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Windows Has a Future In RAM: AgigaTech Samples DDR3+Flash DIMM

Xamusk Revolution, yeah (139 comments)

Yes, this is a revolution. When everybody has RAM that keeps content when powered off, this will revolutionize computer forensics and malware information gathering.

about 2 years ago

Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

Xamusk Re:stating the obvious... (440 comments)


What he's proposing is simply to ignore the rule No 1 of network security: never trust anyone, specially you users.

This reminds me of a place I worked where one of the computers kept getting infected with a virus, even when their files were on regularly scanned network storage. After some time I found out that everytime I cleared the virus (which could not be repaired by my AV, so I had to delete the file) someone that used that computer restored the infected file from a floppy disk, which they never bothered to scan!

about 4 years ago

Codec2 — an Open Source, Low-Bandwidth Voice Codec

Xamusk Re:Impressive. (179 comments)

I'm not so sure about that. MELPe is what I hear about the most at 600bps rates, specially since it's already used by military communications gear.

about 4 years ago

Skills Needed For a Future In IT

Xamusk So what? (258 comments)

Well, then maybe one should just study project management and soft skills. So in a few years, all we'll have will be some soft managers, thinking they know something about computer science.

more than 3 years ago

Eben Moglen Calls To Free the Cloud

Xamusk Re:All they need to do is everything (173 comments)

I think there's more trouble facing the early adopters. For example, even the hardware isn't all that good to start with. The "modern replacement" of SheevaPlug (mentioned in "hardware is being taken care of") isn't all that good. In fact, this new version, the GuruPlug, suffers greatly of an lack of thermal design. This causes the plug to overheat and start rebooting, until the embedded power supply fails (also because of heat dissipation problems). As a result, to use one of those, the user must also mod the hardware, which creates all sorts of trouble. The manufacturer doesn't even care about it, and keep selling it for those naive enough (like me) to think that the manufacturer should take care of those problems before even starting to sell a product.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Organize Your Experimental Data?

Xamusk Here (235 comments)

I store them in first posts.

more than 4 years ago

Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize Traffic (Updated)

Xamusk FUD (410 comments)

Seems to me like FUD, probably from some corp trying to justify the abolition of net neutrality

more than 4 years ago

Wipeout Recreated With an RC Car

Xamusk What it lacks (90 comments)

and one can easily overcome is: MULTIPLAYER!

more than 4 years ago

Oscilloscopes For Modern Engineers?

Xamusk Re:Kazkek (337 comments)

I looked at its specs. No way I'd buy that. With 10KS/s you can't even decode audio! The simplest audio files usually are 44kHz. It may be better to build one's own scope with an Arduino (which will get you more geek points), or buy a DSO Nano (with 1Msps 12Bits, and 8 times the sample storage). Minimum Voltage Range Accuracy of 37.5 mV also won't get you very far, specially if you try simple amplifier stuff (which very often can vary only a few millivolts or even only microvolts).

more than 4 years ago

Oscilloscopes For Modern Engineers?

Xamusk Re:An old Tektronix is fine for a modern engineer (337 comments)

I agree that the Rigol DS1052E is pretty fine for most uses, specially if you have to ask such a question. I have one and it has done everything I needed so far. Even my college use scopes worse than those. If you need a logic analyzer to deal with digital stuff (I think you might, since you're compsci-oriented instead of a proper electronics engineer), you might take a look at the Open Logic Sniffer. It's even open-source, so you can hack it too. The only reason I think you might look for another one is if you deal with RF or something like that.

more than 4 years ago

BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

Xamusk In this case (383 comments)

It was literally the blue screen of death

more than 3 years ago

Developing a Niche Online-Content Indexing System?

Xamusk It would help (134 comments)

if you said what hobby and index is that. Doing so would surely catch more interest from the Slashdot crowd.

more than 4 years ago

Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More

Xamusk Re:Because... (961 comments)

The more you argue your case the worse your chance to -really- win the argument, convince the other side. More often they will admit defeat to get you off their neck and keep believing their falsehood even stronger.

Sounds to me like religion.

more than 4 years ago

Parasite Correlated With World Cup Success

Xamusk Unreasonable (366 comments)

That doesn't really explain why Ghana has so far won no World Cups.

more than 4 years ago

Good IC / Electronic Component Inventory Software?

Xamusk What I use (70 comments)

I use plain osCommerce. Has good features to track what needs buying in an inventory. Also, it's good, though not necessary, to reference which drawer gets what. If not using drawer references, just keeping stuff categorized on the drawers works too. As noted by other commenters, the problem is keeping it up-to-date. Don't even bother tracking resistor/capacitor usage. Just buy a lot of them to have stock... you'll notice when one of them runs too low. The best reason to keep such inventory is for those parts that are not that common, which you may have few but want to keep control.

more than 4 years ago

Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores

Xamusk Vaporware (278 comments)

Looks like another case of edu-vaporware. Now it's eDukeNukem time!

more than 4 years ago

Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)

Xamusk Another trademark problem (463 comments)

The name of the technology should be blueray of death.

more than 4 years ago

Asus Budget Ultraportable Notebook Sold Sans OS

Xamusk Re:Computers should be designed for an OS (263 comments)

Buying a Linux-based laptop doesn't get us free from driver troubles. Once I bought an Acer laptop with a Linux-that-nobody-uses, and even from factory the webcam wouldn't work because it didn't have proper drivers. Luckily enough, I just had to wait a few months before smart people made an experimental gspca driver for it.

more than 3 years ago


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