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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

TeknoHog Re:Passenger Pigeons? (101 comments)

Was that an African or a European pigeon?

13 hours ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

TeknoHog Re:Ecosystem (101 comments)

The enormous numbers of the Passenger Pigeon actually suggest that they were the beneficiaries of an extreme environmental disruption that occurred a few centuries earlier: the sudden and dramatic disappearance on the large scale agricultural and horticultural societies of Native Americans when ~90% of the population died from successive onslaughts of pandemic disease brought by the arrival of populations from the Old World (Europeans and Africans).

Is that an African or a European pigeonocide?

13 hours ago
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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

TeknoHog Re:For fuck's sake (66 comments)

Stop spelling it "BitCoin", it's "Bitcoin", as in common grammar rules where you don't put a cApITal in the middle of a word.

That so, TeknoHog?

Well I can spell my own name in any bloody way I want. But if you're going to spell the name of a product/technology then please find out how to spell it first.

yesterday
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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

TeknoHog For fuck's sake (66 comments)

Stop spelling it "BitCoin", it's "Bitcoin", as in common grammar rules where you don't put a cApITal in the middle of a word. For some reason, the "BitCoin" spelling is always used by people who don't know Bitcoin, and it just looks degrading.

yesterday
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

TeknoHog Re: I guess I'll just (125 comments)

I remember using talk only on the same machine. I specifically said "Internet" to exclude applications that only work on the same host or a proprietary network. However, I now see that talk also works across networks.

Of course, I like to mention IRC just because it's from Finland.

yesterday
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

TeknoHog Re:I guess I'll just (125 comments)

Heretic! The original Internet instant messaging system is spelled "IRC".

yesterday
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

TeknoHog Re:"Against a wall" (143 comments)

There are already things hindering the customers to place their PC directly with their back to the walls. One is called cables, the other one is called convenience.

But then you also have people who just like to shove things against the wall. I mean who cares about a broken cable now and then, you can always buy more >.<

2 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

TeknoHog Re:"Against a wall" (143 comments)

imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front)

Moreover, I imagine this feature will increase dust buildup. Of course you get plenty of dust along the airstream, no matter what direction, but in this case (pun intended) there's a constant buildup from above, even when the machine is off. Then when you turn the machine on again, you get this nice layer of dust sucked in at once.

To avoid these types of problem, I'd rather have an indentation on the back, leaving room for air even when the top is pushed against the wall. It will be somewhat worse for natural convection, though. Then again it might help when lifting the machine up.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

TeknoHog Re:Desktop (610 comments)

I've used laptops as my main/only machine for a long while, but I now use a dock with external display and keyboard, as it's more ergonomic in a standing desk. However, the general point is that I still like to use a full computer in this age of tablets. There are many cases where a tablet would be more suitable, but I hate owning too many different appliances for each job, when a single laptop can do almost everything. Of course, there's also the usual agenda of freedom to program your machine as you see fit.

Curse all you stupid laptop users!

It's not stupidity. I'm just too weak to carry a full desktop setup around to places where I need to work.

2 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

TeknoHog Re:Elephant in the room (172 comments)

Usually people who need more than 16 gigs are requiring this for work-related reasons, where the $700 takes a different perspective.

$700 may not be much compared to labour, but it's still real money someone in the economy is going to pay.

The "room" is where you have other computer hardware and electronics, and that keeps getting cheaper and faster all the time. That's why the price fixing of RAM is so obvious. I remember paying less per GB in the DDR2 days.

Also, memory is supposed to be this relatively dumb part of machinery. As I'm speccing out a new home machine, I notice that the mobo will cost less than 8 GB of DDR3, which is the minimum I'm going to get (and maximum at these prices).

2 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

TeknoHog Re:just wait (172 comments)

DDR4 is also extremely new. Expect it to get faster/better timing specs as time progresses.

this.

DDR4 is like $350 for 4x4GB. Too expensive still. This time next year we should see prices closer to what we are paying for DDR3 today.

DDR4 is "extremely new" as in 2011. For me, the only real improvement seems to be in power consumption.

Since regular SDRAM, each DDR generation has doubled throughput, but latencies have only improved very slowly. So in many cases the doubled data rate is just a marketing gimmick. This might explain why each DDR generation has been relatively slow to enter mass market. For example, in late 2008 I was speccing a work laptop, and it had this new and shiny DDR3 memory, with all the issues such as price and availability of big-ass 4 GB SODIMMs. Later in 2010 I bought a new motherboard for home, with DDR2, so apparently DDR3 was still not for everyone.

Of course, increased throughput does help in many cases, but I especially like the reduced power consumption. So I for one welcome our new DDR4 overlords -- once they are widely available and affordable. Even DDR3 seems hideously expensive compared to other hardware -- I can get a new motherboard for less than the price of an 8 GB DIMM.

2 days ago
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

TeknoHog Re:Poll idea (105 comments)

I started in 1999 with Red Hat 6.

Me too :D And now for the obligatory shameless plug.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

TeknoHog Re:I win (336 comments)

You bet she does.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

TeknoHog I win (336 comments)

My vacuum cleaner has official Windows XP and Windows 7 stickers.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

TeknoHog Re:Gas station (190 comments)

Wait, this didn't quite work out - it could be 604800 seconds, for example...

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

TeknoHog Re:Gas station (190 comments)

I've seen a gas station "go up" in seconds.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

TeknoHog Re:The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (233 comments)

An Italian viewing American pizza would probably have the same reaction as an American hipster going over your CD collection (seriously, any CD collection).

Except that CDs taste better and are more crunchy than American pizzas.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

TeknoHog Re:coding is only a fraction of business (548 comments)

Its not like kollege where yu write a program

Nope, it's the business world where we don't care about spelling. You need not be able to spell "int main", if you just want to "make mani".

about two weeks ago

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Startup by ex-Nokians will keep Meego phones alive

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TeknoHog writes "A team of former Nokia employees behind the N9 has revealed plans for an upcoming Meego phone. According to the press release, "Jolla Ltd. will design, develop and sell new MeeGo based smartphones. Together with international private investors and partners, a new smartphone using this MeeGo based OS will be revealed later this year.

Jolla Ltd. has been developing a new smartphone product and the OS since the end of 2011. The OS has evolved from MeeGo OS using Mer Core and Qt with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.""

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Microsoft worms to patch software

TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TeknoHog writes "According to New Scientist, Microsoft researchers at Cambridge, UK are studying the use of computer worms for spreading software fixes and fighting malevolent worms. From the article: "Software patches that spread like worms could be faster and easier to distribute because no central server must bear all the load." Not that there aren't other ways to avoid the server bottleneck, even from Microsoft itself."
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TeknoHog TeknoHog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TeknoHog writes "European scientists have developed a system for tracing the position of fingers on any surface. From the New Scientist article: "Two or more sensors are attached around the edges of the surface. These pinpoint the position of a finger, or another touching object, by tracking minute vibrations. This allows them to create a virtual touchpad, or keyboard, on any table or wall.""

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