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Comment: Re:They used to call me paranoid... (Score 1) 426

by psyclone (#47657369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I have no idea how those work, I would assume the channel guide is an external web service and is not hosted by the Actiontec router.

It's worth a try, you can always restore the router to it's default. It's not like you're flashing the firmware of the Actiontec, just changing some settings.

Comment: Re:They used to call me paranoid... (Score 1) 426

by psyclone (#47649269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
Do the same thing. Setup the Actiontec to ONLY speak DSL and pass through the PPPoE connection to your router of choice. Thus your router of choice does the PPPoE authentication, and does NAT, and optionally wifi. As it now knows your external IP every time it changes, it can more easily use various dynamic DNS providers.

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company 502

Posted by timothy
from the pure-greedy-capitalism dept.
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes One major investment giant has now released three separate reports arguing that Tesla Motors is going to help kill power companies off altogether. Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley stirred up controversy when it released a report that suggested that the increasing viability of consumer solar, paired with better battery technology—that allows people to generate, and store, their own electricity—could send the decades-old utility industry into a death spiral. Then, the firm released another one. Now, it's tripling down on the idea with yet another report that spells out how Tesla and home solar will "disrupt" utilities.

4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the wait-for-16K dept.
An anonymous reader writes 4K monitor prices have fallen into the range where mainstream consumers are starting to consider them for work and for play. There are enough models that we can compare and contrast, and figure out which are the best of the ones available. But this report at The Wirecutter makes the case that absent a pressing need for 8.29 million pixels, you should just wait before buying one. They say, "The current version of the HDMI specification (1.4a) can only output a 4096×2160 resolution at a refresh rate of 24 Hz or 3840×2160 at 30 Hz—the latter, half that of what we're used to on TVs and monitors. Connect up a 4K monitor at 30 Hz via HDMI and you'll see choppier animations and transitions in your OS. You might also encounter some visible motion stuttering during normal use, and you'll be locked to a maximum of 30 frames per second for your games—it's playable, but not that smooth. ... Most people don't own a system that's good enough for gaming on a 4K display—at least, not at highest-quality settings. You'll be better off if you just plan to surf the Web in 4K: Nvidia cards starting in the 600 series and AMD Radeon HD 6000 and 7000-series GPUs can handle 4K, as can systems built with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics or AMD Trinity APUs. ... There's a light on the horizon. OS support will strengthen, connection types will be able to handle 4K displays sans digital tricks, and prices will drop as more 4K displays hit the market. By then, there will even be more digital content to play on a 4K display (if gaming or multitasking isn't your thing), and 4K monitors will even start to pull in fancier display technology like Nvidia's G-Sync for even smoother digital shootouts."

Comment: Needs more Spy Thrilling (Score 3, Insightful) 89

by psyclone (#47257543) Attached to: Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

The money was left in a bag at a parking lot nearby Särkänniemi amusement park. Then things went wrong. The blackmailer took the bag. Police, however, lost track of the blackmailer and the money was gone.

What, no GPS transmitter in the filament of each paper Euro? Amateurs.

Comment: Re:Meta-review (Score 1) 51

by psyclone (#47248297) Attached to: Book Review: Security Without Obscurity
I also thought the review was overly wordy and hard to parse. For example:

One of the ways Stapleton brings his broad experience to the book is in the many areas where he compares different types of cryptosystems, technologies and algorithms. This enables the reader to understand what the appropriate type of authentication is most beneficial for the specific requirement.

Could easily be written as:

Stapleton compares different types of cryptosystems, technologies and algorithms.

Leaving plenty of space to list more concrete information from the book, like the Parent suggested: a table of contents.

Comment: Re:A Lost Era (Score 4, Interesting) 122

Even if there are arcade "museums" and other classic arcade venues to be found, do any of those have NEW games? There's a new 4-player pac man game (amidst many ticket-churning games) at a local arcade, which is fun, but it's an iteration on an old game.

My Billy Mitchell question: Is there anything new out there in arcade games that play in a more or less classic style, but don't churn out tickets?

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