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The Power of a Hot Body

Kral_Blbec Re:Matrix (161 comments)

A) A simple thermostat to shut off the system if the ambient temp drops below a threshold value isn't that difficult
B)Efficiency drops as the temp of both areas approach one another, so its not like you can forcibly drain one location to keep the other super hot.
C)This isn't a system to use in Kenya. Most people in modern countries already consume more calories than they need, so the argument that they would need to eat is invalid. It could even be marketed as a weightloss aid if it had a marked increase in the metabolism of people in the area.

about a year and a half ago

Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion

Kral_Blbec Re:$140B = $50 / person (327 comments)

No, no, no. It's more like $5000 for me, and my unemployed neighbor gets a $500 check.

about 2 years ago

GameSpy's New Owners Begin Disabling Multiplayer Without Warning

Kral_Blbec Re:Not just gamespy (247 comments)

wishing for mod points...

about 2 years ago

In the World of Big Stuff, the US Still Rules

Kral_Blbec Wait what? (184 comments)

US jobs rooted in defense contracting?
I thought we were better off slashing the defense budget and putting the money directly into foodstamp programs!

about 2 years ago

New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

Kral_Blbec Re:Polemic? (553 comments)

Do you?

An argument or controversy./quote.

about 2 years ago

What Nobody Tells You About Being a Game Dev

Kral_Blbec Why? (181 comments)

In the article he claims that it would take three weeks to walk across one segment of the map, even with noclip enabled, and then it would just create a new segment.
I just am wondering who would play a game that much that they would even care? Few people are going to really "complete" even Skyrim much less an "infinite" world.

about 2 years ago

Israeli Infrastructure Proves Too Strong For Anonymous

Kral_Blbec Re:Israel has nuclear weapons. (569 comments)

A reflection of military strategy, not contribution. To the Soviets a single soldier was expendable. The US has a different approach. You also discount the billions of dollars that the US gave the Soviets to finance military production.

about 2 years ago

Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

Kral_Blbec Re:And the seed is planted... (398 comments)

Last election we had for governor had 4 recounts. Three went to the challenger by a 1000-1500 vote margin. The fourth went to the incumbent with a 2000 vote margin after some ballot boxes were "found" in a closet. Recounts were immediatly suspended and the election went to the incumbent. Voter fraud happens.

about 2 years ago

Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

Kral_Blbec Re:Not a credible source (398 comments)

Citation needed. So far many of his "preposterous" claims have come true. Arab Spring ring a bell?

about 2 years ago

Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

Kral_Blbec Re:zero sum game (555 comments)

Whats a high-salary person to do with their money other than set it on fire or spend it? Even if they do spend it on a cruise, guess what... That pays for the crew to go to the grocery store. There are very few places money can truly be "wasted" other than government programs.

about 2 years ago

Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance

Kral_Blbec Re:So tell me, Obama fans... (420 comments)

I'm hardly a Romney fan, but the I would still answer unequivocally yes.

about 2 years ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

Kral_Blbec Finally (768 comments)

The only thing tying a lot of people (myself included) to Windows is gaming. With how much I hate the new ModernUI, I've been taking another look at going back to Linux as a main O/S.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

Kral_Blbec Re:CRC (440 comments)

Or just by file size first, then do a hash. No need to compute a hash to compare a 1mb file and a 1kb file.

about 2 years ago

The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist

Kral_Blbec Re:Not comcast (235 comments)

Hence the $50 surcharge if you aren't worthy to have skipped in line.

more than 2 years ago

The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist

Kral_Blbec Re:Not comcast (235 comments)

As a former tech support rep at a call center, I can absolutely vouch that the first people you talk to are going to be idiots reading off a card.
I wish there was a menu option you could select in the phone tree system that says "I hereby declare myself to be competent in the topic at hand. I have tried the routine troubleshooting to no avail, and believe the problem lies beyond my control to fix. I agree to pay a $50 surcharge if you prove me wrong and I should have stuck with the regular support staff.

more than 2 years ago

How Doctors Die

Kral_Blbec Re:This is what's wrong with private healthcare. (646 comments)

This is so wrong. The majority of those providing care to the terminally ill know it is pointless and don't want to do it, even for the money. Their hand is forced by legal requirements and family members.There are plenty of other things to be done that will make a difference, but they get pushed to the back because they aren't considered "life-saving".
Often the effort to extend the terminally ills life another day/week/month is written off and not paid back in full. The profit margin at that point of life is very slim. Even procedures that aren't lifesaving and are becoming more routine have slim margins. For example, there is no (ie, zip, zero, nadda) profit on total knee or hip replacements at the hospital where I work. We have to do them because of legal requirements, but insurance won't pay more than a certain amount.
Profit could be maximized much better if the vast quantities of manpower and resources dedicated to saving those already dead were instead allocated to those who will live to pay.
As a healthcare worker, it pisses me off to see people ranting about the costs/quality of the US healthcare system without knowing anything about it other than their own pocketbook.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Flaw Exposed Private Photos

Kral_Blbec Re:Of course (201 comments)

If you upload something to Internet, assume anyone can see it...

Ah, you misspelled Internet.

I've taken the liberty of making the correction on your behalf.

I think that was the correction he was talking about.

more than 2 years ago

CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

Kral_Blbec Re:Doesn't Matter (447 comments)

Yup. And anyone who runs android can get a rom with CiQ stripped from it.

more than 2 years ago



How do you tag your media collection?

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kral_Blbec (1201285) writes "Recently I revamped my media collection to bring all tags and filenames into unison. I used Kid3 for a while, but it just was a little buggy for me. It didn't save properly. Now I am using TagScanner and it is doing a great job. I honestly dont see much point in most tag fields (tempo? beat? composer?) so I've removed most of them. Currently the only fields I use are title, album, artits, track number, and album art. The only other field I would like to use is lyrics, but its been very slow and tedious to do that track by track. So my question is, what program do you use and what fields do you employ in keeping your collection clean?"

DIY Home Surveillance System

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  about 5 years ago

Kral_Blbec writes "Due to some unfortunate occurrences in the neighborhood, I have become interested in setting up some home security. I don't want to have a paid monthly service, cost being a major factor. Instead, I would like to set up something up using the computers and webcams I already have. A quick Google shows many programs adverting motion detection, but most are freeware/shareware and frankly I don't like going through and setting up a virtual box for each one to test them, seeing as I don't know who is reputable. On the open-source side, there is Dorgem but that has been discontinued, is windows only, and is lacking one major feature I need, an audible alarm. Commercial software is a possibility, like Novosun, but that is a similar problem to testing tons of freeware/shareware, setting up virtual boxes to test trials. I am looking for any program reviews or advice from the Slashdot crowd. Here is a quick list of features
  • motion detection
  • motion recording, either still frame or video
  • alert when motion detected, via PC speakers, sms gateway, or similar


  • audio recording
  • opensource
  • lightweight
  • linux & windows compaible

Last Presidential Election I...

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kral_Blbec (1201285) writes "Last Presidential Election I...
1) Voted for the other guy
2) Voted for Obama and am glad I did
3) Voted for Obama and am starting to regret it
4) Voted for Obama and already regret it
5) Didn't vote but I could have
6) I'm not American you insensitive clod!"

Gamer Grub... Bawls has a new companion

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kral_Blbec (1201285) writes ""Gamer Grub will be available in four flavors considered to be popular with gamers ("Strategy Chocolate," "Action Pizza," "Racing Wasabi," and "Sports PB&J" (that's peanut butter and jelly to the uninitiated), but two features will set this snack apart from the chips, pizza, popcorn, and similar snack foods on which gamers are known to subsist: a proprietary mix of vitamins and other supplements, and a unique "delivery system" that will enable one to consume the product in the midst of gaming without leaving one's fingers, keyboard, and mouse slick with grease.""
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Microsoft to Release Internal Security Tools

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  about 6 years ago

Kral_Blbec (1201285) writes "Microsoft will soon be letting all programmers use the same tools it does to "ensure it writes near-bulletproof code..." Aren't you excited?

"Microsoft will soon be releasing internal tools and methods it has used over the past little while. These tools were used to reduce the number of security issues in current products, and two of the tools will be free: the SDL Optimization Model and the SDL Threat Modeling Tool 3.0. Both tools will be available for download from the Microsoft SDL website in November... Use of the SDL over the past while has reduced the number of security issues in its new flagship operating system""

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Child abuse "librarian" jailed indefinatly

Kral_Blbec Kral_Blbec writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kral_Blbec (1201285) writes "One of the UK's largest pedeophile bust arrests 27 year old man who was the forum moderator in an online child porn ring.

"According to the Times, Thompson was forum moderator of an Internet-based child abuse ring that spanned across 33 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. His position of authority allowed him to copy images to his own computer. His arrest led to the biggest investigation for child pornography that the United Kingdom has ever seen, which has led to a total of 350 suspects worldwide."

Score +1 for the good guys.,news-2385.html"


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