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Comment: Re:For the 57th time on Slashdot (Score 1) 504

by lhaeh (#40802721) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

I did exactly that and it worked well for the 120BG drive I tried it on. I attached a USB PATA adapter onto it, then a power supply that came with the adapter, put a ziploc bag around that, sucked the air out, put tape around the opening where the wires came out. Closed the freezer door with the wires sticking out and waited an hour before hooking the drive up. No point in doing it while the drive is out of the freezer since they heat up fast. Best to do it where the cold air comes out and turn the temp down as far as it will go too.

In my case, I think it was the electronics heating up that was the problem, not a mechanical issue, but it worked.

Comment: Ultrabay keypad option (Score 1) 300

There was a nice, slide-out keypad option for IBM Ultrabay laptops. I'm not sure if you can get it for the newer versions of Ultrabay, but one could maybe modify an old one to work with the new Ultrabay standard.

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House Votes To Overturn FCC On Net Neutrality 388

Posted by Soulskill
from the elephant-in-the-house dept.
suraj.sun writes with this quote from CNet: "House Republicans voted unanimously today to block controversial Net neutrality regulations from taking effect, a move that is likely to invite a confrontation with President Obama. By a vote of 241 to 178, the House of Representatives adopted a one-page resolution that says, simply, the regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on December 21 'shall have no force or effect.' 'Congress did not authorize the FCC to regulate in this area,' Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), said during this morning's floor debate. 'We must reject any rules that it promulgates in this area... It is Congress' responsibility to delegate that authority.'"

+ - Canadian songwriters propose $10/mo Internet fee.->

Submitted by BitterOak
BitterOak (537666) writes "According to this story, Canadian songwriters are proposing a $10 fee to be added to monthly ISP bills, giving users a license to download music using peer-to-peer file sharing technologies for free, without fear of reprisal. The money collected would be distributed to members of a Canadian association of songwriters (SOCAN). The story doesn't make clear whether the license would apply only to Canadian music, or how musicians in other nations would be compensated otherwise."
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+ - Could we reconnect eastern Libya? 1

Submitted by GrumpyBagpuss
GrumpyBagpuss (2009604) writes "We all know that the internet is supposed to route around damage, but currently eastern Libya is off the net because all their connectivity goes through Tripoli. How difficult would it to be to reconnect eastern Libya via a microwave link to Crete? It's less than 200km away, on the Libyan end there are mountains up to 850m and on Crete they're higher than 2000m. People have achieved distances of over 300km with simple WiFi equipment, but would it be possible to increase the bandwidth to handle a whole, or at least half a country? How would you connect the link at both ends? What other problems would there be? How many pringle cans would we need?"

+ - Nintendo Hypes 3DS While Slamming Apple at GDC Key->

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Mike Rohde
Mike Rohde writes "Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, believes that social games are both leading innovation and at the same time killing the industry — so much so, that if trends continue, it’s going to be very difficult for developers to earn a living making social games. In particular, he made the innuendo that certain phone manufacturers do not care about the quality of the content, and they are perfectly content at selling free or extremely cheap games in mass quantity that might not be the highest of quality. He went on to state that Nintendo focuses on the value of the game and that content is the top priority. What’s interesting to note, is that between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo is the company with the most amount of games, and they are also the company with the dreaded title of “shovelware” for much of their Wii titles. With the launch of the 3DS is Nintendo now going to focus on quality and make a solid attempt at eliminating their shovelware reputation? GoozerNation reports from GDC."
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Comment: Electronic transponder system (Score 4, Interesting) 620

by lhaeh (#34637826) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

It seems unnecessary to make things nosier for everyone when the number of people that need the noise is very small. Why not just have an electronic transponder system so that people can know where cars are relative to them. It would even work on vibration for those that are blind and deaf. It could give out more information, like speed and direction, and it it could work from further away if necessary.

Comment: Re:None of the above. (Score 1) 342

by lhaeh (#33540240) Attached to: My Camera ...

Yup, I went from a S3IS to a 300D a while back and couldn't be happier. Well, I do miss live view, video recording, and focusing manually is harder. The price was right though: I sold my S3 for $175 and got my 300D for $180 the next day.

The big difference in the two is sensor size (12x bigger IIRC) and all that goes with it: ISO400 on the 300D has about the same noise as ISO100 on the S3, and the 300D can go up to ISO3200 if need be. Shots that I needed a tripod for, can now be hand held. Exposures that took 5 minutes now take 30 seconds. I I put it on ISO100 then things are silky smooth.

The range of lenses is a nice help too: Reversal rings, and extension tubes give great macro results for cheap. Another cheap option I like are 50mm, fast lenses, they are great if I don't want to use a tripod: Even a F2 lets in about 2.5x more light then the S3 at F3.5, I just wish I didn't have to deal with the crop factor that are the bane of APS-C sensors.

Comment: Most of Google's revenue is advertising. (Score 5, Insightful) 335

by lhaeh (#32960832) Attached to: Google Chrome Now Has Resource-Blocking Adblock

Looking here we can see that, for 2009, Google made 23,651 million in revenue. Considering that 22,889 of those millions were from advertising, you have to wonder how long google will tolerate ad blocking in their products. Sure, it is fine now as not many people use chrome, and even fewer of those people install an ad blocking plug-in, but what about if it becomes more popular? Will they still tolerate it then? One wonders what would happen to google if Microsoft decided to make ad blocking default in Internet Explorer.

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