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Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

vonart Re:crash faster (563 comments)

I know that Lotus Notes causes this issue on my work computer. (Yes, yes, I know it's a horrible thing to run but I've no choice in the matter). Killing the Notes process always made it all work again. I'm not sure *what* it's doing, but I know that it's Lotus that's doing it. It's annoying as all get out, too.

more than 2 years ago
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With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

vonart Re:Agreeded (429 comments)

What make and model of BluRay player do you have? I'd love to have one that was like that. The one I've got now takes a good 2-3 minutes before it'll play a BluRay... and heaven forbid if I turn it on before I turn my TV on... it won't handshake after the fact for some reason.

more than 2 years ago
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War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS

vonart Re:Feature bloat vs. the KISS principle... (128 comments)

Is it even possible to buy a new car without electric windows these days?

My brand new GMC Sierra pickup has manual windows, manual door locks and no cruise control. If you look around, you can find things without easily enough.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

vonart Re:Never going to happen (932 comments)

Bullocks. Truckers pay tax on diesel the same as anyone else buying diesel. The 'tax exempt only' prices are for off-road diesel (farm tractors, generators, refrigeration units and so-on). Trucking fuel tax is a bit more complicated though, as one must pay fuel tax to the states they operate in, not just in the state they purchased the fuel. Look up IFTA for more information.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Factories Are the Energy Hogs

vonart Re:As much as... (208 comments)

Lucky bastard. It's $0.17/kWh up here in Vermont.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

vonart Re:Detection (513 comments)

I think it might actually be at AT&T's request. I've got the Audible app on my Verizon Droid and it happily downloads larger than 20 MB files on 3G. It's a feature I use with some regularity given how much I travel in areas away from wifi.

more than 3 years ago
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When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

vonart Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

Yeah, but honestly, the alarm gate doesn't stop those people either. They zip right out. I wonder what the value is of one of those things that they're nabbed so often...

The scanners seem to be just set up to show something at random that's on sale. It'd be nice if it was related to where I was, but it'd be even nicer if it'd just shut up and leave me alone hehe.

more than 4 years ago
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Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

vonart Re:Fucking Magnets, (475 comments)

Well, you should want to! They're interesting... all sciency and stuff.

~ Pop

more than 4 years ago
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When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

vonart Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

There is a chain of stores in the US, Stop & Shop, that is doing what you describe for self-checkout now. It's much much more convenient than the regular self checkouts here. I wish more stores would take that up, though from what I'm told, there's a lot of people stealing the hand scanners... ...and annoyingly, the hand scanners every so often make a "ka-ching" noise and show some special on the screen they're having. It's loud and unwelcome. It's still better than the regular system, though.

more than 4 years ago
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UVB-76 Explained

vonart Re:UVB-76's real purpose revealed: (222 comments)

Well, you know what this means...

My attempt at humor failed. Curses, foiled again!

Admittedly, it wasn't very funny to begin with...

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

vonart Re:Or.. (190 comments)

Ah ha! So Jerry Lewis has autism! LaDEEEEEE

more than 4 years ago
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FCC To Make Move On Net Neutrality

vonart Re:We need net neutrality to prevent censorship (232 comments)

Oddly, in my case, that's not an option. While Comcast has a drop to my home, the local telco, Fairpoint, does not, and when called, has no desire to dig up my yard to run a line (not that my landlord would let me tell them to do that anyway).

As such, I can get Comcast. No southern exposure for satellite either.

more than 4 years ago
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Broadband Rights & the Killer App of 1900

vonart Re:If you want broadband, live where it's availabl (565 comments)

Are you terribly sure of that? It seems rather the opposite -- I know this is just one my personal experience, but my taxes are lower, my utility prices are lower (electric, phone, cable), my broadband availibility is the same (but higher speeds are available) and my rent is lower since I've moved from the city (Springfield, MA) to a little rural town in Vermont. Granted, the roads here are less maintained here than in the areas surrounding the city, but those in the city were worse than they are here too.

If you want cheap fast broadband, move out of the US.

more than 4 years ago
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US Congressman Announces Plans To Probe Wikileaks

vonart Re:cleartext unencrypted nation-wide traffic (311 comments)

Really? Hmmm... given the way pager signals sound (indeed, a series of tones -- they bleed over into the ham bands that I use when not configured properly) I figured that's what it'd meant... My mistake.

more than 4 years ago
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US Congressman Announces Plans To Probe Wikileaks

vonart Re:cleartext unencrypted nation-wide traffic (311 comments)

from your link:

"The "electronic communication" means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photooptical system that affects interstate or foreign commerce, but does not include(A) any wire or oral communication;(B) any communication made through a tone-only paging device;(C) any communication from a tracking device (as defined in section 3117 of this title); or(D) electronic funds transfer information stored by a financial institution in a communications system used for the electronic storage and transfer of funds."

more than 4 years ago
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India Hanging Up On 25 Million Cell Phones

vonart Re:Whats wrong with turning them off first. (103 comments)

Not at all. There's a lot of cheap phones on the market (Chinese ones especially, like the faux iPhones) that don't have a valid IMEI. Some don't even have one at all -- it's not used to set up calls or anywhere in the routing process. It's there merely to track the phone.

more than 4 years ago
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Dead Salmon's "Brain Activity" Cautions fMRI Researchers

vonart Re:Not a salmon (287 comments)

I doubt it...

more than 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

vonart Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (652 comments)

Speaking of credit where credit is due, the song was originally recorded by Jimmy Soul, but was written by Frank Guida. It was based on a calypso by Roaring Lion, though I don't recall what the title was.

...hmm, Wikipedia tells me it was "Ugly Woman."

more than 5 years ago

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