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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Archimonde Re:Oh good (907 comments)

So you get a discount on paying cash for the car?

I always thought this is normal but I went and bought a car with cash and was surprised that I couldn't get even a cent of discount or some upgrade package on it.

Asked why and the guy just shrugged and said that if I pay by monthly installments it doesn't make any difference to them because the bank pays the full price of the car to the dealer and then the payments are between you and the bank.

This is in Croatia though, dunno how it is in the rest of EU.

about a month ago

Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Archimonde Re:Reminds me of cars until the 1950s (207 comments)

Yeah, but then all the fashionable blogosphere would decry the materials used and call it the koreanization of the one american way.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Archimonde Re:I wish I'd known... (548 comments)

Same thing I told myself, but instead of law school I should have gone to maritime school. By my age now I could have been a staff captain on a cruise ship or even captain/master in few years time with no problem at all. And that means triple the salary and better benefits.

Instead, I'm looking at our deck officers on our ships who can barely tell the difference between port and starboard. For great majority of them, maritime school was the only one they could actually complete.

But what can you do, life is too short to look back.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Archimonde Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (331 comments)

I don't agree because it is so easy to get infected even with years of experience. Unless you run all your installs, exe's or whatever in VMs, you are open for attack. And if you do this, maybe it is easier to just have AV at the ready.

But leaving aside IT pros, an average user has nowhere near enough experience to diferentiante a lot of normal situations with suspicious situations, they click yes on everything etc. If you wish to train someone, that frankly can take months/years.

Another problem which a lot of people are missing is the difference between some "soft" malware, classic malware and/or viruses. I've seen more than a couple of computers with half of the screen taken by fucking toolbars/search bars, ad popups etc. Of course, those computers are unusable and everythign grinds to a halt. Even with AV programs saying that all is fine and dandy. So yeah, the user just went to install new java/adobe reader/whatever version, clicked next next next finish and got himself fucked in the process. Sometimes this "innocent" programs will confuse even the most experienced guys with installing shit you don't need but this installed claims that it needs it. Not everyone has 3 programs installed on their computers.

So my point is, nowadays, AV programs are more or less useless as they don't find a lot of malware (licensing or whatever). Yes, I still have it on my windows systems (MSE), but that is for just in case scenario and better to have it for that one time then get infected. But still, people get crap on their computers sideloaded all the time. You can blame the user as much as you want for this kind of infections, but this install X and youl'll get Y which will later download Z and R system has to get fixed somehow.

about 2 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Archimonde Re:schadenfreude (121 comments)

This is the biggest point. You could lower down the graphic settings and all, but the gameplay was still shitty and that was the biggest downfall in my opinion. Yeah they were just tech demos you had to pay for and nobody could actually run it. No wonder they didn't sold anything.

about 3 months ago

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.

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago


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