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What To Expect With Windows 9

Creepy Re: What To Expect With Windows 9 (534 comments)

Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97 - ME flop, XP hit (2000 was generally considered a server OS, the follow up to NT), Vista flop, 7 hit, 8 flop, 9... hit?

I expect they'll fix the desktop experience in 9.

Oh wait, you said disappointment - yeah, usually that happens too :D

For me it usually is WHY THE HELL DO YOU NOT HAVE A MODERN FILE SYSTEM!? NTFS is way long in the tooth and barely supports metadata, much less user metadata. I like to tag things so I can find them later.

2 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Creepy Re:RT.com? (534 comments)

To be fair, all communism so far has been dictatorships from the beginning. Since communism is an economic system, there is no reason they have to be, however. A communist-republic is perfectly feasible. Just saying they don't turn into dictatorships, they already are.

  Fascism I wouldn't say, as it ties too much into expansionism and racial conflict rather than social conflict, though it seems Putin is having a go at part of Fascist doctrine (the belief that strong countries have a right to claim territory from weak ones).

about a week ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Creepy Re:EWWWWWWW (97 comments)

Heh, well bull shit (and cow shit) are useful field fertilizers. My grandpa had his herd in the fallow field every third year (on a corn->soybeans or wheat->fallow rotation or maybe it was the other way around).

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Creepy Re:I predict (1134 comments)

Misogyny isn't the right word, but objectification probably is. The entertainment industry is really shallow that way, and I'm saying that as someone that has worked professionally in both music and game programming/game music (I've also done game art and 2d and 3d modeling, but I probably couldn't cut it there in modern games - it didn't take as much talent in the 1990s). I lobbied to have female characters in one of the games I worked on and was mocked and told by the owner that there was no market for that (and all I really asked for was ONE female character NAME in that game, which was a driving game - incidentally, someone modded them in later). I also have a friend in TV and that industry isn't much better, and he is probably the best example of that (for years behind his back my friends joked of him as our male slut friend, but he finally settled down with a long term girlfriend and even moved in with her and sold his bachelor pad, which he refused to do with the other two fairly long relationships he had).

about two weeks ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Creepy Re:Really hope the spirit lives on (152 comments)

Not sure what specific issue you have, but usually when I look at comparable sites like Tom's Hardware, they agree with each other. And it isn't like AMD/ATI was much better - they were completely in Microsoft's pocket for years going by driver support, as in they didn't support OpenGL extensions for years forcing the OpenGL group to make more and more frequent releases. I worked on a cross platform graphics engine until about OpenGL 3 and ATI's support was bleak at best.

As for Intel vs AMD, Intel has had the better processors for years at the high end. If you want to go mid-tier or especially low end, yeah AMD is a good choice. When I priced out mid-tier AMD vs Intel I still went with Intel based on performance comparisons given by multiple sites including AnandTech and Tom's Hardware. In no case did AMD have a better product in the price I was looking at ($150-170), but they did have a Intel outperforming product in the price range about $20-40 cheaper. Their SoCs are also extremely good if you are really cheap. I have a friend that built a nice A10 box a few years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Creepy Re:Impressive (152 comments)

Except these drives use the SSD as cache, or at least mine does. In other words, you don't actually install anything on the 8GB, the drive decides what should be there by demand. In my experience, it does speed up most disk operations,but compared to a dedicated solid state drive it is still much slower. Personally, I can live with the slower speed with 2TB solid state drives (non-hybrid) ranging from $2000-7000 right now, at least for any with a reputable brand name. I've seen 1TB drives for about $500 as well, but my entire build was about $760 and even the 1TB drive would have pushed my build well over $1100.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Creepy Re:Simple (635 comments)

Back in college (LOOOONG ago) I often used pico because of vi's arcane command set and emacs equally bad commmand set and abhorrent load time (it took 2+ minutes to start on our minicomputer, which consisted of 6 6502 processors - it was basically 6 Apple ][s and we had faster PCs and macs in other labs, but they didn't have Pascal, which was still the learning language of choice until they year after I had it). Oddly enough, I learned vi later because of some of the things it could do that pico couldn't (at least not at the time), especially searching for and removing linefeeds and other hidden characters from files. Hidden characters caused problems when I started writing my code on my home computer and transferring it to the UNIX server via network drive for testing/debugging.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Creepy Re:old school a little bit... (382 comments)

Space Harrier and 1942 both had a design flaw in that if you just keep circling you never die. I beat Space Harrier with that and gave up on 1942 after about 4 hours of play because I had to go home (and handed the game to some kid with a whole bunch of lives left). If I recall correctly, even when dip switched to hard 1942 was still easy. The flaw was fixed in the sequel.

I liked Rush 'N Attack more than Commando, but probably my all time favorite "classic" arcade game is Bosconian. It was never super popular, but it did win a bunch of awards. First game with a continue timer, too. I also absolutely loved Rolling Thunder, but hated the sequel (graphics on the original looked better, IMO) and never played the Genesis second sequel. I also loved Shinobi (I liked side scrollers a lot, can't say I'm as big of a fan these days).

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Creepy Re: Update cycles (391 comments)

I almost always have to do CPU/Motherboard/RAM if I upgrade that part. Even if the RAM is compatible, it usually is nominally expensive to upgrade, and I usually get more of it at lower latency and faster clock than the original RAM, so I almost always swap that out at the same time.

about a month and a half ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Creepy Re:Performance seems to have plateaued (391 comments)

For gamers, i5s are generally faster than i7s due to lack of hyperthreading overhead. Most games don't use much threading, but that is changing. I've read the Frostbite engine uses it extensively. The i5 is still better for me from a business app perspective, though, since I know my company's software is minimally threaded on the client (the server, on the other hand, is basically one big thread manager).

about a month and a half ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Creepy Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

There were third party schemes to add more memory on Apple ][, so perhaps something like that existed on IBM. My mom had 768k in memory when she was writing her textbook in the early 1980s (1983-4ish, I'm guessing). Keep in mind a (side of) diskette back then was about 140k of storage. I think her final book was 6 diskettes. Her publisher is the only person I ever saw with more (he had a meg) until the GS's came out. I lost touch with the PC world around then (whether it be Apple or IBM or some other clone) and when I returned I got steeped deep with UNIX and by fall of 1993 I was running Slackware on a PC I got for free. My mom bought a mac, so I got steeped in mac, and my roommates all had PCs or C64s, so I got steeped in that as well. Great way to be platform agnostic is to know them all (I had no idea back then Microsoft would eventually dominate).

about a month and a half ago
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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

Creepy Re:Does anyone get the impression.. (50 comments)

There is no such thing as whistle blowing in the US, since the US classifies giving classified information to "someone that is not supposed to have it" as treason under the Espionage Act of 1917.

And it isn't just whistle blowing - the White House recently committed treason by exposing the CIA operative in Afghanistan, for instance (and then said "whoops"). Note that the White House decided not to prosecute itself, just as it chose not to prosecute Dick Cheney and Richard Armitage for the same crime (in Plamegate).

about 2 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Creepy Re:How fitting (333 comments)

If I do it sitting down, I usually do stuff like create and flesh out characters as if I was writing a novel, I've sat in slow bake tanning beds in the winter (24 minutes, less intense radiation than standard beds, so it takes a long time) where I probably couldn't take it if I didn't exercise my mind that way. Not that I use tanning beds often - once every 2-3 years or so during a depressingly long winter.

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

Creepy Re:His choices... (194 comments)

Series of bad choices? The main one is making the public domain articles in JSTOR available on the Internet instead of having to pay a dime a page for a copy (yes, PUBLIC DOMAIN). It was the government calling that a Terms of Service violation and thus "wire fraud" which is a felony under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (a horribly loose law that lifts wording directly from the Espionage Act of 1917, which itself is possibly the worst piece of legislation on the books). According to the CFAA, using the internet is a felony punishable by 30 years in prison if you basically visit any for profit website and use an alias. In other words, visiting /. is a felony unless you're using your real name.

The CFAA was meant for one main purpose - to protect ATM transactions. It was never meant for networked computers like the internet and should not be used as such. This is a blatant abuse of power by the US government, as is the espionage charge against Snowden (sorry, but you can't commit espionage by giving information to your own people - that is really fucked up - it is purely theft).

about 3 months ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Creepy Re:More missing options (139 comments)

I can have beer (1 or 2) before bedtime, but I don't more because of the effects on my waistline. Much easier to keep the weight off (lost 30 pounds last year and kept it off with the no alcohol near bedtime plan).

about 3 months ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Creepy Re:Missing Option: (139 comments)

Since Slashdot was founded in 1997 and bughunter is user 10093 and most early Slashdot users were in college, I'd make the guess that he is 35-45 years old. There is, you know, Internet dating and stuff. And even internet stalking for users named Creepy.

jk - uid was named after a computer I received Halloween 1997 because my preferred handles were taken. I also understand this woman thing at night, but mainly because my wife is more a morning person.

about 3 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Creepy Re:time to die... (204 comments)

I saw the film on TV first, but my memory of it was foggy until I saw it again on VHS many years later. They ran it as a precursor to the TV series the first time I saw it, with the nudity edited out (which is quite significant for a PG movie). I was at an age where I had to beg my parents to let me see Star Wars because it was PG and had "Wars" in the name, so it was well before my tweens.

about 2 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Creepy Re:time to die... (204 comments)

Except Carousel is at 21 years of age :)

I know, you are referring to the film, though - they extended it to 30 so they could use "known" actors and actresses.

about 2 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Creepy Re: Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

Yeah, it is hard to tell in some cases, too. When you work for a diversified multinational company like I do, you can have 5% women in your IT division and 85% women in your health division. We also outsource far more jobs in India and China than we have in Europe or America, and in both those countries, tech is not taboo for women, so their ratios are vastly higher.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Creepy Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

Finding qualified women is less difficult than finding qualified blacks as long as you aren't looking for qualified _white_ women. If I scrap management and QA from my company, we have exactly one white woman in tech. We have as many Hispanic women. To put that in perspective, we have more (at least semi) out of the closet gay and lesbians than either of those (with at least 3 lesbians in management). The only black guy I work (directly) with is native Ethiopian who attended college in the US and then got a green card and eventually citizenship.

When I interviewed prospective employees last, I interviewed 40 (mostly) white men, 0 women, 1 person of color (Indian from India), and one man from Ecuador that spoke English poorly. How are you supposed to diversify when you don't even have diverse candidates? We ended up hiring a white guy and the person from India, even though I recommended against him (most of the white guys were better qualified). Incidentally, HR wanted us to hire a woman for diversity reasons, but that is kind of difficult given that we didn't have any female candidates. We have hired women for my site, but mostly in India and China and then relocated them.

about 3 months ago

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Mozilla turns 10!

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Creepy (93888) writes "According to Mozilla.org, Mozilla has officially turned 10 today.

March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. It's the date the first Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source license and a governing body for the project — the Mozilla Organization — began its public work. It's always been known in Mozilla parlance as "3/31." We'll be celebrating Mozilla's 10 year anniversary throughout 2008.
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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I realized today that it had been over a year since my last journal entry, so here's a new one. I'm still busy, I still work on computers and do OSS dev in my spare time (mostly computer graphics-sorts of projects). I've recently been tinkering with geometry shaders, but I'm still "feeling around" for how powerful they can be, and I'm mainly interested in using them for surface curvature correction (yes, I have weird hobbies...)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have no new stuff to report. Nothing fun at all - get a life and read somebody else's journal ;)

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Oblivion... underwhelmed?

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Am I the only one that is underwhelmed by Oblivion?

The game is fairly pretty on my high end GPU (shadows are seriously broken - the backface shows), but it plays like Morrowind and you have to maximize your skills to actually play it at any reasonable difficulty, unlike Morrowind, which I find pretty lame. By the time I figured that out, I was already 15 hours into the game and not willing to restart, so I had to seriously drop the difficulty slider. To make matters worse, a good sneaky character does ok in 1 on 1 non-scripted situations, but when you get 2 or 3 or 4 on 1 situations, well, you can't backstab them all and you get pummeled in light armor. At this point, the game seems to be great for all out fighters and all out mages, but mixed classes will have a tough time unless you specifically target three skills each level and don't touch any others (which is hard to do because walk is so slow that I always have run on and gain acrobatics). Anyhow, enough venting - think I'll program on my own game for a while.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well, it was time to add something new. My outside blog is where I post most stuff like this, but in the interest of semi-anonymity, I usually don't talk about anything outside of slashdot here. Makes for a boring log, tho.

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I do actually come here...

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm worse at checking this thing than I am my web site, which is to say that I'm not good at it. I think I have too many journals.

If you have anything to say to me, say it here and maybe I'll notice :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So some people modded me down for an offtopic post marked Off Topic in the subject where there was a thread on some guy's incorrect sig... twice.

Like they were expecting an on-topic post :P

Sigh - yeah, I know, Slashdot says keep posts on topic, which I usually do, but hey - in context to what? I was on topic in context of the other guy's post :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I found it odd that in the past month I've received mod points 3 times, and hadn't been given any in about 4 months... and none of my recent posts have modded either way and I only meta-moderated once.

Bizarre.

Ah well, better go spend the latest batch.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

On this day, I consecrate my journal.

I'm not exactly sure why, but it needed to be done - and it certainly is more entertaining than watching Install Shield installing components of another product I have to have tested by the Monday before last.

Yawn. I hate working overtime weekends on boring projects. Well, enough yammering, the install is done. Back to work.

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