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Comment Re:Explain how future Biff returns the DeLorean if (Score 1) 436

Ok I think I got it. Damn you for trying to ruin my childhood memories of one of the best movie series.

Future Biff gives 1955 Biff the almanac.
1955 Biff thinks it a bunch of bull. At that point in time 1955 Biff doesn't believe the almanac, so there is no change to the timeline, so Future Biff goes to the "normal" future (the time he came from)
He puts the DeLorean back.
Then 1955 Biff realizes the almanac is real, then the timeline branches off.

Comment Re:Labels (Score 1) 485

For the large majority of the population, download means "get it from the internet" which is what Websters says. For them upload means "send it to a website" which again, agrees with Websters definition.
So no surprise that Wikipedia's definition is based on what the words mean to a large majority.

I found this on the web, but am not an IEEE member so I can't confirm

IEEE Std 610.5-1990. IEEE Standard Glossary of Data Management Terminology.
download (A) To transfer some collection of data from a computer memory to another storage location. (B) To transfer
some collection of data from the memory of one computer to the memory of a second computer that is relatively smaller
than the first; for example, to transfer data from a mainframe computer to a microcomputer. (C) 610.5-1990

upload (A) To transfer some collection of data from some storage location to a computer memory. (B) To transfer some
collection of data from the memory of a small computer to the memory of a relatively larger computer; for example, to transfer data from a microcomputer to a mainframe computer.
(C) 610.5-1990

Comment Re:Labels (Score 1) 485

Downloading - Transferring a file from a higher level device to a lower level device. Going DOWN the chain.
Your PC is above the PLC, so you download the ladder logic to the PLC. Your PC is at the bottom of the list on the internet, so you download from web/ftp servers to your PC.

Uploading - Transferring a file from a lower level device to a higher level device. Going UP the chain.
You sending a file to a server, the server is higher up so you UPload. The PLC is below the PC so you UPLOAD the plc program to your PC.

Is how I understand up and down loading.

Comment Re:A red new item? (Score 1) 75

I was watching TV last night (1/1/09 around 8pm) and Viacom was STILL running 30 second ads saying how Time Warner removed 19 channels from your lineup. Along with the Time Warner phone number. So it looks like Viacom was prepared to remove the channels and wasn't bargaining in good faith.
A deal was made, yet Viacom already had the ads lined up and still ran them, even tho the channels were still on the air.

Earlier this year it was Lin TV and TimeWarner (CBS in Buffalo), now Viacom and TimeWarner. I just wonder how much more my bill will be in a year from now after every other company demands more money from TimeWarner.

Comment Re:We're so smart (Score 2, Insightful) 855

Why the hell would you want to change a user's password from what they entered?

So I'm the Luser and type "pink ponies " for my new password.
Your software silently changes it to "pink ponies"
Tomorrow I get to call the help desk because my new password doesn't work.
Now your calling me a luser since I can't remember a password for 24hrs.

Comment Re:I'm only going to say (Score 1) 1912

Another view is that the Banks who were "forced" by the CRA to give out "subprime" loans (following CRA rules) found them to be profitable, and the risk was no worse compared to prime loans.

Then a bunch of greedy wall street people realize they can make money by getting into the subprime market.

According to law professor Michael S. Barr, a Treasury Department official under President Clinton
"More than half of subprime loans were made by independent mortgage companies not subject to comprehensive federal supervision"

And here is a link to a study showing this as well.
It also shows that CRA banks were more likely to hold on to the mortgage instead of sell it as a security


Submission + - What do you use to document your projects?

Matt writes: What do you use to document your projects in a Windows environment?

Despite the face-lift Word 2007 still likes to auto-format and move stuff around on me. I just don't understand how its going to react to my input. I am looking for some way to create some decent looking documentation. Pretty basic stuff, some text, some lists, some tables, maybe a couple screen shots.

In the past I have played around with Nvu to make an html file, which I would then print to a pdf. That was a very round-about way to get a pdf.
Now I just found proTeXT and will try learning TeX. Any other suggestions?
Linux Business

Submission + - Have money, want GPL solution, none available? 2

pooslinger writes: I know little to nothing about programming but would like to start, fund, and maintain a GPL linux POS application. I see there are a few available with the majority being closed source. I am currently starting a business and really despise the fact that I will have to spend $2-$5k on a proprietary solution. I would like to create an application where you could take a midrange PC: connect inexpensive touchscreens, barcode readers, thermal printers, credit card readers, etc; scan/input inventory; and begin selling. Something like a Debian POS distribution that boots into X and starts our POS terminal. Am I just trying to reinvent the wheel? Where do I find the talent (paid) to write the initial foundation? How do I make sure their code choices best benefit the community?
The Courts

Submission + - Apple, Jobs, AT&T sued over iPhone price cut (

mytrip writes: "Apple Inc., along with its chief executive and exclusive U.S. iPhone wireless partner AT&T, have been hit with a new lawsuit from a disgruntled customer who charges the trio with a variety of offenses stemming from the recent iPhone price cut.

Dongmei Li like thousands of others, the suit claims, is now the victim of price discrimination in that she cannot resell her iPhone for the same profit as customers who purchased the device after price drop. Similarly, she cannot trade up to 8GB model she had initially hoped to obtain and is now left with a product that has been discontinued."

Data Storage

Submission + - data recovery for katrina survivor

doginthewoods writes: "I need some serious advice about data recovery for a friend who had two non RAID drives underwater in New Orleans' Katrina Flood. BTW, we can thanks Bush's government for the flood and for the long delay in getting our hands on the drives, but that is another rant.

Friend was in the mixdown stage of a CD when Katrina hit. All that escaped was a preliminary mix CD. The studio did not make off site back ups. F*($^&(!!!. Excuse me. And friend really wants to finish this project, not only for the music itself, but to close the door on Katrina. This is the last thing that is keeping the door open to that horror.

I have the drives (two 40 Gig), and examined them all over with a magnifying glass. The HD frame and circuit board are dirty, but not too. i can see gunk & corrosion on the PC board resistors. I carefully opened the lid to visually inspect the platter, and they platters are mirror clean. It looks like water didn't enter the platter housings at all. I am not sure how freely they spin,- I'm going to take a chance on a power-up.

The person I am helping is still putting a life back together and is pretty short of money. But is emotionally ready to finish work on the album.

I am asking the Community if there is anything that I can do before spending the money to send to drives out to a data recovery house. I am wondering about swapping the drive circuit board, maybe a bearing lubricant, if needed. I know electronics and drives well enough to be able to swap the circuit boards. But I don't want to risk losing the data, if my meddling may cause problems. But if I can save some money, and I hear data recovery can cost $1000 USD for both drives, and I understand the limits of safety, I would like to give it a try.

Thanks to any who reply, thank you for helping a gifted New Orleans singer, and I look forward to your help."
Networking (Apple)

Submission + - Apple IIe as Linux serial terminal (

quag7 writes: "About a month ago I bought an Apple IIe from ebay. After playing around with Zork III for awhile, I wondered if I could find a more utilitarian purpose for the system in order to justify the considerable space it was taking up in my office. I thought, why not make it into a serial terminal for my Gentoo Linux box? In an effort to save at least a handful of old Apple 8 bits from obsolescence, I documented the procedure and included a few photographs of the result. I tell myself that this is useful, but in practice I just like zoning out in deep digital green."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Lumines Exploit Allows Homebrew on All PSPs

YokimaSun writes: Noobz have today released a new exploit in the game Lumines — allowing unsigned code to be ran!, from the article:" Following research in conjunction with Archaemic, Noobz are proud to present the first ever all-firmware exploit for the PSP. Based on Lumines, the "Illuminati" exploit is a user-mode exploit using a buffer overflow in the savedata file — similar to the GTA exploit. That's right — if you've got a legal UMD copy of Lumines, then you can run homebrew on your PSP — whatever the firmware version. That includes v3.50! Right now, the only homebrew is the Hello World demo released below — but in future we intend to release a HEN and downgrader."

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