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UK Sets Up Internet-Savvy Army Unit

drumlight They... (46 comments)

really need to recruit Private Browsing for this unit.


Your Entire PC In a Mouse

drumlight Re:Now if I could just type... (165 comments)

I assume the whole point is that it is easy to move the brains around with you. A MHL cable instead of HDMI would provide power along with a more flexible cable. Putting the brains and the input interface to a touch based OS in an easily portable devices could be a much more flexible solution than the Chromecast and its ilk.

about two weeks ago

Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

drumlight Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

I've built a a handful web servers hosting live HLS streams for PEG and hospitality customers and RAM disks are a very simple solution that works great for me. It doesn't take much memory to store just ~30 seconds of a hundred different streams, the encoders can use webdav to push the streams onto the server and Nginx (but probably almost any other webserver) can easily serve 10's of Gbps on the cheapest of the E3 Xeons.

I can't think of a cheaper and easier solution than a RAM disk for this particular application.

I'm trying to do a similar thing on the RPi to build a CCTV system. Live streams straight from RAM but to then use the hardware calculated motion vectors to trigger recording onto an SD card. Unfortunately I'm currently stuck trying to find a tool that can perform the HLS packaging of the segmented elementary streams the RPi camera can produce.

about three weeks ago

City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

drumlight Re:Inspections? (169 comments)

England had yearly safety inspections (the MOT) but in Ontario they do not exist and a safety test is only required when the vehicle registration is transferred i.e. when ever a second hand car is sold to a new owner. I don't think the safety check is required when transferring the ownership to a family member but I wouldn't swear to that.
I've been utterly shocked at the state of many cars on the road here with no sills left and nothing but rust in other structurally essential parts of the car. I think the OPP can stop cars that they deem unsafe but there certainly is no annual safety inspection and the only required test is a bi-annual emissions check.

about 2 months ago

Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

drumlight Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

I think that is a great for many networks but you can't have a different cable provider to your neighbors without lots of new/redundant infrastructure as the same RF signal is sent to a huge number of people.

about 4 months ago

What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

drumlight I might have a shot at this (254 comments)

I think WADA have classified both alcohol and cannabis as performance enhancing drugs so if I can just drag myself off the couch I assume I'll have a huge advantage and it'll be no trouble at all.

about 4 months ago

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

drumlight Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (119 comments)

The astronomers probably just missed the blue car speeding away with the rest of it.

about 6 months ago

Researchers Experiment With Explosives To Fight Wildfires

drumlight Re:You bet they are "quietly optimistic".. (80 comments)

I bet they are; its proven incredibly effective on Sharknados and a wildfire should be a much simpler threat.

about 8 months ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

drumlight I'm sceptical (179 comments)

I thought all experiments should have a control group, but BBQ without beer... Has that ever been tried before? Can than be credited with two discoveries?

about 10 months ago

Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

drumlight Re:No. (329 comments)

Yeah my experience with Futureshops warranty coverage sucked and our camera was actually replaced/reapaired twice without too much complaint. The second time is why I'd never recomend extended warranty coverage. It refused to turn on one day and it would have been outside the manufacturer's warranty. We took it into future shop and they agreed to send it out for repair, it was all handled without too much difficulty. However it was more than 3 bloody months later before we saw our camera again.
Is the failed device something you actually use? Do you want to go/ can you live without it for 3 months?
Save the cost of the extended warranty and just buy a better/newer replacement for immediate use on the extremely rare occasions where the warranties might actuallly be used.
I didn't purchase the warranty above myself and in fact I've only ever bought one which I was delighted with (even if I never use it). From a repair/refurbishment center for Sony they offered a 5 year extended warranty on my PS3, the $50 extended warranty also included 3 brand new games (from a choice of around 50, I took Drake3 and GoW3 plus something else) and a second brand new controller.
Most extended warranties suck and are just a very nice extra profit for the store, the only time I've ever personally seen one used the experience was so slow I would much rather not have had the warranty at all, I felt obliged to make use of it when it would have been better to just replace the device.

about a year and a half ago

Code.org Documentary Serving Multiple Agendas?

drumlight Re:There is no shortage of American talent (226 comments)

You might want to ease up on the rum; you go by 'Dread Pirate Robberts' nowadays and don't want to let that secret slip.

about 2 years ago

Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

drumlight Re:Okay hang on, (171 comments)

A thumb drive is a method of hitching a lift, flash drives would be something like a Lamborghini and memory sticks are like ummm....Christine maybe.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

drumlight Re:Windows 7 x64 with XP Mode (313 comments)

This was briefly mentioned earlier, but I wanted to state clearly and concisely:

Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate all include licensing for Windows XP Mode, a 32-bit virtualized instance of Windows XP SP3. It is an additional download (actually a couple downloads), but it is free. I use it every day at work (on my 64-bit Win7 machine) to run a 16-bit app that was written in 1992, while I wait for that app's replacement to be written. It works perfectly, in fact much better than VirtualBox did for the same use case (there was laggy/odd redrawing issues with VirtualBox, no matter how many resources I allocated to the virtual machine).

I use XP mode almost daily but find VMware player to be much faster and a more pleaseant experience. I forget the exact steps but it was pretty simple to use the free XP mode download with VMware instead of the default in Win7.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Engineers Building Mockup of Deep Space Station

drumlight Re:Submariner experience? (64 comments)

Here is a tellephone call with Astronaut Scott Carpenter speaking to President Johnson from the helium atmosphere in the 1963 Sealab II project. The President's operator is very suspicous of Scott's voice and they have some trouble getting connected to the President. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg0pMbc7Opk

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

drumlight Re:Umm (510 comments)

I was quiet impressed with the fact both headlight bulbs in my Hyundai died in the same week after ~13 years of use. If the lifetime were anymore consistent I might have been stuck in the dark without replacements; as it was I had the second replacement close at hand when I needed it. I admit this is not very relevant to the topic at hand but horrah for chaos and randomness.

more than 2 years ago

Why Worms In the Toilet Might Be a Good Idea

drumlight The worms that go in are long and thin, (124 comments)

The worms that go in are long and thin,
The worms that come out are fat and stout.

Not the best place to ask I imagine but... Does anyone know which Pouges song these lyrics were from? (it might have been more of an intro to the song rather than actual lyrics as they have never come up on a search)

more than 2 years ago

For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring Is Productive

drumlight Re:Just like Sheldon (398 comments)

I didn't see this episode but I assume it is a homage to Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart. The purpose of the dice in the book was quite different as it was a way to achieve freedom by removing his responsibility in choices. It was a pretty interesting and thought provoking read so I thought I'd recomend it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dice_Man

more than 2 years ago

Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

drumlight Re:Exactly what I was thinking... (290 comments)

I was amused to see a can of WD-40 being wielded above an F1 car before it left the garage for qualifying ealier in this season.

more than 2 years ago

Drug-Sniffing Drones Take Flight Over Bolivia

drumlight Mmmh (84 comments)

I had a temporary warehouse job where I worked with drug sniffing drones; generally a bunch of tedious mother&*@#*s.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

drumlight Re:been there done that (331 comments)

Oops removing wrong moderation

more than 2 years ago


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