dramatically less of a "defense contractor welfare" bloat that drags down NASA.
Genuinely curious why you think this? It's been my understanding that there are strong ties between the government and the defense contractors, and the defense industry there is fairly shrouded in secrecy, making corruption easy to pull off. Do you think the Chinese government is more capable of taking an 'agile' approach to a space program than the US?
The name was originally an acronym for "Poor Obfuscation Implementation", referring humorously to the fact that the file formats seemed to be deliberately obfuscated, but poorly, since they were successfully reverse-engineered.
The other acronyms in the project, such as HSSF (horrible spreadsheet format) are equally revealing.
Mod AC up. If anything, this incident shows that corporations are _at least_ as bad as the state when it comes to managing nuclear power. Nuclear may be scientifically safe and sound, but the lumbering bureaucracy (public or private) required to actually build and operate a plant guarantee that this type of disaster will keep happening for as long as this technology is in use.
- 1. It's inconsistent with Mac/Windows;
- 2. It's confusingly. Selecting anything overwrites the clipboard;
- 3. It's not efficient with a tool such as xclipboard;
- 4. You should be able to select text, then paste the clipboard over it, but that doesn't work if the selection and clipboard are the same;
- 5. The copy menu item is useless and does nothing, which is confusing;
- 6. If you think of PRIMARY as the current selection, cut doesn't make any sense since the selection simultaneously disappears and becomes the current selection.
I would like to add that this behavior completely takes over the middle mouse button, rendering the input useless except for this application which is only efficient in a very specific use case (you want to paste the thing you just highlighted)
All in all, except for the marginal benefit to their NBC counterpart I don't see anything for comcast in this except to do the bare minimum so they can appear like they're helping to curb piracy to keep pressure off them from the government and IP lobbying groups. They know that their most active customers, the ones they can sell higher bandwidth to, are largely copyright infringers. But by doing this, they can appear to be doing something, because there is a significant amount of infringes who are using P2P and taking zero precautions so Comcast can come back and say 'yes we caught X bad guys, we are helping'
It was an excellent format that is still around.
You're kidding me right? Not only was MD an abysmal format for what it was marketed as, it was terrible because of exactly the kind of cartoonishly-evil format restrictions that get Sony routinely bashed on here! If you were going to white-knight a Sony media format, you definitely should have picked a better one. MD was marketed primarily as a _recording_ medium, a cheaper replacement for DAT. But the content division wanted it to also be used for distribution, god only knows why (really, who in their right mind would pay more money for a bulkier (thicker) CD just for the plastic case, a fact the market made clear). So even though it was ostensibly for recording, they made it as difficult as possible to actually _get_ the audio you recorded onto your computer!
As another poster mentioned, you couldnt just rip the disk onto your computer, you had to trans-code (Hopefully you had one of those oh-so-ubiquitous optical spdif port on your sound card. MD computer drives were never allowed to be made). Granted, this was a digital transfer so there was no loss in quality, but you still had to sit it there in front of your computer for an hour re-recording the thing like a freaking cassette tape. Much later, they introduced a proprietary, windows-only software program that would transfer the disk to an audio file faster than 'real time' (i.e. like a freaking cdr that everyone was used to at that point). Never used it, always had mac or linux, but I heard it was awful. Keep in mind that this was all to prevent people from ripping commercial MD releases, making this flabbergasting piece of anti-technology in a 'recording' medium one of the worst and most salient examples of Sony's chronic double-think in their consumer electronics division that has led to market failure after market failure for Sony formats.
MD was simply a cash-grab with a garbage proprietary format that noone wanted, and a textbook case of Sony's content division crippling their electronics division. I should have coughed up a little more money and gotten a DAT machine, at least that format is still around, better quality, and more convenient than MD, even though its ~10 years older.