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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Scarletdown Re:Wrong conclusion (269 comments)

My 4GB iRiver Clix is still working fine as the day I got it back in 2007. Been meeting my needs for music when I am on the road, and I am still a long long way from filling its memory up.

And when I am selling this sort of stuff on the 'bay or on Amazon, non Apple players seem to do quite well for me, especially various flavors of the SanDisk Sansa line (they need to make a player called the Arya, I think). Then again, Walkmen, Discmen, and some of their Panasonic and RCA counterparts have pretty much become bread and butter products for me on both sites as well. Go figure.

about two weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Scarletdown Re:Already too much hassle (184 comments)

If it was a turkey posting, he would be complaining about having bread shoved up his ass and then being put in a broiler.

about two weeks ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Scarletdown Re:will be seen as a dig against science (air quot (100 comments)

This is akin to announcing "House without door has lock picked!"

Not to be pedantic, but actually that would be pretty interesting. What's the lock attached to and what was keeping the bugler from gaining entry that required the lock to be circumvented?

Perhaps a safe inside the house with no door had its lock picked? That should still constitute the house having its lock picked, since the safe was part of the house, and therefore so was the safe's lock.

Of course, it could later be revealed that not only did the house not have a door, but there was no opening anywhere where a door would have been, meaning the one breaking into the house had to either go through a window, bash a hole in a wall, or squeeze down the chimney.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Scarletdown Re:Russia, LOL (235 comments)

Ok, Obama. We get it. You're mad at Putin for not handing over the guy who humiliated and exposed you, Snowden. You don't need to spam your butthurt everywhere.

I would guess that he would have been more butthurt about Putin one upping him in the posing with an animal photo department.

Obama poses with a poodle, and Putin is really putin on the ritz by posing with a leopard (can't recall if it was an ordinary leopard or a snow leopard though).

That said, I would kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. :D

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Scarletdown Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

I can choose to enter the movie theater just as the ads are over...

Or just close your eyes for a 10 minute pseudonap while the ads play.

about two weeks ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Scarletdown Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (77 comments)

Sure, it might have originated in the Kuiper belt, but it isn't there any more. Besides, it's the first object to be named after a cartoon character, which kind of made it fun (and easy to remember) when we were kids.

Wasn't Uranus named after the judge in the Trial segment of The Wall? That was also technically a cartoon (as in animated), and Uranus was discovered long before Pluto...long before The Wall even, which makes the planet's naming even more remarkable.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Scarletdown Opportunity for Independence (720 comments)

My suggestion would be to take this as an opportunity to transcend the need to work for the enrichment of someone else and go off script.

If you have IT skills, take the time to step back and determine ways you can put them to use for your benefit without having to be a wage slave. Granted, you may need to go ahead and take assorted crappe jobs for a couple years while you build and save the means to strike out on your own, but that is a small sacrifice to pay for long term independence.

The 21st Century is rife with means for enterprising individuals to break from 19th and 20th Century tradition and live comfortably ever after without having to rely on anyone but themselves for employment.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Scarletdown Re:Vulnerability (388 comments)

I for one will not buy the newest episode fixing that - and Han solo shot.

Fixed that for you. No need to say first, since there was no second.

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Scarletdown Re:She's proselytizing ... (289 comments)

“I’m Catholic; we do not contracept,” Ms. Smith said. “It is a grave sin.” By including those pages in the curriculum, she added, “you have violated my religious rights.”

Her agenda is to make everyone Catholic.

And on that point, she should be removed from her position on Constitutional grounds.

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Scarletdown Re:Slashdot, once again... (289 comments)

Whoops, "heroin" not "heroine". Stupid homophones.

Aw belgium. You caught it too soon.

And here I was all set to come up with something about how it is the villainess that you need to shoot, not the heroine. :D

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Scarletdown Re:Next, the electric pencil (523 comments)

Small metal cylinder with rechargeable battery and a head of little pins that prints one letter at a time as you move it across the paper.
Voice input, of course.

Hilarity would ensue when several people are attempting to use voice input for note taking in class, or in a meeting.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Scarletdown Re:I have never learnt cursive (523 comments)

Then let me teach you a little bit of cursive. "Damn," "Hell," . . . //Bart Simpson reference

*** later, AC is thrown out of the discussion... ***

Never have I heard such gratuitous use of the word "butt"!

about three weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

Also as a final thought on this matter (unless I think of more to add later), I am also pretty certain I would not like Crunchy Frog, Ram's Bladder Cup, Anthrax Ripple, or Spring Surprise either.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

I guess I prefer chocolate that utilizes the sweet taste buds moreso than the bitter taste buds is all.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

She is wearing more than how Burroughs initially described the Martian ladies.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

How so? (if you are referring to my post as a fail). I got the 1984 reference loud and clear.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

I could have sworn it was being reduced to 20 grams...

Why do they even need chocolate on Mars? The only thing there so far is robots. I understand that we should pre-position supplies before sending colonists, but chocolate is not exactly a mission priority.

They do need it real bad there on Mars. Without it, how would hawt princesses like Thuvia or Deja Thoris maintain their proper feminine figures?

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

They could alleviate some of this problem by contacting the people who run Trader Joe's. They have this one dark chocolate bar (can't recall the name of it) that is so nasty and bitter, that it is inedible completely (unless you dip it in honey, then it is barely tolerable). It is worse than baking chocolate and is actually sold as if it is intended to be eaten like a normal bar of chocolate. If they just full stop quit producing that travesty, perhaps that could free up chocolate resources for other uses for perhaps another year or so.

about a month ago

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SEC Proposal Severely Neuters Crowdfunding Projects

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  about a year ago

Scarletdown (886459) writes "A recent proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission will, if passed, severely limit the effectiveness of any crowdfunded project that is based in the United States of America.

The proposal has six major features, the first three of which appear to be the most harmful to startups and any private backers who are not already among the wealthy uppercrust.

1: Crowdfunding caps an amount an issuer can raise to $1 million in any 12-month period.

2: Crowdfunding caps the amount a person can invest in all crowdfundings over a 12-month period at 10% of annual income or net worth (incomes of $100,000 or more) or the greater of $2,000 or 5% of annual income or net worth (incomes of less than $100,000).

3: Crowdfunding must be done through a registered broker-dealer or registered “funding portal.” Broker-dealers and funding portals may not solicit investments, offer investment advice or compensate employees based on sales. Traditional investment banks have shown little interest in crowdfunding, leading to speculation that crowdfunding will be facilitated by lesser-known financial institutions with little or no retail investment track record.

This proposal, with the $1,000,000 annual cap, would succeed in ensuring that the old 20th Century models of funding would remain in place for the forseeable future.

It seems like this would immediately put a halt to any new and innovative ventures here in the U.S., and drive them to set up shop overseas. It makes no sense to squash growth and development by making it prohibitively expensive to get a foothold."

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Does Silverlight Break Video Capture Devices?

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  more than 3 years ago

For at least a year now, I have tried off and on to get my housemate's primary computer operational with video capture capability so that he can do screenshots and clips from the assorted game consoles set up in his room, and to actually be able to play these consoles on his nice big monitor instead of the old composite Amiga CRT that they are all connected to.

All attempts have failed miserably with three different devices thus far (ATI TV Wonder USB, a more or less generic USB capture device, which I am currently using on my own system, and a little Syntek STK1160 USB device). On all three, the capture or viewing apps used (WinDVR 3, VLC, and Ulead VideoStudio) gave either a blank display with a claim of no video input detected, or a super garbled neon green image.

At first I thought the problem may be with his video card, GeForce 8600GT PCIe, or the drivers, but as the frustrations progressed, I determined that this was not where the fault lies. To further test, I connected the most recent device, the Syntek, into one of my test systems, running XP Pro with SP3, and installed the drivers and all three apps. It worked flawlessly.

One major difference between the two is that his has Microsoft Silverlight installed so he can stream Netflix on his computer. Neither my test box nor my primary system here had Silverlight installed. So I decided to conduct one more test.

I created a system restore point, installed Silverlight on the test box and tried WinDVR again. It was still working. Then I uninstalled the drivers for the SynTek and reinstalled. Sure enough, video capture no longer worked, showing the same symptoms as the other box.

For the next step in the testing process, I uninstalled Silverlight and did a reboot. Now the video capture still does not work. Somehow, Uninstall did not uninstall everything Silverlight had put on the system, which is pretty shitty behavior for any application. Uninstall should mean just that. Get your crappe and everything that came with it off my hard drive and return the system back to how it was beforehand.

Continuing the quest, I have uninstalled and reinstalled the video capture drivers, and went ahead and did another reboot. The video capture device still does not work. So now I am back to square one. On the test box, I can just restore from the restore point I set, but it is way too late for that on the other. Would anyone who may be reading this have any suggestions on how to completely eradicate Silverlight without completely reinstalling Windows?

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