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What is your computer most often plugged into?

NormalVisual Re:UPS (119 comments)

That's right, rather than keep my computer running through power outages, it was shutting my computer off during stable power.

I've had battery failures before as well, but they've never shut the power off. Only ones I've seen that will do that are true UPSs instead of the *much* more popular standby UPSs, which is part of the reason I bought standby units to begin with. There aren't too many anymore that can't switch to battery power fast enough to keep a PC up, and if you're using a true UPS that doesn't spit out a true sine wave (most are stepped square wave), it'll shorten the lifespan on your power supply considerably.

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

NormalVisual Re:UPS (119 comments)

Which is why I roll my eyes at the people proclaiming their UPS goes on their cable modem and firewall, not their computer.

I have mine on both the computers and the DSL modem and router and some other hardware (not printers!), mostly because I run a PBX and VoIP phones, and don't want to lose a call in progress.

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

NormalVisual Re:UPS (119 comments)

Most decent UPSs have batteries that can be replaced. As I mentioned before, I change mine out every two years or so. They're not expensive.

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

NormalVisual Re:UPS (119 comments)

On the flip side, the two UPSs that I have running my boxes have both lasted more than nine years. I replace the batteries every couple of years and check the MOVs and coils at the same time. They've saved my bacon enough times to have been worth 10 times the expense.

yesterday
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

NormalVisual Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (233 comments)

The Federal government was to provide for the common defense, and currency, primarily.

And arbitrating disputes between the States, and regulating interstate commerce, which sadly has become a catchall to let them do practically anything they want.

2 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

NormalVisual Re:Booyah! (233 comments)

I understand we also like being the "biggest fish in the pond", although I question the methods we use to achieve that status.

It's hard *not* to be the biggest fish in the pond when you're on a steady diet of fast food.

2 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

NormalVisual All I know... (163 comments)

... is that they'd better have those units in the south range repaired by midday or there'll be hell to pay.

2 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

NormalVisual Re:2 seasons 1978 and 1980 (186 comments)

I would much rather look at Katie Sackoff than Dirk Benedict. I would even say it again.

I liked Katee's Starbuck more than Dirk's as well. I especially liked her response to Dirk's criticism of the reboot and her character in particular: "If you add up the amount of time Dirk Benedict spent playing the character, not the years obviously but the number of episodes, I'm more Starbuck than he is, so put that in your pipe and smoke it."

5 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

NormalVisual Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Probably because it had excellent writing and a thoughtful take on the material.

That, and William Ware Theiss's awesome costumes for the female guest stars.

5 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

NormalVisual Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

When it came on the air (over 36 years ago) there was nothing else like it on television. Nothing.

Space:1999 had gone off the air a couple of years before. Not the best writing ever (especially the second season), and there were some interesting issues with the science on the show, but the effects were quite good for the time.

5 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

NormalVisual Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

Knock them out, apply suitable stimulus - say, a moderately painful electric shock plus a distinctive scent in the water.

Probably better to put the scent in before the shock. The conditioned animals will freak when they smell the shock coming, where the sedated ones will merely say, "cool scent".

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

NormalVisual Re:There is a difference ... (105 comments)

Several years ago I had three procedures done back-to-back over about a week, and had the good fortune to have the same anesthesiologist for all of them. After the first one, I'd felt sick as a dog, so I told him about that when he visited me prior to the second one. He said, "Good to know, thanks for telling me - we'll try something different this time." After the second and third procedure I felt great (well, as great as could be expected). +1 for talking to your doctor when you're having issues.

about a week ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

NormalVisual Re:Just because you can (154 comments)

And why do we need games for Google Glass?

Well gee, what else do you expect people to do when they're driving?

about a week ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

NormalVisual Re:Glass is out for general purchase (154 comments)

"Join our open (your wallet) beta and help shape the future of Glass."

about a week ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

NormalVisual Re:Already was split geographically, local monopol (135 comments)

Competitive overbuilders can sometimes build their own fiber network at a lower cost than Comcast's bureaucracy can replace the Comcast cable network with fiber.

This is true, but even at half the cost it still takes a *lot* of capital.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

NormalVisual Re:Well, I for one feel safer... (328 comments)

I am pretty sure all they do for a Secret clearance is check your credit, criminal record, and citizenship. If nothing comes up you get a rubber stamp. It only gets complicated if they dig up Iranian relatives, or some other red flag.

That's how it was when I got mine many years ago - a cursory background check and a half hour interview with the DISCO guy, and when I left the company and came back, it was still within the two-year window so they just reinstated it without any fuss. Secret clearances are a dime a dozen and practically a necessity for a lot of civilian contracting work. TS/CSI is a whole other ballgame, but even then they're sometimes granted without a polygraph.

about a week ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

NormalVisual Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

I know this is is meant as a jokey comment, but it's worth noting that VS2015 has native Git support as well so Github etc. works without any plugins.

VS 2013 (including Community) has Git support out of the box and works just fine with GitHub as well.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

NormalVisual Re:Cars and even SUVs do not cause much damage (554 comments)

Taxing consumers as opposed to commercial vehicles is a terrible idea; it would have the effect of subsidizing heavy vehicular traffic. If we're going to subsidize freight, we should invest in rail infrastructure.

Consumers will subsidize commercial traffic no matter what - either directly by higher fuel taxes, or indirectly through higher prices for goods. Agree 100% on expanding our rail options though.

about a week ago

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Original 11' Enterprise Studio Model Being Restored, Yet Again

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 2 months ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The original 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from the original series has gone back into the shop again. The Smithsonian owns the model and has had it on display in a gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 13 years, but will be placed on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, to coincide with the museum's 40th anniversary. In the meantime, the model will be undergoing its fourth restoration to address a number of issues. The last restoration in 1991 was performed by Ed Miarecki, a professional modelmaker well known for his work in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as films such as "Event Horizon". This previous restoration had Trek fans up in arms owing to the paint job, which many feel doesn't represent the way the model looked originally. Hopefully this next restoration will bring her back to her former glory."
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Newegg Patent Case

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 10 months ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes ""It's a really tough time to be a patent owner", said Soverain Software, LLC president Katharine Wolanyk, after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated three of Soverain's shopping cart patents. Soverain had sued Newegg for allegedly infringing the patents in question, and had won in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Newegg later had the decision overturned on appeal, with the court ruling that the patents in question were obvious, and thus invalid."
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Jack Daniels Shows How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant "Terminator mode" — instead, they wrote a very thoughtful, civil letter to the infringing party, and even offered to help defray the costs of coming into compliance. I believe plenty of other companies (and many in the tech world) could use this as an example of how *not* to alienate people and come off looking like a bunch of greedy jerks."
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "License-plate reading cameras are popping up on utility poles all over St. Lawrence County in upstate New York, but no one is willing to say who they belong to . One camera was found by a utility crew, removed from the pole, and given to the local police. "Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier said he returned it to the owner, but wouldn’t say how he knew who the owner was, nor would he say who he gave it to....(Andrew) McMahon, the superintendent at Massena Electric Department, said one of his crews found a box on one of their poles and took it down because “it was in the electric space,” the top tier of wires on the pole above the telephone and cable TV wires, and whoever put it there had taken a chance with electrocution. He said they had never received a request or been informed about its placement.""
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Australian Restaurant To Use iPads As Menus

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The Pearl restaurant in Melbourne will soon begin using Apple iPads running custom software to describe the available culinary options to its customers. Chris Lucas, the proprietor, has spent $40,000 in development costs on top of the costs of the devices themselves in order to research the food offerings in as much detail as they choose.

No word regarding the expected longevity of the iMenus, but it's doubtful they'll deal with spills and accidental drops nearly as well as paper menus."

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Sony Offices Raided In Copyright Dispute

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "A copyright dispute between Latin recording artist Alejandro Fernández and Sony Music has resulted in more than 6,000 CDs being seized from Sony's Mexico City office by the Mexican police, along with master tapes and cover art. Fernández's contract with Sony was for seven albums, and the label had compiled and was attempting to market and sell an eighth album, created from previously unreleased tracks. The seizure comes two weeks after Sony ignored a cease and desist letter from Fernández's attornies. Sony of course maintains it has done nothing wrong."
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Seagate 1TB Drives Failing at Alarming Rate

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Owners of Seagate 1TB drives have been experiencing serious issues of late — many recent 7200.11 Barracuda SATA drives have a problem with the version SD15 firmware that often results in the drive failing on power-up after working perfectly fine for a time. While the data on the drive appears to be safe, the drive is completely bricked, resulting in the inability to flash it to any further firmware revisions without a bit of hardware hacking. The problem is making for an interesting discussion on Seagate's community forums, particularly since Seagate still refuses to acknowledge the issue and is tightly censoring the "official" discussion on the forums, so many 7200.11 owners are having to discuss the issue outside of Seagate's control. Tom's Hardware has also picked up the increasingly-vocal story. So, if you've got one of the big Barracudas, it's probably a good idea to to stay on top of those backups."
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"Cloverfield" Trailer Available on Apple.c

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "After much waiting and speculation, the hi-def trailer for J.J. Abrams' new monster movie "Cloverfield" has finally been made available on Apple's web site. Still no really clear shots of the monster(s), but we really didn't expect that, did we? Let the hours of vapid and pointless speculation begin!"
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MythTV Listings To Cost $15 for 3 Months

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Schedules Direct, the folks that have been working towards providing listing data for MythTV users in the shadow of the impending shutdown of existing listing services by Zap2It, has finally announced pricing for their soon-to-be-available service. They will be initially charging $15 for a 3-month subscription, but anticipate substantial price decreases as they get more people on board. I for one am quite happy to hear this news."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The mailing lists were buzzing recently when Michael Buesch, one of the maintainers for the GPL'd bc43xx Broadcom wireless chip driver project, called the OpenBSD folks to task for apparently including code without permission from his project in the OpenBSD bcw project, which aims to provide functionality with Broadcom wireless chips under that OS. It seems that the problem has been resolved for now with the BSD driver author totally giving up on the project and Theo De Raadt taking the position that Buesch's posts on the subject were "inhuman"."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled today that recording XM Satellite Radio broadcasts using the built-in recording functionality of some XM receivers is not equivalent to taping music off the radio with an analog cassette deck, as detailed in this article. The judge's reasoning was that the built-in recorders in XM units essentially make XM a broadcaster and distributor, whereas XM is only paying to be a broadcaster."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 8 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "It appears that the unconstitutional and controversial warrantless surveillance program being conducted by the Bush Administration can continue until an appeals court can hear the case, according to this AP article. The 6th Circuit ruled that while the lower court had ruled the program was unconstitutional, they felt that the case's chances before the appeals court and the possible danger to national security warranted their decision to let it continue despite the likelihood that the appeal process will take months.

Good to know that the whole "separation of powers" thing works so well for keeping the government in check, eh?"

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