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Comment Re:You need different kinds of people (Score 1) 487

People may moan about old families, money, and influence, but a large portion of the blame lies in a culture which sees fit to appoint unqualified, unknowledgeable, sweet talkers to positions of responsibility, and moreover to even deny those positions to competent candidates.

You mean like Obama? I couldn't agree more.

Comment Re:I Live in New Mexico (Score 0) 134

I know, right? Pesky "freedom" and "personal responsibility." Can't have any of that!

There is just no way that the dumbed-down, "safe" fireworks allowed to be sold here are going to start a fire in the average neighborhood. And I guess you never thought about standing by with a fire extinguisher when you set some off (I do).

Seriously. Take your "there oughta be a law" attitude and move somewhere else. I don't need you as a neighbor.

Comment I do, but no need for big spending. (Score 1) 520

I'm still using an Audigy 2 ZS I purchased in 2004. My 2007-ish motherboard sound device is turned off in BIOS. Why? Two reasons:

1) Motherboard sound is full of noise and glitches (pops and clicks).

2) Even more importantly: The onboard sound hardware *actively interferes* with sound under Linux. I have to turn it off, or I have mysterious and disruptive sound problems. Such as fmod using 100% of CPU cycles.

I can only speculate on the real cause of #2, but if experience is any guide, it's due to half-baked hardware that only "works" with a Windows-only driver.

This is why I put "works" in quotes: Even when integrated sound hardware works under Windows, it doesn't necessarily work all that well. I bought the Sound Blaster because the integrated audio on the PC I built in 2003 was also flaky.

The Audigy 2 ZS works absolutely fine under Ubuntu, so that's what I use. Yes... ... I have zero problems with this card and PulseAudio. But the onboard sound device is a piece of junk. Motherboard manufacturers throw in the cheapest junk they think they can get away with. They certainly don't give a damn whether it works in Linux.


Submission + - Someone cooked with their USB ports, Awesome ( 4

tekgoblin writes: Wow, I would have never have thought to try and cook food with the power that a standard USB port provides well someone did. A standard port provides around 5V of power give or take a little. I am not even sure what it takes to heat a small hotplate but I am sure it is more than 5V. It looks like the guy tied together around 30 USB cables powered by his PC to power this small hotplate. But believe it or not it seems to have cooked the meat perfectly.

Comment Re:When will we get actual high-res displays inste (Score 1) 138

You covered the main drawback to such monitors - price.

Did you also catch the insanely low refresh rate (25 or 41 Hz) and rather high 50 ms (or 25 ms, depending on how you measure) response time? Anything involving moving images would be a streaky, smeared mess. That said, it does seem odd that nothing similar is offered today for photo & graphic design folks.

FWIW, review of the VP2290b here:

Comment Re:Whatever makes the most sense (Score 1) 277

Optical discs cost almost nothing to make, but the consumer has never seen the benefit. I don't recall game prices dropping substantially in the last 20 years. NES carts were usually around $40-$50, and the prices are the same or higher for today's DVD-ROM (or DVD-Wii, so to speak) games.

It's eerily parallel to the music world. CDs should have brought album prices down a lot, but it never happened.

Adjusting for inflation, prices have dropped overall, but not proportionately to the decrease in media cost.

Comment Server technology? (Score 4, Insightful) 271

It's nice they've developed a way to transfer data at ridiculous speeds, but it does the average user no good as long as we're using mechanical hard drives. Even a "mere" 1 gigabit network connection outstrips the ability of spinning platters to absorb it. I guess this Light Peak thing is aimed at the server market then?

Comment Hollywood is just as bad with guns (Score 1) 874

If you're even mildly involved in real-life shooting, either as a hobby or professionally, you're going to spot a lot of gaffes.

I can understand simple continuity errors. By the time a film has been cut, edited, recut, edited again, Foleyed, CGI'd, etc. it's got to be difficult to keep track of whether the protagonist's gun should be empty. It doesn't take anything away to assume the hero simply reloaded offscreen.

But these things are a totally different matter:
-The mythical "Glock 7"
-The slow-motion sequence showing an entire round of ammunition going downrange, not just the projectile,
-Ammo "cooking off" somehow acting the same as if it were confined in a barrel (I'm looking at you, "Paycheck!"),

And I can't count the number of movies/TV shows where
-Someone "cocks the hammer" on a gun that doesn't HAVE a hammer, like a Glock.

"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." -- Robert G. Ingersoll