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Comment My first reaction is never, but........ (Score 1) 257

Until March, 2014 I never, ever shared my passwords with anyone. Banking, Facebook, email, you name it and I wouldn't share it. On 24 March, 2014 my wife of 29 years died suddenly from a rapid onset of cancer. From "Gee, I'm not feeling so good" to GONE was less than two weeks. The last thing on my mind sitting in the hospital with her was getting all of her accounts and passwords. During our 29 years of marriage, I was in the U.S. Air Force for 20 of those and traveled quite a bit. She set up online bill paying and I never knew about a lot of the credit cards she had. Once she was gone it took close to 6 months to get everything straightened out with accounts that I had to pay but couldn't get logged into. When I would call the bank/credit card company/etc I was often given the response of "she needs to let us know you can handle her accounts before you can change the password". One company wouldn't even accept her death certificate as proof she wasn't here any more! I recently got remarried to one of my late wife's best friends. The first thing we did was put all of our accounts and passwords into KeePass. Security is good, but peace of mind for your loved ones it important too.

Comment ZoneMinder & GrandStream (Score 1) 134

Without knowing what the OP means by affordable it's really hard to give suggestions. I've got multiple GrandStream cameras running on a ZoneMinder system. The cameras support 1920x1080, night vision with the IR LED's built-in, Power over Ethernet. I've used analog cameras plugged into a BlueCherry capture card. Resolution was low, night vision was OK (but not as good as the GrandStream), had to string the signal cable and power cable to the cams. Overall I like the new setup a lot more. Grandstream does require DirectX to view the stream through their web interface but I've never used it. I only use the web interface to set resolution, frame rate and other setttings. All the motion detection is done in ZoneMinder. When I want to view what the camera is seeing I either use ZoneMinder or vlc directly to the RTSP feed.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Fake Thermostats (Score 2, Interesting) 402

Several years ago, I was in a meeting about some building modifications at an Air Force Base that my squadron was relocating to. The base Civil Engineer asked if we would like thermostats on the walls, and my response was "Sure, it will be nice to adjust the temperatures in the offices." He looked at me and started laughing, and then with a straight face told me that most thermostats in government office buildings were for show only, and the real controls were in an obscure closet somewhere.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone 161

Developer Fabien Sanglard has written a code review for id Software's iPhone port of Doom. It's an interesting look into how the original 1993 game (which he also reviewed to understand its rendering process) was adapted to a modern platform. "Just like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom was rendering a screenframe pixel per pixel. The only way to do this on iPhone with an acceptable framerate would be to use CoreSurface/CoreSurface.h framework. But it is unfortunately restricted and using it would prevent distribution on the AppStore. The only solution is to use OpenGL, but this comes with a few challenges: Doom was faking 3D with a 2D map. OpenGL needs real 3D vertices. More than 3D vertices, OpenGL needs data to be sent as triangles (among other things because they are easy to rasterize). But Doom sectors were made of arbitrary forms. Doom 1993's perspective was also faked, it was actually closer to an orthogonal projection than a perspective projection. Doom was using VGA palette indexing to perform special effect (red for damage, silver for invulnerable...)."
The Almighty Buck

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."

Comment An April Fools Day joke in May? (Score 3, Funny) 274

History has shown that the human leg is an often untapped behemoth of energy, having in the past powered generators, submarines and, of course, deep space hair dryers aboard Red Dwarf.

Next thing you know they'll be reporting that Lister has been hired to peddle the thing around London. They tried to hire Cat but he was afraid being outside in the summer heat and humidity would ruin his fantastically perfect hairdo.

Comment Re:One problem... (Score 1) 291

Kelly Clarkson has had several hits which landed in the Billboard Top 100 for 2004, 2005, 2006, et cetera, but none of the others "idols" have made it.

Wow, someone had better tell Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood that they haven't "made it" yet. Hmmm... I'll bet they think having #1 songs and headlining tours actually means something.

Comment Re:Always read it as "Degree or Experience" (Score 1) 1123

I agree. I entered the U.S. Air Force 30 days after High School graduation and "earned while I learned" for the next 20 years. I was officially a computer programmer my whole career, but back in the 80's and 90's that meant being part programmer and part sys admin. When I retired in 2003 I took my experience and found a very nice contractor job paying more that double my military pay as a UNIX admin. When that ended I already had my current job lined up as a programmer/administrator for a major government contractor. No degree, but now with 25+ years experience I don't need it. Should I have gone to college? Maybe, but it really wasn't for me. I hated going to school and would have probably failed miserably. The irony of it all is that my last 10 years in the Air Force I was an instructor teaching others to be programmers and UNIX admins. Do you need to do 20 years in the military? No. Even a four-year stint will get you experience that college just can't match up to.
Hardware Hacking

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BiloxiGeek writes: I'm trying to find a piece of equipment and so far I'm coming up with nothing. I have a number of workstations scattered throughout the building that are headless. No monitor, no mouse, and some have no keyboard. They just sit in a corner and do their thing. It would be nice to move them into the server room and connect them to our IP KVM but that's not an option at this time.

What I'm trying to find is a lightweight, easy to carry, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Occasionally I need to get to those systems directly and have to lug around an LCD, keyboard and sometimes a mouse and that gets really obnoxious. I'm thinking the LCD should be no more that 17" or it would kind of ruin the whole portable idea. The keyboard and mouse should be USB and PS/2 compatible but I'd settle for just USB. I suppose it would probably end up looking like a laptop, but be more like a single port, portable KVM, without the KVM switch capability.

Do you know of anyone manufacturing such an item?

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