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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

Trixter Michael Synergy (193 comments)

There will always be people willing to capitalize on the ignorance of others. O'Brien may be laughable, but he wasn't the first, nor was Michael Synergy, nor will either of them be the last.

about a month and a half ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Trixter Re:Nothing Will Come of It (131 comments)

The Obama administration does what it wants, laws are no.

It took me about a full minute of staring to realize you meant "laws or no(t)." What did you do, dictate your post?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

Trixter iSyncr (146 comments)

iSyncr does exactly what the OP is asking for. It was built for syncing MP3s from itunes to android, but it can also sync all photos and videos to a directory on the PC that you specify. I back up my media this way over wifi while my phone charges overnight.

about 9 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Trixter Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

4 digits agrees with the not-so-mighty five digits.

about 10 months ago

Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

Trixter This will change after PS4 (573 comments)

With the Playstation 4 enabling and promoting all manners of live game streaming and conferencing, I'd bet real money that many customers are going to simultaneously hit their caps and demand faster service. (If the PlayStation 4 takes off, that is.)

about a year and a half ago

The Most Unique Viruses of 2012

Trixter Re:real viruses (94 comments)

What's a lower UID supposed to show?


about 2 years ago

Linux Nukes 386 Support

Trixter Re:Historical significance (464 comments)

It's more historically significant than that -- Linux was the last major *nix to support 386s. FreeBSD and NetBSD abandoned the 386sx/dx a while ago. So if you want to tinker with that 386dx-40 you found in the basement, you'll have to find an old distro to go with it, since you can't cross-compile a working kernel for 386 any more.

about 2 years ago

High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

Trixter Re:10 seconds per order should be law imho (395 comments)

I have long argued that stockmarkets should have a 10 second order freeze.

As this would completely destroy an exchange's ability to make money, no exchange will ever implement this.

about 2 years ago

High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

Trixter Re:Many years ago.... (395 comments)

If you are a rack switch away from the exchange's computer, you are too far. 1ms is too much latency.

Most of the hardware is sub-1ms. When I worked trading IT, we measured latency in micros.

You need to be a virtual appliance on the same virtual host, with read-only access directly to shared memory space on the host where trades are processed.

I'm not sure this is an actual offering you can purchase.

Infiniband was state-of-the-art in the trading industry about 3 years ago, although things were moving towards memory-mapped 10gig.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

Trixter Re:Big fat DIN to mini DIN to USB (338 comments)

If you are willing to embrace heresy, the Cherry MX keyswitches aren't nearly as bad as the rubber dome crap, and can sometimes be found slightly cheaper.

What kind of Cherry switches? MX Black, Brown, Blue, Clear, or Red? (http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide)

about 2 years ago

Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

Trixter Re:Dumb fundie article (858 comments)

want to lower your risk of having kids with autism? have kids in your twenties, don't party and get drunk every other day, keep healthy and have kids naturally without chlamid or invitro or any other procedure

We followed every single stipulation you stated above, including natural childbirth, and our first-born was autistic anyway. Some of your assumptions are wrong. The age distribution for mothers is not weighted towards older women; it's fairly flat. Maybe you're confusing autism with Down's Syndrome?

about 2 years ago

The $45 Windows Laptop

Trixter Re:"I'm still waiting for my under $50 Macbook." (299 comments)

I don't think I've ever seen a Mac user call a PC user an idiot for choosing PC over Mac.

You're not old enough. It was quite common in the latter half of the 1980s, as PCs struggled to catch up to the Mac's ease of use and UI elements. I think it finally stopped around Windows 3.1.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Taking Down PSP Titles In Response To Vita Hackers

Trixter Re:This is Sony (293 comments)

I have a Sony blu-ray player that in order to use any feature above just playing disks I had to create an account on Sony's web site and give them a bunch of personal information. I think this is necessary to update the device as well.

I bought a brand new Sony blu-ray player a month ago. While they direct you to a website to activate the player's internet streaming and get a firmware update, I had the option of not providing personal data, so I didn't. The website merely said "enter this code into the player" and on doing so the device downloaded updates and the additional features just started working. Sony has my IP address, but not my name or other personal details.

I'm not apologizing for Sony, just relating my experiences.

I know this means they have my browsing habits now. It doesn't bother me, as every website and streaming provider already has this. Singling out Sony is myopic.

more than 2 years ago

Linux 3.3: Making a Dent In Bufferbloat?

Trixter Re:16550A (105 comments)

Floppy disk formatting requires very little CPU resources. You should have had no problem receiving bytes even at 57600 baudrate into a buffer using an 8250 UART (with one byte receive buffer) all the while formatting a floppy disk, even on the original IBM PC.

...unless the serial data came in while the floppy interrupt handler was already in progress. In such a situation, the serial handler must wait until the floppy handler is finished, and depending on what the floppy handler is doing, it could take long enough that more serial data would be delayed or lost. And for those of us who tried to do things like download files directly to floppy disks on slower PCs in the 1980s, this was a regular occurrence.

The 16550A UART's 16-byte buffer meant that several bytes could come in before the serial interrupt needed to be handled again, allowing serial communications to run at full speed for longer time periods before needing to be emptied. This made a world of difference working on slower machines writing to floppies (and faster machines trying to download something in the background while in a multitasking environment).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

Trixter Re:Enjoy your delusion (414 comments)

You're assuming that it's encryption that's the problem. In my case, it's a problem with the size of data vs. how much bandwidth I can use. I get an allocation of 20GB a month, and even that's very expensive. Backing up my 5+ TB to the cloud is simply not an option.

This doesn't prevent the OP from using local backup in the meantime. I backup to local storage as well as cloud. The local backups complete quickly in case I need to retrieve a file, and the cloud is there for if my house burns down.

The OP stated in his question that he has a lot of data but no money to buy redundant storage -- well, that's his real problem. If you have 3T of data, buy 3T of backup. I don't know what the OP is looking for other than a magic compression answer or something.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

Trixter Enjoy your delusion (414 comments)

"I'm sorry 'The Cloud' is not an acceptable nor practical solution." Not sure what brand tin-foil hat you're wearing, but there are cloud backup solutions that encrypt your data *before* it leaves the machine. I use CrashPlan (I can't speak for others) and I've verified the encryption myself by capturing the traffic leaving my machine, even when CrashPlan was backing up to other machines on my own private network. Even the data it writes to locally-attached hard drives is encrypted. So there's at least one company who gets it right.

more than 2 years ago

Warner Bros: New Program To Digitize Your DVDs

Trixter Re:Already have some (371 comments)

Even Premiere can take a DVD and turn it into about any format you like.

Not very well. I just tried this last night and the result was out of sync. dgindex + avisynth + 10 minutes later and I had something in sync I could work with.

more than 2 years ago


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