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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS Re:Car alarm symphony; real bells (790 comments)

That's still around, at least in Russia. I'd say that the Car Alarm Symphony should be Russia's official disaster anthem. A lot of the YouTube videos of the Chelyabinsk meteor and its aftermath featured it as a background soundtrack after the shock wave hit. Then, there's this gem, a wrecked truck of gas cylinders. Each time one blows up, the videographer's car alarm decides to join in. Note the SAM launch at 3:15 or so. There's a dashcam video that shows how it all started, too (with strangely appropriate music on the driver's radio).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS Re:Payphone dime falling in (790 comments)

I always found it amusing when, in a movie, you'd see someone using a single-slot "fortress" phone, putting in the dime, and hearing "Ding! Ding!" even though the single-slot phones never had coin gongs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS Re:Zenith Space Command remote (790 comments)

Even the tuning fork version used the stepper-driven tuner. My grandparents had one of those sets, and just jingling your keys or coins was enough to make the TV do random things. Jingle, jingle, *thunk* HEY! *clack* *thunk*

On the other hand, my upstairs neighbor back in those days had a Heathkit with a much more elegant RF-based remote. When you pressed on one of the volume or picture controls, the corresponding knob on the set would rotate. That was seriously high-tech home entertainment back in 1969.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS The "crybaby" tone (790 comments)

That tone was generated rather than recorded, and it was strictly a Bell System thing (though not all RBOCs used it). Each tone generator sounded slightly different.

You can find a sample on this page (look for "No Such Number Tone").

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

SIGBUS Good luck (426 comments)

Hopefully, there are enough people who can think beyond the current dip in oil prices to keep interest up in electric cars. Oil just isn't a good long-term solution, and the sooner we can get cars off it the better.

If they could get the range up to 300+ miles, have a usable quick charge capability, and still keep it affordable, I'd go electric in a heartbeat.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS Sirens (790 comments)

Though it's intended more for fire trucks than police cars, Federal Signal is still making the Q siren, and yes, those things are LOUD.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

SIGBUS Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

Check out some high-end offerings from all those same companies that produced high-end CRTs for colour critical applications back in the day like Eizo, or NEC, (they are still in the business and they are also the source for panels used in medical imaging etc if you like colour accuracy) and don't base your view of technology on what you somewhat throws at you during Black Friday sales.

It's kind of hard to find NEC displays now, but they're worth every penny, and they still make 16:10 panels for those like me who like the extra vertical pixels. I managed to find mine at a TigerDirect retail location, but they didn't even put out a floor sample, let alone stock it on the retail shelves - they had to pull it from the warehouse.

about three weeks ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

SIGBUS Make that 1972 (123 comments)

The PLATO IV terminals from 1972 had such touchscreens as well. Ancient tech indeed.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

SIGBUS Re:Edit needed in body of story (246 comments)

Looks like he accidentally his post.

about a month ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

SIGBUS Re:One of the few games with incredible imaginatio (186 comments)

Pity it hasn't been updated meaningfully for over a decade - perhaps it just hit perfection?

Though I've ascended a few characters, I haven't tried to do so in a while, mainly because of that long, slow slog through the mazes. I'd consider changing things around so that there's maybe a 1/10 chance of getting a maze on any standard Gehennom level - or better yet, only the special levels get mazes.

Funny how the wizard is one of the weakest characters at the beginning of the game, but becomes almost unstoppable at experience level 30. Reverse-genociding purple worms, taming them, and teleporting them away can really be helpful on the Astral Plane - a bunch of pet purple worms can really wreak havoc. Even one pet purple worm can be handy in Minetown (though I take care to lock Izchak in his shop when I clean out Minetown).

about 1 month ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

SIGBUS MPEG-2 on RPi (140 comments)

Note that you have to buy a codec license to activate the Raspberry Pi's MPEG-2 support. Once you've added the license key to your config.txt, XBMC will handle MPEG-2 just fine; I can stream shows from my MythTV backend without any problem. But, the sluggish interface is a bit of a problem, especially when using an IR remote.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

SIGBUS Trees vs. powerlines (516 comments)

In my neighborhood (Chicago area), they most certainly trim the trees, to the point that many of them look downright weird. That doesn't completely prevent storm-related power outages, but it at least makes them pretty rare for me.

Still, if the crown of one of those trees snaps off, like it did in a severe storm late this June, it can result in an extended outage. That's when I discovered that my UPS outlasted the batteries in Comcast's local infrastructure by a wide margin.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

SIGBUS Re:Lots of reasons (236 comments)

I've never had voltage sag to the point that the battery was needed, but there have been a few times, during summer heat waves, when my UPS would go into boost mode (about 108V or so at the wall socket). Lately, though, I've been getting higher-than-normal voltage, consistently 124-127V, and when it gets above 126 the UPS will knock 16V off. At least it can use an autotransformer to deal with minor over- and under-voltage conditions, instead of killing the battery. If it were switching to battery I'd be calling my power company.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

SIGBUS Re:UPS (236 comments)

Back on June 30, a severe storm knocked out power to my neighborhood for about 20 hours. I had my systems on a 1500VA APC Smart-UPS, and after a couple of minutes, when it was obvious the power wasn't coming on soon, I turned off the big machines and stayed online with an Atom box.

Unfortunately, it appears that Comcast hadn't planned for long power outages. Twenty minutes after the power went out, the internet went down and stayed down. That kind of performance doesn't give me much confidence in their home phone service, needless to say. Of course, the AT&T landline kept on trucking, but it's looking like that won't be an option for too much longer.

about 2 months ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

SIGBUS In other news... (75 comments)

"Extreme Shrimp" is going to be my next band name.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

SIGBUS No subsitute for hardwired Ethernet (279 comments)

I've tried both wireless client bridges (300Mbps N) and powerline Ethernet adapters for an HDHomerun tuner, and my results were: a) only one tuner could stream over the wireless and b) the powerline adapters were an epic fail. The punch line is that the HDHomerun works fine and dandy over 100BaseT. Between the crowded 2.4 GHz spectrum and the poor penetration of 5 GHz, wireless just doesn't cut it for anything that needs throughput.

String some Cat5e or Cat6, and leave the wireless for laptops and tablets.

Cat5e will work fine for gigabit. Cat6 will support 10G, but 10G costs a fortune.

about 4 months ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

SIGBUS MPG estimates based on driving like an idiot? (403 comments)

I have a 2010 Honda Fit with the manual transmission and a 1.5l four-banger. In my real-world driving, I get about 32-36 MPG in city driving, and 38-42 MPG on the highway. As it turns out, that's quite a bit better than the EPA numbers: 27 city/33 highway. I try to drive efficiently at least, but I wouldn't consider myself to be a hypermiler, either. I can't help but think that the EPA numbers assume idiotic driving with jackrabbit starts and racing to red lights. And now they're claiming that the estimates overstate things?

about 4 months ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

SIGBUS Re:I quit using Belkin years ago, (191 comments)

I guess I can't be too surprised that they'd pull a cunning stunt like this, just because they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar already, with the "spam router" fiasco. It's hard to believe it's been over a decade since that, and they're still baking stupidity into their routers.

It's sad to see they snapped up Linksys, but Linksys was already on a downward spiral anyway. In any case, I'm not buying a router unless I can install DD-WRT or OpenWRT on it. Of course, with Comcast now pushing integrated router/cable modem setups, I might just have to run a firewall distro inside a VM on a system with two NICs. I trust Comcast even less than I'd trust Belkin.

about 4 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

SIGBUS Re:Awesome (107 comments)

Recent versions of the BeagleBone Black have 4 GB of internal flash and come with Debian pre-installed.

That being said, I have a RPi, mainly for use as a media center (one of the best uses for it).

about 5 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

SIGBUS Re:Hardly new (281 comments)

I've noticed this problem (not the CPU so much as RAM and storage space) with my LG F3. Recent updates to Google services have bloated things enough that I have trouble applying app updates in its limited storage space, and multiple apps that used to work well together now no longer fit in available RAM. Sometimes I have to uninstall and reinstall an app to update it now. Things get cramped with less than 1.3 GB of internal storage, even with an SD card installed.

I'd love to see an up-spec F3 with double the RAM and gobs of storage (but keeping the SD slot and removable battery). I don't really need a hyper-expensive flagship phone, tempting as it may be. For all of the F3's faults, it has LTE, good RF performance in general, and outstanding battery life. It also puts the lie to the claim that you can't have a slim phone with a replaceable battery and an SD slot.

about 6 months ago

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