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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Lawrence_Bird Re:notepad (106 comments)

a rare moment when someone posts something potentially useful and not well known on /. kudos

7 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Lawrence_Bird Re:HDD is fine for .. 98%? (255 comments)

Do the math and please come back. Show us the real world time difference in writting a non-trivial amount of data. Exactly how much is that? 1MB? 10? 1GB? Do typical users read/write GB at a time? 100MB? Which of that data is not already cached (for reads)?

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Lawrence_Bird Re:HDD is fine for .. 98%? (255 comments)

I do have a small SSD drive. That I don't bother to put all that much on it goes to show the difference it did not make.

And you, as per the title of my post are in that 2% who might benefit from a SSD.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Lawrence_Bird Cut expenses (357 comments)

No beer.
No cigs
No pot
No cell phone
No tv.

Should be able to eat now.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Lawrence_Bird HDD is fine for .. 98%? (255 comments)

Lets be honest here - outside of a small percentage of users doing raw uncompressed video operations HDD are more than fast enough. Drives and OS both offer large caching of high use objects which reduces seek/startup time differences to a very small amount. The biggest difference is on start up and even there.. do those 5, 10, 15 secons extra really matter that much? How often are you booting? Or even resuming from hibernation if thats your thing?

As to power, idle is now around 5 or 6 watts and standby around 1. Even in a laptop the difference in power use between hdd/sdd is not going to make or break the deal. Your screen, however, another story.

3 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Lawrence_Bird Re:Microsoft can't run on x86? (110 comments)

I think you miss my point. At what point was Intel exclusively marketing this hardware to Microsoft? I am unaware of Intel ever saying 'no mr. cheap tablet maker, you can't buy these!'

This just appears to be Microsoft bashing because Intel is "marketing" their hardware to another large OS... other whan windows.. and osx... and various small freebsd and linux based devices... and...

3 days ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Lawrence_Bird Fuck this OUT OF MY PHONE (137 comments)

Once again the nanny state rises to save the day! God forbid people take responsibility for their own property. Leave your phone in the bar (or anywhere else)? Is this some how different than leaving your wallet? purse? camera? laptop? Is it different than a purse snatching? Someone grabbing your tote bage or backpack with your laptop in it?

What this really is about is governement asserting more authority over your possessions and your life. And if you are so naive as to think the government will not use this to their advantage I guess you are all ok with RICO too.

If there is some segment of the market for phones that really, really wants this, it will be served. Without government involvement and without forcing it upon everyone.

3 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Lawrence_Bird Re:Trust No One (170 comments)

You'll notice that al Qaeda has gone back to using couriers.

I would say if you use technology which can compromise your location, communications or other private info and you do not want to share that then yes, you are making a mistake to assume safety unless you have personally vetted it. As noted earlier, it comes down to a matter of degree/risk assessment (ignoring that you may be terrible or unqualifed at assessing that) but that there is a non zero probability you have been compromised. And Trust No One should be your default policy, not trust those guys because, well they say the right thing and seem nice!

4 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Lawrence_Bird Microsoft can't run on x86? (110 comments)

I'm not seeing what Intel marking bay trail etc to Chinese tab makers has to do with their use by Microsoft (or anyone else for that matter).

4 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Lawrence_Bird Trust No One (170 comments)

Are you able to verify all of the distribution yourself? Are you able to vet the contributors? Are they able to vet each other? Is Tor really safe?

It all comes down to a matter of degree but in the end... Trust No One

5 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Lawrence_Bird by what right? (341 comments)

What right does any government have to do this? What right does any "climatologist" have to do this? These are the new priests? Believe us for we speak the true gospel?

The fuck I trust any of the above to fix anything nor do they have to right to start fucking with the atmosphere, oceans, etc.

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Lawrence_Bird A really slow news day (307 comments)

what's next? researchers use beads to do arithmetic?

about a week ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Lawrence_Bird Change for Change sake (431 comments)

That is what "education" is. Were the (insert nationality) kids able to read 50? 75? 100 years ago? Without doubt, those who went through the school system could. Yet at every opporunity since, the so called educators felt compelled to try something different. Why? Because a) life would be boring if they did not and b) it is the only way to increase their ranks and funding (ie, no crisis, less funding).

You can apply the same to math and the varoius sciences as well.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Lawrence_Bird Re:The real question (447 comments)

shocking.. you mean she is not an NSA plant? I thought for sure that Rice was still on Obama's payroll alone with Cheney.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Lawrence_Bird Same if it were Hillary, right? (447 comments)

Would we be seeing this same faux "privacy" outrage if it were Hillary Clinton or some other person from Obama's national security team? Has not the surveillance state expanded exponentially under the current administration? Doubtful. And what exactly was Rice's "central role in creating the surveillance state"? That she, at the President's direction, authorized NSA to spy on foreign diplomats? WTF do you think intel agencies are there for? Considering her not very good relations with Darth Vader..er Dick Cheney, the man behind a lot of the worst stuff of the Bush admin. I think it grossly unfair to paint her as having a central role.

It really will be hilarious to juxtapose the silence as Obama admin security and foreign policy officials end up in similar positions over the next few years. Afterall, Kos and others have said 'not a big deal' to all the nsa stuff - but only if you have a D after your name.

about a week ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

Lawrence_Bird Re:CMU 1968-72 (169 comments)

My older brother shuffled your deck.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Lawrence_Bird Re:Microsoft has gone above and beyond... (650 comments)

SGI Support of MIPS® IRIX® Products Changes December 2013

As of December 31st, 2013, SGI will move IRIX products support from Maintenance Mode to Retired Mode.

Retired Mode
Technical phone support is available to honor existing support obligation, but only known bug fixes and workarounds are provided. No new development, maintenance, or security fixes are provided by SGI. Product media and/or downloads remain available through the support organization. Software is no longer available for sale, and support contracts cannot be renewed (see exception for IRIX above).

BTW - tell us how long SGI provided free support to all users of IRIX?

For certain Software, SGI will provide limited telephone support for a period of ninety (90) days. Telephone technical support will include available Software patches and Software workarounds and generally available fixes to common SGI Software issues; however, such support shall not include consulting services or any other software development. Software updates are not included. This support applies only to operating systems preinstalled by SGI.

So guess if you dumped a ton of dough on some SGI hardware you would get "free" IRIX updates. That is analagous to Windows XP how?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Lawrence_Bird Re:Depends (650 comments)

Are you making the same argument of authors? Must they make and publish corrected editions for as long as their work is under copyright? Will they then also publish a redaction edition too if said work becomes outdated or is determined to be wrong (in the case of non-fiction)?

about two weeks ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  about 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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