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Comment Same thing happened with 4-channel surround sound (Score 0) 435

Though we do have various surround sound technologies for movies and TV, we don't have surround sound CD music. Back in the early 1970s the latest craze was 4-challen stereo high fidelity music. The technologies were splintered. Record encoding on vinyl had SQ, QS, and CD-4 on vinyl (the most accurate was CD-4). It was possible to broadcast SQ or QS stereo FM. They even came out with enhanced SQ encoding that could make a sound that was supposed to come out of one corner to be less prominent in the other three channels. It wasn't perfect, but it worked out very well. What might have made it mainstream would be a 4-channel cassette tape, as cassette tapes were quite popular back then, but North American Philips corporation had the patent on cassette technology, and they would not allow any company to produce a 4-head, one direction cassette recording system. 8-track tapes were not reliable nor a great technology for great sound but could have been configured with 4 heads and two stereo tracks.. They were noisy, and the tapes were doomed to early wear-out. By the time you were able to get a 4-channel one direction cassette recorder, the desire of consumers for a surround sound 4-channel system had waned. Perhaps it was the extra cost of having a special receiver or amp and preamp that had 4 separate channels, and the additional two speakers needed for the 4-channel sound. We've come a long way from back then, and sound has gotten worse in the digital music processing we have that's popular. Dynamic range in most CDs is worse than on vinyl records when it could be much, much better. try playing a CD disc from Telarc and you'll see what I mean, though they are more for symphony music than pop music (unless they've broadened their offerings since the 80s). Regardless of whether I'm wrong on some of these points, my point is that consumers are fickle, and sometimes downright cheap. Many don't buy into new tech because of the cost of the tech before it becomes cheaper. By the time it becomes cheaper, consumers have given up on the concept and have decided either to not move on or to move onto something else.

Comment Write test your way out of some of your classes (Score 1) 913

This doesn't change the requirements for a BS degree, but it might be just what you need. If you really have a good background in the non-computer subjects you would have to take for a BS degree, take a course (as one of your electives) on how to document experiential learning. You'll get credits for taking the course and credits for your first experiential learning document that could, if you match your experiences and knowledge with a syllabus from your required courses list, get you credit for that class and a course waiver. The course on how to document experiential learning is a good idea if you want to do this, but you might be able to figure out what you need to do in order to earn credits this way without taking the course. I feel I would not have been able to do this if I hadn't taken that course, but you may be different. You may be able to get a copy of another student's document from your student adviser and see how it all fits together. I aimed to document about 75% of the topics covered in any particular syllabus (which must be from an accredited institution, by the way). Two of my documents were requested as "models" for other students to be able to view, so your college should have samples of these available. I got out of 27 credits worth of a bachelor's degree that way. (A friend of mine got out of 45 credits that way!) Some of my documentation was used to avoid taking courses I didn't particularly want to take, and others to just fill elective credits needed towards the degree. The dollar cost for those experiential learning credits? My college didn't charge anything for the first 30 credits' worth of experiential learning, and only $10 per credit after that. This was 9 years ago, but even if it doubled in cost, it would still be a bargain in my book. The real cost is your time. after doing a couple of these, I was able to knock out one of these in 2-3 evenings or part of one weekend. You can also test out of certain classes. CLEP tests give you credit for courses and (I believe) a course waiver. You can also take simple course waiver tests from your college if you really know the subject well. I think you have to score 70% to get the course waiver. But that, unlike a CLEP test, probably doesn't give you credits toward your requirement for graduation, only a course waiver so that you don't have to take that course. You would have to make up those credits some other way. I took one course waiver test to get out of a prerequisite course for an MBA degree. It was for calculus. I never had calculus, so I asked for an outline of what I would be tested on and bought the Idiot's Guide to Calculus, and studied through chapter 6, I think. I passed the test using a calculator that did most of the work for me, but it was allowed, and you have to know what you're doing with any calculator or you will get the wrong answer. (It just made it easier for me.) I never took a CLEP test. I probably should have. There is a fee for taking a CLEP test. I'm sure, whatever that fee is, that it's worth it, assuming that you can pass the test. If you are interested in this at all, I suggest asking your student adviser for more information. If you with to ask me more about this, email me at my username here at a very warm, "high temperature" place for email (a popular web mail place). I don't check that account every day, but I do occasionally check it, hopefully before the spam folder is purged by Microsoft.

Comment This might help you figure out what to do . . . (Score 1) 680

Comment Bad publicity for Apple & it will cost them (Score 1) 292

I was thinking of my next laptop being a MAC. It won't be now, unless Apple takes action here in favor of the customer.

This will cost Apple more in lost sales than it would have cost to replace the laptop. And letting a company like that continue as an authorized service center is certain to have adverse impact on the Apple name.

Comment Re:Data loss is just not an issue with The Cloud! (Score 1) 298

Cloud 2? My company is working on Cloud 3 Premium Services. We're skipping version 2 altogether to give users the feeling that it's a well-developed platform. We plan to roll it out before it's fully ready and let users be our beta testers, much like a large software company in Washington does. Of course, your data will be safe with our Cloud 3 Premium Services, and we won't share your data with other parties, except those with whom we have a business partnership with.

Comment Why can't the farmers sue Monsanto instead? (Score 1) 414

I realize that big money is behind Monsanto, but, in principle, shouldn't the farmers who plant non-Monsanto Canola be able to sue when they find their seeds cross-pollinated with GM Canola? It seems to reason that it's one thing if a farmer is cultivating the licensed product, violating Monsanto's patent rights (under current patent laws), and quite another if Monsanto is polluting the farmer's seed base. I would think it only is fair that Monsanto would have to replace their contaminated seeds with non-GM seeds of the same variety the farmer planted, or at least provide the farmer with a waiver to grow canola from his own seed as an alternative, if the farmer feels he wants to grow the cross-pollinated stuff.

Comment Not sure if this will work for you or not (Score 1) 326

I don't do what you do with image management, but this product does a lot. You can get a free trial, and if you register with the company you will get an extended trial (I think it's 40 days). Once you've registered a trial key, you will get offers from time to time. One of those offers is a name your own price deal which they do about every other month or so. While this normally sells for $50, you can probably get it for $15 or $20. They don't accept just any offer you make, so it's not truly name your own price, but they usually accept less than 1/2 of their normal price.

Comment A good refresher book (Score 1) 467

Whether you use calculus or statistics will depend on what career you end up in. Statistics are used in many industries to prove cause and effect in order to improve processes. They are very important in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and other businesses as well, but you could be in a position in those industries where you have no need to use statistics. Same for calculus. It was required as a prerequisite in one MBA school, but not in another. So in some business environments, it may be useful. In others, you'll never need to use it. When I was considering one MBA school that did require calculus as a prerequisite, I took a proficiency exam to satisfy the requirement. I had never had calculus before, so I asked for an outline of the knowledge required and studied the first 6 chapters of the book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus. It made calculus fairly easy to understand (for me, anyway), and I passed the proficiency exam for calculus. It didn't make me an expert in the subject, but if you want a good starting point as a refresher for calculus, I can recommend this book. For statistics, I can't recommend any book on my own experience. I learned what I needed during an intensive 160 hour training course in Six Sigma techniques. But I would bet that this book would also be a good starting point for you as a refresher: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Statistics. Both are available on You can get both as used books there for less than $18 including shipping.

Comment Government Help with the cost (Score 1) 727

I was able to get a pair of 6 channel hearing aid (with 3 programs) for a lot less than I could with my insurance alone. Insurance had a maximum payout of something like $250. The hearing aids I got were over $6,000. I found out that we have a government program in our state (through the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation) which can pay for most of the cost of a hearing aid. Without lying about my income, which is nowhere near poverty level, I qualified for the coverage and we worked out a plan that my insurance would pay $250, I would pay $250, and the state would pay the rest. The amount you pay is somewhat negotiable, I found out, so I offered to pay the $500 and get $250 back from my insurance. I could have applied my part to my flexible medical spending account but I usually have no problems using it up in a year's time. See if you have such a plan in your state (I live in Ohio), and if you do, maybe they can cover some of the cost of your hearing aids.

Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

The Final Release of Apache HTTP Server 1.3 104

Kyle Hamilton writes "The Apache Software Foundation and the Apache HTTP Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.42 of the Apache HTTP Server ('Apache'). This release is intended as the final release of version 1.3 of the Apache HTTP Server, which has reached end of life status There will be no more full releases of Apache HTTP Server 1.3. However, critical security updates may be made available."

Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249

sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Comment How will they know it is YOU who did that? (Score 1) 888

Your name must be shared with quite a few other people in the world. You could say that there is information on the net about another person with the same name, or deny it in the same manner if it's pointed out to you. If my name were Michael Vick and someone mentioned what happened a few years ago, I would say that it wasn't the same Vick they read about. Unless there's a picture or something else relevant only to you in the information, you have a way out, unless the judgment is made without asking you first about it. There's no way around that last one unless you preemptively bring it up first, if you want to risk doing that. Or, you can tell the truth up front and see where it gets you.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

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