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Comment Golf (Score 4, Insightful) 496

I could see that thing being awesome for golf... they already do GPS through smart phones.. if it can tell you how far away an object is in your field of vision, pretty darn spiffy.. show you a trail where your ball went, display your swing trajectory in your field of view for analysis... lots of cool things. Plus golfers will spend that kind of money.

Comment Re:No faith (Score 1) 453

Bah, certifications wouldn't help there most likely. I'm not certified in shit, and I know all that stuff because I can read, and bothered to pick up a book and figure it out. The most valuable skill in almost any IT person is the ability to find answers to things they don't know. I never ask anyone for help, cause I never can get any. I just look shit up.

Comment Re:Abolish Patents! (Score 1) 434

Yes, this is true. From the interface perspective it's no different. A keyboard is displayed (picture), and you must touch the right areas in the right order. It's not coded that way, but to an observing savage who can't read, the two are indistinguishable. Clearly not the spirit of the patent.. but if you wrote a password screen that acted like a keyboard, but functioned in this way (based on the position of the key rather than an ascii code), are you violating the patent?

Comment Re:Abolish Patents! (Score 1) 434

check out the gesture unlock patent. It even cites a patent which says "A graphical password arrangement displays a predetermined graphical image and requires a user to "touch" predetermined areas of the image in a predetermined sequence, as a means of entering a password. "

Doesn't this apply to a displayed keyboard and an actual alphanumeric password?

I'd like to patent "A series of grunts that combined can be understood by humanoids as meaning 'Where the fuck is your toilet?'"

Comment Re:What a lot of work. (Score 1) 574

Seems like the problem is the venue then.. why do they have to have so many crappy seats? If the artists were smart they would play a lot more shows at smaller venues.. so the tickets were not scarce enough to warrant scalping, and the average seat was much better. The arena thing should die. I guess for the lazy pop star that's too much to ask.

Also look at what some artists do by camping out in Vegas. I'm not sure, but I bet they don't have nearly the same problem with scalping, and they have complete control over the venue.

Comment Re:Real Life Achievements (Score 1) 176

I think this is an interesting idea. The vocabulary ("levels") would need to change.

Also interesting because there's a mechanism for giving short-term rewards for activities that really only pay off long-term. Instant gratification is a problem for lots of younger people, this is one way to combat that problem.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 449

This is true.
On-topic: You have to credit other people's work, or suffer the consequences.

Although I'd argue that covering another artist's work (music) and not worrying about it is a valid business strategy. The music is proven, therefore is more likely to get some recognition. The original artist has some incentive to see that song get airplay, since it pays them. It at least gives you a shot to have your original music heard by both wider audiences, and people in the industry who's attention is hard to get. If you suck then you won't get much further, but at least it's not because nobody heard your stuff.

Data Storage

IBM Sets Areal Density Record for Magnetic Tape 135

digitalPhant0m writes to tell us that IBM researchers have set a new world record for areal data density on linear magnetic tape, weighing in at around 29.5 billion bits per square inch. This achievement is roughly 39 times the density of current industry standard magnetic tape. "To achieve this feat, IBM Research has developed several new critical technologies, and for the past three years worked closely with FUJIFILM to optimize its next-generation dual-coat magnetic tape based on barium ferrite (BaFe) particles. [...] These new technologies are estimated to enable cartridge capacities that could hold up to 35 trillion bytes (terabytes) of uncompressed data. This is about 44 times the capacity of today's IBM LTO Generation 4 cartridge. A capacity of 35 terabytes of data is sufficient to store the text of 35 million books, which would require 248 miles (399 km) of bookshelves."

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