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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

SJHillman Re:Mod parent up funny (674 comments)

I have a Thinkpad T60 that's still my primary laptop (although not primary computer). I've dropped it, spilled milkshakes on it and have generally given it hell over the last 8 years. Runs better than ever since putting Windows 7 on it.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SJHillman Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

Hmm, it looks like I didn't read my source thoroughly. What I thought was the total world population was the population of Africa. I think it's time for a nap x_x

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SJHillman Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

World population was also significantly smaller back then as well. The world population of AD 1800 was about 10 million fewer people than the population of Mexico alone is today.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SJHillman Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1581 comments)

"Assuming you're not a felon, a weapon should be in every single citizen's possession."

Even then, there's plenty of non-violent felons that I would be ok with owning guns.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SJHillman Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

Also, the US Army was officially created on 3 June 1784, but they trace their date of inception to 14 June 1775 when the Continental Army was formed. Likewise, the Navy was formed 13 October 1775.

4 days ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

SJHillman Re:"bullshit lib arts"? (286 comments)

Nowhere did I say that *all* of the lib arts requirements were bullshit. Psychology and various writing classes were useful. Microbiology and ancient world history, not so much. However, all of the bullshit requirements were for lib arts classes.

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

SJHillman Degree (286 comments)

I got a Bachelors in Network Administration from a state school. It wasn't required for my current job, but it certainly helped get me noticed and hired. Beyond that, the main advantage of the degree was having hands-on experience with Cisco gear and server OSes in a simulated production environment. Of course, you could find a training course that does that for much cheaper and without the bullshit lib arts requirements. In the end, I'd say it was worth it because I was able to get it at a reputable state school and my ending loans were about 2/3rds of my first year's salary, which wasn't bad at all. I certainly wouldn't have paid private school tuition for it.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

It's the difference between "I still use XP" and "I still need XP".

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Personally (641 comments)

That would be an entirely different debate.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Disk space requirements (641 comments)

When XP came out, most hard drives were under 10GB. 20GB was considered large. When Windows 8 came out, 500 to 1000GB was the norm and 2000-3000GB wasn't uncommon. It was rare to see any drives under 250GB. SSDs were only starting to become mainstream, but they still really aren't.

So if we do the math, XP itself would take up 20% or more of a normal hard drive at the time. Windows 8 would only take up 4% of a normal hard drive or 8% of a small hard drive when it came out. If you give developers more hardware, they'll damn well be sure to use it.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Personally (641 comments)

Vista, 7 and 8 are different OSes. Sure, they want you to buy a new one (EVERY company does that regardless of product), but we're talking about the lifespan from launch until EOL.

Windows Vista, launched late 2006, EOL is mid-2017. That's a lifespan of over 10 years.
Windows 7, launched mid-2009, EOL is early 2020. That's a lifespan of over 10 years.
Windows 8, launched late-2012, EOL is early 2023. That's a lifespan of over 10 years.

And, of course, that all assumes they don't extend EOL like they did XP.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Flat out lie (641 comments)

You can't steal something that's being given away for free!

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Personally (641 comments)

The point is that most people bitching about the cost of a Windows 8 license don't compare it to what they spend on other things. They'll buy a $500 smartphone or a $50 pair of jeans and won't bat an eye. Also, pray tell how spending under $200 on my household's groceries for a month is "over-consuming"?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Personally (641 comments)

When Windows 8 first came out, an upgrade license was $40, although there were various promotions that would let you get anywhere from $5 to $15 off. I used it to upgrade from Win 7 Ultimate to Win 8 Pro, found that some of my video drivers weren't available for Win 8 yet (when it was brand new), so I went back to Win 7. The deal lasted from launch until Jan 31, 2013.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Invented before the age of Dropbox and Facebook (641 comments)

"The Windows XP start menu is a menu, with popup submenus. I have hundreds of applications sorted into categories. Everything that can be configured to be a submenu is. All "last used", "most used", "never used" features are turned off and respective menu items hidden. I don't need my OS to handhold me through my data or applications."

How is this any different from the Windows 7 menu? Windows 7 added features, like the search box, but otherwise it has pretty much all of the same features as the XP menu. Some default settings might be different, but those can be changed in the time it takes to make a post about how they're bad.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:It's Simple (641 comments)

If it won't run older programs, it's probably because you're comparing Win7 x64 to WinXP x86. I have Win7 x86 on my old Thinkpad T60 and it will run anything that XP x86 ran on that box, including many 16 bit games. As for the bugginess, that probably has more to do with his porn habits - you'd likely see even worse problems if he did the same things on an XP box.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I have a 1984 Tandy 1000 that does exactly what I need it to do - give me bragging rights in Internet threads about how my niche usage case is relevant to all users, everywhere.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:I loved WinXP (641 comments)

So what kept you from just using XP x64, if 64bit was your only reason to upgrade?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

SJHillman Re:I have never been infected (641 comments)

"It's supposed to pop-up a dozen midget goat porn ads every time you open IE!"

about two weeks ago

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