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Comment Re:Bigger news (Score 2) 318

I can't speak directly to their machines, but I worked in a similar CD/DVD plant nearby to the one that closed, and our injection molding machines took a bit over 4 seconds per disc for CD's (a bit longer for DVD's).

It's interesting that you bring up CD-R's as an alternative to replicated disc's. The company I used to work for had started to do that for smaller runs (under 300 discs). Anything more then 500 discs or so, and it becomes uneconomical. You have to realize that it's not just the time it takes, but the cost per unit. An injection molded CD takes maybe few cents worth of plastic and aluminum. What's the cheapest you can get a CD-R for, even in bulk? I'm guessing more then $.05. Add to that the fact that the error rate for burning CD-R's is much higher, and it's just not worth it.

Comment Re:Not buying it. (Score 0) 385

Not that I disagree with the fact that copywrite and software patent law is being abused, but the examples you gave don't do much to prove that point.

Hellfire was an expansion that was licensed by Blizzard to a third party to produce. It wasn't a 'hack' or an unauthorized modification at all.

Same goes for Counter Strike... it was made within the authorized modification framework for Half Life. A similar comparison would be Aeon of Strife for the original Star Craft, or DoTA for Warcraft III. Both were modifications made through the avenues provided by the developer.

These same modification avenues are still available for Starcraft II. It ships with a map editor, and there is even distribution for custom maps built into

I don't know that I agree with what Blizzard is doing, but they are certainly not trying to do what you seem to be accusing them of.

Comment Re:Real Ratina Display (Score 5, Informative) 476

What does that translate to in terms of halftone printing? There's a world of difference between 90000 dye-sublimation continuous tones per square inch, and 90000 little squares that can be exactly black, cyan, magenta, or yellow. That's one reason why a "300dpi" magazine like Playboy still looks richer and better than the 1200dpi output of a color laser printer...

If you're actually interested:

"300dpi" is something of an oversimplification. Images are sent down at 300dpi. The printing plates are usually imaged by laser at 2400dpi, but each halftone cell takes up more then one "dot". Print resolution is measured in "lines per inch", and ranges from ~85 lpi for newsprint to over 200 lpi for higher end printing. I'd guess that playboy prints much closer to the 200lpi end of the spectrum.

A "1200" dpi inkjet (usually more like 1440dpi) will be able to print 1440 dots per inch, but multiple dots are needed to make each halftone cell. In effect, even the best consumer level inkjets are half the resolution of an offset press.

As for laser printers, if you look at the industrial level digital presses (many of which are really glorified laser printers), they produce print that is much closer to the level of an offset press, but then again they can cost well into the six figures, so I guess you get what you pay for.

Comment Re:the correct solution (Score 1) 403

Disable file shares on workstations. Use a file server.


I work for a fairly large design/print company, and all design files and resources are kept on a SAN. With gigabit ethernet, access time, even for large files is hardly noticeable. It also makes backing much, much easier.

I'm actually kind of shocked that you don't have a file server already... I don't think I've dealt with a printer or design shop in the last five years that didn't have some kind of centralized storage.

Comment Re:Different Prices? (Score 2, Informative) 217

This way it looks like if you want NYT available to you in all formats you would need to fork over ($10-$30)+Free+$14.95+(whatever they charge for paper)= [lots of money]

If you're already a print subscriber, you get the Times Reader ($14.95 a month) free, as part of your subscription. I'm not sure if that carries over to their Kindle edition, or if it would carry over to the iPad edition.

United States

Submission + - BestBuy Sells 9-year-old Hard Drive Refuses Refund ( 2

JagsLive writes: Consumerist :

Jon spent $250 on a Western Digital VelociRaptor but what he received from Best Buy was a Quantum Fireball, a discontinued hard drive that hasn't been sold for nine years. Best Buy, of course, took no responsibility for the odd swap, and said that Western Digital must have accidentally sold a competitor's discontinued drive. Western Digital, of course, said that a Best Buy employee stole Jon's hard drive. We've seen this happen before with Best Buy, and Jon has made it clear that he knows how to bite back...

"Last week, I purchased a Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drive on for in-store pickup. After receiving the confirmation email, I drove approximately 1 hour to the store I had selected (the closest store to me), picked up my drive, and returned home. When I opened the package (it was sealed), I was shocked and dismayed to find that instead of the VelociRaptor, there was a 9 year old 30GB Quantum Fireball (a drive not even made anymore)."

More at Consumerist :

The Courts

Submission + - Court Rules MySpace Posts Aren't Private

The Narrative Fallacy writes: "Following a visit to her hometown of Coalinga California in 2005, Cynthia Moreno wrote "An ode to Coalinga," and posted it in her MySpace page. The Ode opened with "the older I get, the more I realize how much I despise Coalinga" and made a number of negative comments about Coalinga and its inhabitants. The entry was posted for six days before Moreno removed it but that was long enough for the principal of Coalinga High School to find the ode and forward it to Pamela Pond, editor of the Coalinga Record, who published it in the newspaper's letters section. Local reaction was swift. Moreno's parents say they received death threats, a gun shot was fired at their home and her father's 20-year-old business lost so much money that it was closed and the family moved out of town. Moreno and her family responded by suing for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Now a Fresno based appellate court says Moreno had no grounds for her claim of invasion of privacy even if she meant her thoughts for a limited audience. "Cynthia's affirmative act made her article available to any person with a computer and, thus, opened it to the public eye," wrote Justice Levy. However, the claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress was not dismissed and a jury will get to decide if the defendants' conduct was extreme and outrageous. In the meantime the editor who republished the essay has been fired and lawyer Eric Goldman, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, wonders "if the violent and ostracizing community response to Moreno's post didn't in fact validate some of her critiques.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Terrorists using American web servers (

Death Metal writes: "The front page for Houston-based Web host The Planet proudly boasts the "lowest price on the planet." But you probably won't see them advertising the most striking proof of their global competitiveness: prices so low that the Taliban prefers to run its propaganda sites out of the Lone Star State! The situation has outraged some bloggers, but there's reason to think American intelligence officials are only too happy to have the enemy's data flowing across US soil."

Comment Re:NSA patenting it because... (Score 5, Interesting) 161

The NSA can not only file for patents, they can do so secretly.

From wikipedia:

The NSA has the ability to file for a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under gag order. Unlike normal patents, these are not revealed to the public and do not expire. However, if the Patent Office receives an application for an identical patent from a third party, they will reveal the NSA's patent and officially grant it to the NSA for the full term on that date.


Submission + - What is Bill Gates learning from Open Source? (

christian.einfeldt writes: "In the world of Free Open Source Software communities, Microsoft is often viewed as the very epitome of the Cathedral-style model of software production. But is Bill Gates learning from the software development phenomenon that he once compared loosely to communism? In commenting on the results of a Microsoft-commissioned survey of approximately 500 board-level executives about the importance of interpersonal skills versus raw IT coding skills, Gates starts to sound a bit more like a member of the Apache Foundation than the take-no-prisoners king of cut-throat competition: 'Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.' [Emphasis added]. One wonders how long until 'sharing ideas' starts to become 'sharing source' code. Nah. it'll never happen."

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