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Comment: Arduino (Score 1) 228

by Redlazer (#42722565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?
I haven't used the other kits, but I have found the Arduino to be an awesome prototyping platform. Lots of available information, lots of tutorials, lots of support, lots of flexibility.

I would consider it a great jumping off point for the Raspberry Pi, which is my next experiment. I have no experience whatsoever with electronics, and it's been smooth sailing so far!

Comment: Re:Needs more clarification (Score 1) 195

by Redlazer (#42618327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?
I was going to suggest something along those lines.

When I was in college, we had fluorescent lights and super bright LED screens. The intensity was a little much for me, so I wore my sunglasses all the time.

I'd recommend any glasses that are Polarized - that's what's making the Gunnar glasses work in this scenario, although the Gunnar glasses aren't darkened, which could be nice.

Comment: Re:dban followed by smartctl (Score 1) 348

by Redlazer (#42376697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?
I'm a computer technician, and I'm always looking for new and better ways to test our equipment. Linux is one of my favourite testing tools, but right now I don't have a good way to test hard drives in Linux - I use stress to see if I get any errors or crashes on a suspicious drive. We use a Seagate boot disc for most of our testing though.

I'm interested in using your technique, but I don't understand it well enough to give it a go on someone else's data. Can you explain it a bit please?

Comment: Re:The D-Link DIR-655 (Score 1) 398

by Redlazer (#37450714) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?
I'm using the A series, and I don't have this problem. I actually recently changed my settings from static addressing to DHCP because I got lazy after my last reformat. I use the handy name resolution feature they've got: I select my computer's name from the list and it dumps the local IP in the field. Awesome.

I have no idea if the B is bad or not, but I'll keep an eye out as more of my friends invariably buy it. Perhaps we all have A series? -


Comment: The D-Link DIR-655 (Score 1) 398

by Redlazer (#37438754) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?
My friends and I struggled to find a good router for along time - this included gaming, torrents, and direct downloads. Several wireless devices of various configurations.

Take a look at prices, by now the DIR-655 should be cheaper - we've had ours for over a year now I'm guessing.

Anything but the highest, most brutal usage brings it down. You do need to tune your Vuze settings - if you have more than 1 computer downloading torrents at a atime (try to avoid that...), setting each of their Max Simultaneous Connections to 100 and testing should work. Drop it by 25 if you're still having trouble.

Don't forget, wireless devices cannot send and receive at the same time. The DIR-655 is MIMO (IIRC), so it minimizes the drawbacks, but any individual device can still only send or receive at a time, so torrents are kinda a nightmare for wireless in general.


Comment: Re:What am I missing here... (Score 1) 166

by Redlazer (#37239378) Attached to: Like a Redstone Cowboy
The thing about Minecraft, is that these things are being created using the game's tools. Rather than someone developing a mod with code (like lua for WoW).

Redstone can be used to power items with "electricity", like a Minecart Booster Rail, among tons of other things. Some of them may require a mod to facilitate (the Better Than Wolves mod adds mechanical power to the game, for example).


Comment: Re:This is good. (Score 1) 328

by Redlazer (#36021430) Attached to: Google Allows Carriers To Ban Tethering Apps
It's puts 0.000000000000000000000001% more load on the network - a negligible cost by far. It is absurd to charge for the extra costs. Also, if it's really peak load rates that are the problem, using caps is the least rational way to control behaviour. But the fact remains, there literally can't tell the difference. That's why they have to ban apps and all of this other nonsense; if the hallmark of a laptop browsing the internet is higher consumption, then a data rate cap makes MUCH more sense - clearly, they are selling beyond their ability to provide if peak consumption is a problem. Source: "Free" By... the guy from

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun