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Comment: Re:Things (Score 2) 191

by drgould (#47744775) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Electronics? Really? Those are just things. They can be replaced.

There's electronics and there's electronics.

Sure you don't care about your computer, TV, DVD player, etc, etc, but you might want to add a crank/solar AM/FM radio, flashlight, spare cell phone and maybe even a battery-operated TV to your stash.

Extra points for a CB or Ham radio.

Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 1) 191

by drgould (#47744719) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Depends on whether your flashlights are compatible with lithiums. For example, they will cook a maglight with incandescent bulbs. The bulbs burn out within 10 minutes.

You're thinking of Lithium-Ion batteries which are nominally 3.6V.

Energizer Lithium batteries are 1.5V and are compatible with most electronics that take AA or AAA Alkaline batteries.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by drgould (#47452743) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

this kind of ruling encourages multinationals to never set up business in the USA.

I'm not sure it's quite that bad.

IANAL, but I can imagine a foreign corporation setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the USA.

Of course US operations would be subject to legal warrants and subpoenas, but all foreign operations should be outside the reach of US legal authority.

If a warrant is served for data from the foreign operations... sorry, the US subsidiary doesn't have access to it. It doesn't matter how many people they throw in jail for contempt.

But what do I know.

Comment: Is "robonaut" the best choice? (Score 1) 63

by drgould (#45388021) Attached to: NASA's Robonaut Gets Its Legs; Could a Moonwalk Be In Its Future?

That is, if you're going to send a remotely guided robot to the moon, is a bipedal walker the best choice?

As opposed to a conventional wheeled or even a quadrupedal rover.

I assume a bipedal walker is going to need sophisticated stability control (computational and mechanical) for every step it takes over rough terrain that a simple wheeled vehicle can just roll over.

Comment: Re:Get them a used Wii (Score 1) 165

by drgould (#44286605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

Does it have built in storage? If so, how much?

No, but it does have one USB port so you can plug in a USB harddrive or thumbdrive. I understand that some people have connected up to 1TB drives to their S3100.

I have the BDP-S390, which is the previous model, and usually copy videos to a thumbdrive for viewing.

It's also DLNA compatible so you can use any DLNA server on your network to stream pictures, music or videos. Sony has a free DLNA server called HomeStream, which is based on the popular Serviio DLNA server.

One problem is that Sony players are not compatible with all combinations of video file and codec formats. Most of my videos play fine on my S390, a few don't. I don't care enough to figure out why.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.

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