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Comment: Re:Seattle PD turned theirs back on (Score 1) 59

...but is turned back on by the feds at will.

Quite interesting. Especially since San Jose's was purchased with a federal grant. Quick google search brings up an article that Dept of Homeland Security payed for Seattle's, too, and is handing out free money for other police departments to make similar purchases.

Comment: Don't need an old PC (Score 1) 176

by Atomic Fro (#47328195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

I have all those games (except tribes... don't have linux tribes) plus a few extra like Railroad Tycoon 2 and Neverwinter Nights running native and great on my Athlon 64 X2 6000+ on Debian Jessie 64-bit. There are a few howtos to get the old libraries you need. Then to run them for best compatibility, have them run on 1 cpu with the frequency locked to something like 1ghz. Runs great, runs native. The only downside from the windows versions is you don't get EAX effects.

If you want to run the old software on old hardware, work on building a "dos box" with parts from the appropriate era. I currently have an older P2 machine with an AWE64 and a voodoo3 I am enjoying dos games on. Its been fun buying games of GOG and throwing them on there. Been thinking about putting an old Linux distribution on it. I have a Corel Linux disc I was thinking about running. I also had OPENSTEP on there for a day or two before I had the sound card.

Comment: Re:Get rid of gold acct for Netflix (Score 1) 227

by Atomic Fro (#46997161) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

What is the HDMI input used for? I might be wrong (don't own one), but I thought that's what it was for.

I believe its just a pass through. Lets say your TV only has one HDMI input, you can plug your xbone into the tv, and then your homebrew steam machine into the xbone HDMI port and not have to swap cables or get a switch box.

Comment: Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (Score 1) 355

by Atomic Fro (#46997035) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Oh man, that is sad. Doesn't seem that long ago I was looking for helmet cams to use mountain biking, and they were all devices that connected to a recorder through firewire. Just needed a camcorder or laptop in your bag to do the recording. I must be quite a bit older than I thought.

Comment: Re:Strange stance on Slashdot (Score 1) 62

by Atomic Fro (#46909093) Attached to: VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

I agree that this is one of those rare instances where the consumer is being protected. But lets not fool ourselves, this law is not there to protect consumers as much as its there to protect the ruling elite from having their tastes in pornography becoming public knowledge.

Comment: Re:How many? (Score 1) 342

by Atomic Fro (#46826461) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

No, because a lot of the content creators don't care. With the exception of a few high profile "creators" who use royalties alone to bankroll their lavish lifestyles without having to create anything anymore, most would tell you they are happy just knowing someone likes their work. Though there are some creators out there in the public making a stink about it, its mostly the middlemen that are throwing the tantrum.

To use another car analogy, its more like car dealerships fighting tooth and nail to be the only source of purchasing a car. They install DRM that makes sure if you miss your payment, the car won't start. They make laws that make tampering with such devices illegal.

When new technologies are created to make purchasing and maintaining a car quicker and easier, they try to squash them. They fight websites that make it easier for individuals to trade or purchase cars. When a new car manufacturer tries to sell directly to their customers instead of using expensive middlemen, old laws are used to keep them out. When 3D printers are cheap enough and robust enough to print auto grade parts, the dealerships will lobby congress to make patents last indefinitely and sue file sharers as patent violators asking over 200k per violation.

What the content distributors need to do is adapt. Once the content turned into bits that can be copied indefinitely at zero cost, their business model was gone. They should have embraced technology and created itunes before an electronics company, one that was actually barred from entering the music industry because of their name, come in before them and grab the new market. Hell, they are in the packaged goods business, not electronic distribution, so they should embrace that and make the best packaged goods they can. Instead of selling us a digital copy of their artists' creations on a cheap plastic disc in a cheap plastic container for $15 - $20 that are guaranteed to break, sell us something valuable. The Beatles in Mono comes up as a good example, though a bit extreme.

Comment: Re:1996 (Score 1) 96

by Atomic Fro (#46552889) Attached to: Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

Ya, I am pretty sure they use this information to weed out unsavories during the enlistment process. When my friend enlisted a couple years ago, he got pretty far into the process before the issue of a bankruptcy came up. He had to talk to someone pretty high up, pretty sure it was the commander of the base they were going to ship him to, and the commander had to sign off on it.

Comment: Re:Reviewer hates users (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by Atomic Fro (#46437473) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

I don't really agree with you. In 2000 Apple gave the world a powerful commercial UNIX workstation OS that "just worked," along with a fantastic IDE and development tools for free. There were lots of things in there for power users that may not have been advertised or easily discovered, but they were there and documented somewhere if you knew how to look.

Now, the workstation OS started going to shit as you described after they moved to intel, supposedly Mavericks fixes that a bit. I don't know, never owned an intel mac (thats also when they started sunsetting hardware almost as quickly as it was released).

Its iOS thats for the lobotomised retarted proto-lifeforms. And, yes, some of that was getting into OSX proper. But I believe the backlash with Windows 8 showed them that might not be too wise and I've heard they've backed off, again, with Mavericks.

The bogosity meter just pegged.