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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Apple's comeback was obvious (332 comments)

It took a hell of a long time for USB keyboards to be actually usable on x86 PCs. For the longest time, BIOS configuration and boot loader interaction was impossible, since the keyboard wouldn't be initialized until you hit the actual OS. Keyboards with built-in USB hubs were the worst.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

KozmoStevnNaut Re: just do strength training (115 comments)

I'm mostly into kettlebells and olympic lifting myself, but I'll definitely second the statement that the first couple of months are absolutely amazing. Your endorphin levels will be through the roof, it feels so good.

I've been branching out into trying some yoga/mobility classes as well. That shit is tough.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

KozmoStevnNaut Re:just do strength training (115 comments)

The surfing, jiu-jitsu fighting, globetrotting etc. founder of my martial arts/crossfit club is a geek. The scoring system we use for competitions is something he cooked up in an afternoon. We also have an MMA fighter who's a banker and a surprisingly large amount of our members are university students. Psychology, medicine, and a couple of law students too.

about three weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:"Working hours: Get a life" at economist.com (545 comments)

In fact, may people in Germany are classified as "working poor", since even their full-time job is not enough to earn them a living wage, they have to receive welfare payments as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

KozmoStevnNaut Re: Innaccurate (310 comments)

People get bent totally out of line about the alleged violence against women, which literally only exists in the game because you can be violent against anyone, the game itself doesn't discriminate at all. At one point you can save a woman from baby boomer cultist cannibals as one character, while as another character you can kidnap people and deliver them to said cannibals. But never any single women, it's always either a couple or a man. Rockstar knew what lines couldn't be crossed, and they stayed within them.

On the other hand, there is a horribly graphic torture scene including teeth-pulling, electric shock and threats of being burned alive. But apparently that wasn't enough to get the game banned, completely untrue allegations had to be made up instead.

about a month and a half ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

KozmoStevnNaut Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

I work for a Danish IPTV provider, and we do the same thing. Everything is recorded and kept for at least 7 days, so our customers can watch whenever they want. It's proven to be extremely popular.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

KozmoStevnNaut Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

It would have to be severely nasty inside said gas tank for that to even happen. Most gas tanks are absolutely spotless inside, even when pulled from 30-40 year old cars killed by rust. They only start to rust inside if you let them sit for a long time, and on modern cars that's not a problem either, since all gas tanks are either plastic-lined, painted inside or all plastic.

Unless you have a bad habit of always filling up in the middle of sandstorms, you'll never had a problem with crud in the tank of a modern car, unless it was deliberately put there.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

KozmoStevnNaut Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

AFAIK, most cars have a reserve quantity that goes below the gauge's calibrated "empty" level. I'd suppose it's to allow for a few extra miles once you hit E but may just be to motivate you to fill up again before you put all the crud/water/etc that is at the bottom of the tank once you get near empty.

How do you think fuel is drained from a tank? By a floating pump that sips from the top or something? Do you imagine it works like when you're gulping down a mug of beer, that the fuel is tipped off from the top?

All fuel tanks are drained from the bottom all the time, otherwise any capacity below the level of the fuel pump's intake would be completely wasted. Any crud on the bottom of the tank will be caught by the fuel filter. Absorbed water isn't a huge problem unless it exceeds a certain level. I know diesel cars have water separators on the fuel feed lines, I assume newer gasoline cars work the same way (since modern gasoline contains ethanol, which tends to absorb moisture.)

It's exactly the same reason why it's bullshit advising people to never fill at a gas station that's currently having its tanks filled. Firstly, the pump pickups are obviously at the bottom to access the full capacity of the tanks. Secondly, modern subterranean tanks have internal bladders, so there's no rust of rust or crud.

about a month and a half ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

KozmoStevnNaut Re:simple (193 comments)

The Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook and the Dell Chromebook 11 are semi-rugged designs for educational use, with rubberized corners, spillproof keyboards and that sort of thing. The Lenovo even comes with a decent IPS display in the touchscreen-equipped version. They're slightly more expensive than "normal" Chromebooks, but not hugely so.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Uh yeah? (193 comments)

The touchpad on my Acer Chromebook 13 is actually surprisingly nice to use. It's very responsive, and it recognizes two-finger/three-finger taps (for right click and middle click, respectively) extremely well. It has much better recognition of two-finger drag to scroll, much better than any Windows laptop I've used.

The only slight niggle I have is that the acceleration curve is slightly 'off' from what I'm used to, but that's just a matter of muscle memory.

While I still think the Kensington Slimblade trackball is the greatest pointing device ever made (so good, I bought 3!), fitting a pool ball-sized trackball into a laptop will never happen, and a good touchpad is the best alternative.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:RMS (488 comments)

If Emacs is our reference implementation of a good UI, good luck.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (330 comments)

No, if a 16:9 monitor is 1600x900, a 4:3 monitor with equivalent vertical resolution would be 1200x900.

I completely agree that 16:9 monitors with too low resolution are annoying. 1920x1080 really is the minimum for single screen setups and 2560x1440 is so much nicer. 3840x2160 is obviously even better. Once you get decent vertical resolution, the widescreen format makes sense.

And personally, I work with both. At home I have a single 27" 2560x1440 monitor, which is great for what I do at home, ie. web surfing, watching movies and playing games. At work I have a 20" 1600x1200 and a 22" 1680x1050, which works really well for monitoring, email/calendaring.

I could easily do all of my work tasks on a single 27" widescreen instead, but my dual monitor setup would be less than ideal for my home use.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Yes. (330 comments)

So buy a 4K/UHD display and regard it as two 1920x2160 portrait-mode displays? There are plenty of options, even up to 39" before you get into TVs, and then the sky's the limit.

Aspect ratio fanaticism is nothing but neo-luddism.

about 2 months ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Americans are known to be ignorant an shallow.. (376 comments)

Clearly you've never actually met the average European man. What do you think Europe is, some kind of continent-sized Castro District?

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Yes. (330 comments)

A 31.5" 4K/UHD 3840x2160 monitor hits ~140dpi and fits pretty well within your size constraints.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Yes. (330 comments)

WA displays are simply too wide. And in portrait orientation, they are too narrow.

Don't think of them as widescreen displays. Think of them as two portrait-mode displays side-by-side with no annoying bezel.

For instance, with a 2560x1440 monitor, I have two 1280x1440 portrait-mode monitors built into one monitor. It's brilliant.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Yes, please (330 comments)

Your error was that you replaced your monitors with new ones of lesser vertical pixel count. You should have bought 1920x1200 or 2560x1440 instead. Never skimp on monitors, keyboards and mice. They will generally outlast every other PC component you buy.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:WANT. (330 comments)

Go 2560x1440, then. A 27" monitor with that resolution is right around 108dpi, which is pretty darn nice. Or go for something like Dell's 4K/UHD 27", that's 163dpi. or 140dpi if you go for a 31.5" model.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (330 comments)

But who would want a 1600x1200 monitor when a 1920x1200 or even 2560x1440 monitor is cheaper these days?

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

KozmoStevnNaut Re:I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (330 comments)

And for pretty much all work except video and movie editing, 4:3 is better.

Why? You can most likely get a 16:9 format monitor with more vertical resolution than your old 4:3 monitor, and you'll be getting more horizontal space to boot. It's almost like having a dual-monitor setup in one monitor, what's not to like?

about 2 months ago

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MIT flow battery tech could benefit electric cars

KozmoStevnNaut KozmoStevnNaut writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KozmoStevnNaut writes "Researchers at MIT have developed an improved version of flow battery technology, which they claim could provide at large boost in usability for electric vehicles.

From the article: "Solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. In this design, the battery's active components — the positive and negative electrodes, or cathodes and anodes — are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte."

The researchers claim this could enable recharging times for electric cars on par with refueling times for conventional ICE vehicles. They envision replacing a vehicle's spent battery liquid with freshly charged liquid using conventional pumping technology. The spent liquid can then be recharged and reused."

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