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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

spikestabber Re:I've experienced it (352 comments)

Probably Google streetview cars. Google blanks out plates, obviously not without storing them numerically first.

about 5 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

spikestabber coming from a storage provider... (237 comments)

We have well over 150 3TB Seagate Barracuda's at work that are halfway into their second year of operation. The first year has been pretty flawless, maybe 1 failure, but the second year, we've had about 15 already get peppered with bad sectors and its continuing to happen at least once per week or so on more drives. This hands a lot of crediblity to Backblazes findings if you ask me. Again these are modern 3TB Barracuda's, (non-XT) I was sad when they discontued the XT line, simply because we have about 30 of the XT 2TB models into their 3rd year and no failures yet. Oh, right, they didn't discontinue the XT at all, rather turned it into the Constellation series and sold it for double the price!

about 6 months ago
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Blizzard Reportedly Planning A Linux Game For 2013

spikestabber Re:No future (353 comments)

Steam works great in Gentoo Linux, I would expect Gentoo to be the absolute worst to get it running on, but it works!

about a year and a half ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

spikestabber Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (280 comments)

Adding onto that, you can bet your existing Steam library will have some sort of nice bearing on what games come with your Steam console...

about a year ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

spikestabber Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (280 comments)

Also, Sony and Microsoft won't even be ready with their new consoles for at least another year, its quite a long time to wait when their hardware is the limiting factor in todays games.... everything has to be watered down for the PS3/360... and that disease spreads to todays PC games... its consolitis at its finest.

about a year ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

spikestabber Re:I'm betting on Valve being sneaky here... (280 comments)

Valve would actually be saving the PC gaming market, as all those games will typically be on PC Steam as well! Todays typical console business model from the big 3 is growing old, and frankly I'm tired of getting gouged. Valve will bring a breath of fresh air! Put a lot of those cheap Steam specials on a Valve console, and they will come, in droves... allow you to play games elsewhere at friends based on steam login, and uh, you get the idea.... Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft would have to change their pathetic gouging business model completely in order to compete with Steam... I'm sure people would buy the Steam console just to get brand new games on release without having to leave their couch...

about a year ago
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PC Games To Watch For In 2013

spikestabber Re:Sweet! (280 comments)

I can't be the only one that thought Shadows of the Empire on N64 was a good game, surely they can bring out more like this with todays graphics... I don't care much about strict canon as long as its fun.

about a year ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

spikestabber old game roms (309 comments)

You only need to go as far as the MAME, or the (S)NES libraries to realize copyright is broken. Licensing issues or lame owners prevent at least 80% of these titles from ever seeing the legitimate light of day ever again. Copyright has become a cultural lockup, nothing more.

about a year and a half ago
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The Future of 802.11ac

spikestabber Re:crypto (125 comments)

Good point, I thought of this, but I'm growing tired of US political crap on a global scale... most of us in the world do NOT live in the US last I checked....

about a year and a half ago
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The Future of 802.11ac

spikestabber crypto (125 comments)

With all the recent Wi-Fi developments, why isn't encryption now standard? I should be able to setup an *open* access point with encryption these days so my users don't get their email passwords jacked. There is absolutely NO technical reason why this cannot be part of any modern specification. I will never ever use an open access point for this very reason...

about a year and a half ago
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THQ Clarifies Claims of "Horrible, Slow" Wii U CPU

spikestabber Re:Return of the SNES (281 comments)

The sound hardware also blew the Genesis/Megadrive out of the water. I cant imagine Super Metroid on Genesis for instance.... :)

about a year and a half ago
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MPAA Boss Admits SOPA and PIPA Are Dead, Not Coming Back

spikestabber Re:Exactly as they want you to think (186 comments)

You mean just like the TPPA is doing? Its already back, and its as bad/worse as ACTA. They simply shifted their tide to secret trade agreements again.

about 2 years ago
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Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout

spikestabber Re:EVs are a second-car choice that costs a lot. (490 comments)

You're missing the point. The Volt is a MUCH better car to drive than the Cruze, its not even in the same league or class! It drives and responds like a Caddy with tons of acceleration and has most of the highend luxury features of one. Extremely quiet cabin too. Put your Cruze at $35,000 if you want something even remotely equivilant in luxury factor. Are you expecting to buy the Volt and it be barebones and bland like a Cruze? Seriously now.

about 2 years ago
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Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

spikestabber Re:What is a search engine? (294 comments)

Amusingly, take a look at #2 on their list. isoHunt.com. The majority of the DMCA takedowns (at least 2/3rds) *ARE* for PORN.

about 2 years ago
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Are SSD Accelerators Any Good?

spikestabber Re:Single Article - Multiple Pages (331 comments)

Seeing that you can get Sandforce based OCZ 240GB SSD's for a mere $170 or less with taxes, they should be on the list of must-haves for that new PC build. Affordability is no longer an issue.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages

spikestabber Re:Its getting stupid now. (377 comments)

Sorry but this crap is happening in the US as well. Apple is an American company, Samsung A5 CPU's are used in Apple devices, my comment applies.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages

spikestabber Its getting stupid now. (377 comments)

Samsung just needs to stop making A5 cpu's in Texas and cut a ton of American jobs, see how quick will get the government's attention on this whole patent mess.

about 2 years ago
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UAV Cameras an Eye In the Sky For Adventurous Filmmakers

spikestabber Re:RC Aircraft = UAV (63 comments)

People are actually shoving Red Epic's on modded 700E's with stabilization gimbals. They use GPS flight stabilization and automated flightpath software. The price of the camera itself can easily buy a few of these full helicopter setups. AP isn't expensive anymore.

about 2 years ago
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New York City Pushes Plan To Prevent Cyberattacks On Elevators, Boilers

spikestabber Re:Does this guy even know anything about this? (171 comments)

This "Accelerometer" is mechanical. If the elevator completely lost power and the hoist motor brakes for some reason failed to engage (rare as they're supposed to fail closed), the emergency brakes on the car itself would trigger.

more than 2 years ago
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Most Game Console Power Draw Comes From Time Spent Idling

spikestabber PVRRe:PS3 controller charging (249 comments)

Most PVR's have USB ports, I use those to charge my PS3 controllers due to Sony's lack of function.

more than 2 years ago

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