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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

Scarletdown Re:Academic wankery at its finest (154 comments)

Now, if we described stuff by it's percentages of fire earth air and water and spirit...

shouldn't that be fire, earth, air, water, and Leeloo?

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

Scarletdown Here's a Couple (790 comments)

How about the clack of the dial on a TV as you change the channel, or the THUNK of an 8 track player as it switches to the next channel?

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Scarletdown Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Netflix is obligated to do this to maintain its licensing agreements with the Media Mafia.

Yeah, I understand that. What I don't understand is why the big media conglomerates put such baffling restrictions into their licenses in the first place.

Do sociopaths need a reason other than the desire for control?

about a month ago
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Study: Birds Slur Their Songs When Drunk, Just Like Humans

Scarletdown If the PHB Had Known (63 comments)

If the Pointy Haired Boss had known about this, his scheme to breed owls for fuel for his SUV may have worked better.

And on that note, I am now going to have stuck in my head over and over, a little tune I recall my dad singing regularly back when I was a young'un.

o/~ If the ocean was whiskey, and I was a duck. I'd dive to the bottom, and never come up... o/~

Hmmm... Time to see if I can score a good copy of Rye Whiskey now on a 78 for him for his birthday that is coming up on the 12th.

about a month ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

Scarletdown #1 FTW (214 comments)

I went with Diet and Exercise for 2015.

I'm already doing fairly decent at making and saving money this past year, and really have no need to find a relationship. As I close in on the completion of my 47th trip around the Sun, I feel I am blessed to not have ever had to deal with such hassles, especially considering that would be detrimental to the bit about saving money, which is needed to live comfortably ever after.

about a month ago
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Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

Scarletdown Re:Missing information (70 comments)

Would it be too much to inform the curious readers as to where in the sky this galaxy is located?

Up? :D

about a month ago
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High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

Scarletdown Re:Does It Filter Out the Defective Ones? (85 comments)

It's been a while since I had any, but I don't recall them putting the full name on each piece, so no & for reference.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Scarletdown Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (351 comments)

This. LOTR was pretty much flawless...

It would have been flawless if they had shortened the extended good bye scene, and wrapped up the business with Saruman and Wormtongue, which resulted in the Hobbits effectively becoming heroes of The Shire.

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Scarletdown Re:It's my birthday today! (286 comments)

I will complete my 48th trip around the sun on the 20th of next month, and I am still not feeling any significant aging effects.

I think my secret is being happily single and not having any kids.

about a month ago
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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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