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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

rograndom Re:Uh, no (897 comments)

Also if you have any property, vehicle, stocks, retirement account, etc. ANYTHING that can be sold or converted to cash you are considered to be able to afford an attorney.

more than 2 years ago
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Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

rograndom Maybe it's just the track? (312 comments)

I can't speak for the RHCP tracks, but I downloaded a dozen or so tracks I already have on CD and exist as both FLAC and LAME MP3s on my computer on the day of the announcement to see what the difference is. I could immediately tell a difference with the Master for iTunes tracks, better or worse, I'm not sure yet. They are easy to pick out in A/B testing, the most glaring difference is in the mid-bass area 80-120hz is noticeably boosted in the rock tracks I downloaded.

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

rograndom Re:Impressive hardware (177 comments)

Let's put this another way:

There's a new kit car announced. It has a 100cc engine and a small frame attached to four wheels. This "car" gets 100mpg and costs $500. It has no seats, no steering wheel, no roof, no doors, no airbags, no windshield, etc.

Is it fair to compare this "car" in terms of fuel economy and price to a brand new Corolla or F150?

If someone starts going on about "It's a fraction of the cost and gets 4x the economy! That's the real story here!" Wouldn't you think they were a little nuts?

No I'd think they're freaking geniuses.

You screwed up the standard /. car analogy. Cross out the bit about the 4 wheels and no seat, and you've basically described a moped or motorcycle. Pretty exciting news, if that whole giant and exciting market had never existed until right now. This is like living in day 1 of the Harley Davidson corporation, or day 1 of Vespa. Thaaaats why they're geniuses, not because they invented yet another car model, but they're inventing entire new vehicular industry categories.

Right, so what I described is NOT a Harley or a Vespa, correct? You would have to add more thing to it, correct? It would also have to meet certain safety requirement which further drive up it's cost and drive down it's fuel economy. And you can see that I didn't compare it to a Harley or Vespa. I compared it to the standard 4 door family car and the standard truck. Are you saying that a Vespa really replace the standard car for a family of 4?

Are there businesses currently using iPhone 4Ss as embedded video display devices? Good dog I hope not. If so, I agree that they would save a ton of money by installing Raspberry Pi's. But they should be using AppleTVs in that case instead, which is a better comparison. How much is it to add on wifi, ir receiver / remote, and 8gb of flash to the Raspberry Pi? The cost is about the same and while the Raspberry Pi has a better GPU, the AppleTV has a much better CPU.

For the record I think the Raspberry Pi is an amazing piece of technology, but saying that it beats the iPhone 4S in performance and cost when it cannot do ANYTHING out of the box without buying additional parts (it's runs XBMC, great! Are LCD displays free with purchase of the Pi?) is very misguided statement.

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

rograndom Re:Impressive hardware (177 comments)

I could find a dozen GPUs that put the iPhone 4S to shame and are cheaper

You are missing the point. Can you find a dozen that are part of a fully functional computer that costs $25?

Are you saying that the Raspberry Pi is as fully functional as an iPhone 4S? If not, then you're completely missing my point.

Let's put this another way:

There's a new kit car announced. It has a 100cc engine and a small frame attached to four wheels. This "car" gets 100mpg and costs $500. It has no seats, no steering wheel, no roof, no doors, no airbags, no windshield, etc.

Is it fair to compare this "car" in terms of fuel economy and price to a brand new Corolla or F150?

If someone starts going on about "It's a fraction of the cost and gets 4x the economy! That's the real story here!" Wouldn't you think they were a little nuts?

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

rograndom Re:Impressive hardware (177 comments)

Um... The Raspberry Pi is also missing a touch screen, 16gb of flash, more memory, wifi, bluetooth, 3g radio, camera, battery, decent battery life and a nice shell to wrap it all up in. But all of those things are free, right? I could find a dozen GPUs that put the iPhone 4S to shame and are cheaper, but we're not really comparing the same thing, are we?

more than 2 years ago
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Woz Is First In Line For iPhone 4S

rograndom Whoops, (287 comments)

I'm think that his wife was expecting a white one and he ordered 2 black ones. "Don't worry honey, I'll get you a white one." "You better."

more than 3 years ago
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Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

rograndom Re:Bad idea. (418 comments)

If 'Misery' can auto-magically detect trolling why not just auto-ban or auto-suspend and give an explanation?

The user will know that the account is dead and just create another one. If you can string them along for a while and they think that the site is broken maybe they'll just leave instead.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Planning Serial Keys For PS3 Games?

rograndom Re:Real Old School (283 comments)

I had one friend that messed with the brightness/contrast controls on a photocopier for an entire afternoon and managed to get a readable copy out of the Simcity code list. The copy also copied very well I remember.

more than 3 years ago
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Casinos Warn iPhone Card-Counting App is Illegal

rograndom Re:slashdot sensationalism (462 comments)

Pen and paper are illegal if you're using them to count or try to gain an advantage. So are the casino's own chips, drinks, ice cubes, scraps of paper, etc if you're using them in that way. The law is intentionally vague with it's wording, mainly so it doesn't have to re-written everytime a new technology is developed. Any "instrument" is illegal. Please note that you brain is not an instrument, but the casino can still ban you from their property for any reason.

more than 5 years ago
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DivX 7 Adds Support For Blu-ray Rips (H.264/MKV)

rograndom Re:H.264/HE-AAC support in Flash Player 9 (294 comments)

You can do this with MPEG-2 already. I can shove 4-5 2 hours movies on a standard Single-Layer DVD that plays in my son's $99 Wal-mart portable DVD player. I'm sure the quality isn't great, but you can't really tell the difference on a 7" screen in the back of the car anyways.

more than 5 years ago
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Successful Moonlighting For Geeks?

rograndom Re:Gee.. uh.. (448 comments)

"I noticed a free porn site and thought "God, that looks like a 3 year old made that". A month later I launched my own using free content and affiliate programs."

Ok..I'm curious. How do you make $$ off a free porn site????

You make it up in volume

more than 6 years ago

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