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MIT Creates Chip to Model Synapses

adam.dorsey Re:I have my doubts (220 comments)

My (hypothetical) baby is my (and my fiancee's) creation, why should I not have the right to "wipe" it?

more than 2 years ago

AMD Accidentally Leaks 1.7 Million DiRT 3 Keys

adam.dorsey Re:Steam policy on account bans (187 comments)

Because no one plays their Steam game on two different machines, perhaps a PC (with the AMD graphics card) and a laptop (with a different graphics card).

about 3 years ago

DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed

adam.dorsey Re:meanwhile... (140 comments)

But that's SOCIALISM!

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

adam.dorsey Re:Really bad idea. (1173 comments)

Poor poor Joce640k.

He'll figure out soon enough.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

adam.dorsey Re:Don't do anything (758 comments)

Except they actually come back and say "Hey! Here's a list of files you have that look like they were downloaded from illegal public torrents. You now owe us $48 million dollars."

They don't want you to delete the files or actually comply with copyright laws, they want an obscene unreasonable payday subsidised by the American court system.

more than 2 years ago

Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices

adam.dorsey Re:How many generations out is this? (255 comments)

Intel used to have StrongARM as spoils from a lawsuit, and XScale which was their own ARM implementation. I think your point 1 is far more likely than it seems.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?

adam.dorsey Re:again? (319 comments)

I have no problems viewing my usage. It's under the "Users and Settings" tab when I click "My Account" on

more than 3 years ago

77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network

adam.dorsey Re:passwords? (645 comments)

No, if you keep hammering on Netflix it lets you in eventually. It just bitches at you.

more than 3 years ago

Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled

adam.dorsey Re:Oh, stuff it. (469 comments)

Parent post brought to you by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Announces a BIOS Implementation Test Suite

adam.dorsey Re:unprecedented evile exposed, reacting as expect (66 comments)

You know, if you translate your brainless hate speech into German, it kinda sounds like Hitler. (Imagine short angry guy with mustache screaming the following)

Sprich für dich, du schwach gewollt, lilly-livered Hündin. Ich hasse Ausländer und Kinder, insbesondere diejenigen, die weinen, sind hungrig und fehlende ihre terroristischen Mütter und Väter, weil sie selbst die Luft gesprengt oder habe sich erschossen oder dich für das Leben für den Versuch zu bringen "Tod Amerika" gesperrt.

Ich sage bekommen einige Schläger angeheuert, um eine Kugel durch jeden einzelnen dieser weinerliche Babys im Namen der nationalen Sicherheit bringen, bevor es aufwächst, beginnt verehren einige bis Religion gefickt und dann kommt wieder die Luft zu sprengen Amerika befreit sie von einigen Nutjob dass hätte normalerweise gefoltert sie ihren Tod vor 20. Geburtstag für sein von der falschen Stamm.

Soldier hassen Muschis wie du machst mich krank.

**** God Bless America ****
- Gott segne Unsere Truppen -

more than 3 years ago

Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

adam.dorsey Re:Scientology is a cult (426 comments)

So there are no legitimate religions?

more than 3 years ago

Valve Announces Dota 2

adam.dorsey Re:better title (128 comments)

Here's something I realized yesterday: Duke Nukem Forever is coming out before HL2: Episode 3.

Just think about that one for a little while.

more than 3 years ago

Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

adam.dorsey Re:planned breakage (365 comments)

There was a series of Dell Inspiron laptops (8400? 8500? maybe 5000 series) that had the most ridiculous power connector. It was this big beefy cylinder, with a big beefy cable, where the receptacle on the motherboard was soldered on by three tiny tiny pins. Not even a big thick ground shield solder connection to help handle the physical stress. After a few months the connector would physically come off of the board requiring an RMA to Dell. A friend had three laptops go bad (once I resoldered the connector for him, worked like a charm till it came loose again) before Dell said they wouldn't replace the motherboard anymore. He eventually got them to send him a newer model with the same specs, even took the same power connector, and the problem disappeared.

more than 4 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

adam.dorsey Re:OpenCL != OpenGL (770 comments)

That is true, I was thinking more of 3D graphics/replacement for OpenGL like the summary seemed to imply. OpenCL would be really awesome for stuff like Photoshop, video transcoding, etc, definitely.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

adam.dorsey OpenCL != OpenGL (770 comments)

FTA: and OpenCL a new open graphics standard

Not quite.
...a framework for writing programs that execute across heterogeneous platforms consisting of CPUs, GPUs, and other processors.

OpenCL is like CUDA, but supposed to be more open along the lines of OpenGL, hence the name. The same guys who manage OpenGL (Khronos) manage OpenCL as well. You could probably use it to do graphics, but that would be stupid.

more than 5 years ago

Office Depot Employee — "We Changed Prices Too"

adam.dorsey Re:I had this happen to me at Microcenter (492 comments)

How is this fraud? He told Discover exactly what happened, and they took care of it. Assuming the GP didn't lie (either to us or to the Discover people), this is a perfectly valid method of dealing with being screwed over. Although, the little snide comment about the manager's orientation was uncalled for, and probably got him his flamebait mod.

Personally, I would have called the central office and had them take care of it. Had to do this once with a hotel where we found a used hypodermic under a bed in our room on the second night of our stay (wasn't there the first night, so someone shot up in our room during our occupancy). We only found it because my friend's fiancee was making sure we didn't leave anything as we packed, reached under the bed, and brushed it with her hand. Had the needle been pointing outward, she would have gotten a tasty dose of someone else's drugs and bodily fluids. Manager only wanted to refund the cleaning fee, I stated this wasn't acceptable, left, and called the central office. 5 minutes after calling the head office, the manager called me back, apologized, and refunded my entire stay.

more than 5 years ago

Office Depot Employee — "We Changed Prices Too"

adam.dorsey Re:Convenience costs money (492 comments)

It would probably be cheaper to give each new employee an allowance for a new computer and have them make the purchase directly.

But then everyone has a different machine from a different vendor, so a lot of your IT tips and tricks (standard images for all the machines, hot spares, emergency parts, etc.) go out the window, which means your support costs go up. If you're a small business, it's no big, but once you start getting into multiple hundreds of machines that need administered, shit can get nasty if each machine is just different enough to be a pain.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Sued Over Vista-To-XP Downgrade Fees

adam.dorsey Re:Apple prices (479 comments)

Dude, those ARE the FB-DIMM prices. FB-DIMM long ago stopped being more than a few dollars off from the normal DDR2 option.
Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 800 - $33.49 each, $66.98 total; GP quoted $67.
Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 800 - $156.99 each, $627.96 total; GP quoted $604.

FB-DIMM memory does not invalidate his argument in any way.

more than 5 years ago



adam.dorsey adam.dorsey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

adam.dorsey (957024) writes "If the Department of Homeland Security gets its way, you will be required to pass a background check in order to leave or enter the United States via airliner or cruise ship. The actual proposal can be found here. (Warning: PDF file)

From the bill:
"Alternatively, air carriers may adopt, in conjunction with CBP, APIS Quick Query (AQQ) — a system that
allows the carriers to vet passengers individually during the check-in process. These changes will enhance the ability of CBP and other law enforcement agencies to plan and coordinate a more effective response to intercept high-risk individuals before boarding aircraft and before vessels depart." ...
"These proposed changes would further enhance the government's capability to counter terrorist threats to the United States, the carrier industry, and the
international traveling public by increasing that capability to a level necessary to meet more fully the protective purpose of the statutory requirements of section 115 of the Aviation Transportation Security Act, the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Further background on the purpose and need may be found in the preamble to this proposed rule." (emphasis mine.)

Kinda creepy, huh? At least we'll stop them damned terrorists, right? Right?"


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