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Europe Agrees To Send Airline Passenger Data To US

fortunato I read tfa (403 comments)

So I read the freaking article and I don't see what the U.S. is giving in return. It's all about what EU has to give up as far as info and such. I find it hard to believe this passed on the EU end without the U.S. sharing at least the same information. Is there an article somewhere that explains the whole deal? Or is this all there is?

more than 2 years ago
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Websites Can Detect What Chrome Extensions You've Installed

fortunato Re:Only a partial list (131 comments)

Same here. It detected only Adblock, for me, of all my addons.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

fortunato I'd claim the same (1009 comments)

If I were in her shoes, I'd claim the same thing. However, this is just going to be a justification for when technology let's "the man" truly read your mind to say there was just cause to do so in order to determine whether she really forgot or just pretended to and all the crazy ethical questions/arguments/fights that will ensue. These days I'm doubting ethics and philosophy can possibly keep up with the pace of technology. I hope I'm wrong!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

fortunato pfsense (398 comments)

I didn't read through the bazillions of comments, but after playing with a ton of the 3rd party firmwares that run on the old Linksys WRTG routers like Tomato and OpenWRT, etc., I just finally built a cheap and tiny ITX atom based box and put pfsense on it. I would never go back.

more than 3 years ago
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Apollo 11 Flag Swatch Goes Unsold At L.A. Auction

fortunato Re:If I could afford it ... (120 comments)

I don't know about anyone else, but I find it amusing that you apparently find it absurd to devalue the garbage related to the moon shot. If someone finds Neil Armstrong's discarded urine from his physical testing prior to the flight, should we value that too? I mean "it was part of humanities first foray to another planet. [sic]" Think of how much was wasted by letting booster stages burn up in the atmosphere! We should sue someone for letting those incredible pieces of history burn up! OMG!

more than 3 years ago
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EvoMouse Turns Your Digits Digital

fortunato Trackball Explorer (110 comments)

I'd be happy if Microsoft re-released the Trackball Explorer. It's never been bested as far as trackballs go.

more than 3 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

fortunato Re:Vodka (770 comments)

That's all well and good, but like it or not Windows is still the litmus test. The standard of measure is the version of Windows most people are using today. Linux might be better than it was, but it's not even close to being a realistic replacement for Windows or Mac OS for the general non-technical public. Those "unfriendly versions of Windows back then" were very friendly for the times and what made computers usable by the average consumer. It is also a big reason that Windows become the standard OS that everyone knows (and needs to know for most office related jobs) how to use.

Until Linux is realistically comparable to Windows or Mac OS in the ease-of-use department it will always be an extreme niche player on the desktop like it is today.

more than 5 years ago
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In-Game Advertising Makes Games Better?

fortunato People like advertising? Really? (352 comments)

Anyone in advertising that I've ever spoken with always insists people love advertising. However, I've never spoken to anyone outside of advertising that says they like ads. I would think the emergence of things like DVRs, browser adblockers, etc would be a big clue to the advertising industry.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

fortunato Re:Holy shit. (693 comments)

What you describe sounds more like A Clockwork Orange than 1984. Maybe one set of problems causes the other?

more than 5 years ago
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Time Warner Shelves Plans For Tiered Pricing

fortunato Re:It will be back (210 comments)

If they can't find a way to make the market competitive then I agree, but I think it would be much better if they had to compete like cell phone companies compete. Then instead of trying to invent ways to avoid upgrading infrastructure and rape their customers, they would actually have to provide decent service at competitive prices.

But until someone figures out how to bypass the need to "share" infrastructure, like phone wires that were paid for by the local phone company monopoly, I don't see how that can really happen. Maybe have the town or county own the local loop or last mile to everyone's house? I don't know.

more than 5 years ago
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Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price Legislation

fortunato Re:The real solution (382 comments)

As the very first sentence I wrote started, "One of the reasons...", I'm not sure where you got the idea that I "honestly think that competition to lower prices is only achieved through skimping on quality or reliability..." Obviously I don't. Read more carefully before replying please. ;)

That said, as others have pointed out, a sanctioned and regulated monopoly is not necessary in the example you cite.

Limiting competition is indeed the goal of a regulated monopoly -- that would be the reason we use the word "monopoly." However the goal here is not inherently to allow a single entity to profit in as much as it is to make sure a scarce resource (telephone poles, underground conduits, water pipes, etc.) are used to best effect. The only other alternative is to have the government own the infrastructure and provide the service themselves. I don't think that's a good idea either.

If you honestly think free market competition is the best way to go for crucial infrastructure services, I point you at California's electric power fiasco as evidence you are very wrong. California did exactly that in 1996. Now prices are high, supply is low and you get to enjoy rolling blackouts every summer! w00t!

more than 5 years ago
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Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price Legislation

fortunato Re:The real solution (382 comments)

One of the reasons for enforced monopolies is that for an infrastructure service that is considered "crucial", like electricity, phone and water you don't want the inevitable pressure to cut costs by scrimping on reliability in order to compete. That is why these enforced monopolies are, in theory, regulated heavily.

Of course, I personally don't think that precludes heavy competition with heavy regulation, but what do I know. :)

more than 5 years ago
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A Veteran GM's Preview of the D&D Player's Handbook 2

fortunato Rigid rules suck (74 comments)

All I can really say is as a GM back in the days of 1st and 2nd edition (I stopped playing once WOTC took over), the fact that there were no specific rules for certain situations is exactly why it was fun to play. The GM could make up whatever was necessary to move the game along without having to worry about some player screaming about the rules. Most of the folks complaining about the lack of ability to role-play with the new ruleset -- this is really what they mean. If you want rigid game mechanics, play a video game.

more than 5 years ago
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Does a Game Have To Fail To Get a Real Ending?

fortunato Re:Not just - or primarily - games that this affec (178 comments)

Gladiator had a very final ending. That was much more recent than most of the movies mentioned so far and I certainly enjoy it enough to watch it again periodically.

I think the ending versus hook into sequel has a lot to do with the director.

more than 5 years ago
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World of Goo Ported To Linux

fortunato Re:Did they actually use all $10K? (223 comments)

God spare you from the horrors of spending 30 seconds to find out before posting.

Obviously I did, or a) I wouldn't have made the coffee reference, and b) I wouldn't have mentioned the open source software part.

So since you seemed to have found magically invisible information at the page you linked, perhaps you can share it with the rest of us?

As I said, $10K is hardly enough to live on so they either had money coming in from somewhere else, developed the whole game in a week, or they are not human.

more than 5 years ago
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World of Goo Ported To Linux

fortunato Did they actually use all $10K? (223 comments)

I'm curious what they spent the $10K on. That seems too small for living expenses (unless perhaps you are single and living on ramen noodles), and it seems too much if they used open source software for the most part. Of course, $10K buys a lot of coffee. I might budget $10K for coffee...

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Harvest Nano-Power From Hamsters

fortunato The Matrix bots... (90 comments)

...will love using this new way of harvesting power.

more than 5 years ago
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IT Job Without a Degree?

fortunato The truth is... (1123 comments)

You will get 150K answers to this. The short of it is, speaking as someone who has been in the biz for 20 years, the degree only matters if you are being hired by someone who has one.

And that's all that needs to be said about it.

about 6 years ago
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Editor, DLC Coming To Fallout 3

fortunato Re:It's shocking (98 comments)

The "replica" long rifle - as a presentation piece or a gentleman's sporting gun with over-elaborate inlaid decoration in brass or silver - appears as early as 1825. Something more authentic can be had today for $600-$700. Pennsylvania Rifles

The point, that you apparently missed, was that all of them have not. If people's lives depended on them, in the way carrying a firearm does in Fallout 3, there would be a heck of a lot more because people would be constantly repairing and maintaining them any way they can.

Hence the repair skill.

about 6 years ago
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Editor, DLC Coming To Fallout 3

fortunato Re:It's shocking (98 comments)

I believe that was what the "repair" skill was for.

I can't believe people still fire revolutionary war era weapons in a modern world. Why the things haven't rusted into uselessness I just don't understand. ;)

more than 6 years ago

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DIY preamp comparable to high end studio equipment

fortunato fortunato writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fortunato writes "A user on the Tweak Hardware forums (moniker Owel) has designed a studio quality DIY preamp he calls the SC-1. If you are handy with a soldering iron its a very low cost way for anyone with a home music studio to build a professional quality preamp! Flat response from 10Hz to almost 300kHz (much higher than human hearing). Anyone who does any recording professionally or as a hobby should certainly check this out.

The original forum thread about it with a nice history of its development is here:

http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=45 853

and the new official support forum for it is here:

http://fivefishstudios.com/forum/"

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