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Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 234

by ncc74656 (#48918689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Well, recordable Blu-ray discs use an inorganic dye, so they should last longer than DVD-Rs and CD-Rs. The manufacturers typically claim a lifespan of 100+ years.

Beware BD-R LTH media, which use pretty much the same type of organic dyes as are normally used for CD-R and DVD-R as a cost-cutting measure. BD-R HTL uses phase change in an inorganic alloy to record bits, which will almost certainly outlast BD-R LTH media (and probably DVD-R and CD-R, too).

I've been using these for archival recently. (I'm almost out, too...was going to put in an order, but (1) they're currently out of stock and (2) their per-disc price may have gone up substantially since my last purchase. :-P Will need to double-check once they're shipping again, but my last order was about $27 for 25 discs, shipping included.)

Comment: Price (Score 1) 3

by gmhowell (#48915235) Attached to: Is the Touch UI irredeemable?

No, it all came down to price, not multitasking. There was never an argument that CLI was better than a GUI except from neckbeards and bean counters. Average slobs knew the GUI was better. It took from 1984 until the early 90's for the hard to get cheap enough to tolerably run a GUI OS.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 192

by jawtheshark (#48915003) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Jet fuel is to gasoline what gasoline is to diesel. It burns very quickly which as you can imagine makes it useful for an engine of this type.

Jet fuel is actually so much closer to diesel (and heating oil) than you imagine. Now, I know nothing about jet engines, but I did know that. Mainly because I tend to remember "interesting but useless facts". Link to Wikipedia

Give me a factory and a team of engineers from the 1860s

Typo? 1960, I buy, but in 1860? Not so sure... The birth of the car is generally put at 1886.... The Wright Brothers did they first powered flight in 1903.

Comment: I'm one of the two (Score 1) 8

by gmhowell (#48887335) Attached to: Well, crap...

I think I'm one of the two who bought from Amazon. I don't care if you put it up for free. If it really bugs you that much, take the two bucks and give it to the next homeless person you see, or in the tip jar somewhere, or whatever. (Actually, I thought I said before that you could do that :)

Comment: Re:get off my lawn (Score 1) 240

by ncc74656 (#48885263) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Charging for caller ID on landlines is a scam (like pretty much everything about telecommunications billing), but I've never seen cell phone service without caller ID.

I'm guessing you're not old enough to have ever had analog cell-phone service. I don't recall if caller ID was even offered as an add-on service, but I know I didn't have it with my phone and my service. Vibrating call alert and an 8-character dot-matrix alphanumeric LED readout (so you could attach names to the phone numbers stored in memory!) were expensive enough.

Comment: Re:Congress'l approval rating near all-time low (Score 1) 666

by SuiteSisterMary (#48873983) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

If the American public truly believed, so overwhelmingly, or cared, Congress wouldn't have an incumbency rate of somewhere between 96 and 85 percent (depending on how you count.)

America doesn't have elected officials, they have an aristocratic class, and a few political dynasties.

Comment: Re:Free upgrade for one year (Score 1) 570

by SuiteSisterMary (#48868203) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Which can be rewritten as 'Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, which I interpret to mean that there will then be a yearly fee.'

The other, more logical, interpretation is 'After a year, even if running windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you'll need to purchase an upgrade at standard retail.'

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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