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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

GNious Re:Man, am I old ... (148 comments)

C64 Cassette tape (Datasette I think was the name) here.

One of the best parts - the reader/writer head tended to be off alignment, so there were times you couldn't even share cassettes with your friends - though I was the only one with a Commodore computer anyway (the friends in my pay grade had no comp, my rich friends had Apple II series).

And my first computer had 2KB of RAM, I'm typing this from a 12Gb Desktop.

From memory, some loaders/compressors would display a visual "picture" indicating whether the head was aligned according to the data on the tape - then you could use a tiny screwdriver (hole pre-made for the purpose in the device), to properly align the head.

yesterday
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

GNious Re:Let me be the first to say... (142 comments)

Nearest bus-station, people speak a lot of different languages.
Likely the first 15 random people there, speak 15 different languages natively, though most of them likely also have some understanding of French.

How that, by your reasoning, means that Spanish is dominant ... yeah, no idea.

2 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

GNious Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

Careful ... you keep this up, and systemd will start to come with its own nVidia driver for the 3D-enabled admin-UI

3 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

GNious Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

Just for general understanding, are you saying that you
1) have a strange laptop?
or
2) have a timemachine, and uninstalling Windows will cause it to send you back in time?

3 days ago
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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

GNious Re:There is no more "good guy" (43 comments)

Disclaimer: I was from China

Was? And now you're no longer from China? :p

about a week ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

GNious Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

Hey, if Canada values oil, gas etc so much that it is willing to poop all over the environment, then, yeah, 3rd world country - sorry if that upsets your view of your homecountry.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

GNious Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

just to be that guy ...

It kind of is when the companies are known not to plug the holes properly once they're done with an area. It's a problem in my province, which has caused some uproar, justifiably.

So fracking is not bad, if the companies doing it aren't bad, but because the companies in whichever 3rd world country you live in are not subject to regulations and/or control, fracking is bad ...

about two weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

GNious Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

Is the "Redundant" mod a +1, or a -1?

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

GNious Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

After moving to Belgium, I took drivers-lessons, just to be sure I caught the main differences (legal etc) between back home and Belgium.
By the 2nd session, I was getting nervous because of the comments made by the instructors (there were 2, alternating) about how I was doing things in traffic, that they completely had forgotten, like checking blind spots before turning...

Yeah, even their instructors are incompetent, no wonder the drivers are dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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SKA Telescope To Offer Neighbors Cheap Broadband

GNious Re:It's not long-term cheaper to trench? (63 comments)

The array covers over 3000km. I doubt trenching fiber to every resident in that area would be cheap at all.

Since it appears to be a line, can't be too expensive ... if it was 3000sqkm, it would be silly-expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

GNious Re:Yes, it's click-bate, but... (165 comments)

There is a slight issue here: Not everything is completely lacking in security, in the IoT world.

Yes, there is likely a HUGE PILE of stuff out there, where security is flawed beyond repair, on devices doing critical things, but there are also companies that at least try to make safe equipment and have their gear reviewed.

So, before we reject all things IoT, how about we start by accepting those shown to be decent?

*Cue observations about nothing corporate is decent*

about three weeks ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

GNious Re:Could of had one... (126 comments)

you "could of had one" ?
Sorry, English is not my native language, why do you have the word "of" doing in that structure?

about three weeks ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

GNious Re:Congratulations... (155 comments)

so, British?

about three weeks ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

GNious Re:What? 64-bit? (56 comments)

Seems you're correct, and I remembered wrong - 811 megs physical reported by free :)

Still, my argument stands: The device works OK, outside of Android apps, and 2.0 gig is the lowest they could get away with ...
Turns out, 2.0 gig is also the highest the CPU on the tablet can handle.

about three weeks ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

GNious Re:What? 64-bit? (56 comments)

Saved cost, by going with a chip that wasn't heavily subsidized by Intel? I don't think so.
The HW specs are pretty much centered around the Intel® Atom Processor Z3735F, that was offered to them at (supposedly) dumping-prices.

Spec: http://ark.intel.com/products/...

Basically, a different chip would have resulted in higher costs.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

GNious Re:For the novelty! (153 comments)

The global platinum market is only $10 billion/year, which is not a lot of money to fund an asteroid mining mission, and to safely land the platinum ore on the ground.

I think that the "platinum group metals" the previous poster talked about, consists of more than just platinum.

about three weeks ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

GNious Re:In Order To Meet Contract Obligations (76 comments)

So there's a business-case to be made, for starting a company whose sole purpose is to sign contracts requiring ISPs to fiddle with internet services?

about a month ago
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Android Botnet Evolves, Could Pose Threat To Corporate Networks

GNious Re:Oh, for a successor to Open Moko (54 comments)

While not 100% Open, give Jolla a look

Disclaimer: I own a Jolla phone.

about a month ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  about 8 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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