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Comment Re:What if they are right? (Score 1) 529

Nope its all written in this mess of VB 1-6 by some guy named Chuck who thought comments were for pussies and when in doubt GOTO it, thus proving we actually live in the evil mirror verse. haven't you noticed all the goatees man? Its a dead giveaway.../strokes goatee while having an evil smirk/

I think you mean Goatses.

And he was STROKING them?!


Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment Re:Sony could've gone the other way (Score 1) 261

Remember the mini disk it came before sony bough the film division, it was dead on arrival due to sonys high pricing and the inability to have digital outs as well as their proprietary atrac codec.

This isn't entirely accurate. First, MD was a tremendous hit in Japan and is still relatively popular over there. 2nd, I have the first model of MD player/recorder released in the US and not only did it have an optical digital out, it also had an optical digital in. 3rd, there's a lot of reasons why Sony would have used ATRAC, not least of which would have been the immaturity and high processing power required of MP3 during development of MD.

It could have replaced the aging floppy disks, but it did not. The 3.5 inch floppy disk was pretty much the last open standard they were able to get out of the door, since then it was vendor and user lockin.

It's definitely a shame that Sony wanted to protect their high end MO business so badly as well as remove possible music piracy through the computer. They could have been the Zip drive, only a couple of years earlier. That alone would have made the MD popular in the states. Well that and sane prices on the discs... they charged 3-5 times the cost of discs in the states compared to Japan.

Comment Re:UMD and Minidisc (Score 1) 261

The Japanese have CD rental shops and MDs have always been significantly cheaper there than in the US (I was getting them for $3 each when they wanted $15-$16 in the states). There was a large overlap of time when MD was the only practical way to record music (DAT was more expensive and recordable CD hadn't been created yet or was still in it's infancy). Add in ~$35 CD prices and players far more portable than CD players and it's not too hard to see why MD gained popularity. Dunno if it's still popular today, though. You'd think that portable flash would have killed the market by now.

Comment Re:That's odd - I think games are boring (Score 1) 439

Ah, typo... sorry it happens sometimes. It's not like slashdot has a Japanese spellchucker.

I also said "similar" not "same". In fact, by definition, a Hikikomori would also have to be a NEET. Most NEETs are social, true, but there's nothing in the definition that says that they have to be.

Of course, I also stated in my original post that the grandparent was thinking of Hikikomori anyway...

Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices 859

nemesisrocks writes "The New South Wales government is set to begin testing a device that will limit the speed of drivers because 'excessive speed is one of the primary ways that people are killed while driving.' Located on the dashboard, it senses a driver's speed with the use of GPS. If the speed of a car goes over the posted legal limit, a warning sounds. If the driver ignores the warning, the device eventually cuts all power to the car because a cut-off switch has been installed between the accelerator and the engine." The Times Online reports that the same system will be tested in the UK this summer for use in taxis and buses.

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