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Comment Bye Taco (Score 1) 1521

As one of the first 3000 registered users of the site (first pointed to your site by you or Hemos iirc in the Enlightenment WM IRC channel).. I must say wthe obligatory so long and thanks for all the fish. Go on to do better things. Slashdot will continue on but never will be the same without you (as well as Hemos)! Who would have thought a little site to share stories with your friends would have exploded so rapidly.

Comment Laptop accessory (Score 1) 292

I did not RTFA, but this sounds like a *great* laptop accessory. I hate laptop trackpads and nipples, and am frequently too lazy to plug a regular mouse in, or get it out of my bag in the first place.. even if it is wireless. I don't see why this shouldn't be the next great thing in portable computing. Especially due to the price.
Music

RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians 495

An anonymous reader writes "Last week, we discussed Techdirt's tale of 'Hollywood Accounting,' which showed how movies like Harry Potter still officially 'lose' money with some simple accounting tricks. This week Techdirt is taking on RIAA accounting and demonstrating why most musicians — even multi-platinum recording stars — may never see a dime from their album sales. 'They make you a "loan" and then take the first 63% of any dollar you make, get to automatically increase the size of the "loan" by simply adding in all sorts of crazy expenses (did the exec bring in pizza at the recording session? that gets added on), and then tries to get the loan repaid out of what meager pittance they've left for you. Oh, and after all of that, the record label still owns the copyrights.' The average musician on a major record deal 'gets' about $23 per $1,000 made... and that $23 still never gets paid because it has to go to 'recouping' the loan... even though the label is taking $630 out of that $1,000, and not counting it towards the advance. Remember all this the next time a record label says they're trying to protect musicians' revenue."
Input Devices

The Mouse Vanishes 292

countertrolling sends in a clip from Wired that begins "...researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there. Cup your palm, move it around on a table and a cursor on the screen hovers. Tap on the table like you would click a real mouse, and the computer responds. It's one step beyond cordless. It's an invisible mouse. The project, called 'Mouseless,' uses an infrared laser beam and camera to track the movements of the palm and fingers and translate them into computer commands... A working prototype of the Mouseless system costs approximately $20 to build, says Pranav Mistry, who is leading the project."

Comment AT&T shot themself in the foot (Score 1) 249

AT&T's "branded" 3G is HSDPA. However, EDGE is also actually considered a 3G technology, but AT&T labels it as 2.75G or 2.5G or something so as to not confuse customers by having 2 different 3G techs. The actual specs for 3G include EDGE as a 3G protocol.

Basically, verizons 3G service cdma2000, was a bolt on replacement upgrade to go from their 2G tech (cdmaOne). EDGE for AT&T was also a bolt on upgrade from their 2G tech (GPRS - a TDMA signal, not CDMA). Verizon just stopped after doing this bolt on upgrade so their entire network is considered 3G pretty much.

AT&T then decided to go with an entirely different 3G technology because it was way faster than EDGE (even though EDGE is considered a 3G tech). This new tech was HSDPA which is based on a CDMA network, not TDMA. Therefore, AT&T has to deploy entirely new towers to roll out this new 3G service so their 3G map is much smaller than Verizons. Technically EDGE is still a 3G tech though.

If AT&T still marketed EDGE as 3G and then maybe HSDPA as 3.25G or something, Verizon could not be making this claim. And technically speaking, AT&T would be on solid ground for doing so.

See the "Overview of 3G/IMT-2000 standards" chart at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G to clarify.

Comment release upgrade with apt-get dist-upgrade (Score 1) 1231

I'm not sure how you initially tried to upgrade because you didn't say... but an ubuntu upgrade from one release to another one should NEVER, EVER be done by simply changing/updating your repos and doing apt-get dist-upgrade. Alot of old debian users think that you can do this and it leads to their system getting hosed more often than not.

The proper and supported method is to do:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core && sudo do-release-upgrade

So while you did not specify how you tried the initial upgrade attempt, if it happened to be via apt-get dist-upgrade it was in no way ubuntu's fault that your system got hosed.

I really wonder how many of these people (again, maybe or maybe not you) with all these upgrade horror stories have tried to upgrade via apt-get dist-upgrade instead of the proper, documented, and supported method.

Comment Re:Floor mat, really? (Score 1) 1146

It sounds like this is the cruise control distance limiter combined with the speed increase button trying to be smarter then it should be.

Bumping the cruise control the first few times gives a slight speed increase. However, after X amount of bumps within Y time, the distance limiter notices there is no car in front of you and that you keep bumping the increase speed button. So the only logical conclusion for it to make is you want to go REALLY fast. Cue car taking off like a rocket until you hit the brake or (I'm assuming) come up on a car in front of you.

You call it a bug, I call it a feature! :)

Seriously though.. this sounds like a major screw up on Toyota's part..

PS You should do Kathy Griffins show again...

Comment Re:JGE v EVE (Score 1) 86

PVP is what makes eve so awesome... Why wouldn't JGE want to focus on it as well due to the popularity of it in Eve? And to say you can't focus on both is absolutely ridiculous.. Just look at the market in EVE, or invention, or missions, or ratting.... Sure EVE PVE isn't great but the PVP aspect is what makes the game the way it is and the PVE still is decent.

You kinda sound like an EVE carebear to me that mined in Jita all day until that was nerfed - and probably got your ship suicide ganked a few times - and now you want JGE to be the PVE hold hands all day paradise that EVE isn't... Hello Kitty online is that way.......

Comment Re:Group keying and revocation... (Score 1) 335

Among other things, this makes piracy MUCH harder, because the sattelite providers can buy pirated receivers, take them to the lab, find out the key used, and revoke it, disabling that entire batch of pirated receivers without affecting normal customers.

Actually, it's still pretty easy from what I've seen. As mentioned in another comment, when you buy the 3rd party receiver it cannot decrypt any providers signal that is scrambled out of the box. The receiver does, however, have a SD card slot on it where you can load new software onto it. The updates have the key required to decrypt the signal.

Then DISH network would revoke the key every month or so (when using the cracked encryption) that the receiver now used. A new update would then be available soon after to again decrypt the signal.

And no, I have never pirated satellite. A friend of mines relative decided to do it but did not have the cable ran from their old DISH satellite to their living room anymore. Of course when they said they'd pay me to run them a new one I didn't ask too many questions. :)

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