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Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

BiAthlon Re:And the motorcycles .... (474 comments)

So, a switch to activate a device that makes noise in order to draw attention to the source. Hmmm, I think I'll patent that and call it a "Horn". I'll make millions!

more than 2 years ago

Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

BiAthlon What leadership? (754 comments)

If that's their training for leadership I hope they plan on leading people who are using saws and eating dirty hot dogs. I can't think that's part of my career plan.

more than 2 years ago

Colleges Struggling With the Digital Bathroom Wall

BiAthlon Re:Anonymous coward posted (262 comments)

Natural selection would mean that it would be ok for me to beat you to death. However in civilized nations we create rules that the majority of people believe are for the greater good. These rules general serve to protect those those that need protecting.

about 5 years ago

Why the FBI Director Doesn't Bank Online

BiAthlon Re:After reciving an e-mail that appeared... (360 comments)

If he's got 10 million invested, having 500k in the bank is a reasonable percentage. You don't want all your money tied up in non-liquid assets.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine Unlikely

BiAthlon Re:Big news... (461 comments)

You have to have OpenGL support in the driver that you're trying to use. Linux support of OpenGL, even though it does work, it not optimized the say way that the Windows support is. What John is saying is that they are using some of the less commonly used OpenGL routines and that the only shot of it working in Linux is to use the Nvidia binary driver. I don't know what the current rate of use of ATI versus Nvidia is among Linux users but if you reduce the Linux market from the entire market to only the ones that are running Linux with a binary Nvidia driver it cuts a small market to an even smaller market.

more than 5 years ago

Andreessen's Secret Plan To Find the Next Netscape

BiAthlon Re:age discrimination (130 comments)

I can't believe I don't get any mod points today. Informative, Insightful, this one has it all.

more than 5 years ago

Predator C Avenger Makes First Flights

BiAthlon Re:A new (304 comments)

I can clearly see why you posted anonymously.

more than 5 years ago

"Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

BiAthlon Re:Meh. (993 comments)

I think what you meant to say is that "People should not be permitted to use more than what I think their share of resources are..."

more than 5 years ago

First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta

BiAthlon Re:Blah (274 comments)

I think what you meant to say is that "If you have over half a million users, you're paying Microsoft enough money that they have people there fixing problems already."

more than 5 years ago

Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support

BiAthlon Re:HOWTO: Using a SUBSET to create LOCK-IN!!! (186 comments)

The problem with your theory is that point number 2 and number 5 are false. There are no private APIs. If there were private APIs it would not be a subset, it would be a superset with missing functionality.

The only issue with Google using a subset of functionality is that if they strip too much out that is useful developers won't use it and instead opt to use one of the many other hosting options.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

BiAthlon Re:Car built for 15 years... (655 comments)

No, they don't. You WANT them to run better than what you could buy new. In reality today's cars and trucks are better than just about anything we've ever had. When you combine safety, performance, and reliability they are better than anything we've had.

more than 5 years ago

Increase In Xbox 360 E74 Problems

BiAthlon Re:I don't quite see what this is about (346 comments)

Can I mod you -1 Wishful Thinking? Today's vehicles are so much better than just about anything made in the 1960's that can be measured. For instance dependability, durability, handling and performance. The only thing that stuff from the 60's gets is a big nostalga factor. I owned two 1960's era vehicles, a 1970's truck, two 1980's truck, a 1990's car, a 1990's truck and a 2000's car. With the exception of the car each successive vehicle has gotten better.

My 1998 truck has 186,000 miles on it and all I've had to do to it was replace the alternator (about $80 and 45 minutes). The 70's truck was on it's third engine by this mileage. Both 60's era vehicles were on their second or third transmission and their second engine. I got rid of the 90's era car at 137,000 because things seemed to be wearing out at about the same time and were about to come due.

Today's vehicles are the best I've ever seen with regards to measurable features. They don't have the soul of the older stuff but they also don't have the demons either.

more than 5 years ago

Shifting Apps To ARM Chips Could Save Laptop Batteries

BiAthlon Re:Options (326 comments)

I've had more than one situation where a sketch power supply or questionable RAM would totally refuse to run in various flavors of Ubuntu but Windows would just slow down or freeze for a while and eventually start working again. I think the guys at Microsoft just plan on running with crap hardware and their stuff degrades more gracefully.

more than 5 years ago

Hardware Is Cheap, Programmers Are Expensive

BiAthlon Re:Timing is everything (465 comments)

When you can upgrade hardware for $2000 and achieve the same result with $20,000 in development costs that makes sense but it doesn't always work that way.

I've been in situations where we had over $20 million in hardware and we have increased performance or scalability by 50% with no additional hardware. In this case it was not even close when comparing the cost of hardware, licensing, and additional administrator capacity to the software devleopment time.

more than 5 years ago

Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150

BiAthlon Re:Microsoft's Turd (907 comments)

If that's the case, when are we going to get some good drivers for Vista? I got a new PC and gave Vista an honest go. I used the drivers as shipped on the PC (tested by the manufacturer to be compatible, right?). It was crap. It was slow. It crashed during the install of Office 2007, repeatedly. I wipe XP and put the same software back on and it's quick. It never crashes.

I gave Vista an honest week and determined that it sucked.

I also installed Office 2007 and after a few days of adjusting I decided that I liked it so I'm not just anti new software.

about 6 years ago

Plug-In Hybrids Aren't Coming, They're Here

BiAthlon Re:Efficiency (495 comments)

It's an Escape. Its as much of a truck as a mini van is. Out of the factory the hybrid version gets 34mpg in town and 31mph on the highway.

more than 6 years ago


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