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Comment: Re: (Score 1) 154 154

Me too. After my first marathon session of DOOM back in the day, I felt like I was having the worst drunk/hangover of my ife...lasted for three days, I couldn't close my eyes without getting the spins. To this day i cannot take more than about 2 minutes of an FPS.

Comment: Well duh! (Score 2) 77 77

The music industry has a long and sordid history of ripping off the artists...in the main there's nothing to negotiate because the music publishers own the republishing rights.

Book publishers, contract to publish the book, in one format.

(The same negotiations often have to take place for paperback rights as well, so it's not like this is something new, and is, in the main simple boilerplate contracting with the author, author's agent, or estate) The renegotiations are hard because the publishers are greedy.

Of course all of your basic /. 'intellectual property is theft' technomarxists who never had to make their living off their own intellectual property couldn't be arsed to comprehend this...while musicians can sometimes eke out a living playing live (when they still own their own music, that is), there's not a lot of call for authors to read their books in front of adoring crowds night after night...

Comment: Re:Open source? (Score 0) 215 215

A truly random one-time pad longer than your cipher text is not crackable other than brute-force. Use a code along with the OTP and it's uncrackable (because the crackers won't recognize the plaintext when they do decipher it.) Of course you need to distribute copies of your codebook and OTP, which is why they developed ciphers in the first place...the only trick is to develop a code that parses to plain boring text. "Aunt Martha sends her love; she made a wonderful cherry pie for the church potluck last week, everyone was raving about it!"

Media (Apple)

The Beatles On iTunes 551 551

Yesterday Apple put a big old teaser up on their homepage for an unknown announcement to occur today. Speculation ran rampant from the delayed iOS 4.2, to iTunes Streaming to a release of the Beatles catalog on the iTunes store. Well, it was the latter. They have 13 albums on the store now, and a $150 box set. So here's hoping that we get that iPad multitasking yet this November.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in the U.S. (Score 2, Insightful) 163 163

No, it's not very interesting because it simply isn't true. On the average government employees are better paid than the average american, but that's only because government jobs tend not to be minimum-wage McJobs.

When controlled by educational achievement, the exact opposite is true.


The average government employee with a bachelors degree makes 25% LESS than the average private industry employee with a bachelors degree.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.