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Comment Re:If there only was ... (Score 2, Funny) 122

A device that allowed you to listen to music without disturbing others. Some kind of very small speakers that you can put very close to your eardrums. Oh well, we'll have to do with freaking cones of silence.

The old micro-sized-speakers-in-close-proximity-to-the-eardrums ploy. That's the third time I've fallen for that this month!

Comment Re:Also (Score 5, Insightful) 157

Ok hang on a second. Let's slow down with the inflammatory headlines here, okay? The Google Street View cars picked up partial hashes of data from unsecured routers. And as far as Google "admitting" to collecting the data, that was something they announced last May. So put down your rape whistle, kdawson, there's nothing sinister going on here.

Comment Re:"Theft increases sales" (Score 1) 305

The summary tries to spin this story as "theft increases sales". In reality the theft just prompted the author to do the smart thing and talk to potential customers.

The word "theft" in your post really gets in the way of the point you're making. Also, the real takeaway here is that it made a huge difference when an artist acknowledged his fans for enjoying his art.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 103

Headline: "Malware Running On Graphics Cards" TFS/TFA: "Here's a paper showing that malware on graphics cards is theoretically possible and could possibly evade detection." If you were trying to sensationalize the headline, you might as well have thrown "won't anyone think of the children!?!?" in there as well.

No kidding! This is just as bad as as that rail-gun rocket launcher headline from 2 weeks ago that had nothing to with crazy weapons.

Comment Re:286's (Score 1) 253

I'm not sure if it is still the case but for a LONG time 286 processors were the only ones available that had been hardened against cosmic radiation and were rated for space. When you're lobbing people into space, it matters most what works and is proven, not what is fastest or the newest technology.

Yes but the other priority concern for space travel is size. Every square inch of space is critical. Space agencies must balance old-but-proven technology with newer but way smaller technology. My cell phone contains more processing power, memory, and data storage space than the entirety of 1960's era Mission Control.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 5, Insightful) 190

...games released this year will be based on the same characters, plot devices and game mechanics as that title a quarter century ago. It's all summed up in Nintendo's motto: Why create when you can copy?

And yet I would rather play 100 games that feature Mario unnecessarily than yet another greyish-brown FPS where the protagonist is some sort of grizzled space marine. Say what you will about Nintendo and Mario games, but by and large they are fun.

Comment Re:Yeah it's crap. (Score 2, Informative) 408

This "constant updating of results as you type" makes my Hotel dialup connection run even MORE slowly than it did before.

Even on high-speed DSL, it slows things down. Why can't these web developers get into their heads that not everyone has a 1 megabit pipe? (Or if it is available, don't want to spend ~$60/month to get it.) I remember one of the things taught developed in the 90s and early 2000s was to "optimize" their pages to use as few kilobytes as possible - like squeezing GIFs down from 50 to 10KB. Apparently that paradigm got thrown out the window.

The paradigm of catering to the slowest and oldest has been replaced by pioneering new ground while at the same time including easy ways to turn off the extra features. If you would calm down for five seconds maybe you would see the link "Instant Search is On" with a dropdown menu to turn it off.

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