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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

soundguy Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

It's also just the luminance signal. NTSC VHS only has about 80 lines of chrominance resolution. Requiring loss-less archiving is a pointless waste of digital storage space. DV is a perfectly reasonable editing format for VHS source. I recommend the Sony DVMC -DA1 converter. It ignores the Macrovision flag.

about two weeks ago

Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha

soundguy non-paywalled link (129 comments)

For those who don't want to support the scumbags at newscorp

about 4 months ago

AOL Finally Admits They Were Hacked

soundguy Misleading (54 comments)

These AOLoser accounts don't represent living beings. Everyone with a pulse left for greener pastures a decade ago. All that's left are the accounts of people who died and who's estates keep autopaying the bill. I.E., they are ZOMBIE accounts.

...and so it begins

about 5 months ago

The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

soundguy Re:Slashdot death rattle (250 comments)

the aggretation systems are about COMMUNITY. Ignoring the community is suicide.

You don't seem to understand what the "community" is. It's not Slashdot readers and participants, it's the officers and shareholders of Dice. THEY are not being ignored. Everything here is for their benefit, not yours. You are not the customer. You are the product.

about 7 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

soundguy Re:Haute horologie. (219 comments)

There's nothing "elite" about the mechanism. I got a self-winding watch made by Seiko for my 18th birthday in 1973. I don't know what it cost, but we were a decidedly middle-class family. Still works great BTW.

about 7 months ago

Mozilla Partners With Panasonic To Bring Firefox OS To the TV

soundguy Who? (55 comments)

Who the hell are they "announcing" things too? The doors don't even open until tomorrow. Saw a pic yesterday and they're still building everything. Manlifts and crews all over the place.

about 8 months ago

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

soundguy Re:Um, no. (211 comments)

Until the Adobe Creative Suite runs reasonably well on a tablet, then no.

... and Vegas/Premier/Avid and AutoCad/Blender/Maya and CGminer/Folding@home/SETI and ...

about 9 months ago

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

soundguy Re:Maybe not replaced, but ruined the market (211 comments)

One word - Lenovo. I tried Sony and Toshiba in the old days. Complete junk. Screens fell off, keyboards stopped working, cooling systems crapped out. Got a used Thinkpad (1999 era) in the mid 2000's that is still being used as a print server in the back room. Got a dual-core in 2009 that still works like new. I just replaced a couple months ago with a W530 (workstation grade) quad-core so I could do HD video editing on the road without dying of old age before a render finished. Wasn't cheap though. About $1700 with SSD main drive and 500 GB secondary in the optical bay

BTW, I rarely use laptops as actual laptops. I mainly stuff them under the recliner with the lid closed and attach ethernet, a monitor on a swingarm, and a wireless keyboard & mouse. I have this setup in both of my houses. The only time I use the internal screen and keyboard is when I'm stuck at an airport or a family member's house.

about 9 months ago

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

soundguy Re: Wrong (211 comments)

They're like a Tivo. Sure, it's technically a computer but full access to the hardware and software are closed off to you.

Nothing is closed off on the original Tivos if you have a shell. You can use the i2c bus to interact with any hardware device on the motherboard - switch inputs, switch channels, mute, record, etc. All you need to do is print a device ID and a hex number to /dev/i2c and stuff starts happening. I used to have a partial list of characters and what they did, but I can't seem to find it ATM. As I recall, there was a tool created by Andrew Tridgell (Samba) called iicset.c that you could compile and use that made it even easier.

Haven't played around inside one for years so I don't know if you can still get a shell on the newer ones.

about 9 months ago

The FBI's Giant Bitcoin Wallet

soundguy Re:criminal != smart (177 comments)

I've known a few criminals. Never seen a smart one.

...and you never will. Smart criminals don't get caught. Prisons are filled with the stupid ones.

about 9 months ago

Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

soundguy Re:To the not-so-rich ... (213 comments)

There was a lot more money in selling them whores, bullets, and booze.

about 9 months ago

Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

soundguy Re:Good advertising? (324 comments)

Exactly. In my state, sales tax is damned near 10%. When I drop a couple of grand on an order of server parts, I'm NOT going to pay an extra $200 for no good reason. I buy from Amazon only when no one else has what I need in stock, including local merchants. Most of the time. I buy from NewEgg or B & H Photo, then spend the 10% savings on hookers and blow.

about 10 months ago

Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

soundguy Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (202 comments)

That's because the demographic that watches live TV (old people) tend to be on fixed incomes and don't buy new TVs every few years. Most other people have a DVR and that's where the cable card lives.

about a year ago

Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

soundguy Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (202 comments)

Same here. 7+ years on a 42" Sylvania. It just won't die. Not looking forward to the physical aspects of replacing it though, as it's hanging on the wall and weighs something like 120 lbs.

about a year ago

Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

soundguy Re:This is why I'm keeping my truck for forever (658 comments)

The neighbor to the north (WA) has a sales tax of almost 10%, but they are one of a handful of states that do NOT have a state income tax. That's why WA and OR are roughly comparable. One has sales tax, one has income tax. If OR added a sales tax, the financial burden on its citizens would be as oppressive as neighboring socialist hellhole to the south, CA. OR simply does not have the population density nor the amount of industry that would enable CA-levels of taxpayer-rape, and they certainly don't have the infrastructure to justify it. (most of OR is uninhabited desert and mountain ranges. Nearly everyone lives along the coast, the Columbia river, or the I-5 corridor)

The proposed vehicle usage increase is probably not about a lack of existing revenue to fix roads anyway. I'm guessing that they just want more money to spend on the kind of hippie, nanny-state bullshit they are famous for.

about a year ago

Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

soundguy Re:NOT ENUF! (390 comments)

Seriously? You genuinely think there are people who don't have a one-way ticket to midnight?

about a year ago

Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry

soundguy NOT pay-by-phone (153 comments)

This has precisely jack squat to do with "pay-by-phone". The article is about "order-by-phone". In the case of the author, he has a credit card on file with a fast food burger joint staffed with high school drop-outs (what could possibly go wrong) and the order is placed, charged, and processed thru the restaurant's internet-facing computer system. It's no different that buying something from Amazon except that you have to go get the product yourself instead of having it delivered by UPS

about a year ago


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