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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

Scarletdown Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

Autorefresh sucks too!


accessibility.blockautorefresh true

about two weeks ago

Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Scarletdown Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Any sort of securista ploy to invade private property like this that starts with "think of the children" should be automatically subject to Reductio ad Hitlerum.

And any government official who so readily argues that "protection of children" is the reason for any measure they want to put forth, no matter how heavily such a measure can and will be misused and abused, should be summarily removed from office right then and there and be banned for life from any public servant position.

about three weeks ago

Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Scarletdown Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (534 comments)

Repeat after me:

"Hallowed are the Ori."

What could possibly go wrong?

How about "Hastur Hastur Hastur" instead?

about three weeks ago

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Scarletdown Re:Hodor (127 comments)

My predictions (Bear in mind that I have only read the first two books and watched the series up to the episode right before Viserys gets "crowned"):

1: Several more major characters will get killed of.
2: Many more ladies in the series will get thoroughly banged from behind.
3: Jon Snow will head up the Black watch and ally with Daenrys. In the end, they will hook up and rule the land together, and the two will bang happily ever after.

What would Hodor say?

about three weeks ago

Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Scarletdown Re:Best outcome (201 comments)

The only reason the world tolerates the Middle East crazies is cuz of the oil.

The Russians are also proving they can be crazy as well.

At least Vladimir is able to pull off an impressive badass public image. Might even think he's Putin on a Ritz.

about three weeks ago

The Physics of Space Battles

Scarletdown Re:In space (470 comments)

> no one can hear you explode.

Of course they can...if someone is sufficiently close and the shockwave hits a reverberating surface containing an atmosphere that can transmit the resulting sound waves to your auditory sensor. The TIE Fighter sounds were ion streams (from their engines) hitting the hull. That's how close they got to the Falcon!

I believe a simpler and more sensible explanation for the roar of the TIE fighters flying through space is that nobody on screen heard them. They were simply added for effect, for the benefit of the viewers in the audience. Those scenes would have lost luster if those sound effects had not been added, same with the sounds of the laser blasts and explosions.

Likewise, it is highly unlikely that any of the characters on screen would have heard the Main Title, the Imperial March, or any other number from the soundtracks (other than the likes of the Cantina songs, Max Rebo's music, the Ewok Celebration, or the too painful to remember Life Day song that Princess Leia sang).

about three weeks ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

Scarletdown Fire Hazard Warning (103 comments)

Is it wise to buy a thermostat from a company calling itself Heatmiser? After all, the name is taken from a bloke who proudly declared that anything he touches, starts to melt in his clutch.

about a month ago

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Will Be Awarded Tonight

Scarletdown Re:Please Stop. (30 comments)

Go fuck yourself if your creed allows it...

It does, and I do it daily, sometimes more than once.

So, you are that Man from Nantucket then, I presume? :D

about a month ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Scarletdown Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Can't really argue that. It is a big country here, with plenty of room for all sorts of nutjobs. My big hope is that we can eventually keep them contained to the Bible Belt area so the rest of the nation can hopefully progress into a bright and enlightened future. (yeah right).

about a month ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Scarletdown Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

If bigot Yankees wouldn't have started to teach Creationism at school, or open the Creation Museum, or all the bizarre stuff I periodically read about religion in the US, maybe atheists would not have felt the need to "fight back" in that way...

The Creation Museum was founded by an Australian.

about a month ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Scarletdown Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

As Mr. Spock might say, "A turd, sprinkled with sugar, is still a turd."

At least, in my mind, I always hear that in Spock's voice. Go figure.

about 2 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Scarletdown Re:Photon pressure is a joke. (123 comments)

If this does become a problem, perhaps NASA will need to actively hunt down and recruit those champion asteroid blasters who dominated the arcades back in the 80s.

Anyone know the whereabouts of the ace pilots known only as FUK, ASS, and DIK?

about 2 months ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

Scarletdown Re:Too many damn immigrants (112 comments)

Well if they don't like it, then they can go back to their own shitty countries. Im not a racist, but whenever blacks complain about slavery or discrimination here in America, I offer to buy them a one way ticket to Africa. But no. They don't want to go back to that shithole. I'd do the same for Mexicans or Chinese or any other fuckers who complain and cause problems in America, yet none want to go back home.

Just out of curiosity, if the one complaining was a Hopi, or Cherokee, or Navajo, or Apache, or perhaps Salish, to which destination would you purchase a one way ticket for them?

about 2 months ago

Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

Scarletdown Re:Umm... Idea: (127 comments)

Ceti Alpha V!

(Sorry, just being a geek...)

Of course, that would only be meaningful if Menkar, also known as Alpha Ceti, is discovered to have at least 5 planets.

I would suggest Urectum, but that is already reserved for use in 2620.

about 3 months ago

Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

Scarletdown Re:Did you still get the links outside Europe (74 comments)

Which one of your rights is assaulted when Google, a private enterprise, decides to not show you certain links?

Is Google one of the country's owners? Do they pull the strings of any of our lawmakers in D.C., lawmakers that were hired (aka voted in) by the citizens of this country? If they are controlling lawmakers, like other highly influential corporations do, then they should be considered to be acting on behalf of the government and the people that the government is supposed to serve. And thus, they should be required to observe and submit to the same safeguards and restrictions outlined in the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution to which anyone else working under the banner of government is subject.

about 4 months ago

WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

Scarletdown Re:The elephants are stomping on us again (222 comments)

Christians believe that God destroys societies that accept homosexuality. That's why they believe it's their business.

And it is a bloody shame that any organized mythology can have such a deep impact on public policy and the governing of a nation that is supposed to be hands off on such beliefs.

about 4 months ago

Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

Scarletdown Re:Adjectives (76 comments)

Just as long as I don't have to see Uranus...

about 4 months ago

Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

Scarletdown Re:Adjectives (76 comments)

I just hope it doesn't discover the Goatse Nebula, or the Goatse Galaxy.

Actually, it would be pretty damn hilarious if either of those were actually out there somewhere in the vast cosmos.

about 4 months ago

Draper Labs Develops Low Cost Probe To Orbit, Land On Europa For NASA

Scarletdown Re:Next probe (79 comments)

It would obviously have to be before 2620. After then, Uranus will be renamed.

about 4 months ago



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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