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* Posts by bill 27

14 posts • joined 20 Oct 2012

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

bill 27

Ho Hum.

Dumped my satellite service. If it's not broadcast over the air I don't watch it, and even then I might watch 3 hours a week.

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Oh a "suit"!

Here is read that as a "suit". I was trying to figure out why someone would want to wear, especially a "suit", something that would block your hearing. Come to think of it, I might have had uses for it back when I was employed, but I never wore a "suit", and had to attend meetings.

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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You did pretty good...

except for a few things:

"1. How do I get my resolution native??"

I'm assuming you mean the auto-detect during install. I haven't run into that problem for a long, long time. What I do hear is people with NVIDIA (I think it was that card) and having to use their proprietary software to drive it and having problems. You should have been around when the initial install dumped you to a giant TTY and you had to use vi(repeatedly) to manually define everything about your video card/CRT(yeah big glass-tube) before you could even think about starting(repeatedly) a X-windows environment.

"2. Why don't mp3s work?"

Yep, and your next line "Codec and legal issues or some crap" pretty much explains the problem. The "for a fee" OS vendors pre-pay for the "legal issues" and pass the savings on to you (or whoever). I mostly have problems playing DVD's, vlc works swell, and there are easily found solutions.

"by the time you get to recompiling your kernel to suit the hardware and get things going"

I haven't done that since somewhere along the time of RedHat 3.* At the time I was running a serial mouse using the same IRQ/IO addresses as the network card wanted.

But I do agree that the support you get from folks online can be a little curt, it's especially important to give them enough information about the environment you're in as you know. But then, even now, I've never been afraid to just email the coder and ask WTF? Sometimes they even fix the problem at their end.

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bill 27

No Windows here.

I have 5 computers here, and one at another place, none of them are running Windows. After fiddling with Windows for decades, I used to get paid to support them along with VAX and UNIX machines. Just for fun I used to run Windows 1.0 in a dosbox. Then I realized that there was only one package that I used that required Windows. I quit using it and scratched 3 different versions of Windows.

Linux folks are usually pretty nice, I know I try, but the openbsd, and yes one of the computers is running it, people are...so friendly that I unsubscribed from the newsgroup after a few weeks.

Can everybody do it? No, not really, but I still haven't figured out how a touch-screen is going to help anybody in a business environment.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Aw HELL!

Mostly I have equipment at both ends, with one exception. It's all your basic simple computer/receiver/amp/speaker setup. Since "I go anywhere" for anywhere for from 3 to 5 months at a time it's easier to leave stuff behind. The exception? I have a small FM transmitter that I carry, but I just might buy another, so I can sit outside and listen while I read.

Oh, maybe I can hear the difference...Way back at the dawn of time I bought a CD of a classical piece I really liked, The Moldau. Same recording, just on CD instead of vinyl. When I ripped the MP3's for that album I used the vinyl to do it, just sounded better. Meaning was it the media, or engineering, or method? With the exception of the CD player and/or turntable/cartridge it was the same equipment.

Bought a new amp recently, same speakers. Damned thing sounded like being next to some cars at a light. I had to go down in the basement and grub around until I could come up with an equalizer.

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bill 27

Aw HELL!

I'm OLD! I have tinnitus. I do remember the 70's, I was working the concerts. I shot to many guns as a kid, indoors target shooting. I can't hear worth a crap. I have a giant high-frequency hearing loss, nerve damage. I carry a 128GB USB drive with my music on it when I go anywhere.

Meaning who really gives a shit except people who love to bitch about something. I certainly can't tell the difference, and I'm not alone.

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Automating repetitive tasks: If it moves, script it

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Well gosh! All I can say is DOH.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

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Ads?

Wonder if people are actually trying to wash their phone, or dunk it, or rinse it off under the faucet, like the current ads show them doing? Although if you listen you'll hear them say "water resistant".

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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OK.

Gimmee a IPV6 address and I'll append my mothers maiden name to the end of it as I type all of it in binary format at the prompt, to shorten the work perhaps hex would work.

I saw an article about how many square ft/m each IP could be assigned to.

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Dell goes private: Stock ceases trading, now Big Mike's baby once again

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AHHH MANNNN COME OHNNNN!

Does this mean my free lifetime tech support sticker on the back of my PC's Limited 8Mhz 286 isn't any good anymore? I've been meaning to call and ask about help with snort and netbsd and pf.

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bill 27

What!

Does this mean my lifetime free support, I have a sticker on the back of the AT style metal case, from the PC's Limited 8Mhz 286 is no good? I've been meaning to call and ask them about the interactions of netbsd, snort, and pf.

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30 years ago, at flip of a switch, the internet as we know it WAS BORN

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Re: What about the forgotten protocols

I'm sorry, my thoughts got lost and I'm in a BIND.

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Windows 8 versions will confuse the punters, say OEMs

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Pint

It's Win-sanity for

Win-8, because

it's innate!

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Penguin Computing muscles into the ARM server fray

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Joke

And here I was gonna ask if it ran the new Win-ate, innately.

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