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AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

Amphetam1ne In other news: (406 comments)

AT&T buys all you can eat shrimp restaurant. Complains that it attracts too many fat people.

more than 2 years ago
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Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children

Amphetam1ne Typo in Headline (284 comments)

"Rare Earth Magnets" should read "Negligent Parents".

more than 2 years ago
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Compared to a year or two ago, I find I'm printing ...

Amphetam1ne At work or at home? (252 comments)

At work, I'm still printing about the same, roughly a ream of archive paperwork per week from horrible archaic software which should have been replaced a decade ago. At home I print virtually nothing, although since getting a new DSLR I have been using services like photobox for high quality digital prints if that counts?

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyers Using Facebook Research For Jury Selection

Amphetam1ne Re:yeah, that'll fail. (283 comments)

I have a whitelist (actually called Guestlist), which people have to be on for wall access. It works much better that way. I know who I can trust to put on it, no one from work is on there unsurprisingly....

more than 3 years ago
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I can see X LEDs as I fall asleep. X = __

Amphetam1ne Twinkle twinkle (480 comments)

I have 2x 4U rackmount fileservers and a 16 port Gbit switch in my bedroom, the gentle hum of the server fans luls me off to sleep nicely. I rarely need to turn the radiator on in the winter either!

more than 3 years ago
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OnLive Latency Tested

Amphetam1ne Re:And that means...? (204 comments)

Indeed, I remember playing Quake 2 on dialup with 150-200 ping... This feels like the service has been built with the assurance that the associated technologies that it's going to be relying on will have caught up by then. This type of gaming service might just about be viable in 3-4 years, but only to the city dwellers. I can't see it ever working properly out in the rural areas where carriers just don't see enough return against upgrades due to sparse populations.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Shows Monkeys Like Watching TV

Amphetam1ne Obvious... (103 comments)

How else would you account for the success of reality TV shows?

more than 4 years ago
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A delicious steak should be ...

Amphetam1ne Rare! (763 comments)

Clip it's hooves, wipe it's arse and put it on a plate!

more than 3 years ago
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Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

Amphetam1ne Let them have it... (318 comments)

...but abstract it from any locational or identifying data. Wrap it up in a bow and let them waste their time wading through it.

more than 4 years ago
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Heavy Internet Use Linked To Depression

Amphetam1ne Re:Such a sad story. (360 comments)

Wait... how did we get on to Seasonal Affective Disorder?

more than 4 years ago
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The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:

Amphetam1ne Re:100GB+ (362 comments)

How about not bothering to cap and process it yourself at all? Just download it from usenet or torrents with all the processing, advert chopping, etc done for you.

In fact, just point your download software at the right RSS feed, plug in the right set of wildcard filters and let it get on with it.... Most new TV shows are up on the internet within 1-2 hours of their initial air date....

more than 4 years ago
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Is Linux Documentation Lacking?

Amphetam1ne Noobs can't use Vim (769 comments)

Get the howto writers to stop using Vim. Seriously, people who are used to windows are driven away by stuff like that, just tell them to use nano!

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

Amphetam1ne MMO Addicts (511 comments)

I predict a lot of WoW players getting together to form 24hr drop-in DnD centres.

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

Amphetam1ne Re:Probably meshed wireless networking (511 comments)

The thought that people would bother to do this for a reason other than piracy baffles me.

more than 4 years ago
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Proposed UK File-Sharing Laws May Be Illegal, ISPs Upset

Amphetam1ne I don't share files. (198 comments)

I just leech them off usenet and the free filehosts.

about 5 years ago
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Neuros LINK Mixes Quiet, Aesthetics, and Ubuntu

Amphetam1ne Re:Even for power users... (121 comments)

That's the problem, trying to record and encode TV on a regular schedual yourself instead of getting someone else to do the hard work for you....

I grab all my regular TV shows from usenet. I have the Alt.binz usenet client hooked up to the the tv and hdtv rss feeds from newzleech. It checks my wildcard text filters against the rss feeds, grabs the nzb files for the tv shows I want to watch and then downloads them for me overnight, automatically runs the parity check and fixes broken files then unrars the shows to the correct folders on my FreeNAS box.

I switch on my XBMC Windows HTPC, which boots and loads XBMC without any problems (boot time is a little longer than I'd like, but I live with it). XBMC scans the smb shares on the FreeNAS box, finds the new TV shows, runs the filenames through the tvdb.com scraper, collects episode information, plot synopsis, generates a thumbnail and adds it to the library where I can view all the episodes, with fullscreen background art, cast lists, etc.

Setting up XBMC for Windows was trivial. Setting up the FreeNAS box was prety simple. Setting up the rss filter list was reasonably straight-forward, once you understand how you use a modern usenet provider as an alternative to torrenting. The usenet subscription costs me Euro 8.50 /quarter for unlimited downloads at up to 2.5mbps, which I find to be excelent value as I use it quite a lot.

This sort of setup may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you want to record less popular shows that don't get a scene release. It does occasionally glitch and miss a show, so I end up having to download roughly 2 missing episodes per month, which Isn't exactly a hardship if you consider I'm watching 10+ shows at any one time with 4 episodes a month, so a 2/40 or 5% miss rate roughly. This solution is working well for me at the moment and I'll stick with it until somthing better comes along.

about 5 years ago
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Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

Amphetam1ne I for one welcome.... (539 comments)

... our new remote controlled president!

more than 5 years ago
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Music Game Genre On the Decline

Amphetam1ne Non-story (225 comments)

Anyone else thinking that sales are down because there is only a finite market for music based games and it's much closer to saturation point now than it was when the last batch of good games were released? GH Metalica is really only a purchase if you're a metalica fan, while GH Greatest/Smash Hits has had lack-luster reviews and will largely only get a purchase from the hardcore fans and those new to the series that didn't get to play GH1/2/3/80's.

RB Beatles and GH5 are slated for September release and have now been out of the top 20 for 2 months. How exactly is the last major game release of a developer dropping out of the top 20 just 4 months before the release of their next major title a "decline"? Most development studios would make blood sacrafices to be in the top 20 that long!

Filler article for the summer games-news drought.

more than 5 years ago

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