Wasn't intentional -- I'll admit my knowledge of the history there is patchy. The thing I was reading had only mentioned Bardeen & Brattain as making the original observations on November 17th, but maybe Shockley should be in there too
I'm the one who brought you up in the Insider Chat, because someone else brought up the subject, and you had just posted this entirely irrelevant comment on this post.
You still haven't explained why you are even here talking about this. The post is not about it. It's not a topic we really discuss on Techdirt. I can only assume you were in a debate somewhere else, losing, and thought "folks at Techdirt wil support me and make me feel better!"
Well... we won't. Neither, I don't imagine, will very many of our readers.
When you reach the point where you want to "shoot EVERYONE off the planet" it usually means you're the asshole.
Well, one is a nice-looking eco-friendly bamboo version, one is an ultra-compact version with a built-in metal filter, one is a dual-brewer with adjustable-height funnels, and one is a commercial brewer with a mains hookup and a motorized pouring nozzle.
If none of those things are worth the added price to you then I can totally see going with a cheaper generic solution. I'd probably do the same, ultimately. But I still think these ones are all cool and interesting.
Hmm... what's preventing iTunes from working? One or the other should work... You can also try putting the RSS feed URL directly into iTunes (File -> Subscribe To Podcast) or some other podcast player.
This is a good point. I'm not really ashamed so much as disappointed that there isn't infinite time in the world. I feel like I understand exactly how and why Minecraft is so engaging and I know it would almost certainly work on me (I did get briefly sucked into Terraria, which is like the 2D platformer version of Minecraft).
I should clarify that I didn't mean nobody had ever thought of that model before. Just that these early web services in 1999 were the direct precursors of today's "cloud" version of that -- in that, this was a time when we had the web and websites, and we had web servers that geeks could buy to put files on if they understood the tech and the protocols, but then someone came along and launched a website saying "sign up here and we'll give you an online hard drive with a web-based file manager".
It's one of the rare 1999 posts where the original article is still reachable (Wired is really good about that, bless 'em) and, notably, it uses the term "file storage lockers" for what might very well be one of the first times. It lists a few competitors in the space, of which some are still around -- Freedrive looks a little sketchy like it may have evolved primarily into a pirate filesharing tool, i-drive (which seems to have also bought Driveway) is still around as some sort of Dropbox competitor, and @backup is now Norton Online Backup (actually I'm not sure if it's the same company -- that's just what lies at backup.com now).
Re: Re: Re: Why Is English The Only Language In The World With Separate Words For Animals Versus Food?
Yeah, good call. Sort of mixed up my points there. In a broader sense, everyone along the northern coast of Europe picked up trappings of language and culture from Vikings. But the Normans were just straight up Viking immigrants.
Re: Why Is English The Only Language In The World With Separate Words For Animals Versus Food?
Indeed -- that's one great example of the impact of the Norman invasion. I also like the fact that, if you take all the English words with Scandinavian roots, you'd think we picked them all up into Anglo-Saxon, from invading Vikings over the pre-Norman centuries. But in fact it turns out only a tiny handful of them came to us directly that way -- most of our Norse words came via the Normans, who had been dealing with their own with viking raiders for hundreds of years. But, there are both -- so we have both first-generation and second-generation Norse words in our language.
One correction, though: it's not true that no other language makes the distinction at all. French has "vache" for cow and "cochon" for pig, for example. It's just that ours is the only language where there is such a clear etymological divide between the two sides -- we use all the Latin words for the foods, and all the Anglo-Saxon words for the animals.
You don't need all that. A live gig, by itself, cannot be pirated -- there are zero people in the world who would say that watching a recording of a concert is a replacement for attending a concert.
Watching recordings of concerts might still be enjoyable, and record labels will surely continue freaking out about unauthorized videos cutting into their DVD and live album sales, or just generally defying their sense of entitlement. But the actual experience of going to see live music -- something people have enjoyed and sought out for centuries -- is a naturally scarce, rivalrous product that can't be freely replicated, and thus the perfect place to be making money.
I have to wonder aloud, why did the accused infringer have to copy someone else's 2 seconds of music instead of creating his own 2 seconds worth to loop on? Wouldn't it have been...well...more "creative" to actually create? Or was he merely trying to co-opt someone else's fame?
Everything is created out of something else, and you can always find a way every artist could have been "more" creative. Wouldn't the guitarist have been more creative if he'd built his own guitar, carefully tuning and tweaking it sound to his own artistic vision, or was he merely trying to co-opt the beautiful sounds of Fender or Gibson? Wouldn't the painter have been more creative to go foraging in the woods for pigments, crafting his very own colours and hues? Wouldn't the photographer have been more creative to design and build his own brand new cityscape, instead of photographing New York at night, or was he merely trying to co-opt the fame of the architects and the advertisers? Wouldn't the writer have been more creative to invent a brand new language with his own custom vocabulary and idioms, instead of riding on the back of English?
Wouldn't all art be more creative if it existed only in the imaginations of newborn infants, built entirely from the raw aether of consciousness without relying on the symbols, ideas and identities that we develop by absorbing things from the world around us?
I can't quite recall the microtransaction one... but on the flipside, they did an excellent one against SOPA/PIPA and one for net neutrality, and their recent episode on how to properly implement F2P mechanics in a non-exploitive way is very good too. I think they get a lot of topics exactly right. Generally, though, on the video game side, it's the design topics I find most interesting -- not so much the more controversial political/business topics.