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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

Nivag064 Re:First contact? (95 comments)

Come in #3, your time is up!

about 3 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Nivag064 Re:Here's what I don't get (367 comments)

Linux is the most widely used Operating System there are more Linux based devices than for all other Operating Systems combined.

Linux almost totally dominates embedded and mobile devices, as well as servers.

about 7 months ago
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Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

Nivag064 Re:The older I get the more it kills me (144 comments)

I'm 63 and I don't feel that unwell nor have joint pains if I get less than 4 hours sleep, except for feeling groggy and having aching eyes the first few minutes after waking in the morning. Though I endeavour to get at least 6 hours a night. Now I try to get to sleep not much after 10pm, but I'm normally up & dressed by 7am most mornings regardless.

There is enough research on humans, to suggest that adequate sleep is important for mental health for me to take it seriously. Similarly, for adequate exercise - I aim to get at least 1 hours fast walking every day on average, preferably up to 2 hours.

If I a really pushing myself to learn new stuff or doing a lot of programming that is technically challenging or particularly frustrating, then I get tired earlier.

In my early 40's I took over maintenance of a program generator which created another program that created SQL, written in a 4GL (PROGRESS 6, from memory). It was the most intense sustained mental effort I ever had in my career. I needed 2 extra hours of sleep most nights!

However, different people get affected differently.

about 7 months ago
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CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

Nivag064 Re:Yeah, No (54 comments)

No, Sinclair BASIC was horrendous!

Acorn with the BBC Micro and descendants (such as the Acorn Archimedes) were far superior in terms of programming both at the BASIC & Assembly level.

Acorn BASIC had named subroutines with parameters, looping constructs, and IF ELSE statements. There was never any need to resort to GOTO's and GOSUB's! Also you had well defined ways to invoking Operating System functionality without resorting to the equivalent of PEEK's and POKE's - to the extent that most programs could be transferred from the 8 bit 6502 based machines to the 32 bit ARM based machines without changes other than slowing them down (as the latter were far faster).

Note that Acorn developed the ARM family of processors which are now the most widely used processor, and used in most modern smart mobile phones.

about 7 months ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Nivag064 Re:What could possibly go wrong (216 comments)

Picture London, 1901, a prestigious Gentleman's Club...

An Australian nephew of a British Army Officer arrives in London, and asks his Uncle who discovered Great Britain. His uncle after some discussion, suggests he asks the most senior member, a retired General. The General, is sitting smoking a cigar, sipping his claret, and reading the Times. After the young Australian asks the question, the General explodes saying "Confound it sir!" - the young man beats a hasty retreat.

Now you know who discovered Great Britain, someone called 'Con'.

about 7 months ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

Nivag064 Re:HAH!! I use IE6! (93 comments)

REAL PROGRAMMERS write a new Web Browser in machine code for each session...

about 8 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Nivag064 Re:Change (742 comments)

I must disagree with you saying "Micsoft does not innovate"!
(I shall ignore the spelling!)

Microsoft does innovate - Metro is an innovative way of pissing customers off, and the 'Surface' was a way to piss of their OEM's!

about 8 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Nivag064 Re: Change (742 comments)

Actually Linux is the most commonly used O/S. More things run Linux than any other O/S, I think Apple is 2nd.

Android is Linux, and that has well over 50% market share, eBooks run Linux, lots of embedded stuff runs Linux. more & more desktops run Linux. Note that Chromebooks run Linux. Most servers run Linux.

In our house 2 adults & a teenager:
3 Linux desktops
1 Apple Desktop
2 Linux laptops
2 Linux phones
1 Apple phone
Note: no Microsoft computers

about 8 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Nivag064 Re:I think I've seen this plan (330 comments)

Hmm...

Probably because it is not so hot to put them down in the dark???

Or perhaps you don't realize that the Moon rotates with respect to the Sun, so no part of the equator is in permanent darkness, except perhaps things like very deep craters.

about 8 months ago
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Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

Nivag064 Re:This article would have been more useful if it (166 comments)

The arguments that the proponents of 'Intelligent Design' use to attempt to discredit Evolution, are far more effective at showing the absurdity of a 'Creator'!

about 8 months ago
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Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

Nivag064 Re:Roll a dice... (166 comments)

As far as I can remember: the 'correct' singular of 'dice' is 'dix'!

about 8 months ago
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Up-Front Seats For Tonight's Near-Earth Asteroid

Nivag064 Re:metric, motherfuckers (99 comments)

Anyhow which football?

Association Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, or Rugby League?

The size & speed in metric units would actually be more useful for most people!

about 8 months ago
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The Search for Life On Habitable Exoplanets

Nivag064 Re:We need to be more open to "life" (69 comments)

"Is that life, or just an obscenely complex self-maintaining chemical process?"

Referring to "Life" on Earth??? :-)

about 8 months ago
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Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

Nivag064 Re:HA! (141 comments)

I must steel myself not to make such bad puns, and rely on my iron constitution to have the stamina to resist.

And now for something completely different, my Dad was a copper for a few weeks!

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Nivag064 Re:No, UI designers went crazy. (503 comments)

Well if they had called it something else, like 'Fashionista' or something, and had actually maintained GNOME 2 (as far the user functionality was concerned, all they really needed to do was add back in the useful functionality they had dropped!). It would not have been so bad, but it was definitely not an upgrade to GNOME 2.

My hardware is fairly modern, Haswell processor, 32GB of RAM.

I have 35 virtual desktops, I have a grid of 5 rows by 7 columns in my top panel. I tend use the virtual desktops in a consistent fashion, and I have about 5 relating to different aspects of my main project.

Within one virtual desktop: often I want to look at at 2 or 3 windows in quick succession relating to what I am doing in just one aspect of my project. I frequently want to look at a browser tab, type stuff into an editor, & then execute a command in a terminal (additionally, check an API in another browser instance).

To get at applications, I use several methods depending on the nature of the app & how often I use it. For update & installs I use yum in a terminal, more control & get more useful feedback, instead of the GUI version.

Ways I use to launch an app:
        icon on a panel
        menu on top panel
        right click menu on a window (e.g. to get a terminal for the directory window I'm on)
        icon in a pull down drawer
        typing the first few characters in a terminal and then pressing tab
        hot key combination

I have hot key combinations for:
a terminal,
pluma (text editor),
LibreOffice writer,
Firefox,
& Seamonkey.

I have an Android phone with version 4.4.2. I find the interface cluttered, and would like to remove most of the Apps. However. I am happy to use a different GUI on my phone than my desktop - though a built in terminal would be nice (in case I have to log into a server while I'm out).

I found the arguments for the changes in GNOME 3 unconvincing, to put it diplomatically. I hate this dumbing down approach, dumb people can always go to Apple.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Nivag064 Re:No, UI designers went crazy. (503 comments)

Possibly, but after what the GNOME developers did, I no longer trust them. There were a host of things I found useful in GNOME 2, some of which the GNOME developers had already dropped before GNOME 3 - the changes in GNOME 3 were the last straw.

Anyhow, I suspect that Mate is easier to configure the way I want to operate than GNOME 3 - even assuming GNOME 3 has the features & functionality I needed.

I am very, very, glad I was not supporting any clients relying on the GNOME 2 desktop.

about 8 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

Nivag064 Re:YUP (156 comments)

Well the beta of Slashdot is a sure way to drive the value down further.

As it looks like I, and many others, will not be visiting Slashdot after it changes to the new layout.

about 8 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Nivag064 Re:Fuck Beta: I've been here for 13 years (573 comments)

I agree with your first line - but not your last lne, as I am a bit fussy about the software I have sex with...

about 9 months ago
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Former Red Hat COO Helps Health Care Providers Work Together (Video)

Nivag064 Re:The new Slashdot sucks (74 comments)

I agree, the beta looks worse than current, and why are there so many new sites I have to allow (I use noscript, to control JavaScript)?

about 9 months ago
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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Nivag064 Re:For Internal Use Only (293 comments)

Chuckles!

NSA: Not Secret Anymore

Why bother with a huge spy network, when you only need one well placed mole in the NSA???

about 9 months ago

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WinDroid Announced!

Nivag064 Nivag064 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nivag064 writes "A new range of mobile phones to be produced by Nokia, will combine the best features of Windows Phone 7 and Android.

For more information, including a link to detailed specifications, click on the URL — alternatively, search Google using 'WinDroid Announced'."

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