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New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

ZorinLynx Using a Java plugin to play audio files... (74 comments)

...is like using a steam engine to power a car. It's clunky, inefficient, and outmoded.

WHY??????? HTML5 can play audio directly.

2 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

ZorinLynx Don't they care about the sales tax revenue? (291 comments)

Now people will just go out of state to buy Teslas, and thus the tax revenue will go to another state.

This is a case where someone didn't think things through.

4 days ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

ZorinLynx WHY are men trying to scare women away from gaming (716 comments)

I truly don't understand this. When I was a young awkward geek with very specific interests, I would have absolutely LOVED there to be women around with those same interests. Us guys totally loved the few geeky girls that were around and always wished there were more.

Yet today we see guys trying to scare the women away. What the hell changed?

about two weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

ZorinLynx Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

Why the hell did the industry move away from using red LEDs for power indicators?

It really is the best color for that. It's clearly visible, doesn't mess up dark adaptation, and red LEDs are the cheapest.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

ZorinLynx Re:Apple's QA vs. Android's QA (203 comments)

I suspect they derped the packaging of the release. Its behavior highly suggests missing files or wrong versions.

It's still inexcusable though. Updates should be pushed to a few dozen people inside the company to test the possibility of showstoppers like this one.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

ZorinLynx Re:Practically speaking as a CPA... (410 comments)

>-always try to arrange so you owe a little money come tax time

This this this this this.

You can tweak your allowances with your employer so you always get a small tax bill. No worries about losing your refund money, AND you get the money throughout the year instead of in a lump sum.

Some idiots claim they like receiving that check every year, that it's a nice "bonus", when in actuality it's just you lending Uncle Sam your hard earned money interest free and getting the loan repaid in April. I keep hearing about people with refunds well into the four figures, and want to slap them silly.

I bet the IRS wouldn't give YOU an interest free loan if you stopped withholding... why should you give THEM one?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

ZorinLynx List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

>technical question like listing all the container classes in STL from the top of my head

Do experienced devs even know this? I've programmed in several languages and I could never give a list of functions on demand. That's what reference material is for.

You honestly dodged a bullet with that one; any company that asks for such a thing has a damaged tech culture.

about a month ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

ZorinLynx They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

The funny thing is I was told all the time growing up that I was "extremely smart" and "gifted", when in reality, I didn't FEEL like I was.

Sure, I could do things with computers that few of the other kids could do, like program and build things. But I don't think I was "smart". I just LIKED doing those things, so I did them all the time, and thus became really good at those things.

Meanwhile, you could ask me to cook a meal at the time and I'd completely fail because I never cooked. I didn't enjoy it, and was thus lousy at it.

I don't think I was unusually "smart" or "gifted". I just got obsessed with computers and technology, so I got good at those things.

about 2 months ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

ZorinLynx E-mail is the foundation of identity online (235 comments)

Everything requires an E-mail account. You need an E-mail account to make a Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. account. It's the "out of band" communications method with which someone can be reached that is universal and not tied to any specific company or provider.

If E-mail has to go away, something else needs to replace it in this manner. Phone numbers could be one way; there's already services that exclusively use phone numbers to authenticate (Telegram messenger for instance). The problem is most people, including myself, don't want to give their phone number out to everyone. E-mail, I could care less, or create a throwaway account.

E-mail is too useful. It needs to stick around.

about 2 months ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

ZorinLynx Maybe this can be used against the bots (100 comments)

Populate the net with files like this full of E-mail addresses that are not valid. Have dummy accounts on the appropriate servers that will accept the logins, allow the spambots to think they're successfully sending E-mails when in fact they're all going into the bit bucket.

For added effect, make the servers respond v e r y s l o w l y under these accounts, taking tens of seconds to "send" the E-mail, a minute or so to log in, etc. Basically, slow the spam bots down and waste their time. Of course, the bots will probably eventually evolve to detect such shenanigans, but why make spammers' jobs easy? :)

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

ZorinLynx No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Kids should have at least a couple of months out of the year when they can just not worry about their studies and have fun and BE KIDS.

I mean, jeez! You only get to be a kid once. Let them enjoy those summer vacations. When I think back to my childhood, my fondest memories are during those summer vacations! Why the heck should we take that away from our future generations?

Leave summer vacation in place. And stop freaking shortening it.

about 2 months ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

ZorinLynx Re: Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

The iPhone would actually be a more effective test because iPhones tend to be identical regardless of what carrier you are on. I'm extremely surprised they did not test the iPhone for this reason.

about 2 months ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

ZorinLynx Don't they realize... (183 comments)

Don't they realize that a policy like this is more likely to SCARE potential customers away than to help their reputation?

Do these idiots think this through at all before coming up with crap like this?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

ZorinLynx Be ready for a lot of frustration (170 comments)

PalmOS is a rather antiquated system. No memory protection, no native multitasking, clunky APIs...

Depending on your personality type and the coding experience you have, it's either going to be a TON of fun, or you're going to want to smash and break things on the very first night.

Or maybe both. :) I don't have any pointers, but as a former Palm OS user, godspeed.

(Palm IIIxe from 2000-2005, Palm Treo 650 from 2005 to 2009)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

ZorinLynx Just deal with problem users individually. (98 comments)

Have these problems actually been happening a lot?

When I first started to help manage a computer lab, I was concerned users would behave really badly and do horrible things. The truth is, very few users did, and we just talked to those users and told them how to behave.

If you get the occasional repeatedly defiant user, locking out their account can be the final solution. But most people (at least at our site) aren't jerks and listen. Most "bad things" are due more to incompetence than malice, and educating students is easy.

Also, as someone with experience in these matters, allow me to recommend AGAINST Fedora for production systems. I like to call Fedora the self-breaking distro; updates break things CONSTANTLY. You're much better off running Ubuntu (even non-LTS is more stable than Fedora) or the RHEL clones like CentOS or Scientific Linux.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

ZorinLynx Re:PR needs to talk to tech (390 comments)

It must be horrifyingly frustrating to work for a company like Verizon as a tech, know that you can fix a problem by adding a few more links between two switches, and being told my management that you cannot because of idiotic reasons.

I'd be half tempted to just fix the issue behind their back, but then of course I'd likely be fired for insubordination!

Imagine that, fired for improving network performance. Might even be worth it if the tech doing it had another job lined up at a company that isn't as evil.

about 3 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

ZorinLynx Re:You're much better off investing in speakers (502 comments)

Or even a low end receiver. You don't HAVE to use all the fancy featues. And as an added bonus, most receivers have toslink inputs so you can avoid analog signal degradation between the computer and amplifier.

about 3 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

ZorinLynx You're much better off investing in speakers (502 comments)

Any money spent on a sound card is better off spent on speakers and a good DAC, which often come together.

High end sound systems and speaker systems these days have digital inputs, thus an onboard DAC. If you're using a digital output on your motherboard to connect to a digital input on the speaker, the onboard sound card has ZERO effect on the quality of the audio. The bits are traveling directly, unmolested from the application generating them to the amplifiers in the speakers.

Now, if you have audiophile-type equipment that uses analog inputs, then YES, the analog sound you feed into those inputs needs to come from a high quality DAC. High end sound cards tend to have good DACs, but you can get the same effect by using an outboard DAC, which has a digital input and analog outputs, and is also AWAY from your PC, so your analog audio is less likely to be affected by interference from the motherboard or power supply.

You can get DACs with USB inputs, but USB adds latency so is best avoided for gaming. For music, go to town with a USB DAC; it won't matter there.

The gist of it is, the most important component is the DAC. The DAC completely determines the quality. Everything else is just hype. :)

about 3 months ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

ZorinLynx I should add... (249 comments)

...one good thing DID come out of this. We now know that DC are a bunch of heartless asses.

I guess finding this out is good for society. Makes me want to be their customer less, that's for sure.

about 3 months ago

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