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Comment: Remember: Space is hard (Score 1) 140

by Vandil X (#47737887) Attached to: 2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit
The miracle and wonder behind celebrating successful space missions is realizing that going to space is hard and a lot had to go well to get things to turn out right. Even with decades of satellite launches under humanity's belt, each launch is a challenge and a learning opportunity...

...some more costly than others.

Comment: 3D Blu-Ray Player (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by Vandil X (#47737853) Attached to: The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On
I lost interest in mainstream console gaming after the SNES/Genesis and the Saturn/PS1 eras. The way gaming was going on consoles (Xbox, PS2, GCN) just turned me off and I spent more time playing MMOs on PCs. So when the 360 and PS3 came out, I bought a PS3 only to serve as an easy-to-firmware-update Blu-Ray player that can play my PS1 games and, perhaps, any PS3 game that catches my eye (SF4 for example) and retro collection discs.

The killer app for me was when 3D Blu-Ray capability was added. For me, the PS3 will continue to have it's honorary position in my entertainment scenario, so long as it can play Blu-Ray movies and allow me to play Symphony of the Night on the big screen.

If my PS3 breaks while they're still making them? I'm not sure I'd buy another. I'd just get a cheap 3D-capable Blu-Ray player and play SotN by other means.

Comment: Here's hoping the crewed Dragon happens soon (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by Vandil X (#40120905) Attached to: Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch
It's great that we have U.S.-based cargo delivery/recovery capacity again. This is definitely a huge milestone. However, the crewed-version of the Dragon will be the true, emotional U.S. milestone, as it replaces the human element lost with the retirement of the space shuttle.

Comment: Remember free Dial-Up Providers from the 1990s? (Score 2) 273

by Vandil X (#39608179) Attached to: Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages
In the 1990s, there used to be tons of free dial-up ISP providers that gave you free access so long as you agreed to surf the web through their branded version of Internet Explorer that framed websites in ads. Some providers required you to click the ads so many times within a certain interval of time or get disconnected.

I'm sure these frames and banner ads "violated" the design of websites that were browsed by these users, but since the websites themselves were not hacked or damaged and displayed correctly on the computer screen of those not using ad-managed ISPs/web browsers, there is probably not a tangible copyright issue.

Hotel Wi-Fi is just the modern version of this same model, albeit without using software or requiring ad clicks.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 273

by Vandil X (#39608091) Attached to: Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages
1. The websurfer agrees to a Terms of Service that allows the ISP to make changes to inbound website page requests.
2. The websurfer proceeds to request pages from a remote webserver. The ISP injects ads as the customer consented.


No where in this was the remote webserver compromised or hacked. The website still loads as the content owner designed on computers accessing the website through ISPs that have not adjusted the content. Since the customer is agreeing to allow the ISP to alter his web browsing experience in exchange for Internet Access, this is permissible. Unethical, perhaps, but permissible. Certainly not compyright infringement.

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