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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Sandman1971 Winter? (496 comments)

I'd really like to know how they would address the removal of ice/snow/slush that we see in the winter in Canada/Northern US. And how much light would the screen emit at night, potentially blinding the driver. So many questions, so little answers.

about three weeks ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Sandman1971 My backup solution (983 comments)

I have a similar set up. Between music, movies and photos I'm close to the 15TB range. I'm selective as to what I back up however.
I don't back up commercial movies or music. I have the CDs/DVDs/Blurays that I ripped. If something were to happen to the NASes that's holding that media I can always re-rip. For movies/tv shows, I find myself only watching them once or twice, so if something were to happen I probably wouldn't be re-ripping most of my collection. What would probably need to be re-ripped right away would be the Barney/Dora/Thomas DVDs for the kids. For music it's fairly quick to rip (and even faster to download :P ).

The only things I back up are home movies and photos. For home movies I backup the uncompressed files, but for photos I don't back up my RAW files, only the jpegs. Those are backed up to external hard drives that I keep either at my desk at work or at my parents' place. If by some weird coincidence I would lose those as well, a great deal of my home movies were uploaded to Youtube (private) and selected important pictures to Flickr.

  With that much data, what it comes down to for me is what I absolutely do not want to lose or can't afford to lose.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Sandman1971 Tons (531 comments)

The very first thing I install on a home machine is an antivirus/antimalware app, since it's Windows after all. Followed by Chrome to download and install drivers/apps for my peripherals (printer, videocard, dsl camera, scanner, etc..). Once that's done comes Thunderbird, Mozbackup (to transfer my old emails/addons) and VirtualBox (With Ubuntu, Edubuntu). Followed by Photoshop and Premiere. Then Steam, Origin and World of Warcraft. The rest I do like you, install them as required.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

Sandman1971 Re:I can't be bothered with either (220 comments)

We're talking first gen /release day games here. Take PS3/Xbox 360 release day games and compare them to late PS2/Xbox games. It was exactly the same thing. Heck, just compare first year 360/PS2 games and compare them to new releases for those platforms. They are worlds apart. It takes developers a while to ramp up and get to know the architecture that they are writing for.

  Also, waiting for the next gen console before upgrading is fine and dandy if you don't plan on playing any new console releases. Give it a couple of years and most major developers will no longer be releasing most of their titles for the previous consoles.

Considering the record sales of the new consoles, I don't think your assumption that a lot of people are going to be skipping this generation is anywhere near the truth. You still can't find Xbox Ones and PS4s on store shelves or online stock, they're selling faster than either company can produce them. There might be a very small pocket of gamers who will, but so far all indications is that most will be upgrading at some point.

about 3 months ago
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How Google Broke Itself and Fixed Itself, Automatically

Sandman1971 Captcha? (125 comments)

I wonder if this is at all related to their Captcha outage on the 22nd. I still haven't heard a peep as to what caused the outage, or even an acknowledgement that there was even an outage, even though the captcha group was filled with sysadmins complaining about captcha being down.

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

Sandman1971 Port properties to other consoles (559 comments)

It's time that Nintendo start porting their properties to other consoles. I'd love to play the next Super Mario game on my Xbox One. I'd love to play Mario Kart on my PS4. Don't even license out the games, create/produce them the same way you've been doing for years, but just start porting them to other platforms and get out of the console business.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Sandman1971 Re:WD TV Live plays almost everything (420 comments)

I third this recommendation. I have 3 WD Live boxes in my house, all connecting to my media SANs (DNS 323s with DLNA enabled) , streaming my music, videos and photos. It also does netflix, Hulu (US only), Pandora, YouTube, TuneIn, Shoutcast and a few dozen other built in apps. The best deal is to get them at Costco as they're not only cheaper but they come with a HDMI cable. The one I bought at an electronics store didn't come with the HDMI.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Sandman1971 Re:Build your own (564 comments)

In my case, with the power of today's PC, I run other OSes in a VM. Instead of having a Windows desktop and a Linux desktop, I run a Windows desktop with VirtualBox and run my Linux instances inside a VM with an extremely negligible impact to performance. Most of my co-workers are doing the similar things, running different OSes in a VM instead of having a second box.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Sandman1971 Build your own (564 comments)

Now I'm only going by my circle of friends, family and acquaintances so this might be a small anomaly but...

It appears that not only is tablet use displacing having a 2nd or 3rd PC, it is more importantly replacing the laptop (name brand). When buying a desktop, the people in my circle have been moving away from buying the Dells and Compaqs and other name brands and have either been building their owns or buying the local PC shop pre-mades, Numbers that wouldn't show up in these reports.

  As others have mentioned, today's desktop PCs also tend to last longer as they are still very powerful 3-4 years later.

Mix all of these together and it's no surprise

about 3 months ago
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Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

Sandman1971 Re:Isn't Apple the minority platform? (166 comments)

I'm sure the meetings with the record companies went something like this:
Apple" iTunes has 65% of digital music sales. With iRadio, listeners will be able to buy a song directly in the player. Failure to allow us to spin your records in iRadio will cost you money".
Record execs: "Where do we sign???"

about 7 months ago
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Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

Sandman1971 Re:Isn't Apple the minority platform? (166 comments)

Except Pandora is pretty much US only, and even though Spotify is available in about 3 dozen countries or so, still doesn't have a user base of more than 20 million. I suspect iTunes Radio will be available for every market where there's a local iTunes music store. A much much much bigger possible market.Will Pandora survive? Probably, though it will probably lose listeners. Spotify may not. In either case, I would think that iTunes radio would have a much bigger userbase than both combined.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Deletes Social Fixer Community Page Without Explanation

Sandman1971 Re:Near the end of the cycle for Facebook (192 comments)

People said the same when Google came along. It won't be long until it dies and something better comes along.

Yahoo, Alta Vista, Google, they were just part of a cycle. Another search engine will come along to supplant the dominance. The life cycle for a websearch engine was about 3 years back then. How long has Google reigned supreme?

Things aren't like they used to be. These types of things tend to either die out fairly quickly, or stick around for many years. I don't think Facebook is in a situation where they'll die off any time soon.

about 7 months ago
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CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers

Sandman1971 Unlocked phone? (230 comments)

This may sound like a stupid question to some...

When going to Europe, I would get a burner phone as it was cheaper than paying roaming/data fees. Since they must now unlock the phone (in my case, an iPhone), does that mean that when I now go to Europe all I need to do is buy a SIM card/service from a local cell provider and stick it in my iPhone and it will work?

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Sandman1971 Re:Canada!~ (832 comments)

The mother to be of course wouldn't be forced to have an abortion, nor would she not be given any time off. What it does mean however is that she can't collect any EI benefits and probably no income topoff from her employer, so you get 0$ for the time she is off. It would end up being an unpaid leave of absence.

There's really no such thing as a 'maternity leave payment'. It's Employment Insurance, but instead of collecting it because you got laid off, you're collecting it because you gave birth. And by law, your employer must have the same or similar position available to you upon your return.

This exact thing happened to my wife's acquaintances. She ended up pregnant 3 months after the birth of her first child. It was pretty tough for them for a couple of years.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Sandman1971 Re:Canada!~ (832 comments)

You require to work at least 6 months (37.5 hr work week) between maternity leaves in Canada. Since a good portion of maternity leave is EI, you have to meet the minimum amount of hours worked to be able to claim it, regardless of the cause. If memory serves me right the number of required hours is around 900 hours. A little more than just a few weeks.

If you're employer tops you up on top of EI, they have their own guidelines too. I know in the case of my wife's employer, she must work at least a year to be able to get her maternity leave topped up again.

about a year ago
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Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1

Sandman1971 Only OLD format, not current (199 comments)

Google Docs is only dropping support for old formats (Office 97-2007). Old applications that haven't been patched in how long? No reasonable business that requires documents should still be running on those old versions anyways. You can only keep backwards compatibility for so long before things start to get bloated and buggy.

about a year and a half ago
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July Heat Set U.S. Record

Sandman1971 Re:What about the rest of the world? (422 comments)

We Canadians, you're neighbours to the north, also recorded record heat and record (lack of) rainfall in July.
Hopefully August will be better. As I type this, it's been raining heavily for the last 20 minutes. We've had more rain in the last 20 mins here in Ottawa that we've had the entire month of July. I'm pretty sure I heard my grass cheering.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

Sandman1971 Re:Nitrogen (434 comments)

Pressed music CD's DVDs are not the same as the ones you use to burn. Pressed CDs/DVDs are not made of the same materials as those used for burning, and will last decades if properly taken care of.
For CDs/DVDs used for burning, the first couple generations of these (when you were paying 2-5$ A DISC) were made of much thicker material and most of the stuff I burnt in the 90s on these types of discs are still readable today. However, with cheap discs came cheap/slim material, which are greatly affected by disc rot. I have some CDs and DVDs that I burnt just 2-3 years ago that are unreadable due to disc rot. If you hold them up to a light you can see the holes.

That being said, you can buy archival DVDs & CDs. The companies claim they will last 100 years if stored properly. I use them to back up my pictures. Those should be sufficient for the time capsule. Burn 3 or more copies to ensure greater chances of being to read everything.

about 2 years ago
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Canadians To Get Unbundled Cable TV Channels

Sandman1971 Re:Content bundling (195 comments)

HBO, Nick and Food Network are Canadian versions of those channels. They're not the US feeds. HBO is broadcasted by TMN with some canadian content. I believe Food Network Canada is owned by Rogers. I'm not sure who owns Nick. There's also no Canadian provider that carry SyFy. There is Space (Canadian channel, owned by Bell) which has a lot of the same programming, but again, it's not the US feed you're seeing.
 

about 2 years ago

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Canadian Do Not Call List Goes Live

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sandman1971 writes "Years after the United Stated implemented one, the Canadian government has finally implemented a Do Not Call List. Canadians can finally register their phone numbers on the list and telemarketers have 31 days to remove registered numbers from their call lists. Failure to do so can lead up to fines of $15,000 per offense. Political parties, charities, newspapers and businesses with whom you've had a business relationship in the last 18 months are exempt and can still continue to call you in the middle of dinner. Just how effective has the US DNC registry been, and will this mean some relief for Canadians?"
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MediaDefender Takes Down Revision3

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sandman1971 (516283) writes "Over the long Memorial Day weekend, Revision3 was the target of a malicious Denial Of Service Attack which brought R3 to its knees. After investigating the matter, it was discovered that the source of the attacks came from MediaDefender, the famed company hired by the MPAA and RIAA to try and stop the spread of illegal file sharing. The kicker? Revision3 was taken down for running a bittorent tracker to distribute its own legal content."
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Canadian Do Not Call List Goes Live

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Years after the United Stated implemented one, the Canadian government has finally implemented a Do Not Call List. Canadians can finally register their phone numbers on the list and telemarketers have 31 days to remove registered numbers from their call lists. Failure to do so can lead up to fines of $15,000 per offense. Political parties, charities, newspapers and businesses with whom you've had a business relationship in the last 18 months are exempt and can still continue to call you in the middle of dinner. Just how effective has the US DNC registry been, and will this mean some relief for Canadians?

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