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

Scarletdown Re:Photon pressure is a joke. (121 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 two weeks ago
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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 two weeks ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

Scarletdown Real Identity (122 comments)

Were you at any time, the gamer who signed any of the countless vanity boards out there as either ASS or FUK?

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

Scarletdown Re:Definition, please (122 comments)

Omega Race gets my vote for underrated game of its time. It immerses you, relies on reflex gaming, is pretty fair, and there are several strategies to employ of various success rates. If you're good at it, you can play for quite some time. Try it sometime on Mame, though realize the dial control of the game doesn't translate perfectly to keyboard. It took me some time adjusting the sensitivity to have an okay time.

Another great feature of Omega Race was that you could still control the ship to a degree in attract mode if you were out of quarters. If I remember right, you could at least control the thrust and weapons fire. It was a good way to get just a little more of your fix even if you were broke but still not ready to go home.

Oh, and amazingly, I found that the best home port ever for Omega Race was on the Commodore VIC-20 (need to see about getting Omega Chase Deluxe for my Vectrex to see how it compares). That was one of the most faithful renditions ever of the arcade version. And back when I was a big time classic video games collector, I discovered the best controller to use with it was the Starplex. Back when I had time to have my systems set up, that I totally kicked ass on Omega Race and several other games with that controller.

about 2 months ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

Scarletdown Re:No good for anthropologists (169 comments)

Always remember that your barista responsibilites change based on your field. As a former archaeologist, I cannot tell you how many nazis I killed while working at Starbucks.

Did you recommend the Lost Ark blend, with room for scream? I hear that one is quite the face melter, it's so hot.

about 2 months ago
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Radar Data Yields High-Resolution Views of Near-Earth Asteroid HQ124

Scarletdown Re:I destroyed hundreds of these in my youth... (29 comments)

and at only $0.25 for three ships, it was a bargain. The ship even had hyperdrive!

But did you manage to beat the scores of ASS and FUK? Or are you either ASS or FUK?

about 2 months ago
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Radar Data Yields High-Resolution Views of Near-Earth Asteroid HQ124

Scarletdown Video Needs Sound (29 comments)

While checking out the video, I found myself realizing that it needed a soundtrack added. In particular, they should have added the sound effects from the original arcade version of Asteroids. That would have been awesome, and those forever top Asteroids champs ASS and FUK would have been so proud.

about 2 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Scarletdown Re:multiple cell towers too, or grocery stores (347 comments)

It doesn't "make sense" to have multiple grocery stores servicing the same area, the duplication is wasteful. Why have two barbershops servicing Ive neighborhood? It would be more efficient to have one

When there is stiff competition, the big winner is typically the customer.

Great, I just made myself hungry again...

about 3 months ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Scarletdown Re:An odd idea. (156 comments)

Yeah, it is a twisted and convoluted system. That is for sure.

And thanks for giving me a Beavis and Butthead moment by your declaration that you anal and can twist and screw with the best of them. Huh-huhhuhhuhhuh...

about 3 months ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Scarletdown Re:In an unrelated story, (156 comments)

I was thinking that sounded like these mayors are the result of interbreeding between Vogons and Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts.

about 3 months ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Scarletdown Re:An odd idea. (156 comments)

From what I understand the primary way they can prosecute under the CFAA is a device is being used other then the manner in which it is intended.

If that device was a general purpose computer, then any task it is capable of performing can in no sensible way be classed as a use in a manner for which said general purpose computer was not intended.

about 3 months ago
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Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Scarletdown Re:OK, Whatever... (156 comments)

Let me put it another way. If you tell a homeowner that their front door lock is unusually vulnerable to being picked, first of all they should sock you in the face for trying to pick their lock (before they call the police), and second you should not go publishing that information if they choose to not fix it.

Who says you actually tried to pick their lock. There is a decent chance that your house has the same make and model of lock that theirs does, and when you accidentally locked yourself out, you discovered how easy that particular lock was to pick. Wouldn't warning them about the risk be the right thing to do?

about 3 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Scarletdown Re:But... (490 comments)

But we're always being told the criminals will grab the guns and use them against us.

So this is a win.

They will eventually, unless we can find a way to vote the entire lot out of office and start fresh with a team that does not involve either side of "The Party."

about 3 months ago

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SEC Proposal Severely Neuters Crowdfunding Projects

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  about 10 months 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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