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Comment Re:Exploitation with a pretty face (Score 1) 22

American tech metal (copper) designers are faced with know-nothings in the front office... they confuse customers about the price of gold (you don't pay the "spot price", you pay the "CEA price" when you're making copper for electronics) among other things. I caught one I was working for that didn't write a valid quote for months because gold moved, and their calculation didn't.

Comment Remembering history (Score 1) 222

Back some time ago, Master went to Slashdot to claim they needed some information security about lock-breaking methods otherwise it'd be game over for locks. New cars today come without physical keys and rely on an RFID-like chip that when close enough unlocks the car. Most important things are now locked with PIN-locks or card locks rather than key locks.

It's basically game over for the products under the Master line... repeated combo locks and key locks just didn't last until today.

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 183

I've lost something here.... we had the Happy Birthday debates here on Slashdot in the early 2000s as part of coverage of copyright, the illegal Napster, and discussion of DRM that later turned into the watermarking we use today...

How did the Happy Birthday story end?... somebody with an archive deeper than what's available on can answer that.

Comment Pixel Perfect? (Score 1) 224

Does this movie happen to be based on the made-for TV movie Pixel Perfect from 1999?... it was about a guy who created a computer character girlfriend and then had to write the program that kept himself in love as real women rejected him.

Some people thought I was in that situation... see AIM was huge as we were mostly using modems to communicate, and it turns out a real ex-girlfriend of mine was posing for videos to become a dynamic script-able virtual character. That hasn't been released yet... and scares me greatly. It's weird seeing the girl you know outside the bezels walking around and affecting your Word document. Office 2000's Microsoft Agent/Office Assistant was cartoon characters based on the same concept.

Oh, my lead question returns a "NO!"... never-mind.

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