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Comment: A faster connection (Score 1) 740

by unicorn (#44954971) Attached to: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

I remember several years back, someone was working on running a new fiber cable between Chi and NY, that was a literal straight line. Or as straight as absolutely possible, in order to shave milliseconds off of communication times between the cities.

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0927/outfront-netscape-jim-barksdale-daniel-spivey-wall-street-speed-war.html

I'm sure the race to shave times hasn't slowed, since 2010.

Comment: I've got no faith in Yelp at all anyhow (Score 1) 168

by unicorn (#44951067) Attached to: Brooklyn Yogurt Shop Sting Snares Fake Reviewers For NY Attorney General

A year or two back I posted a review of a food truck that was positive about the product, but negative about some of the business practices of the truck. The vendor complained to Yelp, and they pulled the review because it wasn't just about the product itself. Business practices matter as well, at least they should. And the ease that the vendor had in getting a negative review turfed tells me that nothing on Yelp is to be trusted at all.

Comment: Re:Season 5 versus Series 5. (Score 1) 215

by unicorn (#44950963) Attached to: Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

A season is a 1/4 trip around the sun. He got all the episodes available in that season. What he thought he was buying was Series 5 not season 5. Like how the british TV is named.

When they started "season 5" they said it was going to be in 2 halves, they've always referred to the last 8 episodes as being part of Season 5. So if someone bought a "season pass" for 5, they should have expected to get ALL of season 5.

At least people that bought the DVD/BluRay from Amazon could see exactly what they were getting, when they ordered the "season 5" disc. It clearly didn't have the second half of season 5 included.

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iCade, an Arcade Cabinet Docking Bay For Your iPad 55

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i'd-buy-one dept.
schmidt349 writes "ThinkGeek has announced a cool new accessory for that iPad you're too ashamed to be seen buying in the Apple Store. iCade is an arcade cabinet/dock that lets you play all your favorite vintage arcade games at your desk, on the airplane, or in the bathroom with an authentic look and feel. Games are still being licensed, but iCade's launch titles include Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Q-Bert, and everyone's favorite, Super Steve Brothers. Quarters, thick veil of cigarette smoke, and annoying eight-year-olds are not included."

Comment: Re:Just kill presentation software (Score 1) 257

by FeloniousPunk (#21192033) Attached to: Can Google Kill PowerPoint?
That's not so much a critique of presentation software so much as a critique of how people USE it. Whoever sets up the presentations for Steve Jobs, for example, tends to do a pretty good job for his keynotes. I personally use presentation software not to present information to others, but as "cue cards" for myself. Presentation software has its uses, although I would agree with you that most of the time, it's used very, very poorly.

No one has mentioned this yet, so here's a good opportunity to plug Dr. Edward Tufte's The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780961392154&itm=1

Comment: Somewhat disingenuous for him to be saying this (Score 1) 637

by unicorn (#20671147) Attached to: Trent Reznor Says "Steal My Music"
I saw NIN in concert last summer at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA. And about 20min into the set, security came, and escorted me to the coat check area, and made me surrender my digital camera till the end of the show. It was the ONLY show I went to all summer at that venue that no cameras was the policy. The venue itself doesn't have a policy at all. But the artists can have that as a restriction for their tour.

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