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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

EightBits Didn't know it existed. (149 comments)

I'm on Faceboook daily and didn't even know they had an email service.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

EightBits Re:One word (383 comments)

What exactly is it that you do then?

This is it exactly. You're a manager, jon3k. You don't pay your staff anything. The company does that. You know this because if you leave, they'll still get paid.

You're supposed to be MANAGING your personnel. If you see a problem with the personnel under your management, YOU'RE supposed to be the one coming up with the solution. The problem described is a personnel problem, not an IT problem. IT staff are paid to find, fix, and prevent IT problems, not personnel problems. Managers are paid to find, fix, and prevent personnel problems. If they're not doing that, then they're not doing their jobs as managers.

about 9 months ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

EightBits Atari VCS, anyone? (587 comments)

Does the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) count as my first computer? Because my 32GB desktop today would make that "computer's" 128 bytes of RAM look tiny. We'd need a "268,435,456 times as much" category for that comparison.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

EightBits Re:Nvidia Optimus workaround (260 comments)

I'm aware of Bumblebee but after reading about how it worked, I decided against using it. Bumblebee is a work around, not a solution. My comment was primarily referencing Airlie's livejournal about what was needed to make this work. I believe some of the required memory sharing in the kernel is in place now, but nothing else has been done that Nvidia needs to implement Optimus properly in Linux.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

EightBits Nvidia Optimus workaround (260 comments)

I recently had this issue with my Slackware install on a brand new Thinkpad. I can't vouch for all systems, but on mine I was able to tell the BIOS to disable Optimus and use ONLY the Nvidia chip. It was a really simple work around. Although, I did have to use the Intel graphics during installation. But once I rebooted from the installer, I was able to switch the BIOS to the Nvidia chip and have been using it ever since with Nvidia's drivers. I'd like the power savings of the Optimus feature, but that will have to wait until the appropriate dev teams can work up the support. Nvidia has an absolutely top tier driver team. I think if the support were already there in both X and the kernel Nvidia would have simply used it. I imagine it's not all there yet.

And don't worry about Linus and his middle finger. He always acts like a whiny little bitch when things don't go his way. If we followed his example, we'd never know if we're going to use Gnome or KDE on any given day.

Nvidia will work out for you. But you have to be a little patient for the OS support. You could also try looking for a laptop with Nvidia graphics that does not use Optimus. I would imagine they're getting to get difficult to find new these days, but you can probably still get them.

about 2 years ago

Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

EightBits Claude Shannon (542 comments)

I'm casting my vote for Claude Shannon whose inventions included a unicycle with an off-center wheel for juggling purposes. Because it's insanely fun inventions like that that allow one to come up with modern information theory.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

EightBits Re:LiteStep (359 comments)

Hahaha! No I am not, but I do have a similar beard and am at least 10% as interesting as that guy.

I wish I could mod your post "funny as hell."

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

EightBits LiteStep (359 comments)

I am primarily a Linux user and rarely boot into Windows but when I do, I use LiteStep. Well, I used to. I only recently converted my Windows install from Windows XP to Windows 7 and haven't tried it on Windows 7 yet.

It may not be exactly what you're looking for. It gives you an entirely different desktop look and feel. It's modeled after the NeXTSTEP desktop so if you're an AfterStep user in the Unix world, LiteStep would be the Windows equivalent. It does offer multiple desktops which was one of its primary attractions for me. It crashed like mad on Windows 98 but was rock solid for me on Windows 95 and Windows XP. The only current support for Windows 7 is in an experimental build you may want to try out. It looks like the project may have stalled but it might still be worth looking into.

more than 2 years ago

The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

EightBits Best Upgrade: CMD SuperCPU for the C64 (522 comments)

The best upgrade for any computer I've ever done was to add a CMD SuperCPU to my Commodore 64. This took me from an 1MHz 8-bit 6510 processor to a 20MHz 16-bit 65c816 processor. Not only that, but it raised the RAM limit from 64KB to 16MB (I got the 16MB of RAM as well.) Just going from 1MHz to 20MHz increases CPU speed by 20 times without accounting for the 8bit-to-16bit upgrade. The associated 64KB to 16MB RAM increase boosted my memory by 256 times. It also took the RAM's propagation delay down to 50ns so the CPU's data and address buses went from 1MHz to 20MHz as well! It's a phenomenal difference that I can honestly say I have never matched in any other computer upgrade, including building a brand new machine.

To put this into perspective, it would be like upgrading a PC from the year 2001 from a 1.33GHz 32-bit CPU to a 26.67GHz 64-bit CPU. It would also need to increase its physical RAM from 256MB to 64GB while increasing the FSB from 133MHz to 2.66GHz.

more than 2 years ago

Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

EightBits San Diego, baby. (359 comments)

San Diego kicks ass in any time zone . . . with or without power.

about 3 years ago

How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

EightBits Re:Client Table (559 comments)

I think your food processor only counts if it's very small.

more than 3 years ago

Avoiding DMCA Woes As an Indy Game Developer?

EightBits Copyright Law. Read it. (494 comments)

I am not a lawyer and as such, do not have the training and experience required to be able to help you. However, I am an American citizen and that makes me responsible for making sure I myself do not break U.S. laws. In our legal system, ignorance of the law is no excuse. While being ignorant of the law can, in some cases, change the punishment you receive, it will not excuse you from breaking the law entirely.

This is why it is so important for us to read at least the aspects of the law that are relevant to what we do. Given the nature of the Internet and computers in general, copyright law is very important to all of us. Despite this, somehow almost no one reads it yet everyone tries to wax intelligent about it.

Many laws are very very cryptic. Luckily, copyright law is not one of them. Go here to obtain a copy of the current U.S. Copyright Law:

Be sure to check back regularly for updates. When reading this document, it is important that you read and understand Chapter 1, Section 101, "Definitions" before reading anything else. If you do not read this and understand it, you *WILL* misunderstand the rest of the document. Once you understand this section, the rest of the document becomes far easier to understand.

Doing this will not prepare you to battle IP lawyers in court, but it will give you a better understanding of copyright in the U.S. and help you avoid copyright issues in the first place. As always, even if you read this law, go hire a real lawyer if you know you are on shaky ground. Attempting to clone someone else' product should immediately make you realize you are on shaky ground, even if you have not read Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Hint: You don't have to read the entire document. There are sections that do not directly pertain to most modern computing situations. However, it should become very clear very quickly which sections are important to you.

Doing this now will help you to see the infringements you have made in your game. Just one look at the screenshot of your game reveals too many copyright violations to ignore, let alone the text on your web page.

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

EightBits Re:8800Ultra (715 comments)

I already have one set aside for soldering PCBs with solder paste anyway, so I use it for crap like this. But they are cheap so it shouldn't be a problem to buy one new. You can pick one up at your local Walmart brand new for about $20 with enough capacity for a video card.

Beelzebud is correct. If not for your own sake, then for the sake of others (especially children) that eat from your kitchen, please do not use the oven where you cook food for this!!

about 4 years ago

Lost Ends

EightBits Re:the only thing worse than a lost fan (955 comments)

What bothers me are people who don't like it when other people voice their opinions on the internet . . . but have to come in and shit all over someone else's harmless enjoyments.

more than 4 years ago

Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

EightBits Anyone Remember Mount St. Helens? (673 comments)

My dad was a jet engine mechanic in SAC stationed at Ellsworth AFB when Mount St. Helens erupted. For about a year following the eruption, volcanic ash settled into a visible layer on everything which required cleaning on a daily basis. It really kept settling out of the air for that long. While I understand that eruption was an odd case, it does show that we have had some pretty extensive experience with aircraft flying through significant amounts of volcanic ash. Remember that they had Operation Looking Glass at that time so there was no way we didn't have aircraft flying in those conditions.

Of course, it wasn't just the USAF that had to deal with this, commercial airlines had to deal with that fallout as well.

So I find it hard to believe that we don't have some decent amount of data about this. What about the commercial airline data from that time? Where did it go? While the military data from that period might be classified, it may be time to request declassification of some of that data. I'm willing to bet that with a little bit of effort that data can be scrubbed and the safe portions of it released. As for the taxpayer dollars required to accomplish that task, as a taxpayer, I think it would be a worthwhile investment.

more than 4 years ago

Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

EightBits Re:Not working there is not a solution. (578 comments)

Understood, Mr. Hawke. However, there is no reason to make it easy as a matter of policy. If it is made illegal to use fingerprints, then while you may still be able to get my prints, I can also catch you in the act. This, of course, adds risk to the equation for you. Merely making this illegal will be enough to deter many employers from attempting it. It will also make people who want protection more likely to try to find out who's doing this.

And I agree with some other posters that this isn't really a concern. I personally don't care if the government has my prints. But the OP and posters who think you shouldn't work for that employer because of this probably *DO* think it is a problem. They are the ones who should be fighting it, not running from it. History has shown that governments and corporations tend to be predatory. We all know if you run from a predator, it will chase you.

more than 4 years ago

Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

EightBits Not working there is not a solution. (578 comments)

Not many posts yet but I already see a LOT of posts pushing the idea of not working for this employer. This is not a solution. If we don't fight it and win, it will be adopted by more and more employers until it snowballs into something too big to fight. If we think this is a bad idea, it needs to be fought now while it's still in its infancy.

more than 4 years ago

Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

EightBits Re:Modern Fingerprint Scanners dont keep prints (578 comments)

That's not really the point. Once that hash or checksum or whatever of your fingerprint is stored and linked to you, they can still track you by pulling fingerprints from the items you own or touch. All they have to do is get your fingerprint from something and run it against the database with these stored values.

more than 4 years ago

Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

EightBits Acid (578 comments)

Use acid on your finger tips to remove the prints and use that for ID. The only problem is that you are now linked to hundreds of crimes where no traces of fingerprints were found. But at least they wont be able to identify YOU when they find your actual fingerprints somewhere.

more than 4 years ago

How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

EightBits BASIC and/or Perl (799 comments)

Perl is a very good language to learn as a beginner. You don't have to go into all the cool uber geek tricks to make it do incredible amounts of work. The syntax is easy to learn for simple programs.

And I might be a bit biased here, but why not dish out a dose of BASIC on an emulator? While BASIC 2.0 on a C64 doesn't provide good graphics and audio controls, BASIC 7.0 on a C128 does. Very importantly is that this could give some pretty instant gratification to a kid who might be interested in writing a game. The VICE emulator provides C128 emulation that would be good for this.

more than 4 years ago



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