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Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 5, Informative) 306

but, in addition, they tend to be shipped with unskippable junk that you have to watch every single time, before watching the material you are interested in.

It takes about 2 minutes of typing occasionally at the command line to rip the main title of the DVD and save it as an MKV file. Then, whenever you want to watch the film now or in the future, you don't have to deal with anything else that might be on that DVD. You never even have to take the DVD down from the shelf again unless you catastrophically lose data from your computer with no backups. I understand if the average man complains about unskippable ads or whatever, but how can one consider this a huge inconvenience on a "news for nerds" site?

Comment Re:Should I care? (Score 1, Interesting) 306

When I download files through torrent communities, I look for the magic words "BD rip" or "BD remux" or, for films not yet available in high def, DVD9. That means that you are getting bit-for-bit the same quality as the released Blu-ray/DVD. If studios stop releasing physical media and everything is available only through streaming websites, then you're only going to be able to get your films with lesser quality or higher filesizes.

Comment Re: Threshold (Score 1) 409

The civil unrest it causes could make it impractical to automate to that level.

That's what I thought when I visited South Africa, where almost every single establishment has more people working in it than are really needed; one just has to overemploy to maintain social harmony in the presence of a very high unemployment rate. I've grown used to self-service checkouts at supermarkets in my corner of Europe, but in SA I figured that if a supermarket tried to implement them, there'd be rioting and destruction.

Comment Re:As it should be... (Score 1) 389

Well, if you'll note the information given IN THE SUMMARY, it does hold in a federal investigation. The reason is because someone could be looking for "legit" porn and stumble across the kiddie porn. I'd say the fact this image was in his trash is pretty strong evidence for that.

Comment Re:By commenting, I'm part of the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 123

Posting it here is clickbait. The submission is almost guaranteed to rile the slashbots up and lead to lots of comments along the lines of "O tempora o mores!", "Kids these days want to change all the old stuff for no reason!". Nevermind that the Monopoly makers have thought about shaking up the piece set for decades. When I was a teenager in the early 1990s, someone doing a survey for Hasbro in the local shopping mall stopped me and asked me to give my opinions of possible new pieces.

Comment Re:D-Link doesn't learn or doesn't care (or both) (Score 1) 72

Nader is a selfish cock whose data on the Corvair suspension issue was obsolete, as it had already been fixed for the 1965 model year. Instead of correcting his book before publishing it, he put it on the market to quickly collect his profit and contributed to the failure of the (now much safer) Corvair and probably causing many people to lose their jobs.

Comment Re:Norway switching off FM ? (Score 2) 303

You haven't heard about the FM radio spectrum spring cleaning?

FM Cleaning


*** Attention ***

It's that time again! As many of you know, each year FM radio must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates dead left-wing talk radio and inactive top 40, classic rock, and adult contemporary stations, allows for a better-working and faster FM.

This year, the cleaning process will take place from 23:59 pm (GMT) on March 31st until 00:01 am (GMT) on April 2nd. During that 24-hour period, five powerful FM radio-crawling robots situated around the world will search the FM radio and delete any data that they find.

In order to protect your valuable data from deletion we ask that you do the following:
1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their FM radio connections.
2. Shut down all FM radio servers, or disconnect them from the FM radio.
3. Disconnect all disks and hardrives from any connections to the FM radio.
4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the FM radio in any way.
We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some FM radio users, and we apologize. However, we are certain that any inconveniences will be more than made up for by the increased speed and efficiency of the FM radio, once it has been cleared of electronic flotsam and jetsam.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff
Main Branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sysops and others: Since the last FM radio cleaning, the number of FM radio users has grown dramatically. Please assist us in alerting the public of the upcoming FM radio cleaning by posting this message where your users will be able to read it.

Please pass this message on to other sysops and FM radio users as well.

Comment Re:Oh hell naw. (Score 1) 79

We live in an age where a person can take their entire media collection with them. If I suddenly remember a piece I haven't heard in years, I can play it straightaway, even if Iâ(TM)m sitting in a tent in Patagonia. You act like thereâ(TM)s something wrong with taking advantage of that possibility. And while every gram counts in the sense that I would happily go from a hard drive to a high-capacity USB stick if the price were right, the hard drive itself is still acceptable enough for travel.

Comment Re:Oh hell naw. (Score 1) 79

Indeed, my music collection is all FLACs, as well as full DVD or Bluray images for video content. Of course, on the road MP3 quality (and its equivalents for video) might suffice, but why bother re-encoding when I can just carry it all? Plus, I keep scores and books on the respective composer or musician in the same directory tree, and some of those image-heavy PDFs can really add up.

Comment Re:Oh hell naw. (Score 1) 79

I spent a lot of the year bicycle touring or backpacking, where one counts every gram of weight. I take my entire music collection, which is just over 1TB in size, with me on a portable hard drive, but a USB stick that is lighter and more shock-resistant (no moving parts) would be nice. No way I'd ever pay the prices set for these ultra-high-capacity USB sticks, though.

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