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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

jtownatpunk.net The IRS could shut down??? (253 comments)

That's horrible! Just horrible. Oh, the humanity!

3 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

jtownatpunk.net Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

What you should have done was quote this from the MS page:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge.

People will still latch onto the definition of "Windows device" and "supported lifetime of the device" but at least it's more clear than the linked article.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

jtownatpunk.net Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

That's a possible interpretation. Just because it's the interpretation you like doesn't mean it's the correct interpretation.

4 days ago
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Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

jtownatpunk.net How long does the battery last? (78 comments)

What's that? It doesn't have a battery? Then it's not a laptop.

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

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

I had a ramdisk in my Epson QX-10 and it was amazing. 2 megabytes of pure, blazing speed. TP/M booted and Valdocs loaded in seconds. It had a power supply and battery backup to keep the data from going poof every time the computer was turned off.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

jtownatpunk.net Re:Seriously... (437 comments)

Their distribution model is pretty ridiculous. These people are trying like hell to pay for content that they want to watch. It would be easier and cheaper to just pirate the content but they want to pay and the media companies refuse to sell their product. They trick the media companies into being paid for their product and the media companies block them. It's absurd. Ridiculous. Asinine.

about three weeks ago
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Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys

jtownatpunk.net Re:The Stupidity of Human Greed (119 comments)

They're going for The Big Dirty. One big score and they're out.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

jtownatpunk.net You think this is bad? (325 comments)

Try Windows. Cheap Windows 8.1 (full Windows, not RT) tablets are popping up like mushrooms. The recovery partition, OS, and its first round of updates take nearly 16 gigs. And they're selling tablets with 16 gigs of storage. So you power on your tablet, connect to your network, install the updates, and you've got a few hundred megs of storage left. I bought a $100 32 gig tablet just to play around and see how it works. I've installed Chrome and a couple little games and have 9.85 gigs free. Out of the 23.5 gigs that's left after they lopped off a 5.2 gig recovery partition. 5.2 gigs which, unless something goes terribly wrong, will never be used.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

jtownatpunk.net Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Found a story about ending the camera system in AZ. Apparently my habit of setting my cruise control to the speed limit may have contributed to my lack of tickets. They ticketed at 11mph over so I had a 1mph buffer if I missed a speed limit change.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

jtownatpunk.net Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

As with red light cameras, it depends on the implementation. I won't go near the state of Arizona again without a damn good reason. I went on a southwest road trip maybe five years ago and speed camera vans were everywhere. That would be fine because I've got cruise control and set it for the speed limit (yes, I really do) except the speed on the interstates varied randomly. Cruising along and there's a speed limit sign 10mph slower than the current speed and, shortly past that, a van with a speed camera. If I were coming into a populated area, that would be one thing but it's out in the middle of the fucking desert. Over and over. I kept an eye out for the changes and adjusted accordingly but I was surprised that I didn't get a ticket in the mail. It would have been easy to miss a speed change in an area that has no need for a speed change. A lot of my attention was diverted to scanning for road signs instead of watching the road. I've heard they ditched this program but I don't plan to go back to verify.

If they were using these automated systems to catch people who are already violating traffic laws, that would be one thing but the local governments (or their agencies) often manipulate the situation to create violations from people who wouldn't normally commit them.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

jtownatpunk.net What about (328 comments)

What about the impact of apps that can't be transferred to a new device? I have a couple of time-waster games on my first tablet that can't be moved to a new device. A top question on their FAQs is "How do I transfer my game to a new tablet?" "You can't. Too bad, so sad." I wonder how many people are reluctant to upgrade because they spent $50 on crystals in some game and they don't want to throw it away.

about three weeks ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

jtownatpunk.net Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (351 comments)

It's the same transition television had when going from SD to HD. Makeup, lighting, and set design all had to change because the increased clarity of HD exposed the flaws. It's like turning on the bright lights in the bar at 2am. Raw and ugly.

As filmmakers learn to work with HDR, films will look better. Same as when color hit the market. And sound. And the transition to film itself.

about a month ago
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Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

jtownatpunk.net Re:It's great! (131 comments)

I know the difference between compression and sound disappearing then coming back. And compression doesn't create warbly flanging effects. :rolleyes:

about a month ago
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Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

jtownatpunk.net It's great! (131 comments)

Important people get preferential treatment all the time. I've got a nice chunk of change stored at my bank. Ever since I put it there, my customer service calls have been diverted directly to Executive Customer Service. I don't even have to do anything. My phone number is linked to my account so my calls go straight there, picked up by Frank or Veronica in Texas before the third ring. I rarely need to call them but it's nice not to sit in a queue like a schmuck listening to hold music warble in and out.

And what's the deal with hold music? Why is it always distorted and fading in and out? Shouldn't we be able to fix that by now?

about a month ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

jtownatpunk.net Re:Multi touch while driving? (123 comments)

Touchscreens are terrible in cars because you have to look at the screen to see where to touch. Knobs, levers, switches, and buttons can be operated by touch while keeping visual focus on the road. It might take a couple weeks to learn a new vehicle but you can learn to operate it by feel.

about a month ago
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

jtownatpunk.net Re:Why are critical systems connected to the inter (212 comments)

You can have electronic communication on an isolated network. And there are plenty of ways to input data accurately with error checking. Add CRC to the input. If they don't match, find the error(s). Or dual/triple/quad entry so that it's only accepted if the fields match. Like when you're creating a password for a new account. Or print a QR code and scan it on the isolated system. You can pack a lot of data and error correction into QR codes.

Of course, this all assumes that the input is legitimate.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

jtownatpunk.net Re:Old news. (285 comments)

Oh, my Lord. They screwed with the yellow light durations to increase the fines issued by the cameras. Without the cameras, nobody would have messed with the timings of the traffic signals.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

jtownatpunk.net Re:Old news. (285 comments)

They did if they were expecting a standard yellow light, then it changed red in 2.5 seconds instead of the federal minimum of 3 seconds and slammed on the brakes to avoid running the red light. And 3 seconds is the minimum. It needs to be even longer on fast roads.

Generally, the yellow light should last a bit more than 1 second per 10 miles per hour. A 45mph road should have a yellow light that lasts about 5 seconds. But it's not required to be 5 seconds. It can be as low as 3 seconds. And many cities got caught going below even that minimum requirement at intersections with cameras. So people who drive that road know they have to stop fast on a yellow even if they can't do it safely. They have to balance the will get a ticket or might get rear ended.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

jtownatpunk.net I'm shocked! (285 comments)

SHOCKED! SHOCKED!

I'm sure that cutting the yellow light times didn't help.

about a month 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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