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Gmail Creator Says Chrome OS Is As Good As Dead

DeskLazer Re:Bout time (349 comments)

if you install the android SDK, you can use the "adb remount" command and get right into the guts of your phone. there are some great tutorials online; I tried to modify my hosts file via the phone, but found hooking it up to my machine and using a text editor there more useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

DeskLazer Re:The problem with jurors (539 comments)

as the poster below had mentioned, jurors aren't exactly helped out. let me give you an example:

here in pittsburgh, I believe they pay you $8-9 dollars per day to serve on jury. great, you're serving justice, and they're only paying you $1 an hour, but hey, it could be worse. but then, you're not getting paid for your regular job. not a problem if you're making decent money/salary, but it would be if you're getting paid hourly. you're not getting compensated for time not spent at your job, fair.

you take the bus/train into jury duty. out of that $8-9 you're getting, about $3-4 is spent on public transport [and with the new rate hikes, it'll be closer to $5]. "fuck it," you say. "I'll park near the courthouse." guess what. parking is ridiculous out here. you will be unable to get parking for under $8 for a full day, although you're looking more like $10-12.

"shit! I forgot my lunch!" you exclaim. nearby, most lunch places [unless you REALLY love mcdonald's] will cost you at LEAST $5 for a lunch.

I wouldn't mind serving on a jury if I was called about it. but then again, I'm doing pretty okay financially. tell that to joe schmoe working for $8/hr and see how he feels about it [no pay from his job for the day, and spending more money than he earns on the days he's serving on jury]. that is why most people try to get out of it. solutions? how about a transit pass for the days you have to serve? or free parking at the courthouse? just food for thought for our legal system.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

DeskLazer Re:Once again, people... (539 comments)

FYI, I just re-tweeted your post url. and then talked about it on FB via a note.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

DeskLazer Re:5 page paper? (539 comments)

I was pretty sure that didn't apply; there are plenty of non-voters out there who could serve on a jury. I bet things like taxes, driver's licenses, birth certificates, and other proofs of citizenship qualify you for jury duty.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Smartphone Is Safer Than Your PC — For Now

DeskLazer Re:Irrelevant to me (125 comments)

I like how this got modded as 'informative' instead of funny.

more than 4 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

DeskLazer obligatory dorky quote (973 comments)

ZERG RUSH LOL!!!!!

seriously, no one else made a sc/sc2 joke yet? turn in your geek cards!!!! :D

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

DeskLazer Re:Gee, if only... (335 comments)

you apparently missed the comments in the threads above; things have still snuck by the apple store folk. the only real way to catch this stuff is be conscious of what you're installing, and report suspicious items.

from user -kyz:
Apple is doing an equally bad job of protecting its ecosystem.

There have been several customer-data-grabbing iPhone apps, and these have only been yanked after members of the public alerted Apple to them.

Pinchmedia: http://i-phone-home.blogspot.com/2009/07/pinchmedia-anatomy-of-spyware-vendor.html

Storm8: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail??blogid=150&entry_id=51077

MogoRoad: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/30/iphone_security/

Smuggling tethering past the censors: http://top10.com/mobilephones/news/2010/07/app_smuggles_tethering_onto_iphone/


the moral of the story is, it doesn't matter if it's closed or open-source. the end user is still the difference maker.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Selling Faulty PCs

DeskLazer Re:Yep (484 comments)

tl;dr.

more than 4 years ago
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One Video Card, 12 Monitors

DeskLazer 24 girls, 12 cups? (262 comments)

thanks but no thanks!

more than 4 years ago
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Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

DeskLazer Re:scrabble to allow LOL and OMG (377 comments)

I thought part of the rules were to not allow acronyms?

I guess the proper name thing could throw that thing off...think about being able to put things like USA, UN, QAR, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Video Game Music Recognition Gets a Boost

DeskLazer Re:Why has nobody mentioned Hubbard? (112 comments)

rob bubbard is a god. I also like some of the guys that worked on consoles like jeff van dyck, and robert prince for PC as well!

and the chiptune scene is still alive and kickin' with things like 8 bit peoples, plopbox, and artists like anamanaguchi, bitshifter, shawn phase/temp sound solutions, etc.

hubbard did a lot more work on c64, which is why you won't hear much from the younger crowd, but he did some great stuff on other platforms, thankfully the pc [which is where I first encountered his works].

I myself even continue to write original chiptune music because I have such a passion for it. people walk by my desk at work and hear me listening to music from marble madness, amongst other things. by the way, the intermediate track from marble madness sounds like a lou harrison/alan hovhaness piece with so much chaos, it's not as well known as say, level 2 though. worth a listen for sure.

more than 4 years ago
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Framerates Matter

DeskLazer The difference in framerate (521 comments)

15 FPS vs 30 FPS vs 60 FPS. This is a visual representation. There are points made, however, that when you watch a movie, the image is "softened" and runs at a lower framerate [something like 24 or 25 FPS?] because your brain helps "fill in the gaps" or something of that sort. Pretty interesting stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"

DeskLazer Re:BSOD (351 comments)

sorry, you missed the first post. you were busy BSOD'ing.

more than 4 years ago
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Colorado Newspaper Looking for Marijuana Reviewer

DeskLazer Re:Missing an opportunity for synergy... (171 comments)

s/he would then say every restaurant was absolutely amazing, but couldn't tell you why. or they'd say "it's like the french fries are like, partying in my mouth, but it's like a birthday party, maaaan." not so good for reviews.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

DeskLazer So she got a job with the ski channel... (1251 comments)

as shown in comments above. What I'm wondering is if she could've gotten a job outside of NY and just chose not to move [either didn't like the area, didn't want to pay moving expenses, etc]. When I finished college, I had the luxury of picking if I wanted to stay in the area or go elsewhere. If I was unemployed now, I don't think I would've had the choice. Wonder if she was hoping to stay local to the area instead of moving to Wisconsin or North Dakota [or somewhere else she might not want to move to].

That would negate the lawsuit, I would think. Wonder if she'll take the ski channel job. In case y'all didn't see it, here's the link to the job offer she got.

more than 5 years ago
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Scammer Plants a Fake ATM At Defcon 17

DeskLazer Re:Pedant Warning! (394 comments)

amf2mod? I thought amiga audio file formats were so 80s!

more than 5 years ago
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The Downsides to Digital Distribution

DeskLazer Re:Ditch physical media... (371 comments)

perhaps you mean fog of war?

ooh, bad korea/starcraft joke. I'll be here all week. try the veal.

more than 5 years ago

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Audio/Visual solution for an HDTV and Windows Box?

DeskLazer DeskLazer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DeskLazer writes "I have a PC running Windows Vista, with a 512 MB GeForce 8500 GT onboard. It's not the greatest graphics card, but it has an HDMI out, which is great for when I want to watch TV on my 32" HDTV. I have two questions: 1. I can choose "clone output" so that my TV doesn't need to be on all the time, and I usually don't necessarily like dual desktops because right now they are facing in different directions due to cabling. Does this create stress on my videocard to leave clone on 100% of the time? Right now, I am only turning it on when I have stuff I want to show on the TV. 2. To get my sound to not come out of my PC speaker set-up and instead come out of my TV, I need to go into Windows Sound control and change the source from my Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio to the HDMI out. This isn't that big of a deal, but is there any sort of macro I could use for this, or any quick fix so changing them doesn't require me going into here to change it?

Currently, if you forget to change the audio source and do so once the app has started [whether it's VLC, or streaming in a web browser], you must re-start the stream or program to get the audio to play out of the TV instead of the computer. Solutions for either or both of these issues would be great."

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