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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Dartz-IRL Re:How about your employer? (635 comments)

The old business I interned with used a Windows 2000 server until December 2013 - when the business finally folded. The server outlasted the business that owned it - having been bought second hand sometime in 2006/07, already near 8 years old.

That server was a Pentium II machine, with a whopping 128Mb of RAM, a pair of 9GB disks in RAID 1 for the OS, and a pair of 32GB in RAID 1 for the data. It also came with a pair of lockable Zip-disk drives for which we'd long since lost the keys, an unmatched DvD-rom drive that was added sometime in the last decade.

And it kept plodding along right up until November 2013 when one of the Data disks failed and decided it wasn't going to drop out of the array - completely nuking the company's accounts folder on the mirror.

There were other reasons why the company failed - but I suppose having the accounts for the last 7 years smeared across the platter in a headcrash was just another nail in the coffin.

The Machine itself was still running when the business was shut down for good. It's probably still working now too, doing God Knows What for God Knows Who? It's built like a bloody tank and did exactly what was asked of it for 14 years.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Dartz-IRL Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (635 comments)

Cheaper to fix, a lot more reliable, cheaper to make, cheaper to buy for the new owner..... and really not that odious to use.

If anything, I find torque converter auto's tricky and unintuitive - and I spend the entire time driving second-guessing what the car's gearbox is going to do. Especially badly-programmed autos

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Dartz-IRL The dinosaurs still live... (635 comments)

I made a USENET post to an active discussion an hour ago.

I also still use a film camera to take photographs from time to time. Especially ones I'd like to last. It's 40 years old and generates lovely looking pictures, and only cost $20 on a trip to D.C. Bought from the now sadly departed City Electronics in the old Post Office.

about three weeks ago

UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

Dartz-IRL Re:Well, (208 comments)

Well, voting for the wrong party anyway.

about 10 months ago

UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

Dartz-IRL Well, (208 comments)

When Terrorism is 'Any action that is intended to influence the government', what is extremism? Any idea that the current sitting government doesn't like?

There was once another group of people that went out of their way to censor information their people received, to hide atrocities committed in their name and smash an idea that didn't fit the party line.

As I recall, at one stage, the UK did quite a bit to stop them.

about 10 months ago

Happy 50th Doctor Who

Dartz-IRL Re:Traditions... (211 comments)

I think the presence of the Daleks is a given on an event of this magnitude.

about 10 months ago

Happy 50th Doctor Who

Dartz-IRL Traditions... (211 comments)

The couch has been moved a metre forward from the wall, and I have adopted the traditional viewing position.

And here come the Daleks.


about 10 months ago

When Vote Counting Goes Bad

Dartz-IRL Still more transparancy... (128 comments)

That's still more transparancy and objectivity that most US elections that use electronic voting machines.

about a year ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

Dartz-IRL In a Vatican Statement. (542 comments)

In a statement released by the Vatican Today, it was announced that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will step down with immediate effect. When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

about a year and a half ago

'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

Dartz-IRL Comment on Movie length (245 comments)

Am I the only one who longs for the return of an intermission? If only for a little relief rather than ducking out for 3-4 minutes and missing that one important little line of dialogue on which the whole thing pins?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

Dartz-IRL Name and Shame (341 comments)

Name and shame.

And point out that they're costing jobs by not paying invoices.

about 2 years ago

North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

Dartz-IRL What if? (450 comments)

What if we had a reuseable spacecraft with a large enough cargo area and crew capacity to go up there and grab the thing before it causes havoc, stick it in its cargo bay and fly it back and see what it actually is...

Wouldn't something like that be dead handy?

about 2 years ago

Malware now infesting my primary computer:

Dartz-IRL New Computer (197 comments)

First website I clicked was slashdot. Except for the crap added in at the factory, it's verifiably gunge free

more than 2 years ago

New Reality Series: Be the Next Microsoft Employee

Dartz-IRL Stack Ranking (168 comments)

Contestants rate each other on tasks, filling mandatory slots from most valuable to least valuable, with the bottom 10% being fired Backstabbing and politcking ensue between the contestants as they fight tooth and nail not to be dumped down the bottom, while forgetting entirely about the task at hand and just half-assing it finished.

Perfectly preparing them for the working environment at MS...

more than 2 years ago

Interviews: Ask Physicist Giovanni Organtini About the Possible Higgs Boson Discovery

Dartz-IRL The future of the Higgs (170 comments)

While I know it is rather early to comment, what do you think the future applications of today's research into Higgs Boson will be?

Don't be afraid to be a little bit sky-high. I for one am already fantasising about space ships propelled by manipulation of the Higgs field on a local scale.

I'm only asking because, a century ago the electron was discovered and nobody was quite sure what to do with it. And it runs the world.

more than 2 years ago

Google Proposes Fighting Piracy By Blocking Ad Money

Dartz-IRL Re:Also: Fighting Unpopular Opinions (202 comments)

If I had mod-points right now, I'd upvote this. But I don't.

Oh well. You beat me to the punch by mentioning the TvTropes incident. And yes, that is bloody terrifying. Though really, advertising hitting publishers with the money stick to impose their editorial will is nothing new orbiting the sun.

That doesn't mean I have to like it.

The worrying thing is, many of these withdrawals are pretty much automated. Google has an almost machine-like bureaucratic apathy to the advertising world, it's systems grinding mindlessly along uncaring how automated reports are. It'll yank them anyway because it doesn't cost them anything to do so. It's the cheapest and easiest option. It's expensive to actually follow up the report and investigate the actual circumstances.

That requires a salaried employee with a brain.

Or in short form. I agree with everything you said, and just wanted to try post more than 'I agree with everything you said'

more than 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

Dartz-IRL Why I go to the Cinema (663 comments)

If I just want to see a movie, I'll watch it at home.

Piracy shouldn't affect new-releases at all. People go to the cinema for the whole experience which is really something that can't be pirated, can it? Unless you install full projection equipment and a three story screen in your own home.

The rude interruptions from phone callers will come regardless.

more than 2 years ago

A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

Dartz-IRL Not Here. (392 comments)

Here in the Republic of Ireland, the government commissioned an online survey into internet use.

They've proudly been able to report a 100% penetration of internet services, with all respondents claiming they had access to the web.

more than 2 years ago


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