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Comment: Re:Who is this still a problem for? (Score 1) 383

by soniCron88 (#28891317) Attached to: David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep
What is more clear about, "To page this person, press five now. At the tone, please record your message. When you are finished, you may hang up, or press one for more options. 'Hi, I'm unable to answer the phone right now, but if you leave a message after the beep, I'll call you as soon as I can.'" than "Hi, I'm unable to answer the phone..."?

Are there millions of people paging other people? (On their cellphones that have caller ID and TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE MISSED CALLS.) And how many people press 1 for more options? Would you say there are more, or less, that press '1', than press the secret key (usually '#') to skip the operator messages?

The messages, while not swindling, are an annoyance to anybody that has operated a phone in the last 20 years.

I say get rid of them. For my sanity, at least.

Comment: Re:Why limit it to torrents? (Score 1) 297

by soniCron88 (#28704833) Attached to: New Service Converts Torrents Into PNG Images
Fun thing to do with this: convert a raw audio waveform to PNG with his tool, then convert it to JPG (with some modest compression), then back to waveform.

Obviously, it's not going to sound wonderful, anymore, but it's a fun experiment in lossy compression in the audio domain. (Albeit a wholly inefficient and crappy one, but fun!)

Comment: Old news? (Score 1) 157

by soniCron88 (#28001001) Attached to: Microsoft Trying To Patent a 'Magic Wand'
There was some hullabaloo back when Nintendo first announced the Wii's capabilities because Microsoft had been working on a "magic wand" since somewhere around 1997, I believe. I'm totally unable to find any references, but there WAS a project page hosted by Microsoft which featured (besides an ugly color scheme) photos and text talking about the project/experiment.

Anyone else know what I'm talking about?

Comment: But wait! There's more! (Score 1) 417

by soniCron88 (#27759377) Attached to: US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet
I live in Davidson, NC, and my ONLY choice for broadband internet is through an ISP owned by my county. While there is no competition here, the proposed bill still has implications for the service I receive, and threatens to eliminate it completely.

But the real kicker is: not much more than a year ago, the county purchased the infrastructure from none other than TimeWarner Cable. TWC didn't think it was such a bad idea for government to run an ISP when they pulled out of my region not more than 14 months ago...

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake