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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Phreakiture Re:You know what this means (181 comments)

Yeah, no kidding. I'm a part time sound engineer and DJ, and the "Power" indicator on my mixing board is an ungodly bright blue light. I usually end up setting something on top of it to keep it from blinding me in an otherwise-typically-low-light environment.

4 days ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

Phreakiture Re:It doesn't matter (147 comments)

This is my favourite bit:

If /dev/null is fast and web scale, I will use it. Is it web scale?

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Phreakiture Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

I have had no problem with LEDs burning out, nor with them not dimming at least as well as incandescent. There are currently seven deployed in my home, three on dimmers. I am typically in the $8-20 range for these bulbs.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Phreakiture Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

Actually, that's per copy per picture.

This makes me wonder if video will be counted as 24/25/30/50/60 pictures per second of video. It would only take 17 seconds of 720p to run up a $1,000,000 fine.

4 days ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I suppose, but the reason I play by the rules is because it gives me the right to tell them to go fuck themselves if they get upset about it.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Phreakiture Re:DING DONG! (142 comments)

Glad I could help ;-)

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I do, but I have it in the contract that I won't accommodate such requests, nor will I play a CD/DVD/other media that someone brings me during the gig because you never know when it's going to be scratched in just the wrong place, or a copy of a 24kbps flange-a-thon.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I do ensure the proper licensing is in place, thank you very much.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I am a DJ who frequently plays gigs in places aptly described as "out in the middle of nowhere". As a reference, the last two gigs both involved a client telling me, "If you need more power, let me know. I'll go get the generator". I sent an SMS to my wife at the start of my most recent gig, and it got to her when I got back in range, an hour an a half after I left. Connectivity is zero. If I need connectivity to play it, I can't play it. I will be happy to tell anyone at the gig why I can't play it.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Phreakiture Re:DING DONG! (142 comments)

They'll need to find a new name for the company now. ORACLE = One Rich Asshole Called Larry Ellison

about two weeks ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Phreakiture Re:The sad part is... (183 comments)

I don't think they're idiots. I think that they think we are idiots.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Phreakiture Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

Channels don't exist on a carrier.

Unhelpful pedantics. My point, as you correctly gathered, os one of there being or not/being sufficient bandwidth to do the job.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Phreakiture Re:Chromebook (334 comments)

Where is "there", incidentally? I think it might be helpful to have some idea of how far out in which set of sticks we're talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Phreakiture Re:Standard remote access (334 comments)

VNC might be really slow over dialup though, you'd need to use Tight encoding with JPEG quality cranked all the way down to make it usable at all.

I will admit to trying such stupidity and confirm that this is true. Watching a screen refresh, even when using -compresslevel 9 and -bgr233 is very painful over dialup. Try to avoid it if at all possible.

SSH, OTOH, is fairly usable by dialup.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Phreakiture Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (80 comments)

I have heard that two 720p channels can coexist on one carrier. I haven't heard of anyone doing this with 1080i or 1080p, and I don't know if the 720p channels were running 30 or 60 FPS.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Phreakiture Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

In Soviet Russia, US Rants against YOU.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Phreakiture Re:Here's what you do (80 comments)

Thank you for the fix. I know firsthand that there exist TW employees who are fighting to stop this. They have more reason than we as the customers do, because layoffs almost always follow mergers.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Phreakiture Re:Data caps (85 comments)

Unfortunately, that is true.

about 3 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Phreakiture Re:Plus bonus.... (501 comments)

If it is big enough to contain a couple of kaiju, you could have a kaiju cage match.

about 3 months ago

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