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AMD: What Went Wrong?

benow Re:Products (497 comments)

You just described my computer. I've been doing heaving lifting, and very happy with it for the last few years...

about 2 years ago

VLC Player For Android Is Almost a Reality

benow PowerAMP does FLAC (144 comments)

... and has a good folder based management GUI. That makes the Sennheisers sing and puts a smile on my face.

more than 2 years ago

USB Foot Controls

benow Re:Do it with the mouse (123 comments)

I remember hearing of a Dell tech support request, where an old woman could not figure out why her computer was not working. She had it plugged in, the monitor was attached, but no matter how hard she pushed on the foot pedal, it wouldn't come on. She was expecting it to work like a sewing machine, and was stepping on the mouse to make it go.

more than 3 years ago

USB Foot Controls

benow DDR Pad + adaptor + Joy2Mouse (+ XInput) (123 comments)

Several years ago I was interested to see how feet could be used for coding. I got a ps2 DDR pad and ps2 to USB adaptor. It showed up as a joystick. With joy2mouse in X I could control the mouse with a foot... left, right, up, down, left stamp, right stamp, double stamp, etc. It worked, but wasn't too useful. The center of the pad was in the wrong place due to the chair, and moving the chair caused a misalignment with the buttons.

It might have also been possible to map from joystick to keyboard events too. The pressure sensitivity of the posted device probably makes it more useful.

more than 3 years ago

Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars

benow Precursor to self driving (239 comments)

This is a required, and worthy, step on the road to driver-less (or driver-assisted, perhaps) auto navigation for heavy traffic and interstates. As demo'd on mythbusters, fuel economy goes way up (70% saving) if the cars can drive close enough to each other. As this tech evolves, intercommunication will allow for close car travel and hands-free interstate cruising. With distance sensors, infra-red far distance detectors, traffic line sensors, traffic sign readers, gps and mapping, it's almost there already. Bring it on.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

benow Re:So ... the War's Back on Then? (336 comments)

There are many other incidentals: excluding devs due to high hardware and software entry fee, relying on external enforcement of own practice, the hypocritical practice of denying copying while themselves doing, the built-in adversion to fully networked and colaborative environments, and the fallback to physical distribution over a network solution, to name a few. I think people don't like to be told what to do, especially when it coincides with what they rightly want to do. Repression is not a long term solution. They must help to develop a positive environment for gamers, developers and themselves. Right now, it's not as beneficial as it might be. There are many uses for the mod outside of purchase circumvention. This would make the PS3 (which I already own) more interesting as it could be used as an entry level development platform... more developers is certainly going to benefit the platform. I (and others) would still purchase games to support the studios and out of convenience, and the smaller homebrew market might push studios to become even better.

about 4 years ago

Tag Images With Your Mind

benow Deep brain? (64 comments)

Any image that stimulates brain activity not close to the surface is unclassifiable?

more than 4 years ago

Nvidia's DX11 GF100 Graphics Processor Detailed

benow Re:Feh. (220 comments)

Yup, early opterons were very fast in comparison to what else was out at the time. The on-die memory controller. I have a dual opteron rig which has been upgraded over the years, and is still going strong.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

benow Re:Bribery (773 comments)

there's a script for that.

more than 4 years ago

Time To Ditch Cable For Internet TV?

benow Re:Is it live, or is it Memorex (321 comments)

Who has the time to do a clean - professional-looking - edit of every episode of Law & Order?

comdel video.mpeg; mencoder -edl comdel.edl -o trim.mpeg video.mpeg does.

more than 4 years ago

DoJ Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Verdict

benow Re:So much idiocy here... (386 comments)

all those who can change the law raise your hand. If there was enough attention given to this issue, if people demanded change from congresspeople, if congresspeople heard and acted, if lobbying/payola was not enough to shut up congress people, if public negative campaings were not enough to sway opinion, and if it were not veto'd out as it approached law, it might get changed... in 10 years time. It's ridiculous... the 'idiocy' is tame in comparison.

more than 5 years ago

DoJ Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Verdict

benow Gov't disapproves of the rational (386 comments)

Somehow, forcing people to participate in an unresponsive system out of their control is the answer. Such nonsense. The useless will atrophy.

more than 5 years ago

Nicotine Improves Brain Function In Schizophrenics

benow A Vaporizer... (297 comments)

... works great for tobacco. Especially pipe tobacco, nutty, vanilla, etc.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

benow More RIAA crap. (492 comments)

Bullshit legalized extortion. Ridiculous judgment, loaded juries and complicit judges. Money talks, rationals suffer. Quite the greeting for nascent technology. Greet rationality and vestigilize the RIAA.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books

benow Correlary... (219 comments)

I wonder who owns the patent for suppressing vomit at learning of the notion of ads in books.

more than 5 years ago

Ask Jazz Technical Lead Dr. Erich Gamma

benow Eclipse (83 comments)

Awesome. The new 3.5.0 release is excellent. Fast, full featured, excellent. If I had a question, it'd be: What are the most important practices used in the Eclipse project which make it such a success?

more than 5 years ago

Beamed Space Solar Power Plant To Open In 2016?

benow Use Arizona, Nevada (512 comments)

It'd be much cheaper to blanket 100 km2 of the desert with solar cells. Store excess power in flywheels or similar for night use.

more than 5 years ago

Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries

benow Won't somebody... (450 comments)

... think of the children?! Where am I going to go for my 3rd party battery explosion lottery kicks now?

more than 5 years ago

Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

benow Re:Hmmm.... (1144 comments)

The 'significantly less' is often a state economy play, ie they need less to get by therefore they can be paid less. This only works until economies adjust and it becomes more expensive to live, then wages need to be higher, then it's not cost effective for exploiters, then they move elsewhere. Leaving a trail of unwanted trained people and to further doom others to doing menial work that they wont do themselves (or pay locals fairly for). The is often the justification for the low wages (while ignoring the usually poor quality work). Sh*t stinks, and polishing it doesn't help.

more than 5 years ago


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HotMount v0.0001 Released!

benow benow writes  |  more than 5 years ago HotMount is a quick and dirty program (UN*X only) to handle the mounting and unmounting of hotswap hard drives. It watches the system log (/var/log/messages or /var/everything/current) for insert and remove messages, and reacts accordingly. It allows for very easy mounting and unmounting of hotswap disks. Want to access files? Put disk in, browse to directory. Done? Yank the disk. More on the project page.

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