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Comment: Re:Why do we have screen savers? (Score 2) 348

by geekmux (#47368949) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Burn is a huge problem on plasma screens and there are still lots of those out there, there is NO WAY a set top box maker should be shipping something without a screen saver on by default!

It would be nice if they had settings to turn it off if you wanted and maybe even send a CEC power off to the TV if you like, but at the very least set top boxes still MUST have a screen saver. Now in another 10 years when most of the plasma TVs have been put out to pasture, it will be a different story.

Yes, and other than marketing greed, there's not a single reason why said screen saver cannot be a black screen, or at most, random color washing built into the unit. No set top box needs to download HD images, especially in GB amounts that threaten bandwidth caps. Marketing bullshit at it's finest. We should learn to enjoy it, since marketing-subsidized hardware is the setup de jour these days. You don't get to buy the $300 leave-me-alone hardware option. You only get the $79.99 ads-for-life option.

Comment: Re:watches? (Score 1) 242

by geekmux (#47363587) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

For mine, I wear it because it tracks my heartbeat, perspiration, body temp, and activity. Do you have an alternative to a watch that can do all these things?

An alternative to track your perspiration? Yes, I do. It's called my nose.

And don't worry about alarms. My mouth works too.

Only downside is I don't have much of a silent mode. I tend to fart a lot. Part of my self-calibration program.

Comment: Re:watches? (Score 1) 242

by geekmux (#47363437) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

my cell phone does that, don't need a second clock strapped to my wrist, how l 19th and 20th century.

First wristwatch was in 1868, the last one needed was over 20 years ago.

even more clocks are everywhere now, on system desktop, on the land line phone, on my printer.....

Your smartphone has a screen too. Time to chuck out that old-fashioned monitor, along with your HDTV, calculator, paper, pencil, and deck of cards. That's why smartphones were invented. Obviously.

What the hell are you still doing with an ISP at home? Your smartphone has internet access too. Cancel that home shit already grandpa and get with the times. No reason you need a second internet provider...

Comment: Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (Score 1) 561

by geekmux (#47322945) Attached to: Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Yeah, but often they will happily hook you up with their favorite dealer or someone they know trying to unload an old bike. I have yet to see a mensa member say "oh, you did not pass the IQ test, but I think it is cool that you want to go in so here are some things that will get you going".

And I've yet to hear a biker say "oh, you did not pass your motorcycle driving test, but I think it's cool so here's my custom bike for you to take for a spin."

Qualifications are qualifications. The snobbish part is treating those differently simply because we're talking about Mensa here. One does have to perform certain tasks or achieve certain levels of certification to become a member of either.

Ironically, I'd challenge most Mensa members to see if they qualify to drive a motorcycle. Then perhaps we can talk about snobbery as they amaze us with mathematical wizardry but cannot seem to grasp the simple physics behind two wheels.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by geekmux (#47262973) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

I presume people have modded it funny because they have forgotten Nixon was forced to resign over 18 minutes of missing tape out of 200 hrs of conversation related to the break in at Watergate.

18 minutes of tape was hardly the only evidence.

If we've forgotten anything as a nation, it's how to act when a President gets out of line. Seems the concept of impeachment was also on that 18 minutes of tape.

Comment: Re:I knew it! It's those damn blue LEDs! (Score 1) 138

by geekmux (#47132107) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

No, the router does not need to pump 20mA through five blue ultrabrights. I do not need a blinking blue LED to tell me that the monitor is in standby mode. Dim those motherfuckers or, even better, give me an option to turn them off completely.

Many suffer of this issue. The home router manufacturers should include a simple front panel toggle switch to turn the LEDs on and off. It would certainly provide extra value for many people and increase their interest to buy the product.

Or, they could just cut costs and realize that not all of us need shiny blinking lights for every bit of activity flowing through hardware.

Comment: Re:I knew it! It's those damn blue LEDs! (Score 1) 138

by geekmux (#47132099) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

No, the router does not need to pump 20mA through five blue ultrabrights. I do not need a blinking blue LED to tell me that the monitor is in standby mode. Dim those motherfuckers or, even better, give me an option to turn them off completely.

Use the option the vendor doesn't provide you.

I too, have an insanely bright array of LEDs on my router. Didn't realize when I bought it how annoying it really is. Put electrical tape over all the LEDs on the router and cable modem. Instant blacked-out hardware. Works like a champ.

Comment: Re:the obesity smoking gun (Score 1) 138

by geekmux (#47131627) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

You're one of those gym rats aren't you?

Much easier than 'packing on muscle' is eating the right combinations of food at the right time. Activating the triple-burner in chinese-speak.

What's funny about a lot of people that go to the gym and 'exercise' is that they don't realize that most of the benefits come from using your body properly, not the actual exercises.

If you can do the whole primary series in ashtanga yoga, you can call it a day.

Then again, it wouldn't be very USian to work smarter not harder right? Might makes right after all.

How ironic, as my gym is more often a Yoga studio than not.

Yes, I learned to work smarter while beating my body up with rigorous exercise years ago. Then I found certain exercises (like Yoga) are just as efficient while not beating my body up as bad. Running became cycling and so on.

You tend to become wise to this as your body starts reminding you that engines only last so long, and parts wear out. If you don't accomodate for this, unending pain can be the result, which can be as bad mentally as it is physically.

Comment: Re:OK, Whatever... (Score 1) 156

by geekmux (#47131547) Attached to: Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

industry's top researchers are being threatened by lawyers and law enforcement over their efforts to track down vulnerabilities in internet infrastructure.

Yes, it's surprising when companies get bent out of shape when random "security researchers" hack into their systems uninvited.

Sure, it's nice to know if you are vulnerable, but still, it is difficult to take at "face value" when some random "security researcher" claims to have altruistic aimes when caught hacking your network...

Why, because it's so difficult to believe these days that any system would have vulnerabilities that need to be addressed?

Perhaps I would question the source a bit, but being alerted via email isn't exactly the standard Way of the Black Hat. They prefer you find out the hard way, and given that fact alone, I'd probably put some value on the face of the notification.

The legal reaction described is quite pathetic. Hiding behind your lawyers instead of trying to look into an identified problem isn't going to bode well long-term. And hiring a dozen more of them isn't going to get customers to buy your shitty, broken product you refuse to fix.

Comment: Re:the obesity smoking gun (Score 1) 138

by geekmux (#47131173) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

It's simple math. Consume less than you burn.

This idea is simple, pervasive, and wrong. The body's metabolism responds dynamically to the amount of fuel available, and exhortations to "eat less" are not at all helpful to someone who is trying to lose weight.

Our bodies are machines.

Machines require proper fuel, and proper lubricants. Vegetable oil is NOT a proper fuel for warm-blooded bodies. Polyunsaturated vegetable oils suppress the metabolism, shunt carbohydrates to fat production, are not easily burned for energy, and distort the body's hunger signals.

Using vegetable oil in the human machine is like substituting a random grade of mineral oil for the transmission fluid the manufacturer designed your car to use. Your transmission might work for a while, but I wouldn't expect it to last for long.

I did clarify in my original post that a proper diet is key. I think we both agree that eating shit all day will result in you feeling like shit, and your body acting like shit. I found I could fuel myself with quite a few more calories when you use the right fuel, but that was also combined with good exercise that helps burn it off too. Again, it's both working in unison that creates maximum efficiency.

Comment: Re:the obesity smoking gun (Score 1) 138

by geekmux (#47131125) Attached to: The Light Might Make You Heavy

No, YOU, and other ignorant people, BELIEVE it is simple math.

BTW, science isn't 'excuses'.

I do whole heartedly agree with the body is a machine and needs to be used. Movement is a key part of the 'design' of the human body, it aids in everything from circulation, breathing, digestion, waste elimination, breakdown of toxins, etc...

If you have any amount of competent control over your body, i.e., able to consciously control autonomous systems, you'll also know that different body configurations require different fuels and burn them at different rates.

Yes, and I stand by my argument that 95% of the population thinks that exercise is optional, along with eating right, so the variables don't really matter when you haven't even made it past the first step in fixing ANY machine, regardless of shape or size. Blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar levels, all of these are factors, and for 95% of the population, they can be controlled with good diet.

The body reacts massively to change, which translates to efficiency. Watch what happens to overall efficiency when you feed the machine RIGHT. Then watch what happens when you burn that GOOD fuel to help maintain the machine.

Start packing on some muscle, and you'll watch your metabolism go through the roof. It's like adding a turbocharger to an engine.

Comment: Re:polymer AR lower recievers... (Score 1) 490

There are several commercially successful makes of polymer AR lowers. In AR-land, the serial is on the lower. A 3d printed lower gives you the ability to print a non serial numberd AR. Which is legal (US federal. YMMV) because home-made guns don't have to be serialized.

On top of that, after you've printed your (non-serialized) lower, you can order the rest of the parts over the internet with ease, and no further requirements for registration are necessary.

This is about the only valid issue that I think gun-fearing goofs will want to address today, even though milling machines have been around for decades, and Cavalry Arms was making plastic lowers long ago.

The UK tests were rather pointless. Even a moron should understand plastic isn't going to support the pressures in the chamber or the barrel.

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