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+ - Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server in a Crawlspace 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've decided it's time for me to build a separate machine specifically for use as a Media Center/Small Home Server.
My wife and I haven't had cable TV in years, instead relying entirely on Netflix, other streaming sites, and hard copies we've bought over the years. Having just finished ripping our entire media collection (CDs, DVDs, and even our Vinyls and VHS with the help of a capture card and some sweet digital voodoo) to a couple HDDs, I'm feeling froggy. Up until now we've been using WDTV Live, and it's been pretty snazzy, but I want to upgrade to a dedicated media machine instead of piggybacking off of my office computer. It'll be a Windows based machine utilizing Plex, and it's going in the crawlspace of the house.

The crawlspace in question is unfinished, but I do have a dry concrete slab down there where I can put/mount/assemble something. Cooling won't be an issue obviously, and I am keeping a close eye on hardware specs with regards to moisture. It is still a crawlspace though...

My Question(s) being:
* What would be a good setup to to house the hardware? Priorities being to safeguard against moisture, vermin, and dirt.
          — Modified PC Tower?
          — Rack?
          — Build an enclosure?
          — Something I haven't considered?

Please assume I'm stubborn and absolutely dead-set on putting it in the crawlspace to avoid the discussion devolving into the "best" place to put a media machine. Any advice or ideas are very much appreciated, Thank you /."

+ - How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake ->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The United States is currently gripped in a bout of earthquake mania, following a series of significant tremors in the West. And any time Yellowstone, LA, or San Francisco shakes, people start to wonder if it's a sign of The Big One to come. Yet even after decades of research, earthquake prediction remains notoriously hard, and not every building in quake-prone areas has an earthquake-resistant design. What if, instead of quaking in our boots, we could stop quakes in their tracks?

Theoretically, it's not a crazy idea. Earthquakes propagate in waves, and if noise-canceling headphones have taught us anything, it's that waves can be absorbed, reflected, or canceled out. Today, a paper published in Physical Review Letters suggests how that might be done. It's the result of French research into the use of metamaterials—broadly, materials with properties not found in nature—to modify seismic waves, like a seismic cloaking device."

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Comment: Re: 80% of market in terms of what? (Score 5, Informative) 125

by RocketSW (#46572313) Attached to: Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

Luxoticca not only owns a wide range of premium and "budget" eyewear brands (prescription glasses and sunglasses), they also own LensCrafters. Pearle vision, sears optical, target optical, and Sunglass Hut to name a few. Additionally they own the vision insurance company EyeMed.

The word "monopoly" comes to mind.

There was a 60 minutes piece about this not too long ago:


+ - Ex-Apple engineers build one cool thermostat->

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coondoggie writes "So what do you do after you've helped build the IPod? Build wicked cool thermostats of course. That's what ex- Apple engineer Tony Fadell, who is now the founder and CEO of Nest, which this week rolled out its Learning Thermostat. Fadell is considered the creator of the iPod.

The $249 Nest Learning Thermostat looks and acts different from your basic small white or beige plastic box hanging on most walls. It is round and made of brushed stainless steel that uses an iPod-like control wheel for manual setting. But the real difference is its smarts and ability to be controlled via an iPhone or Android device via WiFi."

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+ - Vietnamese rhino goes extinct -> 1

Submitted by roat35
roat35 (1912374) writes "Poachers shot and killed the world's last Vietnamese rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus) for its horn confirms a report from International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). A subspecies of the Javan rhino, the Vietnamese rhino was the last Javan rhino to survive on the Asian mainland and the second subspecies to vanish, following the extinction of the Indian Javan rhino (rhinoceros sondaicus inermis). The Javan rhino is the world's most imperiled rhino species with now only around 50 individuals surviving in a single park on its namesake island in Indonesia."
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Comment: garbage in / garbage out (Score 1) 244

by RocketSW (#37566538) Attached to: Top 1% of iOS Game Developers Make a Third of All Revenue

Not surprising. I bet that the bottom 80% of AppStore developers are the same people who are releasing the garbage that is currently drowning out the (relatively) few number of well executed apps available. At least 80% of the AppStore content consists of copycat apps and pure trash. Think Angry Avians, DoodleHop, and iFlatulate.

Garbage In / Garbage Out. It's as simple as that.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.