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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

I'm not wasting any more time chasing your moving goal posts. I could point out that you can pretty easily find cheap, working computers on Craigslist, and frequently for well under $100, but then you'd quail that those aren't new. You've clearly made an ideological commitment to this position. Who would I be to unmoor you?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

OK, fine; I'll concede that point. But let's remember the inflation that's occurred since the time around my birth: $200 in 1980 would be just over $600 now. Even if we knock 20% off the effective buying power of that money, $500 in 2014 will buy a computer that's 100% ready to connect to a television and run an overwhelming majority of applications, including Visual Studio Express.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

So look on Amazon for a Raspberry Pi kit, with case, (micro)SD card, and a few other various & sundries. Once it's arrived in the mail, put it together, sit down with the kids, and figure out how to shoehorn an OS onto the thing. I can't imagine setting up and effectively using a ZX Spectrum would be easier than a Raspberry Pi or Banana Pi.

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

In my experience one doesn't regularly spend hours in an enclosed, pressurized space thousands of feet above ground with fast food workers...

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

What a way to view the people in your world - as an endless series of economic actors to whom you feel superior or against whom you rationalize your lower standing. I hope I never work for you.

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

As you board the plane. It's always greeted with a little surprise, but they're always grateful.

about a month and a half ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew. The flight attendants will leave you alone except to check on you, and will probably sneak you a non-alcoholic treat at some point during the flight. And it's not a job that's appreciated terribly much - look at the comments in this thread, just for starters - so it goes a long way.

about a month and a half ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

FreonTrip Re:confused (358 comments)

It's even weirder than that. For reference:

.mp1 = MPEG-1 Layer 1 Audio, used by no one and basically a historical footnote

.mp2 = MPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio, used by the radio broadcast industry for archival above 224 kbps and the audio format of VideoCDs

.mp3 = MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio, the most familiar and widely used consumer audio format in the world

.mp4 = Advanced Audio Codec, AKA MPEG-2 Layer 7 Audio, later updated to MPEG-4 Layer 3 Audio

And that concludes today's installment of worthless trivia.

about 2 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

FreonTrip Re:About damn time! (93 comments)

I think it was around 5 or 6 gigs, which isn't atypical these days. If that's alarming, don't look up the specs for Wolfenstein: The New Order. You'll crack.

about 6 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

FreonTrip Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (93 comments)

Seconded - I've tried it on Xubuntu 14.04 x64, on an AMD FX-8320 with 24 gigs DDR3-1600 and a Geforce GTX 660 running recent proprietary drivers, and all is running beautifully. It looks like Aspyr's pulled off a lovely, polished port. Yay!

about 6 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Any luck with virtualization? I know you can "lock" various ports for VM-only access, and that might simplify administration in some ways (i.e., if something happens to the install, roll back to a working snapshot, use a shared directory to output any work from the VM without directly exposing it to the network &c.).

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

Eww. Apologies, I misunderstood the main issue.

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

A 2.5" drive is a 2.5" drive, be it SSD or conventional/platter-based. I don't guarantee this is the specific revision of your laptop(s), but upgrading doesn't look hard, and you'd have a mountain of storage space and a reasonable upgrade path. Now if you're running something that uses HDA modules like a Macbook Air does, that's a valid point. But I don't think the eeePCs ever did.

about 8 months ago
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Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

FreonTrip Re:im no linux expert by any stretch (46 comments)

I'm an old timer, and have been around so long that I want to be sure of something. When you say PII, do you mean Pentium II or Phenom II? I've seen that used for both.

about 8 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

FreonTrip Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I'd switch to x264 in an MKV container - you can get the same quality in about 3/4ths the file size without even being clever.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

FreonTrip Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

Because the existing site looks and feels like it's more than a decade old, and it doesn't inspire new visitors to stick around. Though with this kind of "harrumph, keep this new stuff outta here and leave us to what we find comfortable" reaction, it's hard to imagine new visitors finding anything appealing here anyway. I understand the frustration behind feeling like your suggestions and observations are being ignored, but this feels like a college CS club throwing a childish tantrum. It's only going to make the community look more insular to everyone who isn't in it.

about 10 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

FreonTrip I wouldn't worry much. (204 comments)

X11's far more than mature by now. You can expect ongoing support in various capacities for decades - it's just that widespread.

about 10 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

FreonTrip Re:I'm switching to IIS! (303 comments)

Yet you are such a breathtaking, marvelous specimen of humanity that you would grace this undesirable place to enlighten the muck-dwelling Unixites. Truly we are all blessed. Let this day go forth! From this day forward, every February 4th shall be known as -

Oh, wait. You didn't even bother attaching a name to this pathetic holier-than-thou screed. Back to the comforting bosom of Mommy and Windows forums with you, you pathetic bastard.

about 10 months ago
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AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri

FreonTrip Re:Direct3D "light weight" runtime (71 comments)

Willing to bet the answer to that is "no." Meaningful features are a cudgel used to bludgeon customers into buying new Windows licenses, after all!

about 10 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

FreonTrip Re:Can't directly compare PC and phone sales ... (511 comments)

At least for the Lumia 820 replacing the battery's trivial. Just pop off the plastic shell and the battery's exposed and removable - in fact you have to take it out in order to replace the SD card or put in a microSD card for expansion. That was a major incentive for purchasing it, in fact: I like having some ability to expand a phone's storage capacity without being subjected to markup, or replace a battery when it starts underperforming. And between Google's increasing resistance to upgradeable storage and how badly I got burned by the Cliq XT I suffered through for two years, I wasn't willing to play in Android's ballpark this time aroud.

about 10 months ago

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