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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

avatar139 It's true! (191 comments)

While I can't remember most of my high school biology from the notes I took in class I can remember playing FFVII on my laptop during lectures quite clearly!

about 5 months ago
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How To Play Quake III On iPad

avatar139 Great timing! (54 comments)

Just got my first iPad mini yesterday! Now if only someone would port VO to iPad as well!

about 8 months ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

avatar139 Re:CEOs are overrated (692 comments)

What's so different about setting up a Windows PC that requires "hours" more time? Individually plugging in the monitor and speakers isn't exactly a time sink. You have to spend a few minutes going through the Windows setup process, but I assume there was something similar on an iMac. Or was it just a single-user-account computer?

No, installing Windows without a slipstream disk generally takes at least a couple of hours. Remember, it's not just the painfully slow install process, it's also the fact that you have to attach your unpatched, insecure computer to the internet to download the latest security patches. :P

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

avatar139 Knoppix! (627 comments)

I prefer to take my home directory with me on whatever machine I happen to be using at the time!

about a year ago
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Oracle Sues Companies It Says Provide Solaris OS Support In Illegal Manner

avatar139 Re:Slowaris Delenda Est? I disagree. (154 comments)

1) Oracle OWNS Solaris and the SPARC architecture - they were never free to begin with, they have always been owned,

Um, actually no they don't. I used to work in the offices of the non-profit that owns to the rights to SPARC hardware. It's an organization called SPARC International, Inc. and they make money off of licensing the trademark. If you pay up enough, your company can have a seat on the executive board of the organization, along with Oracle, Fujitsu amongst several others.

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

avatar139 Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

I run Windows 7 right now. I see absolutely zero compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 8, and plenty of compelling reasons not to. I don't have to switch to Linux for Microsoft to lose out on my money. I just have to not buy any more of their products.

Same here, except I saw absolutely zero compelling reason to upgrade from XP. Granted I was in charge of our companies compatibility with the Vista developer beta so I also had many, many disincentives to upgrade. :P

about a year ago
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Dominion Announces Plans To Close Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station In 2013

avatar139 I know the war is over, but... (217 comments)

...I still think anytime a Dominion installation in the Alpha Quadrant closes, it's a good thing! ;)

about 2 years ago
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The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll

avatar139 The key word there... (594 comments)

...being basically! As if a real I.T. genius would ever use basic!

about 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

avatar139 Re:Apple stifling innovation in lawsuit (1184 comments)

Game changers earn a short-term first-mover advantage, and given the revenues generated from Apple's iPhone division I don't think they've had any shortage of THAT.

Disagree, a game changer idea is just an idea. The product/theory serves as a vehicle for the diffusion of the concept. Products drive innovative ideas, not the other way around. How quickly and how far the idea spreads is dependent upon the quality of the product and the elegance of it's design.

Ultimately, nobody outside of the industry cares about the industry so a badly implemented idea is irrelevant to them.

Longer term, people will copy innovators and incrementally improve on their new technology, and everybody benefits as a result, in the form of accelerated innovation and lower prices.

Evidently somebody forget to tell that to Microsoft, because they've been ripping people off for years and making a shit ton of money doing so. ;)

Businesses exist to make money, but in the absence of strong government regulation (and more importantly strong punitive action to back those regulations) businesses tend to take shortcuts by plagiarizing design to maximize profits and when this practice becomes widespread enough, there's no clear economic incentive for innovation amongst the industry.

As the law stands right now, competition is severely hindered in order to extract even more exorbitant revenue than what the Free Market(R) naturally has to offer. You can't have a competitive marketplace when you have to ask the incumbent's permission to compete with them.

I agree with you about how fucked up the US Patent system is, but I think in this case, Apple was more pissed about the infringements to it's design. Good visual design is not factually quantifiable, but the Patents have to be written so there are at least some guidelines for what companies can and can't do from a design standpoint to prevent what you're describing.

Incidentally I would say that I'm surprised that you're siding with Samsung given what they tried to pull: http://apple.slashdot.org/story/11/09/27/1748236/apple-says-samsung-3g-patents-violate-rand-requirements

Dictatorial control wrapped up in a shiny package, and the masses love it. It is the antithesis of the equalising power of technology that made the field so attractive to me in the first place.

Herein lies the problem: you are not everybody. I can't speak for the masses, but personally I'm only for open up to the point prior to having to run an anti-virus on my fucking phone. Openness is a good thing in the context of programming, but any halfway competent engineer will tell you that it makes for crap OS design.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

avatar139 Re:Nineteen Eighty-Four (1365 comments)

Missing my mod points right now. Well played, sir. Well played.

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here...As long you're here, I'll always be here...;)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

avatar139 Re:Nineteen Eighty-Four (1365 comments)

Nah, it's still the ending of 1984 that depresses me.

It's one thing for governments to be horrible to the people they're supposed to care for. I've come to terms with that.

It's when people are horrible to the people they care for that continues to surprise me.

The Government is made of people! IT'S MADE OF PEOPLE!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

avatar139 Nineteen Eighty-Four (1365 comments)

When I was young, I found it depressing because of the ending. Now that I'm older I find it depressing because I've seen it begin to grow in the world around me...:P

more than 2 years ago
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Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools

avatar139 Re:libdvdcss ilegal? (252 comments)

All they need to know is that their toaster isn't working the way it should and there's a genius down the road who'll fix it for a blowjob.

Yeah, I'm kinda easy that way...

more than 2 years ago
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San Francisco To Stop Buying Apple Computers

avatar139 Re:Hmm (392 comments)

Ahh ok, so apple stole it from the xerox star OS then, I guess it's only 1 degree of stealing then :(

Only if by stole you mean licensed in exchange for a discount on Apple's stock...;)

more than 2 years ago
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RIM CEO On What Went Wrong

avatar139 Re:LTE? How about Android and IPhone (299 comments)

So it was always their strategy to have crappy phones that didn't perform well when compared to iphones and androids, but would be better loved by the carriers, maybe?

Pretty much. Product design at RIM has really taken a back seat to creating and maintaining Carrier partnerships for quite a while now which pretty much killed their ability to compete as evidenced by the Carrier specific marketplaces.

Several features of the Storm (most notably on board wi-fi) actually got squashed because Verizon objected and that was really the last straw for the few remaining good product engineering guys who were still around, so RIM ended up having to redo a lot of the work that went into it at the last minute and the end result was a buggy mess in a piece of really badly designed hardware which to me signaled the beginning of the end for RIM.

more than 2 years ago
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San Francisco To Stop Buying Apple Computers

avatar139 Re:Hmm (392 comments)

Hey, he rightfully stole them from the Prada phone who rightfully stole them from Palm who stole them from Xerox! I mean, stealing something at a fourth degree really is original!

Actually, Palm stole the concept from Apple, not Xerox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Newton

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

avatar139 Re:Tolkien, of course (726 comments)

I read the Hobbit to my son around first grade, and we read Lord of the Rings when he was about 7. This was ten years before the movies came out, and he was able to use his own imagination instead of seeing Peter Jackson's imagination at work. Highly recommended - he still has fond memories of our reading those books, and even said so this weekend.

Same here regarding the Hobbit and LotR, my father read many of what are still my favorite science fiction and fantasy stories to me when I was 6.

Just a few of the many sci-fi/fantasy book series he introduced to me and my brother by reading them aloud to us were David Edding's Belgariad series, Gordon R. Dickson's Dragon Knight Series, Keith Laumer's Retief books, The Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison, The 14 core Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum, and Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series.

He also read us several mystery and non-fiction books as well, including the Sherlock Holmes books, Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series, selections from Stephen Ambrose's Pegasus Bridge, as well as various books dealing with the 'Beam Wars' of WWII, chief among them the collected written works of R. V. Jones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._V._Jones

It may seem odd to some people to read these books to a 6-8 year old child (no one here, of course ;), but I honestly think that's really why I've been such a voracious reader even now all these years later.

For while he no longer reads aloud to me like he did when I was a child, my father and I can now trade reading recommendations as equals; in fact just recently he got me hooked on David Drake's RCN stories and I got him hooked on Timothy Zahn's Quadrail series.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM May Need To Write Off $1 Billion In Inventory

avatar139 Re:HP should buy them (220 comments)

Apple's MDM is pretty good, but it is based on Apple's model, and not any enterprise.

Therein illustrating the reason why it's so good. ;)

Having worked I.T. infrastructure consulting at a variety of major companies, I can tell you that the flaw in enterprise models is that the companies that specialize in them usually end up banking on the fact that most corporate buying decisions are primarily based on perceived notions regarding business costs and marketing/sales people providing kickbacks to the people who make the decisions.

The only remotely technical consideration is whether or not the system meets various standards checklists, usability considerations are pretty much non-existent prior to purchasing, after purchasing when it becomes a factor management defers blame regarding the ensuing usability issues to the SysAdmins for not being able to support the devices people want to use as they're forced to spend the majority of their time wrestling with the implementation of the crap systems they're stuck with as a result of the whole sordid mess of a process.

That, and the whole BYOD in the enterprise is really starting to take off. Why pay for smartphones when your employees will buy something else anyways (and not want what you bought)?

Agreed, although I'll be curious to see Apple, Google, RIM, etc. try to cope with the rising popular business sentiment for a focus on providing better heterogeneous device management solution as time goes on, because for the most part the emphasis is still focused on either AD or device vendor specific proprietary solutions (which, to be fair, worked really well for RIM when they focused more on design and less on kissing carrier ass) rather than focusing on the BYOD direction in which the market is currently heading.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

avatar139 Re:Apple forcing IT shops to buy elsewhere (715 comments)

Apple products get met with one word from my department, unsupported.

Yes, some SysAdmins do take that route, fortunately most Apple users in Enterprise environments can generally work around that by setting up community self-support with minimal issues and call in consultants such as myself if something goes really wrong.

Worse yet are the users, when a virus makes it onto the network, most of the time it came from a Mac user forwarding Adobe_CS3_Crack.exe to someone.

So you're blaming Mac users for your company's failure to implement basic e-mail attachment security policies on your e-mail servers? ;)

more than 2 years ago

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avatar139 avatar139 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

avatar139 writes "As posted on http://content.zdnet.com/2346-9595_22-63115.html At the risk of revealing my age, anyone over the age of 35 years old may recall the invention of the HP IIP one of the first and to this day still the best and most reliable laser printers around. Several companies still use this model amazingly enough, and when you think about the average lifespan for consumer and corporate electronics, that's pretty impressive. The digital gallery that ZDNET set up showcases the device fairly well, so if you are interested in laser printers in general, and the internals of such devices you might want to take a look at the gallery."

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