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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

omnichad Re:Is it still a Gameboy? (53 comments)

Considering he had real Gameboy already and probably real cartridges, I refuse to believe that downloading ROM dumps digitally identical to the same cartridges are piracy - regardless of what Nintendo's lawyers believe.

4 hours ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:EDITOR: Read this (249 comments)

Freudian slip as they were thinking about using these moored to their off-shore datacenter islands.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:Why? (249 comments)

They say the same thing about web servers, too. One big one is better than lots of cheaper, smaller ones. And yet that's not how Google runs its data centers...

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:I've heard this one... (249 comments)

they have not limited what the inverter is contained in

I think that would be included in the overall size.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:I've heard this one... (249 comments)

So why didn't they add a charging circuit for the battery, still meet the specs, and have it actually be useful? I have one on my computer.

yesterday
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

omnichad Re:If you are using paper anyway (77 comments)

If you're working with a printed circuit (think a computer on a magazine page or a greeting card), it's useful if the silver dots can be read by the printed circuit without an additional machine or any (relatively) large equipment at all.

yesterday
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

omnichad Re:Density (77 comments)

And if dpi directly translated to individual sprayed dots, that would be useful. Inkjet printers spray microdroplets that aren't strictly locked to the pixel grid. And CMYK are not all perfectly aligned with one another.

Still, that inkjet printed page can't read itself. A circuit printed on the page could.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:110 or 240v (249 comments)

Those are distribution lines. And only the drop to the customer carries 240V. That's converted down from about 2-4KV at the pole transformer off the distribution line.

Transmission lines are what connect distribution areas to generating plants and carry tens of thousands of volts.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:110 or 240v (249 comments)

I think their use of the term islanded may refer to more than just the technical specifications. I bet Google wants this tech for off-shore floating data centers.

yesterday
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

omnichad Re:Saturday Processing (338 comments)

And all this is happening while the USPS is still trying to end Saturday delivery. If that ever happened, Netflix wouldn't receive any more discs to process.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

omnichad Re:You're still getting what you were promised (338 comments)

Do you think that you are being throttled because of your usage or that your particular distribution center is overloaded? I know where I'm at, I mail it one day, they receive it the next, and the next movie goes out for the following day.

It might actually be a problem on the mail delivery side, but it could be your particular distribution center. I just wanted to say it's not the universal experience. But I rarely go through more than 1 disc a week because of my viewing habits.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

omnichad Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (338 comments)

Most people no longer have a local video store. My alternative is buying every movie I want to watch once.

2 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

omnichad Re: Time will tell (338 comments)

How about keeping it on the queue, but listed at the bottom under "Saved Titles" - just like the movies that haven't come out on DVD yet.

2 days ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

omnichad Re:Solution! (151 comments)

It might last for a while, but conservation is still not sustainable.

An oddly strict definition of conservation....not using it at all would fit under the definition of conservation. Or saving it all for a global emergency to survive a volcanic winter when solar and hydro give out. That's what I was getting at. There's no reason we shouldn't know where it is and be ready to mine it just in case.

I said nothing against going to nuclear as a primary fuel source. It's perfectly feasible except for one small problem - no one will do it or approve it. With that standing as a major roadblock to this day, we still need to conserve what we're using.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

omnichad Re:ESPN (401 comments)

I think it's great as long as they can keep the SNR in-margin. The problem is that at certain times of the year, my cable service is just plain unreliable - especially for VoIP - even when uncongested.

I don't subscribe to TV, because they really overcram. I wish they were just using better QAM, but they're also overcompressing the channels on top of that.

about a week ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

omnichad Re: Um... (151 comments)

As long as you put a 6 on one of those four sides, I don't see a problem.

about a week ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

omnichad Re:Solution! (151 comments)

While efficiency is a laudable goal (to which most engineers already aspire), eking by with extreme conservation is highly anti-productive

No...this means we'll have enough coal leftover if and when Yellowstone finally blows.

There's no doubt that nuclear fuel is useful, but that's completely off-topic to the point you started out making.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

omnichad Re:ESPN (401 comments)

Yeah, it will. Is QAM-256 in that wide of usage? That might explain why my cable Internet has been so flaky at times. There's a good bit of line noise where I'm at. I'll admit to not looking at my modem to see what modulation it's using.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

omnichad Re:Same business model, different business (401 comments)

Car dealers are the worst. I once left a message asking for a quote on a repair. They never called me back....until they tried to sell me a car 6 months later.

about a week ago

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Huge Twitter Campaign against Outlook '10 renderer

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "The Email Standards Project just launched a massive Twitter campaign, begging Microsoft not to use the Word rendering engine in Outlook 2010. As it stands, Word 2010 will continue the tradition of painful HTML email design for those of us who create HTML emails for a living. Another several years of tables and almost no CSS support."
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Is "Card On File" Even Allowed Under PCI D

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "I am working on a new payment system for my employer. We would like to allow the customer to keep the "Card on File" for future service. How can we make charges against the card on file if the PCI DSS Standard explicitly forbids storing the CVV or CVV2 codes from the card?

How is it that GoDaddy, Amazon, iTunes, Paypal and all the rest are able to do this? Are they violating the PCI specification? Or is there another way of processing a transaction without the CVV codes? Dish Network kept my card on file so that they could charge my cancellation fee directly to my credit card. Note that I'm not just talking about recurring billing as a monthly fee — although that would also fit under the same umbrella."

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