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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

PoconoPCDoctor Re: "Swap out" - LOL (122 comments)

Cool. Forgot about the filters. The BSOD screensaver project sounds fun. What I like about the Pi and these other one-board projects is that they are not "buy something and turn it on." You have to really think and learn about Arduino scripting (???) I read a bit more about the project - so the scripting by Arduino controls the stations that the radio can play - plus, it is limited to Google Play. The same guy built an interactive coffee table with LCD screens - hopefully coffee proof - so I am leaning towards the internet radio due to time constraints.

about three weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

PoconoPCDoctor Re: "Swap out" - LOL (122 comments)

Been away for some time now from /. A.C. swoops in and uses such respectful terms like "retard?," and knocks President Obama? You are SO not brave. I would suggest minimizing or eliminating the A.C.. Bring back real moderation. Most commenters here are very smart, but stuff like this brings down the level of discussion. Btw, so as not to veer to far off-topic, I have a PI yet to be used. Saw a nice internet radio project recently. The cabinet was beautiful (his dad built that) and the son set up the PI.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (146 comments)

I accept your nomination. Is there some "form" I need to complete to receive my Award?

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (146 comments)

Cool. Had tickets for one of the last STS missions. We had a there day window but the launch was scrubbed past the time we had. Still had a great tour of the facility. Yes, Mars is a dead planet. But as Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, we need to have some planB. The dinosaurs can't be blamed for not knowing about asteroids - what's our excuse?

about three weeks ago
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NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever

PoconoPCDoctor Saw the last launch of the Saturn V (146 comments)

From 10 miles away in Titusville, Fl. I will always remember the pounding of my chest form the rockets. Let's go to Mars.

about three weeks ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Waste of time (131 comments)

Yup. They have one where I work. But since I focus on closing out tickets, not too much time is left for this. Unless they force me to use it. I used to be able to call or IM another team about an issue. They stopped responding and said "post this on our community." So instead of actually answering my question, the "solution" is to ask it in a different place? Alrighty then.....

about three weeks ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Here is a thought..not much of one (400 comments)

Well, I became involved with the Obama campaign in 2007, and after that, spent more time on Daily Kos. When I saw /. pop up on Facebook, I started to read (and repost) a story here and there. After 9/11, I discovered that other some IT people I had worked with at the World Trade Center were Republicans. I would find that I could have a dialogue with them for a while, and then they would regurgitate the latest "Fox and Friends" lie - BENGHAZI! - and I would have to let them go. I guess it astounds me that tech-savvy people have views like "less government," which they share with tea-baggers carrying misspelled signs like Keep Your Hands off my Medicar.

about 9 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

PoconoPCDoctor Re: What went wrong... (400 comments)

My son will be covered by our health care until he is 26. Good thing. Pre-existing conditions not a reason for no insurance for millions of people. Great thing. And you would propose what? Do tell, oh wise slash dotter.

about 9 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

PoconoPCDoctor Re: then why did some states succeed? (400 comments)

What planet do you live on? Republicans NEVER rubber stamp any bill proposed by a Democrats. And if anybody's mess needed cleaning up, it's is always the two wars on the credit card Republicans that fit this description. Amazing how you fit so much misinformation or lack of understanding in two sentences.

about 9 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Here is a thought..not much of one (400 comments)

Wow. Not equipped. I seem to recall a website called barackobama.com that came from behind to give Senator a Obama the presidency in 2008 and 2012. Maybe this should have been expanded to healthcare.gov. The campaign web site was admittedly less complex - it just had to record names, addresses, contributions, etc. but it did handle millions of small donations without crashing. Full disclosure, knocked on doors in Iowa in 2008, delegate to the DNC in Charlotte, NC in 2012, but damn! I would have thought that most /. users were a bit more liberal that what I am reading here. The AC's I can understand, but the rest? So you would prefer who - Rand "Wikipedia plagiarized" Paul? Yikes. Interested to hear intelligent feedback. That excludes conspiracy theories, ok?

about 9 months ago
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First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone

PoconoPCDoctor Google Translator compatible? (106 comments)

These new domains seem to split the internet, unless the pages can be read by the English speaking world. Maybe that's the idea, but it seems to move away from the intent of a universal internet.

about 9 months ago
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Mystery of Missing Martian Methane Deepens

PoconoPCDoctor MMMMMM.... methane (53 comments)

Homer's favorite byproduct.

about 10 months ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

PoconoPCDoctor Save me from bad drivers (662 comments)

We are a long way from jumping in the car, saying "work," and then reading or taking a nap on the way. We accept about 30 thousand deaths a year in the USA as normal. If the real bugs could be worked out, this number would go down.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

PoconoPCDoctor Re: From a comment on the story - so this is bogus (237 comments)

Yup,clearly labeled from a comment. I live in PA, where the Democratic Party just passed a resolution against fracking, thanks to my sister, a co-chair from Monroe County. Nice going sis!

1 year,8 days
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

PoconoPCDoctor Re: Not enough (237 comments)

And how do I know you're anything but a shill for the fabulous frackers, AC man or woman or just plain shill? You do know that tests for water generally show a laundry list of carcinogens which are never found in those amounts in non-fracking areas, right? Shill away, AC.

1 year,8 days
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

PoconoPCDoctor From a comment on the story - so this is bogus (237 comments)

This segment of oil and gas propaganda was brought to you by the good ol' folks of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and its friends at ANGA. What a joke! I'm sure the American Natural Gas Association (ANGA) will advertise even more on your station now as a thank you for this puff piece you proffered as news. I live in SW PA. I sadly know many, many families whose lives have been destroyed by the onslaught of drilling and fracking. For them, this might be the most insulting study I have seen to date. Why not point out, CBS, that the state of PA never even had 1 cumulative impact study on human health or the environment before they allowed the takeover of our state and government by big oil and gas. No consideration whatsoever for what this would do to our health, our air, our water. We are here to be the guinea pigs and no one really seems to care thanks to a lack of media integrity and coverage about the reality of living in the gasfields. CBS should be embarrassed to even play along with this type of bought and paid for "journalism". Congratulations Duke! You found a company here that can drill and maintain a gas pad exactly as it should be without a single complication and did a study (like the 7 or 8% failure rate on the cement well casings. This is one of the major reasons we have had so much water contamination and methane migration in this state. Check the DEP numbers here in PA. That is failure of cement casing on just the completion of wells, not the overall failure rate, over time, that is much, much higher). It is terrifying to think about all of the damage that the fractures (1800 ft) themselves can or will do in addition to the failed casings. You seem there are hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and coal mines in all corners of this state that are further complicating this type of migration and contamination. Why not investigate that? Looking at one well and saying "Hey, this is how it is supposed to work when it does. See, it can happen." is not any kind of science or research that helps those of us screaming "WHAT DO WE DO WHEN YOUR DRILL SITES FAIL; WHEN YOUR FRACK PITS LEAK TOXIC WASTE; WHEN YOUR TRUCKS SPILL AND YOUR WORKERS ILLEGALLY DUMP ON OUR ROADS AND IN OUR WATERWAYS? WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE CAN'T BREATHE THE AIR OUTSIDE OF OUR HOMES AND ALL OF OUR POLITICIANS and REGULATORY AGENCIES ARE BEHOLDEN TO INDUSTRY AND NOT THE PEOPLE THEY WORK FOR?" Now there's a story we here in Gasland would love to see. I will take any honest journalist on a tour of what fracking really looks like when things go wrong, as they often do, from the view of the harmed, the sickened, the destroyed forests and farmland. I will show you the massive frackpits that sit behind people's houses and poison their air. I will show you what black, putrid water looks like where it used to run clean and water animals. I will let you smell the smell of flaring and burning of god knows what from giant cyrogenic plants next to the home of toddlers and daycare centers. I will show you where toxic waste is buried on farmland and where water catches fire and well after well is destroyed, thanks to all of the disruption of the earth below it. I could show you all of this and yet the sad truth is that you wouldn't even investigate or report on it, just like the media round these parts. You have an organization to run and that takes lots of advertising dollars, not honest reporting. Just keep spewing the BS about jobs, safety, doing it right, American independence from foreign oil, and every other lie and industry talking point that you tell to justify the plight of my neighbors and the destruction of our land and the profit of your news organization. I'll be here shaking my head at your fault, but fighting back. I'll watch as our resources are shipped to China and India, while more and more foreign companies drill and have more rights in our backyards than the citizens of this state. I'll watch with great sadness, your participation in the destruction of my democracy. And I will continue to speak truth to power. My eyes were opened a long time ago. I understand how the world works. I know what part in the coverup media outlets like you play. I only hope that many of your viewers wake up and take your news for what it is, good old American journaltizing at its best.

1 year,8 days

Submissions

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Mythbusters - Japanese Car Runs on Water and Air?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Well, I was browsing another political web site, and came across what appears to the umpteenth version of energy from water.

FTA -

"it appears that a Japanese company named Genepax may have pulled ahead of the competition with a prototype vehicle that runs entirely on water and air. Their new "Water Energy System (WES)," generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes using a proprietary technology called the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). The secret behind MEA is a special material that is capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction."

MEA culpa! Can anyone here debunk or validate the science of this claim?"

Link to Original Source
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Would you buy a $2,400.00 80 gig Flash Hard Drive?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Well, flash hard drives are coming. The question does not seem to be anymore about performance, as the new flash-based hard drives are speedy indeed. But at $30.00 bucks per gigabyte, the question for the average consumer or geek is — would you buy one?

from the TechRepublic article -

Utah-based start-up Fusion-io has just launched its first product, the ioDrive. It is a PCI Express-based flash storage card that can pack hundreds of gigabytes of flash storage into a single board, potentially replacing banks of high-performance hard drives.

According to the company, the ioDrive will be start at 80 GB and scale to 320 and 640 GB next year. Plans for a 12 TB card is also in the works by the end of 2008. Housing multiple cards in a single computer for extra performance and fault tolerance will also be possible.

Just how fast is the ioDrive? According to Fusion io's CTO, David Flynn, the card has 160 parallel pipelines that can read data at 800 megabytes per second and write at 640 MB/sec. In a benchmarking test with a worst case scenario of 4k blocks and eight simultaneous 1 GB read and write operations, the ioDrive clocked in at 100,000 operations per second.

"That would have just thrashed a regular hard drive," said Flynn.

Your wallet takes a thrashing as well!"

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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "If you fall into the geekster category, which includes 99.9999 percent of /. readers, the rest being mistakenly drawn here when they google "OMG — PONIES!, you have always been the first to buy that 1G iPod, etc. and don't forget yadda yadda. But do techie types actually stay at the bleeding edge when it comes to politics? At least one blogger thinks so.

Slashdot Editors — please note — although this is my blog at Blogspot, I do not have any click-through ads on either of my sites. I am genuninely interested in finding out the answer to this question — but as always, please do your job and edit away!

Jim Lyons
East Stroudsburg, PA"
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "I almost fell off my chair while reading a story in Network World reporting this worrisome scenario...

"In the event of a massive cyberattack against the country that was perceived as originating from a foreign source, the United States would consider launching a counterattack or bombing the source of the cyberattack.... But he noted the preferred route would be warning the source to shut down the attack before a military response."

I would hope that they are really, really, REALLY certain that they have identified the correct geographical source of the cyber-attack. Also, even if the source of the attack can be absolutely verified without any chance for error (which I doubt), if the cyber-terrorists are located in a populated area — does the order to bomb still go through, regardless of probable loss of innocent life?"
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "The New York Times reports that thanking researchers for discovering bugs in software is no longer enough, and a burgeoning market is developing where so-caelled "bounty hunters" sell flaws in software, including Vista, Microsoft's newest flagship operating system, to the highest bidder, for better or for worse.

From the article -

"Companies like Microsoft do not endorse such bounty programs, but they have even bigger problems: the willingness of Internet criminals to spend large sums for early knowledge of software flaws that could provide an opening for identity-theft schemes and spam attacks.

And some hackers have little ethical compunction about who buys their research, or what they use it for. In a phone interview last week arranged by an intermediary in the security field, a hacker calling himself "Segfault," who said he was a college-age student in New York City, led a reporter on an online tour of a public Web site, ryan1918.com, where one forum is provocatively titled "Buy-Sell-Trade-0day."

Segfault, who said he did not want to reveal his name because he engages in potentially illegal activity, said the black market for zero-days "just exploded" last year after the damaging Windows Metafile attack.

He claims he earned $20,000 last year from selling his own code — mostly on private chat channels, not public forums like Ryan1918 — making enough to pay his tuition.

Although he conceded that Microsoft had made significant strides with Vista's security, he said underground hacker circles now had a powerful financial incentive to find its weak links.

"Vista is going to get destroyed," he said.""
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "It sounded too good to be true — that two corporate giants could work out a deal behind the scenes to help each other.

The other shoe has dropped, and Apple is being sued by Cisco over the use of Cisco's already trademarked "iPhone" name.

From the article...

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark.

"Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand," Chandler added."
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "Behringer has just released an electric guitar with a USB port, allowing direct digital recording. It comes with software for a Mac or PC, and looks pretty nifty!



From the site -



You have a great song in mind and want to record it straight to your PC. You want all your amps and effects in your workstation so you can jam like you're in the studio or on stage. With the BEHRINGER iAXE393 USB-Guitar you're just a cable away.



The high-quality electric guitar comes with a fantastic maple neck and its screaming tone sings through 3 single-coil pickups with 5-way switching. A built-in connector allows you to connect your headphones straight to your guitar so you can jam with your favorite band. Cool, isn't it?



For only $149.00, I want one!
 "
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "As someone who's dropped 64 pounds since last November, and with still another 130 to go, I'm always looking for ways to lose weight.

As the recent "South Park" episode on World of Warcraft pointed out, it's real easy to become Jabba The Hut-like due to excess time behind the keyboard.

The words buff and geek are usually never seen in close proximity to each other, but if you absolutely MUST spend most of your time pointing and clicking instead of cardio and resistance training at the gym, Geek-A-Cycle has the answer. Now you can have your MM0RPG's and ripped abs at the same time! This one might be on my gift list."
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "If you've ever wanted to "be like Al Gore," and present his Keynote slide show on global warming, now's the time to sign up to be trained.

From the site — "The Climate Project will host seven training sessions between late September and January 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. The two-day program is designed to familiarize trainees with the climate change science, equip them with new presentation skills, and develop a new dynamic online learning community for ongoing activities.

The training is open to individuals of all ages, educational and technical backgrounds. Prospective trainees are expected to have a strong commitment to the well-documented fact that human activity has created a climate crisis, and that we have a moral obligation to take dramatic steps to reduce the gaseous emissions that cause global warming."

So get your geek on and train, and you too can be like Al!""
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PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PoconoPCDoctor writes "So my now ancient Audigy Platinum EAX, state of the art not too long ago, has bitten the dust. It held up in three different systems, one Abit board and two Asus boards. My question is now, what do Slashdotters recommend for a premium sound card if the primary use is ripping MP3's?

I am looking seriously at The Soundblaster X-FI XtremeMusic, mainly due to the good experience I've had with Creative and the now-defunct Audigy.

So what does the average nerd use? I'm waiting for your input!"

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For a Media PC - Knoppmyth or Vista Home Premium?

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I home today, courtesy of President's 1 and 16, and so have a little more time to think about the next step in my newly transplanted PC, which is now parked in an Antec media case under the HD plasma tv. I would like to have more control over recording tv shows than is allowed through the cable TV's DVR, so I am faced with a choice.

Although I'm fairly certain that most Slashdot readers would think this a no-brainer - Mythtv or a variant like Knoppmyth is the the way to go, I also have the option of downloading an upgrade to Vista Home Premium, which includes the latest version of Windows Media Center.

For the record - I am an extreme commuter - 5 hours a day is consumed by my daily trip to and from the Big Apple, so there is precious little time to delve into Linux to get a functional media center pc. I have only used a couple of distros - yes, a Linux noob am I.

Still, I'd be interested in hearing the merits of Knoppmyth over using Vista Home Premium, with the emphasis on ease of installation. While I realize some preparation is required for either installation to go smoothly, like selecting compatible tuner cards, I think I am like many consumers when it comes to things technical - I just want them to work!

$159.00 for Vista Home Basic does not seem like a lot of money to get an OS that was five years in the making, and one that (in my humble experience with Win2K and XP AFTER a service pack or two) works reliably and does what I need it to do.

BTW, I am not concerned about DRM - so please address the ease of installation issue only.

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Rejected Submissions

PoconoPCDoctor PoconoPCDoctor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So far, I am 13 for 13 in stories submitted to Slashdot - all rejected. So I have decided to enter all stories I submit in my journal, in case someone might find them useful. Below is a similar story I put on my blog with essentially the same information.

While writing my previous post, I was looking for information about Computer Shows. I found the MarketPro web site, and then clicked on the link for the Allentown Fair Grounds. The correct link to the Allentown Fair Grounds is

http://www.allentownfair.com

The web site, however, had mistakenly coded it as

http://http://www.allentownfair.com

The extra http:// takes you to none other than tada! www.microsoft.com. I tried adding the extra http:// on a few other web sites, and they all will redirect to Microsoft. I also searched for references to this phenomenom on Google, but did not find any direct matches.

When you consider how many times this might happen in the course of a day, it seems that Microsoft has found a very interesting way to drive traffic to their site.

Remember, you heard it here first!

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