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Comment OK, so he's a lot smarter than I am... (Score 1) 95

...working with his post-doc and graduate student. (*I* used to work with turkeys, but I digress.) Smart man and all. But still:

[He said] I thought, 'I've got to be able to prove that.'" He guessed that the problem might take him a few weeks. Instead, it took him five years.

I've underestimated ever-so-slightly like that. Now I don't feel so bad about being dumb!

Comment Re:Tracking down rights holders (Score 1) 106

actually finding who to ask, let alone getting a co-ordinated yes/no decision, is just [hard]

Just release it then. They (or the legal counsel that thinks they supposedly represent them) will find you if it matters.

But really, that may not be such a bad idea. Log and document EVERYTHING you do and who you talk to. put an ad in the public newspaper (at least that USED to be how you did it) describing who you're looking for and what you're doing. 30/60/90 days after reaching a compete dead-end, go for it.

If bought to court, the judge should recognize that you tried significantly beforehand.

(OTOH you're now talking to a judge with lawyers probably helping out.)

Take the speechs' meaning, put it in your own words, and record it yourself, with emphasis. Not optimal, but there are no copyright laws governing facts, last I checked. (IANAL. And ain't it funny that lawyers and ANAL appear in the same acronym?)

Comment Re:Downloading the intertubes, Daily (Score 1) 264

I'm in Little Rock and thought the caps were already in place. I'm running a Comcast Business line -- no caps, and I actually get to talk to a real tech support person who knows things. (None of this off/on/reboot stuff.)

And I've still got a unlimited Verizon data plan; THAT's what I use to download the internet. (If you torrent any Linux ISOs there's a small chance I'm helping.) And really: at 20Mbit/sec, they're nearly the same speed. V works as a nice fallback for C if necessary.

Comment Re:Lad balancing? (Score 1) 153

i say these hoggy users should be cut off from the teat! go watch your porn on a laptop!

Great idea! The screen is much bigger (See? Size DOES matter) and it's easy enough to tether the computer to the phone for connectivity. Heck, now I can even run it split screen so when one video gets boring maybe the other side won't be. it's only twice as much data -- NP with an unlimited account.

Thanks for the idea!

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 97

Also if you are going to have internet access in your car, have it on a separate computer

A separate computer? Hell, I've already GOT a second computer: my phone. Maybe I'll hook it up this time as i drive, maybe I won't. But I sure won't be paying for ANOTHER device on another data plan.

But really? I use my phone and internet as a radio, and BT the stream to the receiving stereo. Or Google Nav with connected audio. I'm sure it's still breakable, but that's a lot of different hoops to go thru. And you can't control it if I don't connect it to the car.

Yeeeeeah, time bombs, I know. But still I'll risk it to play my anime OSTs!

Then again, the absolute worst thing you could do to me is to play Rap with the volume maxed out and frozen.

Comment Re:And nothing changed (Score 1) 37

The problem wasn't that the distributors were piling up stocks, it's that they were physically unable to manufacture them.

Nope, the problem was that Amazon couldn't get ahold of the first ones manufactured when they did get going again. Timing matters.

You build relationships to call in favors. The minor price savings of "no middle-man" was just a side-effect.

Comment Re:"If you think you already know everything... (Score 1) 269

about the world, you are not a good scientist," except when talking about global warming, because that science is settled.

No scientist thinks they know everything. But that doesn't mean that scientists aren't extremely confident about certain things.

If the science is all settled then it's just dogma. Might as well move over to religion, as everything is completely planned and all under control.

(At least they have better songs. And vehicles -- when was the last time you saw someone in the official Scientist-mobile?)

Comment Re:Other bugs (Score 1) 410

You think quantitative easing is the new normal ?'d have to agree they should only be temporarily.

They're just as temporary as the patches *I* create. Until they blow up, and then they get a new temporary patch.

Than again, maybe Janet Yellen herself is temporary: one, Two

When I watched two, at first I thought she had gotten stage fright, then I decided she was just trying to concentrate or breathe.

Comment OPM Says 5.6 million Fingerprints Stolen... So? (Score 2) 93

So what? It's not the person, it's data ABOUT the person -- in other words, metadata.

And everyone knows that metadata isn't real data; that's why the government is busy collecting so much of it.


(Yes, I realize metadata would be where you actually found those fingerprints. But look-- soon you'll be able to find them everywhere!)

((And besides, I thought "privacy was dead, get over it."))

Comment So THAT'S why! (Score 2) 62

Recordings on old audio tapes won't be worth much in another 20 years, and some are already too degraded to play.

Looks like the RIAA was right all along -- THAT's why you should rebuy all of your music, because soon your original license to listen will have vanished.

"The palest ink is better than the best memory" -- but not when the ink seperates from the paper!

Wait -- does that mean my 8-track RAID array is in danger!?!

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.