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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

Stavr0 "Do you feel like I do?" (50 comments)

Yeah, but can she make a Les Paul talk like Peter Frampton?

2 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

Stavr0 Nexus support for flash drives (183 comments)

Other android smartphones flash drives with OTG cables out of the box, why don't you?

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Stavr0 FL100 (406 comments)

Your stuff stays stowed below 10,000 feet so you don't get tangled up in your earbuds, tablet, Ken Follet paper brick as your trying to exit the plane should the unthinkable happens.

It's not the safety drill that is the issue here.

about a month ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Stavr0 Who runs bartertown? (82 comments)

Apparently, some scientist from UK and Finland.

about 3 months ago
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NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

Stavr0 30,000,000 miles (187 comments)

Is the order of magnitude these heads have traveled (in a circle).

8000rpm x 60 x 24 x 365 x 16 x (5.25/2/2)*pi x 12 x 5280

about a year and a half ago
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Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

Stavr0 Re:The Man Who Said No To Sony (255 comments)

Another quote from that story...
I could go to my grave, and my tombstone could say, 'Here lies the dumbest CEO ever to live. He chose not to sell to Wal-Mart.'
I wasn't condoning nor condemning nVidia's move, just pointing out the similarities. ... or maybe a more accurate analogy would be 3dfx failing to get the SEGA Dreamcast chipset contract.

about a year and a half ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

Stavr0 Re:If you're getting a refund... (526 comments)

This. A million times this.

Nobody should ever pay income tax deductions above the absolute minimum permitted by law. Do I have to include a cheque when I turn in my income tax paperwork?

Of course, but meanwhile that cashflow sits in MY bank account, which has side benefits of raising my number of free transactions, makes it easier to keep a minimum balance, helps get a better interest rate on progressive savings accounts, provides an extra cushion againts overdrafts ....

about a year and a half ago
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Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

Stavr0 The Man Who Said No To Sony (255 comments)

There seems to be a lot of similarities to the Snapper Lawnmower story.

"Jim Wier believed that Snapper's health -- indeed, its very long-term survival -- required that it not do business with Wal-Mart. "

about a year and a half ago
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RSA: Self-Encrypting USB Hard Drives for all Operating Systems (Video)

Stavr0 Re:does it have a FBI unlock code? (154 comments)

Failing that, drugs and a $5 wrench. [xkcd #538]

about a year and a half ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Stavr0 Autodesk Sketchbook (415 comments)

Seems to do what's needed.

On a related note, has someone combined x86 emulation and WinE into a single package for Andro?

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Everyday Cryptography

Stavr0 Re:The mathematics avoids number throaty?? (56 comments)

Motormouthing?
Verbiage?

In any case, 'some strange usage of the word "throaty" that I wasn't previously aware of'.

more than 2 years ago
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Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

Stavr0 Re:Trick or treaters who visit... (437 comments)

What joke? bloodhawk is correct: geekoid didn't put a snarkmark at the end of his comment therefore he was serious.~

more than 2 years ago
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Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve

Stavr0 Re:Carmel Colored Corn Syrup... (255 comments)

[spit-take]
Ouache. Kosse-ça, stie. Du crisse de sirop de poteau?

more than 2 years ago
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Terabit Ethernet Is Dead, For Now

Stavr0 Copper? How quaint. (140 comments)

Shouldn't we pushing photons over glass by now. Fibre infrastructure has existed for decades now, isn't it time it was scaled down to individual computers and appliances?

more than 2 years ago
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The History of the Floppy Disk

Stavr0 Track 0 rattle (204 comments)

I remember both Apple ][ and Commodore floppies would seek past the end of the rail to recalibrate track 0. The apple made a noise on power up but 1541s made a scary noise whenever formatting a new disk or trying to recover a read error.

After a while the rattle actually threw the head out of alignment as the pulley was slipping on the axle. I connected the read head to the microphone input of a tape recorder to listen to the signal strength as I adjusted the stepper motor alignment.

After a while the screw threads were worn and I had to tap&die them. Then I got tired of realigning the heads and drilled in a cotter pin to stop the pulley from slipping.

Good times.

more than 2 years ago
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Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers

Stavr0 Favorite 'map' tools (34 comments)

The newest camera / smartphones have GPS chips to geotag pictures so they can be overlaid on maps. For GPS-less cameras:

EXIFtool

GPSbabel

Have a GPS device turned on and logging tracks, take pictures, use the tools to add geotags to pictures.

... or use EXIFtool to strip identifying and geographic information before posting a picture.

more than 2 years ago
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How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry

Stavr0 A law? (306 comments)

Isn't there a law that mandates all official government written communications should be recorded?

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stavr0 (35032) writes "Reuters — The founder of Seagate Technology, now the world's largest maker of computer disk drives, died on Tuesday following complications from heart surgery, said Julie Still, a family friend and Seagate spokeswoman."

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freepay == *plonk*

Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Anybody who has a freepay referral on their signature line will end up on my foes list.

uncreative separatists has a very good explanation on Why are the "freeIpod", "free iPods", "free TVs", "free PCs" schemes scams?

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In summary It's up to you to decide how to spend your time. But you should understand by now that, even if you manage to get your "free" thingy, an awful lot of people are unavoidably going to lose out. Why would anyone want to help this company spread even more marketing misery and woe throughout the world? I can't think of a terribly good reason.

However, it may make a little bit of sense to join if:

  • You're 18 or older
  • You're sincerely interested in signing up for one of the offered services even without the "free gadget" inducement
  • You realize it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to convince enough other people to join so that you can get your "free" gadget
  • You understand it's a pyramid scheme; few people will ever see a return
  • You know it will become increasingly more difficult to sign up new recruits; most people already know about it
  • You don't care about spreading more marketing woe throughout the world
  • You are willing to explain all this to the people you're trying to enlist
  • Very few people will honestly be able to meet all those conditions.

It's entirely possible the company running these scams is merely in the business of collecting names and addresses, and they aren't trying to "rip anyone off". I'm doubtful that is the case, but their actual motives don't matter. If they were truly trying to be honest, they would take the time to explain just how poor the odds were of actually receiving a "free" item... which would, of course, heavily discourage people from signing up in the first place.

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Metamod of 'The first Slashdot troll post investigation'

Stavr0 Stavr0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago Cool! I got this famous post #2850660 to metamoderate. Hmmm. Fair? Unfair??

Insane moderation stats:
Moderation Totals: Offtopic=223, Flamebait=4, Troll=26, Redundant=3, Insightful=59, Interesting=133, Informative=29, Funny=7, Overrated=10, Underrated=41, Total=535.

Jan 28: Second time at moderation, new stats:
Moderation Totals: Offtopic=362, Flamebait=4, Troll=27, Redundant=5, Insightful=93, Interesting=200, Informative=48, Funny=10, Overrated=11, Underrated=59, Total=819.

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