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Another Windows 8 Pre-Beta Surfaces

Corporate Troll Re:Bill's Law (534 comments)

Aaagh... Scrap my comment, this wasn't about the different Windows lines, but about Bills Law. Now I understand why you included WinXP-SP2. I should avoid posting on slashdot while having a headache.

more than 3 years ago
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Another Windows 8 Pre-Beta Surfaces

Corporate Troll Re:Bill's Law (534 comments)

It was nothing like that... Basically, it was:

Win 3.xx -> Win 95 -> Win 98 --> Win ME, where the line dies. In parallel the NT line looked like this NT 3.xx -> NT 4 -> Win 2000 -> Win XP -> Win Vista -> Win 7.

That's the operating system family history. From the consumer point of view, the "next version" from Win 98/ME was Windows XP, and that's where the "professional" and "consumer" lines merge. The period around Windows 98/ME/2000 was pretty interesting. There were plenty of consumers that didn't want ME, and asked for 98 or 2000 instead. Yes, consumers went with 2000, I've seen many specifically asking for it. Even Dell sold consumer PCs with 2000 as an option. So reality was more like that the users from 95 (plenty of people still ran 95 in that time), 98, ME and 2000 migrated in roughly the same period to XP.

Since this brings up Windows 2000. Windows 2000 was, in my opinion, their best system hands-down. It simply got neglected and was a bit too early to incorporate Wireless. The two "big" things that are missing from 2000 versus XP are wireless support out of the box and fast user switching (for the home user). You can get wireless to run on a 2000 machine, but you have to use the horrible, horrible applications that wireless card manufacturers make. With Windows XP, you usually can avoid those. (but alas, they are still in existence... why is completely beyond to me as the standard interface does everything well)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

Corporate Troll Re:Really? Not really, they stopped last year. (766 comments)

Only works for Windows 7 Professional to Windows XP Professional... but yes, that works. I have done this at work. You need to have the OEM XP disk though, but if you have one machine that came with it you're covered.

That said, what doesn't seem to work is running Linux (Ubuntu) and use the downgraded Windows XP Professional in a VM. The Windows 7 OEM in a VM on Linux works. Why this is, I do not know... I haven't found out and never got it to work.

(Visualization is also only allowed for the "Pro" version... )

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

Corporate Troll Re:Really? (766 comments)

Because computer power reached a plateau for the end-user. I consider myself a end-user. Let's take my primary personal laptop, bought in January 2007, runs Windows XP Media Center Edition (well, most of the time it runs Ubuntu, but that's what it came with).

That laptop was low-end and on sale the day I bought it: Turion X2 TL-50 (cache starved) and 1GB RAM, which I upgraded to 2GB because I could, but 1GB really would have sufficed.

For my daily surfing, the occasional letter, an email left and right... it is... overkill.

That's where you come to the point of "Upgrading". Why the hell would I spend 150€++ to go to Windows 7, which will most likely bog down the machine more than XP? That's an "upgrade", the "cheapest" way to get Windows 7. From an end-user point of view, spending 500€++ on a new computer is insane if the current one does just fine. I'd rather use that 150€ upgrade money for something that I enjoy. (Upgrading operating systems, especially those from Redmond is not part of "enjoying").

Slightly related, I love to tech-dumpster-dive. It is pretty common to find 2.0GHz single core machines (AMD Athlon, Pentium IV) in dumpsters these days. Given enough memory, those make great computers. They all come with OEM License stickers. It is easy to get those back up and running. I have a license (it's on the case), I can install it. If Microsoft decides to turn off the activation servers, dumpster divers all over the world will cry in agony.

more than 3 years ago
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IPv6 Traffic Remains Minuscule

Corporate Troll Re:home routers (406 comments)

I'm trying to understand what you mean with 1£/W/year. Assuming normal precedence, this means (1£/W)/year. So, a 24/7, 100W device costs 100£/year. I'm trying to figure out if that's even remotely possible. I've had this thing running for years, and I pay around 120€ every two months, so 720€ per year. Just assuming 100W Athon, and 1£=1€, that would make ~1/7 of my power bill? The migration to the Soekris was only achieved last fall, but according to you, I should save around 80€/year... Nothing on my current power bills have hinted anything in that direction (You'd expect ~13€ less each two months).

Still... To me the cost in power wasn't the issue...The noise was though.

more than 3 years ago
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IPv6 Traffic Remains Minuscule

Corporate Troll Re:home routers (406 comments)

Just before anyone actually does this... Keep in mind that this old PC will make noise and that 24/7. Unless you live in the basement of your parents and it's there and only bothers you, you will get someone nagging about it. I have this setup, twice actually... Once at my parents where it is a Atom D510MO and it nicely routes for my parents, but it's in the basement and bothers no one. At my place, I used to have a dumpster sourced AMD Athlon 64 3400+. My wife hated it, as you could hear it throughout the apartment if you left the door of the office open. I replaced it with a Soekris which is near silent (and everything is fine), but it took ages as a married man doesn't have as much time as the single geek I was when the dumpster sourced Athlon.

So... Only from noise perspective, I would seriously discourage it. From the power consumption side, the Athlon just used 90W or so, the Soekris is much less (20W? Never tested it....) I won't say this isn't a significant change, but not nearly as dramatic as you'd expect. My parents server was even worse: it used to be a P-III 800MHz and that one used ~70W. The Atom (which does have a few raided 2T harddisks) also uses around 70W. Not much gain for them, expect of course loads and loads of disk space.

Finally, make sure your old router supports "bridge mode". I had one that had the option, but it wouldn't work *at all*. Just using a different modem fixed it. In routing mode, the old router worked fine though.

more than 3 years ago
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IPv6 Traffic Remains Minuscule

Corporate Troll Re:home routers (406 comments)

Even then? What do I gain? I have a Soekris net5501-70 doing my routing for me and it's connected by using a ADSL modem in bridge mode. It runs OpenBSD. I can switch now, as my ISP supports IPv6 by just changing the login credentials from myusername@myisp.com to myusername@ipv6.myisp.com.

I tried, it works... I get an IPv4 and an IPv6 address, just as it's supposed to. Alas, it also broke some of my scripts that assume IPv4, which is obviously my fault, but I haven't come around fixing them. However, when I have done that, what then?

I think I will have to change my firewall rules (currently NAT + strong IPv4 filtering, IPv6 is all blocked) and migrate my network. Changing the firewall rules, I don't expect to be hard, but how the heck do I migrate my internal network? I know about "rtadvd", but that's how far my knowledge stretches.

I really like having DHCP distribute fixed IP addresses and my DNS server to know which IP is what. It's really easier to remember gimli instead of 192.168.2.55 or so. The whole IPv6 autoconfig may work, but it unnerves me that it takes away my control.

So, you see, even geeks who can go IPv6 are reluctant... At least I am... (Okay, being married and not be able to spend my whole evenings toying with computers is a big factor.... Time, where has thou gone?)

more than 3 years ago
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Promotion Or Job Change: Which Is the Best Way To Advance In IT?

Corporate Troll Re:Job Change (247 comments)

"The gaping whole".... I rarely have seen a "whole" gaping. A "hole", I can see though.

more than 3 years ago
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Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

Corporate Troll Re:Then (321 comments)

Actually we don't have that problem. I'm a native Dutch speaker and the mis-usage of then/than annoys the hell out of me. (Like college/collage, principle/principal, etc, etc, etc....) I've also heard that it's mostly native speakers who have this problem, as usually these pitfalls are pointed out and practiced when encountered in foreign language courses.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of the "Age of Speed"

Corporate Troll Re:Technology of Ancients. (531 comments)

I have absolutelly no fucking idea how to use a car

No driving license, then? "Using a car" is worlds away from toying with engines and the other stuff your dad did. Using a car is easy, in some countries they practically throw driving licenses at 16 year olds.

Now, if you say that you wouldn't be able to service a car, then your comparison would hold.

In computing we are also at the same level: we have few people knowing how to service computers (programming, hardware troubleshooting, system administration, etc...), but plenty of people can "use" a computer (Where I use the verb "use" very loosely)

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

Corporate Troll Re:Never underestimate the power of liquids (533 comments)

Yes, it is an option on XP. I have used it recently, because one of my users needed OpenVPN and that doesn't work Limited, but with those rights it does. It makes the user able to change all network settings. It really simply is a user group: add user to it, done. I assume that you could set every required right as a group policy, but I wouldn't know.

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

Corporate Troll Re:Never underestimate the power of liquids (533 comments)

My experience says that misbehaving applications can be made to be run as limited user. Usually, it's a matter of allowing User R/W access to certain directories (Typically the installation directory of the application). If that doesn't work, it's usually registry keys that need to be set to User R/W. Worst case, it's registry keys created in the user hive during installation, that are expected to be present when the application is run. Running it on a different user (after all you installed as Admin) then fails. Temporary give that user Admin rights, install the application, revoke the rights and it usually works.

I won't say it works for every single program, but I've managed to make run 99% of applications that way.

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

Corporate Troll Re:Never underestimate the power of liquids (533 comments)

I must admit having next to no Vista/7 experience and didn't need to look into the issue yet. To thanks for pointing it out.

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

Corporate Troll Re:Never underestimate the power of liquids (533 comments)

Let this myth die please. You can run XP easily as a Limited User, I've been doing it for years. Any comptent IT person should be able to set up a Limited User Account so that the user can do his/her tasks. I actually find the implementation of XP better than in Vista/7 because you get "access denied" and that's it. Under Vista/7 you get a username/password prompt which hints to the user he could do something (which she/he can't, but the dialog suggests it). With "access denied", they'll call you and you can either tell them they're doing stuff they shouldn't or go over and fix the problem. In all these years, of setting up XP/Limited, the latter rarely happened because I try to foresee all use-cases for the user.

more than 3 years ago
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Source code density and increasing screen resolution

Corporate Troll Bah (18 comments)

Do we change our coding habits to use any of this new-found capability?
No. We insist on scrunching our code in the left-hand column.
We shrink tabs from 8 to 4 or even 2 spaces.
We use carriage returns like crazy.

I did none of those things during my coding days. I always got lauded for the readability of my code and I credit the fact that I actually ignored inane coding guidelines like 80 chars per line, etc...

It's coding guidelines that often impose this crap and those annoy the shit out of me.

You journal was unreadable, by the way, but I guess that was on purpose. So I stopped reading until the quoted text.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

Corporate Troll Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

Judging by the number of people still running on antiquated WinXP machines,

WinXP is not antiquated, it's mature.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs

Corporate Troll Re:I've always had to upgrade my MB (219 comments)

Forget my comment... Within the context of the parent poster (which I didn't see), your comment makes sense and says the same I said.

My excuses.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs

Corporate Troll Re:I've always had to upgrade my MB (219 comments)

Seriously, when was the last time your CPU died? Last time for me was years ago, when one of my Athlon MPs fans got stuck and it overheated. That's because Athlon XP/MP had no thermal protection. All modern AMD CPUs do, and Intels have had it since the Pentium Pro days (if not earlier, but I had our PPro overheat because of a defective fan, and after replacing the fan it worked fine again.

As for the fileserver/Media PC example, I wonder why you'd ever want to shell out $300 for such a thing. The Atom offerings are more than enough for doing that (For a mere fileserver, it's overkill: I use a Soekris net5501-70 for that.) Take an Atom 330 with an ION chipset or go for an Atom D5xx (You'll have to look, not all come with DVI/HDMI) and you're set for $150 given your requirements. If it breaks, and it won't unless you have a lemon, replacing it won't be expensive at all.

Oh, and in your scenario, you could just as well buy an older CPU for very cheap. CPUs for older sockets are still being sold. You want a 775-socket CPU? No problem! It's been out since July 2006 and you can still buy CPUs and they're cheap. So for just repairing the situation, shell out the minimum and be happy again for the next 3 years... until the CPU burns out again (unlikely). In that time, yet aside $10 per month for a future replacement, and you'll have a grand total of $360 to spend on new gear...

The problem with your scenario is that you want to use the "broken PC" situation as an excuse to upgrade. However, from the scenario, what is important is that you get the machine back up and running, ASAP so that the incoming visit can watch movies with you. Get your priorities right, and the scenario has only one valid solution: replace CPU with cheap replacement and get on with business.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs

Corporate Troll Re:I've always had to upgrade my MB (219 comments)

Indeed, if you want "weird" stuff or make a machine from old parts and new parts, ASRock has some nifty options. My primary desktop is now based upon ASRock 939A785GMH/128M, which enabled me to re-use a Socket 939 Athlon 64 X2, which I removed from a computer with a broken motherboard, and 4x1GB DDR RAM (Removed from two other older computers), supports SATA-II, including an eSATA port and has an acceptable integrated graphics solution. The board was relatively expensive (~80€), but since it's the only part I had to buy, it was a great upgrade for an unbeatable price.

I admit, it isn't one of their most exotic boards, but it suited my needs perfectly.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Robotic Penguins

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Corporate Troll (537873) writes "The graceful robotic penguins "in the video were unveiled by German engineering firm Festo this week.

Using their flippers, the mechanical penguins can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. The penguins are on show at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition in Germany.

Each penguin carries 3D sonar developed by EvoLogics in Berlin, Germany, which is used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins."

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Asus shows off Atom-based Eee PC

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corporate Troll writes "Asustek Computer Inc. on Monday offered a preview of the Eee PC 901, the next version of its popular ultraportable laptop that is based on Intel Corp.'s upcoming Atom processor.

The Eee PC 901 was on display at the WiMax Expo, which is being held alongside Taipei's annual Computex exhibition. The laptop is expected to be launched on Tuesday, when Intel announces the availability of the Diamondville version of its Atom processor.

Based on a 1.6-GHz Atom processor, the Eee PC 901 has an 8.9-in. screen, 1GB of memory and a memory-card slot."

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The Vista Death Watch

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Corporate Troll (537873) writes "John C. Dvorak muses over the current state of Vista and he isn't very optimistic. Still, his biggest grip seems to be price and not the other problems that Vista has.

Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs in use.

How did this happen? And what's going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be considered by the company itself.
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Journals

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Trolling the TSA

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Absolutely brilliant idea... As far as I heard though, airports are constitutional-free[1] zones, so it's complaining for nothing.

[1] Also note I'm no US citizen and probably don't understand the US constitution and it's not applicable to me. They can take me, torture me, hack me up in small pieces and it's all legal ;-)

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I don't have the impression they read my email -- .cn scam

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dear Sir,
Thanks for your prompt reply.As far as we know, Mr. John Zhang want to apply for the following names:
jawtheshark.cn
jawtheshark.com.cn
jawtheshark.asia
jawtheshark.net.cn
jawtheshark.hk
And Internet Brand "jawtheshark ".
You would know domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. So Mr. John Zhang has right to register it.
If you think his registration will confuse your clients and harm your profits, we can send an application document to you and help you register these domains within our approving period. This is a better way to prevent domain name dispute. If you think his application will not affect your company, you can give up, we will finish his registration. Hope get your decision as soon as possible so that we can handle the next step

Best regards

Your Sincerely
Avery

So? Any of you have any idea what I should do next to toy with them?

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Let's see if they bite -- The .cn scam

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I wrote them the following... I wonder if I'll get a reply:

Dear Avery,

I thank you for contacting me regarding this issue. First let me be clear that Mr. John Zhang is indeed a business partner of mine. He has been in charge for our operations in the Asian market. I personally cover European market and we have several other partners serving the Americas and the Arabic countries.
Alas, Mr John Zang has fallen in disgrace with our company as he fleeced the shareholders of jawtheshark.com for over 1.000.000$. We have filed suit against Mr John Zhang and he is currently searched by law enforcement in Europe and North America. Currently, we are trying to get an international search order by Interpol to get this criminal.

If I were you, I would most certainly refrain form doing business with Mr. John Zhang. If he gets caught, it is most certain that his assets will be seized and official investigations will be opened with companies that were informed about his criminal background. While I am convinced that your company is honest and true, it is a minor disaster for any company to have to open their books to law enforcement, which will most certainly happen if you do business with Mr John Zhang.

I hope this information will be useful to you and I wish you much success in your future endeavours.

Regards

Dick Boobcock

General Manager

-- jawtheshark.com -- Speciality Laser products for Selachimorphas.

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Mr. John Zhang -- The .cn scam

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dear Sir/ Madam

I'm sorry to disturb you so abrupt. We are a domain name registration service company in Asia,

On 3th November. we received a formal application submitted by Mr. John Zhang who wanted to use the keyword " jawtheshark " to register the Internet Brand and with suffix such as .cn /.com.cn /.net.cn /.hk /.asia / domain names.
After our initial examination, we found that these domain names to be applied for registration are same as your domain name and trademark. We aren't sure whether you have any relation with him. Because these domain names would produce possible dispute, now we have hold down his registration, but if we do not get your company's an reply in the next 5 working days, we will approve his application

As authorized anti-cybersquatting organization we hereby suspect Mr. John Zhang is a domain investor. so we need you to attach importance to this issue.

In order to handle this issue better, Please contact us by Fax ,Telephone or Email as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely          2010-11-5
Avery
Oversea Marketing Manager
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Room 1008,
International Building,
No.38 YueLong road,NanTong City
Tel:+86(513)85330968
Fax:+86(513)68099585
Email:Avery@vip.ntchinadns.com
Website: www.ntchinadns.com

Obviously this is a scam and should be ignored. However, I am so tempted to reply that, yes, John Zang is a former business partner and that he owes me in excess of 100k$ and if they follow suit to the registration I will have to impound on their property... Or somthing like that. Fellow trolls, any ideas?

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Google Instant

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I found it exceedingly amusing, reading the story "Google Logo Changes Again, Hinting RT Search?" where many people do it off as "pure speculation" and then doing a Google Search this afternoon and getting "Google Instant".

Sure, from the doodle it couldn't be deduced, but I bet someone at Google actually posted this to slashdot to get some extra attention.

So, RT-Search is named "Google Instant".... Just in case you missed it ;-)

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Are you for real?

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  about 4 years ago

Developer to me (laptop boss is busted, so I'm trying data recovery first):

You're booting with Linux to recover data? That's not going to work because Linux doesn't read FAT32...

*blink*

I couldn't even grasp what he was talking about. Any recent Windows system uses NTFS and second, Linux can read FAT32 and NTFS just fine, thank you very much....

Did these people even try Linux recently?!? (Or Windows, for the matter?)

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Quote of the day

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Saw this on facebook this morning:

"It's like everyone agrees that a car should have rubber tires and then Microsoft brings out a car with stone tires and expects all roads to be made using Microsoft rubber" -- Jeremy Naus on Microsoft Networking

I thought it was a very good car analogy :-)

The guy is someone who went to University with me. I asked him if I could re-use it, he agreed but I needed to quote him. Consider it done. :-)

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James Randi comes out as at 81

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 4 years ago James Randi comes out as at 81. He discusses his life as a closeted gay man, and why he is now at age 81 coming out, and why he hasn't been publicly open about his sexuality sooner. He describes the possible impact his coming out may have on his tireless work advancing skepticism and critical thinking. He discusses his atheism, and whether it, or his sexual orientation, influences the mission of the James Randi Educational Foundation. He talks about gay rights issues such as marriage equality. He discusses his detractors and what they might make of the news of his homosexuality. And he explores the relevance of gay rights to the skeptical movement.

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Looks interesting... Too bad I don't have no WIn32 machine.

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I found this through Neatorama: It's a free (as in Beer) game called "Immune Attack"... Looks pretty impressive. Probably even educative :-)

Isn't this the kind of stuff that should be featured on slashdot, or did I miss that front page article?

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Sometimes even the Internet surprises me....

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 4 years ago

This site, is so wrong that's it's right again....

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Women are getting more beautiful

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  about 5 years ago According to an article at Times Online, women are in an evolutionary race to become more beautiful:

For the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors.

I'd wager, they also simply get more sex than the less esthetically pleasing specimens.

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Ad seen on the slashdot frontpage....

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  about 5 years ago

[Face of a woman] Afraid you'll be single forever? Learn the "Secret Psychology" to getting a man hooked for good (Read More)

I say: Marketing FAIL!

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Time = Money .... Yes, but no....

Corporate Troll Corporate Troll writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I was recently posting in the thread "Good Enough" Computers Are the Future , which was a funny (really tongue in the cheeck) article about how computers are good enough these days. As you undoubtly know, I am adherent of that premise. For normal office work, a well installed older computer (think P-IV class with 512Meg RAM) is more than sufficient. (Given that the OS is correctly installed)

So, evidently people like me voice their opion. Fellow people that refurbish old machines for the fun of it. Go and read this comment. A guy takes out an older machine from his basement, fixes it, and bang free computer. Fun, instructive and useful.... Yet there is always someone going to point out that for 300$ you get a new computer. Well, yes, of course you do, but that was not the point and 300$ isn't peanuts in the first place. I told him so and then I get the reply that time=money and that he could have worked and earned money instead (resulting in a, presumably, net profit)

I don't get these people. They either live in a world where everyone is paid by the hour or everyone is self-employed. That's utterly deluded. A salaried person can work 14h/day or 8h/day and will get paid the same. Also, for the hourly wage-worker: if your boss says "it's over for today", it's over for today... no more work. The self-employed person hasn't gotten it any better. He has clients and the client most likely doesn't want you at the office between 20h00 and 6h00.

Plus, those kind of people completely disregard the fact that some people find this fun. Fun is worth more than any payment you get. I'd rather fiddle with old computers and have fun, than programming a boring business application (and believe me, I've done just that the last 10 years) for hours in a row.

I admit, it is true that if I count in the hours that the refurbished dumpster-diven computers have cost me, those are extremely expensive machines. But I don't.... Just like the guy that goes cycling for fun, doesn't count his hours on the bike.

A final remark: these days, you're more likely to find halfway quality components in a computer from the dumpster than a 300$ special from the retailer... but that's a whole other story...

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