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Comment The butter crisis in Norway... (Score 4, Interesting) 110

Reminds me of the butter crisis in Norway a few years ago, the neighboring country Sweden would have Swedes smuggle butter into Norway and actually sell these for as much as 1.000 NOK (roughly 116 USD) per half kilo. Don't believe it? Well - check out the sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... , http://gawker.com/5869463/norw...

Comment Stuff from our past, when we grew up... (Score 5, Interesting) 245

...We remember them with fond memories.

I remember when I spent so much of my savings as a kid to purchase that expensive 1200/2400/4800/9600 multimodem. Not to mention when I got two phonelines into my bedroom. My parents thought I was completely nuts, they complained about the "iiiiiii...ryryryryryryr....shhhhh" sounds at night, and I remember waking up to that music thinking, oh boy - someone is logging onto my computer.

Sometimes they just called the BBS system just to chat with Sysop. ...Paging sysop....

Sysop Coming Online...

Ah, the memories.

Just for the same reason I have my Commodore 64 next to me, I don't actually use it, and when I do - it's frightfully slow, but fun to do raster-interrupts and simple code challenges on anyway.

We only do this because we are still remember the good times, they have very little to any good use today, but it's really just for the nostalgia.


Comment You gotta love these statistics, spot the fake one (Score 0) 138

I've seen so many statistics on this on SD.

One minute. we're to believe that some browser has overtaken the market as a whole, the next minute we'll believe that Linux is the most used (perhaps in server environments), Next minute we'll know that Windows still is used by 90% of the worlds population as a whole...so, all of a sudden Lin...I mean Android is the most used, oooh on the INTERNET, right right! So...that means that a whole lot doesn't have internet and still use windows, oooor?

What I am trying to say, these statistics means BUBKIS!

Comment I don't even use my HTC Vive anymore... (Score 1) 87

...so good luck with that.

One of the reasons I opted for the HTC Vive back then, was the promise of Oculus users being tracked by facebook at any time, whatever you watched and did.

Sounds like you wish VR an early death. We don't even have proper AAA titles for it yet, just tons of weird "Look ma! I can create an Unity VR game in less than a day!" games.

Comment They don't mention the Dark Numbers... (Score 1) 91

...aka people who SIGNED up for it when it was offered for free as a Beta download (like me), and who never got around to installing it or using it.

Later, I actually bought an OEM Windows 10 on an USB install memory key (official, from Microsoft), just so I could use my HTC VIVE (I'm a Linux guy in general). But microsoft kept mailing me on the "insider program", and I had so much trouble with it, I had to try to "opt out" again so I could stop having beta features on my new "officially purchased" license, strangely enough MS treated my license as if it was a beta license, despite never using the Beta license key.

Go figure...

But MS STILL thinks I'm one of the insiders.

Comment Youtube lost me to forced ads. (Score 4, Interesting) 265

There was a time when I really enjoyed browsing youtube videos. And I didn't really mind a little advertisement break here and there.

But what killed youtube for me - was the now forced (unskippable) ads that often last well into 30 seconds or more, just for checking out a video. I like seeing if I want to watch this or not, now there's a forced ad on every second video I decide to check.

Now, before my dear Slashdotters say "well, you can use adblocker" etc, please keep in mind that a lot of us watch youtube on our "smart-tv" devices, Nintendos, Xbox's Youtube app etc.

Comment Chinese shipping depends on how much you pay (Score 3, Informative) 63

I've been doing eBay shopping since 1998.

And if there is ONE thing I've learned, is that the lower you bid, the slower it ships. Doesn't matter if the two promises the same shipping times.
Also, the cheaper you go - the lower quality you'll get at the exact same product range. Because a lot of them will ship the lowest bidders the shittiest quality of the batch (kind of logical, don't ya think?).

And a above 90% seller success rate sounds nice, right? Wrong! You'd be amazed how many problems you'll have with sellers under 96% even at 97% good feedback. The trick is to look at their negative feedback, or / and their neutral feedback and see what happens for each individual product. The product is important here, because the same seller could earn a 100% feedback reputation on selling socks, but sell shoddy factory rejected production Arduinos with a feedback of 20% and less - and still earn a pretty penny. Many of the Chinese sellers just sells these by the thousands because it sells - they have NO clue what they're actually selling besides fake shoe brands etc.

The thing you need to watch out for - is the sellers that will tell you "please wait 40+ days because of your customs" etc... You know as well as I do that your customs don't give a hoot about your 2 dollar arduino, so if it takes 40+ days, and the seller says, please be patient, it's because the nickel-and-dime croock only wants to hoist good feedback while your complaint expires. Never accept this. Complain immediately. Down the bad sellers now, do not delay!

Comment For me as a service tech, this would be brilliant (Score 4, Interesting) 61

So many times I have to "google" a part number to find out what it does, oh...it's an 24 Bit AD converter, now let me find the datasheet.

Imagine if I could just look at the PCB as I do normally when searching and fault-finding, and have a Video-overlay with simple specs on each chip and device I am looking at, and perhaps with a few blinks just bring up the datasheets and quickly close them again.

Are you kidding me? This is SUPER useful!

Comment Well, not really comparable... (Score 1) 145

...Commodore 64 came complete with a keyboard, power supply and RF modulator / Video out/Audio out - and ready to use.

And it was sold at a much higher price point, plus it wasn't really a dev-kit like the PI is. The PI is cute, but it's on the level with Arduino (faster of course), and other similar "devboards". So, if we're there - I can imagine there's a lot more sold Arduino Nano V3 Chinese clones sold than all the PI's in the world.

Comment In Sweden, Netflix changed to the thumb up system. (Score 2) 97

I think it was 2 years ago, it's so long I don't remember it anymore, but I really hated when that happened.

I liked to see what stuff had one star rating, because it usually told me it wasn't worth watching, now I have a HUGE list of "continue watching..." that won't go away, simply because there's so much trash that Netflix "guesses" that I want to watch.

Bet the thumb system was introduced to stop people from complaining about too few movies and series, and watch "whatever" is available instead of being selective about what we watch.

Comment Soon to be categorized as a weapon (Score 1) 93

It won't be long before this device becomes illegal to own, import and operate.

The laser pointers where only illegal because hoodlums used them agains police, airplanes and helicopters. The same thing will happen with this device as kids will purchase them do do "mass revenge" or destruction in their schools.

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