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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

SlickNic Re:It does work (219 comments)

The fun part about BUD TV was you could receive uplinks from reporters/camera crews in the field. So you see a reporter standing there playing with his tie, conversing, picking his nose etc. Then suddenly he would stiffen up and a few seconds later make his report, go silent, ask if he was finished and then walk off camera. The feed would either continue for some time or go blank.

Yes, I remember this happening. Usually it was super boring though since they generally just stood there and looked at the camera.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

SlickNic It does work (219 comments)

I grew up with this as my only source of TV in the 80s and 90s (we were too far from town and lived in the mountains to use local over the air tv). We had an 8' dish though and it must have weighed well in excess of 26lbs so yes your dish is quite light. We never seemed to have issues finding channels with something to watch and were able to pickup news, cartoons (very important), shows, and movies. The main issue was that the channels had to be scanned manually then. There were two sets of numbers, the first number if I remember correctly would physically rotate the dish outside then the second number would scan the channel options available available at that dish angle. This took a lot of time and ended up with us writing down the common locations for shows that we wanted to watch. Today I would hope there is an auto-scan feature that would allow you to just scan the channels to see what you're able to receive and store those. Unfortunately I haven't used this system in more than 10 years so I'm not very knowledgeable on what the system is like to use today. Hopefully something in my post was useful to you or someone else reading through.

about 8 months ago

School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

SlickNic Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

And yet countries that ban ownership of assault rifles and handguns by the average person don't have these crimes. They just don't.

We need to be MORE like these countries, not less. We need to ban all assault rifles, and severely restrict the ownership of handguns. One per person, that's it, no more.

Yes because crazy people will stop if they can't find a gun. In China 22 children were stabbed recently. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248054/China-stabbing-22-children-elderly-woman-stabbed-outside-primary-school-Chinese-knifeman.html Don't forget the deadliest attacks in America did not involve guns (911 and Oklahoma City Bombings). I personally think one of the more dangerous substances currently sold to anyone in our country is gasoline. Cheap, highly flamable, explosive when contained, and it's available in VERY large quantity everywhere. So should we ban gasoline or should we work on the real problem, mental health?

about 2 years ago

Learning Rocket Science With Video Games

SlickNic Civilization (64 comments)

The Civilization games are quite educational, you gain some understanding of a broad array of topics through your tech tree choices. While it's not science exactly you certainly need to understand the different forms of government and religion in order to grow your cities and your civilization.

about 2 years ago

Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?

SlickNic Re:JCVH? (336 comments)

A zombie is an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means, such as witchcraft or from illness, disease or plague.

  • It has lowered consciousness, mobility, and agility.
  • It immediately begins to decay and decompose with no cessation.
  • It is easily barred from forward movement by basic blockades of physical impediments.

The resurrection body, which is the type that Christ had after His resurrection according to Biblical Scriptures, possess several properties

  • immortality
  • entirety, implying the restitution of the limbs, the distinction of the sexes and the perfection of the senses;
  • the excellent physique and physical beauty (natural prerogative).
  • incorruptibility, freedom from decay, or impassibility, freedom from pain, deriving from the perfect submission of the body to the soul
  • clarity or glory: the bodies of saints will reflect the light, the inner splendor of the soul, therefore, in the body they will conform to the Incarnate Word;
  • agility, so that the body of the saint, once free from the natural heaviness (imponderability), will be able to move rapidly from one place to another in the cosmos;
  • subtility, the faculty to penetrate everything: the glorious body penetrates, without difficulty nor mutual damage, the other bodies in the Universe.
  • Zombies clearly are completely different from a resurrected, glorified or incorruptible body.

You're right, definitely not a zombie. Sounds more like a vampire or maybe a vampire hybrid AKA "day walker". He certainly has a thing for blood, seeing as he makes all of his followers drink it.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

SlickNic Re:Not smart Enough? (1276 comments)

Cause it got electolyties?

more than 2 years ago

The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

SlickNic Re:Hardly a fair comparison (135 comments)

This is exactly my experience, I'm also using the kindle app on my phone. There are quite a few sales that Amazon or another e-book retailer has lost just in the last few weeks from me because the publishers are trying to sell the e-book for more than the print version. In fact not only did they loose an e-book sale but I was so annoyed I didn't even buy the print edition. I must also note I'm not a huge fan of the fact that I generally can't lend or sell an e-book even if I do pay MORE for it than a print version which I am able to do both.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

SlickNic What Browser are you using? (753 comments)

I'm quite curious to know what browser the /. community is using these days. I myself became quite disillusioned with FF and have moved on to Chrome. Maybe the admins would be willing to do post up a weeks worth of logs? (stripped to the basics of course) Or maybe this has already been done and I've simply missed it?

more than 2 years ago

EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation

SlickNic DRM Free to maybe? (99 comments)

They are definitely price fixing, every single time I've checked the price between the nook store and the kindle store they are exactly the same price (granted I have checked maybe 10 books at both stores) so why not include Amazon and BN in the investigation as well. It would also be great if they could force DRM free books and allow a used e-book market... oh right you can wake me up now I'm sure I'm dreaming reasonably priced DRM free e-books so I can resell/loan them when done?

more than 2 years ago

Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

SlickNic Re:Not the first one here (381 comments)

Froyo (newest droid version) does have a remote wipe feature. http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/mobile-devices/2010/05/21/froyo-takes-googles-android-into-the-enterprise-40089007/ Data encryption would be nice and a better lock screen as well. The way it is if you enable the lock screen which requires you to draw a pattern it's only a 3x3 grid instead of the 4x4 that the BB has. The other annoyance is once you've entered your "passcode" you still have to swipe down to "unlock" your screen, why do I need to do that if I just successfully put int he correct "passcode"?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

SlickNic Not the first one here (381 comments)

I don't know why they are bothering with the patent, they are not the first to do this. The Wave Secure (https://www.wavesecure.com/) app will already let Droid owners do this, BB has a remote wipe feature which granted doesn't get your phone back but does (if you do it quick enough) protect your data. I would guess there are a few other companies that have apps to do the same. To me this is borderline patent abuse.

more than 4 years ago

What Can I Do About Book Pirates?

SlickNic Re:Offer the Ebook for free. (987 comments)

I can't possibly agree more. It seems like if the books need to be reviewed by anyone I would guess it would be the Department Head and probably over beers. So any kind of review within the same institution is out and organizing multiple Colleges/Universities to review books for the other seems like a rubber stamp party. A College/University should take all the basic classes that almost never change for instance Algebra, Calc, Basic Chem, Basic Physics, ect and pick one book for 10 years that will be used buy a 5 year (or less) supply and let the students get their money back out of their books by selling them back or directly to each other.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

SlickNic Re:Ok..how about taxes? (2369 comments)

You can't just use the number of companies that exist. Many businesses are just something that is more of a side project that often times looses money or is a risk that may pay off in the future. I know I run a very small business but it literally pulls in about $500 a year. I have a full time job and the business is more of a for fun and experience than getting rich. -Just thought I would throw in my two cents

about 6 years ago

Apple Cracks Down On iPhone Unlockers

SlickNic Re:Correction (565 comments)

How on earth did this comment get modded up so high? Yes, by our standards those conditions are terrible. What you don't realize is that in 99.9% cases those are vastly improved conditions from anywhere else that individual could be working. Entry level Economics will tell you that if there was a better place to be working they would take the better job since people are rational. So if they didn't have those jobs they would have zero hope of ever moving up in life. By having manufacturing companies over in 3rd world countries we are helping those countries and the people within them to improve their way of life and economic standing.

more than 6 years ago



Father was arrested for his daughter's drawing of a gun at school

SlickNic SlickNic writes  |  about 2 years ago

SlickNic (1097097) writes "Jessie Sansone, 26 stopped at his children's school just like every other day to pickup his children but was instead arrested due to a drawing of a toy gun that was kept in the home by his children. Due to a severe over reaction by a school teacher and Canadian Family and Children's services Jessie was arrested and strip searched and his family including 4 children and pregnant wife were brought into the police station for questioning."
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Is there a central IT issues tracking site?

SlickNic SlickNic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SlickNic writes "I serve as a help desk representative as well as playing a role in some server management particularly in the area of backup and storage. My question to /. is where can I learn about new issues/information of all kinds pertaining to servers and work stations in reference to software and hardware. If there is a site or multiple sites that may cover common hardware failures on major vendor systems (Dell Toshiba HP Apple), software issues with Windows and OSX. I don't add Linux to this due to the number of flavors and the fact that I use and support mostly Windows and OSX installations. Also new trends in viruses and SPAM would be quite useful. I'm hoping that this site has not only the new issues but also solutions both failed and successful for each issue. I know this is very broad but if a single site exists or a small collaboration of sites preferably with RSS feeds to keep ahead of issues as they become known it would be very useful for myself and I'm guessing many of you as well. Thank you /."


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