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Comment Re:Where's the president (Score 2) 160

Never mind that many employees were training themselves, getting certified and leaving for better paying jobs at competitors anyway.

So do the math. Which is better, from the employer's perspective: Paying to train employees and watching them leave for better paying jobs at competitors, or letting the employees cover the cost of that training themselves?

Comment Re:This is why America can't have nice things (Score 1) 118

The big problem in those days was just pirated software, especially an expensive CAD package, but the big threats these days are keyloggers intercepting passwords used for email and data stored in the network...

Aw, man. I've never had need to use a library terminal for any work other than looking things up in the catalog, so I never gave it much thought. Now I'll never look at one of those public terminals the same way again.

I've used internet cafes in Europe, but even years ago those would be automatically re-imaged after each customer logs out. I don't think the libraries here do anything of the kind. Imagine how many Gmail and Facebook accounts you could gain access to, even if they re-imaged the systems once per day...

Comment Re:Just Roll Back to Snapshot... (Score 3, Informative) 118

These are public terminals, by and large, user data on the local disk shouldn't be a factor at all.

From TFA, it affected their servers as well. The system that allows patrons to borrow books and other items went down. So did access to all of the thousands of digital items the libraries offer. Re-imaging the public PCs should be simple enough, but restoring access might be hard if the systems that connect the libraries to the internet are down (gateways, firewalls, DHCP and DNS servers, etc)

Comment Re:As a tech worker with kids... (Score 1) 378

Yeah, that comment is silliness. The park just up the road from where I live is 78 acres. Not far off, John McClaren Park is 313 acres. And those are nowhere near as well-known as Golden Gate Park, which is over 1,000 acres and includes a couple of world-class museums, a Japanese tea garden, a botanical garden and nature conservancy, a couple of lakes, amphitheater spaces, and so on.

Comment Re:Connector (Score 1) 397

(BONUS point : this setup gives dual-viewer capabilities (viewer A and B get to watch 2 different channels thanks to the glasses) which might be popular in some market with cramped living rooms ? Japan ?)

My understanding is that it's for videogames, where two players can sit on the same couch and each will see the game from their own perspective. I don't know how many games actually support it, though.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 313

I'm wondering why they don't do the same with blurays.

It seems like many (most?) Blu-Rays come bundled with a digital copy from Ultraviolet or somesuch. I don't really know what that is, never having looked into how it works, but it may be that Amazon doesn't bother because the studios are doing it themselves.

Comment Re:You don't know what a free market is, do you? (Score 1) 372

You can't get patents or copyrights on a recipe.

I think the issues are a little more complex than this. No copyrights on a recipe: sort of right. You cannot copyright a simple list of ingredients or basic instructions explaining how to put them together. Cookbooks, on the other hand, which include cute or clever language, photos of meals and so on are certainly copyrightable.

I believe you may be able to get a patent on a recipe. The reason companies don't bother -- why Coca-Cola has never patented its secret formula, for example -- is because it would be pointless, because patents are public. As soon as Coca-Cola patented its formula, everybody in the world would know exactly how it was made, and it would be trivial to create taste-alike products. Instead, Coca-Cola maintains its formula as a trade secret and does not rely on government protections such as patents.

Comment Re:Now this is just getting stupid (Score 1) 564

I get various types of enjoyment out of my vinyl collection. Yes, the sound is pretty good -- in some cases better than the CD (because the CD was mastered for the "noise wars" and had to be remastered for vinyl). But there's also the enjoyment of full-sized art, lyric sheets you can read, occasional bonus artwork, colored vinyl is pretty common, have a couple of "three-sided" records where the fourth side has been etched with artwork, I have a couple of records with holograms on them ... hell, one record I own even features a playable board game in the gatefold. Choosing vinyl is a fun way to interact with your music beyond just listening to it. It's a different experience even than buying CDs.

Comment Re:"Real-world usage" (Score 1) 246

Well, yeah. What percentage of a typical user's time on his Mac is spent developing web pages? In general, very little. In many (most?) cases, none at all.

Conversely, among the web developers who use Macs (which is quite a lot of them), maybe 75 percent of their workday is spent developing web pages. What's your point?

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