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Comment Re:kinda sad (Score 2) 130

(One of those times when I wish there was an edit button...)

One last thought: make a model for a few bucks more with a built-in analog-to-digital converter (c'mon, that's gotta be like 20 cents now for something that only needs to do SD video) and let it output straight to a USB drive. Hell, maybe add a couple more circuits to 'upscale' to HD because people are idiots. If you wanna be really fancy, give it some built-in storage and a browser-based front-end so you can watch from any device in the house, and of course mobile apps because (again) people are idiots and don't understand right-clicking and "save as" in a browser.)

Come to think of it, just do the network thing and skip the USB. Just a button that says "capture to digital" and then you download it from another machine and/or post to YT or FB. 16 GB storage will hold ~16 hours of SD video, 640x480* @ 30fps ar around 1500kbps (which is PLENTY for tape.) Also, convert from 480i to 480p, always and only. And, from experience, bump up the contrast a bit. Analog tape can't make blacks as dark as people are now used to.)

*FUCK* I want to do this. THE MONEY IS SITTING THERE ON THE TABLE, WAITING TO BE TAKEN. You have a GENERATION of people with disposable income and a childhood's worth of tapes they want to convert, but it needs to be a bit slicker than existing video capture solutions.

Can someone with more time and experience than I have do a kickstarter of this? I'm not looking for a cut of the profits, I just want this to exist. Hell, I'll back it and buy the first one.

Comment Re:kinda sad (Score 2) 130

I'm sure some Chinese company -- maybe one you've kind heard of (like Huawei) or maybe a totally new one -- will pick up the slack. 750k units/year oughtta be enough for someone. If there's only one choice on the shelf, it'll sell no matter what name is on the box.

Free tip: make one VCR and sell it under two brand names. Make the first slightly flimsy-looking (like a late-90s entry-level Mitsubishi unit) and sell it for $X, and make the other weigh 6oz more (via the addition of a useless steel plate in the top), and give it a slightly more upscale-looking set of buttons (think Sony in the 80s) and sell it for $X+10.

I wish I had the capital to get into the business. This is a total gimme. There are enough tapes out there to keep a small company afloat for 5-10 years. Make hay while the sun shines.

Comment Absolutely! (Score 1) 295

YouTube only allows comments from logged-in users and look at the quality of discourse there. ;-)

Also:

- If a tree falls in the forest but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

- If ACs post at 0 and the default threshold for reading is +1, does it matter?

I'd rather allow ACs (there are some benefits) and keep them invisible by default.

@whipslash, I appreciate the work you're putting into this site, and soliciting opinions BEFORE making changes. Hope it's working out for you.

Side note regarding polls in general: I voted, but when I reload the front page, the poll panel shows me the voting options, rather than the results.

Unrelated: a woman in a cube one row over is singing. Quietly, but badly. FUCK! :-/

Comment Slashcode, *sigh* (Score 4, Insightful) 96

"... the worldÃ(TM)s most powerful radio telescope..."

Yeah. That character encoding will get you every time. Maybe you should have hit 'preview'?

Look: I *know* character encoding is hard. But the simple ones -- curly quotes, en- and em-dashes, etc. -- are a SOLVED PROBLEM. A bunch of open-source rich-text editors solved this AGES ago. Maybe a DECADE ago by now. A few basics will save you in 99 cases out of 100.

Comment You know what I love? (Score 1) 134

CASH. For trivial, small-amount transactions that will not be returned (i.e., fast food), I LOVE CASH. I never get charged twice for the same thing. Never a problem with the tip amount, etc. And no exposure for hacks like this.

Granted, I haven't had many problems with credit card transactions, but I've had ZERO problems with cash.

Comment Re:90% of dinosaurs survived? (Score 1) 265

Sigh. http://blog.oxforddictionaries...

"But the claim that decimate should be used to mean naught but to 'put to death (or destroy) one of every ten' has deeper problems than that. For it is not at all clear that this punitive sense is indeed the earliest definition of the word...

"So given that these two meanings of decimate appeared almost simultaneously, why are we so obsessed with assigning the punitive meaning to the word? A likely answer is that people are falling prey to what is known as the Etymological Fallacy, a tendency to believe that a word's current meaning should be dictated by its roots. Unfortunately for the etymological purists, decimate comes from the Medieval Latin word decimatus, which means 'to tithe'. The word was then assigned retrospectively to the Roman practice of punishing every tenth soldier."

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