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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

whizbang77045 It's technology for the sake of technology. (331 comments)

Sony and the other set manufacturers need some sort of excuse to force us to all run out and buy new sets. UHD is the latest marketing campaign of many. With BluRay, I could argue that we now had a format that would let us have all the Charlie Chan movies on a single disk. I'm afraid I can't make such a claim for significant technology advance for UHD disks over Blu Ray.

3 days ago

IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

whizbang77045 You can't get rid of it. (253 comments)

You can't get rid of frauds as long as the IRS is involved. An organization with a license to steal should be talking about others' fraud.

about a week ago

Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

whizbang77045 Useless (165 comments)

Who would want this thing? Why invest time in an open source project that's doomed from the start?

about a week ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

whizbang77045 Who needs any Windows? (640 comments)

I'm not nostalgic for any version of Windows. Each new release is packed with features I neither need nor want. If they had focused on updating one of the earlier versions, they might have something of value to me. The way it's going, I forsee a day when they no longer have a functionl version of any value to me, and I migrate everything to a different operating system. Glitzy and complex is not better.

about two weeks ago

Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

whizbang77045 This sounds screwy! (323 comments)

Why do I suspect that this person is neither married nr has any children? Only those with no direct experience in chiuld rearing are likely to propose nutty ideas like these.

about a month ago

Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

whizbang77045 Knowledge is the key..... (258 comments)

Know what to kiss and when.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

whizbang77045 Re:I'll take that bait (613 comments)

Yes! Do it or don't do it, but quit coinfusing the foo out of us twice a year. I wonder what impact on the GNP these twice a year changes have?

about 3 months ago

World War II Tech eLoran Deployed As GPS Backup In the UK

whizbang77045 Re:good to have backups (139 comments)

Boy, do I ever agree with you on that! There needs to be a backup system, preferably with distributed assets, so if the worst happens, planes and shipos can still navigate.

about 3 months ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

whizbang77045 Yes! (399 comments)

Women are from Mars, as any married man can attest. It only makes sense to send a few back. Besides, what would the Martians make of a buch of alien men, when they could relate so much better to women.

about 3 months ago

More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

whizbang77045 Will Microsoft ever learn? (209 comments)

I wonder when Microsoft will learn that a lot of us would rather use our CPU and GPU cycles for something other than eye candy? While computers can be used for fun purposes, we shouldn't all be left with the feel that what we have is little more than a technotoy.

about 3 months ago

As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

whizbang77045 An alternate use (407 comments)

There's an obvious use for empty prisons. Use them for summer church camps.

about 3 months ago

Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Dronecode Project

whizbang77045 Easy! (24 comments)

That should make it a lot easier to hack, and sieze control of the drones!

about 3 months ago

Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

whizbang77045 How stupid can you get? (60 comments)

How stupid can you get? Oh, it's the Department of Defense, Never mind...

about 4 months ago

A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

whizbang77045 It's been done before... (203 comments)

Flying cars have surfaced many times since at least the 1950s, and several have made it to production. The problem is, everybody thinks its a good idea, but almost no one will actually buy one. Molt Taylor's "aerocar" is a prime example.

about 4 months ago

Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

whizbang77045 Re:No redundancy? (223 comments)

Unless somebody has changed the rules since I last looked, center handles all enroute IFR (instrument flight) traffic in a larger area, not just that above 10,000 feet. There are significant numbers of remoted radio transmitters and receivers so center can talk to all the aircraft over a wide area. Relocating the whole thing to another area doesn't just mean re-routing the radar replies, and coming up with another fully manned center, it means rerouting the audio and control to all those transmitters and receivers. It's not a trivial job at all.
To give an example of just how far away center can be, I live in far west Texas, about 70 miles from the Mexican border. When I call up center, I'm talking to people in a room in Albuquerque, NM. I believe their remote transmitter for this area may be in Ft. Stockton, TX, about 70 miles from here.
A nasty problem it is, and quite possibly one with no affordable solution.

about 4 months ago

FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

whizbang77045 iT'S FINE UNTIL.... (50 comments)

All this drone stuff will be fine until one manages to crash into an airliner, bringing it down. Then the FAA will be swamped with people demanding to know why the drones were allowed in the first place.

about 4 months ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

whizbang77045 More fun.. (251 comments)

Sometimes I ask them which specific machine they have in mind, as there are several. That usually addles them fairly well. Alternately, I tell them all our machines run Linux.

about 5 months ago

Interviews: Dr. Andy Chun Answers Your Questions About Artificial Intelligence

whizbang77045 Too much, already... (33 comments)

The best comment I think I have seen on artificial intelligence was at a company I worked for in the 1960s. The company advertised for "artificial intelliigence," when what they meant was that they wanted a specialist in artificial intelligence. Someone pinned the ad on the bulletin board, circled the desire for artificial intelligence, and wrote under it: "too much in the company already."

about 6 months ago

Geographic Segregation By Education

whizbang77045 Isn't this common knowledge? (230 comments)

I really thought this was rather obvious, and that everyone already knew it, whether they discussed it or not.

about 6 months ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

whizbang77045 No safe uses (199 comments)

I doubt there are any safe uses for a drone. Do we really want a remotely controlled small aircraft flying around our homes and communities?

about 7 months ago



Weather Channel Loss: A bad thing?

whizbang77045 whizbang77045 writes  |  1 year,14 days

whizbang77045 (1342005) writes "I find myself wondering what impact – if any – Directv dropping the Weather Channel is having on Slashdotters (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/14/directtv-weather-channel/4470233/).

Since it's purchase by NBC Universal, I've noticed more and more reality programming, and less and less actual weather. How it may be in other areas I don't know, but in our area, the forecasts are usually wildly inaccurate. A forecast low of say, 32 degrees, will appear side by side with a current temperature of 25. Precipitation forecasts are no better.

Radar appears to be a work of fiction. It's 150 miles to the nearest weather radar, and nothing below about 22,000 feet is detected. If one goes to the National Weather Service radar site, the imagery cuts off perhaps 5 miles west of us. But while that is happening, the Weather Channel would show radar imagery as much as 150 miles beyond that. There is a huge gap in weather radar coverage beyond where we live. I'm forced to believe the radar the weather channel shows does not in reality exist.

Weather alerts have been equally silly. We were cautioned of a severe storm, which turned out to be about 100 miles away!

Claiming loss of their channel would cause a lack of weather information in our area does not appear to be valid in this area. We're really better off without thinking we know what the weather will be, 3when that's not what usually happens.

What are the feelings of other Slashdotters?"

1 Sale a Day may have had its site hacked

whizbang77045 whizbang77045 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whizbang77045 (1342005) writes "The popular website, 1Saleaday.com, may have had its server hacked. After a purchase, some buyers report receiving an apparently bogus email from the shipper DHL, reporting a problem with the shipping address, and asking the addressee to click on an attachment for further details.

The attachment contains a trojan. In some cases, a check of 1SaleaDay's site status shows the order in question has not shipped, indicating that the DHL email is bogus.

It also suggests 1Saleaday has had their site hacked, possibly including purchaser credit card information. If you are a user of this site, you may wish to delay until their problem is known to be resolved."


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