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Comment: "Bulletproof glass" mistake? (Score 5, Insightful) 308

by Puzzleer (#35736200) Attached to: MythBuster Developing Light-Weight Vehicle Armor

Aren't these the same guys who for several years were shielding themselves from explosions with what they thought was bulletproof plexiglass, until they finally tried shooting it with a gun in an episode on bulletproof glass and only then realized that it wasn't bulletproof at all?

Comment: Recording component output (Score 4, Informative) 466

by Puzzleer (#30074170) Attached to: MPAA Asks Again For Control Of TV Analog Ports

Ironically, there is only one product I know of that can even record content that comes out of the component output, and that's the Hauppauge HD-PVR. It's not like people all over the place are using the component video outputs to steal content (and those who do could probably just as easily hack around HDCP).

Comment: Close, but not quite right... (Score 2, Insightful) 345

by Puzzleer (#29223399) Attached to: An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC

In fairness, the FCC requires the equivalent of the channels that you would receive over-the-air to be unencrypted (so-called "must-carry" channels). So in reality, you should expect pretty much everything other than those to be encrypted (so channels like TBS, TNT, USA, etc will be encrypted but channels like NBC, CBS, Fox will continue to be unencrypted).

Comment: Stupid computer geeks (Score 1) 547

by Puzzleer (#27310805) Attached to: Dealing With a Copyright Takedown Request?

First off, anyone in the psychology field would be offended by what has been done here. A large portion of effectiveness of this test relies on people not having seen it before.

Second, you want to argue that 75 questions constitutes fair use? Like if I throw the first three chapters of a book onto the Internet?

Third, this test is *never* used for employment purposes. It's purely one of many tools to evaluate psychological conditions on a variety of scales, and while the questions seem silly there are *very* good reasons for them. There is a rather large book that goes with test and the scoring system is both very sophisticated and highly validated.

This was outright irresponsible.

Comment: Re:America (Score 2, Interesting) 111

by Puzzleer (#27083615) Attached to: NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers

I write open source drivers for the Linux Kernel and I live in New York City. I've easily spent a thousand bucks in the last year buying hardware I didn't need so I could make it under Linux work.

People might think the $200 is a token gesture, but for me it's real money. It's another two or three devices I could add support for.

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