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Comment Re:Let's talk about headphones for a minute. (Score 1) 292

Good advice. I've used the old Sony MDR-7506, Grado SR80, and my current pair of cans is the AKG K240. I listen through an Asus Xonar DGX sound card via a homebrew cMoy amp. I will have to keep an eye out for the DT990 as I was under the impression than they were much more expensive than that.

I alternate between Sennheiser PX100s and Koss Porta-Pros for office and portable use.

For PC voice chat use I use either a Zalman ZM-MIC1 mic that clips onto the cord, or an AntLion ModMic "add-on" boom mic.

Comment Re:You really can't figure that out? (Score 1) 380

I got it on my Nexus 4. On my phone as well, it was a unique ringtone and very loud. I was relaxing listening to music with headphones. The tone was loud enough to be clearly heard over my headphones even though the phone was on the other side of the room. As you mentioned, it really startled me as my brain immediately starting going through the list of possible alarms that could be making that noise.

Comment Re:"First computer" is a bit ambiguous (Score 1) 587

Agreed. I usually consider my dad's Amiga 1000 as "my" first computer. That would give me 16,384x as much in my current machine, 512kB vs 8GB.

I didn't see a need to own my own computer until I moved out. That would make the first computer I actually owned an entirely unimpressive (from a "get-off-my-lawn" standpoint) Coppermine Pentium 3 with 128MB RAM and only 64x more in my current machine.

Comment GSM is a requirement for me now (Score 4, Insightful) 67

I had service with Verizon for quite a while. In the last two areas I've lived, they have the best coverage. About a year ago I switched to one of the prepaid services, and although the coverage wasn't as good, the far lower monthly cost made up for it in my reckoning.

A few months ago, I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker. The same deal when I upgraded to a Nexus 4, just pop in the SIM card and go.

I can certainly see why this caught on in the rest of the world, and I can see why American cell providers like Verizon and Sprint are against it - I'm sure they make a good bit of money from selling you phones. In my case, I'll never go back to the "old way," regardless of how cheap Verizon might get.

Comment Re:Titanic (Score 4, Informative) 151

Indeed, as a former aircraft mechanic, I know that all of the planes that I've worked on have taken fire safety very seriously. The Dash-8's that I've worked on have their batteries placed outside of the pressure vessel. Although I have not personally worked on a plane that uses Li-Ion batteries like the 787 does, my understanding is that aircraft that do use these batteries have numerous warning and safety features to prevent thermal runaway, which sounds like what happened here. Based on the very limited information in TFA, I hypothesize that if the flight crew had been on board, they would have noticed a battery overheat condition and could have taken appropriate action well before a fire broke out.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 639

Pretty much this. I received my preordered Nexus 7 on Tuesday and found it no more difficult to open than my original Asus Transformer tablet. The top and bottom of the box fit together very snugly, as in I could feel the low air pressure inside making the box more difficult to open, but didn't provide and particular challenge. Perhaps people should try poking an air hole in their box if they are really having that much trouble.

I had supper with my brother Tuesday night, and he asked me if I'd had any trouble opening the Nexus 7 box; he'd apparently seen the videos referenced in TFA. I showed him the box and he wasn't sure how anyone had trouble opening it either.


SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace Team Up For Trips To Private Space Habitats 40

Zothecula writes "SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have joined forces in an attempt to woo international customers looking to enjoy some extended periods of microgravity. The joint marketing effort will push trips to orbiting Bigelow habitats on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft using the Falcon launch vehicle. 'Bigelow's BA 330 space module would be designed to provide 330 cubic meters of usable volume, which is about the size of a two-bedroom apartment. The BA 330 could accommodate up to six astronauts, depending on how cozy they plan to get. Two or more BA 330 modules could be connected together in orbit for lease by national space agencies, companies or universities, according to Bigelow Aerospace.'"

BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion 361

Glyn Moody writes "The annual BSA report on software piracy is out, with even bigger numbers: 'The commercial value of software piracy grew 14 percent globally last year to a record total of $58.8 billion.' Yes, they're using the old 'commercial value' trick: 'The commercial value of pirated software is the value of unlicensed software installed in a given year, as if it had been sold in the market.' Except, of course, that the main reason users in developing countries — the main focus of the report — resort to piracy is because they can't afford Western-style pricing. It's also fun to see the BSA trotting out the old 'reducing piracy would generate lots of new jobs and taxes for local governments' — except that it doesn't, because the money not paid for software licences does not disappear, but is just spent elsewhere in the local economy."

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