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Comment: Re:what is sacred? (Score 1) 275

by Xolotl (#49602397) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

The issue is that all of those places are somewhere something else happened or is. The summit of Mauna Kea is a barren desert, with no relics and very little (if any) wildlife, for the same reason that makes it so attractive for astronomy (high altitude and very low humidity or rainfall). The natural and ancient sites (including a quarry, clearly mining was ok) are lower down and protected by reserves.

FlyHelicopters makes a good point, too ...

Comment: Re:I don't get why the government is involved at a (Score 2, Informative) 293

by Xolotl (#49502125) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
The governenet cares because they sell spectrum allocations, and can re-sell the ones taken back from analog. Furthermore because the digital broadcasts use less bandwidth per station and are less susceptible to crosstalk they can sell more of them per Mhz of spectrum.

Comment: Re:ut bright lights keep me awake. (Score 1) 261

by Xolotl (#49125873) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

redshift-gtk on Linux and f.lux on Windows (although nowadays there is an f.lux version for Linux, but I'm used to redshift). Both use geolocation/entered geographical coordinates to match the changing color balance to your local day night cycle, and have adjustable day and night color temperature. Both work very well and considerably reduce eyestrain when working at night, and are set-up once and forget. I recommend them to everyone who spends hours in front of a screen.

(for Android I have Screen Filter, it doesn't do the reddening but it does darken the screen beyond what the usual bright control can do.)

Comment: Which Foscam? (Score 4, Informative) 263

Saying "they tried a Foscam but the quality was too poor" is like saying "they tried food but didn't like it". Which one? Foscam make dozens of models up to at least 960p (I haven't checked their range recently), I find it hard to believe they won't work for this (or at least any worse than the other manufacturers' cameras).

Comment: Re:Oops (Score 2) 211

by Xolotl (#48891931) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
I suppose you've only got the word of a Slashdot contributor, but I personally experienced one like this twice (at two locations), the only difference being the server wasn't being unplugged, but a high-current device was being mistakenly plugged into the same circuit and tripping a surge protector. In was case it was indeed after hours and it was indeed a floor buffer (the server was SUN Sparc). (The other case was much earlier and involved a kettle in the room next door and incorrect wiring.)

Comment: Re:What can I really do with these things? (Score 1) 81

by Xolotl (#48712431) Attached to: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs
Nice projects! I also have 3 Pis, though only one is currently in use, as a RaspBMC media center. Works great, 1080p is indeed perfectly smooth. I've found the interface improves a lot if you use the fastest SD card you can, say a 30MB/s SanDisk Ultra or something similar (it pays to test the cards, not all "Class 10" are created equal it seems. Disappointingly mine wa slabelled 48MB/s, but tests at a bit over 30).

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.