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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Megol Re:Its even more impressive... (199 comments)

Any assembly language programmer would disassemble the ROM anyway to learn tricks and locate useful routines. Programming microcomputers at that time was much more hands on than nowadays.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Megol Re:Its even more impressive... (199 comments)

False.
Do a comparison of the 8080 and 8086 instruction formats to be enlightened. The 8086 isn't binary compatible with the 8080.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Megol Re:Its even more impressive... (199 comments)

Nope, x86 isn't 8080 compatible - the instruction set is encoded in a different way. X86 can't execute Z80 code either.

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Megol Re:God, what drivel ... (207 comments)

But why would anyone want a Star Trek system? It is just something that looks good, not something that is efficient or practical for the real world.

Voice control and dictating etc. have valid uses but only for a few specific cases. General computer use isn't one of them.

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Megol Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (392 comments)

Which in many cases are protected by excellent armor. Headshots tend to be more permanent.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Megol Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (429 comments)

Less ergonomic: the middle "button" isn't shaped right and it can be hard to position a finger to be in the correct position.

Less exact: the button mechanism works different than the other buttons, partially because it tend to use a different kind of micro switch (often actually a collapsing dome switch for the middle button) and partially because of the mechanical design required for the scroll wheel.

Less reliable: a middle-click can be translated to scrolling or tilting unless pressed exactly right.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Megol Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (376 comments)

But then you ignore that he shouldn't have asked - as a professional he shouldn't have. In fact most places of education have an explicit policy against any kind of relationship between a teacher and a student.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Megol Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (376 comments)

Here's this in a version even you should understand:

Let's say I have a "do not pee in my kitchen" policy (actually I have).

A friend decides that he should pee in my kitchen. He does so.

I say "that's it - you can't go into my kitchen anymore".

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Substitute pee with sexual harassment according to the MIT standard. Substitute kitchen with courses associated with MIT. Substitute me with MIT.

There is no need to apply the rules of the juridical system for something like this which should be obvious for someone that actually have some social skills. The level of proof for someone to hinder someone else of peeing in the kitchen is less than the level of proof required by a criminal court.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Megol Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

Some women do. But so does men. And people often misinterpret simply being nice as some kind of sexual attraction.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Megol Re:a better question (592 comments)

Right... If one can find a position where the screen glare doesn't ruin it all. I personally can't use an Apple as the glare drives me insane unless seated in a pitch black room - not the best way to do some work...

In fact that isn't true at all - PCs often have better colors, contrast and/or brightness. Just don't buy the bargain basement level of stuff, select computers with IPS screens.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Megol Re:The average human being (291 comments)

Remember: that includes you. Yes me too. The only difference is _how_ a person is a gullible idiot.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Megol Re:Peers? (303 comments)

Women can and do rape other people, men and women according to taste and/or circumstances. Thinking otherwise is ... ignorance.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

Megol Re:Mainframe vs PaaS and SaaS (164 comments)

And yet, if you open up a mainframe, you will see that on the inside, it is exactly a vastly distributed system with thousands of nodes.

No it isn't. Even this latest monster doesn't have that many actual processors in it.

The main advantage to a mainframe is its ability to shovel around vast amounts of data very rapidly. IBM has offloaded a lot of the I/O work onto the peripheral data controllers ever since the System/360.

Technologically, mainframes are lagging. This is the first IBM mainframe that has had the ability to run multiple instructions at once on a single core the way Intel chips have done for many years now. The processor clock speed isn't anything outstanding for the day, either.

Eh... No.
The Z196 processor (2010) implements superscalarity (5 wide, 3 decode) and out of order execution at 5.2GHz.
The Z12 processor (2012) have 7 wide execution and runs at 5.5GHz.
They are top of the line products.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Megol Re:But (640 comments)

Install the 8.1 update and select startup to desktop
Install classic start menu
Disable the idiotic touchpad gestures MS "designed" for Win 8
Optionally install something like ModernMix to be able to run metro apps windowed (I have it installed but never use it)

Voila: A usable Windows installation where one doesn't need to use anything metro/"modern" if one doesn't want to. Somewhat like Windows 7 on steroids.

about two weeks ago
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Sloppy File Permissions Make Red Star OS Vulnerable

Megol Re: Good ol' 777 (105 comments)

Good thing you don't design user interfaces.

On the other hand, perhaps it was you who designed the Windows 8 metro UI? It would explain a lot...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Megol Re:Related - the clack of wheels on the tracks (790 comments)

He may not but I do - and the main railroads here are welded. AFAIK the solution used is allowing the shrinkage/expansion at certain points and having a rigid mount of the tracks.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

Megol Re:Sounds suspiciously like welfare. (109 comments)

No. From each according to ability and willingness to work, to each enough to live. Most civilized countries have "according to need" under welfare and medical care though.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

Megol Re:Sounds suspiciously like welfare. (109 comments)

You seem to be confusing basic income with utopia. If one want more stuff than the BI provides one can try to get one or more jobs.

about three weeks ago

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