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Comment Re:Warning: page TOO FAT ! (Score 1) 56

So, out of curiosity, is there a simple quick way to have an otherwise static page return different size pictures depending on the browser? (here they were 1024x768).
I personally don't like to cripple my pages for less capable clients, and would rather not have to make 2 copies of each page with a user agent switcher or somesuch (great for a commercial site, but not worth my time for a hobby site)

Submission + - Burning Man report for tech geeks

marcmerlin writes: Haven't been to burning man, or missed this year's and would like a summary?
Marc MERLIN has posted a summary of this year with full GPS map, pictures from the air, and everything neatly categorized, with a track of his 127 miles of biking to visit as many camps as possible.
Also if you plan on going, check out the tips at the bottom of the page
The Almighty Buck

Boy Finds £2.5M Gold Locket With Metal Detector 169

Instead of bottle caps and ridicule from his peers, 3-year-old James Hyatt found a locket worth millions with his metal detector. James and his dad found the gold locket last May in Essex. Since then the 500-year-old treasure has been appraised at around £2.5million. From the article: "James’s father Jason, 34, said: ‘My son is one of the luckiest people ever. If we go to the doctors he’ll put his hand down the side of the sofa and pull out a tenner.’"

Comment Re:Brultech ECM1240 is about $150 in default confi (Score 1) 172

This is because most CTs (current transformers) are not calibrated properly by the device they're connected to. I used 3 different CTs on the same load in my setup and made sure they were reading about the same. With the ECM1240, you can adjust offsets to make the CT readings "just right" should they be off a bit when you get them.
I worked with the owner, and he does care about getting as correct values as possible and made his device very tweakable.


Comment Brultech ECM1240 is about $150 in default config (Score 4, Informative) 172

and see what you can output with one of those guys:

There is one caveat: you need windows for the initial setup, although I did it in vmware, maybe it works in wine too, but since then it's been running fine on linux (and it would work just the same on MacOS since it's a python script).


Comment Re:His website's text (Score 4, Insightful) 1090

well, obviously the guy was deranged, but some of his points are valid.
The problem is that most countries rely on ever increasing population for their economy to strive and the politicians to do well (starting with social security that is not funded by people other than the ones who get the money).

The world clearly could do better with a decreasing population, but most governments encourage exactly the opposite, so indeed right now humans are going to spread until they've taken over all the resources available and at the expense of pretty much all other lifeforms on the planet.

I'll be dead before then, but thinking about it makes me sad.

United States

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Comment Re:I found the 'defective by design' aspect (Score 2, Informative) 311

since you're not a radio and hardware engineer, I guess it's not obvious to you that putting antennas and electronics for different frequencies does cost board space. It's not impossible but it's hard on a small phone and definitely more money.
Yes, I'd also love a phone that does it all, but they aren't exactly common. It's not just HTC, it's pretty much everyone.


Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

Comment They already have green card holder's fingerprints (Score 1) 248

They already took all my fingerprints (all 10) twice before doing the background check and giving me my green card. I wasn't thrilled about it, but eh, I suppose I can't entirely blame them for it.

How is taking the damn things again every time I enter the country going to help anything or anyone?


Submission + - Burning Man 2007 wrapup (

marcmerlin writes: "If you've been curious about the yearly Burning Man Festival, why the man burned twice this year, or enjoy blinky lights, fire, and other eye candy, you can look at my 2007 Burning Man report, and also at my index of the last 6 burning man reports. The firework show and burn of the Oil Derrick from Crude Awakening was particularly impressive this year."

Submission + - Comcast and logic don't mix: disconnected

marcmerlin writes: If comcast decides that you are using too much data on your cable modem, they will disconnect you. Of course, they do not say what too much is, that's for you to guess.
Now, they do actually attempt to give you a chance to fix your overusage by warning you once, except in my case, they warned me half way through the month, and then shut me down for the good the next month due to the traffic that had gone out before they warned me. They warned me in a way that they were unable to measure the drastic traffic decrease after I fixed the problem, and they had to shut me down anyway. Their support people actually acknowledged that in my case there was indeed nothing I could have done, but they also said there was nothing they could do either due to the way their system works.
Until they fix their warning system to match logging cycles, or honor the one month grace period they promised me, and then pretended they never had, I can see how they're going to get many other people shut down that way.
If comcast is actually meaning to give their customers a chance to fix a usage over an arbitrary limit they won't disclose, they have some serious fixing to do, starting by not putting their customers in the criminal/DMCA pile that their regular support folks are not even allowed to help.

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