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+ - media center software with gaming possibilities

Submitted by charlener
charlener (837709) writes "There are all these media centers — and software packages — out there to create a computer-based media center environment. Other than dedicated game consoles like the Wii, though, what kind of support do these packages have for emulators? I could envision a HTPC with wireless controls and NES games in addition to streaming Hulu or my music, but it would make sense to roll all the "entertainment" options into one interface."

Comment: Re:Convert everything you have quick (Score 2, Interesting) 203

by charlener (#30533966) Attached to: Amazon Kindle Proprietary Format Broken

I don't know if it's that this took a year+ to break or if it's just that no one actually sat down to try it until a year or so. I'm not sure how great the overlap of e-book users and coding types is compared to, say, dvd viewers or itunes users and coders. Also could take a guess based on torrent activities - presumably there are lots more torrents of movies, tv series, music, etc. than e-books.

Comment: Re:Hashing Works (Score 1) 1007

by charlener (#30056366) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Definitely the way to go - using l33t substitutes in some pattern you've decided also tends to very easily give you the non-alpha uc/lc numeric requirements of most passwords.

Though this doesn't help for when you have reset policies - as you'd have to remember to change all the passwords at once so you don't get horribly confused.

I'm assuming people are using bugmenot/mailinator for non-personally-necessary logins. The only unique accounts and passwords for me are ones for work/school or loans/banking. For online purchases I'd rather not set up an account as it's just one more place that has my stored financial information...

Comment: Re:How can that be? (Score 1) 978

by charlener (#30030514) Attached to: Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

I find that cycling keeps me much more occupied than jogging etc. while still being useful and exercise-y. First, I'm moving pretty fast and seeing new scenery (and cars that I need to watch out for) which helps keep my mind occupied, and second, I can justify it as something with purpose (visiting a friend, getting groceries, etc.). I used to jog up to the bank/drug store about a mile away, but it was too annoying to carry anything but the most lightweight stuff home jogging.

Comment: Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (Score 3, Insightful) 978

by charlener (#30030328) Attached to: Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Those people are also the ones that are intimidating to those who aren't ripped. I wish there were periods of time like for beginners at gyms...or some such. Swimming is another good option, but for those who are embarrassed to be seen in a suit...

Course, this may be more of a girl thing.

Television

+ - Building an internet-based home media system

Submitted by
charlener
charlener writes "I've been in Mongolia for over two years and video playback through computers in general has changed quite a bit (what's Hulu and Boxee? MythTV? 1080p?). Since a la carte cable seems unrealistic, what kinds of tips do readers have on building up a media center system from the ground up? What should I look for in terms of hardware, and what software makes sense? Can I somehow get random stations like Al Jazeera English and National Geographic programs on such systems?"
Robotics

+ - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/science/26robot.

Submitted by
charlener
charlener writes "Robots are apparently at a "'cockroach' stage of machine intelligence" as they begin to be able to successfully navigate unfamiliar surroundings and are only one degree removed from killing on their own.

Interestingly this was a closed-door meeting, but, you know, what about the future of rogue robot/AI, even if something like Asimov's Three Laws are adopted?"
Transportation

Computers Key To Air France Crash 911

Posted by kdawson
from the who-or-what-do-you-trust dept.
Michael_Curator writes "It's no secret that commercial airplanes are heavily computerized, but as the mystery of Air France Flight 447 unfolds, we need to come to grips with the fact that in many cases, airline pilots' hands are tied when it comes to responding effectively to an emergency situation. Boeing planes allow pilots to take over from computers during emergency situations, Airbus planes do not. It's not a design flaw — it's a philosophical divide. It's essentially a question of what do you trust most: a human being's ingenuity or a computer's infinitely faster access and reaction to information. It's not surprising that an American company errs on the side of individual freedom while a European company is more inclined to favor an approach that relies on systems. As passengers, we should have the right to ask whether we're putting our lives in the hands of a computer rather than the battle-tested pilot sitting up front, and we should have right to deplane if we don't like the answer."

Comment: Re:And.... (Score 1) 1124

by charlener (#27754673) Attached to: Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

I, personally, don't believe health care is a right - it's something you need to earn. And if you don't earn it, then you shouldn't have it.

What criteria are you thinking about re: earning? Being employed? Being healthy? Being educated? Having money to pay for it?

Because now, as it stands, you generally have to have some combination of the above - a decent non-manual labor or service job and possibly the education to get it, or roll your own insurance plan where you have to pay - a quick check on an insurance quote site says a family plan for four with no smoking history is 300-600 USD a month.

When you get down to it, I think people who work "earn" their right to health care. And right now we're violating their rights.

Comment: How would you set up Okular on Windows?? (Score 1) 198

by charlener (#26704823) Attached to: FSFE Launches Free PDF Readers Campaign

While the .org site is nice and enticing, the footnote re: "May need add'l software" plus Okular's site being less than transparent about how to actually go about using it on Windows is a major barrier for, well, just about anyone who's non-techincal. Does anyone know of instructions somewhere re: how to set it up with Windows?

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