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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

605dave ScanCafe (130 comments)

I tried capturing boxes of old tapes, and gave up because it was so time consuming. So I sent a box to ScanCafe (who had done great work scanning tons of old pics), and they did a really good job. Yes I could have done it myself, but yes I am glad that I sent it to them,

And no I am not a ScanCafe rep, or have any interest in promoting them. I just had a good experience.

about two weeks ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

605dave Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

Yeah? Well you guys may have the LHC, but our cutting edge tech is run out of a trailer!

about three weeks ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

605dave Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

Which ones are the good ones again? I get confused.

about 3 months ago

BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

605dave Battery Factory (137 comments)

I wonder if Tesla building a huge battery factory plays into this. If other auto makers build to the Tesla standard, I bet they will need batteries that can handle it.

about 3 months ago

The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

605dave Re:How is it broken, exactly? (162 comments)

Damn my mod points just ran out. But you got an out loud laugh, so you deserved to know.

about 4 months ago

Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

605dave Re:Multicast (361 comments)

Well that's good news.

about 7 months ago

Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

605dave Multicast (361 comments)

It's wrong to say the internet wasn't engineered to deliver video, it was. Multicast

Unfortunately for this to work seamlessly service providers and backbones would have to implement the standard protocol. This would enable streaming what we currently consider cable TV much easier. It does not solve on demand problems, but would create a similar experience to current viewing habits.

But I don't see it ever happening, because if you are in the business of selling data you don't want to make delivering data exponentially more efficient.

about 7 months ago

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

605dave Run away! (405 comments)

I am currently in the process of moving over 100 domains away from NetSol to Hover. I'd used NetSol since I started getting domains in the 90s, but it has changed from a trusted institution on the web into a scam. Everything is an up sell, and everything is designed to confuse you into buying things you don't need. One personal example. Last year I set up a client on a basic WordPress account, but later wanted to move the domain. They would not let us access the .db file until we upgraded the account. They wouldn't give us our own data!

So now I am going to through the multi-stage process of moving all these domains, waiting days for each authorization code. These guys are crooks, so stay the fuck away from ever doing business with them. And if you have domains there, run away!!!

about 8 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

605dave Re:Where did I see this? (684 comments)

My first thought too. Everybody laughed at the winter superstorm, but the radar image looks eerily the same.

about 8 months ago

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

605dave Re:Technically correct (573 comments)

By voting. We have incredibly low voter turn out rates. And yes here comes the "both sides are the same so why vote" argument. Alright, then get involved in politics in some way. Most people don't participate, then claim there's nothing that can be done.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

605dave Re:An incomplete list from my shelf (796 comments)

I rarely see Player Piano mentioned, but I think it is as prescient as 1984 or Brave New World.

about 9 months ago

NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

605dave Re:Then Fire Him (509 comments)

To a certain extent I agree with you, but I would point out that there hasn't been a major election since the majority of this news broke. It will be interesting to see how much of a role these issues will play in the next election cycle.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

605dave Try Miro (317 comments)

Miro is an open source iTunes replacement that has been in development for years. Go to

about 9 months ago

Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

605dave Re:Probably not accurate (201 comments)

Yes, I'm sure that's a huge percentage of the traffic.

about 10 months ago

The Circle Skewers Google, Facebook, Twitter

605dave Re:The Bay Area is becoming Snow Crash already (56 comments)

I like to point this out too. Before digital technology people were criticized for being "bookworms", or if you were reading in public you had your "nose stuck in a book".

I also remember my family each taking a section of the newspaper and reading it, sometimes pointing out articles to each other. It was great. And it is no different than me reading my iPad while my son reads his.

So in some ways not much has changed.

about a year ago

The Circle Skewers Google, Facebook, Twitter

605dave Re:Becoming the norm. (56 comments)

Actually that is not the case. I just started working on a project with several very well regarded tech firms in SF, and they all said the same thing about LinkedIn. If you don't have a profile, you don't exist. Not saying I like that, or want it that way. But trust me, companies that matter do use LinkedIn whether we like it or not.

about a year ago

How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

605dave Austin showroom (688 comments)

Tesla is not banned from Texas, they are banned from having dealerships. I just test drove (and will probably buy) the Tesla sedan last Friday here through the Tesla showroom at the Domain in Austin. I now have to simply go online and order one, and it will be delivered right here to Austin, Texas. In addition Tesla has an agreement with a local repair shop for any servicing, and they are building a charging infrastructure here in the state. So you can't say they've been banned, only that they have been prevented from having a tradition all in one place solution.

And I find it so amazingly ironic that all of the Republicans in this state who pontificate about the free market and demonize regulation would fight to keep the dealership system. It is exactly the kind of regulation they usually abhor, and prevents the capitalist system from working. The hypocrisy is unfortunately sadly predictable for those on the right in Texas. This is the same group that has passed a voter ID law to suppress the voting rights of the disadvantaged, even though in the last ten years there have only been 4 cases of voting fraud that could have been stopped with the ID law.

1 year,9 days

New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production

605dave No way. (401 comments)

There's no way this is ever going to get the big stamp of approval. If Paramount did launch a new TV show, I would be shocked if it wasn't based on the JJA universe. Why in the world would they want to introduce the confusion of two separate Trek universes being marketed at one?

1 year,27 days

Ballmer To Retire

605dave two jokes come to mind (633 comments)

Retirement! Retirement! Retirement!


Golf Monkey Boy, Golf!

1 year,27 days


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