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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 175 175

There was a story a few months back of a drone interfering with a police helicopter of the Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone was up in arms about it, saying how it jeopardized the lives of pilot and passengers. A few days later it was revealed that it was, in fact, the helicopter that pursued the drone. They determined this by listening to the cockpit recordings and the pilot was laughing about chasing the drone.

Comment: What price CDs? (Score 2) 389 389

In the case of a business, you're playing music for the same reason the artist is making it; to entertain others.

Same reason you play it in your own home when others are also present.

That's why a music CD costs a lot more than a blank CD, correct?

The price of CDs were established when they first went public based on the cost of manufacturing. Now the cost of manufacturing is 5 cents and they still charge the same amount because they know that's the price the market will bear.

+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5 5

careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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Comment: 1968 (Score 1) 388 388

For me, it happened in 1968. I had just started a 3 year curriculum for computers. Started out with FORTRAN 44 on a teletype connected to an IBM 360. Within a month all of us (students) had outpaced the teacher's knowledge. From there it was a matter of reading the manuals we could get our hands on and as much lab time as we could fit in.

Comment: +1 Lightroom (Score 1) 259 259

+1 for Lightroom. I manage over 50,000 photos taken over the last 17 years and I can find images very quickly. I think a task like this would be difficult without a database backed approach but that, of course, comes with trade-offs. Of course LR can write out any meta-data changes to the image files or an XMP file. I used to be an Adobe fanboi but with their new subscription model, not so much. I still think LR is the best tool out there.

Comment: Only non-intrusive ads allowed (Score 1) 699 699

I use Adblocker Plus and it works wonders. It eliminates tons of crap. However, some site ads still get through. I'm assuming that the hosting site has directly incorporated a sponsor's ad into their site structure, thereby bypassing Adblocker's filter. This works because the site owner now has a stake in not pissing off their readers and will only incorporate non-intrusive ads in their site. This is exactly the opposite of what DoubleClick does.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman