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Comment: A local place has them near me (Score 1, Insightful) 75

by garnkelflax (#43326355) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Goes On Sale In US, Sells Out
The Model B is available at MCM Electronics and they have the cases, pi/case combos, Gerboard, Pi-Face, Humble-Pi, Slice of Pi, Arduino goodies, screens, user interface stuff etc.... . 99.9% of their business is mail order but their massive warehouse is a short drive for me. Anytime I need electronics components I just call them up and go pick up my stuff at the little window behind the warehouse.
Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment: My Experience (Score 1) 687

by garnkelflax (#43232671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
I released games and applications for the Amiga in the early 90's and it helped me pay for college. One game even got on a cover disk. I think it is as true now as it was then. The games I released that had no limitiations made some money. The only thing I had to bug users was in the readme and it stated that if they liked the game they could send me whatever they thought it was worth. Sometimes I'd get 5 bucks, sometimes it would be 20. The only game I didn't make squat on had the last third of it locked down and would only work if paid for and registered. I only sold two copies of it and it was my best game.

The other thing that was cool was the letters I would get for the games and apps from countries outside the US. People would go to the trouble of converting local currency to US bills, write a letter that was obviously composed by using a 'some language' to English dictionary and tell me about how their kid or wife or husband had been playing the game all days and nights so money for you should have to make better life.

I'm sure tens of thousands of people played the games or used the apps. Hundreds paid for the 'pay whatever you want' software. If I were to go back I would have had more to offer on all of it and approached it as additional features instead of punitive.

Comment: Multiple IPs and Ports (Score 1) 582

by garnkelflax (#39170949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?
I run into this with clients occasionally. I don't do onsite development work unless I am able to bring my own dev laptop and screens and other equipment including a hardware firewall between their network and my machine. And I don't use their email servers. I've been fortunate that it hasn't been rejected so far. Some clients only allow http/https access going out. I set up my dedicated server with multiple IP addresses for ports 80 and 443 that reroutes for pop/smtp, terminal services, etc... I ask the client first and show them my routing setup. Usually their policies are in place for non IT people and they just don't have different network policies for various departments.

Comment: Telescope View / Image Capture / Video Creation (Score 1) 258

by garnkelflax (#37724558) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Old Webcams?
I removed the lens from my old one and made a mount so I could insert the board into a cut down sink drain pipe. I use it in my telescope so while I'm controlling it from the laptop I can also see what the telescope is pointed to on the screen. No more having to look through the eyepiece. With some experimentation on focal lengths you can get the raw CCD bathed in outer space goodness, and running Stellarium at the same time is a plus. The Lunary Planetary Imager for this scope is about $100 USD and doesn't work as well.

I have some great videos of the moon and really good captures of Saturn and Jupiter. Now if I could just get my neighbors to agree that they don't need 6 lights on during the night. I treasure trips to the NorthWest. I have eagle vision and can see the rings of Saturn with the naked eye if they aren't straight on. By see, I mean I can detect they are there, but only in the deep desert or in the NorthWest.

I know this accounts for only 1, but it is a start.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Revealed 288

Posted by Soulskill
from the restocking-bubblegum dept.
stupid_is writes with news that Duke Nukem Forever has now gotten a firm US release date: May 3rd. It will release worldwide three days later. The game was resurrected last fall by Gearbox Software and 2K Games after 3D Realms' 12-year attempt at development came to an end in 2009 when the company closed its doors.

Comment: Re:I would discharge at the first opportunity (Score 1) 828

by garnkelflax (#34607344) Attached to: Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

You must never have served. There have always been gays in the service, usually left alone if they do their jobs.

Agreed. At least that was my experience. I've served with gays/lesbians in peace time and in war in a combat zone. But I've served with people that had other alternate thoughts of the world not relating to gender that also got them ousted. Like this guy that looked at his military career as a soapbox to preach on the flightline, or this other dude that thought it would be a great way to introduce people to the kkk, or this other lady that was so into Amway that she was always trying to sell on the job and couldn't get any work done. We had a guy that refused to take showers that was tossed. We had servicemen and women discharged for extra-marital affairs. If you are profoundly for heterosexuality, homosexuality, forcing your religion, or the kkk, or the black panthers or whatever I don't give a crap and I think most service members don't either. I don't want to know, I just want you to do your job. But if you want to take an unprofessional stance of letting it affect your profession and others it crosses the line.

We were weapons people on the flight line and attached for close combat support. Granted we didn't catch the hell that ground troops do. We only got missile and rocket attacks, a few suitcase bombs etc..., and we didn't lose a lot of people. I actually liked the concept of DADT in the spirit of the name but implementation was silly, and it wasn't really necessary. I think it should be an unwritten rule. Don't ask and don't tell about anything. For all I know someone could be seriously into monkey porn. Enjoy your monkeys but don't bring monkey pictures to share with the rest of your unit. Mind your own business and don't let your business affect others. There are already rules in the UCMJ covering political expression, performance, and behavior while in uniform. There are rules about public displays of affection. I never held my wife's hand or kissed her in public while in uniform because we were ordered not to. When you raise your hand and take the oath you are military property. At least that is how I understood it. You don't go to political causes in uniform, there are strict fraternization rules, and you do your job.

We had gays and lesbians going to ball games and social events and nobody really cared. They were good troops and most held up well in wartime just like most others held up well. When it became an issue it was because it affected work or affected living arrangements for other soldiers. Just like the preacher/kkk/amway/blahblahblah issues did. We did have some issues where communal facilities (like showers) were involved and some issues with dorm roommates. In the shower incident it was a guy looking at another dude's package and he got excited and made a physical advance with touching involved. In the dorm room incident it was a guy stroking his puppet while standing naked near his sleeping roommate. In my mind that is a sex crime and they would be ousted anyway. To me the shower thing is the rough one and is difficult to manage simply because of resource allocation. If some other guy is getting wood while winking and staring at your goodies that is a wee bit uncomfortable. Avert your eyes guys!

Hardware Hacking

Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the frugal-cutting dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."
Image

Man Takes Up Internal Farming 136

Posted by samzenpus
from the cardiovascular-farming dept.
RockDoctor writes "'A Massachusetts man who was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung came home with an unusual diagnosis: a pea plant was growing in his lung.' Just that summary should tell you enough to work out most of the rest of the details, but it does raise a number of questions unaddressed by the article: How did the pea roots deal with the patient's immune system? What would have happened if the situation had continued un-treated? I bet the guy has a career awaiting him in PR for a pea-growing company."
United Kingdom

Boy Builds Wall-Climbing Machine Using Recycled Vacuums 96

Posted by samzenpus
from the hello-true-believers dept.
Joe McIntosh writes "Hibiki Kono just might be a boy genius. The 13-year-old decided he wanted to climb vertical surfaces like his hero, Spiderman. So, he used two 1,400-watt recycled vacuum cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease to make a machine that allows him to scale walls. Kono has been scaling the walls of his UK school and has told the media that he hopes his invention will help window washers eliminate clumsy ladders from their daily routine."
Classic Games (Games)

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the found-a-cliff-real-quick dept.
Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."
Space

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-better-quarters dept.
DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

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