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Comment: Re:Now if I could just type... (Score 1) 165

by drumlight (#48862335) Attached to: Your Entire PC In a Mouse
I assume the whole point is that it is easy to move the brains around with you. A MHL cable instead of HDMI would provide power along with a more flexible cable. Putting the brains and the input interface to a touch based OS in an easily portable devices could be a much more flexible solution than the Chromecast and its ilk.

Comment: Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (Score 1) 100

I've built a a handful web servers hosting live HLS streams for PEG and hospitality customers and RAM disks are a very simple solution that works great for me. It doesn't take much memory to store just ~30 seconds of a hundred different streams, the encoders can use webdav to push the streams onto the server and Nginx (but probably almost any other webserver) can easily serve 10's of Gbps on the cheapest of the E3 Xeons.

I can't think of a cheaper and easier solution than a RAM disk for this particular application.

I'm trying to do a similar thing on the RPi to build a CCTV system. Live streams straight from RAM but to then use the hardware calculated motion vectors to trigger recording onto an SD card. Unfortunately I'm currently stuck trying to find a tool that can perform the HLS packaging of the segmented elementary streams the RPi camera can produce.

Comment: Re:Inspections? (Score 2) 169

by drumlight (#48415267) Attached to: City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber
England had yearly safety inspections (the MOT) but in Ontario they do not exist and a safety test is only required when the vehicle registration is transferred i.e. when ever a second hand car is sold to a new owner. I don't think the safety check is required when transferring the ownership to a family member but I wouldn't swear to that.
I've been utterly shocked at the state of many cars on the road here with no sills left and nothing but rust in other structurally essential parts of the car. I think the OPP can stop cars that they deem unsafe but there certainly is no annual safety inspection and the only required test is a bi-annual emissions check.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 329

by drumlight (#43628139) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?
Yeah my experience with Futureshops warranty coverage sucked and our camera was actually replaced/reapaired twice without too much complaint. The second time is why I'd never recomend extended warranty coverage. It refused to turn on one day and it would have been outside the manufacturer's warranty. We took it into future shop and they agreed to send it out for repair, it was all handled without too much difficulty. However it was more than 3 bloody months later before we saw our camera again.
Is the failed device something you actually use? Do you want to go/ can you live without it for 3 months?
Save the cost of the extended warranty and just buy a better/newer replacement for immediate use on the extremely rare occasions where the warranties might actuallly be used.
I didn't purchase the warranty above myself and in fact I've only ever bought one which I was delighted with (even if I never use it). From a repair/refurbishment center for Sony they offered a 5 year extended warranty on my PS3, the $50 extended warranty also included 3 brand new games (from a choice of around 50, I took Drake3 and GoW3 plus something else) and a second brand new controller.
Most extended warranties suck and are just a very nice extra profit for the store, the only time I've ever personally seen one used the experience was so slow I would much rather not have had the warranty at all, I felt obliged to make use of it when it would have been better to just replace the device.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 x64 with XP Mode (Score 1) 313

by drumlight (#41975397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

This was briefly mentioned earlier, but I wanted to state clearly and concisely:

Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate all include licensing for Windows XP Mode, a 32-bit virtualized instance of Windows XP SP3. It is an additional download (actually a couple downloads), but it is free. I use it every day at work (on my 64-bit Win7 machine) to run a 16-bit app that was written in 1992, while I wait for that app's replacement to be written. It works perfectly, in fact much better than VirtualBox did for the same use case (there was laggy/odd redrawing issues with VirtualBox, no matter how many resources I allocated to the virtual machine).

I use XP mode almost daily but find VMware player to be much faster and a more pleaseant experience. I forget the exact steps but it was pretty simple to use the free XP mode download with VMware instead of the default in Win7.

Comment: Re:Submariner experience? (Score 1) 64

by drumlight (#41753443) Attached to: NASA Engineers Building Mockup of Deep Space Station
Here is a tellephone call with Astronaut Scott Carpenter speaking to President Johnson from the helium atmosphere in the 1963 Sealab II project. The President's operator is very suspicous of Scott's voice and they have some trouble getting connected to the President.

Comment: Re:Umm (Score 1) 510

by drumlight (#41676181) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
I was quiet impressed with the fact both headlight bulbs in my Hyundai died in the same week after ~13 years of use. If the lifetime were anymore consistent I might have been stuck in the dark without replacements; as it was I had the second replacement close at hand when I needed it. I admit this is not very relevant to the topic at hand but horrah for chaos and randomness.

Information is the inverse of entropy.