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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

0x4a6f6e43 A fad? (643 comments)

WTF Mundie, yeoman have these things on the bridge of the Enterprise. On both TOS and TNG. That's hundreds of years of freaking "staying power." What a moron.

more than 3 years ago

What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

0x4a6f6e43 Why you should like clouds... (396 comments)

Say you are a programmer. You have some spare time. You have loads of talent. You want to write a great little addictive game that supports multiplayer. Maybe make a little money.

You are smart enough to want to build in automatic updates, user account verification, user skins, multiplayer server lists and so on. Your little home PC doesn't have the bandwidth, the up-time, nor the horse power to pull it off.

You can go to the cloud. They have bandwidth, storage space, up-time. Pay some money, get your VM on the cloud. You write your cloud "user admin" server. Write that fun little game. Sell over a million. Just don't use the name "notch", it's taken.

more than 3 years ago

New OLPC Laptop 1.5 Dual-Boots Sugar, Gnome Desktop

0x4a6f6e43 It's all about the power of 2 (81 comments)

The OLPC needs to cost half as much, run twice as fast, with twice the memory. Then it will meet the expectations they made for it two years ago. I know. I own one.

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

0x4a6f6e43 Re:Don't blame Red Hat, Sugar was a dog (268 comments)

As an OLPC owner I can say RH sucks too. Changed to Ubuntu and the the boot time was about 20% less. Overall feel of the OS is much more responsive.

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

0x4a6f6e43 Re:The hardware sucked too (268 comments)

Missing keys? WTF. People with pocket knives cut them out or something? It's a frigging rubber mat keyboard. How does it loose a key? What kind of trade show was this? A razor blade trade show?

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

0x4a6f6e43 Re:I have an early OLPC and Sugar sucks (268 comments)

Sugar sucks big time. My kids hate it, my wife hates it, I hate it. I spent the first year trying to get used to it. No dice. It sucks. Slow, totally non-intuitive, buggy. Nuked it and put Ubuntu on it. No problems now. It gets a few hours of use every day. The OLPC has a lot of problems: too slow by a factor of 2, too power hungry by a factor of 2, too costly by a factor of 2. Early units have bad keyboards and bad touch pads. Put sugar on it and it makes me puke.

more than 5 years ago

I hold paper to vertical surfaces by preference with

0x4a6f6e43 Re:Tape (310 comments)

Yah, wtf Batman. Were is the tape option? Oh, I see what's going on. My DNS is being handled by a server in an alternate dimension where tape hasn't been invented... Wrong slashdot poll.

more than 5 years ago

A Cyber-Attack On an American City

0x4a6f6e43 I saw this on TV! (461 comments)

Come on Slashdot, get your conspiracy theories going!

You cut the fiber at point A so you can install a tap down the line and nobody will know.

This isn't some terrorist plot. This is a Government plot to install data taps in California at the cross-roads of the internet. Check the building next to the manhole - I bet it has 10 floors but the elevator only shows nine floors...

more than 4 years ago

Should Network Cables Be Replaced?

0x4a6f6e43 Cables! (524 comments)

[Let's see, I read slashdot and I design cable testers - this looks like a chance to pretend I'm smart]

>Does the cable need replacing?

Cables are made of wires, insulation, and connectors. Generally the wire and insulation have a very long lifetime. Even the insulation used in cheap Cat-whatever cables will probably outlast you.

The lifetime drops a lot if the cable gets flexed, rubbed, exposed to heat, UV, or moisture. Under those cases the wire and insulation can fail fairly quickly (think months to a few years).

Under normal use in a good environment the key failure point is where the wire meets the connector. Those mod-jack connectors rely on insulation displacement to make the contact. They can fail fast in bad environments (hot, wet, high vibration).

Still, it's not common for general maintenance to change the cables. It's more common to replace them as they give you trouble.

>Do CAT 5(e) cables get old?

Sure, but they tend to keep working.

more than 5 years ago

OLPC Downsizes Half of Its Staff, Cuts Sugar

0x4a6f6e43 Re:I have an XO (379 comments)

I also have an XO. I use it EVERY DAY and have for the last year. There is a lot more wrong with it than most people know. Still, I like it and use it. Its major problems are: 1) Cost twice as much as promised. 2) Runs half as fast as I'd like. 3) Has half the battery life promised. 4) Uses Sugar - it's just too weird - even my kids hate it. So, I spent $25 for an 8 Gig SD card, blew away Fedora and put Ubuntu on the OLPC. It's much more usable now. OLPC needs to dump Sugar, embrace Ubuntu, and modernize the hardware to 2x the clock and 4x the battery capacity. That would give them a chance.

more than 5 years ago

Roku Box Adds HD, Grows Beyond Netflix

0x4a6f6e43 Mythbackend ! (95 comments)

Just add the ability to talk to a Mythbackend and output HD at 1080p and I'll get two!

more than 5 years ago

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blocks

0x4a6f6e43 Re:Bionicle (576 comments)

Wow are you out of the loop. Go to lego.com and see what they are making today. They've been undergoing a major product line improvement for the last few years and they now have several key themes that are very popular among the kids. The big ones for the kids I know are: 1) Star Wars. Loads of models based on all eras of the Star Wars saga. Very collectable. 2) Spies. Loads of models based on a James Bond like spy setup. 3) Cities. Loads of models based on a city theme. Like SimCity for legos. 4) Indy Jones. The latest movie sucked but every kid I know thinks the legos are cool.

more than 6 years ago



How do you like your Sci-Fi movies?

0x4a6f6e43 0x4a6f6e43 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0x4a6f6e43 (837256) writes "1) Rated G. I prefer it cute and cuddly.
2) Rated PG. Cute is nice but throw in some gun action, a little toilet humor, and a hot chick in a tight shirt.
3) Rated PG-13. Get a few salty words, some serious explosions, some serious hot chicks, but no gore and sex, my mom/wife/kids might watch it too!
4) Rated R. I gotta have major explosions, guts, brains, and body parts everywhere, loads of cussing, and a nice naked chick or two.
5) Rated NC17. Sci-Fi is best served raw, bloody, and naked!"

OLPCs ship. What are your first impressions?

0x4a6f6e43 0x4a6f6e43 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

0x4a6f6e43 writes "The G1G1 program starting shipping the first XO laptops about 2 weeks ago. It's always fun to watch the birth of a new community. The first impressions from adults, 9 year olds, 12 year olds, and my wife clearly indicate: it's tiny, a bit slow, made for kids, and most of all it's cute. Users are already ditching the default browser for Opera for OLPC and the Adobe Flash Player for OLPC, bringing all those internet games to the XO. The only downsides from the various forums, wiki.laptop.org is straining under the load of olpc users, people really don't understand their home wi-fi set up (WEP ascii passwords, hex passwords, ahhhh), and the XO's networking is a bit too advanced for user's home networks. People are discovering they need to update their DSL modem firmware because of the DNS "" bug in older revs of linux based DSL modems. So what's your first impressions of the Tiny Green Machine?"


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