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Comment: Re:Useful for audiophile pirates, though (Score 1) 391

by winterphoenix (#36449116) Attached to: Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness
Good point. Maybe "wannabe audiophile" was a better term. Either way, there is definitely a subset of people I know not willing (or too lazy) to re-rip/re-download their entire collection to get a higher bitrate but would still like to have it. iTunes match sounds like it will be automatic enough that I imagine they'd make use of it.

Comment: Useful for audiophile pirates, though (Score 4, Interesting) 391

by winterphoenix (#36449000) Attached to: Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness
One thing the article missed was the fact that iTunes match will allows users to download 256kbps versions of the music in their libraries, regardless of the bitrate the user originally had. I know a lot of people who would be willing to pay $25 to upgrade their entire music collection to that bitrate, regardless of whether their collection was obtained legitimately or not.

Comment: Re:Lego (Score 4, Informative) 458

by winterphoenix (#34293730) Attached to: Thought-Provoking Gifts For Young Kids?
On top of Lego, K'NEX are pretty amazing pieces of construction material. As a kid, I started training with the basic sets, then got into the "master" sets. There's nothing more amazing for a child to do than to build a structure that is twice as tall as them. They are a bit expensive, but looking back they were worth every penny to me.

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Posted by samzenpus
from the people-get-what-they-deserve dept.
Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

Comment: Killing desk space? (Score 4, Insightful) 370

by winterphoenix (#28630247) Attached to: Small, High-Resolution LCD Monitors?
When I upgraded from my CRT to an LCD I gained tons of desk space. Just push your monitor back and take whatever stuff you would have had to the side of the monitor in front of it. In my opinion, desk real estate has more to deal with footprint area than length, but maybe I'm crazy. (Crazy like a fox)

Comment: Re:This is a violation of my privacy. (Score 0) 1582

by winterphoenix (#27417387) Attached to: Slashdot Launches User Achievements

I do not like this feature or the fact that I can not turn it off. Especially the 'read slashdot for [x] consecutive days' part. This is an encroachment of my privacy, where is it going to stop? Are you going to list the dates and times I have read slashdot, and what stories? There goes my job. Kind of surprising and shocking, that slashdot would be the one to sell my privacy down the river like this... And not even to the lowest bidder.. JUST DID IT, FOR NO REASON AT ALL.

I think April Fool's Day breaks my troll-fu. I really thought this guy had to be trolling, but he's been modded interesting and insightful.

Comment: Re:Sounds fine to me (Score 0) 1246

by winterphoenix (#26912349) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting
As a taxpayer who is (in a very small part) subsidizing her education since she is still in grade school, I would much rather have her learn. For the same reason that minors aren't supposed to skip school, they shouldn't be openly allowed to ignore their education. Now calm down, I'm not being a commie bastard and say that she shouldn't have ever been texting in the first place. She may have had a legitimate reason for originally doing it, but once she started refusing to stop or offer a valid reason, she can DIAF

O'Reilly Interview Digs Into the Tech of Storm Chasing 64

Posted by timothy
from the started-with-just-a-bicycle-and-some-crayons dept.
blackbearnh writes "If you've watched the Discovery Channel series 'Storm Chasers,' you'll be familiar with Dr. Joshua Wurman and his Doppler on Wheels radar, which he uses to study tornadoes up close and personal every spring. O'Reilly Media spent some time last week speaking to Dr. Wurman about what it takes, technologically, to operate a weather radar in 100-mile-per-hour winds in the middle of a lightning storm. They also talked about the value of this kind of research to both tornado and hurricane research, and how having a film crew around during missions affects the science."

Oklahoma Ambulances Debut Sirens That You Can Feel 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-you-hear-something dept.
djupedal writes "Booming like a 1980s video game, the Howler can even make liquids ripple — Oklahoma's largest ambulance company will become the first ambulance service in the nation to outfit its entire fleet with new Howler sirens, designed to emit low-frequency tones that penetrate objects within 200 feet — such as cars — to alert drivers." This is all well and fine, but I wonder what they plan to do when their sirens call up one of the big worms from deep below?

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