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Old April 19th, 2004, 03:09 PM   #1
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Paper DVDs coming...yes, paper

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Old April 19th, 2004, 09:45 PM   #2
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That's freakin' weird, guys and gals!

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Old April 19th, 2004, 09:49 PM   #3
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It makes a great deal of sense for short and intermediate data storage/transfer.

It also probably makes enormous sense from an environmental impact perspective.
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Old April 19th, 2004, 09:51 PM   #4
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But I can't imagine throwing out DVDs, other than AOL DVDs and CDs.

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Old April 19th, 2004, 09:57 PM   #5
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I couldn't imagine throwing away laserdiscs, many of which cost me $40. But during the past year I've tossed perhaps 2 boxes of them.

Ten years from now you'll be tossing your plastic DVD's, too.
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Old April 19th, 2004, 10:02 PM   #6
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Or, as Matt Groening wrote on the first Simpsons DVD set (paraphrasing) we'll be re-starting our Simpsons seasons collecting when the new, non-DVD format comes out.

Think about it like this:

Gen Y doesn't even know, generally, what records are. Wil Wheaton, on his website, says the next generation won't know what CDs are because of MP3s and iTunes...

One of my friends in his early 20s marvelled that I had the DAWN OF THE DEAD DVD because it just came out in theatres. I said, this is the original; he looked at me blankly. Sigh...

(Then again, in the early 1990s, I didn't know the band Rush had albums going back into the 1970s.)

Sorry to get off topic...

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Old April 21st, 2004, 02:18 AM   #7
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Rush was around in the 90's?!?
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Old April 21st, 2004, 07:53 AM   #8
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I for one am very excited about paper discs. Currently, the plastic discs that I use as coasters look pretty cool as coasters, but they just don't absorb moisture very well. I'm hoping these new discs will have much greater absorbency, seeing as how they're made out of paper and all...
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Old April 21st, 2004, 10:59 AM   #9
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Imran,

Burn a lot of bad DVDs? :-)

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Old April 21st, 2004, 11:30 AM   #10
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Haha - no - I just try to find a meaningful purpose for the public nuisance that is AOL with their mailers. Plus, being a web developer by day, I always get all sorts of developer CD shwag in the mail, most of which is usually useless.

I once tried making art with the CDs but unfortunately I'm not very good with mixed media...
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Old April 21st, 2004, 12:21 PM   #11
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This will give a whole new meaning to 'burning' a disk <grin>
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Old April 21st, 2004, 12:45 PM   #12
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Old April 21st, 2004, 01:19 PM   #13
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Wait - is that from MIB?
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Old April 21st, 2004, 01:37 PM   #14
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As if data stored on a regular plastic disc wastn't easy enough to lose already. I have a million dvds in my living room right now that wont work due to the smallest scratches and blemishes. No idea how they got there. I try to take care of them but the scratches just appear somehow. I could only imagine how difficult its going to be to try and protect a paper disc...
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Old April 21st, 2004, 02:10 PM   #15
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It would only be a matter of time before coffee or beer spills on them which is a crime within itself.
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