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Comment: Re: In summary... (Score 1) 222

by Dins (#48571337) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order
I wish I still had all my old C64 stuff (along with game guides like that). Back when I was probably 30 or so (year 2000) my wife asked if she could sell all of it in a garage sale, and I agreed. Wasn't really her fault because I agreed, but oh man I wish I wouldn't have. My 26 year old step-daughter and 16 year old son are pissed at her for it, though.

Comment: Re:In summary... (Score 2) 222

by Dins (#48571051) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Anybody else remember the old Infocom hint books they published with invisible ink and markers to reveal the hints? They had questions for most major puzzles, and three levels of hints IIRC. You started with the vaguest hint and progressed until the last hint just told you how to do it, or close to it.

Great. Now I'm having a major Infocom nostalgia flashback. Thanks /.

Comment: Re:This sounds like a good idea (Score 2) 52

by Dins (#48521987) Attached to: Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

At 8 years old they shouldn't be using the internet at all. You are a failure as a parent.

Totally disagree. I think children should be taught about the internet and internet safety (i.e. dos and don'ts, never give out information, don't talk to strangers, etc.) from as early as they seem ready. But with a LOT of parental guidance. I would never set an 8 year old free with, "Have fun, and don't google goatse!" But I would teach them and closely supervise them, both with software (like netnanny or something) and by just being involved.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 720

by Dins (#48497507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

The GTX 970 (and 980) are a bit unique right now. They are using Nvidia's newer Maxwell architecture, and have much reduced power requirements over other high end video cards, and their fans often don't even turn on at all unless under heavy load. The specs page lists the system power requirements at 500w, but the card itself consumes around 145w. Yet their speed is considered current top of the line as far as single GPUs.

I just bought one, and it was a HUGE improvement over my old Radeon 7870 and the fan hasn't run unless I force it to. VERY quiet card with low power consumption and high performance. The 970 is also at a very nice price/performance spot right now. The 980 is faster but also around $200 more. It's not $200 faster, IMO, though...

No, I don't work for Nvidia, it's just a great card right now.

Comment: Re:In five years (Score 1) 206

by Dins (#48336899) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years
If they're not using it at 16, I doubt they're suddenly going to start at 25. Facebook originally took off in colleges, and then high schools, etc. The teen and young adult demographic was a large part of their early success. If I were them, I would at least be concerned with a marked drop off in the young person user base. They probably are, but would never mention it publicly.

Comment: Re:Subpoena-able? (Score 1) 151

by Dins (#48304929) Attached to: Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

Sounds great, and I agree.

However somehow I don't think the police would. They apparently don't like to be watched... Constant monitoring is awesome if you're the one doing the monitoring. Not so much if you're the one being monitored. Personally, I don't think police should have a choice, considering the nature of their jobs. Unfortunately I think their unions would disagree, and I don't see the general public winning that fight. Sad, really...

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 392

by Dins (#48273201) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

I made basically the same antenna from your link, although I added a reflector about 1-2" behind it made out of cardboard covered with aluminum foil. It works great! Much better than the two store-bought "HDTV" antennas I tried before hand, and it was a lot cheaper to build.

I live in the Milwaukee suburbs and I get something like 15-25 channels depending on the day and the weather, all from inside my ground floor apartment. All in beautiful 1080i HD! Granted most of those are redundant channels with "local programming", but I do get ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS, so all of the major sporting events are covered. However I do need to adjust my antenna angle or move it around sometimes - the signal is not always rock solid - so I do believe they probably have reduced the transmission power.

Add in Netflix, and accessing things that you just can't easily buy or stream, and I've been cable TV free for a couple of years now.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly