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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

valnar Re: Americans are really strange (703 comments)

You are under the assumption that everyone agrees you get a good education in an "elite" school. Many of them are just liberal indoctrination machines. Any census on the number of liberal vs conservative professors will back that up.

about three weeks ago

Designing the Best Board Game

valnar Catan (155 comments)

Any game where I can say "I've got wood for sheep" is tops in my book.

about 1 month ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

valnar Re:Sigh (567 comments)

Yes, but not 16x9 landscape. It's an arbitrary number forced upon us by the HDTV folks. 16x10 is much more useful.

about 1 month ago

Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

valnar Re:Rather late (313 comments)

Doesn't matter what the reason is. FLAC is archival because it is lossless. You can create MP3's from it later, or convert it to a different format. But once an MP3, always an MP3 (quality), even if you want to change it later.

about 2 months ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

valnar Re:AOL, Compuserve, Prodigy (260 comments)

Most of those required monthly fees so it was in your best interest to coerce your friends into choosing "yours". Facebook is free.

about 10 months ago

Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

valnar Social issue, not guns (520 comments)

The problem in the USA is a social issue, not guns. There are many more asshats in the USA now than previous decades and something needs to be done about that. Other than the occasional random shooting, most of it is gang related and confined the liberal meccas of DC, Chicago, LA, NYC, Detroit, etc. The poor and uneducated are mostly to blame, so lets fix that. Personally, a law forbidding the idolization of gangstas (be it rap music, advertising or anything else) would go much farther to fix things.

There was a period of time where kids in the rifle club took their guns on the school bus so they could go shooting after school. No big deal. Now making a gun out of your fingers and saying "pew pew" as kids play at recess gets you expelled. 'Seems this heavy handed approach isn't working. Big Brother approaches never do.

about a year ago

Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020

valnar Re:The main obstacle isn't technological (333 comments)

People are so easy to give up their freedoms and control. Now they welcome it.

No thanks.

about a year and a half ago

Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

valnar Re:"Stay away from PC Gaming" Really? (357 comments)

No, Windows 8 Metro is unintuitive. Also, trying using it through RDP or under VMware. Where's that blessed corner?!

about a year and a half ago

My SSID Is...

valnar Datacenter (458 comments)

We rent rack space in a shared datacenter and since there is no office space for companies, there is no point in running your own WiFi. However, when network admins visit their servers, it sometimes make sense to bring along an AP just for convenience sake so you can get on your network and do stuff with your laptop...temporarily of course. We leave an AP there unplugged most of the time and only plug it in when needed. When used, it's encrypted.

Well, turns out we aren't the only company with that idea. Somebody from some other company forgot to unplug their AP and it was probably was unencrypted, giving total access to their rack for all to see, not to mention that WAP! Doh.

I wasn't the person who did it, but next time I came in to the datacenter, said access point was still running with the SSID of "Encrypt-your-fucking-wireless".

about a year and a half ago

A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School

valnar It's not change, it's Windows 8 (283 comments)

There was one point I liked about that article. If people don't like Windows 8, it has nothing to do with change. The fact is the gui for Windows 8 just plain sucks. It's counter-intuitive and makes navigation worse. Change for the sake of change does not make something better. It's interesting to hear that at that school, young and old, WinXP, Win7 and Linux all fared better than Win8. Are you listening Microsoft?

about a year and a half ago

Tesla To Build Its Own Battery-Swap Stations

valnar Re:Gas (377 comments)

I have motorcycles that will have issues without premium gas. Considering crashing=death, I'd call that a requirement.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Testing 5G Phones With 1gbps Download Speed

valnar What aboutt broadband speed? (128 comments)

Maybe by 2020, I'll have a home broadband connection that is 100Mb.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

valnar Re:good (536 comments)

A hierarchical start menu and "All Programs" is not fluff. I live by it.

When you have dozens if not hundreds of applications on your PC, and some are seldom used, it helps to be able to browse through your installed program base when you want to do something, but can't remember the name of that one shareware app you downloaded to make it happen. You can't search if you don't know what you're specifically looking for. But when you see it..."Ah! There it is!"

about a year and a half ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

valnar Why upgrade? (953 comments)

It seems the default stance is that Windows 7 is better than Windows XP in every way, so if there is a better/newer version of the software, why not just buy it?!

Welp, that isn't always the case. Now, this medical software example might not be a good one, but in general WinXP has a lot less DPC latency than Win7. This matters a great deal for audio applications and several professionals stick with XP for that reason. It's the best tool for the job. If you believe that the operating system only exists to host the software you need to run, then it isn't a stretch to understand why these offices don't upgrade. Not everybody has the I.T. mindset we have.

On a personal note, I built a MAME arcade box that boots directly into my preferred MAME front-end, bypassing Explorer. I also changed the boot slash screen to make it as "appliance" like as possible. This was easy to do in XP. Not so in Win7.

about 2 years ago

Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

valnar Re:There's Your Problem Right There (1108 comments)

I disagree. We are allowing the mutations that cause cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc to stay within our population. Just because these people are productive members of society does not mean we are doing a favor to the species. Your argument is invalid.

more than 2 years ago

Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

valnar Re:There's Your Problem Right There (1108 comments)

Regrettably we are playing with evolution, or more specifically, natural selection to the detriment of our species.

Some couple hundred years ago, the strong truly survived. Nowadays with modern medicine and hospitals, people are being born who would not otherwise have made it centuries ago. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for my friends who are alive that have asthma, or had a heart defect when they were younger, etc. but make no mistake, these mutations for better or worse are going back into the gene pool.

more than 2 years ago

How much of your music/video entertainment is streamed online?

valnar Hardly any (170 comments)

I'd rather not sacrifice the quality. The MP3 generation already dumbed down audio to screeching levels, why would I want to look at pixelated crap as well?

Remember when we used to aspire to higher levels of quality? Betamax, Laserdisc, Blu-ray.....then HDCD, SACD, and DVD-Audio? Yah, those days are apparently gone.

about 3 years ago

One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible

valnar Kids room? (177 comments)

I'd love this for the walls of my kids bedroom. They can't hear the TV downstairs, but we can hear them yell or cry.

more than 3 years ago


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