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Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 3, Insightful) 398

It's funny because it was a fad for a bit in the 1950s, but similarly died when the novelty wore off.

History has an amusing way of repeating itself. Nobody liked having to wear glasses to watch a movie in the 1950s, and the same is true today.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 5, Insightful) 564

Oh gods this is so true.

I grew up in the 80s and 90s and cassettes were my main music format at the time.

The hiss. The tape becoming damaged now and then resulting in parts of your songs being screwed up. The poor speed regulation on many tape decks. The felt pad under the tape becoming damaged or falling out and having to replace it, hoping not to damage the tape in the process. The tape getting "eaten" by the deck. The fact that almost all prerecorded tapes were made with the lowest quality tape possible (low bias, non-metal), so you didn't even get the best quality tape could provided from your music purchases.

Heck, the technology itself was a hack. Cassettes were originally meant for low fidelity voice dictation.

Cassettes have literally NOTHING to offer except the nostalgia. If you want a physical copy of your music, CDs are the way to go. If you want to be retro-hipster, vinyl is far better in audio quality and durability. Tapes are a clusterfuck and I remember RELISHING the day I got a CD player and didn't have to deal with them for my new music purchases.

Comment 200GB per month on a cellular connection? (Score 1) 196

How are people even doing this? Are they running their entire house through hotspot tethering or something? I rarely use that much on my hardline cable modem, the idea of using it over cellular boggles the mind!

Maybe people in rural areas who can't get better Internet are taking advantage of this...but then rural areas don't have high contention for cellular access, so Verizon really shouldn't be dicks to them.

Comment Well for one thing, don't persecute them!! (Score 4, Insightful) 128

I've heard many cases of somebody reporting a security issue, then getting fired, sued, or arrested as a result. In the case of kids in school, suspended or expelled.

They were HONEST here! They found a security problem and rather than exploit it for personal gain, they reported it, and then get in TROUBLE for it??

It's absurd. It means when people hear of this and find security problems in the future, they'll keep quiet about them because they don't want to get in trouble too.

Comment Re:Tried it YEARS ago. (Score 1) 42

I should upload such footage to my Facebook account. Let them threaten to delete the account, and upload some more.

When they delete my account I can finally tell people that I don't have Facebook because it was deleted by copyright nazis. I'll have something legitimate to say after the inevitable "I don't use Facebook." "Why?" conversation!

Comment There needs to be a time limit, and "Edited" flag. (Score 5, Insightful) 75

There needs to be a time limit for editing tweets. Five minutes is good. This keeps someone from going back and changing what they said long after they said it.

There also needs to be a flag that tells people that the tweet was edited. This prevents modifying a tweet after people have already agreed with it, etc.

Comment Re:What does this have to do with tech? (Score 4, Insightful) 120

You don't have to cull anyone. Just encourage people to have less kids.

And STOP SOCIALLY OSTRACIZING PEOPLE WHO DECIDE NOT TO HAVE KIDS. Especially women. They're doing the world a favor and you have people calling them "selfish" or treating them as second class citizens for not joining the parental cult.

My girlfriend and are voluntarily childfree and get bullshit like this from time to time.

And no offense to parents who don't behave this way. Ya'll are awesome. There's just way too many who do.

Comment Re:Cultural sickness. (Score 5, Insightful) 297

>all those fields have been fenced in

It's really sad how fear of lawsuits has forced property owners to fence in fields that would otherwise serve as open space for kids to play in urban areas. I so often see a nice field of grass fenced in with nothing on it, that no one can use. The property owner probably doesn't care if kids play on his land, he's just worried about a lawsuit if those kids get hurt on that land.

Same thing with school athletic fields. When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s the fields were open to the public. There was usually a gate with some posts to keep vehicles out, but us kids could go in and play ball or do whatever on the field when school was out. Now it's all locked down because the school is afraid of lawsuits.

Paranoia has made life less fun for kids. :(

Comment Re:It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

Why are modern gas pumps so slow anyway?

I was a kid at the time, but I remember my mother pumping gas in the 80s and those old analog pumps with the rotating numbers were about twice as fast as the modern ones. You'd think the technology to move a liquid at a higher rate wouldn't be complicated.

Comment Re:Oh please... (Score 1) 98

A well designed site would detect that someone is giving nothing but 1-star reviews, and determine that maybe this person is a problem customer, or has standards set unrealistically way too high, rather than a legitimate reviewer. Especially if the same restaurants have otherwise average reviews.

There's a lot of algorithms that can be used to find this issue and give serial negative reviewers less weight in the overall rating.

Comment Re:What carriers want is not to be carriers (Score 5, Interesting) 158

There was a point in time when you could only use the website if you were on a specific ISP. I don't remember which ISP it was; this was *EONS* ago, probably in the 90s. I vaguely remember getting angry about it and writing a ranty post on Usenet, though I can't find it now in Google Groups.

This is the kind of crap we might see again if Net Neutrality is tossed to the wind.

Whoah! I just remembered. It was the Star Trek Continuum site, and it only worked on MSN. Here's a link:

The idea of this crap happening again really bothers me.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 2) 179

>All that will happen is that one second your computer will think it's on time, and a couple seconds later your computer will think that it's a second behind and correct itself against the NTP server.

The problem here is that not all systems adjust at the same rate. So once all the systems are a second off, they will all be slightly out of sync with each other as they skew their clocks until they're all correct again.

For us, clocks being under a second out of sync is not a big deal. But for software that has to be well synchronized between hosts, it's a huge deal. So it's better to do it Google's way to keep their infrastructure working reliably.

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