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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Archimonde Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

It only got relatively ok last major patch because original iOS 7 was horribly slow on ipad 2. Point being that one of the major features of the patch was to bring back some of the speed to iPad 2.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Archimonde Re:Binary prefixes: Use them (272 comments)

Wish had some mod points.

But thank you for a bit of sanity, this kibibullshit was really getting on my nerves. It is all over wikipedia as well and people think that is a holy book of knowledge. Even my youngish sister at school had to learn this bullshit. I wanted to go to her school and punch the prof in the face.

The 1GB = 1000MB was a ploy by the HD manufacturers, and if they could, they would write that 1GB = 666MB. And of course, some people in academia who have nothing better to do than to invent and parrot bs. Still, every now and then you'll have a guy who thinks that we're just peasants for not knowing the arcane, excuse me, technologist/precisionist/engineerist claptrap. /end rant

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Archimonde Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

Had the same problem! I wanted to restart but couldn't find the damned button for it. After a few minutes of trying to find it (that is eternity!), I've typed the shutdown command.

I had this installed in boot camp so I've removed that partition immediately afterwards.

about a month ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Archimonde Re:Not likely. (365 comments)

Or my MBP with retina display with a display burn in. I mean, "image persistence feature". And the same laptop had its mobo replaced twice as it was freezing when switching to discrete graphics board.

I still have late 2010 MBA which works great to this day. And I've used that one for countless hours of gaming.

My next laptop is probably going to be air again. I just love that portability.

about a month ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Archimonde Re:Why would I buy a Prius (377 comments)

And unfortunately the hybrid Yaris is not that good at all. I really wanted to buy the car until I had a test drive in it.

The accelleration is quite slow, and every time you want to accelerate you have to put your foot down completely. And then the petrol engine goes into high revs *all* the time and that would be fine if you didn't hear it. But the noise insulation is bad so you can hear it quite loudly and it is not pleasant at all. Did I mention that no overtaking can happen with this car? It claims that it has 100hp combined, but it certainly doesn't seem so when you compare it to a 100hp "normal" car.

Also the car is heavy and you notice it going into relatively high speed roundabout curves, and of course steering has artificial thing. And it would help if it had any dash of color inside, they are quite bland inside.

The car would be bareable if the only driving one does in a horribly congested city. Anything else is just too painful with that car.

So I went with smaller car with 3 cylinder engine petrol engine and couldn't be happier about it.

about a month and a half ago

Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

Archimonde Re:CEO in a Bubble (190 comments)

I actually wanted to buy the damned thing, but I was stunned that it has such a poor gas mileage. I talked to two owners and read a lot online and the car definitely isn't austere.

Went and had a go in hybrid Toyota Yaris, and the thing was loud, wobbly and glacially slow. I went with Volkswagen Up and couldn't been happier.

about 2 months ago

BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Archimonde Re:Meanwhile, in the rest of the world ... (258 comments)

How many XL1 cars have been sold so far? None? What is going to be the price? How many have been built?

Exactly, it's not really a production car.

about 3 months ago

Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Archimonde Re:terms not disclosed (108 comments)

Or maybe they'll get an apple store gift card so they can go and buy a nice shiny macbook?;))

about 3 months ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Archimonde Re:Gorilla Glass is pretty strong (195 comments)

Now thinking about it, I don't recall seeing an iphone (or gorilla glass equipped phone) with screen scratches. Yes, there most probably are there, but they are not visible in day to day operation which I think is all that matters.

Of course, what everyone sees is a lot of phones with cracked glass.

And as we all know, sapphire crystal glass on watches is more fragile than on the ones with mineral glass. Sapphire is more clear so the dials look nicer and it is less scratched though. But I haven't seen a watch with gorilla glass though.

about 3 months ago

Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Archimonde Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

The situation is still quite different as much better explained here for which I don't have much to add as I was writing in a hurry.

There is still a difference in that Snowden didn't help any country directly. The leaks are not about position of troops, military resources or something of that kind. He brought direct proof that NSA has access to all the means of communications in the world and much more.

I mean probably everyone concerned about it already knew about it, but the papers showed that it is much more aggressive and widespread and goes against their own allies (Merkel etc) which is huge and a bit no no if you get caught. If anything, Snowden helped civil liberties groups all over the world in trying to curb the absolute power of the NSA.

Yes, you could argue that the it helped Russia, but that is very indirectly by maybe weaking NSA. But then it helped Trinidad and Tobago too. Snowden went to Russia because he was denied to run anywhere else and he didn't have options. He is there probably a guarded prisoner (but not in prison). Russia didn't need any of the papers he leaked, if their agencies are worth any salt, they knew about surveillance already.

about 3 months ago

Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Archimonde Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

I don't have time to write a full answer, but I'll just give one counterpoint.

During the 1944 there was a World War going on changing the comparison dramatically.

Bletchley park was strictly a military/couter intelligence operation working against Axis, while the NSA is fcuking surveillance on a world scale against *everyone*.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Archimonde Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (702 comments)

If only they made some really pocketable multimeters for us IT/Systems guys.

I don't need a 2KG brick to check if a power supply is dead or not.

about 3 months ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Archimonde Re:Force her out! (313 comments)

Nice cherry picking there. But you are still wrong though as you completely ignored the argument.

about 4 months ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Archimonde Re:Force her out! (313 comments)

For the umpteenth time: waterboarding is not torture. At most, it is "torture-lite" â" anything, from which the subject walks away without bodily harm, does not qualify.

So if you don't consider brain to be part of your body, then yes you are right. And that certainly must be true because you don't have one.


about 4 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Archimonde Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

That is nonsense. Everyone has limited bandwidth for a fact. Be it 256Kb/s or 20Mb/s or whatever.

When an application starts to upload or download something and takes all your bandwidth all other activites which are depending on that bandwith come to a halt. That is certainly most visible in the case of upload as the upload bandwidth is usually lower than download.

That is the reason why applications/services which are usually used in the background (as in dropbox, ftp, torrenting clients etc) all have throttling controls so they don't take all your bandwith so you can still stream internet radio, browse internet at acceptable speed etc.

about 5 months ago

Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

Archimonde Re:Lame (108 comments)

And for added security you could have a rescue parachute which you can deploy and the drone will not crash with all the elegance of a falling helicopter.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Archimonde Re:Write them down. (445 comments)

That's pretty much what I do during my contract on the ship. I don't have a wallet, but have a pocket notebook and there I write down the network configuration, some usernames/passwords for some servers etc (every ship is different). With time, I remember all of this stuff so I destroy the papers anyway.

I never write down which credentials are used for what, this is what I know, and always add some logical sounding letters/number to every piece of information but in some way that I always know what is garbage and what is real information. If I lose the notebook I don't think anyone onboard would be able to figure out what information is used for what, and also what piece of garbage to remove. Even if someone would be resourceful enough to do it, I would still have a much better head start because I would notice that my notebook is missing and I would have plenty of time to change the passwords.

All of this is much better than having a document on a usb drive with your password list which has to be decrypted every time you want to read it. Of course, all of the info and much more is stored on some document which is encrypted for safekeeping.

about 5 months ago

Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

Archimonde Re:People are tired of the endless guilt trip. (846 comments)

I completely agree with your point. I don't live in the States but I was wondering why can't you have all this stuff delivered to your house?

about 6 months ago


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