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TV Programmers Seek the Elusive Dog Market

bobbozzo Wasteful (199 comments)

So, while we're running out of fossil fuels, and nuclear plants are closing due to told age (and new ones aren't getting built in the US), we're creating an excuse for people to leave their TVs on??

about a year ago

I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...

bobbozzo Re:Happened in an Ice storm last month (398 comments)

We had an ice storm when I was a kid; we were later told that we could have powered the thermostat or furnace solenoid off a car battery, and since the gas furnace was in the basement and the registers were in the floors, the heat theoretically would have risen up into the living space via convection.

We also had a gas stove/oven and iirc a gas/wood fireplace.
And the water heater ran on gas.

about a year ago

I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

bobbozzo Re:More than 150? Seriously? (217 comments)

IRS too; look up "1031 Exchange".

about a year ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

bobbozzo Re:nuts! (239 comments)

Hot / Smart / Sane -- Choose TWO

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

bobbozzo Re:Superconductors (288 comments)

and SuperCapacitors.

about a year ago

The Problem With Internet Dating's Frictionless Market

bobbozzo Re:Or just stay single. (453 comments)

And extreme changes to the thermostat settings, refusing to lower the burner on the stove because somehow boiling water at a rapid boil cooks faster than a moderate one, ...

about a year and a half ago

Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row

bobbozzo Re:Do hosting companies have a clue? (162 comments)

"The copy of the blog entry was in this memory store - only visible internally - because of the way Edublogs readies web pages for display. When Edublogs did not respond within 24 hours to emails alerting it to the allegedly infringing content, ServerBeach shut down the entire site."

Point of note: EDUBlogs uses WordPress.

Wordpress has various caching modules/plugins so I don't know for sure what was in use, but if they are using memcached it could certainly explain why the content was still in 'the memory store'.

ServerBeach should have verified that the takedown notice was (still) accurate before taking further action.

about 2 years ago

Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row

bobbozzo Re:Do hosting companies have a clue? (162 comments)

ServerBeach is owned by Peer1.

Peer1 is a fairly highly-rated ISP for Co-Lo, etc.
I hope they issue an apology.

My company has been a Peer1 (and ServerBeach) customer for many years (I'm not sure exactly when Peer1 bought our previous provider, but more than 7 years ago).
We have received 2 takedown notices (due to our customers' content), and both times, Peer1 contacted me directly rather than doing something stupid.

I hope they will see the error of their ways, or I will be looking to move elsewhere.

about 2 years ago

AMD Partners With BlueStacks To Bring Android Apps To PCs

bobbozzo Re:Exactly, still looking for some. (143 comments)

Another example is Cam Scanner. There are a lot of programs that can do image manipulation but hardly anything that can automatically produce useful results.

Cam Scanner on my phone works nicely but the camera is crap compared to any decent digital camera (>$100) so I am still looking for an easy way to digitize documents without having to scan them. There a quite a few people searching on different forums but nothing similar for Windows, Linux or Mac seems available.

1. Get your 'decent digital camera' and take pictures of the documents. (point a directional (reading) lamp at them)

2. Copy the pictures from the camera to your PC.

3. ????

4. Profit!

You didn't mention OCR, so I assume you don't care.
If you want PDFs, there are many options for 'printing' the images to PDF, or you could use ImageMagik or some other program to do it in batches.

about 2 years ago

Mammoth Tooth Found In Downtown San Francisco

bobbozzo Re:meet the (66 comments)

Yes, I can only assume that Japanese is a language that isn't as simple to auto-translate to English as others. Google Translate does quite a good job on some European languages, but Japanese comes across as quaintly bizarre at best and downright incomprehensible way too often. :-)

So what you're saying is that it's similar to human-translation of Japanese to English?

about 2 years ago

Mammoth Tooth Found In Downtown San Francisco

bobbozzo Re:meet the (66 comments)

Maybe Firefox on Android would work better?
It's a memory pig compared to the built-in Android browser, though.

about 2 years ago

Critical Flaw Found In Backtrack Linux

bobbozzo Re:Usually you run as root (84 comments)

AFAICT, this is a local flaw, not one that can be exploited over the internet.

For banking, use something with an up-to-date web browser, otherwise you're still vulnerable to problems in old browsers.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

bobbozzo Re:Skype (212 comments)

Some of our contractors in Poland sound like Donald Duck.
I'm not sure if it's Skype's fault or not.

more than 2 years ago

4G and CDMA Reportedly Hacked At DEFCON

bobbozzo Re:Really surprised... not. (139 comments)

Every user of the (real) DC WiFi is on their own VLAN. You shouldn't see anything.

more than 3 years ago

Phase Change Memory Points To Future of Storage

bobbozzo Re:Interesting comparisons (70 comments)

They are, if you measure in I/O operations per second (IOPS), which is how enterprise-grade storage is often measured.

more than 3 years ago

Cheaper, More Powerful Alternative To FPGAs

bobbozzo Re:Me like (108 comments)

DSPs (good for audio processing, among other things) can be (and often are) implemented in FPGAs, however I assume you'd need a 16 or 24-bit implementation for high-quality audio.
I don't know how much an FPGA capable of that would cost, but there's lots of info online so it must be reasonably affordable.

more than 3 years ago

Drug Runners Perfect Long-Range Subs

bobbozzo Re:What's funny is (428 comments)

I think you mean they could have used one with a HIGHER LD50 value... meaning it would take a higher dose to be deadly.

more than 3 years ago


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