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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

bemymonkey Re: multi-drive RV tolerance?? (315 comments)

More like too early, I'd just gotten to work and hadn't had my coffee yet :D

5 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

bemymonkey Re: multi-drive RV tolerance?? (315 comments)

It's a freakin RV with a *server rack* in it - I think we're past decadent...

5 days ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

bemymonkey Re:So glad it's over (151 comments)

Isn't the recording & encoding part mostly CPU-dependent? And even if the graphics card is used to encode the video, isn't there dedicated H264 encoder hardware on these cards (meaning a budget card from the same generation shouldn't be any slower in this aspect)?

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

bemymonkey Re: I prefer (337 comments)

This! Cisco doesn't actually oppose net neutrality, just the abolishment of QoS prioritization... but who the hell wanted to get rid of that anyway?

about 3 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

bemymonkey Re:Drugs and programming (168 comments)

Oh that's cool, thanks for the info! TIL...

about 3 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

bemymonkey Re:Drugs and programming (168 comments)

The interesting thing is that I seem to have conditioned myself to only be good at videogames (I play mostly Counter-Strike GO these days) when I've had a sip of beer - not even a lot of beers, just one or two over the course of a few hours of gaming. I can't hit anything when I haven't cracked open a beer, but as soon as I take that first sip, the headshots start coming.

I'm actually sliding down in the ranks slowly because I've been too lazy to buy beer lately...

about 3 months ago
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Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords

bemymonkey Re:How would this get rid of power cords? (130 comments)

What kind of a workload are you looking at on the go? For office/web/coding, there are many laptops already available that will last longer than your typical smartphone.

I have a Thinkpad X220 (Sandy Bridge) that I unplug in the morning, use on battery all day (9 cell 94Wh) and then plug in when I get home, usually with 20-30% remaining after an active runtime of roughly 10 hours. A 13" MacBook Air should be able to improve on that time...

about 3 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

bemymonkey Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Also (according to the professor who taught my advanced mathematics course), FORTRAN compilers are easy to trick into doing exactly what you want in Assembly. In languages like C, it's apparently much more difficult to predict what the compiler will end up spitting out, but in FORTRAN they are (or were - my prof's experiences with FORTRAN date back to the 80s) able to pretty much able to optimize the actual Assembly quite well without actually needing to touch Assembly...

I found that tidbit quite interesting...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

bemymonkey Re:paper...pencil (170 comments)

Big advantage paper has is you can spread it out.

You obviously need more monitors. :D

about 4 months ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

bemymonkey Re:You cancel service? (242 comments)

Meh, it was the same for me. I just switched to one of the many other free services that're just as good... I don't understand why Dyn think that they're going to be able to charge money for what everyone else offers for free :S

about 5 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

bemymonkey Re:Microsoft still provide support for Windows XP (650 comments)

But why wouldn't Microsoft release security updates for XP if they're going to developing them anyway? Hell, I know some people who'd probably be willing to pay $100 a year (privately) to not have to go through the motions of upgrading to Win7.

about 5 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

bemymonkey Re:Apps (170 comments)

While I agree with you in theory, this is not the case - mainly because Win8 "apps" suck. The only really usable app is (ironically) Internet Explorer... for non-work stuff (I use my Win8 tablet for things like note-taking with the digitizer and OneNote), I'd take Android any day. The apps are just better through and through :(

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

bemymonkey Re:Darksiders II, Skyrim and CS 1.6 (yes even in 2 (669 comments)

Have they finally implemented a matchmaking system for 1.6? I've finally gotten back into CS since they released competitive matchmaking for *gasp* CSGO, and I've been having a blast. 1.6 with matchmaking would be even better...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

bemymonkey Re:Don't go to school for languages... (149 comments)

All that Fourier transform stuff is more of an EE thing... I just took the exam (theory of signals, I think it would be called in English) here in Germany and it was freakin brutal.

Getting a small taste of the subject in an elective would have been preferable ;)

about 7 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

bemymonkey Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Why do you people keep buying laptops with tiny cooling systems and dedicated graphics cards with dozens of Watts of TDP? I stopped buying those damned things years ago and haven't had to replace a machine since then.

Reliable onboard Intel graphics > Hot-headed dedicated graphics

Graphically intensive work (and gaming) should be done on desktops.

about 7 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

bemymonkey Re:Why not just multiple monitors. (520 comments)

Power consumption is an issue on many graphics cards. If you use a dedicated mid to highend card, there's a big chance that its power consumption jumps dramatically when you connect more than one monitor...

about 8 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

bemymonkey Re:where do I sign? (520 comments)

My low end ATI card from about a year ago will do so just fine. It's not that big of an issue...

about 8 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

bemymonkey Re:Anecdote, data, and all that, but... (331 comments)

A good backlit screen, set to the proper brightness and contrast levels, should not be visibly "backlit"! If it is, your screen is too bright and you will strain your eyes.

This is the main issue right here with using backlit devices for reading - most people (including many here on Slashdot) have no idea how to use them properly.

In a normally lit room, my monitors and other LCDs look like a piece of printed paper (provided they're displaying black text on a white background, of course), because that's the way I like it. No eyestrain whatsoever :)

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

bemymonkey Re:Branding matters, both for consumers and for (293 comments)

So... you've never used a laptop? Subnotebook? Ultrabook? *Gasp* Netbook? Pretty mobile in my book. Of course Windows is mobile.

And for certain use cases, full-blown Windows on a tablet is actually pretty good. OneNote, PDF Annotator... a Windows based tablet with an active digitizer is pretty much the perfect delivery vehicle for these applications.

about 9 months ago

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