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Comment: Patent numbers on products are great! (Score 1) 258

by IRoll11!s (#33446808) Attached to: A New Species of Patent Troll
I wish I still had the bottle but I don't. A few years ago I found an old glass bottle buried in my backyard, clearly stamped on the bottom with a low 6 digit patent number (started with a 1 too). I typed the patent number into google and it directed me to a copy of the patent clearly listing it as a perfume bottle and including a single diagram picture of that exact bottle. Not only was it interesting, I think of it as sort of a personal milestone in the evolution of the internet. That was the day that Google's knowledge expanded to the point that they KNEW WHAT WAS BURIED IN MY BACKYARD. The bottle itself was pretty awesome, it was designed in such a way to hold the liquid inside by surface tension even when tipped upside down, and would dispense a single drop when touched to your wrist. In other words, patent worthy. P.S. Why doesn't the form submission on a technology oriented website save the paragraph breaks? This isn't 1998 anymore is it?

Comment: Re:Up to is what I get (Score 1) 547

by IRoll11!s (#33285894) Attached to: ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds
I don't use Hulu, but I don't think it would matter much on Youtube. I've got a 10/2 from Verizon FIOS, and as noted by a few previous comments they are one of the few that actually do a good job of providing the maximum throughput at any given time. I swear a few times I've actually gone over 10Mbps.. Anyway Youtube seems to have very aggressive... hmm no, "optimistic" streaming settings on the server side, and will grudgingly dole out just enough chunks to keep it a few seconds ahead of the playback whenever possible. It is rare I use even a 10th of throughput on any given video, and I've taken to pausing anything I want to watch for 30 seconds or so, go do something else, then come back and hit play to avoid any potential interruptions.

Comment: You sure about tilting the sail? (Score 1) 284

by IRoll11!s (#32532938) Attached to: Japan Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail In Space
OK so IANAS (sailor...) but I thought the ability to tack against the wind was due to the interaction between the hull/rudder and the water. There's nothing to um, grab onto in space, so I can't see how you can get any impulse in any direction other than directly away from the sun?

Comment: Re:That doesn't mean that gamers want easier games (Score 1) 462

by IRoll11!s (#32096118) Attached to: Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?
I like the cut of your jib. Complex games are great, and when I was younger I could sit down and play 8 hours of Wasteland or Legacy of the Ancients. Now I get my gaming in smaller chunks, but it means I have dozens of epic games with various save points that I can pick up at any time. Come to think of it, somewhere I have a C64 emulator ROM saved game for Wasteland, and stored somewhere at my brothers house I bet I still have a saved Wasteland game on the original floppies. Heh.

Comment: Re:Stop preaching Linux (Score 5, Informative) 449

by IRoll11!s (#32062304) Attached to: Win7 Can Delete All System Restore Points On Reboot
Tired of this misconception. Seriously. I've been using Windows software for 14 years, and I have NEVER had to do a full system reinstall. EVER. People who need to reinstall Windows all of the time are doing something really really wrong. I'm not sure what, nor do I care. I'm not a zealot, Windows sucks in more ways than I can shake a stick at. I've done my fair share of cursing and screaming at it over the last decade and a half, but there hasn't been a damn thing I haven't been able to fix without the need to reinstall the whole thing.

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