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Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 135

I know this was in jest, but in this case, unlike so many other times this joke is made, it's slightly relevant. A quick Google turned up the following incomplete info which states tape storage capacity of the Library of Congress circa 2011 at 4.5 petabytes. The answer, then, is the this is approximately ~2 Library of Congresses of data, which is just a tad bit much to fit in the trunk of your car. It's going to take a few trips to the Library and back to move that data around.

Comment Re:Customers, again. (Score 2) 357

You forget the most important thing in any business regardless of sector: customers.

Give them what they want (regardless of how silly or selfish the demand) or they will go elsewhere.

With digital content there is another factor to consider. If I feel slighted by a company that I give money to, why would I give them any more when any torrent site can give me a better product, faster, and for free?

Seems that you are the one with the entitlement issues. Customers don't owe you a salary, they don't owe you anything. It is up to you to prove that you are worthy of your salary by making the customer feel good about giving it to you.

Wow...You're complaining about entitlement issues? You're the one advocating stealing a company's product because you feel slighted by them trying to cover the ever-increasing costs of making all that content for their customers. And you wonder why companies are resorting to horrible DRM and day-1 DLC? Just look in the mirror for the real reason companies are reacting this way.

Comment Re:Plausible (Score 3, Insightful) 146

Considering a number of other examples are quite similar to these particular events, I find mass hysteria to be not only plausible, but a likely explanation, in my not-so-expert opinion. All it takes is a number of closely-interacting people (especially young girls) under stress (the region certainly provides plenty of fearful catalysts) and a trigger (simple normal sickness will do) and you've got an "outbreak."

Comment Re:Hacking? (Score 1) 202

You're right, this isn't hacking. A real hacker would make all the traffic lights spell "L-o-n-d-o-n-2-0-1-2" in binary lights along every street for some extra subliminal persuasion of the committee and might leave the traffic control system with a better-tuned congestion-control based on Nagle 's algorithm.

As opposed to an Anonymous "hacker," who would just execute a denial-of-service attack on the traffic lights along the committee's route by re-routing a bunch of extra traffic to cause extra congestion and thereby accomplishing no substantial change from normal.

Yes, I just went to the true heart of any Slashdot article: what a "real" hacker is.


Submission + - Emperor Penguins Counted From Space (

HairyNevus writes: "An international team of scientists used satellite technology to conduct a census of emperor penguin populations from outer space. Honing in on their colonies by looking for the brown patches of penguin guano that stand out in the snowy antarctic, high resolution images were taken and used to count the total number of emperor penguin species on the continent. The result was a census of 595,000 penguins, almost double the previous estimates of 270,000-350,000 emperors. This includes seven new colonies which had not been previously identified. Although this is uplifting data, computer modeling still shows that loss of ice flows in the northern reaches could result in problems for the penguins."

Comment Disable your clocks too! (Score 1) 434

You forgot to warn everyone about the windows clock! It talks to a Microsoft server without ever telling you. Your right to private timekeeping is being grossly violated by this so-called "feature." Microsoft will never admit it, but they're secretly keeping logs of all your time drifts so that they can sell--"personalize"--your data to everyone. To protect your privacy, delete your clock and replace it with the secure Rolex Timekeeper. Rolex's privacy policy explicitly says that they will NEVER give your current local time to anyone, and best of all, you can examine the Rolex internals yourself and verify that it's security and that it NEVER talks to Microsoft. Best of all, Rolex does not need monthly updates like Microsoft's products, so you can be assured that even if Rolex ceases support, your Rolex Timekeeping device will continue to function securely and reliably. Remember folks, when it comes to privacy, trust Rolex, not Microsoft!

Comment Am I missing something? (Score 1) 381

Am I missing something? Because from the little about this I know, if the government wants whatever Wired may or may not have, there's a handy legal device called a subpoena. Wired isn't required by any law to publish any information about anything, and the government can obtain that evidence if it so desires. It just seems like a lot of jumping to conclusions just because some journalist says "No Comment." Sure, not publishing means something may be hidden, but it's not like they're out of line by withholding information from your curious eyes. Condemn them all you want based on your conspiracy theories, but don't condemn them for exercising their rights as free press, citizens, etc. in deciding what they will or will not publish.

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 2, Informative) 542

As much as I agree with the sentiment, these companies are also publicly traded and have obligations to shareholders in. They're just playing smart by choosing the lowest cost areas to place offices. Yes, it would be nice if they'd all just sit and pay increased taxes, but if there's ever a good place to open shop, you can be sure they'll all jump ship without a second thought. So it then becomes a question: does the economic impact of the company in the area mean more than the taxes? Often times, it does...

Comment Re:Why embedded? (Score 1) 110

I agree, don't embed these things. If they're separate, they can power multiple devices, thus bringing the overall cost down (needs less power gen devices per consumption devices). For example, the merry-go-round power generators that I heard about some people installing a couple years ago is a brilliant idea that can power quite a bit for cheap.

Comment Re:-40? (Score 2, Insightful) 397

While the engine is running though? Show me someplace that gets 260F for that high end. It's talking engine temperature, which will likely stop working at low enough temperatures regardless of cpu when things actually do freeze...And when the engine is working, will keep warm enough to run properly anyway.

Comment Re:Fuck you, developers. (Score 1) 261

Yeah, I fully agree with you here. I don't buy DLC's except on the games that I enjoyed the most. In those cases, I want more, and the DLC provides. In other games I don't enjoy or play as much? Never bought a DLC. Just no interest. Been there, done that. DLC gives the gamer the choice of that extra content, and not, as you indicated, being a blocker in the production cycle.

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