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San Jose Police Apologize For Hiding Drone Program, Halts Until Further Review

Atomic Fro Re:Seattle PD turned theirs back on (59 comments)

...but is turned back on by the feds at will.

Quite interesting. Especially since San Jose's was purchased with a federal grant. Quick google search brings up an article that Dept of Homeland Security payed for Seattle's, too, and is handing out free money for other police departments to make similar purchases.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

Atomic Fro Don't need an old PC (176 comments)

I have all those games (except tribes... don't have linux tribes) plus a few extra like Railroad Tycoon 2 and Neverwinter Nights running native and great on my Athlon 64 X2 6000+ on Debian Jessie 64-bit. There are a few howtos to get the old libraries you need. Then to run them for best compatibility, have them run on 1 cpu with the frequency locked to something like 1ghz. Runs great, runs native. The only downside from the windows versions is you don't get EAX effects.

If you want to run the old software on old hardware, work on building a "dos box" with parts from the appropriate era. I currently have an older P2 machine with an AWE64 and a voodoo3 I am enjoying dos games on. Its been fun buying games of GOG and throwing them on there. Been thinking about putting an old Linux distribution on it. I have a Corel Linux disc I was thinking about running. I also had OPENSTEP on there for a day or two before I had the sound card.

about 2 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

Atomic Fro Re:Don't see why not. (290 comments)

I've worked with a few Chinese. When we've gotten comfortable with each other enough to be non-pc they've said

When westerners discover a new animal, they look at it in amazement and want to make it their pet. When Chinese discover a new animal, we try to think of the best way to cook it.

about 3 months ago
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The Technical Difficulty In Porting a PS3 Game To the PS4

Atomic Fro Re:PS3 Optimization: Parallelizing code 7 ways (152 comments)

It's 3.2 GHz, hyperthreaded, with an Altivec unit.Probably more capable than the CPU's on all those WinXP machines still running.

Though its not necessarily the PowerPC's fault, try running flash on the thing and see which feels more capable.

about 3 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Atomic Fro KDE 3 (94 comments)

Anyone else remember the awesomeness that was the KDE 3 series?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

Atomic Fro Re:Get rid of gold acct for Netflix (227 comments)

What is the HDMI input used for? I might be wrong (don't own one), but I thought that's what it was for.

I believe its just a pass through. Lets say your TV only has one HDMI input, you can plug your xbone into the tv, and then your homebrew steam machine into the xbone HDMI port and not have to swap cables or get a switch box.

about 3 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Atomic Fro Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

Oh man, that is sad. Doesn't seem that long ago I was looking for helmet cams to use mountain biking, and they were all devices that connected to a recorder through firewire. Just needed a camcorder or laptop in your bag to do the recording. I must be quite a bit older than I thought.

about 3 months ago
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VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

Atomic Fro Re:Strange stance on Slashdot (62 comments)

I agree that this is one of those rare instances where the consumer is being protected. But lets not fool ourselves, this law is not there to protect consumers as much as its there to protect the ruling elite from having their tastes in pornography becoming public knowledge.

about 4 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

Atomic Fro Re:Oh goody (264 comments)

I thought I remembered that on XP. Just checked, that checkbox exists on Windows 7 as well.

about 4 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

Atomic Fro Re:Oh goody (264 comments)

LOL, does that still exist?

Guess not. Ended after Windows 98. I remember using it fondly, though my dad got upset when I told him I turned it on.

about 4 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Atomic Fro Re:How many? (342 comments)

No, because a lot of the content creators don't care. With the exception of a few high profile "creators" who use royalties alone to bankroll their lavish lifestyles without having to create anything anymore, most would tell you they are happy just knowing someone likes their work. Though there are some creators out there in the public making a stink about it, its mostly the middlemen that are throwing the tantrum.

To use another car analogy, its more like car dealerships fighting tooth and nail to be the only source of purchasing a car. They install DRM that makes sure if you miss your payment, the car won't start. They make laws that make tampering with such devices illegal.

When new technologies are created to make purchasing and maintaining a car quicker and easier, they try to squash them. They fight websites that make it easier for individuals to trade or purchase cars. When a new car manufacturer tries to sell directly to their customers instead of using expensive middlemen, old laws are used to keep them out. When 3D printers are cheap enough and robust enough to print auto grade parts, the dealerships will lobby congress to make patents last indefinitely and sue file sharers as patent violators asking over 200k per violation.

What the content distributors need to do is adapt. Once the content turned into bits that can be copied indefinitely at zero cost, their business model was gone. They should have embraced technology and created itunes before an electronics company, one that was actually barred from entering the music industry because of their name, come in before them and grab the new market. Hell, they are in the packaged goods business, not electronic distribution, so they should embrace that and make the best packaged goods they can. Instead of selling us a digital copy of their artists' creations on a cheap plastic disc in a cheap plastic container for $15 - $20 that are guaranteed to break, sell us something valuable. The Beatles in Mono comes up as a good example, though a bit extreme.

about 4 months ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

Atomic Fro Re:1996 (96 comments)

Ya, I am pretty sure they use this information to weed out unsavories during the enlistment process. When my friend enlisted a couple years ago, he got pretty far into the process before the issue of a bankruptcy came up. He had to talk to someone pretty high up, pretty sure it was the commander of the base they were going to ship him to, and the commander had to sign off on it.

about 5 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Atomic Fro Re:Reviewer hates users (194 comments)

I don't really agree with you. In 2000 Apple gave the world a powerful commercial UNIX workstation OS that "just worked," along with a fantastic IDE and development tools for free. There were lots of things in there for power users that may not have been advertised or easily discovered, but they were there and documented somewhere if you knew how to look.

Now, the workstation OS started going to shit as you described after they moved to intel, supposedly Mavericks fixes that a bit. I don't know, never owned an intel mac (thats also when they started sunsetting hardware almost as quickly as it was released).

Its iOS thats for the lobotomised retarted proto-lifeforms. And, yes, some of that was getting into OSX proper. But I believe the backlash with Windows 8 showed them that might not be too wise and I've heard they've backed off, again, with Mavericks.

about 5 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Atomic Fro Re:Oh my god (194 comments)

It didn't seem to me that he was critical of Microsoft as much as he was desktop users. I could barely get through the article due to rage, but this is how I parsed it:

"Look at all these redundant features Microsoft felt they had to add to appease stupid desktop users who haven't learned anything from Vista's UI 7 years ago. These users need to go away, they are forcing Microsoft to clutter up my Metro!

Look, a power button! A power button for Ballmer's sake! Who the hell needs that? If you are a laptop user, close your damn lid and let it sleep. If you are a desktop user, push the button on the front of your pee cee. That's been standard since ATX came out in 1995. GET A CLUE PEOPLE!

What? You say you want to reboot? If Windows needs to reboot it will do it for you. You don't need to waste time doing that on your own.

Well, crap. Metro apps have title bars now. Well, I guess that's not too bad. But, you know, you could have just dragged down with your mouse you lazy desktop users. Ugg, now that ugly task bar is covering up the ui in the bottom portion of the screen. I don't remember you desktop users wanting that. Leave my metro alone!

OOOOOH PRETTY! SkyDrive is now called OneDrive, and I can access it in Metro, the OneUI to rule them all.

Well, I don't know who wanted this. Its just redundant crap taking up space on my metro. Desktop users avoid metro anyway, so they obviously don't want it. Stop wasting time on desktop users, Microsoft.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Atomic Fro Re: Nice to have the choice (255 comments)

Because it was designed for netbooks. Though, I think it takes up way too much space on a netbook.

about 5 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

Atomic Fro Re:milk thistle cure is not new (274 comments)

Its not his fault. He, like a lot of Americans, has been trained to believe that homeopathy = "home remedy," not a discredited alternate theory of medicine.

about 6 months ago
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How To Take Control of a Car's Electronics, Cheap

Atomic Fro Re:Here you go spaz retard (109 comments)

Slashcode is open source, ya? Can't we just "fork" the site?

about 6 months ago

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