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Comment: Re:I do not understand why this is a story (Score 1) 740

by scottrocket (#44958447) Attached to: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

I'll try to find that one, but it's impossible in network gear on fiber. Light by itself could. Light moving from hop to hop, I believe the 7ms measurement given is a big charitable.

If so, then a "Marconi wins" scenario could be considered: A confederate's computer in Washington legally receives the news feed at the same time as all other interested Washington parties; then, in fractions of a ms, automatically relays the information by direct wireless - no satellites, overland links,etc - to the Chicago machine in 3.2ms, ahead of all of the others receiving the information from their cronies, by conventional transmission means. Somewhat clever, but not illegal (IANAL).

Comment: Re:Plan B dial-up connection (Score 1) 410

by scottrocket (#44888843) Attached to: The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

I remember having an internet outage a few years back, and digging up an old dial-up modem out of a drawer and using it... can't remember how many years ago that was, though. 2005? 2007? somewhere thereabouts.

Bet I still have that modem. Wonder if I could dig up the dial-up numbers without having to look them up on the web (which would rather defeat the point...)

Which is why I still have a back up dial-up account, even though I haven't tested it for about a year. I am considering getting rid of it, & going dry loop with my DSL. I"ll get to save some money, and go naked at the same time. :)

Comment: Re:No wonder ... (Score 1) 384

by scottrocket (#44355797) Attached to: The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

This is right. Most plots have been done. It's how the plot is described, how the story is told that's important.

Method 1: Jack and Jill went up the hill. They found some water. Jack tripped on his way back down.

Method 2: Jack, the village upstart who always seemed hellbent on making others' lives miserable, was found, oddly, walking hand in hand with the virtuous Jill towards the secluded town well...

Oh c'mon don't leave us hanging - does she put the lotion in the basket?

Comment: Re:The reason terrorists keep terrorizing (Score 1) 317

by scottrocket (#43522875) Attached to: I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

These people didn't do that, so I think they are mass murderers rather than terrorists.

Are they really mass murderers though? Three people died as a result of the bombs.

A moment of silence for the MIT officer.

Comment: Re:What a hack (Score 1) 64

by scottrocket (#43346291) Attached to: Court: Aereo TV Rebroadcast Is Still Legal
However, in your scenario the station being re-broadcast out of area would have no cause for complaint since their audience is growing. The competing stations might not be terribly happy, but they don't actually have proprietary rights over the viewers, they are expected to attract them. Their complaint would be the same as McDonald's suing Burger King for offering a better or cheaper burger.

It also works both ways: If the interloper is in your area, you are equally free to be in their area. The out-of-area competitions way well be of mutual benefit to both parties. If nothing else, I suspect it will make both (and other) stations more interesting. Btw, Bergmayer may also wish to note that the internet is also legal. :)

Comment: Re:Nooooooo! Just shut up and buy a dinosaur saddl (Score 1) 278

relationships where one partner cannot tell the truth for fear of offending the others ego are doomed. in fact, propping up willful ignorance is a compounding stress that will destroy any relationship, not just the personal variety.

Wife: "Honey, is my butt big?"

Husband: (without looking up) "No."

'Nuff said.

Comment: Re:Non-rounded, often obscure and "deathdays"... (Score 1) 104

by scottrocket (#43144421) Attached to: Google Doodle Celebrates Birthday of Douglas Adams
The roll of tape plus the blue cylinder make 'G', the red radio and yellow teacup make 'oo,' the blue Guide plus the leather bag make a rough 'g', the green towel is 'l' and the red window is 'e.'

Whoosh on me - thanks for the fishing! Unfortunately, while tabbing back and forth between your description and Google, the doodle went black, and I panicked. :)

Comment: Re:I remember having Science textbooks.... (Score 1) 90

by scottrocket (#43053259) Attached to: NASA's Space Colony Designs From the '70s

remember 'You will go to the moon!' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Will_Go_to_the_Moon_(book) ? I made my mom read me that book so many times, she eventually recorded it to a cassette tape so i could just listen to it and turn the pages in the book.

Do you see that red dot? That's Mars, and someday, you will go there too! I read that book so many times when I was a kid, I think I wore it out. "The High Frontier" likewise well worn, but that was a library book and luckily, my mom was the librarian. Replacements on demand.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899

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