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Don't forget complaining, the other half of the equation! You and the other sixty thousand _____ enthusiasts in the world coming together to bitch and moan about obscure details related to your annoyance with ______ manufacturers' refusal to implement your brilliant plan that will fix everything and raise _____ back up to its former heights of glory, when sixty-one thousand people were on the board.

Submission + - Which is the best data compressor in the world?

crazyeyes writes: "We all use some kind of data compression software but do you know what is the best data compressor in the world? This amazing article has detailed test results that compare 11 of the most common data compressors with 8 different filetypes.

The author covers 7-zip, ARJ32, bzip2, gzip, SBC Archiver, Squeez, StuffIt, WinAce, WinRAR, WinRK, WinZip and tests using 8 filesets — Audio Files (WAV), Audio Files (MP3), Documents, E-Books, Movies (DivX), Movies (MPEG), Pictures (PSD) and Pictures (JPEG). He tests them at different settings and even includes the aggregated results.

This is easily the best article I've seen on data compression. If you want to know if the data compression software you use is good enough, read this article and compare its performance against the other compressors. You will be surprised with the results. Slashdotters will enjoy arguing over them!"

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut - R.I.P.

cultrhetor writes: "Kurt Vonnegut, whose satiric eye, tinged with an oddly innocent moral vision, left an indelible mark on science fiction with Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan, and on American Literature as a whole from Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five forward, died at age 84 from "irreversible brain injuries" resulting from a fall six weeks ago, according to an article in the New York Times. From the article:

His novels — 14 in all — were alternate universes, filled with topsy-turvy images and populated by races of his own creation, like the Tralfamadorians and the Mercurian Harmoniums. He invented phenomena like chrono-synclastic infundibula (places in the universe where all truths fit neatly together) as well as religions, like the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent and Bokononism (based on the books of a black British Episcopalian from Tobago "filled with bittersweet lies," a narrator says).
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Submission + - EMI strikes DRM free deal with Apple

An anonymous reader writes: Media industry executives and analysts have expressed surprise and alarm at last week's decision by EMI, the record label, to start selling music videos without the protection of anti-piracy software.

The decision was a little-noticed part of the company's ground-breaking deal with Apple that made all of EMI's catalogue available on iTunes in a format that can be copied and played on any digital device without restriction. That deal, announced with fanfare by EMI chief executive Eric Nicoli and Apple founder Steve Jobs, was hailed as ushering in a new digital music era.

Journal Journal: If We Taught English the Way We Teach Mathematics

Imagine that your only contact with "English" as a subject was through classes in school. Suppose that those classes, from elementary school right through to high school, amounted to nothing more than reading dictionaries, getting drilled in spelling and formal grammatical construction, and memorizing vast vocabulary lists -- you never read a novel, nor a poem; never had contact with anything beyond the pedantic complexity of English spelling and formal grammar, and precise definitions

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