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Comment: Re:"Patent Holder"?! (Score 1) 178

by UttBuggly (#44039807) Attached to: TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

Ditto. I own 3 TiVos, 2 with CableCards and one doing OTA. Used and/or built all sorts of crap...TiVo wins, period.

The IOS app is very good; love being able to manage recording on the road. Have the Desktop Plus software and gotten good use with it.

My home theatre setup is quite good and flexible; TiVos make it work well. 6 tuners? Sounds like my Series 3 HD is heading to retirement/backup status!

Comment: Re:Oh the humanity! (Score 1) 139

Due to a misunderstanding with European contractors, Oklahoma City's new data centre was only designed to handle very light breezes of up to 310 meters per hour (m/h), and collapsed moments after construction was completed. When asked how they could confuse "MPH" with "m/h", the response was "wast ist eine 'mile'?". Full story at 11...

Well besides the 'super' Data Center, Devon built a 900+ high glass tower in downtown OKC. The building took a near miss last night.

The funny thing about the Tower is that when driving in from the airport, it looks like downtown is giving you the finger. This thing dominates the skyline and also engineered to deal with tornadoes. Almost got a pop quiz Friday night. I wonder how much damage the acres of glass the thing is covered with would do if it were hit. "The building is still standing although everything in a mile radius did an impromptu episode of 'Will It Blend?'"

Comment: Re: This solves ? (Score 1) 558

by UttBuggly (#43868867) Attached to: 'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

It in fact, solves nothing, IMO.

For the record, I grew up using guns, I'm a Viet Nam vet, a retired MMA instructor, and a decent-to-great shot with a variety of guns.

I currently own exactly zero guns. I'm neither pro or con on gun control.

Technology, legislation, background checks, drones, arming (or disarming) Grandma - completely pointless.

The elephant in the room is that the basic human contract is screwed the hell up. We just don't treat each other very well, period. If every handgun on Earth magically disappeared overnight, we'd just switch to butcher knives, baseball bats, or bazookas by lunch time. We have 'The Emperor's New Clothes' on REPEAT on the Human Race TiVo; 2nd Amendment, dead children, media overload, NRA, etc. because we can't find that little kid to shout "Hey, the fat guy is buck naked!"

Just an observation, kids. Flame and/or ridicule; dealer's choice.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 4, Interesting) 710

Decline? It's shit like this that gets me into theatres. Before Avatar came out, I hadn't seen a movie in a theatre in a decade. Since Avatar came out, I saw it, Up and Star Trek, all 3 in 3d, and two of three in IMAX. If you're not showing off top of the line equipment, I'll just watch it at home.

If my local theatre can display The Hobbit in 48FPS, I will attend. If they do not, I will not. Simple as that.

Amen. I have better sound, video, and a pause button at home. Plus, the local metroplex wasn't keen about my showing up in jammies and slippers.

However, they do have a brand new IMAX theatre, so films like The Dark Knight Rises will get me there. The other draw is an adults-over-21 area with 2 screens that serve food and liquor. The food and drink are overpriced and mostly lousy BUT no teenagers with cell phones and nicer seating is terrific. Without one or the either....technology I don't have at home (yet)...or a dumbass free environment, I'm keeping my butt and dollars at home.

I will check out one or two films shot at 48fps, especially if one is The Hobbit, and see what I think. My local theatre is very good at the latest gear upgrades and I expect they'll go with the 24-48fps costs if it's at all feasible.

Comment: Re:Am i just too stupid to understand kickstarter? (Score 3, Interesting) 158

I don't understand kick starter. If you fund a project you don't get any shares and don't get to share in the profit, and if the person leading the project blows all the dough on ale and wenches you can't interject any authority right?

Sounds like its for suckers sorry. Why not find a bright young person and partner with them to try and get something great done? Is it just because kick starter is easier to fire and forget some cash on?

I have coughed up $$ to 4 different projects on Kickstarter and don't regret any. One of them is the TouchFire flexible iPad keyboard. I thought it was kind of neat and since I own an iPad2 and an Apple KB, it appealed to me personally.

Another project involves some local folks in my area, so again, I had a personal interest. A side note is that a brief talk with the project director led to me getting directly involved. I'm jazzed, they're pleased, and it was unlikely to have happened without the Kickstarter catalyst.

So from my POV, this is a great idea!

Comment: Re:4K on the way (Score 1) 324

Yes, 4K television is under development. ("4K" is roughly equivalent to 4 times the resolution of 1080p, for those not familiar with the term.) I would not recommend waiting for 4K for several reasons. First, people are fine with watching DVDs (which are standard definition) on their HDTVs right now, and don't even bother getting the Blu-ray version of a movie (which is high definition). They tend to sit too far from the screen for its size, which means that they can't see the added detail anyway. They're not going to sit twice as close (or get a set twice as large) in order to get the extra detail that 4K offers. And we're probably at least 10 years away -- if that -- from having a distribution system (broadcast and physical media) that can get the image to your set in the first place. So I'm not going to postpone my purchase just for 4K technology.

Alfred Poor

HDTV Almanac

Alfred,

Regarding passive versus active shutter 3D glasses, can you comment on screen brightness and supplied resolution?

I've read that passive is "bad" because the viewer is getting "half" of the 1080P due to the alternate polarization whereas active shutter setups are "good" because both eyes "see" 1080P.

In addition, one of the overall complaints of 2D versus 3D is the reduction in brightness for 3D movies. (Ebert carps on this all the time in his reviews and rarely recommends seeing a film in 3D) Is this really an issue with 3D televisions where I have control of brightness and contrast and 3D settings (depth, etc.)???

Thanks!

(currently debating 2012 models of Samsung and Panasonic 65 inch 3D plasma sets for purchase soon, btw)

Comment: Re:It's not dead, it's fun! (Score 1) 405

by UttBuggly (#38466146) Attached to: Is Overclocking Over?

For me, It's fun and I could care less what some dude did with liquid nitrogen.

First computer, I just used Asus Overclock and felt I got more for my money.
Second computer, I started fiddling with manual settings.
Third computer I pushed it until I couldn't get rid of the heat with air cooling.
Fourth and current computer, water cooled and running awesome (6 cores at 4.3 GHz).

Each time I felt the progress, it's like leveling your character, but the character is you, and the game is real life!

My history of chasing the clock is much like yours, although my first effort was taking a Pentium 90Mhz CPU up to...wait for it...100Mhz! Some time later, jacked an AMD K6 from 350 to 450.

Since then, I've tweaked every box I've built some amount, but nothing newsworthy by any stretch.

Currently, have a Core Duo CPU at 2.5Ghz that I've gotten to 3.2Ghz on air. Have a relatively new MSI 560Ti GPU that I created a profile for when I run the Tribes Vengeance beta that jacks the card up a good bit and requires the dual fans to be at 75% to keep a 60C ceiling. My full size ATX case has 7 fans, so it's cool...and loud as hell. I don't care; the CPU never exceeds 40C under load and the GPU is as I mention above.

My reasons for overclocking are entirely practical; I don't want to build another box right now but have SC2, COD MW3, and the aforementioned Tribes title that run more smoothly with the increased clocks than the defaults. So I'm not trying to prove anything...I'm just frugal.

Comment: Executive toy #666 (Score 2) 120

by UttBuggly (#36626384) Attached to: Cisco's Tablet Act Like a Desktop

Got to see of these very recently. The execs at my company are always wanting the latest and greatest and we are a Cisco shop with a slew of 79XX IP phones.

We finally went with the Cisco/Tandberg TelePresence EX desktop units. 24 inch monitor that replaces the desktop monitor, integrated video conferencing, and a cool little "mini-me" control pad/handset peripheral.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps7060/ps11303/ps11308/ps11327/images/data_sheet_c78-627494-1.jpg

Hardly portable, and no computing power, but every one of the big office folks has an iPad2 with WebEx, Facetime, etc. on it, so they're happy.

We got Citrix to work very well for application needs that don't run native on iOS, have centralized management of the iDevices in house, so the Cisco tablet made no sense whatsoever.

Still, I imagine some shops will slurp some Cisco Kool-Aid and snap these puppies up. RTFA, Cisco IS hedging their bets with iOS and Android apps for collaboration.

Comment: Model rocket Stinger (Score 3, Funny) 310

by UttBuggly (#36452036) Attached to: Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

Watching the video, and the homemade RPG reminded me of a SAM my cousins and I built as kids.

1) An Estes model rocket...a WAC Corporal...with a B8-4 motor.
2) A shipping tube with a launch rod glued to the bottom cap.
3) Copper strips glued/screwed to bottom cap with wires running outside to a Burgess B battery and momentary switch from Radio Shack.

You slid the rocket down the tube on the launch rod with the nichrome igniter wires touching the copper strips. Aim, press the switch, and whoosh....a balsa and cardboard Stinger.

We didn't have the C4 and blasting caps for the warhead portion (thankfully), but we could aim and fire a $4 rocket.

The nosecone was to be built from C4 with a blasting cap on the nose and underneath. If you missed a direct impact, the ejection charge from the motor would slam a washer into the underneath blasting cap and still detonate the missile. At least that was our thinking.

Again, we never had anything that actually exploded, but something like this would probably work against low-flying helicopters. A C or D motor would give more range, etc.

Yes, we had way too much time on our hands. One of our test flights did cause 3 casualties...to a neighbor's chickens. A fin came off on launch and the rocket arced into the neighbor's chicken yard at feeding time. The rocket didn't hit the massed birds but 3 apparently died from fright. We paid for the dead birds from allowances and odd jobs.

Years later, in the Air Force, I was assigned to the USAF Rocket Propulsion Lab at Edwards AFB. I managed not to kill or blow up anything there.

Comment: Re:We've been here (Score 3, Insightful) 384

by UttBuggly (#36327836) Attached to: Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

Shocking, the same third party issues that caused MS so many headaches for so many years also applies to phones. The difference is people can tolerate some complexity on their desktop. Apple figured out the vertical integration thing when it came to phones. People don't want a PC in their hand, they want a well-running appliance. The failure to grasp that will be Android's undoing.

Yes, I have an iPhone but I don't feel I'm a fan of Apple nor a critic of Motorola, Android, and all things NOT made by Apple.

What I do insist on is technology that works, out of the box, without RTFM.

I've been in IT 34 years, and in fact retired TODAY (takes a bow) and that has become my litmus test for tech. I was a senior IT manager, primarily networks, for a 20+ billion dollar company and the last thing I had time to dink with was my freakin' phone. That's the primary reason I chose an iPhone.

I don't think Android is going to fail...just too much inertia...but they may not do as well as they envisioned until they get some coherency in their OS and application development. Their blessing is indeed their curse.

Comment: PokerStars - still in business, apparently (Score 2) 379

by UttBuggly (#35835322) Attached to: DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains

I am a fairly skilled poker player (have a positive bankroll) and play on PStars and Full Tilt, and have for years.

At least at this moment, MY accounts are still live and my money is still there. Didn't try to withdraw any, so that may be the litmus test.

But, I can still buy into a cash game or tourney, so I not sure what the DOJ has done that is having any actual effect on the sites doing business as usual.

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