartels control like BluRay with the movie cartels. When the mp3 format came along, I found an encoder (RazorLame) that did an excellent job of maintaining the fidelity of my CDs so I proceeded to rip my entire collection. I heard some horrid fidelity mp3s on filesharing sites due to bad encoders so I don't download music nor do I upload my rips. The original CDs are now backups which are ripped to lossless and lossy formats. I'm covered in case those CDs start dying, and I also have redundant backups on different media other than disc platter technology in case my mp3 collection gets hosed. The record cartels hated mp3s but copyright law permits personal backups and there has been no legal case or precedent against personal backups.

Comment: Re:Blank Media (Score 1) 477

Successful Sony Formats... + CD http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

The audio CD wasn't a format developed solely by Sony, it was a collaborative team effort between Sony and Phillips both of whom had been independently developing the technology. Development of that format started in 1974 long before Sony was a content provider. In fact when the infamous rootkit scandal emerged, Phillips called out Sony because the rootkit media did not conform with the "redbook" audio CD specification and should not carry the audio CD label.

The biggest reason why audio CD was a successful format was because the audio CD specification contained no provision for DRM.

Comment: Glad I pulled the plug (Score 0) 342

by AnalogDiehard (#46826311) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage
I pulled the plug on broadcast and cable television back in 2000. Nothing worthwhile to watch and too many ads. My brother brought DVDs of newer shows and I've no interest in them either. I've lost any desire to waste time watching television, and these legal battles do more to drive me away from it all. The content owners don't want to play nice and I refuse to patronize such villiany.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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