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Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible

Yvan256 Re:A motto for FOSS (112 comments)

Too bad Slashdot is stuck in 1995 and still doesn't support UTF-8.

about 2 years ago
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Hitachi Creates Quartz Glass Archival Medium

Yvan256 Re:Long term data archival (116 comments)

Civilization in a bottle: Not as easy as it sounds.

I don't know about bottles, but Sid Meier can put Civilization on a plastic disc.

about 2 years ago
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More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity

Yvan256 Re:noshit (133 comments)

Hence the expression "it's not rocket surgery".

about 2 years ago
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Meet iRobot Founder Rodney Brooks's New Industrial Bot, Baxter

Yvan256 Re:ready for the -1 (188 comments)

Even if you could get rid of the stupid people you would never get rid of stupid people. The previously middle-range IQ people would now because the stupid people. You then loop this forever until there is only one person on the planet, at which points he drops his glasses and can't read books.

about 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Yvan256 Re:HW careers (EE) are dead ends, move to SW (CS) (342 comments)

Reading Twitter feeds was merely an example of using a microcontroller for tasks where a regular computer would be overkill.

about 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Yvan256 Re:HW careers (EE) are dead ends, move to SW (CS) (342 comments)

Stay in hardware but go with standard hardware ICs and custom firmware/software. Not everything requires on a full-sized computer. The Arduino and Raspberry Pi are perfect examples. You wouldn't waste a mini-ITX computer and a 17" LCD to display Twitter feeds but you wouldn't even blink about doing the same thing with an ATmega and a 20x2 characters display.

about 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Yvan256 Re:Hyperbole! (342 comments)

Don't kill yourself, AC! Fight fire with fire and start your own hyperbole!

"The media is DEAD! Printed media, radio and television medias are all dead! People get their news from rumors websites, Facebook and Twitter, we don't need controlled media to tell us about anything! So long and thanks for all the fish!"

about 2 years ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

Yvan256 Re:But the cost? (356 comments)

This makes the unit quite heavy, and could overload the floor on some buildings. Luckily, this is on the first floor, so it won't come crashing through the ceiling.

Scruffy doesn't approve.

about 2 years ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

Yvan256 Re:This explains it! (356 comments)

My dollar store switched to BYOH balloons. It takes a lot less space on the shelves, too.

about 2 years ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

Yvan256 Re:Sure they weigh less (356 comments)

These hard drives are obviously made for cloud storage.

about 2 years ago
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WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

Yvan256 Re:Why not a vacuum (356 comments)

Don't worry, scrote. There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now.

about 2 years ago
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QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

Yvan256 Re:Sigh. (289 comments)

Did you see the blonde, the brunette and the redhead over there?

about 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Yvan256 Re:Already Broken (183 comments)

It's better than my solution:
1. Take camera
2. Point at screen
3. Take photo
4. Upload to Facebook

about 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Yvan256 Re:Watermark and Object Protection (183 comments)

Of course an actual screenshot with a camera would defeat it, but there is obvious quality loss there.

Not necessarily. Imagine the photo displayed on the webpage is 640x480 pixels. If I use an 8 megapixels camera and the photo on the screen takes about 50% of the camera's photo area, then the result will be the original photo but with a 1300% increase in resolution!

about 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Yvan256 Re:Huh? (183 comments)

They should double up on security and display a transparent PNG over the photo displayed as a background image. And disable right-clicking on the image. That will stop everyone!

about 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Yvan256 Comparable solution (183 comments)

I've got something that's about as good and doesn't require a stupid plug-in and will work on ALL devices.

Put a transparent PNG over your photo! That will be almost as effective as this stupid plug-in idea.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection

Yvan256 Re:...uhhh (183 comments)

If you do that, you end up with a photo of higher resolution than the original! It's a win-win!

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment

Yvan256 Re:so.. A holodeck? (118 comments)

So she can crash my holodeck?

And how would that make you feel?

about 2 years ago
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Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

Yvan256 Re:Substantiated Fact (272 comments)

I'm sorry but that's totally false. The moon isn't made of cheese.

about 2 years ago

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H.264 now free of royalties

Yvan256 Yvan256 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Anonymous Cowardus (722131) writes ""MPEG LA announced today that its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as "Internet Broadcast AVC Video") during the entire life of this License. MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015, and today'(TM)s announcement makes clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing."

I hope that now FireFox and Opera will both support H.264 and that Microsoft will add direct support to Internet Explorer. Google may have tipped the balance with their WebM project, but now we can all agree to use H.264 since almost all new and most of current hardware supports it and we already have the encoding tools for that format.

Let's also hope the W3 will also specify H.264 as the standard format for the HTML5 video tag so that we can finally stop using Flash, at least for video."

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Poll

Yvan256 Yvan256 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

An anonymous reader writes "Which company makes the best micro-controllers?
- Atmel
- Freescale
- Microchip
- Motorola
- Zilog"
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Yvan256 Yvan256 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Yvan256 writes "I've been looking for over 15 years for the Innovation SSI 2001 soundcard. It's a very old and extremely rare ISA card, based on the SID 6581 chip of the Commodore 64. Yes, I am aware of the HardSID (I've got one), but it's not hardware compatible with the SSI 2001 (different method of accessing the SID registers).

The SSI 2001 is about the only card missing from my soundcards collection. I am aware of the IBM Music Feature, I have one. It's just not on the webpage yet. Please note, this collection is about the different technologies that came out at the beginning of the soundcards era, not the thousands of SoundBlaster clones that were available (including the Pro Audio Spectrum series).

So, if anyone has an Innovation SSI 2001, or know where I could get one, please tell me."

Journals

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Changed password

Yvan256 Yvan256 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Someone was able to steal my password and wrote a few trolling posts. Changed my password, hopefully that will be enough.

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