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Comment Re:So Floor It ! (Score 1) 330

There's a 4-way intersection/stoplight in a residential neighborhood in Boulder, CO that is "speed sensitive," with signs to go with it. The light defaults to green for the more major of the two streets. Stay going the speed limit or under while on the major road, and it stays green. Go over the speed limit (which is easy to do given the size and topography of that road) and you get a red.

Comment Re:Same old tactics (Score 1) 167

I'm not sure if it's still in use or not, but the way the album sales chart was calculated 10 years or so was through a service called Soundscan. The way it worked (in a nutshell) is that certain stores would submit their sales numbers to Soundscan, and then Soundscan would run those numbers through an algorithm to "calculate" the sales from other, non-Soundscan stores. I have no idea how accurate these numbers were.

There was a case I know of where one label (a larger independent label) got wind of which stores were the Soundscan stores. This was tricky information, because one album sold in these stores "represented" many more albums sold from the other stores, baed on that algorithm. So this label would send bands and artists on tour, and focus all of their in-story appearances on these Soundscan stores. This, of course, led to more sales in those stores, which tended to inflate the label's sales numbers for less effort than honest sales would have taken.

Submission + - What Do I Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware? 1

veganboyjosh writes: "I got an instant message from an uncle the other day, asking me what was in the link I sent him. I hadn't sent him a link so I figured that his account had been hacked and he'd received a malicious link from some bot address with my name in the "From" box. This was confirmed when he told me the address the link had come from.
When I tried explaining what the link was, that his account had been hacked, and that he should change the password to his email account, his response was "No, I think YOUR account was hacked, since the email came from you."
I went over it again, with a real-life analog of someone calling him on the phone and pretending to be me, but I'm not sure if that sunk in or not.
This uncle is far from tech savvy. He's in his 60's, and uses facebook several times a week. He knows I'm online much more and kind of know my way around. After his initial response, I didn't have it in me to get into the whole "NEVER click a link from an unfamiliar email address" bit; to him, this wasn't an unfamiliar email address, it was mine.
How do I explain this to him, and what else should I feel responsible for telling him?"

Comment Re:I used to think this stuff was cool (Score 1) 262

In order for a 1,000 mph car to be approved for driving/testing by a human, i would imagine the funding agencies would require all kinds of safety gear. if, through the development of new safety tech brings us some new breakthrough that scales down/back and makes 80 mph crashes much safer, isn't that a worthwhile pursuit?

Comment Re:Is it worth it? (Score 1) 109

Yup, mostly. Usually it's only something i notice either with brand new releases that a label/distro is pushing, or older collectible records that are 15-20 years old, and someone is selling/trying to collect the whole "set". There are a few releases I've gone after or even own in all the variants, but for the most part, once i own ONE release of a record, that's enough for me to say i own it and i don't feel the need to grab all the others. Usually my threshold is when i find one idon't have and it's super cheap, i'll pick it up.

I wonder if other genres do the same? I do dabble in a few others, but don't recall seeing like hip hop or electronica singles or LP's doing the same thing. Curious observation.

Comment Re:Is it worth it? (Score 4, Insightful) 109

Altho i'm loathe to use the word/admit it, i collect vinyl records. i tend to focus on a specific sub-genre of one that's not uber popular, so the records i'm really after and willing to spend more than list price on usually don't go for too much. Many of my peers are into collecting every variation of a record that's pressed on multiple colors of vinyl. (ie, a label will press 1000 of a particular band's album. 500 of these will be on black vinyl, 250 on red, 200 on green, and 50 on clear vinyl.) My collector nerd friends would then seek out all 4 versions. Indeed, a lot of labels even offer a pre-sale package featuring all 4 variants, particular for these guys.

In addition to a completist mentality behind wanting to own every variant of a record, there is also a demand (ranging from "mildly interested" to "i will mortgage the house to get this") for "test pressings" of records. These are just like what they sound. There are usually fewer than 20 of these made per release. Often less than 10 or even 5. Plain white labels or possibly a boilerplate label with "artist, song title, label" info handwritten onto the labels. No printed cover. A few go to the label, some to the band, for listening to and final proofing before the "go ahead and make us 1000 copies" order is put in. It's very rare that there is a change to an album once the test pressings have been created and they are almost NEVER available for sale to the general public. I've mostly only seen them for sale after the album comes out, strictly as collector items.

The $50k asking price may be ridonkulous, but the demand for this one-off game makes perfect sense to me in light of what i've seen people get stupid over in the vinyl world.

Comment Re:would i rather (Score 1) 647

One surprising benefit I found when I started commuting by bike was that i planned my outings much more thoroughly even when I opting to drive the car. The commute being 12 miles one way, turning around halfway to go back and get something I had forgotten wasn't usually an option. So, I got good at becoming efficient at planning where I was going, how to get there, and what other outings I could piggyback on that were around the same area at the same time. After having driven to work/grocery store/etc for decades, it was a nice refreshing brain muscle to realize had been neglected.

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