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Comment: Re:$15+ a ticket + $5 popcorn + $4 pop = no way! (Score 1) 313

by gklinger (#35385374) Attached to: Episode I 3D Release Date Announced
That depends on where you live. See The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy page for details. It's surprisingly interesting. To offset that OT comment I will now sheepishly admit that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is my favourite of all the Star Wars movies and yes, I will go see it again in 3D.

Comment: So many questions... (Score 3, Interesting) 170

by gklinger (#34965312) Attached to: Russian Simulated Mars Mission Close To 'Landing'

If they are free to walk out at any time, why is the capsule locked? (No, seriously.) The other thing that jumps out at me is the duration of the trips but the relatively short amount of time (two days) spent on 'Mars'. Surely a mission to Mars would include more time on the planet? The time spent on the planet would be more intellectually stimulating than the spaceflight (one presumes) and might offer relief/reward from the journey to Mars and better prepare the crew psychologically for the return mission. I wonder why that wasn't factored in. The difficulty of simulating the on-planet experience perhaps?

Bonus question: Would an actual mission to Mars pay astronauts more than $70,000 per year?

Comment: The Cathedral and the Bazaar (Score 2, Interesting) 386

by gklinger (#33895830) Attached to: Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android
In regards to the unending Android vs. iPhone debate, this story made me think of Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar. As a long time user and proponent of open systems I surprised myself when I realized that I while I'd rather my computers be bazaar, I prefer my phone to be a little more cathedral. I wonder how many others are comfortably embracing this dichotomy?

Comment: Re:One possible explanation... (Score 1) 558

by gklinger (#32016866) Attached to: The Mystery of the Mega-Selling Floppy Disk
I don't know about sending you back a USB flash drive but offers a service to transfer the contents of floppy disks to CD (see here). Unfortunately the procedure is expensive, prohibitively so in my opinion ($55 USD for the recovery of 10 floppy disks). Luckily there is a more affordable alternative. The FC5025 is a device that adapts a standard 5.25" floppy disk drive mechanism to USB and comes with software for Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux. It costs $55.25 USD. Given that you already have a 5.25" mechanism, which aren't easy to find these days, the FC5025 is an affordable solution to your problem.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.