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Comment: Re:Streetlights anyone? (Score 1) 291

by LiENUS (#48562193) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Would it be ok if the electric company required you to aim your yard light into the street for the publics free use?

your electric company has never tried to sell you "security lighting"? It's exactly that, they charge you money to install a light that shines on the street. You have to pay every month on your bill for it.

Data Storage

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive 438

Posted by Soulskill
from the it-was-the-SSD-in-the-enclosure-with-the-massive-IOPS dept.
itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that.

Comment: Re:Corn Subsidies (Score 1) 186

by LiENUS (#48447917) Attached to: How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Many studies have shown that it is healthiest to eat mostly vegetables, which is more or less the exact opposite of the paleo diet.

You sure about that? The Paleo diet I heard of involves only 19-35% of your alories from meats, the rest from vegetables. It just calls for non-starchy vegetables

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 1) 179

by LiENUS (#48268417) Attached to: FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Up to $0.25 per Mb in overage fees or $256 per GB.

That sounds like you're talking about subscribers with no data plan, the most expensive overage fee for data plans is $59.96 per GB (not GiB as you mistakenly gave the price for).
However for most of the dataplans it is $10 per GB as per
Elsewhere on their site (burried in It looks like they may be going up to $15 per GB. All of these prices, even the highest of $59.96 per gb are far lower than your listed $256 per GB(sic)

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 1) 179

after the cap you owe a certain amount per gigabyte

You've described AT&T's only data plans new subscribers can get now.
The capped plans are the old grandfathered 'unlimited' plans that no one can subscribe to now. All new subscribers subscribe to say 5 gigs per month and after 5 gigs they charge like $10 per gig

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by LiENUS (#48235677) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

The only thing they are not allowed to do is to decline to accept legal tender. I.e. they legally aren't allowed to reject a $100 if it is a genuine bill, regardless of what store policy is.

You should probably let the US Treasury know that as they disagree with you.

Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by LiENUS (#48232731) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

I dont believe that driver is from FTDI. A) Russ Dill is a known kernel developer. B) from what I udnerstand that patch would actually brick legit FTDI FT232RL devices as well. He submitted the patch as a joke but it looks like it just overwrites the checksum located at an even address rather than using a collission by modifying only odd addresses. That even address write would cause a write on the real FTDI chips as well.

Comment: Re:Homicides up by 50% in the UK (Score 1) 651

by LiENUS (#48041047) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The number of guns used in those rapes and murders dropped once

Actually in the uk gun crime has doubled as well since the ban.

The UK and Australia tried it, and we can see what the results really are - twice as much violent crime.

The far more interesting thing is violent crime has gone up for those areas that enacted gun bans while for the rest of the world violent crime has actually gone way down.

Comment: Re:Man I hates these guys (Score 1) 533

by LiENUS (#47857573) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

I'm glad you don't. I certainly hate them too, but you don't see me reaching for my rifle! Schmucks like you give gun-banners something to wield.

In his defense going out and shooting at little bits of paper is likely a more productive use of his time, and an excellent alternative to sitting on the computer when your internet is too slow.


Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies? 130

Posted by timothy
from the nod-is-as-good-as-a-wink dept.
An anonymous reader writes Could someone recommend a service to convert old VHS home movies to a lossless archival format such as FFV1? The file format needs to be lossless so I can edit and convert the files with less generation loss, it needs 4:1:1 or better chroma subsampling in order to get the full color resolution from the source tapes, and preferably it should have more than 8 bits per channel of color in order to avoid banding while correcting things like color, brightness, and contrast.

So far, the best VHS archival services I've found use either the DV codec or QuickTime Pro-Res, both of which are lossy.

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