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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

Cthefuture Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (293 comments)

How is your video performance in KVM? I typically use VirtualBox or VMware because they have Windows video drivers that speed everything up. Last time I tried KVM the video in Windows was so slow that it was painful to use.

about 3 months ago

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Cthefuture Re:the New Mercedes Pooh-Pooh (360 comments)

I don't know but Piglet was quoted as saying "This thing is the poo-poo!"

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Cthefuture Most developers are pretty smart people (737 comments)

I write software, as I have been doing for many decades. However, I can rebuild a car engine, I know electronics including building a radio from scratch, I can frame a house, build weapons from scratch, I know chemistry, cook, sew, farm, and any number of other useful things.

It's not about whatever skill you currently possess. It's about intelligence.

about 4 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Cthefuture Zero should be its own option (240 comments)

I imagine that is the most popular amount: Zero

Just browse the app store(s) and you can see it yourself. Even the most popular apps have hardly any sales. It's a losers bet to develop for these platforms. A huge vast majority will not make even a fraction of enough money to recover the cost of development. All mobile developers are wide-eyed morons hoping to score big. They might as well buy a lottery ticket.

about 4 months ago

The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

Cthefuture infects 50 million, eh? (71 comments)

Infects 50 million and kills 100000... I'll take those odds. Better than driving to work for a year.

about 4 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Cthefuture The solution: Ride a motorcycle (273 comments)

Fuck all these queues and other bullshit. Ride a motorcycle, split lanes and fuck all these idiots. Get in and out how you like. It's like walking except faster and more efficient.

As far as motorcycles and scooters go, America needs to adopt a more global attitude.

about 4 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Cthefuture Humans are not 100% efficient? (440 comments)

Humans are not 100% efficient? I can't believe it, I mean we're all statistical robots are heart... Right? Right...???

Please give this tainted "butter" to some needy 3rd-world shiathole. I will feel better in my mansion.

about 4 months ago

FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

Cthefuture The next 20 years? (78 comments)

I can guarantee you that none of these companies will be in business in 20 years.

about 4 months ago

Most Useful Scripting Language To Learn?

Cthefuture It's "Lua" not "LUA" (477 comments)

Lua is not an acronym. From the Lua web page:
"Lua" (pronounced LOO-ah) means "Moon" in Portuguese. As such, it is neither an acronym nor an abbreviation, but a noun.

LuaJIT is probably the fastest scripting language in existence. I have found for math-heavy algorithms it's as fast as optimized compiled C code. Plus it's FFI interface is stunningly fast, allowing easy fast access to native libraries.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?

Cthefuture Re:Wipe (547 comments)

I boot off a DVD/USB to a minimal Linux system then write over the whole drive with cryptographically secure random data. That is a bit overkill but I work in security/cryptography and often have or had extremely sensitive data on my machine. "dd if=/dev/zero" works faster and is plenty good for normal people. This "nukes" the whole drive to a blank slate.

From there I'm usually able to install whatever OS they are using and set the machine up fresh. If the company has draconian IT policies and I can't install the OS then I let them re-image the drive. I only do this after I completely wipe the drive myself though. A re-image on top of your existing system most likely will not wipe all your old data.

about 2 years ago

EFF: Americans May Not Know It, But Many Are In a Face Recognition Database Now

Cthefuture Re:Facebook is the devil (152 comments)

People can tag anyone on Facebook. A random person could take a picture of you and tag you in it without you even having a Facebook account.

about 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

Cthefuture Re:Does this affect desktop distros? (284 comments)

Hmmm, I just now noticed that my Ubuntu and Debian systems did not insert the leap second. That's probably why they didn't have problems.

Not sure why they didn't insert it, they're all running ntpd. Now their time is off by one second.

more than 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

Cthefuture Re:Does this affect desktop distros? (284 comments)

My up-to-date Arch workstation went haywire (kernel 3.4.4). mysqld, firefox, and ksoftirq were using a massive amount of CPU. Stopping the processes made the CPU usage go away but as soon as I restarted them they would go nuts again. I had to reboot the machine.

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 server and Debian stable server that apparently were not affected. My Linux based routers also seemed unaffected although they don't run ntp as a daemon which probably makes a difference.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

Cthefuture Almost all VPN services are fly-by-night ops (349 comments)

Almost all VPN services are fly-by-night ops. Just don't do it. Seriously, they come and go like the wind. I'm sure there are legit and have been around for a long time but it's nigh impossible to vet any of these companies.

Instead find a good hosting providing and rent yourself a server with the amount of bandwidth you need and the location in the US you want (most providers have data centers in various places). For more security I would get a whole machine, not a VPS. Run OpenVPN or whatever on it and you're good to go. It wouldn't need much disk or RAM.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Cthefuture Re:I have tried to but it's too weird (818 comments)

The XFCE window manager does sort of work. The case where it breaks for me is when I run VirtualBox with the VM having 4 screens that are fullscreen on each of my physical screens. I actually don't remember the exact problem(s) but it was either a performance degradation, something whole with the XFCE panels interfering with the VM, or some combination when running VirtualBox fullscreen on all the screens.

At least that was the problem, I haven't tried it in a while. Personally I don't really care for XFCE either so I haven't tried very hard.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Cthefuture I have tried to but it's too weird (818 comments)

KDE is one of the few environments that actually works with my setup of four monitors in a dual twinview (xinerama) configuration. Unity and GNOME3 do not work at all with this setup, they render only on half the screens, the mouse doesn't work at all, and other problems.

Currently I have to run a bastardized mix of XFCE and OpenBox to get everything to work because the XFCE window manager doesn't work correctly either. MATE (GNOME2) desktop seems to work and I have been thinking of switching (back) to it but it seems kind of buggy. It will probably end up being what I use though.

But on topic, I would love to just use KDE because it works right out of the box without me having to tweak or worry about anything. BUT, it's just too weird and often has annoying bugs/crashes (sort of like Opera actually). It looks weird and doesn't work like I think. I can't really explain exactly what it is other than "weird". It feels confusing and hard to use. If I could pick one example application that showcases the weirdness of KDE it would be the Amarok app. Good grief that thing is bizarre. The UI is so funky and doesn't work anything like what I need. For me that app is a good reflection of KDE as a whole. Bizarre, ugly, and unintuitive UI. I can't get any work done in that.

more than 2 years ago

Antivirus Firms Out of Their League With Stuxnet, Flame

Cthefuture Re:Please, it's "Lua", not "LUA" (233 comments)

Heh, I came here to make the same post.

And anyone interested in high-performance computing/scripting should check out LuaJIT. One of the coolest software projects ever. Imagine a simple, powerful scripting language that runs as fast (or really close) as compiled C. Kick-ass fast built-in FFI interface and super easy to embed.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Out; Unity Gets a Second Chance

Cthefuture Re:Not convinced yet (543 comments)

Go here if you want to switch off Unity and GNOME3.

Both Unity and GNOME 3 suck. Neither one works correctly with multiple monitors. Try running 4 monitors on two video cards, TwinView'd and Xinerama'd, and you will understand.

I especially hate the global menu bar in Unity. I can sort of live with the similar design in OS X but Unity does it horribly. I'm not even sure what the difference is but I just couldn't stand Unity even though I'm used to OS X.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Trustworthy VPN Service?

Cthefuture Re:Run your own (193 comments)

That's too much. Check out lowendbox and find something you like.

Since you don't need disk space, much RAM or CPU then you should be able to find something that will work for less than $20 a year. They usually come with a fair amount of bandwidth.

more than 2 years ago


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