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Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 61

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 4, Funny) 471

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 471

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

Comment off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

It can be of several qualities but once you get to 720p it tends to be reasonable, unfortunately streaming 720p content tends to hit the buffering problem if your connection isn't good so then its better to download and listen and watch later.
It isn't all music either there is useful instructional video's too.

Why rip from youtube anyway? In theory it is there anytime you want it, but the reality is that service quality is intermittent sometimes its fast and reliable other times it glitches like crazy or there is no coverage, so really it is the failure in the infrastructure which is generating the use of these other solutions.

Why do bands make promotional video's anyway? isn't the clue in the name. It's advertising and it isn't particularly effective advertising, bands maybe performing on their video's but where are the interviews, the substance the communication with fans. It is kind of strange really since musicians can be and usually are great communicators, they move people with their music. There could be a dialogue and with it more commercial success.

Comment off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

Depends but if you don't have ffmpeg avconv is a drop in alternative.

personally I don't like to convert from mp4 to mp3 with a good video with a little tag editing you can get iTunes to put the mp4 of a song in the same album as the audio tracks you can do that with pdf files too.

avconv -i input.avi -threads 2 -vcodec libx264 -crf 25 -crf_max 35 -maxrate 4M -bufsize 2M -acodec aac -strict experimental -ab 192000 -ar 48000 output.mp4

my recipe for video not particularly fast but the video is smooth glitch free in action sequences the audio sounds good. With often a reduction in file size. So far that has varied between 20-66% saving on file size. It is compatible with iTunes and Html5 and works well streaming from my NAS

I quite like iTunes these days, if you generate a playlist you can export the playlist as an m3u file and select all the tracks and drag them onto the android file transfer window with 1 more drop for the m3u file. Google music on android picks up the new files and figures out the m3u (the file location is different). I did try double twist but it eats ram and takes forever to be actually be able to use.

I'm also a fan of musicbrainz picard i use it in 2 ways in first importing i use it to verify and tag files and rename files and move to the automatically add to itunes folder. This frees space on my laptop it can also help with dupes if itunes isn't running as it organizes to artist album and they are easy to spot.

Sometimes itunes can make a mess of things duplicating album tracks a lot of the time with several entries for one physical track. it is often easiest to delete the album and keep the tracks and get picard to move them to the automatically add to itunes folder. Sometimes itunes can be used to do the reimport.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 249

ML 2510 here also keeps slogging on, usually the rollers need a wipe with a lens tissue about every 2 years or so. it is bad for the rubber so it doesn't get done unnecessarily.

I really like the cartridge protection on the cartridge. It keeps a count to around 5000 pages before it starts to refuse to print more than 1 page at a time (you have 2 switch it off in between prints).

I found this out when swopping between 2 cartridges, I had refilled one with a bottle of toner that wasn't perfect it puts a line down a page but for print outs it is ok, so I use it when a print doesn't need to be high quality.

But back to the cartridge protection the counter reset is digital with a fuse :)

A new cartridge has a fuse attached to a holder on the back it isn't electrically connected to it.

it's around a 200/400mA fuse TV repair shops keep them for repair jobs.
when a new cartridge goes in it connects to the fuse and blows it

the effect is a digital 1 0 using a bit of foil gets a 1 1 and that will not do the reset.

Taking out and reinsert the cartridge that is a 0 0 so the counter keeps counting which is why it caught me using 2 cartridges, the page count got too high , low on toner just means you have probably printed enough pages to have used most of it. There is no measurement of toner.

But isn't that such cool protection, no chips on the cartridge just a plain old fuse. One of my old canon inkjets shines an led through the cartridge when light gets detected then it is out of ink and needs refilling :)

One of my favorite printers is an epson it can do black & white photo printing with just the black cartridge you need to tell it to print gray scale on plain paper but use photo paper. With a little tweaking usually lightening the image a little you get a really nice print. With the normal method the inkjet mixes magenta and cyan which tends to lead to magenta in the shadows and cyan in the highlights and this degrades over time due to the uv. with the single black it stays true black from start to finish.

I have prints using both techniques and the color ones are a pale miscolored comparison after just a few years where the black ink printed ones are still looking as good as the day i printed them. For something exceptional a silver halide print is still the best.

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