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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:I'm gonna say... (953 comments)

Working in IT in the medical field (OB-GYN, in this case), I can tell you sometimes there aren't even alternative vendors available - either one company is the only company or the others are even worse. When there are better vendors available, the opportunity cost of migrating data may be too high (What do you mean, we have to print to PDF every medical record and manually import the PDFs to the new EMR?). Even if both of those are acceptable, you're limited by your hardware: Don't want to buy another $75,000 laser for the lab? Too bad, then, because the control software only runs on the customized copy of XP. In the case of super specialized items like that laser, a modern version isn't even available, anywhere.

The joys of a niche market.

about a year ago
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New Revenue Model For Low Budget Films: Lawsuits

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Hurt Locker? (162 comments)

In that case, you're probably a commie!

about a year and a half ago
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MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Libre Office (349 comments)

Personally, I'd recommend you try out one of the recent mainstream distro installations - I haven't had wifi or X11 issues (or any other hardware issues, aside from sometimes getting gaming-friendly graphics drivers working) in a number of years. The installers, which maybe not quite as streamlined as Apple (PRESS BUTTAN GET OS X) is easily as friendly as Win7.

about 2 years ago
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How Google+ Punk'd The Oatmeal

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:The reality... (218 comments)

Well, here's the thing: They are updated. The WISC was introduced in 1949 and updated in '74, '91, and '03. The Stanford-Binet first edition was in 1906, followed by updates in 1937, 1973, 1986 and 2003. These are easily the two most common IQ tests.

This is to compensate for the well-known Flynn effect - check the wikipedia article for a fairly good summary. Make sure you read the whole thing, and don't just stop at THE TESTS ARE FLAWED TROLOLOLOL.

more than 2 years ago
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Are SSD Accelerators Any Good?

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:bcache (331 comments)

OS X had an experimental/development version of a ZFS kernel module that could be enabled from CLI in... I think 10.4 or .5. Since then, it was depreciated and removed, leaving no current ZFS support.

more than 2 years ago
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How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Not a surprise (306 comments)

Odds are that Netflix does want your money. It's more than likely that it's the MPAA who wants to segment their market and screw everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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Oldest DNA Recovered From 7,000-Year-Old Skeletons In Spain

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:But where are they? (146 comments)

They all stopped aging at 29, of course.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Beats Internet Explorer On Any Given Sunday

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Chrome vs IE (212 comments)

Except you can't actually skip an upgrade cycle, because as the systems age, they start having more hardware failures, and requiring more maintenance from IT, and needed extended warranties, and require more re-format/re-imaging - something that can be really annoying to handle once you've grown past the number of machines you can keep track of in spreadsheets.

A business that 'bills' out it's employee at a couple hundred bucks an hour really only needs a couple hours of machine failure before the opportunity cost of replacing the machine is recouped.

more than 2 years ago
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Killing Cancer With Engineered Viruses

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Good news everyone! (144 comments)

Given that 90% of herpes is social stigma, and it's actually one of the least problematic STDs out there? Yes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:There are already cracks for this specific game (473 comments)

Actually, that would probably take even less time than software hacks. There are an... enormous number of hardware debuggers out there that could pull everything off that chip. Rule #1 of security: If they have physical access, you're screwed.

more than 2 years ago
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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:From a civil servant perspective (443 comments)

It helps that the government can prosecute a cleared employee in who fucks things up and leaks sensitive information criminal court, not just civil.

That aside though, while they are OK with someone bringing it into the building in most cases, they sure as hell aren't letting you plug it into the LAN - which is what this article is advocating.

more than 3 years ago
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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Really? (443 comments)

If your company requires you to develop and test all those platforms, they certainly should support your needs. My company certainly does.

more than 3 years ago
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DARPA Open-Sources Military Vehicle Design

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:New slogan... (105 comments)

Given that the entire purpose of DARPA is to solicit off the wall ideas...

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Wikileaks really needs to change its focus (528 comments)

That would be great. I would love to see criminal charges for criminal actions at the banks and financial sector in general.

What everyone seems to miss lately, however, is that he can only publish information that is leaked to him.

He's not hacking the DoD or Bank of America. Someone from internal to the organization(s) sent him all this documentation.

more than 3 years ago
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James Webb Space Telescope Cost Overruns Adding Up

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:These aren't cost overruns (153 comments)

Don't forget the IWANTAPONYisms, where the dipsticks who are in control want all sorts of shit that often isn't technically in scope (Or is, but was underbid because it wasn't specified - like printing 30 copies of every deliverable [instead of 1] and having to have additional manpower to actually DO that) but contractors have to bend over backwards to do anyways, since you can't risk losing the goodwill of the client.

Why yes, I have had to put up with this crap, why do you ask?

more than 3 years ago
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FAA Reports Heat In Cargo Holds Can Ignite Laptop Batteries

ThatOtherGuy435 Re:Last time I looked (103 comments)

The self-discharge on Li-ion and Li-poly batteries is generally too slow to generate significant heat. The self-discharge rate as well as discharge cycle waste heat from them are significantly lower than other battery types, such as NiMH/NiCd or Lead Acid

One of the really nice things about Li-ion and Li-polymer batteries in the applications that I'm familiar with - radio control cars - is that even under pretty high loads they don't heat up. It's only when you get to loads in the 50-100C (Call it about 1kW load on a typical 'extended life' gaming laptop battery [10 amp hours]) for minutes at a time that they warm slightly.

Basically, unless they are self-discharging at the rate of an entire battery in less than a couple minutes (indicative of a defect, by the way), they aren't generating even a hundredth of the waste heat that you get in a wood pile.

more than 3 years ago

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