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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

jtownatpunk.net I imagine (48 comments)

I imagine they'll keep him in a cage like an Oompa Loompa. They'll throw some leaves in his cage and poke him with a stick right before the tour group comes thru.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

jtownatpunk.net Re:I use folders. (259 comments)

It's so reassuring to know there are people more pedantic than me.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

jtownatpunk.net Re:I use folders. (259 comments)

I'm an American. We do our dates MM-DD-YYYY the way Jebus intended! (Also, I can sort by date with a click on every file manager I've seen in the last 20 years or so. I assume that feature will persist. Since the folders were created in the order the pictures were taken, that'll work just fine for me.)

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

jtownatpunk.net Re:I use folders. (259 comments)

With minimal snark, how hard is it to look at the file names and figure out which ones will have what I'm looking for? If I'm looking thru my pictures, it's because I want to look at my pictures. I'm not worried about being able to search for a specific picture with optimal efficiency.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

jtownatpunk.net I use folders. (259 comments)

Vacation
  |--->October 2011 - Caribbean
                      |--->10-27-2011 - Jamaica

Transfers to/from any platform with a copy/paste.

I keep slimmed down albums (nee: sets) on flickr where I (and others) can add notes.

5 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

jtownatpunk.net Re: So basically.. (295 comments)

Yeah, because those licensed cab drivers are sooooooo much better.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

jtownatpunk.net Can I buy one? (219 comments)

Or is it like the current 8 and 10tb drives that only seem to exist at the fantastipotamus store?

about a week ago
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'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

jtownatpunk.net Where else can they go for service? (61 comments)

Verizon and AT&T are the only two reasonable choices if the coverage area is the whole of the United States. If they drop down to Sprint or T-Mobile, they're making significant compromises in coverage. After that, you're getting into the range of Cletus' Phone Emporium.

about a week ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

jtownatpunk.net Re: sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

Dude, I was soldering tabbed NiCD batteries into packs for my RC car when I was 12. Being afraid of small, low-voltage power sources because high-power sources could hurt you is like being afraid of house cats because lions and tigers can hurt you.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

jtownatpunk.net Re:sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

Okay. Next time, I'll just pop the battery from my old laptop into my new laptop. Because there's nothing at all proprietary about the shape of the case.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

jtownatpunk.net Source for parts? (197 comments)

From my mostly uneducated point of view, the concern isn't processing capacity but having a reliable source for parts. Is anyone still making PowerPC 750FX processors? If not, what's the shelf life on them? What about the ancillary chips/hardware? Nothing lasts forever, even if it's not being used.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

jtownatpunk.net Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

Looks like that quote got cut off. Should have been, "Ultimately, our users will decide to use Inbox when we discontinue gmail."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

jtownatpunk.net Have you considered... (720 comments)

...upgrading your wife to a more compatible model?

Alternatively, get a big case with lots of slow fans. I built an i7-3930k and 2x GTX680 4 gig gaming rig a couple years ago and I can barely hear it. I've got those ugly, yellow SilenX Effizio fans. Around 12dBA moving around 45cfm. A reasonable person couldn't complain about the noise it makes. I can hear my wall clock ticking from across the room. The GPU fans crank up while I'm gaming but you can't hear that over the sound of the game. Or go with liquid cooling and it'll be even quieter.

Of course, I don't think the noise is the real issue.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

jtownatpunk.net I saw this movie. (145 comments)

It sucked. Why did they have to be on a train? That didn't make any sense at all.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jtownatpunk.net Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (438 comments)

I've been using Seagate's hybrids for a couple years and the combination of performance, simplicity, and economy hit the spot. I have 750 gig and 1tb drives in my laptops and a 2tb in my gaming rig. The hybrid drives were a small price bump for a big performance bump. Sure, gigantic SSDs would give me a slight performance boost but it's a big jump in price for a small jump in performance over hybrid.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jtownatpunk.net Re:LOL (438 comments)

Comparing a $10 USB stick with an SSD is like comparing turtles to cheetahs. Those USB sticks might write at 2-5 megs/sec. Maybe. 1/100 the speed of a good SSD. It's not a cromulent comparison.

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

jtownatpunk.net Re:How long... (92 comments)

Do you really think any government wants its citizens to have secure communication?

about three weeks ago
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Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

jtownatpunk.net Re:Amazon Book Price (92 comments)

$48.10 from my regular browser, anonymous browser and IE.

about three weeks ago

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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Monitors?

jtownatpunk.net jtownatpunk.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jtownatpunk.net (245670) writes "As time goes by, I find myself supporting a greater number of users moving through their 40s and into their 50s (and beyond!). I notice more and more of them are lowering the resolution of their displays in order to "make it bigger". That was fine in the CRT days but, quite frankly, LCDs look like crap when they're not displaying their native resolution. My solution at home is to hook my computer up to a big, honkin' 1080p HDTV but that's a bit of a political risk in an office environment. "Why does Bill get a freakin big screen TV???" Plus, it's a waste to be paying for the extra inputs (compunent, s-video, composite), remote, tuner, etc. that will never be used. And a 37-47" display is a bit large for a desk.

So here's my question: Is there a source for 24-27" monitors running at 1366x768 that are affordable and don't have all of the "TV" stuff? Or is my only choice to just buy 27" HDTVs and admonish the users not to watch TV? (And, no, just giving them big CRTs is not an option. Most people would rather stare at a fuzzy LCD than "go back" to a CRT.)"

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