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Comment Suuuure they are. (Score 1) 429

Until my PDA/smartphone sports an IR emitter, or all of my entertainment equipment (including legacy items I have no need or desire to replace) supports Bluetooth natively or can be cheaply retrofitted, my Harmony 880 is quite safe, thanks. Even then, I'd have a hard time giving up dedicated, touch-distinguishable hard buttons for functions like play/pause and volume control.

Comment Re:So.. (Score 1) 509

And yet I don't hear anybody complaining loudly they had to buy a Blu-ray player and an HDTV with HDMI to play Blu-ray discs. Same draconian DRM, same barriers; artificial and otherwise. The difference seems to be that you'd be hard-pressed to find a modern HDTV that doesn't have HDMI inputs — but the same should be true of HDCP-compatible monitors by the time Windows 7 hits shelves, if it isn't already. (When I bought my newest monitor a couple of months ago, most of the models I looked at were HDCP-compatible, and many had HDMI-in.)

Disappointed that you're locked out of using your existing physically-capable equipment? Do you also complain that you can't attach a Blu-ray player to the S-Video port on your old big-screen TV?

Comment Google already has the numbers... (Score 1) 383

...Thanks to Google Analytics. One of the many pieces of useful information GA tracks by default is site visitors' Flash capabilities (down to the minor version number). If you don't think Google is already tracking those numbers in aggregate form across all the sites they service with GA, you probably don't quite grasp the business Google is in.

Anecdotally, Adobe's 99% claim is broadly supported by the Google Analytics stats on the mid-sized corporate web site I maintain: of ~35,000 unique visitors this month, a little under 97% reported some version of Flash installed (and of that number, a total of 11 reported an open source Flash player).

Comment Re:If you can't fail, why bother playing? (Score 1) 507

I'm sure I could find a kinder way to phrase this if I cared to try, but don't be fucking retarded.

Saving my game right before I plunge into a room full of enemies with limited cover and even more limited ammo doesn't prevent me from dying once, twice, a hundred times before I develop a winning strategy. It doesn't mean that I win just for showing up. It does mean I get to focus my effort on overcoming the challenge at hand, rather than being forced to replay some arbitrary chunk of the game over and over again just to get to the bit that overwhelmed me. (Why should the penalty for failure be endless tedium? That sounds too much like real life to qualify as entertainment.)


Researchers Test Whether Sharks Enjoy Christmas Songs Screenshot-sm 142

Scientists plan to test whether sharks enjoy listening to Christmas pop songs, after US research showed fish could recognize melody. Chris Brown, senior marine biologist at the Loch Lomond aquarium, said seasonal music would be played through walkthrough underwater tunnels where they can be heard by dozens of nurse sharks, black-tip reef sharks, and ray species. Experts will then monitor the sharks' reactions to different songs. We'll play everything from Kim Wilde and Mel Smith's Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade to Wham's Last Christmas. We may find they prefer something softer like White Christmas by Bing Crosby," Brown said. Thank you for answering this question science.

Comment Re:Whom is the better? (Score 1) 188

Parent is very nearly correct: the Acid test series purposely test CSS edge cases in order to catch rendering bugs. The CSS they use to do so looks very little like any CSS you would be likely to find in a production web site. That doesn't invalidate Acid, but it should be recognized that the tests are essentially synthetic, and any results should be evaluated with that understanding.

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