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Comment speakers will always be analog (Score 4, Interesting) 394

Speakers will always be analog so the easy workaround would be to source "digital speakers" that utilise a single high quality full-range driver, snip the leads to the driver and hook up a LOC and record the analog level coming out of the LOC. There will always be an "analog hole" which can be used to bypass any and all DRM.

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 162

> How does this affect anyone at all? I don't know anyone who has or needs anywhere close to this amount if storage.

Whether you realize it or not, you probably use multi-petabyte storage arrays daily or have some running nearby without even realizing it.
Walk into a large modern casino with thousands of cameras following your every move, there is probably a multi-petabyte SAN with video footage of you.
Do you use Bank of America, Citicorp, etc? You're accessing data that are stored on SANs that are many petabytes in size.
Do you have a VPS with a larger hosting company? Chances are it's on a half-petabyte or larger SAN.

This will be a huge breakthrough - for data centers they will pay for themselves in energy savings pretty quickly, and also will allow for installation of physically-smaller SANs, with buildouts only being needed as storage bandwidth is saturated.

Plus, Windows' install footprint could be approaching a terabyte in a decade. I'm joking but think it is plausible that this may actually come true. >_>

Comment Re:Wait..what? (Score 1) 472

All right, Gramps, we'll get off your lawn.

You DO realize that we're not actually STUCK in the 1960s, and that Ferraris no longer suck?
Did you know Pontiac doesn't even exist any more, let alone make the goat?
And, the goat's latest iteration was little more than a rebadged Aussie family sedan and in no way compared to any contemporary Ferrari?

There are some treatments available for Alzheimer's disease now - I suggest you start looking into the various options. ;)

Comment Re:Fashion Accessory? (Score 1) 472

> Linux still doesn't "just work." If it does "just work," it's probably because you have old hardware. Linux will probably never be ready for the desktop unless hardware stops changing.

Your post would have been true ~15 years ago. Around 2005 it became far more plug & play than Windows ever will be. Sometime between 2007 and 2009 it became much better than Windows at supporting various WiFi chipsets out of the box. Even setting up printing is stupid-easy in Linux now (ironically, largely due to Michael Sweet, then later, Apple - THANK YOU for CUPS!).

Is it perfect? Hell no. However it is much closer to the ideal than the state which you imply.

Comment Enterprise users last remaining users... (Score 1) 236

Not satisfied with alienating the general public, Mozilla, who are hell-bent on losing all market share, have now successfully alienated their remaining userbase: enterprise users, with this:

"Mandatory add-on signing refers to Firefox preventing users from installing any add-ons that have not been approved by Mozilla's testers."

They will no longer have to listen to the userbase complaining about the many memory leaks and race conditions in Firefox because they have finally gotten rid of the annoying users.

Seriously folks.. do you really expect proprietary extensions used by various companies to be signed and submitted to the Mozilla repository? No, I don't think so. Many of us use Firefox not for its performance (it sucks), its compliance to standards (again, it sucks), but for its extensibility. Now that you have made it inflexible as well as slow, bloated, and crappy, what userbase are you now targeting?

Comment Re:womp rats (Score 2) 134

Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

Comment I used to hate the theater (Score 1) 331

I used to hate watching movies in the theater.
First, the movie would be invariably out of focus - but the advert projector they play before the movie would be in perfect focus.
Secondly, the seating sucked - but that has improved in recent years. It isn't as comfy as home, but at least now I get more legroom than an airline seat.
Third, the sound systems used to totally suck. Now, they've gotten much, much better. I still much prefer my own sound system but theater sound is actually quite good now.
Lastly... the sticky floors and all the trash left behind by the fucking slobs who sat there previously. WTF, people! Clean up after yourselves - if not out of concern for others, but to prove that you don't completely lack all sense of class and self-respect.

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