top Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
Our department of 3rd line support Java all had laptops because we were on standby duty 2 weeks out of 8. Realising my much older desktop at home was faster than those brand-new laptops me and a colleague traded one laptop for 2 desktops, and kept the other laptop for standby duty shared between us.
Our desktops worked like a breeze, never overheated, performed faster than the laptops of the other colleagues. For the standby duty we took the laptop home and everywhere we went, but standby duty has a much lower system demand. Remote login, ssh, stopping/starting services can be done fast on any laptop. But the real work we did during daytime (development and 3rd line support) that does put a heavy load on the PC. It looks modern and professional to use a laptop, but the portability and battery life are a too-large burden on a PC. A roomy mini- or miditower with quiet cooling and 2x24" monitors (or 1x30") is the ideal PC for an efficient professional.
top Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
Russians have found a way to fight corrupt law officers and insurance fraud setups:
Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam http://www.wired.com/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/ <p> Mass-install dashcams. That will get the police and judges used to video footage. about a month and a half ago
top The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
At my previous job I had both too. While you can put two browser windows side by side on a 27" or 30" monitor, we could not convince our boss to buy them. So we got 2x 21" monitors and used 1 in portrait mode to see a web page completely, and a landscape one for coding in Perl.
Even when monitors cannot be rotated, then it sometimes had a square connecting plate to the foot with 4 screws. Undo the srews, rotate 90 degree, and fasten them again.
about a month and a half ago
top Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python
I went from a 90k EURO (~120k $) with 1 hour traffic jams both in the morning and afternoon, to a much lower paying job with only 14 minutes of empty motorway between my house and the job. I set my alarm clock 1 hour later, and I can do my shopping after work, cook/eat and still have a whole evening to myself.
Once you earn more than your living expenses, more money is not attractive, more time (and an interesting job) is the real benefit.
BTW, I was a Perl programmer/project leader, and am now a Drupal developer, which makes me a PHP programmer. Amazing similarities between Perl and PHP
top Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
I live close to the german border in the Netherlands and drive a german car (Audi A4 avant). I do agree that german cars are engineered to go fast both on the Autobahn and more curvey NordSchleife, but the real compliment should go to the german drivers for their discipline.
German drivers do stick to the right-most lane, pay attention to faster traffic approaching from behind, and will even go as far as to slow down or even break a little to stay in their lane when they can keep the fast lane free for faster cars. Compare this to dutch drivers who drive anywhere in any lane because they paid road tax for all the lanes, and feel it is a constistutionary right to correct speeding cars by throwing their cars in the left lane with just 2 km/h faster than the truck they want to pass.
If there are no roadworks, and if you are not near a city that has a 100 km/h corridor around it, the german Autobahn can be as smooth a ride as listening to Kraftwerk's song "Autobahn"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Even doing around 160 km/h or 200 km/h. Thank you german drivers!
top Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
It's the other way around. His girl married the wrong guy.
Why play with your computer, when you can play with your wife?
top Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"
The USA is spying on the UN and European Union
The USA is spying on peaceful countries like Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands
The USA is spying on Brazilian oil companies
The USA is spying on Airbus partners
What we see is 2 things:
1. The USA does not trust peaceful sovereign countries
2. The USA has economic motives for spying
To return to a situation of trust amongst friendly countries, this has to stop immediately and completely.
top Electric Velomobiles: Urban Transportation For the Future, Available Now
I have one too, the
Sinner Mango+ with a 170W assist. It has an 11-speed hub gear in the rear which allows me the switch gears while standing stil, and a big metal U-ring which I use to chain it to an ebject wherever I park, not only against theft but also against strong winds which my blow the velomobile away.
My car ride to work is 38 km and takes between 25 (holiday season) and 60 minutes (normal traffic outside holiday season). With the Mango+ it always takes 65 minutes as I am not slowed down by traffic. The removable battery needs to be charged home and at work, so half my energy cost is even subsidized by my employer (but it isn't much anyway). With motor off, I cycle at ~32 km/h, with power I manage 38-42 km/h. The seat is comfortable and all 3 wheels are sprung, but it still is a bumpy ride due to the road quality, and the fact that you must keep your tires at 5-6 bar to reduce drag.
Without the wind cooling you, it can be hot in the summer, even with the foam top off. In the winter I wear a nitted cap, and a shawl around my neck, the rest stays warm inside. For me it keeps me in shape without loosing time in the gym, I exercise in the time I could have spent in traffic. At work I take a shower, which I would have taken at home if I went by car. I clock in after the shower, of course. For safety, I have daytime running lights (LED) and I chose a 2-tone (red & white) paintjob. When sharing the car roads you have to drive it very defensively as if nobody is seeing or expecting you, on bicycle paths the danger is a lot less. Part of my trip is on a bicycle path parellel to the slow-moving traffic, and it is very satisfying to go faster than the traffic jam.
top IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE
Sorry, couldn't resist the combination of Microsoft and throw in one sentence.
top Global Warming's Silver Lining For the Arctic Rim
This will also put an end to piracy in the eastern part of the Indian ocean, when all ships between Europe and Asia go the northern route.
Time to get a decent job?
top Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, Now Available
Same here in the Netherlands. I tried to update yesterday (10-10) and today via the Update Manager, but no luck yet. I'll try again in a few days.
top Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo
On my Motorola Milestone with Android 2.1:
Default browser startup 1s, Newspaper m.volkskrant.nl 3 s.
Firefox 4b startup 8s, Newspaper m.volkskrant.nl 3s.
Especially for a mobile browser, that's a slow start as it is more likely to be started multiple times per day,rather than burn the batteries by being on or in the background.
Furthermore I had to throw out a lot of applications to make room for the apk file. It's huge, and it needs to slim down considerably.
Conclusion, although I'm a Firefox fan, is that they need to work on install size and startup speed before I will use it as my first choice.
top US Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuel
A little bit closer to their region and experience is Laurence of Arabia. He defeated the Otomans by concentrating on taking out locomotives. It halted the logistics completely and forced the withdraw.
Just like the current focus on fuel transport will cause enormous problems that cannot be solved by any of the (long-term) solutions here (today there was another large-scale burning of fuel trucks).
Houston, we have a problem...
top European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA
It's the least we can do. You liberated us (I'm dutch) 65 years ago, let us now liberate you.
top Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn
Monsanto has a long, and fortunately well-documented, history of deliberately poisoning our world with first their herbicides, then genetically modified plants that withstand larger quantities of their own herbicides, and further infertilizing that crop, so that you have to buy new seeds every year.
Couple that to an army of lawyers to sue the environmentally consious people and innocent bystanders who had their natural crop infected with blown-over genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, and anyone can conclude that Monsanto is EVIL.
If I was granted 1 wish, I wish that Monsanto would stop operating and invest their accumulated profits into undoing the damage that they did worldwide.
top Tired of Flash? HTML5 Viewer For YouTube
I support the intranet for a 7000 person company, and put up a help page telling them to use OGV (for Firefox on Windows. Linux and Solaris) and WMV (for IE).
<video src="filename.ogv" autoplay="true" controls="true">
...code for IE7 users...
Firefox reads the video tag and ignores the inside of the video container, and IE7 ignores the video tag and reads the 10 lines of WMV code.
Voila, no more flash.
top Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid
I feel embarrased that a dutch university spent time on this obvious fact...
And proud because the dutch girls are pretty enough to cause this effect,
Disclaimer: I'm dutch.
top Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?
My site kayakfun.info (dutch-language site about whitewater kayaking, so no tech-bias) runs Webalizer stats so I only see the top 15 agents, amid lots of bots, but here is the summary from feb 2009 to jun 2009:
IE total went from 44% to 37% (-19%)
Moz 5 (Fx and Safari people explained above) went from 12% to 18% (+50%)
Opera 8.5 went from 0.9% to 2.5% (+170%)
IE6 dropped from 13 to 9%
IE7 dropped from 30 to 23%
IE8 went from 1 to 5%
So "collapsing" ? No, IE total is just slowly degrading for evolutionary reasons, most likely asymptotically approaching zero after a long time. I sincerely hope IE6 and 7 drop out of the top15 really soon, IE8 is not that bad.
top California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars
This is too close to April fools day to take it seriously.
top The Art of The Farewell Email
We had this guy who got laid off, and left to finish work for the remaining 4 weeks, as editor of the company newsletter. He managed to let the first characters of every line in the first article say " sucks", so that if you placed a piece of paper over the rest of the sentence it would stand out clearly. Only after it returned from the printer he told us.
A few years later, when the boss that fired him had moved on and we had another boss, he reapplied for his job. When the new boss heard the story, he did not even want to see the CV. His comment "once a loose cannon, always a loose cannon".
In these networked times, you never ever burn your bridges.
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