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OCZ Launches Vector Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD, First All In-House Design

DeadboltX Re:OCS and Patriot SSDs are terrible. (122 comments)

I have anecdotal evidence to offer as well. I've had a 120gb vertex 2 for two years as my primary desktops primary hard drive which gets used daily. Never had a problem with it, still runs great.

about 2 years ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

DeadboltX Re:Fear... (768 comments)

The solution to this is simple. Start out with a very small "officially supported" range of systems, such as the latest ubuntu install, default installation, with a small range of graphics cards, and a small range of motherboards or even specific computer models from various brands. Everyone else has binaries or source available to them, but support is up to the community.

about 2 years ago

Why Non-Coders Shouldn't Write Code

DeadboltX Re:Everyone needs to start somewhere (421 comments)

There is a difference between saying "an inexperienced coder shouldn't experiment and learn code", and saying "an inexperienced coder shouldn't write production code for a software company that distributes software to clients in mission critical production environments that has to be supported and maintained"

about 2 years ago

The Passing of the Personal Computer Era

DeadboltX Re:Begs the question: what is a Personal Computer? (329 comments)

I disagree with your using "intended for use by one person" as a key defining point of PC. The revolution of the PC was that the physical size had come down enough to where it was plausible to have one in a personal space such as a home, opposed to a space such as a business or university, and did not need to connect to a mainframe to function. Much like the early days of the TV, you would have one per household, not one per person.

The phrase you need to be concluding on is "general purpose computer". Tablets and Smartphones are, by design, NOT general purpose computers. The companies making and selling them do not want you to use them as you would use a PC. They want you to consume media, which they can charge you more money for, and then share that media with others so that they can in turn charge them as well.

PC is not redefined based on how people use their PC. Just because the majority of the people today who own a PC only use it for browsing webpages, listening to music, and watching video does not mean that any device that can do these things is now a PC.

about 2 years ago

The Passing of the Personal Computer Era

DeadboltX Re:Those upgrades don't matter so much any more (329 comments)

Not only this, but the biggest improvement to overall responsiveness of a machine right now is an SSD. If you purchased or built your computer 1-2 years ago and are looking for a significant speed boost, all you need to do is buy an SSD, not an entirely new computer or even a new motherboard and cpu. I doubt their methods to track purchased PCs even include hardware sales that could indicate home-built computers, and are only tracking numbers from the larger pre-built companies like apple, dell, hp, toshiba, etc..

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE

DeadboltX KDE faster than XFCE? (306 comments)

Can anyone explain why KDE was able to squeeze out better performance than XFCE?

I am not familiar with the defaults for Ubuntu's XFCE package, so I am unsure if they have some kind of composting engine configured that would be slowing it down. I was quite shocked to see that they found KDE to land higher benchmarks than XFCE.

about 2 years ago

QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

DeadboltX Re:Sigh. (289 comments)

I'm a bit confused about how a hash would help. I assume that all information except for the salt would be plainly visible on the bill, or else there would be no way to confirm the contents of the hash are correct. If you had a reasonable collection of bills with all of this visible information then you should be able to derive the salt eventually. At that point there is nothing stopping a counterfeiter from producing passable qr codes on their bills. I have my doubts about the salt remaining secret for even that long, as any device made to verify the qr codes would have to have the salt embedded in it somewhere, waiting for hacker eyes to reveal it.

about 2 years ago

How Does the Tiny Waterbear Survive In Outer Space?

DeadboltX Re:How does the water bear survive in space? (119 comments)

Is it so hard to imagine that these things could have been formed on another planet, or even a non-planetary celestial object such as an asteroid, which then traveled near earth while carrying these critters,before breaking apart causing fragments to land on earth? After thousands of years of life on earth evolution caused them to lose some of their space-rigidity which is why they now only fare a 60% chance of survival. Perhaps their survival has little bearing on the duration of their space travel; it could be like hdd failings, where if an hdd makes it past a certain point in usage then it's probability of premature failure is slim. Thoe 60% that survived may have been able to survive 100 days.

about 2 years ago

Recent Apple Java Update Doesn't Fix Critical Java Flaw Claims Researcher

DeadboltX OS X uses Java SE 6 not Java SE 7 (102 comments)

The bug described in CVE-2012-4681 affects Java SE 7. OS X uses Java SE 6. It would be a little weird if they patched Java SE 6 for a bug that doesn't exist in Java SE 6.

about 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

DeadboltX Re:"Creationism" is overbroad here. (1774 comments)

Just playing Devil's Advocate here, but couldn't God divinely cause a mutation in a specific direction which would then work itself out in evolution to become a dominant trait? Or even that God created the evolution process and let it run, similarly to how a software programmer writes a function and calls it?

about 2 years ago

CPUs Do Affect Gaming Performance, After All

DeadboltX Re:CPU still isn't a bottle neck. (220 comments)

Frames per second in video games are not all about what you can see. The FPS that a game plays at is in direct relation to input delay. A game that runs at 30fps is going to have twice as much input delay as a game that runs at 60fps, and 4 times the delay of a game that runs at 120fps. In highly competitive multiplayer games having an additional 20ms delay on all of your inputs compared to an opponent can make a difference.

about 2 years ago

Minneapolis Police Catalog License Plates and Location Data

DeadboltX Is this legal for citizens to do? (289 comments)

Can I put a camera on my front yard that records license plates, and then feed that into a computer system that creates similar logs?.

Can I put a camera on the roof of my business to do this?

Can Starbucks or McDonalds put a camera on top of every store location and track vehicles nationwide?

more than 2 years ago

Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers

DeadboltX Re:Jesus, stop being pathetic! (518 comments)

What if the library didn't serve beer, but had a section dedicated to people who wanted to bring their own beer. But one beer company decided that even though the library lets you drink the beer in there, they don't want you drinking THEIR beer in a library. So if Blizzard catches you drinking their beer in a Linux environment, they are going to ban you from playing Diablo 3.

more than 2 years ago

Paul Vixie: 100,000 DSL Modems May Lose Their DNS On July 9

DeadboltX Re:Scripted changes (193 comments)


What Does DNSChanger Do to My Computer?
DNSChanger malware causes a computer to use rogue DNS servers in one of two ways. First, it changes the computer’s DNS server settings to replace the ISP’s good DNS servers with rogue DNS servers operated by the criminal. Second, it attempts to access devices on the victim’s small office/home office (SOHO) network that run a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server (eg. a router or home gateway). The malware attempts to access these devices using common default usernames and passwords and, if successful, changes the DNS servers these devices use from the ISP’s good DNS servers to rogue DNS servers operated by the criminals. This is a change that may impact all computers on the SOHO network, even if those computers are not infected with the malware.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Caught On Camera Returning Seized Server

DeadboltX Re:So, they returned a server (267 comments)

It would be more like this:

You go into 7-11, pay for a frozen burrito, then proceed to the customer-use microwave to warm up your afternoon treat. While you wait for your snack to warm up: 2 FBI agents walk into the store, identify themselves to the manager, walk over to the microwave (with your burrito in it), unplug it, walk out the door with it, and drive away.

Now you're thinking, hey those 2 guys just stole a microwave and my burrito. In reality they had a warrant to seize the microwave and its contents, and properly identified themselves to the establishment housing the microwave.

more than 2 years ago

Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO

DeadboltX Bethesda makes quality games. (295 comments)

Despite everyone's gripes about the MMO genre, Bethesda makes quality games, and I believe they will make a quality MMO.
Whenever I play a Bethesda game I never feel like im grinding, I'm always immersed in the story and the environment around me. I don't feel like I'm trying to rush to the end. I'm more interested in the story and the adventure that goes along with it.

MMO lately have been missing this immersion (for me at least). They may be full of story but it doesn't touch or interest me, and it seems like it was all thrown together haphazardly for quest filler. (Although SWTOR suffered from the opposite problem. The game was 100% story with lackluster gameplay that made me cringe.) Most of the time it feels like the quests were not designed around the story, but rather the story was designed around the quests (and just how much story can you pump into a "kill 10 bears" quest).

I for one am hopeful that Bethesda will breath new life into an over-saturated MMO market and I am looking forward to enjoying the genre once again.

more than 2 years ago

End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare

DeadboltX Re:No sympathy (646 comments)

Try DosBox. The game IS 16 years old after all. Even in XP it may have needed to be set for win95 compatibility.

more than 2 years ago

Embryonic Stem Cell Retinal Implants Seem Safe, So Far

DeadboltX Re:This is truly good news (91 comments)

Without a doubt we are harvesting people to get embryonic stem cells.

These embryos (not fetuses) would be destroyed if not donated to science.

Just saying.

more than 2 years ago



DeadboltX DeadboltX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeadboltX (751907) writes " has a story outlining what happens inside your body when you drink a coke

"# In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don't immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
# 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get it's hands on into fat."

The article goes on to explain how the caffeine binds itself to calcium, magnesium and other nutrients and gather in your bladder to get expelled rather than go to a bone to make it stronger as well as a few other effects."

DeadboltX DeadboltX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeadboltX (751907) writes "An article on Reuters outlines a court case that may change the way the U.S. dollar looks in the near future.

"The U.S. government discriminates against blind people because American currency is not designed to be distinguishable to visually impaired people, a federal judge said on Tuesday."
The American Council of the Blind suggested such alterations as varying the size of different bills, raised printing and braille.
The U.S. government requested the case be dismissed, saying that the changes requested to the paper currency would be "expensive, could render currency more vulnerable to counterfeiting and could undermine international acceptance of the U.S. dollars"
The judge rejected the request and ordered a hearing in 30 days to discuss possible solutions.

If currency were changed to be blind-friendly, giving them more freedom to use money without assistance, do you think it would be abused? Can you imagine a shop keeper using a ballpoint pen to induce extra braille dots onto a $1 bill to make the blind person think it is a $20?
What do you think, is changing the dollar for the visually impaired a good idea?"


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