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Comment Re:Main application? (Score 1) 77

The "Apple lossless" compression supported in iTunes and with iPods is basically just a re-branded FLAC codec, and compile by Apple to make it non-compatible with standard FLAC formats. ALAC can be easily transcoded FLAC and vice-versa, especially since ALAC has been open sourced. But it takes a lot longer than it should, considering they are both essentially using the same compression technique.

Comment Re:As it should be... (Score 4, Insightful) 389

I certainly can see the benefit of living in a police state where everyone is hoping to get dirt on everyone else, but I also see the benefit of living in the US with it's traditional values of privacy and limited police power, where fighting crime is less of a priority than making sure the citizen is protected from having their home invaded by the cops or their stuff taken or their liberty denied without due process.

In any case, if I were a low paid tech worker, I think I would have significant incentive to fabricate evidence. $500 is a weeks pay, at least, for these guys.

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

The iPhone could not even reliably make phone calls. I had an iPhone, moved from my Razr. which was also a phone that did not make reliable phone calls. The iPhone did solve a problem that I had with the Razr which is effortlessly synching from my computer so I do not have to reenter data.

I wonder what issues there were with the iPod, because I never had any. I have a nomad, and paid as much for it with no memory as I did for my iPod mini. On the Nomad it took a Very Long Time, a Pournelle used to say, to fill the small card memory card I bought an additional great expense. The firewire interface on the iPod meant that I could move singficant parts of my then 20GB library very quickly.

It has to be more than gimmick. MS has been trying to do smart phones since 1996 with Windows CE and so far they have nothing. If people were just looking for gimmicks and integration, MS would have had more that 10% of the market at any one time. Blackberry, which was a good phone, fell very quickly.

One thing that Apple has done is fearlessly try new things. As a business machine, Blackberry did not have that luxury. Apple as a more creative and consumer company can throw legacy out the window, which is really what most people hate.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 202

everything you said plus, throwing the person who invented the "Get-TimeZone" style of pascal-dash-double-pascal-case-wtf commads out the nearest airlock.

Yep. I mean, there's an alias for dir, but does dir /h work? HELL NO! Try dir -force instead!

dir *.txt ? FORGET IT. dir -Include *.txt or dir -Include *.txt -Recurse

WHY create an alias for dir if nothing but the raw command works?!?!?!

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 157

CNN can be fined by officers of the congress. Congresscriters, according to the constitution can only be punish by their peers. So this rule is unconstitutional because it does not allow the peers of the offender to individually assert a punishment. It is like the courts or FBIor local or state police cannot judge the president. He can only be impeached.

Comment Don't believe the hype (Score 0, Troll) 103

Nuclear has had 50 years to become profitable. It is not and will not be profitable except in countries who subsidize it as the only practcle option. There is. O nuclear renaissance because in most cases the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Same thing is true for coal now that natural gas is almost free.

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