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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Pearmission granted Dec 18, 2006, 14:50 Zathrus
Ever looked into Rockbox?

I looked at it briefly; the one advantage it had over iTunes is gapless playback. But iTunes (kinda) offers that now too, at least if you're willing to let it scan your entire collection overnight and insert some more proprietary (e.g. - standard violating) ID3v2 tags.

As for the other "advantages" -- I guess if you're an OGG nazi then it's good, but I'm not. All my music is ripped to FLAC, but that's only so I won't ever have to re-rip it if I want to change bitrates or iTunes eats my music again. FLACs are too damn big to put on an iPod. No DRM is, at best, a negative -- it reduces your options. Not that I have any, but the point remains. And importing/exporting "barriers" are only there if the only tool you ever use is iTunes.

Can you actually use more than one iPod with Anapod Explorer? Last time I tried, it seemed to want to deauthorize the first iPod I used with it. I could've sworn you could have multiple iPods enabled, but I couldn't determine that for sure.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Just Wii-wondering ... Dec 18, 2006, 11:53 Zathrus
So how hard would it be for the "other" two next gen consoles to come up with their own movement based controllers?

That depends entirely on the patents that Nintendo may have...

And it would also mean that you'd have to have a different controller (and other stuff) to play the games in question. Any games that went down this path would either have to require you to have it or be playable without it (which means they probably won't use it much, or use it in superfluous ways).

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Bullshit Dec 18, 2006, 09:49 Zathrus
Some people in the tech world say Vista is probably going to be one of the last "monolithic" OS releases to come out.

They said that of XP too.

Never really read into what kind of system will become dominant after Vista eventually passes on

Most likely the belief is that you'll have a very thin OS layer with the majority of your tools/data/whatever online.

The old non-monolithic idea was that you'd have a "fairly" thin basic OS layer and then buy the additional bits/pieces/services you needed. Except that that really makes no economic sense (much like real micropayments don't; the crap being marketed as micropayments now is anything but). This idea still makes sense in the OSS world, but not in the pay-for-your-OS one.

Vista is modeled more on the latter strategy than anything else, with it's multitude of versions. I think this is a huge mistake for MS -- there's going to be consumer confusion, and it'll be something of a support nightmare.

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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
12. Re: Gamespot Dec 17, 2006, 09:20 Zathrus
The Wiimote is a gimmick.

The exact same thing was said about the DS. Funny how that turned out. For that matter, the same thing was said about the mouse when it debuted on PCs.

The difference between the Wiimote and the other "gimmicks" you list is that the Wiimote is not designed for just one game, and Nintendo isn't known to rely on "gimmicks", but rather designs good games and then utilizes the controller. Same for the better 3rd party games (on any platform).

Frankly, I think Nintendo is on the right track here, and Sony seems to agree -- thhey're publicly decrying the wiimote while actually trying to copy the major bits of it, either for the PS3 or for future consoles.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: TGIF Dec 15, 2006, 12:32 Zathrus
Don't know about y'all, but I am glad it is Friday.

I'll be happy once I go home. I'm freaking exhausted. We've just been getting to bed late, and I think I'm coming down with yet another cold.

Finished up most of my Christmas shopping yesterday evening though

Finished mine yesterday, and most of the presents are already wrapped.

On the bad news side, Heather's mom is back in the hospital again. Since yesterday. But we didn't find out until this morning because her husband (aka the worthless pile of shit) claimed he didn't have our phone number. Except that Heather's aunt gave it to him yesterday before he left (which he apparently did so immediately after dropping Heather's mom off... because he needed to eat).

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: CRUCIFY HIM! Dec 14, 2006, 19:49 Zathrus
If there were stiffer penalties (other countries come to mind - decapitation of fingers, etc.) I doubt we would have such a problem.

What, despite the minor nit that such methods have been shown, repeatedly, to have absolutely no effect on whether or not a crime is committed or not?

Come on. I've made my opinions on this slimeball quite clear, but do you think that ANY law would've actually stopped him? He pretty clearly didn't think about his actions until well after the fact.

And that's why he's inhuman. I have two little girls. Are they infuriating at times? Hell yes. That's parenthood. And part of being a good parent is to do your damndest to not let it get to you, and certainly to never strike your child (or any child) in anger.

And, ultimately, that's why I have no issue with him being put down like a dog. Because he's shown that the only thing he has over one is opposable thumbs. And there's a helluva lot of dogs I'd rather see with that particular trait over someone like this.

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News Comments > Into the Black
14. Re: No subject Dec 14, 2006, 11:44 Zathrus
I think the fact that she was underage wuold nullify the contract? Not sure. I dont' agree, as I think she should be held accountable for her actions.

Thing is, this isn't an either-or case... they should both be held accountable. The girl for being drunk and stupid, and the video maker for knowing damn well that the girls in question are A) not in a state of mind to make a sound contract, B) likely to be underage.

Throw out the girl's case for being assinine; she should've been more responsible. Then toss the video maker into jail for underage porn and child exploitation.

And yes, I know, the legal system won't do either one; instead the ultimate outcome will be that the girl was underage and thus unable to make a valid contract (the intoxication is irrelevant), and the video maker will be let off because he was under the "reasonable assumption" (my ass) that the girl was of legal age to sign a binding contract.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Trial for father by Judge MeatForce Dec 14, 2006, 11:28 Zathrus
Ok, I nearly threw up when I read the list of injuries. I stopped reading at that point.

Have fun in the state pen asshole. I hear they really love guys who beat and kill little kids.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Which CPU? Dec 13, 2006, 10:33 Zathrus
It helps some, in some games, and certain apps, and in others it does nothing

And in others it reduces performance or actually causes errors. I disabled hyperthreading on my work system because running parallel makes using it would often cause errors or invalid compiles.

But it is really an irrelevant question, as you can not get a Intel CPU now without it.

Huh? None of the Core or Core2 processors have SMT/HTT, nor do the newer Xeons based on the architecture. It's unlikely it'll return either, since the drawbacks are severe compared to the advantages.

The only place where HTT made any sense was in some server applications, and even then many companies (like Oracle) recommended it be disabled.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: No subject Dec 13, 2006, 09:21 Zathrus
Well then you are unable or unwilling to understand the principle of viewer ship based on clicks

I understand it, probably vastly better than you do. And unless you click from there to somewhere else in then they're not going to give a crap -- they didn't capture your eyeballs for any useful length of time.

Are you suggesting that Rupert M doesn't own Fox conglomerate?

Gee, did I ever imply anything of that kind? No. Where on earth did you get that?

The point, which you completely and utterly missed, is that the news reporting and the opinion bits are reasonably separate. What everyone gets pissed off about is the opinion bits. They then lump in the news reporting because they don't know better.

I would disagree and say Truth as in meanful relationship you can't make important decsions if your data if false.
Many times an electorate feels they are informed.

Whose truth? Yours? Mine? Batman's? Blue's?

Oh... the objective truth? Get back to me in a couple hundred years then. By then there will be enough perspective to actually get something vaguely close to it.

Take this example of Hermann Goering, Nuremburg under questioning from Robert Jackson.

Oh goody, you've already invoked Godwin's Law. Didn't take you long.

Do you think the people whom voted for bush thought they were informed?

Thinking and being are not the same thing. Based on your posts, I can be reasonably well assured that not only are you not informed, but you are outright resistant to being informed. People have repeatedly pointed out where you're wrong and provided info and you've blithely ignored it. I'd say you're about as informed as the people you're bashing.

yet the gems that following suggesting how important spelling is to accuracy and object reality are absurdist and self-serving

No, it's called communication and language skills. If you don't think they're important, particularly in written communications, then I kindly request you repeat English 101. Preferably with a teacher that cares.

only about accuracy when trying to impose judgments on others about serious issues.

Really? You certainly haven't shown that yet. Try to actually learn about issues when you post about them rather than just running with whatever idea you have already.

I actually do do my research when I post, and I've often reversed my opinion on things after learning more about them or simply aborted posts because I discovered otherwise. So far you've shown an amazing resistance to doing anything of the sort.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Sony Dec 13, 2006, 08:40 Zathrus
Tapes were great. Did they have hiss? Yes, but NOBODY NOTICED UNTIL NEW TECH WAS INTRODUCED WITHOUT HISS.

Tapes sucked. And yes, I grew up with them. And I always noticed the hiss -- if nothing else, you could compare it to the radio which, shock, didn't have the hiss (and since tapes or players tended to have even worse frequency response than FM radio, the audio quality was otherwise pretty much the same).

Of course, in the context of the article -- yes, the author is full of it. For portable audio, nothing else was better. Certainly not records (which sucked even more badly at the time for most people), or FM radio (ditto).

time has repeatedly illustrated that each 'time saving' device you buy actually causes you more stress, as you fill up any gained free time with more crap.

To be more accurate, what happens is that the standard of cleanliness, etc. simply gets raised. Prior to the vacuum, wall-to-wall carpet was unthinkable, and you only took rugs out to be beaten free of dirt a couple times a year.

That said... if you don't think the microwave is a huge timesaver, then you don't have kids. It's not for everyday meals, but for simple things (heating/boiling water, reheating leftovers) it's a lot better and faster than the old methods.

Clones were the primary and main cause of the PC revolution.

And the original Apple II is widely deemed to be the first real, useful, accessible personal computer. Go read the Jargon File, or Wikipedia, or any history of computing tome.

But yes, Wired has turned to complete and utter crap.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 15:58 Zathrus
Not to mention what the hell does that have to do with the intent of my post?

Since your intent was to use the article as a slam against Fox News, the minor fact that it wasn't written by them, but was pulled down off the AP News Wire is highly relevant.

Who cares if they use other news stories to cover up/compensate for their complete comtempt for accurate or hell screw that even fairly informitive news for the citizens of the US.

Do not confuse the god awful talking heads/opinion bits on Fox News with the actual news reporting. The two are indeed separate, despite your inability to realize that. The actual news reporting arm of Fox News is not significantly more biased to the right than other mainstream news organizations are biased to the left (or right; c.f. -- Chicago Tribune; WSJ, et. al.). The opinion bits and talking heads on Fox News are the ones that are off the fucking chart -- more so, IMO, than the left leaning talking heads/editors/etc. on other mainstream news organizations.

Is there still bias? Of course. There's bias to all news organizations, and there always has been. Ever read the Federalist/Anti-Federalist papers from the Revolutionary time period? Or any of the historical papers from England? There's crap in there that makes Fox News v CNN (or Chicago Tribune v Washington Post) look downright tame.

And, as Bats stated, if you don't want to click on a link (and I prefer not to), then just check where the link is going and don't do so. If you still want to read the story, use Google News or similar. It's not hard.

Let me ask you something smartass whats the most important thing in a Democracy?

An informed electorate. Next.

Lets see how smart you really are?

Based on your past posts, a great deal smarter than you. Yes, spelling, grammar, and the ability to properly use the features on an internet forum do matter. Your continued abuse/misuse/neglect of them indicates that you just really don't care that you come across as an 8 year old with ADD. You may very well not be, but since you don't care, why should I?

Edit Spelling as usual

Oh good. Now you're at least starting to try.

And before you even spout off -- Bats and I don't agree politically on much of anything. I'm a left leaning moderate (and a decade ago I was a right leaning moderate; IMO the center has shifted more than I have). We had massive political discussions a couple years ago. And while we still may not agree, we at least respect each other.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 12:46 Zathrus
I threwup when I realised Blue sent me to Fox news

Did you then slurp it back up when you realized that the article in question was actually written by the AP news wire?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Gift Idea Dec 12, 2006, 11:58 Zathrus
And for the roommates who have everything?

Well, they clearly don't have everything if they still have roommates... but self-eviction isn't a winning strategy either.

Cash is always accepted.

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News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 09:21 Zathrus
WTF? Just give cash.

Oh, trust me... this is the last time we'll ever give such a card.

Discover Gift Cards don't have the issuance fee. And I find the re-issue fee equally absurd... all you're doing is invalidating one number in a database and creating a new one. Charge postage maybe, but that's it.

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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 00:02 Zathrus
Gift cards for everyone!

We got one of my nieces (she's 16) a gift card... she'd specifically asked for one for Simon Malls. Got a call from them tonight that they got the envelope, mangled by the post office, both ends slit open by a machine. And no gift card.

Fortunately we still had the receipt. But they charge $5 to re-issue the card. And that's on top of the $3 they charged to issue the card in the first place.

What a rip off.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Heroes Dec 8, 2006, 16:05 Zathrus
the shark logo was never meant to be seen by television viewers and was included as an easter egg to be discovered by DVD viewers as a joke

They're broadcasting it in 1080i HDTV, and intended it to only be seen on a (at best) 480p DVD?

Uh... yah...

As for the comments -- this is based on things I've heard from Heather (which I presume she got from reading interview snippets and such w/ the producers/writers). She's much more into the show than I am (I didn't originally watch half of the first season, but caught up in reruns).

I'm willing to ignore the SF bits (as long as the writers don't try to justify them as real science), but the survivors being idiots is another matter.

That said, I've been rather enjoying the psychodrama it's been for the 3rd season.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Game Ratings Education Dec 8, 2006, 12:27 Zathrus
Right on! It's about time someone explained this confusing system.

Well, maybe if you're not a gamer then you're not familiar with the ratings at all, or that they even exist? Nah... that couldn't be.

Maybe if the ESRB had re-used the rating system the MPAA uses then it would be more obvious. Or even the one from television (although, again, few people know what all the ratings there mean either).

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Heroes Dec 8, 2006, 11:11 Zathrus
Just curious about why you think Lost is hopelessly screwed.

They've made various claims that are utterly impossible... that everything in the show can be explained by science (and not science fiction). That it isn't a dream. That there's actually a cohesive story there somewhere.

Sorry... no dice. The polar bears and the black cloud are the worst grievances against this. Walt's mysterious abilities, the Island's apparently random ability to heal/bring back the dead, and the "magnetic device" that was at the first station are also on the list.

And, frankly, the people don't act sanely. No real attempts to map out the island? Or serious speculation as to WTF is going on? Come on.

I'm still watching, but I really don't have much hope for the show at this point. They jumped the shark early (speaking of which... the shark? With a logo? Seriously?), and they've been writing themselves into a box since.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: dAMN Dec 7, 2006, 12:00 Zathrus
Mouse flicker again here today, in firefox no less

Hint -- it's your system.

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