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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Tolkien Re:Beta is terrible! (573 comments)

Ahh, young accounts, always thinking they can make a difference. How cute. :)

about 6 months ago

Will the Star Citizen Project Fund Linux and Mac Ports For CryENGINE 3?

Tolkien Re:Wing Commander (119 comments)

Aces over Europe! I loved that game!

I don't remember getting very far in it, but I had so much fun!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

Tolkien Re:Bang! (510 comments)

I've heard that raiding them together drastically reduces their lifespan because the trim command gets disabled as a result.

about 2 years ago

Opus - the codec to end all codecs

Tolkien Re:Umm Thats Microsoft (through Skype) (4 comments)

My money is on the following:

Microsoft renames Skype to Microsoft Windows Live Speech, Text and Image Communicator in 2015
Microsoft ends Linux support for the Skype client which won't have been updated in 4 years (2017)
Microsoft announces they're replacing the underlying codec technology of Windows Live with it (hopefully, because Microsoft's sucks by comparison) later that same year (2017).

about 2 years ago

8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case

Tolkien The US is so fucked up it's hilarious. (285 comments)

Banks get fined in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars (if at all) for robbing billions from entire countries, but what happens to this woman is somehow constitutional.

about 2 years ago

Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

Tolkien Sigh (332 comments)

I bought Splinter Cell: Conviction at Christmas on Steam with but hadn't installed it yet. Looks like it was a waste of my money. Unsurprising, I should have expected this. Of course they won't spend a dime to patch their games, fuck the community! It's the bottom dollar that matters, I mean really, it's not like the gaming community are the ones who will buy the games, right? I guess I'll have to download a crack to play it.

more than 2 years ago

Taliban Seizes and Burns PCs, Cell Phones To Stop Obscenity

Tolkien Re:Idiots. (294 comments)

Yeah and considering computers aren't people, it's nothing short of mind-numbing stupidity.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Congress Authorizes Offensive Use of Cyberwarfare

Tolkien Re:Finally (206 comments)

Highly interesting, thanks for the insight!

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Congress Authorizes Offensive Use of Cyberwarfare

Tolkien Re:Finally (206 comments)

I agree totally, except for the first 5 words... not human nature. American nature. U.S.

more than 2 years ago

Taliban Seizes and Burns PCs, Cell Phones To Stop Obscenity

Tolkien Idiots. (294 comments)

Because destroying the hard drives wasn't enough, wasting tens of thousands of dollars in perfectly good hardware was the right thing to do.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Congress Authorizes Offensive Use of Cyberwarfare

Tolkien Ha (206 comments)

Americans are war-weary? Legalize the hacking they've already been doing in secret!

more than 2 years ago

Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

Tolkien Re:Trying to do too much (753 comments)

PGO = Profile Guided Optimization. It allows the optimizing compiler/linker to figure out for itself exactly what the critical execution path(s) of the program (the code that runs most frequently) is/are by requiring the user to execute the code with this special pgo-instrumentation of the compiled code as many times as required to cover typical use-cases, and optimize the code based around the execution paths taken. Profile guided optimization is a strictly optional step which can be used to improve program performance (potentially) more or better than the generalized optimizer (/Ox compiler option with MSVC) can. Fuck. Posting this is undoing my moderations. Oh well.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud?

Tolkien Re:she ? (332 comments)

No, she's all woman.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud?

Tolkien Re:Government action (332 comments)

Too bad, she's right.

more than 2 years ago



Are wireless analog headsets a thing?

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  about 6 months ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "Once again, I'm in the market for a new headset with mic and I'm tired of having to replace them because of the wire getting continually twisted and tangled to the extent that the headset just stops functioning, is there such a thing as a wireless analog headset? If not, do any of you have ideas on how I could make some? I don't want to purchase a USB headset because they make switching between audio outputs (speakers or headset) an unnecessary annoyance."

Star Citizen needs help getting off the ground

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "From the page:

'The traditional publishers don’t believe in PC or Space Sims. Venture Capitalists only want to back mobile or social gaming startups.

I say they’re wrong. I say that there is a large audience of PC gamers that want sophisticated games built for their platform. And inside this audience, a significant group of people that have always loved space games, and if given a quality one again will be happy to play it.'"

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Can I record one channel while watching a different one using Videotron cable?

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "I've been thinking of building a PVR for a long while now but haven't begun because I'm stuck on one question.

The current situation is that I can't record one channel while watching another like I could with my old VCR years ago. I want this to be possible again without having to pay for two cable subscriptions, so given a standard cable box as source provided by Videotron (in Quebec, Canada), can I make this happen using a custom-built PVR? How can I go about doing that?

I'd love any tips or information this great community could provide, thanks!"

Traitor Adrian Lamo may be Lulzsec

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "Going deeper and deeper down into the rabbit hole, we now have evidence that the attention seeking traitorous hacker-wannabe could be LulzSec. Considering how much credit his skills were previously given it wouldn't be surprising if he had a lot of help in staging these somehow. I need more popcorn."
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Building my first PVR

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "I've been contemplating building a personal video recorder (PVR) for quite a while but have wondered about some things that I'm finally asking about now, hoping to benefit from Slashdot's collective wisdom:

My mum uses Videotron (in Canada) for cable Internet and TV (basic "à la carte" cable TV through a small cable box which doesn't provide any options for recording) and is still using her old and still aging VCR (yes, really) with the one and a half remaining tapes that are still usable (read: recordable).

She, like everyone else:
1) used to be able to record one show while watching another
2) used to be able to pass recorded shows to friends to watch (and vice versa)
3) has to deal with six remote controls: TV, DVD, VCR, cable and volume boxes. The volume box controls only the volume to her CD player (which has its own remote too), amplifier and tape deck. Of these six remotes, four are universal.

Since this "upgrade" which required the cable box she can no longer do the first of these two things and her friends have long since moved away from VCRs so she can't do the second either. She just wants the old functionality she had back. I've been advising against using DVD recorders or such because those available have built-in DRM which prevents viewing recorded video on any other player than the one which recorded it (defeating her second requirement, her friends have complained about this aspect with their own recorders too, not knowing why it didn't work until I told them), and DVD recorders also don't help with her first requirement.

I get the impression that simply having a PVR with two TV tuners wouldn't help as her TV, VCR and DVD player each have their own tuners yet she's still not able to record a channel other than the one she is watching (I've tried).

Would she have to pay for a second line of cable just to fulfill the first requirement? Are there any possibilities I'm missing or haven't thought of? How might I go about restoring the functions she used to have? I don't think a cable splitter would work, here. Would the PVR need to have a permanent Internet connection to function correctly or could it work as expected using only the signal provided by the cable box? I ask because she's also accustomed to having an on-screen TV guide and I know there are Internet-based TV guide services, but if she can get a TV guide through the cable box (as how she's receiving it now, I imagine), I'd like to avoid having the PVR require its' own connection to the Internet if possible.

The PVR in question would have to be in a small form factor (her third requirement) because it would have to be in the living room so it would have to be either Micro- or Mini-ATX. I'd like for it to have a DVD or BD burner (though I'm keenly aware of the BlueRay DRM issues so I'm prioritizing a DVD burner for now) and a SATA or SSD drive. How powerful does a decent PVR (or one that fulfills my requirements, anyway) need to be in terms of CPU and RAM, and is it feasible in a small form factor?

As PVR software package choice I was thinking of MythTV on Linux (distro is less important, though I'm most familiar with Ubuntu). Configuration complexity is a non-issue to me but the easier it is, the better, obviously. I have read plenty about how complicated MythTV can be to set up, or was at the time I did that reading. I believe MythTV was at version 0.22 or 0.23 at the time. Stability is essential because Mum is both physically handicapped and not computer literate. Provided her first requirement is somehow met, would this require only one TV tuner or would it require one additional tuner per channel that could be watched/recorded at a time? I am aware that some TV tuner cards have 2+ tuners built into them.

I'd really appreciate any help, information or tips you can offer, thanks very much!"

Bell Sympatico ISP now hijacking DNS failures.

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  about 5 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "Argh, so last night I installed Tor and noticed this particularly irritating message. Indeed, a lightbulb went off about when I had gone to amazon using the Awesome bar's awesomeness (ie. just typing in "amazon"), I tried it again, this led me here,

Why does Netcraft say it has existed since 2007, yet I only noticed it now? Stranger still, it's hosted in the US by InfoSpace. What?"

The source code to SimCity is now open!

Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tolkien (664315) writes "SimCity has been open sourced, yay! The open source version was renamed Micropolis (which was apparently the original working title) for legal reasons though. The OLPC will also be getting a SimCity branded version with QA support from EA. The only eye-roller is this bit: "There's been changes to the original system like a new splash screen, some UI feedback from QA, etc. The plane crash disaster has been removed as a result of 9/11." Aside from that are some very cool changes that have been made by Don Hopkins (he is the person who updated and ported what is now Micropolis). Among other things, it has been revamped from the original C to using C++ with Python, and the use of a Cairo-based TileEngine, which can even be combined with an included cellular automata machine called CellEngine, so the TileEngine can display the activities of automata.

I would link directly to the code, but then even fewer people would RTFA. ;) Actually, TFA is the only place I found a link to the source code. Also, yes it runs on linux, should run on Mac, but at a quick glance, I can't tell, can it run on Windows (yet)? Here's a pre-open-source /. article submitted by Don with more information.

Anyway, happy hacking!"

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Tolkien Tolkien writes  |  more than 11 years ago -- botsex is {grep;touch;strip;unzip;head;mount} /dev/girl -t {wet;fsck;fsck;yes;yes;yes;umount} {/dev/girl;zip;sleep}

Hilarious sig I found here, belongs to jjshoe.

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