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Comment Advertising preferences selections per user (Score 1) 1839

I understand that there needs to be ad revenue, and I never use adblockers. That said, I have developed a full blown case of banner ad blindness. If I am not the target market for light up keychains or any book that has "For Dummies" as part of the title, it would be useful to have some input on that. It might even boost your CPM or click through rates if the ads for say networking equipment went to those who's interest and dollars went to networking equipment companies. A dozen or so check boxes about the kinds of ads that may be more relevent to you in the account prefs would probably benefit everyone involved.

Submission + - Sexism in gaming fed by OEMs ( 1

Slacker writes: In a cringe inducing 4 minute video MSI, with apparent partners in bad taste Benq and Intel, reinforce one of the assumed mainstays of gamer culture — overt sexism. A studious looking young lady is transformed at "gaming time" into a bikini clad PC assembler. Complete with an awful overdubbed audio track and an MSI bust tattoo. How can this be seen as acceptable behavior for large multinational companies? How can the target market of this campaign escape the stereotype when the companies that drive the industry are pimping it — literally?

Comment Re:Still use it today (Score 2) 410

Ah, what you're thinking of was referred to as the "D channel". ISDN has 2 64 kbps "B channels" and a single 16 kbps "D channel" The D channel carries signaling information like call setups and caller ID and the 2 B channels can be dialed out on independently or bonded at the protocol level for 128 kbps. Back in the day the B Chanel trunks cost money to terminate, but whatever you could squeeze down the D channel went for free. Some RAS equipment could set up a full time nailed up connection on the D channel and dynamically tack up 1 or more B channels as needed. People don't use this much any more, but a PRI can do the same trick if you have compatible equipment on both sides. I still have a few old ISDN TAs from my time working on ISP stuff.

For a long time I had the fastest home user internet connection in the county, with my 128 kbps ISDN line.

Now I'm old and I have the antiquated technology skills to show for it...

Comment Most systems that come with windows on them... (Score 1) 413

But I can fix that. I have a Fedora install disk.

Started on an Apple IIe in the mid 80's. Moved on to a dos 5 / Windows 3.0 set-up in 92. Ran the windows flavor of the month through 96. Fell in love with an SGI Indy at school. Realized I had no money to buy SGI hardware with. Switched to Redhat 5 then on to 6-9. When RH moved that off to Fedora did 2-17 there (with very few skipped). Was not sold on 18 but now it's looking like 19 is ok and I will be back on track.

More interesting, these are the install disks I have sitting on my bookshelf where I hold on to them for no good reason: All of the previously mentioned OSes. This is including some multiple point revisions including for example, retail boxed sets of Redhat 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3. More interesting, I have boxed official install media for some zingers like BeOS, QNX (including a version of the full OS with Web Browser and OpenGL demos on a single floppy), Xandros Linux, Lycoris Linux, I also have a new, still sealed in box copy of Vista Beta 2 for some unknown reason.

Oddly enough, even though I started out on apple products, the Mac (even the 1984 version) never appealed to me. I still can't manage to navigate the awful mess they've encumbered a perfectly serviceable core of BSD with.

Comment Two awful words for you : Loss Aversion (Score 0) 468

If you really want to squeeze every last drop of juice from your clockwork oranges, give them a fat juicy bonus at the beginning of the year ( or quarter, whatever) and tell them that if they don't make their metrics there will be a "claw back". This is legal in the US if documented properly, and with people living so close to the financial edge in a lot of cases they will spend it long before they figure out they likely won't make their numbers. The company gets a boat load of overtime out of them for nothing...

Money that you have (or have spent and can't give back) and might loose is a significantly stronger motivator than some abstract maybe bonus structure, according to those who study carrot and sticking.

I think it's awful but YMMV.

Comment Re: secondary targets (Score 2) 515

Drone control is already centralized. In Nevada and California. Many of them are fly_by_Sat affairs, and the folks that man the flight control centers can go home at the end of the day and play with their kids. I've seen some news footage of the nice set-ups at "mission control". Biggest issue this brings up is making the whole affair too much like a video game, and killing real people from a nice cozy office thousands of miles from the battle. That, and the fact that these operators aren't getting the benefits that in-the-air combat pilots are getting for flying in a combat zone. Even the Brits are piloting their drones from NV.

Being an RC aircraft guy myself, I hope the utility of having a steady stream of young RC pilots being interested in joining up for miitary service might off-set what this idiot has done in the eyes of the feds when it comes time to evaluate the new rules for RC aircraft.

I think you may have been eluding to a control center being the target of an attack. Not much to worry about there unless the baddies have ICBMs. Some nice info here:

Here is some video of pilots in action:

And an article titled "Point. Click. Kill: Inside The Air Force's Frantic Unmanned Reinvention" :

Comment Re:Obvious most of you don't have kids (Score 1) 352

My brother-in-law and I just removed a dying birch tree from the yard at my Mother's house. I remember planting the tree with my Dad over 30 years ago. My sister, my boys (3 and 6), brother-in-law and I took it down, cut it up and hauled it away. We all pitch in to help my mom live in her home on the farm, especially since my dad died. We usually see each other on Sundays - it's our "family day". My family chooses to live near each other, and to help each other out when ever needed. It's a great thing to be able to depend on your family, I didn't have to stick around and help out my Parents in their old age, but I think I was fortunate to be able to.

Comment Don't forget his other 70's TV series (Score 5, Interesting) 165

He wrote and hosted the series "In Search Of..." from 1976-1982

" Lost civilizations, extraterrestrials, myths and monsters, missing persons, magic and witchcraft, unexplained phenomena. "In Search Of..." cameras are traveling the world, seeking out these great mysteries. This program was the result of the work of scientists, researchers and a group of highly-skilled technicians."

Many of these episodes were pure awesome for us kids that grew up just missing the first run of OST, but still getting to hear him wax poetic about alien visitors and way off the beaten path "science".


365 Days of Photojournalism With Stormtroopers 30

Lanxon writes "Wired reports that for one French fan, the Stormtrooper has become an obsession. Stormtroopers 365 is a collection of wacky, witty, and artistic photographs that its creator Stéfan Le Dû has been adding to daily since 3 April 2009 when the project began. 'I got a new camera and I had some Stormtrooper figures sleeping in their blister packs for months. I wanted to start something a bit challenging on Flickr, and I had previously seen some awesome Star Wars toys pictures, and other "365" projects that I really liked,' he says. The two starring Stormtroopers — TK455 and TK479 — have run into cats, clocks, various household implements, and even a DeLorean sports car."

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

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