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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Artem Tashkinov Strange (391 comments)

I don't know about others, but most of my friends run 3+ yo computers and laptops based on Sandy Bridge.

This CPU architecture was so good, or maybe Intel stopped innovating in the absence of competition, so today, more than three years later, I have zero urge to upgrade my PC. The only updates that I've made are: I updated my GPU a year ago and installed NVIDIA Kepler. Also, initially I had just four gigs of RAM in 2x2GB configuration and now I have sixteen gigs in 4x4GB configuration. Everything else is from 2011.

I remember ten years ago, when you didn't update your computer at least once every two year, it became horribly outdated, slow and just unpleasant to use.

about a month and a half ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Artem Tashkinov Choosing and not choosing KDE (611 comments)

I prefer KDE, but not what KDE4/5/plasma are.

I still use KDE 3.5.10, the sanest, the most customizable, and the most convenient KDE that has ever existed. XFCE is my second favourite (the only sane option in new distros).

about 4 months ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Artem Tashkinov Android no more (535 comments)

We can now totally forget about Nokia phones running Android or any other alternative OS - and no matter what people say or how much they dislike Windows Phone, Nokia's hardware is still excellent - it could have been a perfect match for Android, Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS, etc.

1 year,14 days
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You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

Artem Tashkinov Unconvinced (403 comments)

Game developers surely won't be convinced as most people still run (and will keep on running) the greatest common divisor which is Windows 7.

So I believe very few games will have features unique to DirectX >= 11.1. It just doesn't make sense to invest your money into something most people will be unable to use.

about a year ago
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Brazilian Schoolchildren Tagged By Computer Chips

Artem Tashkinov Re:Fuck yes! (288 comments)

Why has this been modded funny?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

Artem Tashkinov CPUs/GPUs/SOCs/etc (262 comments)

That is where I want room-temperature superconductors first of all.

100% computational efficiency, 0% heat release, no fans/ventilators/etc, almost completely quite computer (except for rotational HDDs and PSUs).

more than 2 years ago
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Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft

Artem Tashkinov Incorrect summary (405 comments)

As it often happens on /. the summary is not correct.

In the linked article: "Bing's freshness -- search quality in terms of freshness -- is at least on par with Google" and "Shum believes that Bing has finally reached a point where it can compete with Google on a technical level".

Google still indexes a lot more websites (enter some rare keywords and Google will give you up to five times more results than Bing), and it allows quoted queries which sometimes allow you to find information much much faster.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD: What Went Wrong?

Artem Tashkinov A technical view (497 comments)

I've read at least twice that throughout its latest history (the last ten years) AMD managed to create only two new CPU architectures, K8 and Bulldozer.

All AMD CPUs between K8 and Bulldozer are more or less the same design, and that fact alone explains that even Phenom2 CPUs offer modest improvement in IPC and power consumption over original Athlon64 CPUs which were released over 8 (!) years ago. All these CPUs share the same functional blocks, the same cache hierarchy, the same number of core blocks, etc.

Meanwhile during this time Intel has gone through Merom, Conroe, Wolfdale, Kentsfield, Arrandale, Clarkdale, Lynnfield ... the list goes on and on. Every 2-3 years Intel offers some radical improvements which made Intel the king of the hill since the advent of the Core 2 architecture.

Also we have to bear in mind that Intel's R&D's budget equals AMD's entire revenue, and since the x86 architecture is one of the most complicated computing architectures (at least from what I've heard), maybe the fact that AMD is always trailing Intel CPUs is that AMD just lacks resources to innovate and invent (actually resources are there but senior managers in AMD have indiscreet bonuses and salaries which means they don't have as many talented engineers as e.g. Intel can easily afford).

more than 2 years ago
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Do you like your cell phone?

Artem Tashkinov Missing voting options (396 comments)

"I like my phone, but it's really outdated, so I will soon buy a new one".

more than 2 years ago
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Where does your electricity come from?

Artem Tashkinov No option for me (498 comments)

I cannot vote because in my region we have coal & fuel oil power plants, dams (renewable power) and I bet some of electricity I get is supplied by nuclear power plants.

On the scale of ratios I surmise most of my electricity is supplied by dam powerhouses (I see a major European river outside of my window).

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Offers Protection Plan For Overclockers

Artem Tashkinov Mind that Intel is not Maecenas (101 comments)

I've read several times that Intel CPUs cost a little over $30 to manufacture, so don't think of Intel as Maecenas. Of course, they are lowering their profits by doing this, but they also give a lot more people the incentive and opportunity to overclock without fearing consequences like burnt $1000 CPUs.

more than 2 years ago
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I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

Artem Tashkinov Poll answers in plain English (332 comments)

  1. < 1% of the circumference of Earth = < ~400km (~250 miles)
  2. 1 to 3% of the circumference of Earth = ~400km (~250 miles) - ~1200km (~750 miles)
  3. 4 to 10% of the circumference of Earth = ~1600km (~1000miles) - ~4000km (~2500miles), e.g. Mexico - Canada
  4. 11 to 25% of the circumference of Earth = ~4400km (~2740miles) - ~10,000km (~6225miles), e.g. US - Moscow distance
  5. 26 to 50% of the circumference of Earth = ~10400km (~6474miles) - ~20000km (12450miles), e.g. Australia - USA

more than 2 years ago
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Hard Drive Prices Slide As Thai Flood Aftermath Subsides

Artem Tashkinov Seagate (155 comments)

I wonder why Seagate chose to slash their warranty even though its plants weren't affected by the floods.

more than 2 years ago
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Cloned Drug-Sniffing Dogs Prove Successful In South Korea

Artem Tashkinov Age issue (125 comments)

A few years ago I read that cloned animals have the same age as their originals (right from the birth), thus cloning even middle aged animals becomes less attractive financially as clones have a substantially short(er) life span.

Is this fact still valid?

more than 2 years ago
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I typically run Windows ...

Artem Tashkinov Dual boot here (417 comments)

I typically run Fedora Linux, but I dual boot into Windows XP to play games..

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?

Artem Tashkinov IDE (375 comments)

I wonder how soon we will see the posts asking how to recover information from IDE drives - most modern motherboards lack this interface and in a few years IDE will be entirely abandoned (at least in the consumer oriented market).

more than 2 years ago
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Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

Artem Tashkinov What about boosting GSM/2G signal? (229 comments)

My relatives live in the countryside and Internet access speed via a GSM network is abysmal (I'm talking solely about G2/Edge traffic) - around 4-6KB/sec vs theoretical limit of ~14KB/sec. Also access is very intermittent.

Is there a simple working solution (like the one outlined in this article) of boosting GSM connectivity for a 3G modem (which, alas, works only in 2G mode, since 3G masts are too far away).

about 3 years ago
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

Artem Tashkinov Apple has outdone itself (325 comments)

Now, according to Apple's lawyers, if you ever worked for Apple, then your subsequent inventions for other companies may also very well belong to Apple:

In amongst the ITC court papers in the recent HTC versus Apple spat is an argument which claims that Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple, hence infringing an Apple API patent.

This means that Android started at Apple, just by virtue of the fact that one of its former employees happened to have invented it. If this logic was applied, it would mean that it did not matter where an employee worked in their life all their inventions would be legally owned by the first company they worked for.

about 3 years ago
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The Register Hacked

Artem Tashkinov Corrections (192 comments)

If cannot live without The Register, put into your hosts file

Linux: /etc/hosts
Windows: C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\host

these two lines:

72.3.246.59 theregister.co.uk
72.3.246.59 www.theregister.co.uk

And the summary of the article is apparently wrong, someone stole/hacked into TheRegister DNS zone, TheRegister www servers are intact.

about 3 years ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

Artem Tashkinov N. Hemisphere (454 comments)

... multiplies as mad and definitely has a split personality disorder.

He has already voted almost 5000 times.

about 3 years ago

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Conspiracy theories behind the recent TrueCrypt demise

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  about 3 months ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "The recent out of the blue TrueCrypt discontinuation got many people thinking what had happened to the project and inquiring minds suddenly found a hidden message in TrueCrypt's kind of awkward announcement, "(U)sing (T)rueCrypt (i)s (n)ot (s)ecure (a)s (i)t (m)ay (c)ontain (u)nfixed (s)ecurity (i)ssues", which means, "uti nsa im cu si". Translated from Latin it means, "If I wish to use the NSA". Even if this message is real and its author wanted to warn us about TrueCrypt use implications, it's still unclear whether he meant to avoid all existing TrueCrypt releases or only future ones."
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Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  about 7 months ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future."
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Senate approves indefinite detention and torture of Americans

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "The terrifying legislation that allows for Americans to be arrested, detained indefinitely, tortured and interrogated — without charge or trial — passed through the Senate on Thursday with an overwhelming support from 93 percent of lawmakers. Only seven members of the US Senate voted against the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, despite urging from the ACLU and concerned citizens across the country that the affects of the legislation would be detrimental to the civil rights and liberties of everyone in America. Under the bill, Americans can be held by the US military for terrorism-related charges and detained without trial indefinitely."
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End of the silicon computing is nigh. What's next?

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  about 3 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "Ever since the invention of silicon transistor pundits have predicted that one day due to the laws of physics, companies which produce integrated circuits won't be able to shrink transistors, because at one point wires and gates become so small electrons will begin to stray freely and short circuit the chip. Intel has already plans for 11nm chips, but according to the current estimate the gate length of 5nm poses the ultimate limit of the silicon technology due to huge off-leakage current. So the question is, what happens next? Will the electronics industry and advancement in computing performance come to a screeching halt? Will we see the advent of photonic or quantum computers or something completely different? Or maybe computations will move to the cloud where CPUs will be plugged in on demand? Share your vision of the future."
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A possible cold fusion break through

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "Two Italians, Professor Sergio Focardi and Eng. Andrea A. Rossi, both of the University of Bologna, announced to the world that they have a cold fusion device capable of producing more than 10 kilowatts of heat power, while only consuming a fraction of that. This is the first public demonstration of a nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor capable of producing a few kilowatts of thermal energy. At its peak, it is capable of generating 15,000 watts with just 400 watts input required. Licensees are mentioned, with contracts in the USA and in Europe. Mass production should escalate in 2-3 years. Presently Rossi says they are manufacturing a 1 megawatt plant composed of 125 modules."
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Disabling cookies doesn't mean privacy

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "Electronic Frontier Foundation has published the white paper "How Unique is Your Browser" where they show that most Internet users are easily traceable and uniquely identifiable even with cookies support completely disabled. Also they released a web tool which shows your favourite web browser uniqueness, you can check it on you own by visiting this website. The only mitigating factor for this privacy vulnerability is disabling JavaScript and Flash plugin support for websites you don't trust (that can be accomplished by using NoScipt extension for Firefox web browser)."
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Solar system meteorites could be the source of lif

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "Recently scientists have reexamined a 100kg meteorite that hit Australia in 1969 and discovered that the rock which originated in the early days of the Solar System or even earlier contains a soup of highly complex organic chemistry. These findings further prove a theory of a primordial life possibly boosted by extra-terrestrial material. The researchers found 14,197 distinct elemental formulas. Taking into account the limitation of the instrument used, the researchers estimate that there may actually be more than 50,000."
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The lack of attention in the informational world

Artem Tashkinov Artem Tashkinov writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "Maggie Jackson wrote a book in which she is proving that "compared to past generations, we are in fact less capable of quality analytical thinking, more ignorant about many issues, and more fragmented as a community." As a a result of infinite and distracting flow of information coming from the Internet, mail, TV and and medias "it becomes nearly impossible to utilize our capacity for sustained attention, and the implications are felt in business, the home, and society at large."

Jackson notes that the average worker switches tasks every three minutes and once interrupted takes nearly half an hour to go back to the original task. Families and friends find it increasingly difficult to meet face-to-face and even more difficult to do so without interruption or willful multitasking. News segments bombard us with superficially simple pieces of information. We have essentially been ushered into a world of constant distraction in which reflective thinking and undivided attention (single-tasking) has become exceedingly rare.
However she says that there is a remedy."

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