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Comment: Re:Not what, Who. (Score 1) 199

by RavenLrD20k (#49347921) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

This! So Much This! I've had a Razer Lycosa Keyboard and a Lachesis Mouse. Both of them glitched so damn hard with and without the drivers installed. The keyboard would randomly stop recognizing random keys, requiring me to unplug and then re-plug the damn thing in to get it to start working again. The Anti-Windows key feature would randomly lock on and make alt-tabbing or even mousing over items in the taskbar impossible, even while not gaming. The backlighting would randomly go completely out. The touch media/backlight/Game-Lock pad was so damned touchy and both over/under sensitive to boot. It was a bleeding nightmare, and the mouse wasn't any better. Also, the rubberized..paint?... that they used on the keys to keep the light from shining through where it shouldn't be started wearing off about 5 months after I got it, leaving the lettering on the keys about useless as all there was left was the clear purple plastic on the top of the key; especially all the keys around the WASD pad.

The mouse would start skipping across the screen about every 20 minutes which could only be fixed by unplugging and re-plugging the mouse in, just uninstalling the mouse from device manager wouldn't even work. And again, that same rubberized padding on the thumb buttons didn't even last a month. Also, the left and right mouse buttons completely failed at the same time about 4 months after I bought the thing.

The mouse I threw across the room and found a $20 logitech 5 button wireless mouse to tide me over until I could find something better, which wound up being a G600 20button mouse. The keyboard I saved up for a Logitech G710 to replace the lycosa...which I also trashed. Oh...and Linux Support? What a goddamned joke that was trying to use the Razer crap on my dual boot system. And while I bought the Logitechs to feed my gaming habit, the macro and modal keys on both have turned into epic time savers when pounding out code in Visual Studio and just about anything I try to do under KDE while in Linux.

Comment: Re:$100k (Score 1) 52

The most efficient way to get a large amount of Legos in the US is if one went with a large creative block set that's 760 pieces for $60. It would take 1667 sets to break the $100k mark which would get 1,266,920 pieces, but this does not include figurines, which even with a cast of hundreds (that JP never had) would be a relatively small chunk of that 100k (a set of 7 is $2-3). Also these sets include colors that would not necessarily be used very often in a scene, and colors that would need to be abundant in the nature scene (such as green and brown) would require a lot of sets as each set only has about 30 bricks of each color (extrudes to a total of about 50k spread per color between those 1667 sets). Also, I've not figured in any prop or themed sets that would include things like Palm Leaves (tropical Island), vehicles, or specialty blocks that wouldn't be included in the base set that would make the scenes more complete.

Comment: Re:I've never understood that claim. (Score 1) 282

by RavenLrD20k (#49343419) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

You do know that there are motorcycles with anti lock brakes, do you?

An '87 Venture Royale don't have em... And 60 ft. across an intersection is all I need to get up to 50mph from a dead stop without the front wheel coming off the ground once. That's 1st gear with 2k RPM left to go before redline. 2nd gear tops off at about 70. Running 65 mph in 3rd gear at 5k rpm is considered "babying the engine." I usually cruise 55 in 4th at 3k rpm and I don't touch 5th until I'm above 60 and 4k. Redline is just under 8k. The reason for all this info is just to show that dropping into third and rolling on the accellerator at 55 is right within the Torque band of the engine to give a nice 10mph / 10ft boost to speed, which increases Gyro forces, which increases the maneuverability of the bike considerably. Oh, and she squats and settles in real nice at 95. I've yet to reach her top speed, and I'm not certain what speed I did reach as the spedo only reads up to 125, which she hit at 5500, I got her up to 7k before I had to roll off for a turn in the track.

+ - Comcast's incompetence, lack of broadband competition force homeowner to sell 1

Submitted by BUL2294
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Consumerist has an article about a homeowner in Kitsap County, Washington who is unable to get broadband service. Due to inaccurate broadband availability websites, Comcast's corporate incompetence, CenturyLink's refusal to add new customers in his area, and Washington state's restrictions on municipal broadband, the owner may be left with no option but to sell his house 2 months after he bought it, since he works from home as a software developer.

To add insult to injury, BroadbandMaps.gov says he has 10 broadband options in his zip code, some of which are not applicable to his address, have exorbitant costs (e.g. wireless), or are for municipal providers that are prevented from doing business with him by state law. Yet, Comcast insists in filings that “the broadband marketplace is more competitive than ever,” which appear to be very carefully chosen words..."

+ - RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For years, RadioShack made a habit of collecting customers’ contact information at checkout. Now, the bankrupt retailer is putting that data on the auction block. A list of RadioShack assets for sale includes more than 65 million customer names and physical addresses, and 13 million email addresses. Bloomberg reports that the asset sale may include phone numbers and information on shopping habits as well. New York's Attorney General says his office will take 'appropriate action' if the data is handed over."
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Comment: Re:Crap !!!!! (Score 1) 264

by RavenLrD20k (#49338085) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Dude...By the end of March RadioShack is dead. D-E-D - dead. They've filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and are liquidating. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the local RS stores near me will be having a grab-bag event where you can fill a small bag for $5, a medium bag for $15, and a large bag for $50. Anything that fits is yours. My local store has a crap ton of R-Pi's and Arduino Kits and shields left, and no one around me wants them. I'll be able to buy out the entire stock with a $15 bag or two... that's over $500 - 1,000 worth of equipment.

As far as the continued brand name: Sprint bought something like 1700 stores at auction on the 16th of this month, GameStop got a few others, the rest of the stores in the nation will be shuttered. The ones that remain will be RadioShack in brand only, and if I read correctly, it'll be something like "RadioShack by Sprint" or some crap like that. The stores GameStop bought I think are going to be losing the brand altogether.

+ - Motivating Scale: Lose Weight or Lose Your Internet Connection / TV

Submitted by colordev
colordev (1764040) writes "A Finnish startup company has an interesting value proposition: "If your weight isn't going down your TV or computer will not power up tonight."

So, if your computer, brand-new television or coffee maker wants you to use an exercise bicycle tonight, would you then exercise for 5 minutes or 15 minutes? Or would you even agree to lose weight?

If the answer is yes, it has come to this, the machines have just started coercing us.

Maybe this is a small step in mankind's journey of becoming pets of machines"

Comment: Re:Crap !!!!! (Score 1) 264

by RavenLrD20k (#49335597) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

RadioShack's new CFO was touting money in the bank numbering in tens of Billions and several tens of Billions above that worth in assets when the new CEO took over 2 or 3 years ago. Guess where RadioShack will be at the end of the week? Any RS that remains open will either be converted into a Sprint Store with an electronics section or possibly a GameStop. The rest will be gone.

Another take would be: How long does it take for depleted Star to go from stable, to Gas Super Giant to (Super)Nova? Just because they've got net worth of 700bn doesn't mean that they have the fuel to keep that from blowing up or imploding in their face.

Comment: Re:I've never understood that claim. (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by RavenLrD20k (#49334977) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Dumbass, in the scenario posed the danger was coming from behind. How the fuck is slowing down gonna save your ass when a Semi is barreling down on you and has no room to stop before slamming you as it is. Or I have a real-life situation where burst speed got me out of certain death.

I'm cruising down a 2 lane (one lane each direction) road with my wife on the back of my bike at 55 (posted limit). Good visibiltiy and no blind curves for about 3 miles down the road, and I could see the road for 2 miles behind me in the mirror. There's a Bar-B-Q place on the right hand side of the road that we're coming up on about 500 feet ahead, Black Ford explorer is coming at me slowing down with the left turn blinker, I instinctively roll back off the throttle and now I'm 60 ft away at 52 MPH...then she turns left. I looked her dead in the eyes and she still turned left. I have two choices here, brake hard and slam into her, or gear down, lay on the throttle to pick up Gyro Force, and go into a swerve around the back of her. When I made the commit, I had about 20 ft of space and she was still in my lane, oblivious to the havoc she just caused. Once my swerve started, I put my thumb on the red button throwing the quad Stebel Air Horns on. I made sure that I did this after the path commit was going to be guaranteed to be behind her turn just to make sure that I didn't throw her into a panic that would have made the situation worse on me. In roughly 40 ft. passed the SUV I was back in my lane and at level cruise at 72 mph, letting off the throttle to get back down to the limit and continuing my Sunday ride to the next gas station where I could figuratively change my underwear. Another biker a ways behind us saw the scene unfold and caught up with me at that gas station and asked why I didn't stop and confront the woman as I would have loved the look on her eyes after she heard the Stebel go off right behind her. I just said "I have an aversion to 20 to Life," and left it at that.

If I had followed your logic, I'd be either dead or in the hospital right now as this only happened a week and a half ago and in no case would my bike have come out of it in ridable condition. If I had hit the brakes, I would have slammed into her and that's the end of our ride. If I slowed down to initiate the swerve, my tail would have fishtailed and either my wife would have been the first one into the SUV, or we would both be flying off the other side of the road into the ditch with the bike following us, again ending our ride. If I touched on the brakes at any time just before and during the swerve, as soon as I touched into the swerve, I'd lose all maneuvering traction to the brake traction and likely the 900 lbs of sport touring bike would have bit the pavement on the front wheel and done an end over end flip down the road behind the SUV, yet again, ending our ride.

Comment: Re:Universal wants me to use YouTube more (Score 1) 117

ASCAP (founded 1914) was still created after the invention of the Vinyl Record. The assorted Media Foundations were built out of a necessity for managing and facilitating widespread distribution of a new technology that was too expensive for individuals to handle on their own without a way to spread the costs to a wider group (kinda like the insurance model, the wider you disburse your costs, the cheaper a product is for all involved). You first need the recording technologies in place for that to be a viable business.

Before records the way music was reproduced and distributed was through sheet music, which was handled by the Newspaper and Book Publishing houses. Back then performances were done by local live musicians or the original wandering musician/composers. Live performance royalties at that time were paid for in the purchase of the sheet music.

Fast forward to now and distribution has become so cheap that it's easily managed and facilitated by the individual without having to rely so much on a large corporation to get a name out there. The Media Companies have outlived their usefulness, just as many newspaper publishers have had to shutter their doors with the advent of Internet News when they couldn't move to the new model fast enough. There may be one way the media corps can save themselves from complete extinction, but it would mean completely changing the model they've used since their inception over 100 years ago: Drop the need to own the music and personas and help people develop a public sellable image. Good luck with convincing them of that.

GNU is Not Unix

RMS Talks Net Neutrality, Patents, and More 165

Posted by samzenpus
from the straight-from-the-man dept.
alphadogg writes "According to Richard Stallman, godfather of the free software movement, Facebook is a "monstrous surveillance engine," tech companies working for patent reform aren't going nearly far enough, and parents must lobby their children's schools to keep data private and provide free software alternatives. The free software guru touched on a host of topics in his keynote Saturday at the LibrePlanet conference, a Free Software Foundation gathering at the Scala Center at MIT.

Comment: Re:Universal wants me to use YouTube more (Score 1) 117

What did you people [Universal] do before records? You existed and your people made money.

No they didn't. Media companies didn't exist before Records. Universal Music Group didn't exist before 1934 (as Decca Records). Vinyl Records were invented in 1881. Audio radio broadcasting didn't take off until the 20's. Basically, the media companies were born from these technologies, therefore they did nothing before these technologies existed. Now the Internet has started pushing the media companies into irrelevance and they feel the noose closing around their necks. They're having trouble finding new talent that want to sign with them because YouTube and Patreon and others have already performed the massive distribution for these artists without signed in blood contracts that Lucifer would be proud of. Every distribution mole Media Companies try to whack down, two more pop up, and the spring on the original mole recoils back harder causing the corps to hit themselves in the head with the mallet each time. They're finding that when both their former customers AND people with talent that's worth anything want nothing to do with them it's getting more and more difficult to survive.

Hopefully they'll find out sooner than later that they can't.

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