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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

kalpol Re:the ultimate mesh network (474 comments)

I have relatives in the Netherlands and the houses over there are built much more sturdily than the usual stick-built home in the US which doesn't have much structure to block wi-fi signals. However even in my thin-walled house the signal from my router barely reaches to the end of my back garden, so I expect anyone who would want to use it would have to stand on the street directly in front of my house.

about 3 months ago

Welcome to the Goodwill Computer Museum (Video)

kalpol Re:Throw down. (72 comments)

I've got a TI 99/4a system if you're interested. I think it is missing the video cable. PEB with drive, interface cards, rubber-cup modem, lots of software.

about a year ago

FAA Wants All Aircraft Flying On Unleaded Fuel By 2018

kalpol Re:Thanks Slashdot. (366 comments)

Electronic ignition? Perhaps the timing was being retarded due to the knock sensor going off on the lower-octane fuel. My oilhead BMW runs ok on low octane but I can definitely tell a mpg difference on the higher octane the manual says it needs.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Overhauling an Amusement Park's Multi-Zone Audio Player?

kalpol Multiple outs? (120 comments)

I have no idea what I am talking about but what if you got a Linux box with 8 sound cards, configured 8 instances of Amarok to play, one on each output, and set up your playlists acccordingly?

more than 2 years ago

MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support

kalpol Re:Cablecard support? (144 comments)

Cable companies want above else for you to use their hardware and their services (DVR, cable box, etc) and are still fighting tooth and nail to cripple competing services on every front.

Well, too bad for them that they can't force me to subscribe to cable. I've even gone so far as to pull out the janky wiring from multiple cable installs over the years in the house I purchased.

more than 2 years ago

MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support

kalpol Re:huh? (144 comments)

This is exactly how I use it - recorded OTA television (no cable) and video files with MythTV, and then Netflix in Virtualbox, and Amarok for music. This results in more TV than I have time to watch anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

kalpol Good luck, and thanks for things that mattered. (1521 comments)

It's a long road back to 1998 or 1999 when I first started reading Slashdot. You'll do well in whatever you put your mind to.

about 3 years ago

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

kalpol Re:What happened at T-0:31? (275 comments)

Noticed there was a long delay, but I have no speakers at work, so couldn't hear an explanation.


Sounded like they said the sensor noting retraction of the cone dome thing wasn't working so they had to verify visually (that was the camera 62 shot).

more than 3 years ago

Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

kalpol Mouseover; see littlegreenfootballs; ignore (767 comments)

because, seriously. Wikipedia is not the reference to end all references. If some dummy changes it and it's wrong, either someone will change it back, or (hopefully) the avalanche of other sources on Paul Revere will remain correct.

more than 3 years ago

What's the Oldest File You Can Restore?

kalpol VIC-20 BASIC program from tape (498 comments)

I still have a VIC-20 and tape drive. Recently while listening to my cassette copy of the 1812 Overture, I realized that for some reason, when I was a kid, I had saved a BASIC program in the blank space occurring after the music on one side of the tape. I haven't tried to restore it, but the tape is in good shape, and there doesn't seem to be anything preventing reloading the program from tape. I'm guessing it dates from 1984. I have a lot of floppies from the late 80s that I'm sure are still readable, if I can find a working drive.

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

kalpol Re:Alternate viewpoint (548 comments)

> But in the case at hand, Netflix and similar get the revenue, but Comcast gets the cost

But wait, isn't Netflix already paying for their outbound bandwidth?

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

kalpol Kipling (548 comments)

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

more than 3 years ago

US Launches Largest Spy Satellite Ever

kalpol 5900 lbs into orbit (213 comments)

If I ever get filthy rich, I'm going to buy a new car. Then, I'm going to buy a Delta 4 rocket and launch my old Mercedes into high orbit. Why? because it would be awesome.

more than 3 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

kalpol Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (1270 comments)

We wouldn't know if they had or not. If a time traveler offed Hitler, the timeline would rebuild and we'd have our memories, just like now, of the "original" events, having no knowledge of the change since we're inside the continuum (so to speak). So they might be constantly screwing with the past and we'll never know.

more than 2 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

kalpol Re:8800Ultra (715 comments)

I've had many bad capacitors on video cards lately. They swell up and burst after a year or two. Cheap components :(

about 4 years ago

Super Principia Mathematica

kalpol Re:Summary: (325 comments)


about 4 years ago

Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04

kalpol Re:Comparisons like this don't mean squat... (702 comments)

> And your typical home user won't want it. Wrong. I have a very large family, most of whom are very typical home users, mostly computer illiterate - web, email, videos, and the occasional spreadsheet. My mother wants to surf the net, check her email, watch news video and view whatever pictures and video kids send her. She was always getting viruses on her Windows XP box, and after years of trying to keep her up and running I finally installed Firefox to get her used to the browser, and then a while later installed Ubuntu. I used a theme similar to XP, she loved it, and my workload dropped about 90%. She doesn't know Linux from Windows from a bag of frogs, and doesn't care as long as it works.

about 4 years ago



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