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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

beanpoppa Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

I think you missed the point. If you can write to it, then it's not Read Only Memory. Yet, somehow, at some point, all ROM was written to, or there would be nothing to read later.

5 days ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

beanpoppa Re:Make it convenient for me and I will pay (251 comments)

I agree for the most part. My torrenting has really dropped off in the past couple of years. Shows like Top Gear and Dr. Who, which used to be a year or more behind in the US (if they aired at all) are now only a week or so behind. Services like Netflix have much improved libraries of content, rather than just B-movie versions of good movies.

However, I still torrent for a couple of reasons- Streaming services are not compatible when I want to watch content while traveling. They generally don't allow an offline viewing mode.

The other thing I tend to do is torrent kids movies that I have on DVD. The DVD version has umpteen previews, ads, and (ironically) FBI warnings before the movie starts. I used to rip the DVD, but even once I figure out/update the tool that can get around the copy protection, it still takes longer to rip than it does to download the movie in .mkv format.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

beanpoppa Or just raw video for a single movie... (528 comments)

This is Sony Pictures. The raw video for movies that they are shooting are stored online for editing equipment. One or two movies could easily take up 100TB of disk.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

beanpoppa Networking guy (287 comments)

I'm a networking guy, so I'm more network-based, than server-based.

Mostly old data-center cast offs-
24U rack (48U cut in half to fit under my plumbing/duct work) in the basement
Cisco 3750-48 PoE Gig switch, providing direct connections to all of my first floor equipment.
Second floor equipment has a direct run to another 3750 switch upstairs. Too hard to run direct lines in an old house.
Bluecoat (nee Packeteer) Packetshaper 7500 for monitoring and QoS on Internet traffic
Cisco MCS 7825 re-purposed back to an HP server, running Ubuntu for any Linux server needs I have. Usually powered off to save power
Netgear WNDR3700 router running DD-WRT
APC AP7801 Managed PDU

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

beanpoppa I can name 2.6 million people (145 comments)

2.58 million people are still paying AOL for their email address. It sounds like you have a very biased circle. Looking through my contact list, I see several family and friends with optimum, comcast, and verizon email addresses.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

beanpoppa You don't need to move your domain over (145 comments)

For years, I had all email for my vanity domain forwarded to my gmail account, and gmail lets you send email out with the Reply-to header set as your vanity domain. It was only when I wanted some more advanced capabilities of Google Apps did I suck it up and start spending the $50/yr/user to fully port my domain over.

about 4 months ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

beanpoppa Yes, (127 comments)

because unlike iOS which requires an upgrade of the OS to get a new Appstore, even on devices running 2.3, the Google Play app and Google Play Services can be updated to the latest release without any manufacturer or carrier involvement.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

beanpoppa Re: WTF? Does Google think people are that insane? (82 comments)

Your right. search and Android are their only successes. Oh, you forgot to mention all their other failures like Gmail, maps, Google apps, chrome, hangouts, chrome cast, etc.

about 5 months ago
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WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

beanpoppa Re: This is LESS worrying than Comcast (73 comments)

This is more worrying. The Comcast/twc merger is not really a merger of competitors. They generally serve separate and distinct markets. If I am unhappy with comcast, I cant switch to twc. But I can (generally) switch to directv or dish, or possibly at&t uverse or verizon fios.

about 8 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

beanpoppa Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

No. Electricity is not a storage mechanism. It's energy. A battery, hydrogen, and, and gasoline are storage mechanisms.

about 9 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

beanpoppa Re:Power button. (194 comments)

Well, this might come as a surprise, but not everyone is like you. I very rarely shut down my computer, and I don't want it to go to sleep every time I close the lid to move to a meeting, so I always map my power button to sleep. On the rarer occasions that I do want to shut down or reboot, I hit the Windows key, and the shutdown/reboot options are right there. Just like they have been for almost 1.5 decades, until Microsoft decided to hide it.

about 9 months ago
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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

beanpoppa Re:Aliens (69 comments)

Because it's a lot easier to escape the gravity well of an asteroid.

about 9 months ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

beanpoppa Re:Fake "survey" is fake (255 comments)

I don't even know about that anymore. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

about 10 months ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

beanpoppa Re:Still a ways to go...until we get where? (131 comments)

At the risk of sounding 'Applely', Think different. Right now, I have to stop to 'recharge' my ICE car for 5-10 minutes, once a week. That's, on average, about 6 hours a year I wait for my car to 'recharge'. If I had an electric car, I would be plugging it in every night. For most weeks of my commuting year, it would eliminate any time waiting at the gas pump.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

beanpoppa Re:Just in time (769 comments)

You did read the part where they said the 'next' Keurig machine, right? It doesn't come out until the fall. No reason not to buy the patent-expired Keurig 1.0 machine that you were interested in up until this news broke.

about 10 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

beanpoppa Re:Go ahead and shoot yourself in the foot (769 comments)

I have a mini-refillable k-cup. Costs about 10c in coffee per cup, and no waste. Sure, it's not a gourmet cup of coffee, but thankfully, I'm not a coffee snob. I'm also not an audio snob, a wine snob, etc. Saves me a lot of money, and I can still be happy.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

beanpoppa Re:It's not a 'fear' it's simple reality (357 comments)

Yes, and your case is so typical. Therefore, there is no use case for anyone to buy an electric cars. And I need to carry my 3 kids in the back seat of my car about 2 times a week, so obviously there is no market for 2-door sports cars, which explains why no manufactures make any of those

If only 80% of two-car households replaced one of their cars with an electric car, it would be a huge savings

about a year ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

beanpoppa Re:Chevy Volt (357 comments)

I think the best thing about the Volt platform is that in a few years, when battery technology has improved 10 or 20%, and prices have been reduced by 50%, they can drop the gas engine to lower the price and save weight (thus improving range and space- really wish it could seat 5). So then you could buy a Volt LE with a 70 mile range for $30k, or spend $40k and buy a Volt HE with a 130 mile range (no ICE, more room for batteries), or spend $40k for a Volt Classic and get 60 mile range with the ICE range extender for people with range anxiety.

about a year ago
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Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

beanpoppa a does nothing for coverage (254 comments)

In our office and campus environment, we load up on access points in open office areas so you are never more than 30 feet from an AP in open air. 802.11an is the preferred protocol. But in my house, I have lots of plaster walls, ceilings, etc. I don't fell like wiring up an AP in each room, so 802.11g is my preferred protocol. There is nothing wrong with 2.4Ghz in my house. There is very little interference from my neighbors, as they are at least 30 feet beyond my walls and I can allocate non-adjacent channels. It's far desirable to a 5Ghz frequency that will be cut by 2/3 when it passes through the first wall. Sure, I could upgrade to 802.11gn, but I easilly get 30M to my AP, and my FiOS is only 10M so why bother? My servers and other things that matter are all wired anyway.

about a year ago

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