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Comment: More than just data (Score 2) 113

by slowdeath (#47952245) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed
Preserving the bits accurately is only a small part of the problem. Knowing what the bits mean is critical. Having a bunch of .xlsx spreadsheet files in the year 2050 will be useless unless you also have Excel 2050, and it knows how to read them. Unless you want to basically just 'print' all your data to a format like .pdf (or just plain old .txt) programs to access data are as critical as the data.

Comment: Re:From the wikipedia (Score 1) 303

by slowdeath (#47716587) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
"By mixing surfactants or soap with NaOCl, it was shown that the formation of carbon tetrachloride and several other halogenated VOCs is possible." So every time I do a load of laundry and put bleach into it to make my undies sparking white I'm adding carbon tetrachloride to the atmosphere unintentionally. So time to ban bleach. Or washing machines. Or white undies.

Comment: Just doin' business (Score 2, Insightful) 251

by slowdeath (#47708963) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked
Why is this a surprise? Or even 'newsworthy' on slashdot? This is just good business. When I go to a store, any store, they try and sell me more stuff. Ask me if I found everything I need. Have I tried this new brand of drink? When I have a meal in a restaurant they ask me if I want coffee or dessert. If you don't want it, just say no.

There is no distinction between any AI program and some existent game.

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