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Comment Re:It's Sony - duh (Score 1) 449

What matters is the intent, mens rea, the will to steal, and the intent to permanently deprave the rightful owner of his use of the item. This is critical. Without, you could become a thief without even wanting to steal anything, by mistake and accident, and I hope we can agree that this is not the intent of the law!

Unfortunately, we seem to have picked up a bunch of laws where mens rea isn't taken into account. Try looking up mala prohibita. It's far from an ideal situation, but it is the situation as it stands today.

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 379

Except that optical media isn't that durable or reliable. Every DVD or CD I've ever burned has become unreadable after a few years. The inks just don't hold the data for long.

HTL BD-R uses an inorganic phase-change alloy sputtered onto the disc surface. I have media files going back 4 years or so backed up to a bunch of Blu-rays at work, and they've mostly held up pretty well. I recently scanned all of them to see how they were holding up, and out of 300+ discs, 5 had some unreadable areas. They would've been recoverable because I augmented the images before burning with dvdisaster, but it was faster to just mark their contents as not backed up and let them get burned to a newer disc.

LTH BD-R, OTOH, uses the same organic dyes as CD-R and DVD-R, and is just as susceptible to bit rot (though in all honesty, I have plenty of DVD-Rs and CD-Rs kicking around that are still readable.)

Most BD-Rs on the market are HTL. They tend not to be marked as such, but LTH media are. Verbatim seems to be the most prominent of the LTH BD-R brands, though I think I've heard that Taiyo Yuden also produces LTH BD-R. dvdisaster identifies my backup set as a mix of Ritek, Philips, and CMC Magnetics media; they carried a variety of other brands on them (some well-known, some not so much).

If you're not set up for Blu-ray, M-Disc has applied its inorganic recording layer (they describe it as a "rock-like carbon compound") to DVD as well as Blu-ray. You need a drive that can burn them (not just any DVD burner will work), so if you're in the market for a compatible burner, you might as well get one that also handles Blu-ray. Wikipedia says the discs, once burned, are readable in any drive.

Comment Re: Archival grade (Score 1) 379

Leicester (spelling) = lester (phonetic)

That applies to all of the *cesters (there are more than a few...used to live not too far from Bicester, for instance), so at least they're consistent.

You want weird? Try to puzzle through how they say Derby should be pronounced "darby." I don't see an A anywhere in there.

Comment Re:Failbook knows NOTHING about me (Score 1) 183

There's extensive datacollection from Facebook on other web sites, tied to cookies, browser fingerprinting and various other means.

That largely depends on whether you allow third-party cookies to be set. Anybody who cares about privacy in the least would have third-party cookies disabled. Let Farcebook try to snoop on my /. activity...it's not gonna work.

Comment Re:Solution: Buy legislators. All of them. (Score 1) 189

I ended up donating the printer and the ink cartridges to a local charity, got a tax write-off for the donation, and bought an Epson printer. The Epson works great with refilled ink cartridges.

...until it clogs up and refuses to print until you waste half a set of cartridges on cleaning cycles. Even that might not get it running right.

Comment Re: Worldwide news are always US only. (Score 1) 256

Fractional values are easier to come by with measurements divisible by 2, 3, 4, or 6 than with measurements that are only divisible by 2 or 5. Liquid measures are mostly divisible by various powers of 2: two tablespoons in an ounce, eight ounces in a cup, two cups in a pint, two pints in a quart, four quarts in a gallon. (Three teaspoons in a tablespoon is the exception.)

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

I hate Hillary with a passion, but any sentence out of Trump's mouth makes her look like Gandhi in comparison.

Such as, "At this point, what difference does it make?" Oh, wait...

How about, "Who's going to find out? They're trash...nobody's going to believe them!" (That was Hillary, talking about the women her lecherous husband has assaulted over the years.)

"Yeah, I got him off. So what? Who cares? We got the evidence thrown out, so he walked. I mean, sure, we knew he did it, but it didn't matter." (That was Hillary, talking about a child rapist she helped avoid charges.)

"I believe the primary role of the state is to teach, train, and raise children. Parents have a secondary role." (That was Hillary in It Takes a Village.)

Do I need to continue?

Comment Moo (Score 1) 326

At home: Core i5 4690K, 16 GB RAM, two 256GB SSDs (one boots Gentoo, the other currently boots Windows 10), 750GB spinning rust, a Blu-ray burner, and 28" 4K monitor for the main desktop. Server's an A4-3300 with 10 GB RAM, a 256GB SSD that boots Gentoo, and 7.5 TB spinning rust. A couple of Raspberry Pis with LibreELEC drive the TVs from files on the server.

At work: Core 2 Quad Q6600 (it's old, but it's still reasonably quick for most things), 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD that boots Windows 7, 750GB spinning rust, and a Radeon 6870 driving two 20ish" monitors (one at 1680x1050, the other at 1440x900). We're a charitable organization, so most of what's in my work computer is stuff that I didn't need at home any longer and donated (get to claim a tax writeoff on it). More recently, I brought in an Acer Aspire Revo 1600 that I no longer needed running a TV at home...it's now a Gentoo box with a built-in SD-card reader that mostly gets used to back up and restore the Raspberry Pis we have scattered around the building as digital signage, web kiosks, etc.

Model Ms are on all the machines I work with directly. joe is my preferred editor for Gentoo and Cygwin, though Windows installs also get Notepad++. Linux IDEs all appear to be varying degrees of hot mess, but they've not really been necessary for the things I've knocked together under it. At work, Visual Studio is what pays the bills. Whether on computers, phones, or tablets, Chrome is preferred over SJWfox.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 237

Those TV shows from the '90s and earlier were most likely shot on film, not videotape. Telecine it at 1080p (or 4K, if you want...do that now and downsample it to 1080p so you don't have to do it again when 4K video catches on) and you'll get more details out of the original content than ever aired on TV. That (and a bunch of other enhancements) was what happened for the Blu-ray release of Star Trek, for instance.

Comment Re: TMS9918 != MC6847 (Score 1) 96

Hmmm, now I'm intrigued... did the CoCo have the same wacky way of addressing pixels (1 bit per 7 pixels to select red+ blue or green+ purple, then 7 bits to select one or the other, or white if two adjacent pixels were set, and the Venetian-blind ram addressing)?

No, IIRC. It put all 8 bits on screen as pixels, and the 6847 used linear addressing. I seem to remember it didn't always give you the same colors; between two runs of the same program, you might get swapped colors that would be fixed by hitting Reset until they came up right.

This also meant that the CoCo's highest-resolution mode yielded only 4 colors, vs. the 6 that you'd get with the Apple II. (To be completely fair, the oldest Apple II motherboards ignored the high bit and also only produced 4 Hi-Res colors, but this was fixed fairly early on...almost certainly by the time the II+ was released.)

Comment Re:good code too (Score 2) 74

Want to drive a fre grad programmer nuts? have him convert celcius to Farenheit and Kelvin with 4 decimal places of accuracy using only integer math on an 8 bit micro, no you can not use ANY libraries at all, and you need to do it in less than 6 lines of code.

Depends on the architecture. Try doing that in less than 6 lines when you don't have multiply or divide instructions in the CPU. You might not necessarily need to code up general-purpose multiply and divide routines (especially if you're dealing with constants...multiply by 9 with three left shifts and an add, for instance), but I suspect there are few (if any) 8-bit architectures that will do what you want within your constraints. The 6502 certainly won't.

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