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Comment Re:CG ships could look alot better (Score 1) 35

As much as I'm an Amiga fanboy 4ever, that rumor needs to DIE, they used a wide mix of SGI workstations, Pentium & DEC Alpha renderfarms and even Macs for compositing for the actual series, only the pilot episode mostly had effects created on Commodore HW.
Sorry for being pedantic, but this IS Slashdot after all ;)

Comment Re:Denmark (Score 1) 204

Sounds like he has of 3 here in DK, the ads are all over TV heh) and yea it does throttle(64-256kbps) after you hit the cap, but that's pretty much par for the course.
My current provider Bibop charges 89dkk/m(~$13.50 USD) for similar service(6H talk, 12GB data, unlimited national texts) slightly more expensive but better coverage in my area.
Can't complain about speeds either, I've clocked my 4G S4 Zoom @ 68mbps down/18mbps upload with LTE on Telia/Telenors network that Bibop uses.

Comment Re:Cykelslangen (pronounced soo-cool-klag-en) (Score 2) 163

Everybody knows it's pronounced "kameloså"

As a Dane I just have to say:

It's 'CEEY - KILL - SCHLAAN - UHN'>/b>

And the literal translation is more along the lines of 'The Bicycle Snake', if you were English it'd probably be called 'The Serpent Way' or something of that ilk.
Now get off my bike-path^H^H Lawn!. Damn drunk pedestrians..

Comment Re:In his honor... (Score 1) 173

In his honor, I plan to launch a streaming burials site, where you can watch people being laid to rest 24/7. No, I will not pay any royalties to the families of the deceased.

I plan to call the site "GraveShark".

Definitely puts 'Shark Week' into a whole new perspective..

Your ideas intrigue me and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Comment Probably Overkill.. (Score 1) 558


Core i5 4670k @ 4.3Ghz
Gigabyte Z87 mobo
256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (OS/Apps)
2 x 1TB Seagate HDD in RAID0 (scratch disk)
2 x ATI Radeon HD5850 Crossfire
Watercooled CPU/GFX (mainly for the noise)
2x 24" 1080p Samsung LCD
Older 50" LG FullHD Plasma (movies)

Runs Win7 Used mostly for VMs, Creative Suite and a bit of Gaming and HTPC use.


AMD Athlon II x4 615e
Asrock Nforce based mobo
LSI 16 Port PCIe X8 SAS/Sata Controller
4 x 5in3 SAS/SATA backplanes w/trays. 64GB SSD OCZ Vertex III (OS)
16 x 2/8TB HDDs (RAID6, main storage ~100TB usable w/XFS once upgrade to 8TB drives is complete)
2 x 4TB HDD(RAID1, backups)
2 x PCIe Gbe Network cards
1 x PCIe Wifi adapter a/b/g/n

Runs Ubuntu Server, Mainly used for archiving lots of VMs, DVD and BD images. Also does double duty as main router/Intranet/VPN host. Runs 24/7.

Also several other older systems around the place, but nothing particularly interesting about them, they're mostly Franken-rigs built with whatever leftovers were available during a decades worth of upgrade cycles and random projects.

Comment Re: Oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 615

How about your cousins who live on the bad side of town? Or too bad for the kid whose dad wasn't as smart as you and had a car wreck on the way home from his second min. wage job? It's screw them because that is not me?


Or the kids living in the shitpile next door infecting your children with 'preventable disease of the week' because they can't afford any healthcare?

Their drunken father who tries to rob your place cause he has no access to a job, drug dependency treatment or proper education to improve his prospects.

The wife who's constantly abused and has kid after kid just to fill her empty miserable life with meaning, eventually hoping that at least one of them might end up being lucky/successful enough to support her after 50 years of abuse and neglect has taken their toll?

It's not just on a personal level, what about the people who needs loans and mortgages for their houses/businesses but can't get them without government incentives?

Environmental conscientiousness? NP we'll just export all our toxic crap to the 3rd world, after all, they're used to living in shitpiles anyway.

Oh and a big FU to all public rec. areas, national parks and heritage sites, art exhibitions, museums, libraries, transport systems, sanitation, emergency services, and anything else that these freeloaders mooch off the system.
Everyone knows if you have to share anything you're obviously a mental deviant and a menace to society, so should be shot on principle to improve the gene-pool.

Socialism really isn't that bad once you get used to it, at least I can look my neighbors(all of them) in the eye without cringing and that goes for neighboring nations as well. Society needs to work FOR EVERYBODY, nor just the privileged few.
Best would, of course, be massive privileges for everyone, but reality has to set in somewhere.. at least until we reach a post-scarecity society some day, even if that means AIs and drones running the world in some kind of Banksian utopia.

Comment Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 866

Another found that, among AAAS members, more than half believe in "God or a higher power".

Seems there's a perfectly cromulent reason for why so many scientists are religious:

Science is the inevitable outcome when you go looking for God in all the wrong places and it requires strong belief to keep searching regardless.

Only recently(last few centuries) have things like necessity, altruism, wealth and fame started to overtake outright belief as the major motivator for scientific endeavor.

(disclaimer 'atheist-by-default' poster)

Comment Re:Better question (Score 1) 749

Yea i personally am a big fan of the 'broke student 5.1 Surround Special'

Using a 4 Channel Car-fi amp(4x100W typical) ~$25-$50 used, usually powered by a PC ATX PSU or similar (practically free as in beer).

A 5.1 USB soundcard($20ish) hardwired directly to amp + Guitar/Bass amplifier($50) used as subwoofer. Decent speakers bought used can be had for around $50 a pair, good speakers last for decades unlike most crap made nowadays, so just spend whatever you can reasonably afford, since it's a fair investment in the long run, just make sure to check they still work(no damaged tweeter/woofer units).

Use standard Cat-5 network cable for signal cable AND speaker cable(double up), failing that regular mains cable works too, again free as in beer.
Use media player/OS driver to mix center channel into front speakers.

Bonus points for:
Soldering the connections.
6 ch. car amp, bridge one pair for center speaker, or get a powered full range PA mono speaker(easily found used).
Braiding the Cat-5 cables, with honors if the speakers you got can be bi-amped and the braid uses it(2 bass and one for treble/tweeters)
Using a studio grade soundcard, firewire ones tend to be common, useful if you have the connector anyway.
If you can find a mains power noise filter and/or have proper ground connections.
Using the guitar amp for it's intended purpose.
Optional mounting hardware.

I've had people compare such setups to $10K+ supposedly high-end gear, they can be amazingly high fidelity for what can be done on a very frugal budget.

Don't get frightened by how it looks, just consider it 'ART' =)

Comment Re:Depends on the source (Score 1) 749

Actually what people may be hearing is atrocious sample rate conversion, they might benefit from improved up-sampling algorithms from 44.1Khz -> 48/96Khz. Some soundcards and drivers are notorious for this(looking at you Creative Labs) but that's probably only after you've spent an hour just finding out how to turn off all the default EQ booster/plug-in/effect crap as well.

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