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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor Re:Ethernet still the best (111 comments)

The cable cost may not be that much higher, and multiple cables are not that much more work, I agree, but the many-more-port switch to which they all connect seems much more costly than a few distributed 5-8 port near-freebies. Only in two places did I need some serious managed switches ("computer room" and right at the firewall/router). The little ones did have to be able to handle VLAN-tagged packets, of course.


How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dltaylor missing 0 option (111 comments)

Although I have a few devices that COULD be connected to WiFi, I do not have a connection at home. All computers, printers, game consoles (Wii flavors and Xbox360), NAS, and home audio are connected to a wired Gbit network. Makes the Nook tablets unable to connect to the 'net at home, but, at home, I don't need them connected, anyway, since I feed them by SD card.


Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

dltaylor not fad, flop (197 comments)

In order to be a fad, there has to be some significant adoption ("pet rocks", for example). Not gonna happen, IMO, with Dolby Atmos (tm). I've got a fairly extensive last gen' home setup (1080p, not 4K; 7.1, not 9.3), and there's nothing I've seen or heard that encourages me to "upgrade" to even those levels, much less the whole room redesign needed for Atmos. I'm sure there will some adoption by those who simply "must" own the latest tech, then watch cable/satellite 720p, but it won't be enough to constitute a fad.

4 days ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

dltaylor keep the psychopaths in line (327 comments)

Businesses have repeated shown no concern for their workers or the surrounding populace when it comes to safety or pollution, and no remorse for the consequences of their actions. Rivers in the Appalachians, lead poisoning in Industry, plant explosions in Texas, worker deaths and oil spills from a rig explosion in the Gulf, the Ohio River literally on fire are all examples of this psychopathic behavior.

If a business cannot provide a safe workplace, and clean up its own waste, it should not be in business, because neither of those is all that hard.

about a week ago

California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

dltaylor 1920x1200 monitor (286 comments)

I like that resolution, too. Reasonable balance between not enough room and dealing with all of the font/scaling issues of the higher-resolution monitors. One of my compadres chose the lower resolution of two high-resolution monitors because the higher just didn't look right in side-by-side comparison. Besides, I look at the monitor much more than the TV, so it should have "more", too.

I recently picked up a Dell U2412M, and may order another to keep as a spare.

about two weeks ago

Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

dltaylor there IS a connection (151 comments)

I used to work for one of the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) vendors. Although their "architect" was clueless about security, some of us doing the work managed to build some into the system. With WiFi, it was harder, but, before I left, we had, at least, set up some VPNs to isolate the system control links from the cabin crew- and customer-access features (don't know if that persisted). The entire IFE did rely on hard-coded passwords, though.

There IS a connection between the IFE and aircraft systems. It is used to feed aircraft position and speed data, plus some useful state, such as wheels up/down (there are features that only enabled while in "cruise", but not during takeoff and landing, for example). The aircraft systems designers, however, seemed to have a clue about security, however, as we were only allowed a network connection to a slave server with no apparent upstream links.

about two weeks ago

Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents,, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

dltaylor corporate welfare for the scum of the Earth (207 comments)

Wanna sue the gov't for something meaningful? Sue to get ALL of it (DHS, FBI, local cops, whatever) away from filling the welfare trough for the studio scum.

The Blu-Ray for "Under the Skin" has 11 MINUTES of uninterruptible BS before the menu (but, yes, she IS that hot). The torrent is a better product; "let the marketplace decide".

about three weeks ago

The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

dltaylor or "Ouya" (188 comments)

I've got an Ouya, specifically to run XBMC. Runs pretty well with both the controller and a keyboard+mouse, except that the mouse speed is a bit high. Yes, it could use GigE and USB3.0, but running from the NAS it's fast enough and upscales what I've used, so far, in real time. Haven't found a good Linux Blu-Ray-to-stream converter, so no testing with those.

about three weeks ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

dltaylor must they be despicable? (200 comments)

Is it a requirement that cable company employees (probably above the level of grunt) must be utterly despicable {socio|psycho}paths, or is that the industry just doesn't attract anyone the rest of us wouldn't be better off without?

about a month ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dltaylor almost should have let her call (928 comments)

If there was any good chance of a reasoning being on the other end of her call to the police, it would have been worth it to let her call and then have the LEO "explain" to her the (unfortunately rare) consequences of filing a false complaint, then watching HER be arrested for disrupting the flight. As it is, of course, ...

about a month ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

dltaylor Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

I don't mind buying a copy of the content, but I dislike the disc experience as much as your children.

Suggestions for loading my discs into local storage?

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

dltaylor wrong place for solution (550 comments)

Myopia is the effect of having an eyeball out-of-round. Astigmatism is the result of aberrations in the cornea. Why cut up the cornea to fix myopia? You got lucky with 20/15; most do not, and many have aberrations. No thanks.

If/when myopia-corrective lens implants give full vision range (and, incidentally, also correct presbyopia), I'll be down to the clinic to have it done. Until then, I have 20/15, 20/20 and astigmatism correction with contacts and no side effects.

about a month ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

dltaylor Re:They were probably doing it anyay (75 comments)

It's not illegal, except, maybe, in California, and not tested all the way up there, AFAIK.

It's sleazy, but Verizon is a US telecom provider, so that is almost (exception , anyone?) a given.

about a month ago

Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

dltaylor Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

None of the above. I have an old Denon DBP-2010CI that just plays discs (Blu-Ray, DVD, CD), but has a (at the time it was sold) spectacular scaling engine.

All of the other stuff would be handled by a WDTV, PC, Mac, ...

So far, I haven't found a 1080P, or less, disc it will not play, but the DVD players all eventually couldn't handle the menu formats of some disc, or other, so I suppose this one will, too.

I still need a good Linux BD->streamable file converter for backups, though, and I could also use the files with XBMC or one of the systems listed above.

about a month ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

dltaylor theory != practice (190 comments)

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."

If you want to know that you can protect against/treat smallpox virus, even if mutated (un)naturally, you have to have some with which to work.

The question is fundamentally nonsense.

about a month ago

Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

dltaylor might still be worthwhile to avoid Comcast (63 comments)

There's still the Comcast deal pending, and email will change then, anyway, so I might as well explore the options.

about a month ago

Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

dltaylor need to move my email - where? (63 comments)

As a current TWC hostage, I need to move my email before this happens. Since the US government is unconcerned about collateral damage when taking down a hosting site, I'd like it to be in Europe (Germany, France, Netherlands, for example). I need POP/SMTP access, and a routable domain (name not yet selected) for incoming mail. If there MUST be a web service, a simple static "C" program returning "Access to this site not authorized." in a few languages (and, maybe, a suitable response for robots) should suffice.

Any suggestions for hosting provider/registrar there?

about a month ago

The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

dltaylor sold box, still have cards (192 comments)

I sold my A2000, stripped, for $300 way back when. I still have the card set (RAM, '030, 7-port serial, two SCSI adapters, 8088 bridge board, video sync; even the two SCSI hard drives still work). Maybe I should buy one and put it back together to support 32-bit Linux. I have the CD32 and A500 for the games, I s'pose. Tricky bit is converting the old output to VGA, much less HDMI.

First cards were for a homebrew ZorroII expansion I built for the A1000. 2 additional Megabytes of RAM and the Amiga's yet-to-be-equaled ramdisk gave me a really usable system.

about 1 month ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

dltaylor Re:advertising does NOT power the Internet (418 comments)

IFF the methods I listed are supported. Comment system doesn't parse Internet News to build threaded responses.

I get my email through POP/SMTP, so don't need a browser for that.

Nav's built into the car, and I use hardcopy, so no maps needed.

Buy from stores, unless literally impossible, and place 'phone orders, otherwise, so no ecommerce.

Give me the others and I happily pull the browsers, on top of which, it would reduce my security exposure.

about a month ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

dltaylor advertising does NOT power the Internet (418 comments)

I used the Internet, quite happily and successfully, for more than a decade, before HTTP (curse you, Tim Berners-Lee) began to intrude on the experience. I would be very happy to go back to those days. Throw in an IRC/FTP/RTP+RTSP "subscription" for content, and there's nothing I would miss.

The old adage about TV ("99 channels and nothing on") applies to the web, but with several orders more magnitude of noise to signal.

about a month ago



Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"


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