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Comment: Reminds me of the book Feed (Score 1) 355

by Causemos (#47060059) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Surprising relevant

From Wikipedia:
Feed (2002) is a young adult science fiction novel written by M. T. (Matthew Tobin) Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, occasionally from a sardonic perspective. The novel depicts American society's descent into a culture that revolves entirely around advertising and corporate gain from the perspective of an American teenager and his friends.

http://www.amazon.com/Feed-M-T...

Comment: They vary (Score 1) 385

by Causemos (#45412757) Attached to: How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

As with movies, the quality of extras varies greatly. Simple goof reels and dry technical descriptions are one thing, but when they take the time to find real stories in the process it's a whole different world. On a movie you truly like, a good commentary and collection of extras videos can be as enjoyable as the movie itself.

Comment: coatings come off (Score 1) 175

Unless they have some new miracle system, coatings tend to come off over time. If it's anything like glasses, you'll start to see it coming off around the edges and slowly working towards the inside. You'd certainly lose that non-reflective goodness if you had to use a screen protector to avoid this.

Comment: keep old drive around (Score 1) 348

by Causemos (#42381489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

Usually if I buy a new drive, it's to rotate out an older one. My "test" is to copy the mostly full drive onto the new one and keep the old drive on the shelf for a couple months in case of problems. Most drives either suffer an early death or last a good number of years. After 2-3 months I'll reuse the old drive for other storage needs.

Comment: Removes their development incentive (Score 4, Interesting) 297

by Causemos (#41422013) Attached to: Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software?

If they are already getting monthly/yearly fees from customers, what's the incentive to produce good products? Now we get to vote by not buying that version and continuing to use an old one. With this new model they'll get money either way.

Their hard core users will probably pay, but many people are occasional users. Free and/or cheaper products will make out big on this. Word processing and spreadsheets aren't exactly cutting edge applications anymore.

Comment: somewhat (Score 2) 504

by Causemos (#40802779) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

Personally I have had one success swapping PCB's on a drive and getting the data off. Of course this requires that the PCB is bad and not the platters. Most bad drives don't sound good (platter issue) so I don't usually bother (ear to drive can tell you a lot).

I have tried the freezer method 3-4 times with no luck, though friends say they have had success.

Usually if the drive is semi-accessible you can use tools like Easy Recovery (OnTrack) or Recuva (Piriform) to get some data off.

In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.

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