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Comment: Re:Just when I was hoping... (Score 1) 179

by kinabrew (#36839954) Attached to: GE To Sample 500GB DVD-Size Discs Soon

If anything, this is more evidence of the imminent death of optical media(at least as we know them).

When everyone had CD drives it was generally easy to use a disc from one location in another.

Then some people got DVD discs, and for a while there were a lot of people who didn't have a DVD drive. If you brought a DVD from one place to another there was no guarantee you'd be able to use it.

Then we got to a point when most people had DVD drives, and it was generally easy to take a DVD from one place to another again.

Then there were multiple popular DVD formats(DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL), and it wasn't necessarily easy to take your data from your house to your friend's house.

Then there were HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

Now there will be holographic discs.

A few years from now there will be another incompatible format that promises to hold exponentially more.

And it could happen again and again and again.

Incompatible formats, lack of portability, lack of rewritability, fragility, and overall inconvenience in terms of storage are what are putting an end to optical media.

Comment: Too much innovation? Not enough litigation? (Score 1) 205

by kinabrew (#36535872) Attached to: US House Takes Up Major Overhaul of Patent System

If there's one thing this world needs it's more patents.

There's too much innovation and not enough litigation nowadays.

P.S.: The order of the words in this posts and the subject is innovative so I've just applied for a patent for it, so if you quote it or reply to it you can expect to hear from my lawyers.

Comment: Re:Then again... (Score 1) 384

by kinabrew (#36327664) Attached to: Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

I would assume that the reason Android has a bigger marketshare than iPhone OS...

That's a misconception.

Android phones have a bigger percentage of the marketshare of phones than the iPhone has.

But the total number of devices running iOS(iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, tv is 59% greater than the total number of devices running Android.

+ - Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet->

Submitted by ShaunC
ShaunC (203807) writes "Comcast today withdrew a charitable commitment after one of the charity's Twitter messages criticized the cable giant's recent hire of the former FCC commissioner. Said a Comcast VP, "I cannot in good conscience continue to provide you with funding." Comcast has since attempted to backpedal, saying "we sincerely apologize for the unauthorized action of our employee.""
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GNOME

+ - ALS sufferer used legs to contribute last patch-> 1

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krkhan
krkhan writes "This is a little old but seeing as it didn't make it to /. at the time I think it deserves a headline now. Adrian Hands was suffering from ALS and had lost motor skills when he used his legs to type in Morse code and fix a 9 year old bug in Gnome. The patch was submitted three days before he passed away."
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Apple

+ - Apple Accepts "Gay Cure" App-> 2

Submitted by parallel_prankster
parallel_prankster (1455313) writes "Apple is under fire for approving a controversial created by a religious organization — Exodus International. The app seeks to help gay individuals become heterosexual. It received a "4" rating from Apple, which indicates the company considered the app to contain "no objectionable material". The new smartphone app was released last week and is now available through iTunes. Exodus International claims to be "the world's largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality". A petition has been launched by Truth Wins Out, which describes itself as a non-profit organisation that fights anti-gay religious extremism on the change.org website, asking Steve Jobs to intervene to remove the app."
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Comment: Bring on the caps. (Score 1) 538

by kinabrew (#35481046) Attached to: AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

The telecoms should be allowed to implement caps only if they are required to advertise their speed as the maximum data rate that would be sustainable under the cap. You're not really getting 10Mbps if you can't get 10Mb for every second.

So for example, there are 2,592,000 seconds in a month(60 seconds * 60 minutes * 24 hours * 30 days).

If the cap is 150GB the company should not be legally allowed to advertise their connection as anything greater than 150GB/2,592,000.

150GB = 150,000MB = 150,000,000kB = 1,200,000Mb = 1,200,000,000kb

1,200,000,000kb/2,592,000 seconds = 462.962kbps

Blazing fast broadband.

+ - Six Atari 2600 "vaporware" games from 1983 found!->

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Anonymous Coward writes "Six previously unreleased Atari VCS/2600 games that were developed by Jerry Lawson’s company, Video Soft, are at last being released! The games were mentioned in press releases from the early 1980s and were long thought to have been just one of the many vaporware titles that never materialized. Not only do they exist in prototype form, but all were far enough along in development to be playable, with half of them considered to be complete!

Thanks to Jerry Lawson and the efforts of a few, dedicated Atari fans, the prototypes were archived, new artwork was created, and cartridges were produced. Each includes both a box and manual, and production is limited to 100 numbered copies of each title. Only 100 of each will ever be produced. This is the single-largest cache of unreleased Atari VCS/2600 prototypes to ever be released at one time!"

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