I'd miss too many shows (Score: 1)

by in TV antennas - OTA HDTV reception on 2014-09-20 02:57 (#2SN1)

Very informative and cost effective if you can live with just the basic channels. Unfortunately, because a lot of the shows that I enjoy are aired only on cable channels, I'm afraid I'd miss out on too much.

Game of Thrones (HBO), Dexter (Showtime), Defiance (SyFy), etc...

I would still forgo the cable subscription (I've never had one) and instead get a Netflix DVD plan. This way you get both TV and movies at the full Bluray 1080p quality with no censorship (cursewords, altered scenes, etc) and no commercials.

Re: Outdated Android / iOS Poll (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Mobile Devices I own/use on 2014-09-18 18:54 (#2SK1)

Very easily. Unlike Android, Apple has always allowed older iPhones1 to update to the newer iOS versions using the built-in app store update process. When I turned on my phone this morning, it had a notification dialog saying something like "iOS 8 is available. Do you want to update now?"

1 Older models up to a point (3-4 versions back). The original iPhone, for example, doesn't get iOS 8 today like the 4's, 5's, and 6's.

Re: Lithium (Score: 1)

by in Mining Lithium from sea water... on 2014-09-16 17:53 (#2SFM)

Barring any revolutionary advances in the field, lithium batteries are our current best energy storage technology for mobile applications (i.e. phones, laptops, electric cars) and will be our best bet for the foreseeable future. If we are ever to wain ourselves off of fossil fuels, we must implement, in large scale, renewable energy storage.

Simply put, if everyone in the U.S. decided to junk their gas guzzler and buy an electric vehicle, there simply wouldn't be enough known lithium deposits on this planet to handle the demand. In fact, according to the popular Do the Math blog, not even known lead deposits (for the older lead-acid batteries) would be enough.

Re: Story Missing? (Score: 1)

by in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-13 12:04 (#2SCC)

Small bug when I added "-" to the list of allowed characters in a URL for a title. Should be fixed now.

Re: This Thread Has Gone Underground (Score: 1)

by in Stanford Engineer Aims to Connect the World with Ant-Sized Radios on 2014-09-13 07:20 (#2SC6)


Re: Lost Messiah (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Lots of folks are having a laugh at Apple on 2014-09-12 18:41 (#2SBN)

Jobs would never have allowed a protruding camera bezel that makes the entire phone wobble when placed flat on a desk.

Re: Spoken language (Score: 1)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-11 04:14 (#2S9H)

Young kids shouldn't have a problem reading the predicable dialog in Sailor Moon. Honestly, they wouldn't even have to read for long as they would learn many of the words and start to become fluent in the language.

Watch an episode of Sailor Moon, or better yet a better series like Card Captor Sakura with the orginal Japanese dialog and with the subtitles turned off. Even with no previous experience, even adults should be able to pick up a few words and begin the process of learning the foreign language.

Re: so this means (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-11 02:52 (#2S9B)

Other recommended examples:
  • Denno Coil - Augmented reality (think future Google glass)
  • Stratos 4 - Shooting down a group of comets before they impact Earth
  • Twin Spica - Astronaut training school
  • Chobits - Kawaii robot companions
  • Cowboy Bebop - Bounty hunters in space (think Firefly)

Re: so this means (Score: 1)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-11 02:39 (#2S9A)

Slashdot has had an "anime" topic since forever. Many anime series include hard sci-fi topics, such as space-junk, Internet, cybernetics, and the obligatory giant robots!

Surely at least some geeks are interested in these things, ne?

Re: What's a fella like me supposed to do?!?!?! (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Skylake graphics do not have VGA connector support on 2014-09-11 01:50 (#2S98)

Both Broadwell and Skylake will use the same 14 nm process node. Because process node shrinks benefit power usage (important for mobile) the most, a Broadwell model is a reasonable choice. Similarly, ultrabooks like the Macbook use ultra low power DDR3 ram already. The voltage drop is the main difference between DDR3 and DDR4 for laptop usage.

The one thing you would want to wait on Skylake for is HDMI 2.0. If you plan on connecting a 4K HDMI external monitor to your laptop, Broadwell will not be able to run it at 60Hz. Broadwell can push 4K at 30Hz over HDMI (the older version), which is fine for movies but will feel sub-optimal for general desktop use. Or you could use Display Port to get 4K@60Hz by using the fancy chaining feature of Display Port (your screen is actually split into 2 lower resolution virtual panels, but the signal is still routed through the same cable.) Also note that Apple screens use a Thunderbolt cable, which means Display Port will be used. HDMI is far more common in the non-apple world.

Here is an example of a new native HDMI 2.0 4K screen.

Re: "Everyone's"? (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Celebrity Nude Selfies hack: not a technical problem, everyone's problem on 2014-09-10 23:36 (#2S90)

Nobody understands the cloud!
Probably the best quote from that movie. :)

Re: Spoken language (Score: 1)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-10 23:31 (#2S8Z)

I own a few region 2 anime discs that wouldn't play in my standalone region 1 player or my computer drive. I eventually broke down and bought an expensive "region free" DVD player that the manufacturer had to specially modify - just so that I could watch my discs.

The whole region locking thing really is a pain.

Spoken language (Score: 3, Informative)

by in New Sailor Moon Dub is online on 2014-09-10 22:17 (#2S8V)

I'm a big fan of watching media in its original native language. Japanese animation should always be watched with the original Japanese audio. Subtitles are nearly always available, and preferable to dubbing, if you don't understand the native language.

Anime fan-subbing is perhaps the world's largest subtitling community. With high quality releases of popular titles mere days after airing, the fan-subbed versions often far surpass the quality of the eventual commercial release.

But what about the legality of fan-subs? Well... the content industry shot itself in the foot on that front. When digital video came out (LaserDisk, DVD, Bluray, etc) the industry divided the world into different "regions." U.S. and Canada are region 1, Japan and Europe are region 2, and Australia and South America are stuck in region 4. The idea being, they can charge different prices for the same content to different areas of the world. Charging higher prices to wealthier countries is, of course, illegal under free trade agreements - but something being illegal never stopped the content industry! However, this also brings up a small window of time, where a work is released in region 2, but not available for purchase in region 1. During this window, animation companies normally turn a blind eye to fan-subbing groups - as long as they promise to cease distribution once the official commercial license is finalized.

Two for one (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Take vitamins or no? Controversy supercedes the studies on 2014-09-09 07:19 (#2S6D)

Instead of taking a vitamin pill, eat a bowl of cold cereal. Most of the major brands have all evolved into being essentially a multivitamin served with milk.

Re: I'm still okay with taking them (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Take vitamins or no? Controversy supercedes the studies on 2014-09-09 07:14 (#2S6C)

My optometrist (that I visited mainly because they where allied with the LASIK operation that I undertook) not only advocated vitamins, but a vitamin monthly subscription called "Juice Plus." On my last appointment, they made this sales pitch so obvious that I thought they would also ask me if I wanted a vacuum cleaner, or maybe some Cutco knives. I'm convinced that this doctor's office doesn't really care about the vitamins, but cares more about getting a monthly monetary "cut" from the pill manufacturer for the referral.

I don't visit that doctor anymore.

Re: Hope it doesn't catch on (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in First Android TVs are out on 2014-09-08 23:20 (#2S64)

I've seen some people get extremely confused when given more than one box under their TV. Try to explain the following1 to a technophobe without pulling out your hair:
  1. First turn on the receiver with the power button on the receiver remote.
  2. Select the "Bluray" input button on the receiver remote.
  3. Next turn on the TV with the power button on the TV remote.
  4. Make sure the TV input source is set to "HDMI 1"
  5. Now turn on the Bluray player.
  6. Insert your Bluray disc that you want to play.
  7. Navigate the Bluray menu using the Bluray remote and find the "Play Movie" button.
1 In my case, the HT setup was much more complex with 2 projectors (one for inside zone, one for outside zone), 2 receivers (one for inside zone, one for outside zone), 1 HDTV flat screen, 1 computer monitor (mirrored with the TV and inside projector), 2 cable boxes (!), 1 Bluray player, 1 iPhone dock, 1 HTPC (xubuntu), 1 NAS (thankfully headless now)

After such a setup, I'm sure having a single "Android TV" with a single remote that does nearly all of the same functions, but all in one device, would be a welcome change indeed.

Points (Score: 1)

by in The King of Scrabble on 2014-09-08 01:17 (#2S4T)

From the Scrabble Rules:
1 Point - A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T and U.
4 Points - F, H, V, W and Y.
8 Points - J and X.
Blank tiles have no point value.
So he got 1 extra point for the extra vowel. Sucks that he didn't have a real Y, as the blank as a Y is still worth no points.

One of the things I don't like about scrabble is that it doesn't reward fancy words (like "CHLORODYNE") but instead rewards placement of rare letters on special tiles. So you can place 10 character fancy words all night and still get beat by someone placing "OX", where the X is on a tripple letter score square.

First Post (Score: 1)

by in Hello Journal! on 2014-09-07 10:22 (#2S4B)

First journal comment, y'know, to see if it works and doesn't blow up or anything.

Stick to the basics (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in You may call me a .... thank you very much on 2014-09-05 00:25 (#2S2S)

Nothing wrong with "nerd" or "geek"

Longtime reader (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Anand Lal Shimpi makes the move from tech journalism to Apple on 2014-09-02 07:28 (#2RZN)

As a longtime reader of Anandtech, I hope that Anand leaving doesn't spell the end of such a nice tech news site.

I've always considered Anandtech to be the best site for computer hardware and in-depth reviews. The difference between Anandtech and, for example, Tom's Hardware, is just uncompareable.

Oblig. (Score: 1)

by in If we're going to post more science stories here, hope they're in the field of: on 2014-09-01 22:41 (#2RZA)

Don't forget homeopathy!

Web Browsing (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Tablet sales are down; PC sales are up. What the heck? on 2014-09-01 22:36 (#2RZ9)

Some say that the web is the killer app for tablets. Unfortunately, I find modern websites very hard to use on my own tablet. Even though I have a newer 4 core tablet with a couple gigs of RAM, the device still struggles with the JavaScript laden sites so common on today's web. Also, some JavaScript navigation widgets, such as the venerable drop-down menu, are just impossible to use on a touchscreen without a mouse.

Long story short, I'd much rather browse the web on a desktop than try to suffer through the slower tablet experience.

Re: YubiKey (Score: 1)

by in When will the era of passwords come to an end? on 2014-09-01 22:22 (#2RZ8)

YubiKey (Score: 1)

by in When will the era of passwords come to an end? on 2014-09-01 22:22 (#2RZ7)

I've been contemplating adding YubiKey support to Pipedot. A YubiKey is a physical device, about the size of a USB thumb drive, that has one button on the top and acts like a USB keyboard. Unlike other "authenticators", when you want to sign in somewhere, instead of manually relaying a random code from a keyfob or smartphone, you simply press the button and the YubiKey generates and types a secure one-time code for you.

Would anyone else be interested in such a device? They would cost about $25 each and could be used on other sites that support them as well.

This just in! (Score: 1)

by in This is what electric car owners are doing while you sleep on 2014-09-01 21:52 (#2RZ6)

Larger footprint homes can consume more electricity than smaller homes!

Who'd 'a thunk it?

test (Score: 1)

by in Spam on 2014-09-01 03:53 (#2RYF)


Re: Written form is in decline? (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Usenet and the origins of social exchange on the Internet on 2014-08-31 20:47 (#2RY7)

Re: profile settings (Score: 1)

by in The experiment with feeding Soylent articles: your comments! on 2014-08-27 18:36 (#2QTT)

the comments seem to alternate (randomly?) between blue and green bar backgrounds--what's the logic behind this?
For more information on the "history" colors:

Re: Fixed link (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Truecrypt is dead. Long Live DoxBox. on 2014-08-27 12:37 (#2QKP)

Fixed. And keep up the good work ^^; I'm pretty sure a lot of ex-TrueCrypt users will love being able to flock to using this project.

Re: Haha... but seriously (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot Caught Plagiarizing Copyrighted Content on 2014-08-27 08:52 (#2QHM)

One of the goals of this site was the self-hosting ability of the software. Ideally, anyone should be able to fire up a copy of Pipecode on their own web server and immediately have access to the existing collection of stories and comments submitted by the community. Similar to the venerable Usenet of that long lost September, the canonical website (,, etc..) is simply a "viewer" of the underlying network. If all the users in the community have access to the entire database, problems such as the recent "beta" debacle simply cannot occur. If any one site becomes obnoxious towards its users, the users can simply switch to a different portal of the network.

Re: Windows? (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Truecrypt is dead. Long Live DoxBox. on 2014-08-25 09:40 (#1QAY)

A non-free OS can never be secure. This isn't trolling or fanboyism, it's just plain obvious.

Backdoor? Phone-home routine? There is just no easy way to tell without the source. Plus, there is no way to fix it without being able to legally modify and run your own fixes.

Re: Don't you know? (Score: 1)

by in I'm reading Pipedot from: on 2014-08-24 02:04 (#412)

Although I tested both IPv4 and IPv6 geolocation lookups, my own IPv6 addresses merely report back "United States" and lack the normal City-level precision of the IPv4 records. Because I'm using MaxMind's GeoLite Free database, I believe that the IPv6 portion isn't nearly as complete as the IPv4 portion.

Re: Don't you know? (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in I'm reading Pipedot from: on 2014-08-21 00:42 (#406)

Third party trackers, like Google Analytics, go against the Privacy Statement of this site and will never be seen here.

Of course, that applies more to the third party part than the analyze part. Some parts of pipecode, such as the recently added short code links, do record some statistics and are, in fact, using IP geolocation to plot where people are browsing from. For example, the short code for this poll is: and it's statistic page is:

Re: Ambiguity (Score: 1)

by in I'm reading Pipedot from: on 2014-08-21 00:30 (#405)

I prefer the "select a nearby city" method of selecting your timezone. The "GMT minus X" method is off by 1 hour for half the year. But if I select "America/Chicago", I know that I'll always get Central Time as defined by the current political tweaking. Those politicians seem to like to change when Daylight Saving Time starts a lot.
  • Eastern: America/New_York
  • Central: America/Chicago
  • Mountain: America/Denver
  • Pacific: America/Los_Angeles
  • British Time: Europe/London
  • Central Europe Time: Europe/Paris
  • Eastern Europe Time: Europe/Athens

Re: Poll broken in Konqueror? (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Smartest Corporate Acquisition on 2014-08-19 03:01 (#3Z7)

When you see the poll on the side bar of the front page, the poll box will automatically toggle between the vote page and the results/comment page depending on if you've voted already.
Unfortunately, the Monday Poll article had the link set to go directly to the results/comment page.

I changed the link in the article to point to the vote page instead.

No Dice (Score: 2)

by in Smartest Corporate Acquisition on 2014-08-18 23:04 (#3Z4)

You forgot Dice buying Slashdot, SourceForge, and FreeCode/FreshMeat for only $20M.

Seems almost insignificant with all the recent acquisitions being in the Billions.

A fool and his money are soon parted (Score: 1)

by in 4chan post screenshot sells for $90K on 2014-08-17 23:58 (#3YC)

The Internet is full of one-off examples of silly over priced auctions and purchaces. This doesn't nessesarily mean that such an item could command that price again, but more like some fool with too much money decided to blow some of it on something they thought would be funny, or would give them the impression of novelty.And so on...

Cisco (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Cisco re-organization means 6000 to be fired on 2014-08-15 18:02 (#3W9)

Announced at the same time as Cisco BGP routers overflowing and causing problems on the Internet...

Re: On the ropes (Score: 1)

by in Review of six Chromebooks for school on 2014-08-15 17:46 (#3W8)

I was on the ropes about blowing away my ChromeBox drive too. I even bought a second M.2 SSD so I wouldn't mess up the original drive. But, Google offers a really simple backup and restore from USB thumb drive directly from their UEFI.

Zelda? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Twitter under fire for failing to deal with horrific trolls on 2014-08-15 04:54 (#3VT)

Lol, I never knew he actually named his daughter after Princess Zelda. Still making us laugh posthumously...

Google Pixel (Score: 1)

by in Review of six Chromebooks for school on 2014-08-15 03:19 (#3VS)

They need to release the Pixel 2.

The original was great, but Sandy Bridge is now 3 generations behind.

Re: Yay (Score: 2, Funny)

by in USB Type-C Connector Specifications Finalized on 2014-08-13 21:45 (#3V5)

And this, and this, and this, and this.

Re: Yay (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in USB Type-C Connector Specifications Finalized on 2014-08-13 21:37 (#3V4)

Bad Example (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in USB Type-C Connector Specifications Finalized on 2014-08-13 20:06 (#3V2)

Example of previous generation USB connector brain-damage.
  • A single USB-A connector couldn't draw enough power, so they added a second USB-A on a Y cable to get extra power.
  • The Micro-B connector didn't have enough space for the extra pins for USB 3.0 speeds, so they added a kludge to the side of the Micro-B making this "micro" connector freaking huge.

Re: xmonad (Score: 1)

by in In any given month I use as interface: on 2014-08-12 23:23 (#3TV)

Sign in. I don't know how to reliably count votes of ACs.

Re: Not working (Score: 1)

by in Monday poll: what window manager or environments do you use in the course of a month? on 2014-08-12 18:43 (#3TR)

Thank you for reporting the error; you found a bug! (now fixed)

Your vote was indeed being correctly counted (which is why the number of votes changed) but the redirect back to the comments page was using your local time of your user account instead of UTC time. Thus it was trying to navigate to a date that was off by one (2014-08-12 vs 2014-08-11)

grsecurity (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Canadian Developers Are Making the Next Tails Privacy Software on 2014-08-04 20:45 (#2RX)

Interesting that they are using the grsecurity LSM.

Re: Just Great (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in XBMC is being renamed to Kodi on 2014-08-01 22:36 (#2RP)

Sorry... As a 33 year old addicted to a few computer-based video games myself (Starcraft, Warcraft, SimCity, etc), I did not realize that those "older-age-gamer" stats extended to some console systems as well.

I personally have never owned an Xbox, or know anyone that has, so my only impression of them come from some of the TV advertisements that I have seen such as this one that depicts a number of families playing the games. In these official ads by Microsoft, aside from a few parents, the average age appears to be somewhere in the 10-12 range. Perhaps these family friendly ads full of youngsters where mainly a stab at Nintendo's Wii successes and not at the general population of actual users of the console. Forgive my unfair generalizations.

Re: Just Great (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in XBMC is being renamed to Kodi on 2014-08-01 20:11 (#2RJ)

It looks like something targeted to little kids.
And "Xbox" isn't targeted towards little kids?

Re: Your eyeball is your USER ID! (Score: 1)

by in Your eyeball is your password on 2014-07-28 22:52 (#2PD)

Indeed. Biometric login supporters always get this wrong and is one of my personal pet peeves. Fingerprints and retina scans are not passwords! In terms of login, you can narrow information sources into two simple categories.

Things you have
  • Name (or username)
  • Email address
  • Fingerprint
  • Retina Scan
  • Simple ID Card
This first list is mainly public information that nearly anyone can obtain (or guess) to use as a unique identifier. Nothing on this list should ever be used as a "password substitute."

Things you know
  • Password (or PIN)
  • Shared secret
This second list is secret information that is not public or easily obtainable. These are the things that could be used as a password.

To improve security, simply include an element from each list. A common example is: withdrawing cash from an ATM requires both a card and a PIN.