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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

CrashNBrn Don't Miss the Noise (304 comments)

Yeah, I sure didn't miss the noise when I eventually got a Compaq keyboard in the late 90's. Although, strangely enough, my favorite keyboard is a cheap-o model from iTronic, the Scorpius M1, which was $12 in 2005. It lasted about 6-7 years, but I damaged the plastic-circuit board cleaning it one too many times. Unfortunately, the only place you can still get them is in the England and Ireland, and no international shipping. Should of picked one up when they were still available in various European countries that *DID* do international shipping.

Now I'm making do with a Corsair K40, which I like quite a bit more than my old Logitech G15, although the back-lighting on the G15 is much brighter.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

CrashNBrn Re:LOL Belkin, color me surprised (191 comments)

I like a couple Logitech mice (MX518, G400), but many of their other mice not so much (I have more Logitech mice discarded in boxes than any other brand...). I should of known better, but tried again with the G700s --- and much like the MX610 the top-left buttons require too much effort to press -- though not as bad as the MX610. At least the G700s doesn't have any useless hard to reach buttons (top-right-backside), like the MX610).

For keyboards, I've found Corsair's K## line to be quite reasonably priced compared to pretty much everyone else. The only cheaper keyboards I've seen are just plain cheap crap ($30-$45 price range). I picked up a Corsair K40 Gaming Keyboard for $60, but the price has jumped recently to $68 --- still cheaper than comparable logitech's though.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

CrashNBrn Step by Step Instructions (191 comments)

You know, cat5 ... maybe?

1) Unplug Cat5 from router.
2) Plug Cat5 into computer.
3) ...
4) Profit, er Internet.

I know, too complicated right?

about two weeks ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

CrashNBrn Re:Next: Fix Rotten Tomatoes (93 comments)

Rotten Tomatoes should be thrown in the garbage.

The wife used to go there for *anything* that was being considered for going-to-the-movies/netflix/rental/etc. Then I asked her what a few shows we had seen that I had chosen (thus we didn't go to RT prior)... they were universally (both critic and fans) panned.

I'll stick with choosing movies by Actor and Director, it's at least right 66-75% of the time. There are also some Production companies/subsidiary studios that seem to output quality near every time too (Clint Eastwood's company for instance).

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

CrashNBrn Re:Sounds like he hasn't gotten the message (993 comments)

I completely understand the distaste for binary logs/configs/etc. Many moons ago that was one thing we got rid of in our project - the default binary format for saving C structs --- to XML. I suppose today one might consider the less verbose JSON.

What I don't get is why the f'k they (systemD) are using binary formats in the first place. If its about efficiency/bandwidth/(and/or)/smaller file commits --- why not just use bzip2 on a clean text format?
Then you would have the benefits efficiency/smaller file commits/etc AND a clean text format that can be accessed as needed and with the right-tool-for-the-job.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

CrashNBrn Dude! (724 comments)

or perhaps even, view each other as just other human beings. Rather than "that black dude", or "that asian chick", etc, you think of them as people like yourself.

But I am a white dude. So ... all them black dudes and asian chicks are white dudes... got it.

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

CrashNBrn Amazon Car Service (335 comments)

Hmmm Amazon Car Service...I've never thought about that.

It would go something like this:

1) File Service Ticket online & Describe Issue.
2) Repair Service comes to pick up or tow the car.
3) A temporary car is left for you to use in the interim.
4) When the car is fixed you get an invoice.
5) When paying the bill, you choose delivery time within 2-24 hours (when you will be home).
6) Car is returned. Temporary vehicle is picked up.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

CrashNBrn Re:LastPass and a sentence-key-phrase (191 comments)

LastPass, and make your master key be a sentence-like phrase. Thats what I use, but then I run the sentence-phrase through a generator I wrote which outputs things like:
tsÃMÃ--Ã09kÃÃyW>Ã17gËoeÂâsÃzxéYÃwMã8w
Of course we are on slashdot, almost none of the high-ansi characters will display.

about a month ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

CrashNBrn Steve Jobs? (203 comments)

Steve Jobs. It's all his fault for not running the company anymore. They should'a animated his corpse or something.

What the fuck is up with this time-post-limiter. I'm logged in for christ's-sake and it's two different articles.

about a month ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

CrashNBrn Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (167 comments)

Yes, two-share types (or multiple share types) are much more common now.

Similiar to what was mentioned in regards to Alibaba, except I think it's only one share type - of which the "Alibaba shares" are actually in a holding company with no voting rights.

I wish more founders kept control of their companies -- they tend to give a shit about "the company" and "the employees" compared to need-to-be-more-rich Board's of Directors.

about a month ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

CrashNBrn AHK doesn't obey all the script-lang "rules" (165 comments)

I wouldn't want to make too close of a comparison to scripted-langs and non-scripted, but this part that you reference

The difference, as the summary noted, is that when using a scripted-language, you are trading all your compile-time (build breaks) for runtime errors that your users will see.

Is not true for all scripted languages. AutoHotkey for instance gained a #warn flag, that among other things:
1) Tells you when you have a local variable with the same name as a global. The local trumps the global, unless it's a forced/hard Global, but it lets you know so as to be aware.
2) Tells you when you reference a variable that hasn't been assigned a value, prior to the reference.
3) Warn when an environment variable is automatically used in place of an empty script variable.

AHK is written in C++. Supports normal braces usage {}. Has an interesting take on Objects, as well as things like Regexp Match objects. Can pass functions as variables to functions, ByRef variables, varargs, etc. AHK Can be compiled to an .exe instead of just run-time interpreted.

Lexikos has done some pretty cool stuff with it since ~2007; AHK2 is shaping up. More info here for anyone interested.

Note: autohotkey.com has been subverted by a f'ing wanker that wont give up the domain-name and is pushing an agenda. He also only provides a version of AHK that hasn't been updated in 7 years (from 2007).

about a month ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

CrashNBrn Re:Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Sha (167 comments)

I read something about that recently, but I don't know its veracity --- that the way capital gains taxes were done (or changed) made it better for companies to play the overseas shell games and focus on stock growth than to pay dividends. Of course the stock growth aspect isn't always necessarily "real value" and when it auto-corrects/adjusts you can be left holding a bag oh shit.

about a month ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

CrashNBrn Google Stock Split 04/14/2014, 2 Classes of Shares (167 comments)

In April Google also did a stock split, and started offering Class-C shares that trade under "GOOGL", they have 0 voting rights. Granted you can still purchase class-A shares, as before...but even before this stock split there were still two classes of shares:
Class-A :: available to the public, and Class-B :: - primarily held by Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt.

Class-B shares have 10 times the voting rights of Class-A, and gives the Class-B holders 61%+ of the voting rights.

about a month ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

CrashNBrn Re:JQuery is a menace anyway (103 comments)

Yeah it's kinda crap in some ways. It sure is a nicer/cleaner/more readable/less-typing syntax though. Kinda like Groovy v Java.

about a month ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

CrashNBrn Nova on Catholic scientists (133 comments)

One of the more interesting Nova episodes I watched, a few years ago now, focused on a group of Catholic scientists priests (Astronomers, Physicists, Biologists, etc). It was refreshing to see that even within the Catholic Church there is room for faith and science, as they are sanctioned and paid by the Church.

There are a lot of "nutters" that do abuse Religious doctrine and pound the shit out of their bibles. At least the official stance of the Catholic church acknowledges and respects science, and doesn't discount it out of hand.

It really does shine a bad light on those fringe states that continue to push for their creationist agenda in schools, when not even the Catholic Church has that stance.

about a month ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

CrashNBrn Re:Not like Ebay or Amazon (126 comments)

Haven't dealt with Alibaba, or its smaller subsidiaries... though I was tempted quite a few times. Ebay is probably fine for physical goods, but a crap-shoot for software. Ebay prices really don't impress me, as once you factor in shipping, bidding or even insta-buy - it's almost always been a better deal to just buy from Amazon and get it in 1-2 days. Just wish we could buy from Amazon.uk for a few things.

Amazon customer service is the best I've encountered ever, anywhere. They respond to inquiries and suggestions within 12 hours. Returns are never refused, even for reasoning like, "didn't like it, wasn't suitable."

about 1 month ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

CrashNBrn 7xx to 9xx ?? (125 comments)

So its a tweaked 780/790... and Nvidia bumps the leading digit by 2? WTF. Shouldn't this of been an 8xx series at most? Pretty f'n misleading.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

CrashNBrn Re:They Do Not. (324 comments)

The ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS stations that are provided via Cable may or may not have "some" Canadian content. Most-likely not. They are not local stations. Your local cable company has made a deal with an American affiliate to carry that channel. Except for when Global, ATV, CTV, ASN, or CBC simulcasts a show the Ads aren't even changed from what that American affiliate airs.
I lived in Canada for 39 years, the only "Canadian-Content" I ever saw on American television Networks was the odd time they would cover a Canadian news story. Less than a half-dozen of the countless Canadian television shows ever made it to the US. More than likely as America always does, they would take scripts/ideas and redo the whole thing instead of airing the original.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

CrashNBrn They Do Not. (324 comments)

Global, CBC, ATV, CTV, etc have to to comply. The stations that rebroadcast or simulcast American Television content.

about a month ago

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The Pirate Bay R.I.P.

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "We have heard rumblings of The Pirate Bay going the way of the DoDo Bird. The possibility that the current owners were considering selling. This has indeed occurred.
According to BetaNews, "Wayne Rosso, former president of Grokster has been working with Global Gaming Factory X, the Swedish firm that recently bought the Pirate Bay, to turn the service legit and legal without changing the user experience at all."
Rosso said, "I'm calling this new model 'resource supported'. In short, the more computer resources the user contributes to The Pirate Bay, the more his content consumption is subsidized. I won't drill down any further due to commercial confidentiality, but it can actually work. And if it does, it will be huge."

While the piratebay blog goes on to say, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

Color me skeptical, but it should certainly be interesting seeing the fallout from this."

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Apple Declares War on Palm Pre

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Fairly brief blurb on Gearlog, regarding an iTunes Support note on how Apple doesn't guarantee third-party syncing with iTunes... "because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players". Considering the timing of the support note and the Palm Pre's release, it looks like a passive agressive attack on the Pre. Interestingly, Gearlog mentions the Pre was designed by a number of ex-Apple employees — which I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere before.
Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox states, "If Apple chooses to disable Media Sync in a future version of iTunes, we just think it will be a direct blow to their own users""
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Judges upholds $107,834 award against RIAA

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
In the long running saga of Atlantic v. Andersen the judge has awarded the exonerated P2P defendant over $100,000 in attorneys' fees. Her malicious prosecutio lawsuit against the RIAA is still pending."

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MacBook Pro external drive... and Windows?

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn writes "My GF has a macbook pro, does Video and Music editting on an external drive. She inadvertently formatted it to Fat32, which in this case is next to useless. The problem as it stands, the drive will periodically need to interface with Windows machines. NTFS as I've read is not natively supported by Mac, and Mac's filesystem is not supported by windows. Is there some middle ground that doesn't rely on the Windows machine in question to be running WebDav or the like?"

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