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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Jimbookis Computers these days are more than adequate (564 comments)

Anything sold in the last 4-5 years with an i3/i5/i7 with over 2GB of RAM and Vista or Win7 is still more than enough for most businesses and individuals. There is no real incentive to replace the whole machine when there are cheap options to upgrade with a few more GB and an SSD to give it a new lease of life.

about 7 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

Jimbookis Re:Elephant in the room (229 comments)

As I recall this happened when the South Brisbane exchange was relocated a few years ago. Everyone who was on that exchange ended up with a brand new fibre to the premises connection to replace the copper.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Officializes Purchase of Motion-Sensor Firm PrimeSense

Jimbookis Re:Officializes??? (65 comments)

Timothy, you complete numpty. "Officially Confirms" is perfectly cromulent.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site

Jimbookis Re:More "graphic material" needed? (277 comments)

I agree we do lived in a death and gore sanitised world. I don't like such gore as entertainment like we get now with Dexter or any number of other splatter fantasies as it's not tempered in the west with the agony of injury and pain and the finality of death. Gimme living boobs anyday for entertainment! I remember visiting an Indian friends house and a newspaper he had showed a large front page picture of the woman who blew up Rajif Ghandi pieced back together as much as possible - head, arms and legs only. It was pretty jolting to see as a teenager but I think the West needs more of such doses reality.

about 9 months ago
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Former NSA Honcho Calls Corporate IT Security "Appalling"

Jimbookis With Windows Backdoored, What's the Point? (174 comments)

Given the creator of Windows and US government can, sufficiently compelled, walk into any Windows system that is internet connected at any time they desire what's the frickin' point? Everything else is security theatrics. Do what the old security honcho of MS has done and drop out.

about 10 months ago
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Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes

Jimbookis I'm putting all my money into... (216 comments)

... factories that make $5 wrenchs. I heard they are set to make a killing soon.

about a year ago
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Richard Stallman Speaks About Back Doors After NSA Documents Leak

Jimbookis USA has form (332 comments)

I recall reading about a hushed up brouhaha ages ago concerning backdoored USA compiled software run on Australian government systems in the 80's or early 90's. Google seems to disavow all knowledge damnit.

about a year ago
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Graphene-Based Image Sensor To Enhance Low-Light Photography

Jimbookis Shame about the sticky tape... (103 comments)

How do you get a decent image if you have to peer through the sticky tape used to grab the graphene?

about a year ago
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Google Releases Glass Factory System Image, Rooted Bootloader

Jimbookis Rooted? (74 comments)

Australian and New Zealand ./ers will understand this as "Google Releases Glass Factory System Image, Completely Fucking Broken Bootloader"

about a year ago
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9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

Jimbookis Surströmming (327 comments)

Did they try NOT eating surströmming at lunch in the vicinity of the experiment?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

Jimbookis Re:Can't offer much (509 comments)

There's nothing wrong with raising a family instead of staying current as a developer, it's a perfectly fair choice, just don't then be surprised when the real world will let you no longer be a developer as a result of you opting to do other things than stay current.

I agree. At my age I am at the point where I want development to be more of a hobby and do work activities that don't involve sitting in front of a CAD tool, CRO or debugger any more anyway. Time for a career change? Probably.

The snotty little wet-behind-the-ears original poster needs to show some obviously lacking maturity and get some perspective instead of just whining like a little spoilt bitch.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

Jimbookis Re:Can't offer much (509 comments)

> They want you current but do nothing to provide you the necessary tools or the time to stay current. Every single damned company I have worked for (all engineering and IT) have all insisted any new learning is to be done on your own time and expense, even if it benefits the organisation in the long run. Oh, but they still expect you to keep on top of the latest and greatest and contribute to the bottom line at all times.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

Jimbookis Re:Can't offer much (509 comments)

Oh I dunno, maybe outside of work he has plenty of other crap to think about like raise a family. Once the kids come you can forget the countless hours hacking away learning new things yourself for the sake of it like you used to.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best OSS Embedded Development Platform

Jimbookis Re:This is not the answwer you were looking for (128 comments)

Fine, don't use BeRTOS (or whatever RTOS). Ditch that and still use the free AVR avr-gcc compiler suite from Atmel along with Codelite and gdb that comes along for the ride.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best OSS Embedded Development Platform

Jimbookis Re:Bertos (128 comments)

Well if free gets you bent out of shape you can *actually pay* for things like BeRTOS and FreeRTOs if you like.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best OSS Embedded Development Platform

Jimbookis BeRTOS for the First Post (128 comments)

BeRTOS is very nice for the money (free), is going in the right direction and is more than libre enough. Develop for ARM or AVR in Windows or Linux. Don't see why other core's and SoCs can't be added. It has a nice Pyython/QT configuration manager, lots of abstraction and can be debugged with GDB in conjuction with CodeIite though I have used AVRStudio4 to do the same. It just needs some lovin'. http://www.bertos.org/ A pox on my first AC post on the subject.

about a year ago
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Apple Faces Lawsuit For Retina MacBook Pro 'Ghosting' Issue

Jimbookis Is it permanent or slowly decaying? (195 comments)

I have seen Dell LCD's exhibit burn-in (monitors made 7+ years ago). My plasma TV gets a bit of a logo or 4:3 ghost image but it's not permanent and does fade. I guess it's a hysteresis or long time constant decay of some sort. So, is the burning on the Macs persistent or an annoying but temporary issue?

about a year ago

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