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Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court

Beowulf_Boy Re:Been there, done that (217 comments)

I did some research.

Apparently Plasmas don't use motion compensation due to the 600hz refresh.

I will try it in game mode though to see if that helps.

about 2 years ago

Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court

Beowulf_Boy Re:Been there, done that (217 comments)

I recently bought a 60" LG Plasma TV.

I get headaches when watching it.

I can also hear a high pitched sound coming out of it when its on. A bit of googling told me this is the transformer it uses to power the plasma with.

I'm a bit concerned the two are related.

Kind of mad I just spent $900 on a TV that gives me headaches.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Use For an Old Smartphone?

Beowulf_Boy Does it have HDMI out? (301 comments)

Some smartphones that are coming off of 2 year contract have mini-HDMI ports on them. I just sold a DroidX that did.
If so, install the XBMC apk, and use it as a home theatre PC!

You can use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and have the perfect home theatre experience.

about 2 years ago

Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

Beowulf_Boy Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

You can blame HTC and Verizon for that and not Android.

My wife has the same phone. MISERABLE battery life.

Last weekend I rooted it and tossed Cyanogenmod7 on it, which is about as vanilla a rom as you can get.
Her battery life has improved drastically. From dying around noon every day, to having 70% battery life left at dinner time.

Its because Verizon just loves to load your phone up with useless crap. Same reason Windows used to come preinstalled with MSN, AOL, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

Beowulf_Boy WD Live (697 comments)

For the last 2 years I've been using a WD-Live.

It connects to my home network, then I run a program called "PlayOn" on my PC. This shows up as a upnp server on the WD Live, and lets me watch Hulu, CBS, netflix, Amazon VOD, MTV, and a crap ton of other networks for free. I think playon costs like $20 a year.

The WD-Live will also play .mkv and .avi files up to 1080p off network shares.

more than 3 years ago

Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

Beowulf_Boy Worse is (461 comments)

Worse is O'Reilly auto parts. They want your name, address and phone number.
They told me it was for "warranty information". I was buying a quart of oil.

I walked out and went and bought it at Walmart instead.

more than 3 years ago

Egyptians Turn To Tor To Organize Dissent Online

Beowulf_Boy This reminds me (152 comments)

This reminds me a lot of that Corey Docterow novel about the kid who was blamed for being a terrorist in San Francisco.
Used TOR and xboxs to make an ad-hoc network. Was actually a bit of an interesting read, although a bit worded for younger people.

more than 3 years ago

Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

Beowulf_Boy These are college age students (804 comments)

I can tell you exactly what I would have told someone if they told me my computer use bothered them. And it wouldn't have been nice.

I know I surfed through a lot of boring lectures. Probably shouldn't have done it, but it was mostly either filler classes, or classes I cared nothing about. Do wish I would have paid a bit more attention on the class on regexs.

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

Beowulf_Boy Keyboard (715 comments)

My microsoft natural keyboard (hey, I have carpal tunnel) had the "n" key quit working. I took it apart and cleaned it out, but it stayed dead.

Called them last week, and after getting the run around for about half an hour (Took forever to find where to find the warranty info online, then had to punch in S/N, then got an 800 number to call, which directed me to another 800 number) I finally talked to someone. They replaced it free of charge, and I didn't even have to send the broken one back in.

about 4 years ago

Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source

Beowulf_Boy Re:Personally I think recruiters are worthless (207 comments)

I guess this story would make more sense if I said it was my dad who ran the other side of the business (labor / running the equipment). So when they divorced, the business was dissolved.

about 4 years ago

Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source

Beowulf_Boy Re:Personally I think recruiters are worthless (207 comments)

My mom ran a very profitable business for about 20 years, from before I was born until I was 16 or so.

When I was 16 my parents got a divorce, long story short, my dad was to blame.

She had a hell of a time finding a new job, because the only job she'd ever had since highschool was as the office manager for her own business. At times they'd had up to 10 employees, she did all the payroll, bid on jobs, everything on the office with the help of one secretary, etc etc.

No one wants to hire someone when they can't verify their employment. She finally found a job (which was was laid off from 2 years ago) as a phone answerer / secretary for a small business. Took her forever to even find that.

about 4 years ago

Quake Live Beta Ends, Optional Subscription Plans Added

Beowulf_Boy Yeah... (100 comments)

I've played around with Quake Live now and then.

Its crazy buggy and the java in it slows my computer to a crawl. I have a fairly modern machine, and Quake 3 was making it bog down. Seriously?

Not only that, but I wanted to play with a friend of mine who lives about 100 miles away. Neither of us could figure out how to start a game that was just private for the two of us.

more than 4 years ago

Your Online Education Experience?

Beowulf_Boy Re:I just finished my Masters online (428 comments)

Yes, I feel like I got my moneys worth. The degree took 10 classes to complete (33 semester hours), and each class cost about $2,220. So $22k total. My work picked up about $15k worth, so it really didn't cost me all that much. The loans are lumped in with about 60k in undergrad student loans, and they all go to into repayment here in a few months. It works out to about $350 a month.

I chose walden because I liked the sound of the Information Systems Management degree, thats essentially the job I want to try to go into. I have a bachelors in programming, but I'm really not a great programmer. I figured this out too late to change degrees without being in debt up to my eyeballs and another 3 years in school. I enjoy technology, I just get bored and frustrated with programming.

I also like Walden because its not as well known. It only comes up that I went to school online when people notice dates don't match up. IE, in an interview it was noticed I went to school in Baltimore (where walden is located) while living in Ohio. A simple explanation of (oh, the school offered that degree online) was all that it took.


more than 4 years ago

Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

Beowulf_Boy Its unfortunate (878 comments)

Its unfortunate that he will most likely win (atleast, we all hope) and will probably end up getting some money out of the state for his trouble. But the thing is, the people that made those decisions won't be punished, its the tax payers that will be punished because now the defecit due to the lawsuit has to be made up for.

more than 4 years ago

Your Online Education Experience?

Beowulf_Boy I just finished my Masters online (428 comments)

I just finished my Masters degree with Walden University in "Information Systems Management". couple of cents:

What I didn't know when I signed up was that I would be in the first class through the program. A lot of the classes were very badly layed out, as in what we would be doing one week would not match up at all with what we'd done the prior weeks or would be doing in the next weeks. It was very obvious the courses had been built by a bunch of outsourced educators in possibly another country, right down to the spelling errors or idiosyncracies in the language in the project descriptions. If we had problems with any of the assignments, or were unsure of the wording, we'd bring it up with the professor and it would be fixed quickly. I think they all understood that some bugs were still being worked out, and I received a nice discount ($600 a semester) for being a guinea pig.

I do feel like I got a decent education for what I paid for and it being an online school. We never learned anything specific about any one product, ie IBM cognos, or MySQL or anything like that, but we learned in general what products like these were capable of, how to shop around for them, etc. Same sort of thing I learned in undergrad, we never got any certifications but I could easily pick up a CCNA, A+, etc because I've had all the ground work laid out for me and understand computers, networking and programing very well.

I was kept fairly busy with the assignments, in an average week I would work on 2 papers, usually 4-8 pages in length, and a group project usually around 6-8 pages, as well as group discussions, reading discussions and some classes required we keep a blog of what we were doing. We had quite a bit of group work, which was some what challenging. Its kind of funny, I had no idea what my group members looked like until in the last class we all found each other on facebook. Nothing like what I expected. I was also the only male, and am fairly young (24) while everyone else was in atleast their mid-30's it seemed.

I did have one really bad professor. I emailed him prior to the class starting and explained I would be on my honeymoon the first 2 weeks of class. I asked if he would rather send me the material early and I turn it in before I leave, or if it was ok if I did it when I got back. He said when I got back was fine. Well, I turned everything in the week I returned, only to get really bad grades for it being "late". I email him and am told "well I had to give you a bad grade for it being late, its only fair to everyone else.", and of course he stuck to his guns when I brought up the email where he said it was ok to turn everything in after I returned from vacation. He graded erratically throughout the class, never offering explanations for grades he gave. The class was badly laid out, and expected us to have a deep knowledge of Java in order to get an Apache Ant (I believe, its been a year and half) project built from the ground up, which I did not, and Java was not on the requirements for the entrance into the degree nor did I expect it, the degree was "how to be a programmers boss" not "how to be a programmer". The professor refused to help fix any of these problems, and I had to get in touch with the dean, who took care of everything for me and apologized for the problems we'd been having. After I got in touch with the dean, examples were added to the assignments involving Ant, so that instead of creating a project from a ground up, we had something to work with in order to get what we needed done.

All and all, it was a pretty good experience.

more than 4 years ago

PopBox STB To Ship Soon But Without Netflix, Pandora

Beowulf_Boy I own a WD TV Live (56 comments)

And am really unhappy with it.

They advertise that it works with network shares. The pains I had to go through to get it to work with windows 7 was crazy. It just wouldn't recognize the shared drive. I'd be able to see it from my wifes PC just fine, but the WD Live wouldn't see it. Had to go through 3 or 4 howto's online to figure out how to make it work. Finally got the right combination of settings and it worked, but if you disconnect the network cable from it (I only have one cable ran to my living room and it has to share with my 360) it takes about 15 minutes before it'll start talking to shared drives again. It'll get online and let me watch youtube, so I know it has access, but it won't talk to the drive on my laptop.

This is going to sound kinda dumb, but I also really hate how small it is. It doesn't look like it fits in my TV cabinet with everything else.

In order to use Hulu and netflix, I have to use a program that runs on my laptop called Playon. It essentially transcodes the video and acts as a media server. So I use the WD Live, go to media servers, then Playon, then select hulu, and I can search TV shows. It also works for netflix, amazon video, ESPN, Comedy Central, and a few others. The interface is really bad, it looks just like folders in explorer in windows. Actually searching for something is impossible, you just have to look through alphabetically. And no way to make playlists or anything. I'd like to make a playlist that has my favorite shows on hulu so I can check it quickly, but instead I have to check each show for new episodes individually.

more than 4 years ago

New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

Beowulf_Boy As a Wii Owner (258 comments)

I am disaapointed that Nintendo is doing this.

I quit enjoy my Wii, and have played a bit with the homebrew channel.

more than 3 years ago

What Has Your Phone Survived?

Beowulf_Boy Dropped my iphone in water too. (422 comments)

Dropped my iPhone in the toilet last week. It got lodged in the S turn, and it took about 30 seconds to get out. It was on the whole time.

Took it apart and sprayed it out with some electronics cleaner to displace the water. Everything seems to be ok now except a splotch on the screen and the speaker isn't working. A new screen is $30 and a new speaker is $5 off ebay, I plan on ordering the parts today and fixing it back up.

more than 4 years ago

Nokia To Make GPS Navigation Free On Smartphones

Beowulf_Boy Re:Navigation on Nokia phones works very well (300 comments)

Its because on some phones, the GPS map data is stored server side.
I know my old Pantech Slate offered this, I could download a GPS application, but all of the maps and roads were stored on a server at AT&T, and it wouldn't work outside of a data connection via the cell service.

more than 4 years ago

What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

Beowulf_Boy Re:$8/hr !?!!?! (325 comments)

Interships really vary in pay.

I applied for several a few years ago when I was a junior in college.

Many payed 10-12$ an hour doing crap work. Others payed the better part of $20 and were still crap work.
Really depends on the company and the level of student they expect to get in.

I was 2.5 years in my college degree when I applied at a computer shop as an intern, this was in 2007. They offered me $4 an hour, UNDER THE TABLE. I laughed, grabbed my resume back out of the bosses hands and walked out. That was half of what minimum wage was.

more than 4 years ago



Gates Requests more H1-B Visas.

Beowulf_Boy Beowulf_Boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Beowulf_Boy writes "Gates repeated his past calls for more H-1B visas, the controversial program used by technology and other companies to hire foreign workers for up to six years. More than half of the students in computer science programs at top U.S. universities are from other countries, but a limit on H-1Bs means many of those students can't stay in the U.S. after they graduate, Gates told the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee."
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