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Comment: Hoping they return... (Score 2) 222

by pushing-robot (#49593379) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

I'd love if they could start a new company that pays royalties, Spotify-style, where it can, yet allows users to share rare or otherwise unavailable content as well. Because of the mess of regional rights ownership there will probably never a fully legal way to enjoy all music worldwide, so a gray market will always be necessary to fill the gaps.

In the meantime, I'll sing a song for them.
(...and good luck downloading that legally, US slashdotters)

Comment: Re:Not even going to consider it (Score 1) 151

...except Safari, and mobile browsers in general. Also, expect XP support to disappear from Chrome shortly.

On the other hand, Microsoft has made it a point to discourage users from installing OS upgrades, by charging lots of money for them and changing core functionality in undesirable ways.

Comment: Re:ST only needed transparent aluminum for... (Score 4, Informative) 245

by pushing-robot (#49572355) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable

The tank wasn't made from transparent alumin(i)um. Scotty traded the formula for enough polycarbonate sheets to build the tank. IIRC they even say it will take years of research to manufacture the stuff.


(mind you, they still could have done the job more cheaply with steel, or welded some deck plates together, or simply filled a cargo bay with water. But it made for a good scene, and who cares?)

Comment: Re:Maybe so but... (Score 5, Interesting) 171

by pushing-robot (#49537579) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

Then again, if these are already areas of 'elevated seismic hazard', it's quite possible that inducing the plates to slip now will prevent an even larger quake in the future.

Geoengineering is a new science with great unknowns; we should not approach it without caution, nor should we assume anything we do is bad.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.