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Digging Into the Electrical Cost of PC Gaming

MoldySpore Re:A drop in the bucket (162 comments)

The only thing that is gas in my house is the stove. With 3 full size PC's (700W+) running 24/7/365, and heating/cooling the house with central air/heat 24/7/365 my electric bill is usually between $100-180. I'd be interested to know how it compares to someone using gas to heat and cool. I have a feeling that if you took out my PC's and the central air, my bill would be around $5 a month lol

more than 2 years ago
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Higher Hard Drive Prices Are the New Normal

MoldySpore Small difference (268 comments)

The 1TB Samsung (good solid main drive if you aren't using SSD's) drive I was paying $59 for before the shortage and the floods for all my personal and customer's builds is now down to $79.99. And you can get 3TB drives for around $170 again as well. Not bad IMO. I'm sure in another 3-6 months the prices will drop again for the holiday's. The price for that 1TB drive was $79.99 around this time last year as well. Only some manufacturers still have outrageous prices, most notably Western Digital.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast To Remove Data Cap, Implement Tiered Pricing

MoldySpore I Hope Not (329 comments)

I really hope that people won't give in without at least expressing their anger to Comcast by finding another ISP if available, when they implement tiered pricing. I hope Comcast users push back like us TW users did.

One of the MAIN reasons these ISP's are introducing tiered pricing is simply to avoid the costs of upgrading their infrastructure. Instead of modernizing their networks and equipment to handle today's higher demand for more and more bandwidth, they simply implement overage fees and/or tiered pricing to keep people's usage within the confines of what their infrastructure can handle. It really is a scam on so many different levels. This is why the US is so far behind in broadband when looking at other country's broadband statistics.

Money hungry as ever, the largest ISP's over here just don't see the need to provide a higher level of service to home users when it means investing hundreds of $Millions, possibly more, to do it.

In addition to that, you have places like Rochester, NY where no competition can EVER break into the market because 1 or 2 ISP's have monopolized the space for new fiber and/or copper runs, effectively creating a stagnant market where users have no choices for service (ISP's such as EarthLink give the ILLUSION of choice, but really only lease space on another larger ISP's lines, such as Time Warner).

more than 2 years ago
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Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Worst CEO

MoldySpore Windows 7... (444 comments)

...was my idea, according to Microsoft. Steve Ballmer is definitely the worst CEO ever, giving away ideas like that.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

MoldySpore Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

The word "fact" doesn't appear in either of my posts. Actually, I specifically say in the second one that most of what I say after are my opinions. Also, I've read several articles from different sources that list Trayvon as weighing approx. 140 lbs, and Zimmerman weighing approx. 250. No exactly double, but close enough in my book. I can only go by what is being reported.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

MoldySpore Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

While this is obviously just my opinion now, I have a hard time believing that all of a sudden Trayvon just came charging full speed at Zimmerman with the intent to kill him. Instead of simply getting back in his car and driving away, Zimmerman then chose to "stand his ground"? Ridiculous. It would be different if the kid had been armed with ANY kind of weapon. But Zimmerman is twice his size and had a gun. What could Trayvon have possibly done to Zimmerman? Even if Zimmerman had got in his car and even simply locked the door, what could have been done to him? The whole situation stinks of bad decisions and paranoia.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

MoldySpore Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

He was told by the dispatcher NOT to follow and to wait for the police. He didn't. That should be the end of the story right there. He chose to go after this kid, with a gun. Regardless of who started the fight that lead to Martin getting shot, it should have never gotten to that point. Only someone looking for trouble goes stalking after some kid at dusk with a gun.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

MoldySpore Re:uh (349 comments)

I'd be willing to bet that there is no provision specifically saying "You can't curse on the internet" since they specifically say in the article:

...the school decided that such behavior was unacceptable...

which tells me that they decided this on the spot. And if there actually IS a rule listed that says they can't curse on the internet, that school is fucked and it's better he is going somewhere else anyway. I made an entire website against my school when I was a young'n and all I got was a couple days of suspension before they eventually APOLOGIZED for suspending me and expunged it from my record. They even sent a tutor to my house while I was on suspension so I didn't fall behind. Schools nowadays are WAY too PC. If you try to sanitize kids artificially like this, you will end up with cookie cutter, boring kids entering college who aren't prepared for the real world.

Also, if this DID take place on the schools network, then the network administrator for that school should be fired, since anybody knows you block social networking along with many other things in work and school environments, especially on school-owned computers. It's enterprise network management 101.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

MoldySpore First Thing He Said... (349 comments)

...when he found out he was expelled was probably "Fuck" so all the school is doing is encouraging his profanity.

Seriously though, this is happening more and more across the country. I don't understand how the school gets off thinking it is their job or right to police what kids say outside of school or what they do with their accounts or anything on the internet if they are not specifically mentioning the school. At the very most, he should have had the school issued laptop taken away. That's it. Sure if they are attacking a staff member directly they can go from there, but trying to stop anyone from cursing ridiculous at least, and most likely a constitutional violation.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

MoldySpore Re:Thespians (527 comments)

Agreed, but you, like most of the people who replied, skipped over my suggestion for making it easier to vote. Either with a national holiday on election days (both for the presidential and other elections) or by allowing online voting. If American's are lazy, then they should cater to that. I KNOW that more people would vote if they didn't have to work the same day they needed to vote, or if they could vote from their couch. Sad, but very very true.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

MoldySpore Re:Thespians (527 comments)

But the point is this isn't only for flying. They are expanding to railways, bus terminals, subways, and highways. Slowly but surely we will have our rights violated even if we are driving in our own personal vehicles. If you don't take a stand somewhere, then it will really turn out like 1984. Also, it is all security theater. Especially now that you can buy your way out of the checks. For $100, you can have a background check and bypass the checks? Who is to say one of those people can't be blackmailed or paid to do something that would endanger the lives of all the people on board? The simple act of bringing 1 part to a chemical substance needed to make an explosive on board would be all a terrorist would need. All they need to do is kidnap someone's daughter/wife/husband/etc and you have the perfect inside plant on any flight you want. The TSA is officially a joke. Yet at the same time they pose a threat to your privacy.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

MoldySpore Re:Thespians (527 comments)

While I still disagree with you about the electoral college (there are many ways to ensure little to no voter fraud with a direct voting system that I won't get into) I just wanted to say that I love that you quoted George Carlin. One of my favorite people from the last century who really had a keen eye for this stuff. Much respect.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

MoldySpore Re:Thespians (527 comments)

The public has spoken, and they're clearly in favor of bailouts, TSA, and wars, on both the Democrat and Republican sides.

There are plenty in the public who do not support these things. The fact is only a tiny fraction of the population actually votes. And this has more to do with votes not really counting for anything more than who the candidates are or what they support. Until they get rid of the electoral college and you get 1 vote for 1 person, and make it easier for people to vote either by having a national holiday on election day or online voting, our "democratic" system is really just smoke and mirrors with 2 parties that support the same political policies. The only differences they have now are philosophical and religious, with the Republicans being on the more crazy, anti-progress side of things, and the Democrats being in the center not willing to more forward. The "party of backwards", and the "party of stationary", respectively.

Despite everyone's initial glee over Obama, there are few democrats that will defend him breaking his promise to close Gitmo, nor do they support the TSA (though they will support him in the coming election because...honestly...have you seen these republican candidates? Even Ron Paul is pretty crazy and he is the most sane out of all of them, which is saying a lot). I have many, many conversations, with a wide variety of people, and only the most hardcore Republicans support the TSA and GitMo anymore, and even then whenever they fly they bitch about TSA. So it is kind of bullshit anyway, they just regurgitate the same FOX News Republican talking points as the current array of idiots up for the Republican nomination. They don't actually know what they are talking about, and are usually voting against their own personal interests.

In actuality, the outcry over the TSA especially has been huge, it's just that there is nothing for anyone to do about it. The most anyone can do is boycott flying and just stop taking airplanes to travel. But for some this is just not a possibility. They are a 3 letter government agency put in place and kept in place across both political parties since almost the turn of the century. Americans are lazy. Our political process has become one that encourages laziness because for someone to make ANY kind of difference, even to get people talking about a topic, it requires way more effort than just showing up on election day or taking part in a protest. Occupy Wallstreet barely accomplished getting the nation talking about the wealth inequality, and we basically had to sacrifice our right to public assembly and protest to get that to happen, since most of OWS has been broken up or arrested now under orders from state or local government officials (both republican AND democrats).

Saying the "public has spoken" and that they are FOR the things you mentioned is not accurate. It would be better to say "The public has spoken, but nobody is listening, so they've all but given up". There is a huge difference between support, and being voiceless. Unless there are changes in the way our political system works and the way the citizens are able to interact with it, nothing will change and the trends we've seen with Gitmo and TSA are only the beginning.

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

MoldySpore Safe Zone (458 comments)

Easy to fix. It's just like in Mass Effect 2: there would be a "safe zone" for where ships traveling at FTL speeds to come out of FTL safely. The zones would just have to be large enough to accommodate the largest of ships. The station where you would disembark and your family would be would be outside this zone.

Also, if you are a Star Trek person, you will remember the episode of TNG where the ship had to be evacuated at an orbital platform so that it could be "cleaned" as it built up particles along the hull from many light years of travel. So even fictional space ships still had these types of problems!

more than 2 years ago
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Reasons Behind the Demise of Kodak

MoldySpore Re:cause of death (200 comments)

But the real question is, Will Sales of Ice Boxes to Eskimos Finally Increase due to Climate Change?

more than 2 years ago
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Reasons Behind the Demise of Kodak

MoldySpore Re:nostalgic moments (200 comments)

Ironically enough, those cameras were made by Polaroid, not Kodak, and became known as "polaroids". Fujifilm also made some I believe.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

MoldySpore Re:Epic Quote is Epic (410 comments)

It wasn't meant to be racist. It was meant to be a realist comment. The fact is, the majority of politicians (especially when you talk about the ones that are behind this bill) are, the majority, old and white. I am white myself, so this isn't some hateful remark against white people in general.

Fact is, America ranks as one of the WORST countries when it comes to diversity in politics. The USA ranks somewhere around 31st in the WORLD for women in politics. It is equally sad to look at the numbers for any other ethnicity in politics when compared to the number of white men (esp old white men over the age of 50) to other country's ratio.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

MoldySpore Re:"Dimwits" unlikely to win support (410 comments)

I agree with you in principle, but there comes a time when calling someone "stupid" or a "dimwit" is the only thing left. There can only be so much discourse on the subject before you have to assume that the person you are speaking AT is not taking what you are saying seriously. This has been going on for months, perhaps years, with the entertainment industry and Hollywood. The masses cry out for them to change their business model, for them to provide easier access without over encumbering it with DRM that breaks the product/media, for them to update their dated delivery systems that FEAR technology instead of REVERING it, and for them to stop abusing the trust of their customers with empty promises and payments to more lobbyists to help further their agendas that none of us want to see fulfilled. There have been countless things now that deliver people the content they want, the way they want it, without issue (look at Steam and Netflix). But instead of building on the ideas of these pioneering services, they fear a digitally driven content delivery system that most of us would rather use than sift through thousands of torrents and comments to find the latest HD episode of a TV show that was on last night.

I am not a doctor. But if a doctor told me "if you don't change what you are doing, you will die or severely harm yourself", I would then seek a second opinion. If that second opinion told me the same thing, wouldn't I be a "dimwit" or "stupid" for not at least exploring with all my resources the methods necessary to stop my probable death? What about if an ARMY of doctors and doctors assistants and nurses told me the same thing? Am I a stupid dimwit then?

The same goes for the media industry execs who, instead of coming up with a new business model to support the changing environment, decide to try and control the very thing that is driving these breakthroughs in content delivery. If they refuse to listen to the "experts" and their customers, then aren't they also "stupid dimwits"? Is going and lobbying EVEN HARDER for SOPA/PIPA/ACTA and trying to break the Internet really NOT the work of a stupid dimwit in this case?

more than 2 years ago
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Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

MoldySpore Epic Quote is Epic (410 comments)

"...there are some things we will not stand having done to our network." (emphasis mine)

That is exactly how I feel. As a Network Engineer myself I share their frustration with old, grumpy, white men who sit on capital hill raining down laws that would effect my job and customers without understanding the technology itself, nor the gravity their actions would have on the Internet community at large. I've watched the hours long C-SPAN videos of the hearings with the SINGLE Google representative they invited as an "expert" only to see her get cut-off and publicly flogged and discredited, while old men who had to read basic networking terms such as "internet", "Internet" (they are not interchangeable), "IP Address" and "DNS" off a prepared piece of paper, listed the "merits" of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA. Especially from a security standpoint, the amount of negative repercussions to censoring the internet along the same lines as China could be catastrophic, and that is before even considering its' effect on free speech.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

MoldySpore I'm not supersticious, but... (162 comments)

...I really have to question the idea of bringing back life that ceased to exist thousands, and eventually possibly millions, of years ago. Jurassic Park jokes aside, I hope they will take adequate precautions to not bring back something that could wind up being disastrous on the CURRENT iteration of Earth. I'm all for stuff like this, I just hope they err on the side of caution before bringing back random plants and introducing them into a modern ecosystem that has evolved well beyond when some of those plants will have existed.

more than 2 years ago

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Pirate Bay Under DDoS Attack From Anonymous?

MoldySpore MoldySpore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MoldySpore (1280634) writes "If anyone has tried to get to The Pirate Bay in the last 24 hours, they have most likely been met with a timeout. As an article on TorrentFreak notes, only a week ago The Pirate Bay scolded Anonymous for it's attack on ISP Virgin Media, and now the site is currently the victim of a DDoS attack that is effectively keeping people from viewing the site. There is a lot of speculation as to whether this is retaliation from Anonymous, the work of an agency such as the RIAA and their associates, or an anti-pirate company such as PiratePay."
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Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol in 2012

MoldySpore MoldySpore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MoldySpore (1280634) writes "With the news that there is now a second state where measures specific to legalizing cannabis will appear on the electoral ballot this year, is it time for a more serious national debate on the decriminalization or legalization of Marijuana on the federal level? NORML believes it is, saying “This is a very exciting prospect for marijuana law reform advocates...Coloradans have already set the example for how to properly implement a state medical marijuana program and now they have the opportunity to lead the country yet again by being the first to end cannabis prohibition in their state."

With Marijuana usage on the decline, while prescription and other hard drug abuse is again on the climb, in addition to the numerous studies coming out in the past few years disproving assumptions many long believed to be true about Marijuana, might it finally be time to start putting our tax money to better use?"

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Zediva Fights Back Against MPAA

MoldySpore MoldySpore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MoldySpore (1280634) writes "When Zediva burst onto the streaming scene earlier this year, they managed to do something nobody else was doing. Navigating around the copyright law they found a way to stream rental movies not currently available on other services, because they were still inside the DVD sales window, and filled a role not currently part of the competitions services. The service grants a "rental" of the physical movie to the user, who is then able to stream it over the internet, usually with the option to re-rent after played. By having it be a rental service, they were able to avoid some of the legalese associated with streaming movies outside of that sales window. Needless to say the MPAA was not pleased. But instead of making nice with the MPAA, Zediva has decided to fight back in the form of expensive legal heavy-hitters from " elite San Francisco law firm, Durie Tangri", which has forced the MPAA to hire their own team of expensive legal ninjas.

Zediva argues what most technologically informed people would when looking at this service: that they are essentially a rental service who are renting physical media, and providing the DVD player and a very long cable to the renters' TV. They are able to do this while providing the same function that the traditional brick and mortar stores do during the DVD sales window: a place for people to watch rental movies that were just released on DVD. The only difference is that you don't have to physically walk into a shady video store and pick it up because they stream that DVD for you that you just rented. It is a clever interpretation of the copyright law, and will certainly have some impacts on future streaming cases."

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Tron: Legacy - Too Much Imagination Required?

MoldySpore MoldySpore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MoldySpore (1280634) writes "Stepping back from the positive and negative reviews of the new Tron sequel, Tron: Legacy (which has so far amassed over $111,000,000 dollars world-wide), something occurred to me after seeing the movie and reading the numerous reviews. It seems many of the reviews, and perhaps the reviewers themselves, can be split into two categories: Those who saw the original Tron when it came out and can put the new movie in context and those who either watched Tron recently to prepare for the sequel and/or never saw it and jumped right into the new movie.

While nostalgia plays an important role in any franchise's resurrection, technology has come so far in the last 28 years since the original release of Tron in 1982, it would seem the human imagination regarding technology has become somewhat disenchanted. Back in 1982, most anyone who saw the original Tron (or a few years after as it garnered "cult classic" status) was captivated, not just by the amazing computer generated graphics of the time, but about the possibility of a world inside a computer system, where programs walk around and interact with each other like humans, where bits and bytes are interactive things you could touch and see, and artificial intelligence was something to be feared (in the form of the MCP) rather than embraced.

For the new movie, most of my friends were born in the 80's, and the ones that saw the original Tron were much more open to the storyline than the ones who never saw the original or who watched it only recently to prepare for watching the new movie. While they all agreed the CG and 3D was amazing, they felt the story was "unimaginative" or "run-of-the-mill". Also, any younger people not born in the 80's, such as my younger sister who is very tech savvy herself, seemed to dismiss the plot and characters completely instead speaking only of the quality of the graphics and the music. I believe this speaks to how the human race has grown out of it's own imagination when it comes to technology since it entered the digital age. Young people can't see passed the fact that there isn't a world inside the computer, programs are just tools to be used by humans, and artificial intelligence is something discussed on a daily basis and should be embraced.

I'd be interested to hear what the Slashdot community's experiences and feelings have been about the new movie and it's effect on the people who went and saw it. Imagination is something uniquely human and has always played an important part in our ability to look passed our current limitations. With negative reviews of the new movie often referencing the "...sub-moronic script that feels like it was written by people who had never used a computer...", has some of this been lost now that digital technology is part of our daily lives? Does this signal a movement towards humans becoming indifferent to technological advances, and by association, the hindering of outside-the-box thinking when it comes to technology?"
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Sweden Re-opens WikiLeaks Rape Case

MoldySpore MoldySpore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MoldySpore (1280634) writes "Swedish persecutors have reopened the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. From the CNN Article:

"There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed," read a statement from Marianne Ny, Sweden's director of public prosecutions. "Considering information available at present, my judgment is that the classification of the crime is rape."

In addition to the rape charges, the original additional charge of "molestation", which originally carried no sexually-based context, "...will also be escalated to include a sexual component". Assange was questioned Monday, but only about the molestation charges. The rape charges were never brought up during the questioning."

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