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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

storkus Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

LOL, I worked at 2 TV stations back in the 90's and one of them used JVC S-VHS decks for non-prime-time programming (daytime and late night syndicated crap). To the trained eye, the difference with even 3/4-inch tape was obvious, but it apparently was still FCC-legal "broadcast quality".

Still, IMHO, it looked a hell of a lot better than MPEG-2 with all its compression artifacts: noisier, but none of the "blockiness".

Anyway, just to add my opinion to the original poster, ordinary 1/2-inch VHS is so noisy and has lost so much visual and aural information already that I think you'd be hard-pressed to lose any more by using a lossy compression format unless you intend to do serious editing (with effects and such where you'll have to alter the actual video rather than just cutting and pasting) after transfer. To REALLY blow your mind, consider that MPEG-1 (same as Video-CD and lots of OLD interweb videos) was originally intended to be roughly equivalent to VHS or even Super-VHS! (Yeah, I never bought that either.)

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

storkus Only a surprise if... (188 comments)

...you haven't been paying attention. (Tried to put that all on the headline, but wouldn't fit.)

Simply put, as many here already know, if you compare foreign news coverage on domestic affairs to our own domestic coverage, the gaps become obvious and huge: The Guardian et al on Snowden vs the play-down or even silence from domestic sources is just one of MANY examples. Art Bell commented on this years ago (15-20 years ago when I heard it) that he was amazed the coverage of America from the BBC was better than any American news outlet, so this isn't new at all.

The entire point of the 1st Amendment's Press Freedom was to prevent this from happening; so much for that.

It all makes me wonder how much longer before the rest of the conspiracy theorists' predictions come true...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

storkus Re:Sensationalism? (294 comments)

Because a few things were yanked out of my submission, as usual for headlines. As shown in the Phoronix stories, and (here's one part that was deleted) by Googling around further, a bigger problem is that the mobo manufacturers simply don't give a flying f**k about anything other than winblows: Gigabyte and Asus both say, "We don't support Linux, use windows"--yes, really, read the story--and there was some MSI business before, but maybe that's getting better since they offer official Steam support (we'll see).

I didn't know AsRock and AsusTek were separate companies now: perhaps their new X99-WS, while not an overclocker, is better supported as many workstations run Linux or Solaris.

I'm surprised so many guys didn't know Intel isn't making boards anymore, but I didn't know they're (apparently?) still available. Whether with Z97 or X99 (or later) is a big question, though.

Also deleted from my submission is that I specifically stated that I don't expect all the hardware to work on something so new, but I expect the important parts will: rather, that the M$-isms in the BIOS deliberately interfere with Linux. I'm very familiar with this, as I have a 7 year old laptop that, to this day, I cannot install any of the BSD's to: first the bootloaders died, and now the kernels die in early boot, so it's a little better, but still. Oh, and it likes LILO better than GRUB.

So, is this sensationalistic? No, I don't think so. And I haven't been paid for any of this (in fact, I'm going to max out a credit card or two to pay for this). But I really don't want to repeat all the pain others have gone through. This isn't my first build, and definitely not my first Linux install, but this is the newest hardware that I've used in almost 2 decades. (Usually I just take hand-me-downs on the cheap--as usual, what works like shit in winblows works fine in Linux!) I want a machine for gaming, compiling, GIMPing, etc--for once, I'd like some top end screaming hardware (since I'll never be able to afford Haswell-EX with its 20 cores!). The last thing I need is the manufacturers themselves deliberately creating road blocks!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

storkus Re:MSI Claims SteamOS compatibility with X99 (294 comments)

I apparently missed that part. So far, this is the single most useful comment on this, THANK YOU!!!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

storkus Re:Your ways frighten and confuse me (635 comments)

Ah, my mod points for you. My 2nd computer was a CoCo2 and my parents threw it away in the 90's along with a bunch of other stuff. I miss it even though the 32 columns were a bitch. (FYI, my first computer was an MC-10, if you remember that--I even had the 20k expansion pack! The CC2 was an upgrade!)

30 years since those days...sigh...

BTW, are any of the Coco clubs and what-not still around?

about 1 month ago
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Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

storkus "...access to private bugs..." (80 comments)

Wait, so Gecko is full of ***KNOWN*** "zero" days--zero in the sense we don't know about them, but Mozilla does? Please tell me I'm reading that wrong!

about a month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

storkus Re: Google it (303 comments)

This is a very well known problem: most organic compounds, wherever they're found and whatever they may be, are easily halogenated (or less often substituted with other things, usually with bacterial help). Chlorine is by far the most common halogen and the most reactive electro-negative element outside of oxygen(#2) and fluorine(#1--fun stuff, watch the videos). I was going to waste bandwidth here, but here's a couple of Wikipedia links that explain things way better:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Bleach/Chlorine + any organic material equals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

which are Ozone-Depleting Chemicals, talked about here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

I remember a day when every geek/nerd knew what trichloroethane was as it made the best tape head cleaner, but times change...

about a month ago
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

storkus Re:This is going to backfire horribly (64 comments)

Dammit, you said it first:

1. Radeon R7, now for SSDs? How confusing and utterly stupid. The geniuses couldn't be bothered to come up with a new name?

2. OCZ and their reputation. AMD and their reputation. Whatever reviewers may say, those in the know will stay away, and if these drives crap out as well, OCZ will now stain AMD as well (not that they needed any more of that).

[digression]Otherwise, the Nvidia bit...can't really comment as my last laptop was running an Nvidia IGP (GForce7000 + nForce 610m--probably the last thing Nvidia made without some form of hardware decoding for video), and ran just fine with AHCI sata, forcedeth networking, and nvidia pata (for the CD). The graphics were finally supported by Nouveau around 3.10, but stopped working with 3.14 (I'm strongly suspecting this is actually a KMS issue as I'm having the exact same trouble with a Intel IGP laptop).[/digression]

Anyway, this really does make me wonder even more than I already was if AMD is being prepped for a fire sale to some company, and if so, who's pulling the strings? It can't be Intel or Nvidia, I doubt it would be ARM themselves, so who does that leave that could use an alternative x86/x64 IP, possibly being combined with ARM IP, and the only graphics that can hope to stand up to Nvidia?

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

storkus Re:ALREADY HAPPENED! (New Mexico) (359 comments)

They don't think it's Ebola but they want to be sure:

http://www.kob.com/article/sto...

And this is just ONE person! Even if this one is not the one, statistics says a plane or boat full of carriers is coming sooner or later. May be time to stock up on Tyvek suits and bleach, for starters...

about a month and a half ago
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Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

storkus Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Control Gadget (32 comments)

Am I the only one who read this as Mind-Control(ling)? And here I thought I could make a Arduino version of the Chum Bucket Mind Control Helmet and capture me a girlfriend...oh, well...

about a month and a half ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

storkus Once again, science fact follows science fiction (227 comments)

*HOW MANY* stories have been written over the years with just this premise? Frankly, I've lost track.

Science Fiction has already predicted the consequence: designer children. Whether the consequences predicted of THAT come to pass remains to be seen.

Gattica / Brave New World indeed...

about a month and a half ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

storkus Actually read the book! (144 comments)

Can't remember if I got it from a used book store or old public library stock; unlike some of his other stuff, I found this a lot more approachable (maybe because of that editing?). I can see why the BBC might reject it, dealing with Nazis running everything, but syfy? Must require too much thought for them.

Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time--it and the original Matrix are one of the very few movies I can watch again and again. I love almost everything that Ridley does (maybe YOU hated Prometheus, but I didn't mind) and majorly look forward to this!

about 2 months ago
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Docker 1.0 Released

storkus Security considerations and other-than-Linux? (88 comments)

The quality of comments on are are further proof of how far downhill /. has fallen. It's just depressing.

A couple questions pop to mind:

1. Security--how do containers, whether LXC/Docker, Jails, etc compare to true virtualization? For example, pfSense strongly argues against using virtualization in production machines not only for being slower, but for possible security risks--and a container would be even less secure than that. As an extreme scenario, what's to keep one Docker program from messing with another Docker program running under the same Docker Engine instance?

2. Will Docker only support LXC/Linux only or will it expand to support jails and such? The ability to support multiple OS containers with Docker sounds like it could be INSANELY useful!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

storkus Compare bands and devices (259 comments)

First, someone mentioned their Verizon phone wouldn't work in Africa: this is no surprise, as Verizon uses CDMA, which is found only in islands outside of N. America. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Second, here is Wikipedia's list of bands since no one bothered to include it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

and an alternative source: http://niviuk.free.fr/lte_band...

Now, for a list of phones, a quick search found this article: http://www.extremetech.com/ele...
    This phone doesn't support 600-700 MHz LTE, but I don't think that's being deployed much yet in Europe, anyway (though it's coming). And, of course, the mention of the latest Apples.

Personally, I think it's a miracle that EE's are able to squeeze in as many bands as they have (650-928 MHz and 1710-2600 MHz with a gap or two PLUS 2450 MHz WiFi and Bluetooth) and still have usable sensitivity and selectivity. This is more than just SDR at work.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

storkus What's old is new again: Teledesic (170 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

It's about friggin' time.

Oh, yeah, and there are plenty of people even "in the middle of nowhere", as city-slickers like to say from their Starbucks. How many people "in the middle of nowhere" up in the Arctic can't get anything but unreliable and VERY expensive satellite. And what about down in Antarctic where the options are slow-but-reliable bonded Iridium or fast-but-unreliable NOAA wobblesat (don't remember which one exactly).

We *NEED* a polar-LEO data satellite system that can be accessed from individual users (like Hughesnet, etc) versus just from telcos and ISPs (O3b, etc). Neither fiber nor terrestrial microwave can reach everywhere, and in some places is forbidden by environmental law: satellite can work in this case.

about 4 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

storkus What are they using for a detector? (131 comments)

Incoming power at the satellite is stated as a nanowatt. I'm pretty sure this puts it way below the threshold of most, if not all, solid state optical detectors. I'm thinking some kind of FAST photomultiplier tube, but I really have no idea. Any thoughts?

Think of using something like this to transmit terrestrially through air of many miles/kilometers distance RELIABLY rather than the one or (if you're lucky) two you get today: it would be a godsend and could replace a LOT of metro microwave (depending on which city and its local climate, of course) without having to lay fiber. Its the unlicensed holy grail, really.

about 4 months ago
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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

storkus Re:Is Diffie Hellman at risk? (114 comments)

I'm guessing Schneier et al won't have a chance to analyze and reply until next week, but this is so important, who knows?

It also occurred to me that, since the mess with the NSA broke out, I have not seen anything about Suite B being modified--everything in there is still officially supported for "State Secrets". I keep wondering if we're missing something there...

about 4 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

storkus Re: GPS problems? (522 comments)

Your GNSS primer has quite a few errors--except for calling them GNSS instead of using GPS like Kleenex, like most reporters do. :)

1a. GPS long in the tooth: not at all. From the Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gps#Timeline_and_modernizationGPS article, the next phase (III-A) is already approved and just needs to be built; 7 more from the previous phase still need to be completed and launched as the older birds die. And the math doesn't change over 30 years, only the corrections.

1b. Didn't notice this until after I wrote the above: Wikipedia has an entire article on the next GPS generation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

2. GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and the newer Chinese Beidou expansion that's apparently been renamed Compass are all worldwide systems. The former three use medium earth orbit (MEO), but not polar so there's reduced or eliminated polar coverage (mainly above the (ant)arctic circles; Compass/Beidou uses both GEO and MEO. Also, I know first-hand that GLONASS works just fine here in Arizona as my Samsung Galaxy Note II with its SIRF dual-system chip receives it with no flags for inaccuracy compared to GPS.

3. "Planned Errors": This is Selective Availability and hasn't been used since the 90's.

4. Beidou/Compass' build-out vs GALILEO's: China's is happening, according to Wikipedia, unlike GALILEO, where the latest announcement is a pair of birds delivered to the Guyana spaceport and STILL no ETA to full deployment...

about 5 months ago

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Are there any Linux-friendly DESKTOP x86 motherboard manufacturers?

storkus storkus writes  |  about a month ago

storkus (179708) writes "The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix (2nd story link at the bottom of the first), and plenty more Googling around.

My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? Note that I want to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and "other" high-end machine with one of the above chips so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being M$-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a real lousy attitude (despite the Steam distro being real soon now)."

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Samsung is region-locking all handsets manufactured since July 2013

storkus storkus writes  |  about a year ago

storkus (179708) writes "According to numerous sources, Samsung has been doing Hollyweird-style region locking on all its handsets manufactured since July 2013: it was first noticed on the Galaxy Note 3, but has since been discovered on other devices that are sufficiently new. There are now cracks available to (partially?) bypass it, but the big question is, "Why?" Samsung has partially back-tracked, but so far they have not given a real answer. Between the benchmark debacle, Galaxy Gear's poor reviews, and now this, will you be looking for something different this time around? (I know I will.)"
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Extremetech author defends making phone unlocking illegal, implies DMCA good

storkus storkus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

storkus (179708) writes "I don't know if he's trolling, and you can accuse me of trolling if you want, but this piece really got under my skin, and judging by the comments, plenty of other people's as well, so I thought I'd submit it to /. A particular quote: "...I’m also all for homebrew — assuming it isn’t used to pirate software.""
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Confirmed: MHD is source of sun's corona superheating

storkus storkus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

storkus (179708) writes "Magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) has been suspected for a while as reason why the sun's corona is millions of degrees while the surface is only thousands. Northumbria University has now apparently confirmed this using a custom telescope."
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MafIAA Surrogate vs MEGA and friends

storkus storkus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

storkus (179708) writes "ArsTechnica is relaying the story from TorrentFreak about StopFileLockers.com and its head Robert King, where they claim 4 out of 10 MEGA resellers on PayPal have been forced to stop processing payments through the service. They also mention that other services are also being targeted, with Hotfile being specifically mentioned.

The big question in my mind: how to we stop Robert King and friends?"

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Student Who Sued Over RFID School Requirement Loses Case

storkus storkus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

storkus (179708) writes "Andrea Hernandez, who sued on religious grounds that an RFID neck ID required to be work while on school grounds equated to "The Mark of the Beast", has lost her case. Slashdot has discussed this twice previously, with the temporary injunction and the original story. The relevant line:

"The accommodation offered by the district is not only reasonable it removes plaintiff's religious objection from legal scrutiny all together" (.pdf) U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia wrote.

"

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State Department Redacts Wikileaks Cables

storkus storkus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

storkus (179708) writes "Straight from Bruce Schneier's blog. I can't come up with a better summary so I'll just directly quote Bruce:

The ACLU filed a FOIA request for a bunch of cables that Wikileaks had already released complete versions of. This is what happened:

        The agency released redacted versions of 11 and withheld the other 12 in full.

        The five excerpts below show the government's selective and self-serving decisions to withhold information. Because the leaked versions of these cables have already been widely distributed, the redacted releases provide unique insight into the government's selective decisions to hide information from the American public."

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