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Comment: Unit record requipment (Score 1) 146

by ZorinLynx (#46780055) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

I think I could watch a two hour film of just unit record equipment in action and be happy. Damn stuff was mesmerizing, how it handled, read and punched thousands of cards at ridiculous speeds.

We really did pull off some mechanical genius with this stuff back then. It may be obsolete but it's still cool, and it makes me wonder why we can't seem to design printers that don't start jamming after a few hundred pages anymore.

Comment: This is one thing I love about it (Score 5, Insightful) 544

by ZorinLynx (#46649287) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Smooth, instant acceleration no matter what your current speed. It's mind blowing when you first experience it.

I don't get how people can "miss" the sound of a regular engine, and having to shift. A good computer analogy would be "missing" having to manually input bootstrap code to get your machine going. Sure, it can be a nice bit of nostalgia, but it's a requirement of antiquated technology that no longer applies in the case of the Model S.

I so wish I could afford that car. I hope they can get the price of its successor down into the 30s; I will jump on that SO quick.

Comment: How does this affect dual-system chipsets? (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by ZorinLynx (#46648211) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Newer phones have location chipsets that support both GPS and GLONASS. Do they figure out automatically that the GLONASS information is bad and switch to using GPS exclusively?

I've noticed much increased performance since I upgraded to a phone that uses both systems, especially in cities with a lot of tall buildings like NYC and Chicago.

Comment: Rentals are too expensive (Score 5, Insightful) 323

It shouldn't cost more to "rent" a two year old movie to stream online that it does to BUY it in the bargain bin. Not only that, but many older movies aren't available to rent at all, only for "purchase" (which, when bought online is really a long-term rental anyway due to DRM).

Get the rental prices down. Let me pay $2-$3 to watch a movie rather than $6-$10. And for the love of Princess Celestia, when you PAY for content online, it should look good! No compression artifacts, no buffering. Let me pull down the whole thing, or maybe half of it before watching to ensure a good experience.

Comment: Did Fluke request this? (Score 5, Insightful) 653

by ZorinLynx (#46525771) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Did Fluke actually request this? Or did Customs do this of their own volition?

If it's the latter, Fluke should step up and allow them to make a one time exception for this shipment. It would generate considerably goodwill for the company and show that they're not bullies keeping the little guy down.

If they DID request this, then fuck them all with a chainsaw, seriously.

Comment: Fundamental issue... (Score 1) 381

by ZorinLynx (#46505881) Attached to: <em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

One fundamental issue is that corporations have this crazy idea that it's the job of companies like Google, ISPs and cloud service providers to enforce their copyrights.

Umm, it's NOT. It's the job of the content owners to enforce their copyrights, send take-downs, and so on.

Companies like Google, ISPs, cloud service providers, etc. do not have the time or resources to enforce copyright. We can't expect them to without driving the cost of service even higher than it already ridiculously is.

(Of course, the fact that Comcast now owns NBC means that the ISP and content owner are one.. which blurs this thinking and is also quite dangerous; I'm still pissed that regulators let that happen.)

Comment: They sold it at cost? (Score 2) 126

by ZorinLynx (#46432653) Attached to: NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

From what I read, it looks like they sold the fuel at "full cost", rather than "market rate".

Does this mean they sold the fuel at the same cost NASA paid for it? If so, what's the big deal? NASA is a government agency, not a business. They don't have to sell fuel at a profit.

It's not like they were giving it away or losing money on it!

Comment: This doesn't make much sense. (Score 1) 142

by ZorinLynx (#46367975) Attached to: Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

Arguably, simply holding your phone to your ear and talking on it is a lot less distracting than LOOKING at the phone and tapping to find map directions.

Why is the former illegal, while the latter is okay? Either make them both illegal, or make it okay to *talk* on the phone as well.

Comment: Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 1) 241

by ZorinLynx (#46359041) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Ahh, my mistake then. Still, these are very early machines that were no longer being sold after 2007. I think de-supporting 7 year old machines, especially for good reasons (major architecture changes) isn't something that we need to be so up in arms about. Seven years is an eternity in the tech world.

Supporting ancient hardware for so long is one of the reasons why Microsoft software tends to be so bloated and unreliable. If your seven year old hardware isn't supported, you can likely find 5 year old hardware on the used market for next to nothing and upgrade your stuff. :)

Comment: Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 5, Informative) 241

by ZorinLynx (#46357619) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Are there Macs that can run Snow Leopard but cannot run Lion?

My 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 supports Lion, and it's one of the oldest Intel Macs. I don't think there's many people "stuck" on Snow Leopard; they should be able to upgrade to Lion and get security updates. Apple has historically only supported the current and previous versions of OS X. Basically, Lion users are getting unexpected support right now, and I think it's because of the large installed base that can't run anything newer than Lion.

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