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Comment Re:You know... (Score 1) 296

... After all, for the new Tron movie they needed a young version of a character, so they did almost exactly this - recreated him entirely in CGI. But it's Disney! So no moral problems there!

Actually, that's because the actor in question is actually acting in the movie. Also, is it a fully CGI version, or is it just digital de-aging, like they did for Magnus and Xavier in X-Men III? The former would make it more like Golem being modeled on Andy Serkis; latter would simply make it Jeff Bridges playing two roles in the same film.

Wikipedia to the rescue; looks like the former.


Comment Re:Signal to noise ratio in FLASH MEMORY? (Score 5, Informative) 159

Say you're talking about a 4-level MLC cell, and say it runs at 3.3V. If the voltage is on [0V, 0.825V), that's 00b; [0.825, 1.65V) is 01b; [1.65V, 2.475V) is 10b, and [2.475V, 3.3V) is 11b. But those are analog voltages - the controller has to read the voltage, do an analog-to-digital conversion, and figure out which level it corresponds to. The ranges listed above are for if you have perfect discrimination - in most cases, it's difficult to differentiate small differences, so they don't use the full range. With better A-to-D and signal processing, they can resolve the differences better, which in turn lets them get more write cycles.

Those numbers are pulled out of the air for illustrative purposes; I have no idea what the real values are.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 90

I normally agree with you, but I think there are a few different versions of the dubs out there - the one I saw was quite good, to the point I didn't really notice that it *was* dubbed after a few minutes.

Comment Re:How does the Sherman act affect Apple ? (Score 1) 660

1. Apple's profiting off BSD kernel (what is your favorite pejorative for Steve Jobs, given your love of Psystar above ?).

They have permission to profit off the BSD code that they use, by virtue of the BSD license.

2. The entire aftermarket slew of non-Apple products that exist for iPod ?

The ones that interact electrically with the iPod (docks, etc.) have a license to do so.


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Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution 711

Craig writes "Journalspace.com has fallen and can't get up. The post on their site describes how their entire database was overwritten through either some inconceivable OS or application bug, or more likely a malicious act. Regardless of how the data was lost, their undoing appears to have been that they treated drive mirroring as a backup and have now paid the ultimate price for not having point-in-time backups of the data that was their business." The site had been in business since 2002 and had an Alexa page rank of 106,881. Quantcast said they had 14,000 monthly visitors recently. No word on how many thousands of bloggers' entire output has evaporated.

Nancy Pelosi vs. the Internet 561

selil writes "A story popped up on the ChicagoBoyz Blog. It says 'Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who would like very much to reimpose the old, so-called, "Fairness Doctrine" that once censored conservative opinion on television and radio broadcasting, is scheming to impose rules barring any member of Congress from posting opinions on any internet site without first obtaining prior approval from the Democratic leadership of Congress. No blogs, twitter, online forums — nothing.'"

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