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Wow, this is the first time since 2006 that I've had mod points.

Comment Re:My first response as well (Score 2, Insightful) 146

When you go primarily from a content reproducer (Walkman, Discman, VHS VCR) to content producer (Sony Picture Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment), your view on fair use changes. Fair use is good when you are primarily a content reproducer as it ensures that people have a reason to buy your product. Fair use is no good when you are primarily a content producer as it gives people a reason to not buy another copy of your product.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 148

I do realize this, but there are myriad of ways you can design a processor and you can implement the ARM instruction set in microcode if you so choose.

I'm more responding to the belief that processors in general cannot have bugs fixed in the field, not that ARM itself can be fixed with a microcode update.

Comment Re:little kid brother modes (Score 1) 362

This was one of my favorite features of Kirby Super Star for the SNES - you could summon a "helper" with special powers. If nobody was using the second controller, the game would control your helper, but the moment somebody pressed a button on the second controller, the helper was controlled by the second player. There are some places, especially in The Great Cave Adventure, where you NEED the help of the second player to collect all of the items (but not to beat the game, which can be done without collecting all of the items.

The helper couldn't "run out" of lives, though they could die, though it was a single button press by the first player to remake them. Items that regenerated health could be shared with the helper to regenerate their health an equal amount.

Comment Re:My 300 baud modem shivered... (Score 1) 181

If you have enough signal for a voice call. My office is weird. I can't make a voice call, but I can text just fine.

There are plenty of situations where you have a radio signal strong enough and reliable enough for slow data but not for voice. Those are the kind of places that they're talking about.

There's a reason that you can get around the world with less than 5 watts of radio power on CW.


Submission + - Novell wins final judgment in SCO battle (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: It's not the first time onlookers have declared that the long-running legal dispute between Novell and SCO is over, but many are saying that a Thursday judgment favoring Novell on all counts is the end of the road. 'The door has slammed shut on the SCO litigation machine,' wrote Pamela Jones, a paralegal who has closely followed the SCO v. Novell case since its beginning on her Groklaw blog. A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah on Thursday granted Novell's request for declaratory judgment and ruled against SCO's claims of slander and breach of implied covenant of good faith. He also said that SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver of SCO's claims against IBM and other companies that use Linux. He ordered the case closed.

Submission + - How are you doing your LaTeX? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I tried convincing my professor to add LyX to the default installation on the lab machines to no avail. My arguments of quicker work, easier bidirectional languages switching and formula preview and easier orientation for new users didn't help convince him that it's better than a simple text editor. What would be good way to do it? And what are you guys using?

Comment Re:As the Rednecks say: (Score 1) 1131

Pat Robertson never flew an airplane into a building or blew up a bus full of women and children.

You can bet your sweet ass that if Pat Robertson thought driving a bus full of true Christian believers who were willing to be martyrs into an abortion clinic would make him and the people that follow him martyrs and spark a great fundamentalist Christian conversion, he would do it in a fucking heartbeat.

He's smart enough to know that the backlash would destroy the evangelical movement, but don't think for a second that something similar hasn't crossed his mind.

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