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Comment Real 4K? Or will they still overscan? (Score 1) 207

The picture on ancient CRT tubes (black-and-white and colour) tended to shrink as the tubes aged. Manufacturers responded by using "overscan". I.e. the projected picture was a bit bigger than the CRT tube face. As the tube aged, the picture shrank to almost fit into the viewing surface of the tube face.

Fast forward to 2007, when I got a 50-inch Panasonic plasma. I love it, but... when I tried using it for home theatre via a PC, I noticed a *LOT* of cropping on all 4 edges. WTF is a digital TV doing with overscan??? 1950 called; and they want their ugly hack back. I find that I much prefer a HD-Homerun tuner hooked up to my PC and 1920x1080 monitor, playing via mplayer. I get real fullscreen and I don't lose any of the picture due to cropping on the edges.

Comment Re: And thus the Internet of Things collapses (Score 2) 211

> The good old days were not good. In the US, you could be lynched just
> because of your skin color, and the perps, which often included the
> local sheriff, would get away scot free. This is just one example out of scores.

In 2015 or 2016...

s/lynched/killed during a traffic stop/

Comment Re:oh Pluto (Score 2) 106

> it is a good thing for pluto's sake that public schools have no money
> for new textbooks, the ones here are from the 90s at best when pluto
> was still a respected ninth planet of our little corner of the universe.

Actually, Pluto's "planetary status" has been suspect since just after its discovery. Here's an article featuring a snippet from 1934 (YES!)...

> So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid, rather than the smallest
> planet; and it may be necessary to look farther for unknown planets.

Comment Can't be worse than than it would be under Hillary (Score -1, Flamebait) 128

> Considering the fact that the head of Google is the CTO of the Clinton campaign should
> not make this surprising to anyone, but between this and Google manipulating
> search results to aid Clinton they are about as fair and balanced as Jezebel or Twitter.

This is the same Clinton campaign that says Breitbart doesn't have a right to exist. And don't forget that back in 1998, Hillary was whing about lack of "Internet Gatekeepers"
> Hillary Rodham Clinton said IN 1998 during a meeting with reporters said
> that "we are all going to have to rethink how we deal with" the Internet
> because of the handling of White House sex scandal stories on Web sites.
> Clinton was asked whether she favored curbs on the Internet, after the
> DRUDGE REPORT made headlines with coverage of her husband's affair
> with a White House intern. "We are all going to have to rethink how we deal
> with this, because there are all these competing values ... Without any
> kind of editing function or gatekeeping function, what does it mean to have
> the right to defend your reputation?" she said.

Back in "the good old days before the internet", the elite controlled the MSM (Main Stream Media), and they still do. JFK was screwing every woman in sight, Bill Clinton was a saint in comparison. But the media kept quiet about it, and people didn't know. In 1998, the obedient lapdogs at Newsweek killed the Monica Lewinsky story article. But a virtually unknown store clerk, name of Matt Drudge, blew it wide open. The rest is history.

Actually, the Bill Clinton administration feared this in 1995.

> The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative
> media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures.
> The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic
> modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly."
> "Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be
> located in one area and available to all," the memo states.

The elite are scared of the open internet, because it bypasses the MSM, and the elite can no longer supress the truth. People coming together and sharing "unregulated data and information" means that controlling the MSM is not enough. Watch the elite try to destroy the internet in the coming years.

Comment This is Hillary's Agenda (Score 5, Insightful) 149

In "the good ole days before the internet", the MSM (Main Stream Media) controlled the news. The government needed a dozen people on their rolodex, and embarressing stories could be shut down. E.g. John F Kennedy was screwing women all over the place, and Bill Clinton would almost be a saint in comparison. But the MSM kept quiet, and it wasn't until much later that JFK's philandering became known.

Bill Clinton realized by 1995, that the internet had the potential to democratize the news and bypass the gatekeepers. "Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all,"

In 1998, his worst fears came true. Clinton's MSM buddies at Newsweek spiked (i.e. killed) a bombshell of a story about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. But a lowly store clerk with a modem (i.e. Matt Drudge) published the story on his site. Hillary was whining about there not being any "gatekeepers" on the internet

Fast-forward to the current election campaign, and the Democrats are openly talking about shutting down the Breitbart website

Do you really want Hillary in charge?

Comment Theoretically (Score 5, Insightful) 141

> These hearings are part of the regulator's annual broadcasting license
> renewal process, meaning that if the companies aren't compliant,
> they could theoretically lose their license to operate in Canada.

Just like Hillary Clinton could "theoretically" go to jail for running her own email server for government business. Don't worry about the fat cats. They just need to shoot a round of golf with the CRTC commissioners, and nothing will happen.

Comment Why we don't want everything network-connected (Score 2) 138

> Don't put key assets on a common network% of unaffected .
> If you are an individual or business, it's your choice:
> * Accept the costs of not being vulnerable (stay disconnected)
> In modern society, the first option isn't an option for most people and most companies.

Ex-bleeping-scuse me, we've got too much stuff connected to the internet, and exposed to take-over, already. Here's "The Killshot Event" scenario...

It's the middle of January, and the weather forecast is calling for a major blizzard along the US East Coast, followed by a brutal cold spell. The blizzard is due to hit the coast around midnight. As millions of commuters are driving home before the storm, "the enemy" takes over GM Onstar to shut down 10% of all cars on the road. You know how badly traffic gets f****d-up with just 1 or 2 stalled vehicles at the wrong place? Well, imagine thousands of cars in each major city shutting down on major roads in each city. They, along with the other 90% of "unaffected" vehicles are stranded on the road.

Simultaneously, "the enemy" sets off a few well-placed bombs. Hitting major transmission lines knocks out most electrical service. A couple of bombs around internet fiber knocks out a lot of internet service. It also knocks out a lot of telephony, which is now IP-based, except for "the last mile", which is still copper wiring.

Motorists have to leave their vehicles or freeze to death inside. If they're in the city. instead of a suburban freeway, they might make their way to a major store or office building before midnight. Then the cold front moves in. With no electricity, there's no heating or running water. Because the roads are clogged with abandoned cars, utilities can't send out emergency crews to manually restart electrical generators. And food supply chains seize up. Even the people who've made it home or into a major building will soon start dying of cold and starvation. Chaos ensues, and martial law is declared.

That scenario is possible right now. Sigh.

Comment Same thing with Ransom Eli Olds (Score 3, Interesting) 111

Ransom Eli Olds founded Olds Motor Vehicle Company, later renamed Olds Motor Works. The company was bought out by GM in 1908. When Mr. Olds got back into the automotive business, he obviously couldn't use the "Olds" name for his product, which might cause confusion with GM's "Oldsmobile".

He use an acronym based on his initials for the truck company he set up. The product was called the "REO Speed Wagon"

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 0) 410

> Kind of discarding that whole concept of sovereignity then.

Welcome to the EU.

Back in 1776, a bunch of British subjects got tired of being ruled by an undemocratic government across the sea, and the result was USexit.

240 years later, a bunch of British subjects got tired of being ruled by an undemocratic government across the English Channel, and the result was BRexit.

Have you read about the major floods in recent years, which are being blamed on global warming? That's BS. Major rivers need to be dredged every so often to avoid silting up, getting shallower, and causing flooding, as well as being more hazardous for large ships to navigate.

In the past, local authorities did the dredging. After Britain became part of EU, the EU enacted *VERY* stringent regulations regarding where riverbottom sludge from dredging could be dumped. Long story short... dredging a river became *MUCH* more expensive, and local authorities stopped dredging, because they simply couldn't afford it. Any competent geologist could predict what happened next... look Ma, flooding during the rainy season. Let's blame it on Global Warming.

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