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Comment: Re:Umm no. (Score 2) 248

by deathguppie (#45866803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

My house was robbed a few years back. We had an active alarm. The thieves were in and out while the alarm was still going, in the morning in broad daylight. They don't really care about alarms, because they, know they can be gone before anyone can respond.

After that I put cameras up. I put them in inside corners facing out of the porches where they can't be walked around, and in other places they can't be reached. This has worked as much more of a deterrent, due (I believe) to the fact that no one wants to be ID'ed while committing a crime. Since a lot of these people are recurring criminals, if you have a good image, your local cops may actually know who they are.

As for what system to use. I've used Zoneminder with IP cameras, and a couple HD USB cameras with powered remote hubs. The IP cameras (foscam) are the most unreliable of the bunch, simply because they tend to cut out when recording an event. You'll get the beginning and the middle, sometimes the end.. but never a full motion event. I've talked to other people and they say the same about a lot of IP cameras. The USB option is great, but there is a limit to the lenght of the USB cable that can be used even powered.

Comment: Re:Because they're EXPENSIVE (Score 1) 810

by deathguppie (#45501075) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

I wouldn't(haven't) recommend buying an ev. However, the Nissan Leaf in my area (Seattle) can be leased for $200/m with $2000 down. This is a great lease price for a car that you don't wan't to own due to battery degredation, and many people here have taken advantage of that.

Comment: Re:money? (Score 1) 810

by deathguppie (#45498369) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?
also, large cheap bars of gold will sell equally well. Yes, the universe is full of free energy, that doesn't mean that harnessing it to "your" needs is going to be cheap. We live fat and happy off all the work the dinosaurs(mostly plants but I digress) put into creating energy, but never take into account that they used only a small portion of the energy available to us in the solar system. The question is not how to make cheap electric cars but how to make cheap electricity, because then even the creation of the cars becomes more economical.

Comment: Re:Totally understandable! (Score 2) 154

by deathguppie (#45498321) Attached to: John Carmack Leaves id Software
I agree 100%. This is one of those moments that anyone who's read any amount of scifi knows what is to come, and all the business suits out there in the PC/gaming world don't have a clue. Occulus is not just about gaming. It will transform the world of computing as we know it. Sure there will be lots of people who prefer, or for reason of their distinct needs will not want to use it. But for the most part it will be the most disruptive technology of the next five years opening up huge paradigms of tech in ways that we are barely able to imagine now. Personally, I read "Snow crash" way to late and could easily see how the author missed on so many things, but the basis of it, that was completely on par, and we are about to see it happen now.

Comment: Re: That's what votes are for (Score 2) 356

You know in some countries (like Canada) it is actually illegal to knowingly lie in a news broadcast. Opinion should be stated as such. US media has no problems with outright lying to the public. Media and corporate interests are not necessarily in the public interest but they often have far more say.

Comment: Re: just donate (Score 1) 356

Just a thought, but would it really make a difference? I mean corporations pay to have their points of view publicized over any one else's. Since swaying public opinion is how it all works to begin with wouldn't they just advertise their point of view anyway and sway elections even without donating.

Comment: Re:LMMS or Qtractor or Traverso and JACK (Score 1) 223

by deathguppie (#45256217) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

I'm responding to this, because I agree that LMMS is a great program. A little awkward to use sometimes but still cool. I would also like to mention to the Ardour doubters out there that using the Calf plugins makes Ardour a whole new piece of software http://calf.sourceforge.net/ .

Comment: Re:Overall right but unlikely to happen (Score 1) 410

by deathguppie (#45116289) Attached to: Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

People, keep asking why they would want a Steam box. I think you hit the nail on the head. Preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to run games. I go over to peoples houses and watch them boot their computer for 10-20 minutes into Windows just to play a game. It's obvious they don't know how to build or maintain their systems. I have been using Linux as my main desktop since about 97. Admittedly early on it was because I was a tech junkie, but I really don't work on my systems very often. My wife even switched to Linux this last year, and the amount of maintenance headaches I've had since then have dropped ten fold. I know there are people who have had nightmare issues with Linux, and I know people who have had none. I also know people that can't keep a Windows computer running properly for more than a few days, and even more that think it's normal to wait 3 to 5 minutes for an app to start.

But excuse the rant. I think the point is that if Valve is going to sell a steam Box, that you could dual boot with windows if you want(or not), or install other applications to use it as a desktop(or not). That will just work day in day out, without the fuss of windows. People will buy it.

Comment: Re:I still don't understand... (Score 1) 187

by deathguppie (#45044551) Attached to: Steam Machine Prototypes Use Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GPUs

I believe Valve is consciously creating their own environment here. Much like Xbox, and PlayStation, they want to be able to offer you an end to end experience, where the software and hardware are tuned for performance. This may mean that Steam OS will give up some features as a generic linux OS to gain performance for gaming. In the case of the Steam Machine, this will more than likely mean that the hardware will have specially tuned drivers pushing it.

So think of taking your Windows machine, and passing it to to a team of experts who would then strip the OS down, rebuild it, and tune it specifically for the hardware you have installed, so that it runs games at max performance. In this case your best Windows 8 machine may not perform as well as a mid level (hardware) Steam Machine.

Comment: Re:"miniscule" (Score 5, Informative) 190

by deathguppie (#44753941) Attached to: Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

The "king post" is what keeps the bow sprit from moving aft when pressure from the sail is added to it. The only reason for adding weight to it in this situation is if the bow happened to be rising to quickly. The rules imply that any wing shape added to the keel/centerboard must stay in the same angle/plane for the duration of the race. Designers skipped this rule by creating a moveable lifting plane on the bow of the boat. Tilting this plane lifts the boat up off of the water. However, this is a balancing act. It takes a lot of skill and design compitence to create and run one of these rigs. The NZ team was the first to figure out the cheat, and everyone else has been playing catch up. Team Oracles boat designed by Paul Burke, was not designed with the lifting planes originally intended. In this case some of the team members took it upon themselves to level the feild by adding weight to keep the bows from popping up to quickly and losing control of when they would and would not plane on the hydrofoils. It is a bit picky, but those people involved knew well what they were doing and went through lengths to cover it up. If they had just put a hunk of lead up there, judges would probably just have said "hey you can't do that".. but instead it was found buried purposely put there. That is pretty much willfull defiance of the rules. I'm an american shipwright from the northwest where these boats are built, so I'm definately on the US side.. but I see the significance of the decision, both ways.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 4, Informative) 190

by deathguppie (#44753883) Attached to: Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

The America's cup is watched by millions. Team costs per syndicate are in the hundreds of millions making Indie racing or formula 1 a joke in comparison. What's more it is the least regulated form of racing (current situation not incumbering) of all the professional racing sports. 30 years ago they were racing mono-hull sailboats pounding through small waves. Now they are racing multihulls that litterally lift off the water on wings going faster than the traffic on the golden gate bridge and almost leaving the speed boats that trail them in the dust.
From my personal experience sailing a boat over 25knts the splashes start to feel like pebbles and then rocks hitting you.. the intensity of having a vehicle of that size moving at that speed is akin to taking Caterpillar 797 through a downhill from Pikes peak. It's amazing and a great sport at any level.

Comment: Re:KDE a "leading technology"? Surely not. (Score 4, Informative) 59

by deathguppie (#44742879) Attached to: Kubuntu Announces Commercial Support

I still remember when kde2 came out. There was all this talk about everything as a file, like plan9, but in a user oriented fashion. KDE4 did away with all that, but kept the idea of user functionality. If for you functionality is having a button in a specific place, or having settings preordained and hidden, then KDE is not for you. KDE allows for some amazing things, like workspaces. (I gaurantee that this concept will be picked up eventually by the major players as something they came up with)
KDE has in most cases at least two ways do do everything, if you can't find it in one place it's in another. This is a pain to some people, but to someone trying to figure out the system, it means that they have at leas two chances to figue it out before they go to the forums.
KDE is by far the most configuable DE bar none. Where other systems have hacks to change things KDE gives it to you on a platter. There is almost nothing that you cannot change to suit your needs.

While I understand the desire to have a simple desktop setup, any power user who has had more that a couple months with KDE will tell you, there is hardly any DE that can stand up to it for useability.

Comment: Re:Hey (Score 2) 535

by deathguppie (#44706059) Attached to: Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

Actually atheists don't (by their very nature) worry about the afterlife. That's like saying dog's are worried about books, because they don't read them.
Many atheists these days are more vocal because of the growing attacks on science. If people want to believe that we can be healed from the sin of an ancient relative (who was talked into eating an apple by a talking snake), by a human sacrifice, where god had his own son (who is himself) killed. That's fine. Just stop trying to force it on everyone else.

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