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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

CajunArson Re:WTF?? (92 comments)

I read Patently-O regularly. Good to see someone who actually knows what is going on on Slashdot for a change...

3 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

CajunArson WTF?? (92 comments)

"Although the patent industry broadly speaking sees the Alice verdict as a death knell for patents"

OK, the only thing wrong with that little click-bait snipped is the lack of the words "nobody in" between "Although" and "the".

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

CajunArson Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (378 comments)

Considering the first graphical web browser was written for the Next Operating system, I'm going to assume that your stupid little rant is to make you feel better about hating Windows (wow! aren't you a rebel!) and less about anything to do with software development... of which you obviously know nothing.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

CajunArson Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (378 comments)

I was waiting for somebody to fall into the "BUT LIBRARIES!" trap...

You do realize that you just said that Windows 8 now follows the UNIX PHILOSOPHY because boy oh boy does it have libraries!

Oh... but you didn't really mean that you say? You meant.. MODULAR instead right? Well in that case, if you actually knew anything about SystemD, you would know that it *is* modular almost to a fault so that's no it either.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

CajunArson Simple set of pipelined utilties! (378 comments)

It sounds great in theory but...
1. If you really buy that principle and want to enforce it religiously, then please never use a web browser again (even Lynx!), not to mention any other complex program that isn't formed from a bunch of small "do one thing well!" utilities that are executed in a pipeline.

2. Please tear up your Richard Stallman fanclub cards because what little software he's written has mostly been Emacs and Emacs is the anti-UNIX based on the "pure" UNIX philosophy.

That't the issue: Every single person who hates SystemD because "UNIX PHILOSOPHY!!" has no problem violating that philosophy to actually get things done in a whole bunch of other areas. That's not even bringing up the fact that SystemD is.. wait for it... built from a bunch of individual utilities that can actually be used by non-systemd programs.

4 days ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

CajunArson Software Business Methods are in danger (118 comments)

If it's a "software patent" where it's really just a financial transaction with an "on a computer" part added, then it's in trouble.

However, lots & lots of patents that include computing systems where software is in the mix will be perfectly fine as long as they are actually directed to technological improvements as opposed to business method + computer claims.

about two weeks ago
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Journal Published Flawed Stem Cell Papers Despite Serious Misgivings About Work

CajunArson Not that unusual (35 comments)

It's very common for a paper to get rejected on the initial go-around but for the journal in question to provide hints about how the problems with the paper could be addressed to make it publishable.

The bigger issue here appears to be that the followup process didn't happen in a thorough and rigorous manner or that all the extra data the journal requested ended up being manipulated/faked.

about two weeks ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

CajunArson ARM's number is up (51 comments)

The silly notion that splashing ARM across your chip means it will always win in low-power devices just got the final nail driven into its coffin.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

CajunArson Yes it does Run Linux (60 comments)

and the GPU drivers have been mainlined in the Kernel for everyone to see for several months already.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

CajunArson Re:Easy (110 comments)

Samsung: So big that it patent trolls itself.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

CajunArson I'm in favor of a free vacation for Bennett (253 comments)

That's right, we can send Bennett over to our friends at ISIS and he can give them annoyling irrelevant advice about the exact type of eco-aware synthetic materials that they should use in their head-chopping knife scabbards. If we're lucky, they'll chop their own heads off in sheer frustration after they're done with him, and we'll kill 2 birds with one stone.

about three weeks ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

CajunArson 5820K is an extremely nice part (181 comments)

The 5820K is packing 6 cores and an unlocked multiplier for less than $400. If you don't absolutely need the full 8-core 5960X, then the 5820K is going to be a very powerful part at a reasonable price for the level of performance it delivers.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

CajunArson Re:Display server (826 comments)

[quote]Right now I'm running two copies of Eclipse from a VM, displaying on the host machine's desktop using X-forwarding. Under Wayland, that'll require either pushing megabytes of pixels every time I scroll a window, or using some god-awful VNC crap.[/quote]

Let me fix that for you:

Using X-forwarding *right freaking now* you are pushing megabytes of pixels every time you scroll a window because every single modern toolkit operates that way and you have obviously got problems distinguishing between a simple tutorial on the 1985 version of xterm vs. how real applications that are forwarded over sockets in the real world actually behave.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

CajunArson Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

1. Not that often for my desktop systems, but quite a bit for all those mobile devices out there. P.S. --> anybody who brags about ** years of uptime on a server deserves to be shot for failing to apply updates.

2. I don't care if I only save 1 second: time savings are important.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

CajunArson Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

TL;DR version: You spend around 20 years getting used to the old way of doing it and now you can't stand change.

My story: Been using Linux heavily since 2000. Arch adopted Systemd big-time in 2013 or so. I spent a little while learning the new commands, and now it's just as easy/hard/whatever as the old RC system was. Oh, but my boot times are way shorter than they used to be.

about a month ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

CajunArson Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Nobody has been robbed.
TSX today works exactly as well as TSX worked yesterday, and considering that Haswell has been on the market for over 1 year, I assure you that anybody who has been chomping at the bit to use TSX has been using TSX.

If the TSX erratum were trivially easy to trigger, then this article would have been posted last spring before Haswell even launched.

Intel has done the responsible thing by acknowledging the bug (trust me son, AMD & Nvidia often don't bother with that part of the process) and giving developers the OPTION to either use TSX as-is or disable it to ensure that it cannot cause instability no matter what weird operating conditions can occur.

Tell ya what, why don't you take all your nerd-rage over to AMD or ARM where they won't rob you of all kinds of advanced features that they just don't bother to implement at all.

about a month ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

CajunArson Re:Bought a 4770 instead of 4770K because of TSX (131 comments)

You can still "play with this instruction" all you want.

What happened here is that a third party developer managed to uncover a corner case where certain interactions with TSX can lead to instability. In order to be safe, Intel acknowledged the bug (a refreshing response) and is now giving you the OPTION to disable TSX if you feel that it could impinge the stability of a production load.

So basically: Go ahead and play with TSX all you want, but be aware of the errata and that it's theoretically possible to hang your machine in some corner cases.

about a month ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

CajunArson Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Uh.. given that sort of standard, no Android application has ever been developed since the x86 PCs that are used to develop 100% of Android applications lack practically all features of the ARM SoCs that run those applications (the only exceptions being the newer Baytrail Android tablets that are also x86).

Also: There's a space of about a million miles between "TSX ALWAYS FAILS EVERY SINGLE TIME NO EXCEPTIONS AND CAN NEVER BE USED EVAR!!" with "Oh, we found through extensive testing that under certain conditions TSX can cause issues. Don't use it for your nuclear power plant control system, but it's perfectly fine for non-critical testing. Oh, and just to be safe, we've made a microcode update to disable it."

about a month ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

CajunArson Duped article and not insightful (275 comments)

Articles like this have been around since the 1980s and have appeared on Slashdot before in regards to practically every stealth aircraft in existence including at least the F-117 and the B2.

Here's the kicker though: The long-wave radars that can sort of track stealth aircraft aren't able to track them with the precision needed to get a missile up there to shoot one down. If an adversary already knows that you are sending planes into a general geographic region, then the long-wave radar doesn't really tell them anything that they didn't know already.

Anyone in the military who has dealt with stealth technology will tell you that "stealth" is much more than a coating or wing shape that magically makes your airplane disappear. It's a whole strategy that uses technology + suitable tactics to make stealth work in practical situations. Stealth aircraft are not completely invisible and do not have to be completely invisible to be effective.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

CajunArson Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Sorry, but I'm not going to get my panties in a bind that the NSA is spying on other countries' governments considering:
      1. That's the NSA's freakin' job.
      2. Anybody who thinks that the only country in the world that spies is the U.S. is either an idiot or a liar.

about 3 months ago

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Running Old Desktops Headless?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  about 5 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running."

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Microsoft Censors... Its own Naughty Santa

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Register has a story about a rather naughty Santa. It appears that the seemingly nice holiday service provided via Windows Live Messenger took on a mind of it's own. When the AI version of Santa Claus began to talk dirty to underage children, it appears that the ghost of Microsoft management present decided to sent AI Claus packing back to the digital north pole."
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Intel open-sources parallelization Framework

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "An interesting article over at Ars Technica discussing Intel's recent release of its http://osstbb.intel.com/">Thread Building Blocks 2.0 templating library for C++. This library provides a higher level of abstraction for writing parallel code than normal POSIX or Windows threads provide. It has been pushed by Intel in the past as a similar concept to OpenMP, although its template nature means it is much more focused on C++.

Some interesting notes on Intel's earnestness in open-sourcing the project: Released under GPL version 2, it runs on non-Intel CPUs (even non-x86 as in the G5), and it is already ported to Linux and Solaris as well as Windows."
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CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Beryl Project which is a fork of the well-known Compiz desktop compositing project has just released version 0.2.0. The anouncement is here.

Having used Beryl from the SVN tree I can say that it has made quite a few improvements, and while it continues to borrow from the Compiz core it also has some fun plugins like the group plugin and wall plugin that can actually help usability on the desktop in addition to just being pretty eye-candy."

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Carnegie Mellon MSIN Master's Program?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well this is my first slash-blog entry, lets see who'll bite!

I am presently an undergrad at Purdue University and will finally be graduating with a BS in Computer Engineering in May.

My number 1 choice for graduate schools, Carnegie Mellon, just accepted me into the MSIN Master's program. If you are a current or former student in this program, is it a good idea? I've studied all the material on the CMU site, and it looked so interesting that I specifically applied to that program. What have your experiences been? Has it met your expectations?

Thanks for anything you can tell me!

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