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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Lord Apathy Re:Rent seeking (567 comments)

No thanks. Just like with Adobe CS, it looks like it's time to buy up some licenses before they dissapear. I have no interest in renting my software.

Why not? If the license fee is cheap enough for a year, I have no problems paying for it. Personally I would prefer this method of up dating over every 3 years having to run out and pay for a fat ass new edition where things might or might not work.

And your not really renting the software, your paying for updates and support. You shit isn't going to stop working if you decide not to pay, you just don't get up dates. Eventually I expect your shit to stop working but its not like they are going to flip a swtich on your ass and turn you off.

Is this really much different than how many linux distros do their enterprise level support? The OS is free but the support you will have to pay for.

3 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Lord Apathy Re:Please do (371 comments)

Good luck with that. I don't know if you watched Skyfall one too many times, but all of those centers are disconnected from the internet and run on their own network, precisely for this reason.

Fairly close. Where those networks need to cross over they are protected by what the military had labeled the 10 digit interface. Some poor SOB has to read what is on screen A and type it in on screen B.

5 days ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Lord Apathy Re:Better way? (289 comments)

The slowdown of Earth's rotation is NOT a known factor, it varies. Things like earthquakes [space.com] can change the period unpredictably.

Yes, I suppose that would make my plan rather difficult to implement.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Lord Apathy Re: Clearly (391 comments)

halfway-decent headphones there is a

This is one more layer that people need to think about if they use bluetooth headphones. That bluetooth audio stream isn't coming across as pure lossless audio. Depending on the profile and quality of the headphones you are using the encoding of the audio stream for bluetooth can be worse than a 128K mp3. But not matter what head set you buy, if it uses bluetooth the audio is compress and not lossless.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Lord Apathy Re: Clearly (391 comments)

128kbps is enough for practically everyone, and even those who are able to tell the difference between it and 256 are only going to notice if you compare the same track side by side.

128K is plenty for casual listening, well hell its good for just plan listening. I spend most of the day listening to 128K mp3 streams from shoutcast. And the music I listen too, smooth jazz, is very sensitive to compression artifacts. You would notice them more there than you would say heavy metal or most rock.

Where I use greater than 128K, flac is better, would be for archiving music. So that as technology advances and you need to recode to a new format you have the best quality source for that recode.

about three weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Lord Apathy Re:Better way? (289 comments)

Sure, use/write software which correctly handles time. Leap seconds with their current, well defined behavior, have been around for over 40 years.

This is what I was thinking but with OS and hardware. The "slowdown" rate is a known factor. I don't see why modern system that have to be so precise don't already have this factored in. Just have them compensate for the need all the time instead of having to force the issue every few years.

Problem solved.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Lord Apathy Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

You're wrong. You can get tablets with 64 bit processors and 2GB of memory and a 2560x resolution screen with a GPU powerful enough for smooth gameplay at that resolution and the better ones also have have high speed storage. Just a few years ago that was more powerful than most workstations.

I suppose I could be wrong but from what I've seen around me I'm not. Most people, including myself, do not fire up our android tablets to do "real work." We tend to use the best tool for the job. When I'm in a meeting taking notes, reading emails, and doing power point presentations, I tend to use my surface pro or my dell laptop. I suppose I could do it on the android if I had too, but it would be painful to carry out.

My nexis 7 has a 1.5 ghz quad core, a 1920x1200 screen, and a rather impressive gpu for what it does. I've ran asphalt 7 on it and was pleased by it. I don't know how powerful the gpu is in it but I'm not for a moment going to believe its more powerful than my playstation 3, 4, or the nvidia 770 that I have in my main desktop. When I want to game I land in front of one of those.

With that being said I still tend to use my android tablet more than those other devices. I use it what is best for, a display device for news, websites, and looking up cheats on grand theft auto.

about three weeks ago
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South Korean Activist To Drop "The Interview" In North Korea Using Balloons

Lord Apathy Re:S. Korean Idiot tries to piss off N. Korean idi (146 comments)

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

You deserve to be modded up just for that obscure '70 reference. I deserve to be modded up because I recognized it.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Lord Apathy Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

Oooooh yea, imagine that farmville in 2K @ 60fps !

Hey, everyone has to get their kicks some how, even if its with virtual farm animals.

Baaaa, means noooo!

about three weeks ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

Lord Apathy Re:Good news (234 comments)

To what end should slashdot secure itself?

Because all sites should be secure. All the way from your bank to that page you tossed up on some old slackware box where to post pictures of your dog. Just as all email should be sent private key/public key now.

Think of it like this. If only the important shit is encrypted then that data steam stands out as important on the internet. If all the shit is encrypted then nothing stands out as "decrypt me, I'm important." Its the herd principal.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Lord Apathy Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

Also, tablets have a longer lifespan than your average smartphone. The tablet market could probably be called Mature now. Explosive growth is over, at least in the original Western Markets. You are looking at incremental growth and replacements.

I would imagine that you are correct. While they are technically computers I classify tablets as data display devices. You use them to display web pages, read ebooks, and pay bills with online banking. You really don't use them for general purpose computers.

While they have different processor speeds, screen sizes and run different OS, basically they all do the same thing. And its hard to improve on what they do. Once you find one that you are happy with, it should serve for years doing its job.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Lord Apathy Re:I find this amusing... (250 comments)

Well, you know Sony. Shit in one hand and wish in the other and see what fills up first. The press will crawl through these documents looking for juicy tidbits are in there. Now that you have issued demands like this, they will crawl through with even more zest. It makes you look like you have something to hide.

about a month ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Lord Apathy Re:HAHA! (191 comments)

Does that explain why when I go to yahoo the home page is full of horse shit like flying saucers, sightings of bigfoot on mars, and other nonsense from the examiner?

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Lord Apathy Re:Muslims? (880 comments)

I'm not up to date on which religion has actually killed more people. Christianity ran up a pretty impressive body count during the middle ages. Then there was the witch burnings and inquisitions, as well as was happened in the new world with the church there.

Muslims seem to have a more blood thirsty run lately though.

One would think that by the 21 century we would have at least stopped killing each other because we all don't want to believe in the same fairy tales.

about a month ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Lord Apathy Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

The RAID-5 is not set in stone. RAID-6 is an option that has not been ruled out, odds are I will go that route.

I know about the drive failures in batchs like that. I've been bitten by it before. I usually buy drives from different sources weeks apart. That increases the odds that the drives will come from different batchs. I don't if that affects the reliability of the drives themselves but makes me feel better.

about a month and a half ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Lord Apathy Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

you are better off with generation-1 than generation-current.

I completely agree. I'm about to retire a rack of 1 TB drives in my NAS and replace them with three 4TB drives in a raid 5 array. The 4TB drives will had to be out a year before I started to trust them.

Live on the bleeding edge with shit your not afraid to lose. Trust your important shit with well tested 2nd or 3rd generation technology.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Lord Apathy Re:So Linux on the Destop supremacy? (415 comments)

Agreed. Pretty much the only thing steam on linux is good for is to browse the games you could be playing if you had steam on windows.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Lord Apathy Re:Go into the public sector (720 comments)

That was close to what I was going to suggest. Go into business for yourself. Start your own company. There are plenty of options out there if your just clever enough to figure them out.

about a month and a half ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

Lord Apathy Re:"The Caligula of the Department" (355 comments)

But Wilson admits that Watson did motivate him to move beyond the stamp-collecting stage into more disruptive work in evolution.

Sometimes your greatest accomplishment in life is to inspire others to greatness. Watson seems to have other talents but inspiring others to not be like him seems to be his greatest.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

Lord Apathy Re:Easy. (436 comments)

Hardware ban this son of a bitch.

about 2 months ago

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