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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

NormHome I'm not optimistic.. (191 comments)

I see so many problems with the world and very little being done to work those problems out; one of the biggest (in my opinion) being the energy crisis and the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. What the world needs is clean, cheap energy i.e. hydrogen fusion or something similar. You see articles in the science news every once in a while but many of them turn out to be frauds or nothing ever comes of them.

4 days ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

NormHome Liar, Liar... (327 comments)

"Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are" so many big company's say that to help smooth over any objections to the purchase but those promises are seldom kept. To quote one of my favorite movies, what's the community to do after the fact use the "Liar, liar pants on fire defense".

4 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

NormHome Re:So-to-speak legal (417 comments)

It may depend on the state, consumer protection is much better in some states than others i.e. "void where prohibited". So parts of Comcast's boiler plate TOS may not be enforceable in some states. But in my opinion this kind of strong arm behavior is reprehensible and limits on what services a person is able to run on his connection should not be legal. Although I would say that if one person was doing something with his or her connection that used so much bandwidth that everyone in the neighborhood was being negatively impacted then something would have to be done.

4 days ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormHome Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (99 comments)

Hmmmmm.... interesting, I'm not sure if I saw it before or after the 1980 restoration and it was just hung from the ceiling at the time (in the gift shop if I remember) but if it was after I don't know what the restorer did to it but it looked like it was about to fall apart. I remember seeing pictures in the "Making of Star Trek" book where it was on a floor mounted stand like you say, it's never occurred to me that it wasn't designed to withstand being suspended by wires.

5 days ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormHome Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (99 comments)

I saw it there around 1980, probably before the first restoration. It was great to see it but it was pretty dirty and didn't look very well kept. I hope this new guy takes good care of it.

5 days ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

NormHome Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (78 comments)

Yeah, black bagged and disappeared is probably whats going to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

NormHome State Attorney General? (355 comments)

If they are overcharging you or miss-measuring, this could be a consumer protection issue and possibly your State Attorney General or possibly the U.S. Attorney's office could help you. But you're going to have an uphill battle all the way, just like Slashdoters roll their eye's every time a judge makes a crazy ruling in technology related cases that's clearly wrong because they don't have a good grasp of the technology involved you're going to be speaking a foreign language to these people and you're going to have a very hard time getting them to understand the issue i.e. "What's DD-wrt?" or even "What's a router?".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I'm willing to give anything a try but none of my friends or customers who have Verizon service use DSL and have FIOS instead. I can probably find and disable the router and wireless part of the Verizon Actiontec but my question is, if I do that will the channel guides still work on the houses cable boxes? The Verizon people made it seem that if the Actiontec were not the router on the network then the channel guides and DVR's wouldn't work right.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I can't control what provider my friends and customers choose, only advise them of the pitfalls associated with Verizon and their equipment; the reality is that Verizon's marketing machine convinces people that they're getting a good deal when in fact it's probably the same as Comcast and you're stuck using Verizon's equipment. Of course if you have a business and don't use Verizon's TV service then you can use your own router but if you're a residential user you're out of luck.

I've never understood why the Verizon cable boxes / dvrs channel guides won't work with third party routers and only with those Verizon branded Actiontec routers and I've never been able to get a straight answer to that question from them either.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I don't like those combination modem / routers very much either and I always suggest that Comcast people get just a modem and their own router; but can someone please tell me what to do with people who have Verizon? Those Actiontec modem / routers / wireless combo are just awful and port forwarding doesn't seem to work properly on the ones I've worked with but Verizon says that if you don't use their equipment and you have their TV service then the channel guide on the cable boxes won't work, so how do any of you overcome that problem?

about a month and a half ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

NormHome About 3 to 6 a year (391 comments)

I build them for friends and relatives who want quality equipment.

For myself, about every two to three years.

about 1 month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

NormHome Bad Idea, End of Story (474 comments)

There is just way too much potential for legalized drugs to go sideways and in a serious way. Ferry operators, crane operators or any heavy equipment, train operators, pilots, your investment manager, or any person in a critical position where one wrong mistake could cause lots of deaths or financial loss i.e. crash the stock market. Would you really want someone who's high or jonesing for their next fix piloting the ferry you're on or operating the crane that's lifting an I-Beam at the construction site you happen to walk by on the way to work?

about 2 months ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Re:Dogs.... (23 comments)

I can't speak to all breeds but there have been many recorded cases of dogs guarding their owners dead body's without any signs that the animal ate any part of the owner and it took animal control to take the dog away because it wouldn't allow anyone to come close.

My dogs have always been incredibly sensitive to my feelings, if I'm down they'd come over and lay their head on my foot or lap or go get their ball and throw it at me as if to say "Come on buddy, lets have some fun". I've never heard of a dog eating their dead owner, so I doubt that very much.

about 3 months ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Dogs.... (23 comments)

Dogs can be very sensitive to their owners feelings i.e. "You're feeling down friend, maybe a lick on the hand will make you feel better" and each one has it's own personality (anyone whose owned multiple dogs knows that) and while the idea of a robot dog modeled after K-9 is cool there's just no programming love. (at least right now)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

NormHome It's all about the story.. (403 comments)

There were some pretty terrible story elements in both Abrams Star Trek movies that made stories in TOS and TOS movies (as well as some of the other Star Trek series) sure to not happen in the new Abrams reality and some of the characters were acting very out of character since Trek fans know them like they were members of the family.

The problem is that Star Wars fans have been feasting on material that is now going to be thrown out and we will now have a new Star Wars reality, if the story is good and the characters true to the originals it may stand a chance of being good but if the story changes the original characters in ways the fans disapprove of it's not going to be well received by the traditionally minded.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

NormHome Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Unless the unit was damaged, modified or some grey market edition I don't know that they have a legal leg to stand on, you can file a complaint with the state attorneys generals office allege fraud for failing to honor the warranty. It also depends on what state you're in i.e. "Void where prohibited" since some states have stronger consumer protection laws than others and some of the warranty terms may not apply to you.

Why did they deny your request for a warranty replacement?

about 4 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

NormHome Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (164 comments)

You've got me, I've been warning my customers that Cloud services could be prone to outages like anything else.

I really hope that someone comes along and offers them some old style competition but IMHO the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. Adobe just has too much of a head start and no startup could compete with them out of the gate.

about 4 months ago
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Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

NormHome Sheldon and Leonard... (179 comments)

Have been talking about this for years, I understand they're working with Howard on a prototype but it's a secret so don't tell anyone.

about 5 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

NormHome As I see It..... (179 comments)

Support is not over, I believe I read that the UK government is paying in excess of 55million or more for XP support and then the Dutch government is doing the same. If Microsoft is being paid by multiple government entities to continue to provide patches and updates for XP why not give the general public the benefit of those patches as well? I realize that the most likely answer to that is why should they when what they want is everyone still using XP to go out and buy a shiny new Windows 8/8.1 PC. But at the very least, a case could be made that the citizens of those governments paying for extended support should be able to download and install those patches since their tax dollars are paying for them. I also doubt very much that the patch Microsoft is releasing was made solely for the benefit of all users, they probably already had it done for the UK and Dutch governments (who as I said paid for it) and just decided to release it to the general public.

about 5 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

NormHome Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those radical groups since you never know what they're capable of! (you made my day with that ha ha!)

about 5 months ago

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