top Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC
Not a reason to upgrade to Win 10. A tiny (180k ?) free download adds support for these if you want to use WMP.
top Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025
The average new computer being sold today sits on a desk in an office or is a facebook machine at home. It will have in it 500GB to 1TB of storage on average ? Then whats the actual usage, 20% or less ? I have people asking me all the time, my computer is slow do I have too many pictures on it ? I look at their drive, 482GB capacity, 404GB free.
Sure there are some users who have hundreds of movies stored on their computer and businesses and datacenters who would love a drive like that but by number of computers, thats a small percentage. A majority of computers would do much better with just a SSD 1/4 the size of the HDD they currently have. A faster system overall, bootup times cut by 60%, 20-30 minutes more battery life in laptops....
top Introducing Slashdot Deals
It's about time, since there is no place else to buy electronics and gadgets on this internets.
top What is your computer most often plugged into?
I would bet many people saying surge protector are actually just using a power strip with an on/off switch or a power strip with a fuse or breaker. Their 'surge protector' has no surge arresting ability at all, just over current protection, to save it's self from someone drawing to much power though it.
top I'm most interested in robots that will...
Yes but half the time the TPMS comes on, the sensor it self has gone bad and the tire is fine. More systems monitoring more things = more things breaking. Same with self driving cars, even more things to break and more cars in the shop for even more expensive parts.
top Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine
I thought mozilla was not for profit, so who's getting the money ? Then whats next, suggested (sponsored ) web pages, killing extensions like ad blockers and more annoyances. It just takes a second to say make chrome the default browser.
top Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress
Thats why I buy from newegg, they never charge me tax. Amazon charges tax but not newegg, if they both have the same price I order from newegg since Im saving almost 10% in tax.
top Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures
Ive seen that as well. But I have had drives that report a SMART error at boot for years and still never failed (nothing important on that drive, thats why I didnt care) Maybe they would just rather the end user surprisingly looses all their data one day, rather then be troubled by a message at boot up when a problem us suspected.
I would like to see SMART tools built into Windows and other OS's (maybe there are some I don't know about). Especially since some of my computers are up for 6 months or more at a time, a drive could be fine 4 or 5 months ago when it was last booted, but I wont get a smart message until next reboot, maybe a month or two from now, after it's to late.
top US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
What are there, maybe 4 school shootings per year in the US ? And 98,000 public schools. What does that make the odds of a school actually having a shooting, about 1 in 25,000 ?
top Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'
Ive been running Waterfox (64 bit firefox) for several years now. I'm not sure what difference it really makes but makes me feel better.
top Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland
How they work is the are hidden under the dash, usually with a Y cable running off the OBD2 port just for the power feed. Just plug and play, about a 5 minute install. The devices cost around $100. For a bit more you can get one with a battery back-up, so if the car is left abandoned, it will signal the dealer the vehicle battery is now dead and here is the location. usually once a day (often 23 hours apart) they send their location, so after a few weeks you know the car's typical location day and night.
Many times the customer is not told at all. It's still a grey area if this is legal since the car is property of the dealer. Once the car is paid off the device (and monthly service charge) is disabled. If the customer is told, it's not made clear what the device is used for. There will be a line in the sales contract saying - your vehicle may include an anti-theft device - That's all. What's not said is the anti-theft device only benefits the dealer, and will be used so the repoman can come pick up your car.
In the dealer defense, buy here - pay here customers are the bottom of the credit barrel and no big name dealer would touch them. They will have 1 or more repossessions, maybe 5 or more accounts in collections, a bunch more of charged off accounts they just gave up on and maybe an eviction from their last apartment. So the dealer knows they don't like to pay for things they buy. There is only about a 50% chance they will actually pay off the car they are buying.
top Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again
Good. I was worried Android was getting ready to loose expandable storage, likely under pressure from manufactures, so they can charge ridiculous amount of money for extra storage. Like Apple has always done of course.
top Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?
I still have and use an eee pc 1000hd. It has an extended battery and SSD, boots up very fast and runs a long time. For web, facebook, slashdot and youtube (not HD) its fine. I even have some games on it, warcraft 2 & 3, they run great on 8 year old hardware.
This machine with non expandable 2gb ram and 32gb drive is just not going to do it for me. I can spend another 75$ and get a real mini laptop thats upgradeable for the future.
top Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination
Eventually states like Kentucky will see supporting this kind of thing makes them look pretty out of date. No place the younger generations will want to move or stay to raise their family and not a place to bring high tech businesses. Just a place where old white factory workers live and work, who do the same job for 50 years with just above basic work skills.
top 32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks
That will work great for a few years, until hit a recession or slowdown in taxes and first thing they will do is jack up the rates.
top Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
We still have no cable/dsl service near our house. My current setup is a Pantech uml295 4G usb modem, plugged into a cradelpoint mbr95 router, using a 20gb monthly plan from millenicom. They use Verizon's network, its the strongest where we live. They do throttle the speeds though, I get about 250-300k per second max, if I swap in a real verizon sim, I get around 750-1000k downloads.
No problem with voip, we use vonage for our home phone and wifi calling on our tmobile phones.
top Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
What are the odds your plane will crash, 1 in 10 million ? What are the odds the 4 year old bedhind your seat till throw a fit when their ipod ges taken away when they want to watch a movie, 1 in 2 ? Im for keeping the kids and passengers happy. Their speech is pretty useless anyway, if you have been in a car since 1952 then you know how to use a seatbelt.
about a month and a half ago
top BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
The wifi owners are lying to you and you want to block them, so you want to block them from their own network ? Not how it works...Y,ou will be end up banned from their wifi for blocking traffic. If your that worried about it, buy your own hotspot.
about a month and a half ago
top Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
Local governments (under pressure their utilities) will pass some 'neighborhood improvement act'. It will say something like to prevent eyesores solar and wind installs must not be visible, need special permits, will be taxed to prevent their users from getting power at a lower rate than everyone else. Just like how some states have extra tax on hybrid and EV vehicles, because they dont pay their fair share of fuel taxes.
top Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5
O yes, I forgot it's Apple. They can charge $100 for each 16gb of additional storage. Silly Andriod users like myself just go buy a 64GB mirco sd card for $39.
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