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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

mrmeval Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

I used a video capture card with Svideo input. I found after many trials that VLC worked well in capture mode with a tape that had issues. I had to manually clean the video and audio heads in the thrift store VCR and used another tape to verify the VCR worked wel mechanically. It still took two attempts. I then transfered it from the Windows 7 box to a Linux box and had FFmpeg transcode it after bleeding the docs for a couple hours and fumbling with several attempts.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

mrmeval Pencil Re:Pen (635 comments)

I'm partial to my drawing pencils. Simple tech that simply works. ;) I do like that they are now lead paint free.

Try Fun With A Pencil by Andrew Loomis

about three weeks ago

NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

mrmeval Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

If we get nationalized hellcare it IS gov't's bizness. In such a single payer system you have to weed out those who are an excess burden on the body politic.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Shutters Its Public API

mrmeval Re:Never trust a corporation (59 comments)

I am absolutely sure NASA will get right on that. ;)

Heh, there is a story in an issue of Heavy Metal called "Patriot" it is the most prescient story about modern times I had read 20 something years ago.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Shutters Its Public API

mrmeval Re:Never trust a corporation (59 comments)

The only good way to deal with corporations is to have orbital bombardment capability.

Unfortunately you have to get them to build it for you.

about 3 months ago

Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

mrmeval Re:no (437 comments)

It would get rid of pubic transportation, be cheaper in the long run and if there is zero manual allowed, safer.

about 4 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

mrmeval Re:Do we really need new books? (405 comments)

A friend of mine self publishes on Amazon. He managed to bootstrap himself to be his own publisher by doing the best he could on his first two books. He's now to the point he pays the people needed to review and clean up his books as a publisher would do. He self promotes and is doing well enough he's happy. If he had the time he'd be able to do writing full time but sadly he started writing science fiction in his 60s. The one thing he cannot do and probably will not is to provide intriquing cover art.

Stross and other authors dependant on an outdated business model and unable to change will continue to go on ranting screeds against change.

about 4 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

mrmeval Re:On that note (290 comments)

Bring it. I have charcoal and hunger as my superpower. I am more than just a bloodmouth carnist and my stomach is a mass grave.

about 4 months ago

Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone

mrmeval They're fucking food. (74 comments)

You kill and eat them. With proper management they're a sustainable resourse. In the US if they were included in game animals the fees and taxes hunters pay on ammunition, firearms, licenses etal could be used to make sure they were a sustainable game animal.

Maybe the candidians could learn that.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

mrmeval You can make a vault (408 comments)

You can make a room or closet a vault or just build a wall with a door to make an enclosed space in a room. You then alarm that with it's own zone. It's trivial to do. If you're very paranoid you can lace the walls. It does not have to be reinforced but you want to make it difficult which is fairly inexpensive.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

mrmeval They need a radioactive lead (195 comments)


One marginally withing NRC limits. ;)

about 5 months ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

mrmeval Zero (392 comments)

You send the information needed to make them and robots to teach them.

If you've read the James P. Hogan novel about this at +1 to your geek cred.

If you can name it without googling +2

about 5 months ago

NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

mrmeval Re:"Terrorist" is the new "witch." (274 comments)

Most of them were buried, burned or otherwise rendered non-corporeal by Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, etc, etc, etc

about 6 months ago

An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

mrmeval Re:Obligatory s Club (357 comments)

There's several companies that manufacture all sorts of fishing tackle and accessories. They'll be deliriously happy if you go watch their youtube videos. :)

about 6 months ago

Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

mrmeval Challenge accepted (245 comments)

Digial, analog, trinary, HIKE! You won't safe them without MIKE!

In other words children it's all the humans who're messing up your security chain.

You need better, faster, stronger, smarter people who have a driving need to make your security better from the floor sweep to the ablative meat.

Without it you're just asking for an ass raping.

about 6 months ago

Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

mrmeval Re:or, alternatively (91 comments)

People who get regular sex are happier and more productive.

It's a health care issue and should be mandated the employer pays for whores.

about 6 months ago

The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

mrmeval Tulips are the next big thing (191 comments)

Buy all you can. :)

The only thing that cannot be fudged is that we cannot make. Gold keeps it's spending power over long stretches of time.

about 6 months ago

Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

mrmeval Re: Why? (269 comments)

"I'd go on a Vegan diet but the delivery time from Vega is too long."
--brownkitty aka Morgen Kirby

about 7 months ago


mrmeval hasn't submitted any stories.



Slashdot is beginning to suck, this is the end

mrmeval mrmeval writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fuck you. Reviling people who complain is exceptionally execrable, posting private emails as a means of chuckles means you do not deserve the protections of civilized discourse. Feed off the shit eating cretins who think that what I have is theres if they can convince a more powerful force to take it from me.

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