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Comment Re:Class-Action time? (Custom system) (Score 1) 268

If we could replace this pathetic printer with something else, we'd be glad to. Unfortunately, it connects to a special piece of equipment that can only "talk to" a specific, limited set of USB printers. I am thinking about writing to the device manufacturer, asking them to add more printer support to the unit. I hope they respond in the affirmative!

As for the color ink drying out... we wouldn't care, as we *NEVER* use it in this printer. The irksome thing is that the printer simply stops working, altogether, when the unused/useless color ink runs out... it does NOT function as "Black Only" even when that option is set in the Printer Preferences.

BTW, the unit in question is used in a broadcast radio station, for the "Emergency Alert System", so it's not exactly something we can replace at will.

Comment Class-Action time? (Score 2) 268

This kind of thing looks like it would be good for a law firm to put together a case, and file a Class-Action suit. I am angered by printers where we *NEVER* print in color (printing logs at work) but after so many months, the printer WILL NOT WORK until you feed it a NEW color ink cartridge (or ALL THREE)!

Yes, even with the defaults set to "Black Only", changing the black ink is not enough. The printer simply WILL NOT WORK until all 4 cartridges are replaced. The old color ones feel much heavier than the old black one, so it is quite obvious what's going on, here.


Submission + - Windows 10 - More Big Brother (

Announcer writes: Big Brother is getting bigger, with Windows 10.

Here is an excerpt from the article:
"While it's incredibly clear what Microsoft means by “counterfeit games”, the wording “unauthorised hardware peripheral devices” is a little hazy. Does this mean Microsoft can now block uncertified PC or illegally-modified Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers? Furthermore, Microsoft's EULA doesn't state if it will also disable other counterfeit software, such as cracked versions of Office or Adobe Photoshop, or if it only cares about pirated games."

What about useful or specialized "abandonware"? (Software that is no longer supported because the original company is no longer in existence, but is still useful.) This could also affect specialized hardware, or even custom hardware/software. A false "positive" could be devastating, especially in a manufacturing setting.

Comment Who owns it? (Score 4, Interesting) 46

I have a page where I put up a bunch of info about my experiments and memories of my Commodore systems. In the years that page has existed, the ownership of the C= logo/name/etc changed hands FIVE TIMES! Just now, I Googled it, and got this page:

It hasn't been updated since 2013.

My attempt at a disclaimer is at the bottom of this page:

(Google cached, to prevent Slashdotting my Host's server.)

Comment Re:Disable Java* == many broken sites (Score 1) 122

OK, so I got the Java* terminology mixed up... with so many variants, it's an easy mistake, so cut me some slack. Why do so many people have to be so bloody vicious? Good grief.

If Java* is left disabled, my bank's WEBsite doesn't work. Facebook doesn't work. Youtube doesn't work. Some online retail sites don't work. The streaming audio from my workplace doesn't work. (We lease a server, it's not our code.) My Web-based e-mail doesn't work... a significant number of sites that I use often, don't work.

So I will still stand by what I originally said, but with some rather brutal public corrections applied.

Comment Disable Java == Broken Websites (Score -1) 122

The PROBLEM with disabling Java, is that a significant majority of sites use it heavily... so if you disable it, you cannot even see the content on many of them. THAT is a trend that should be changed! If a user visits a site, and they have their Java turned off, the LEAST they could do is provide a basic HTML version of the site, but no... you get that accursed "Please activate Java to view this site" message.

Comment Change stations on someone else's radio (Score 2) 210

This goes back to the early 1980's. I used to hang out until the wee hours with some folks at a local 24 hour donut shop. The owner had rigged-up a stereo inside a locked box, in the back room. It was set to a local "Elevator Music" station, and everyone (even the employees) hated it... but there was nothing anyone could do... until I came along. :)

I used an "FM Converter" (remember those? You could listen to FM thru an AM-only car radio) which I modified for direct audio output from the detector. This fed into a basic amplifier system, and into a home made FM transmitter. I would be sitting in a booth with my friends, and could not only change the station to almost anything we wanted, but also adjust the volume, bass, and treble. They were suitably impressed.

So, each time I'd come in with my device, they'd say, "Here comes OVERRIDE!" (their new nickname for me). I would then proceed to knock out the elevator music, and tune in to the local rock station. Everyone loved it.

I also made a smaller version that I could connect to a Walkman cassette player, and play my music over any other FM radio in range. All it took was a few milliwatts of power. Fun times.

Now I am a Broadcast Engineer... and I get to play with real transmitters and control systems, etc.

Comment Changing someone else's radio station (Score 1) 145

This goes back to my late teens, in the EARLY 1980's. I created a gizmo using various parts and pieces, where I could use it to play any radio station I wanted through someone else's radio. It was most often used at a local 24 hour donut shop, where I hung around with a group of guys until the wee hours. The owner of that store had a radio in a locked box in the back, that piped a local "elevator music" station through the store's speakers. Since it was locked, nobody could change it... until I came along. :)

The idea was simple... I took apart an old "FM converter" (remember those? To listen to FM on an AM-only car radio) and fed the audio output into a homebrew FM transmitter. It was powered by a 7AH 12V gel cell, so it had plenty of power for all-nighters. The guys would really get a big kick out of the fact that I could adjust everything... volume, bass, treble, and what station we heard, from a booth in the lobby. Naturally, the local rock station was the music of choice.

In later years, I adapted that transmitter to work with a "walkman" cassette player, and if a restaurant was playing a radio, I could put my tape onto their speakers for the duration I was there. :)

Now, I'm a Broadcast Engineer, and also a ham radio operator. Hacks are a part of everyday life... but not like this, anymore. I could get away with it when I was a teen, not as a 50-something.

Comment This *IS* Star Trek! (Score 2) 109

The first fan-fiction Star Trek I watched was "New Voyages" a number of years ago. As a fan of Trek since TOS was in syndication in the early 70's (I was only 4 in 1966!) I have to admit, I was quite pleasantly surprised! Then, along came Star Trek Continues, running in pretty much the same vein, and with similar quality to "New Voyages".

As others here have said, this really *IS* like watching "lost episodes" from TOS! Both my wife and I really enjoy this! It is like getting brand new Star Trek stories, again... just a LONG wait between each one.

It is also quite telling, when you see that both of these high-quality fan-fiction productions are actually getting the ORIGINAL actors and actresses to reprise their TOS roles in various ways... this is where "time-travel" stories are actually being used in an enjoyable and meaningful way. For example, "World Enough and Time" (By New Voyages) was only the 2'nd Star Trek story to bring tears to my eyes! (The first was "Inner Light" on TNG.) Yeah, it was THAT good!

I look forward to watching what BOTH of these top-notch fan-fiction production groups do in the days ahead! If the Powers That Be would REALLY PAY ATTENTION, they would see what the majority of the Star Trek fan base REALLY WANTS.

Those "new" movies don't even deserve more than this one-line mention. I only saw the 1'st one. That did it for me. No more.

Live Long and Prosper, New Voyages and Star Trek Continues!!

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"