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Comment: Re:MOD PARENT DOWN (Score 4, Informative) 532

by Palmateer (#44063431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?
I will agree with the Cadillac taillight issue. It doesn't give me a headache, but it does have a Persistence of Vision effect which disorients me. As the vehicle moves either subtly in it's lane, or changes lanes, it leaves a trail of ghost images which occupy a significant part of my field of vision. It's a good thing these are (for now) in the minority. I don't understand how these could have been approved from a safety perspective.

Comment: Re:more union cable pullers (Score 1) 365

by Palmateer (#39034247) Attached to: Ontario Teachers' Union Calls For Health-Related Classroom Wi-Fi Ban
Well I can't speak for the Catholic board, but my kids are in the York Region Public board (Nothern next-door neighbours to these folks), and our school is introducing iPads into the classrooms. AFAIK there is no (at least not without jailbreaking) wired network solution for these devices. This seems like a very good reason.

Comment: Re:Or you could just buy it today... (Score 1) 161

by Palmateer (#38225820) Attached to: $350 Hardware Cracks HDMI Copy Protection
True, but for the end-user, for now, isn't the effect of stripping the encryption very close to actually decrypting it? I still get an unencrypted analogue signal that I can connect to either a display or capture device. Perhaps it will not work for every title, but without such a device no titles can be displayed from an HDMI port to an analogue device. Some BluRay players have both HDMI and component outputs but cripple the resolution to component. I'm thinking for example of my 57" Sony HDTV with only composite/svideo and component inputs (not even DVI or VGA). An upconverting DVD or BluRay player will only output 480p over analogue while my device is capable of 1080i. From the link: "As already noted earlier, there is no way a non-compliant HDCP device can become compliant. This means that there is no way you can use some ‘magical’ HDCP converter. (Except HDfury !)"

Comment: MP3 recordings and JPEG snapshots (Score 1) 425

by Palmateer (#38062002) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?
Like other posters I have trouble both comprehending a lecture and taking notes simultaneously. To work around this I make MP3 recordings on my cell phone. I can store hundreds of hours of quite high quality audio using only a small percentage of my micro SD card space. Then if necessary, I can scan through it at 1.5x speed and pick up whatever I may have missed the first time around. As far as tablets go, capacitive screens aren't that great to write on if you want fine control. There are plenty of low end Android tablets with resistive screens which work just fine with a stylus. Again, the experience may leave you disappointed. I prefer to just write whatever I need in a coil notebook and then take snapshots of the pages to store on my phone or laptop for later reference.

Comment: Re:It didn't have this already? (Score 1) 266

by Palmateer (#35209154) Attached to: Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration

Um. My HTC Vogue with WM6.1 multitasks quite nicely. I can easily run half a dozen different applications concurrently, and yes, music does continue to play either from local storage or 3G streamed while another application is in the foreground. Personally I found Android Froyo on the same device to be quite frustrating from a multitasking perspective. Perhaps that was because of the implementation on a device with such low RAM available.

Comment: Re:no server support... (Score 1) 175

by Palmateer (#34615750) Attached to: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Released
But keep in mind the System Requirements and License Agreements :

Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7.

Restrictions. 1. The software may not be used on a device running an enterprise version of a Microsoft Windows operating system.

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