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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

jtownatpunk.net Re:This could be cool (165 comments)

I had a 128 for a while. The only 128 command I used regularly was GO 64.

2 days ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

jtownatpunk.net Re:No thanks (164 comments)

I'd go up to $300 but my toy budget is pretty big.

3 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

jtownatpunk.net Re:Titanfall's pros and cons (117 comments)

Then it's a good thing this isn't an exclusive release.

4 days ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

jtownatpunk.net Re:Good. (152 comments)

I hope they like belches and farts 'cause that's most of what goes on in front of my laptop.

about a week ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

jtownatpunk.net Knock it off with the word inflation! (77 comments)

A remote controlled airplane is not a UAV. A remote controlled multi-rotor is not a drone.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

jtownatpunk.net Re:Are you in the USA? (219 comments)

Had the same thing when I was a kid. 10' dish, receiver with analog meters. The whole setup was several grand if I remember right. I remember one week where I could switch between west and east coast feeds of a couple premium channels and watch Holy Grail and Delta Force back to back continuously. I think it was HBO and Cinemax. HBOw, CINw, HBOe, CINe, goto 10.

Crazy thing there was cable on the street behind us. The neighborhood all kicked in and paid to have the line extended. When my family found out, they asked if they could buy in and have cable run along the utility poles that ran thru our property to deliver electricity to their street. Offered to pay each house part of their cost then pay the full cost of running it on our poles. The assholes voted and said "no".

When encryption caught on, the dish was pretty much ignored. After I went to college, the cable company finally wired our street at no cost to us. (Other than the monthly subscription, of course.)

about two weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

jtownatpunk.net It's got a chance to drop in this time (202 comments)

I've been watching the hardware since the 90s and I think it's finally got a chance this time. Back in the early days, neither displays nor computers could generate anything beyond proof of concept. The displays and headgear showed that you could strap a display to a person's head and track their movement but the pixel count was laughably low. Which did't really matter because the hardware could barely generate wire frame environments in real time. For the last 5 or 6 years, we've had the hardware to generate pretty decent environments but the display hardware was stagnant. Now we're finally getting decent quality headsets to plug into high performance hardware. We also have game engines that are pretty well tuned to serving up complete 3 dimensional environments with active "camera" tracking. The ingredients are all available. Of course, I'm looking at it from a gamer's POV.

I almost bought one of Sony's sets a while back but it was just a bit too pixelated. Now I've got the DK2 on order and I'm really hoping Facepage doesn't screw things up. I liked Oculus when they were a hungry company that had to listen to their customers to get money to continue to exist.

about three weeks ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

jtownatpunk.net Wake me up when... (178 comments)

Wake me up when my vehicles can drive themselves.

about a month ago
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Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready For Pre-Order Today

jtownatpunk.net Re:I think this is dangerous (100 comments)

And I couldn't play Wolfenstein 3D because it made me queasy. I was part of a small segment of the population who was incompatible with the game. That doesn't mean the game was defective. It means my optical sensing system is defective. I don't have that problem with current games running at 60Hz on LCD vs 70Hz on CRT. (Pretty sure 320x200x8bit was 70Hz in the VGA specs.) Hoping I won't have that problem with this new headset.

I just preordered a DK2. I've been waiting for a decent, affordable VR display since the early 90s when I played with some of the most cutting edge stuff available at the time. Holy crap, it was bad, bulky, and expensive. :) The goggles were massive and weighed several pounds. For head tracking you had to sit in just the right spot under a big frame holding sensors. The environment was barely beyond wire frame because that's all that portable equipment could render at the time.

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

jtownatpunk.net Re:35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

That's just fucking stupid. That guy's a "lead engineer"?

about a month ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

jtownatpunk.net Re:Mobile Hard Drives have been stagnant (100 comments)

I assume you're talking about 9.5mm drives because there have been 2tb 15mm drives for quite a while. And Samsung recently released a 9.5mm 2tb drive but they're only selling it in portable cases for some stupid reason.

about a month ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

jtownatpunk.net Store all the things! (100 comments)

I've got more storage now than I ever thought existed when I was a kid. I have a 32tb fault tolerant array in my RV. My little pocket camera has 32 gigs. So does my phone. I've got 4 2tb drives I cycled out of my array that are just sitting in boxes because I have no use for them.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell

jtownatpunk.net Maxwell... (83 comments)

That's the second biggest GPU I've ever seen.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

jtownatpunk.net $100,000? (461 comments)

It shouldn't cost that much. Many planes already have data service (run thru satellites) that they sell to passengers. Shouldn't be that hard to tap into the available instrument data and send out a blurp every 10-15 seconds. Doesn't even need fancy 2-way handshaking. Just send the encrypted packets and grab them as they arrive at the NOC. Not a big deal if the occasional blurp gets missed. But, if they never get another blurp from a plane, at least they got the data right up to the point of disaster.

about a month ago
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One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

jtownatpunk.net Shenanigans! (255 comments)

That number's way too low.

about a month and a half ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

jtownatpunk.net Re:Pricey (166 comments)

So you'd ride a CitiBike home from the airport?

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

jtownatpunk.net If only... (240 comments)

If only there was a more efficient way to publish information and make it available to a large group of people.

about a month and a half ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

jtownatpunk.net Re:Pricey (166 comments)

$995 will buy a lot of cab rides.

about a month and a half ago
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New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

jtownatpunk.net Re:haha CH2M HILL (109 comments)

I worked for a lab that occasionally did work for them. I have no impression of them at all other than they were a client with a weird name. They sent samples, we analyzed said samples, sent them results, they paid, rinse, repeat. If they wanted interpretation, that'd be handled by the forensics division but I doubt they ever did.

about 2 months ago

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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Monitors?

jtownatpunk.net jtownatpunk.net writes  |  more than 4 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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