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TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

IorDMUX The solution to cable (178 comments)

The summary describes TiVo as kind of a glorified cable box. However I believe (from personal experience) that TiVo's greatest feature is that it lets you cut the cable altogether. TiVo can act as a DVR for your antenna -- a feature that is a reason many stay with cable nowadays -- and supplements free, local programming with thousands of on-demand shows over the internet. I am over 25 miles from the nearest TV transmitter and I can still receive dozens of local channels with excellent quality and better reliability than satellite.

I no longer pay outrageous cable or satellite bills. I installed a rooftop antenna that, including amplifier, antenna, and mounting hardware, cost less than a once month subscription to my satellite provider. If you are dissatisfied with cable/satellite pricing, programs, and paying to be advertised to, then stop paying them!

about a year ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

IorDMUX Re:Incorrect conclusions (670 comments)

No one wants to work on christmas eve because they got sick earlier in the year.

*sigh*

Yup, I'll be back at work on December 26th.

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

IorDMUX Re:How do they 'encourage' us to stay home? (670 comments)

Works for salaried employees in a different way. My company gives me 5 days of sick time per year, no questions asked. But I have doctors appointments, and I have young kids, and I have a wife with a chronic illness.

Company policy is that every hour out of the office that is not officially sick or vacation time must be made up by the end of the week. This results in me having to put in 11 hour days while still sick just to meet my weekly 40-hour requirement, saving the sick time for when my son needed surgery or my wife was admitted to the hospital for a week.

about 2 years ago
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GOP Brief Attacks Current Copyright Law

IorDMUX Re:Sounds like a good idea (296 comments)

Sad that most of Slashdot is against it because of the colour of their ties.

Have you been reading the same comments that I have? As I'm not quite certain where you discovered that most everybody opposes it...

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

IorDMUX Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

You probably know far more about treatments than I do, but have you ever tried taking melatonin? My disordered sleep was far milder, but taking it when my rigid sleep routine is at all disturbed has helped me move from an unable-to-sleep-until-3 AM-and-then-passing-out-in-the-office to a fairly regulated sleep schedule.

It's a neurohormone that you can take sublingually in pill form, and is available over-the-counter in the United States. Wikipedia has some decent information about how it works. (I get mine from Whole Foods -- about the only thing I'll buy there.)

about 2 years ago
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These 19th Century Postcards Predicted Our Future

IorDMUX Re:Predictions (157 comments)

What amazes me is the things which weren't predicted.

Look to the authors to find better predictions. Greg Bear predicted the future of the internet and media fairly well in Queen of Angels in 1990, and William Gibson actually invented the term "Cyberspace" (not to mention the entire cyberpunk genre) in 1984 with his novel Neuromancer.

about 2 years ago
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Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

IorDMUX Re:Recursive (135 comments)

Riiiight. I was wondering how War Mammoths fit into your master plan of altering reality.

more than 2 years ago
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Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

IorDMUX Recursive (135 comments)

Do you realize what this means?

Given sufficient time and mana, we could simulate a game of Magic within a game of Magic!

Vaguely related

more than 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

IorDMUX Re:I don't know about you guys... (654 comments)

[sorry for double post]
The poll did say "first", and Rogue does predate Castle by four years...

more than 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

IorDMUX Re:I don't know about you guys... (654 comments)

You found it!

I'd been wondering if this even survived the end of the 5.25" floppy age. I'll have to give it a shot, now.

Once again, though, I am amused that the writer described the game as being a "rouge-like". Can't we spell it right after two decades, already?

more than 2 years ago
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On my summer vacation, I did / will do / am doing:

IorDMUX Re:Drudge work (paid) is closest option (240 comments)

As another one in the GP's boat, this is less easy than it sounds. I had a budget, factored in all my bills, set aside savings, and left room for extra expenses. Then, for the past three months, my medical bills have been far exceeding my mortgage payments. Combine that with companies rolling back on bonuses, car trouble, and the like... Now how is your budget going to help you?

more than 2 years ago
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Man Claims Cell Phone Taken By DC Police For Taking Photos

IorDMUX Re:Dropbox (318 comments)

This: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406764,00.asp

It's an app from the ACLU which lets you one-touch photograph or video an event and upload it to a secure location. (There is also plenty of useful information and now-what guides for interacting with police, laywers, an arrest, etc.) A very useful app [that I did not write].

Spread the word. Get the eyes watching the watchers.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?

IorDMUX Severely missing option... (336 comments)

...For anyone who grew up in the eighties, at least.

Simon Belmont and the extended Belmont clan. Far more vampire slaying action, much less angst.

more than 2 years ago
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Game of Thrones: Bush's Head Gets a Makeover

IorDMUX Couldn't see it. (266 comments)

Okay, I watched the clips. I saw the before and after pictures.

And I didn't see the faintest hint of resemblance. Am I the only one?

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition: Taking Back the Crown

IorDMUX Re:5% more shiniez? I *must* have one! (132 comments)

Why does anyone care that the two major card makers are still in their dick-waving war?

Because people buy the stuff they make (I dunno who, but their top-line stuff makes money somehow), and because, once they've replaced it with something newer and better, the price drops fast so the rest of us can build a nice, inexpensive gaming machine.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Touts Worker Tracking As Own CEO Goes MIA

IorDMUX Re:WTF? (272 comments)

I can't believe people would be willing to do this.

I can think of plenty of industries where this is already done to some degree -- a Google maps integration would likely only help things. A few examples:

National Park Service rangers (often using radios, at the moment)
The trucking/shipping industry (OmniTRACS and the like)
Utility work (dunno... GPS?)
Large scale mining/quarry/construction work (again, radios)
Medical, security, and service at amusement parks (again, radios -- I've done this, it's pretty important to be able to know where person X or the guy with Y equipment is at any time)

And plenty more, I'm sure. In many cases, these employees are already given a work radio or phone to keep in contact. I doubt that most of these employees take their radios home, why would they take home their company phones?

I know people are worried about scope creep and big brother and the like, but this isn't as groundbreaking as it seems. Employers have had the ability to call you at home for a long time, now, and company vehicles are often very well tracked, yet most of us don't worry about our boss watching us sleep.

Did you actually look at the product description? It is an excellent example of Google organizing, compiling, and putting in one easy to use place information that most businesses already use to operate day-to-day. The groundbreaking feature is Google's ability to process the data... ... just take a look.

more than 2 years ago
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Fastest Growing US Export To China: Education

IorDMUX Re:Huh? (147 comments)

So those parents send their kids to US schools to avoid a curriculum focused too much on rote memorization?

How many Chinese nationals do you know? Having gone to a university with a large contingent of non-U.S.-citizens, I can tell you that these American schools really are valued for their ability to educate beyond memorization tasks. I have heard many such stories from those who have come here to study.

And it extends into the high school realm, as well. The city where I grew up was quite popular for immigrants due to the low cost of living coupled with good jobs in the medical and engineering fields. As a result, I had many friends who had gone to school in Russia, Latvia, Moldova, China, etc. before moving here. There were many who had their multiplication tables memorized well ahead of me, or could name every country in Europe or Africa, but I heard again and again how much even these high-school-age students recognized the quality of the education they were receiving in this public school.

more than 2 years ago
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My thoughts on getting my own DNA tested:

IorDMUX Re:The Best Thing About The Future (244 comments)

As for treatment, not everyone thinks that life is sacred and that everything that can be treated should be treated. If you breed animals, you don't normally treat genetic defects by other than euthanasia and/or sterilization to weed out the bad genetics.

My wife has an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder. We had kids knowing that she had an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder. Why shouldn't we? She is quite glad to have been born, and she has taken her diagnosis and used it to raise awareness of the condition and to help advocate for people who are suffering (including those with similar-but-unrelated conditions). She is also a great many things outside of her diagnosis, too. So we had kids, and we will make sure that they have the same opportunities and more.

On that note, we had both of our kids genetically tested at birth for my wife's known mutation. Why? Well, as the GP said, many things can be treated much better when they are caught early. It was an easy and fairly inexpensive test, all things considered. One of our kids tested positive, and one negative, and now we are ahead of the game in treating our kids' needs.

more than 2 years ago
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Gamer Keeps Civilization II Game Going for 10 Years

IorDMUX Re:MORONS!!! (219 comments)

At the very least you must surely have MoO2 or Master of Magic.

Whelp. There goes my next few weeks.

more than 2 years ago

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Qualcomm Buys AMD's Wireless Division For $65M

IorDMUX IorDMUX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

IorDMUX writes "Advanced Micro Devices has sold off their entire wireless/handset/multimedia assets, intellectual property, and resources to wireless chip manufacturer Qualcomm for the price of $65 million. The exchange aids AMD's belt tightening, allowing them to focus on their core business of x86 and high-end graphics tech. The exchange is also big news for Qualcomm, providing the company with 3D and vector graphics tech and IP based upon an AMD-developed "unified shader architecture technology" similar to that used by the XBox, but adapted to mobile devices. Here's to real graphics rendering on smartphones and longer battery life for mini-PC's in the near future!"
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The ARM/x86 Battle: New Opportunities for ARM?

IorDMUX IorDMUX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

IorDMUX writes "Despite its horrendous battery life (as compared to modern ARM processors), Intel's Atom has dominated much of the netbook world with its x86 architecture for which a vast array of programs already exist. A recent press release covering a study from ABI research reveals details about the current state of the ultra-mobile CPU world, but some interesting views on the battleground are offered on the GigaOM blog. In summary, upcoming ARM chips (such as the low power Qualcomm Snapdragon or the visually powerful Nvidia Tegra) have enormous potential for success in devices that run little more than an OS and a browser--which can be easily built and optimized for ARM--and run the majority of their mobile applications via the browser or even "in the cloud"."
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