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GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:GNOME 3 (378 comments)

I find the people that like it, are new users to LINUX and never used GNOME 2.

If you previously used GNOME 2, most people don't like GNOME 3.

I've been using Linux and other Unix's since the early 90's. I've used Gnome 1-3, KDE 1-4, LXDE, XFCE, Enlightenment, OpenStep, FluxBox, and others that I've forgotten. Gnome 3 is my favorite by a mile. Just another datapoint to show that not all Gnome 3 fans are clueless noobs.

about 3 years ago
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GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Aw (378 comments)

There is nothing "intuitive" about minimizing a window.

Among technical people you are right. However, it's been my experience that most non-technical people over 30 do not understand minimizing windows. They don't seem to be able to understand that the set of visible windows is not a 1:1 mapping to the set of running programs.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:All-Streaming is a Great Idea (360 comments)

Internet connection is the other big factor. Huge parts of the country have 1.5mbps DSL or worse as their fastest option. Netflix streaming is usable at 1.5mbps but it isn't HD and no one else can do much of anything with the Internet while you're streaming. That might fly of a single person or couple without kids but it's a no-go with larger households.

We tried it a number of times when we had the "free" streaming that was bundled with our disc plan. Didn't work for us at all.

about 3 years ago
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Hybrid Storage Solutions Compared

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Adaptec Hybrid RAID (61 comments)

You can do the same with Linux software raid for $0. Check out mdadm --write-mostly and --write-behind options.

about 3 years ago
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Iran's Military Claims To Have Downed US Surveillance Drone

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:sold to china (522 comments)

Why is it that USA thinks it can push other countrys around so much?

You don't actually believe that any other country would behave differently if they were the leading superpower do you? What do you think Russia, Israel, China, Iran, Japan, ... would do if they were in our place?

about 3 years ago
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GNOME Shell Extensions Are Live

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Another Happy Gnome 3 User Here (204 comments)

Sadly, i don't have modpoints today I would have thrown a bunch into this thread of happy Gnome 3 users.

I got a taste of Gnome 3 on Ubuntu. (I used the Gnome Shell login option to get Gnome 3 rather than Unity.) I loved it and the increased productivity it gave me so much I switched back to Debian so I could get Gnome 3 in unmolested form rather than the hacked up Ubuntu version.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Expects To Be Unprofitable In 2012

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:More content (323 comments)

My cousin is an elementary school teacher. She makes about $80K a year and gets to go off and fuck around Europe all summer long. It's a great deal if you can put up with other people's shitty little kids all day long.

about 3 years ago
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HP's Strange Obsession With WebOS For Printers

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Hah. (226 comments)

People still have the problem because they continue to buy non-postscript printers. Luckily, it's easy to solve:

1. do not buy a non-postscript printer

2. buy a postscript printer

3. profit!

about 3 years ago
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88-Year-Old Inventor Hassled By the DEA

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:There's also no real safe recreational dose for (757 comments)

It is just too addictive. It has more or less a 100% addiction rate. So you can't do "just a little" meth or be an occasional user. You get hooked, hardcore.

There were loads of casual meth users in the rave scene in the late 90's. These people used some at a party once a week and that was it. The overwhelming majority of them were functional members of society with jobs, in college, etc. That's not to say that some small percentage didn't get hooked. One guy got hooked on meth and lost his university scholarship because of it. That was a life changing mistake. However, like most all drugs, society only see the people who have hit rock bottom. The other 95% of users who are not similarly effected remain invisible. Result: Society believes that drug X,Y,Z has absolute power to run everyone into the ground.

If you're a mess then drugs will make you more of a mess. If you have your shit together then no drug can destroy you.

about 3 years ago
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How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Skip Computer Science... (297 comments)

...do Computer Engineering instead. You'll have a far better degree with more opportunities and a better understanding of computers, both practical and theoretical.

That's good advice. It also helps to pick a school that allows the student a lot of flexibility in choosing non-degree coursework. For example, at CMU it used to be possible to to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and take CS classes in the huge number of free elective slots. There was already considerable course overlap between CS and ECE so it was possible to get the full ECE experience and also take every CS class that matters. Things missed were Numerical Methods, Calc in 3D, and Compiler Design. Anyone who makes it through a combined ECE/CS course load can pick those things up on their own using one of the open courseware resources. It makes for a massively flexible degree. In the end you have all the knowledge need to design a CPU, design a computer around the CPU, write an OS for it, and write apps on top of it. You know computers from silicon to application level

A lot of straight EE and ECE embedded people are very bad at the software side. A guy who has top notch software skills plus the EE knowledge needed to do embedded work is a rare jewel in the job market.

about 3 years ago
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How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Missing the point. (297 comments)

In the end it is not where you went to school. But more of what you have learned and can you apply it. I have seen people, from notable schools, that just did not have a clue of what was asked of them on the job.

If these "notable schools" are ones like MIT, Stanford, CMU then I would assert that you have seen management failures. Sometimes organizations don't give employees the information or tools needed to fully understand what is expected of them.

It's impossible to graduate from a top 5 CS school if you are clueless and/or unmotivated.

about 3 years ago
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How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Missing the point. (297 comments)

Ah yes, cue the endless stream of /. folk saying it doesn't matter... I graduated from one of those schools and 30 years later it still helps ;-) Experience counts very much of course, but some degrees confer instant credibility before anyone starts the process of examining your experience.

Or, to put it another way, I start with the assumption that all MIT CS graduates are "fizz-buzz capable", and I've never been disappointed...

Same here. I've been out of school about 16 years now and it still helps a LOT. Other guys I went to school with are seeing the same thing 16 years out. I regularly receive emails saying $FOO_CO is looking to hire a bunch of $MY_UNI alums with 10+ years experience.

When I was involved in hiring at my previous jobs, candidates from the top CS/EE programs were always given preference no matter how long ago they graduated.

It's not as though you can slack off after graduation though. You need to be very good at you work. The prestigious university degree is a life-long leg up on top of that.

about 3 years ago
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Boeing Delivers Massive Ordnance Penetrator

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:George Carlin (381 comments)

Do you think that maybe, just maybe, it might help to have more women in positions of power?

Wow, you don't understand women at all! They are easily offended. They hold grudges forever. They never "attack from the front". Instead, they work to subtly undermine and destroy their enemies often using innocent third parties (who get fucked in the process) to do the dirty work.

Surprise! Women are just as shitty as men, in different and more concealed ways.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Money for Nothing and Your Chicks for Free (240 comments)

FYI, the big bad old "music industry" is actually made up of a tiny handful of rich fatcats and an enormous number of passionate amateur musicians in their early 20s who wanted a job that got them closer to their passion in any way possible. Forget about the guys at the top...it's the hordes of young adults with stars in their eyes who suffer most from piracy.

To quote Dire Straits, "money for nothing and your chicks for free."

ALL OF US would love to make loads of cash doing our favorite hobby. Were do WE go for legislation that turns our dreams into viable businesses?

I know one musician who "works" a menial job for 2 HOURS a day. He spends the rest of his time sleeping, drinking, taking drugs, partying, etc. Despite being destitute, he manages to sleep with hot women all the time with virtually zero effort. They come to him. These girls are all 10's. He balks at women most guys would die for. Oh, her ass isn't round enough. Oh, her tits aren't big enough. He lives in quite the fantasyland! He plays roughly one live show a year (some years none!) He puts out a new album every 1.5 - 2 years. He does nothing most of the time and he bangs an endless stream of 10's. It's just plain greed to expect a bunch of money on top of that deal IMHO.

The funniest part is when he goes on his piracy rant where he states that if it weren't for piracy and all the people "stealing from him" he would have a nice car, nice house, and lots of money to spend on even more alcohol and drugs and parties.

Then there are all of the geeky coders who busted their asses in high school, college, and now the workforce to make a decent living. They're up against H1B's and offshoring. They have their noses to the grindstone working 50-60 hours per a week. They've slept with 3 or 4 average looking women their whole life. The "10's" of the world would laugh them out of the room if they made a move. That describes most of the guys I've worked with over the years. Now WHO exactly is getting the raw deal???

This is why you will never see much sympathy for musicians here at Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turns 40

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Cue Kurzweil... (126 comments)

My understanding of gallium arsenide MOS (and I could easily be wrong) is that its speed advantage for logic started running out at about the 0.35 micron (350 nm) node, which is where Vitesse gave up and very nearly went out of business. The future might not be silicon, but there's little change of it being GaAs.

Intel has recently been talking about using GaAs on future processes. Everything old is new again.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/06/intel-talks-about-8-nanometer-nodes-for.html

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turns 40

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Cue Kurzweil... (126 comments)

If we've come this far in 40 years, where will we be in 40 more?

CMOS process shrinks will probably poop out around 2020. Intel claims to have things figured out until 8nm. When the CMOS process shrinks cease there will be no more massive numbers of "free" transistors every year. Intel and other will likely start playing with gallium arsenide and other stuff to try to squeeze more performance out of stagnated process sizes. Once those tricks are played out it could very well be the end until radical new alternative technology is developed.

more than 3 years ago
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First 16-Core Opteron Chips Arrive From AMD

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Bulldozer Cores are not that Great (189 comments)

Your description in inaccurate, but that's not surprising since most slashdot readers don't know much about CPU architecture.

Gotta love Slashdotters who think they know you inside and out after reading one post. I graduated from one of the top Computer Engineering programs in the world and with very good grades. I ended up going into software after graduation but I did study computer architecture extensively in college, and designed and built a working CPU for my senior design project.

more than 3 years ago
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First 16-Core Opteron Chips Arrive From AMD

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Bulldozer Cores are not that Great (189 comments)

The "cores" in Bulldozer are not your typical first-class x86 core. Bulldozer "cores" are worth 2/3 of a modern x86 core. The 6200 is more like a 10 core. Add to that the crappy IPC and I'm not impressed.

I was excited about Bulldozer before it was released. It's not often that CPU makers take chances on radical new architectures. Too bad this one turned out to be a huge pile of fail.

more than 3 years ago
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In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe Re:Long Pig (619 comments)

From the link in the parent:

"The brain is not good to eat. Removing the tongue and eyes, skinning the head, and placing it outside in a wire cage may be effective. The cage allows small scavengers such as ants and maggots to cleanse the flesh from the bones, while preventing it being carried off by larger scavengers, such as dogs and children."

Finally, a way to keep the neighborhood kids from making off with my skulls!

more than 3 years ago

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Swat Team for Student Loans

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe TheTyrannyOfForcedRe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe (1186313) writes "The US Department of Education is using SWAT teams to execute search warrants for defaulted student loans. They broke down Kenneth Wright's door at 6am, cuffed him, and held his three children in a police car as officers searched his home. Wright was in handcuffs for six hours during the ordeal. Mr. Wright's estranged wife defaulted on the loans."
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