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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

cerberusss Weird situation with Mac Pro (106 comments)

With this new iMac and its display, the Mac Pro is starting to look a bit bleaker. I actually think it starts to look a little weird.

Performance-wise, if you configure this iMac with the 4 GHz processor, you get the fastest CPU, at least 25% faster than the Mac Pro in single-threaded tasks according to this benchmark. Mac Pro still has Ivy Bridge-architecture Xeons.

And the current Mac Pro can't drive a 5K display, but it's true that it can drive up the three 4K displays.

So the Mac Pro doesn't really make sense anymore unless you need its graphics cards to support OpenCL applications, or you want the parallelism of 8 or 12 cores, or you need its ECC RAM.

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

cerberusss Re:Far too expensive (202 comments)

Not as far as I know, but I'm not an expert.

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

cerberusss Far too expensive (202 comments)

I work at a scientific institute and the license costs of Matlab quickly explode if you need something beyond basic functionality. Since we work on the public's money, we haven't bought into Matlab.

Almost by itself, all scientists and engineers standardized on Python and NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib. There's a couple of people using Octave, the open source Matlab alternative, but that's very limited right now.

4 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Re:Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

But seriously, don't cheat. Or accept that there will be consequences.

That's your solution. My solution is to never opt into the gamble in the first place.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Re:Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

I hadn't thought about that. I think you're right, that being married or not doesn't really change the premise of the article. It's still cheating, and it's still stalking.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

Perhaps it's unthinkable in American minds, but here in the Netherlands, only about half of the people in solid relationships decide to marry. And there seems to be no set time for this either. More often than not, I've seen friends marry after their first child.

I'm not marrying, the odds are decidedly in favor of women. The Netherlands has the highest percentage of women working parttime. As a man, you'll be paying through the nose.

about a week ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

cerberusss Maybe they heard us (57 comments)

Maybe Adobe heard us after all?

Yeah, maybe they listened to us! There was a board meeting in a hot tub on top of a huge black skyscraper, with hookers and blackjack. They were laughing and counting money and all of a sudden, a mobile phone goes off. Then a fat white old dude reaches over to the phone and says apologetically, "sorry everybody, gotta take this one, it's a client of ours".

Then there's maybe a second of silence and everybody laughs really hard. The prostitutes don't get it, but they laugh as well.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

cerberusss Re:Doesn't really matter! (316 comments)

It's both funny and true :-)
And I happen to be okay in Perl.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

cerberusss Re: No rule (192 comments)

Excellent comment, as usual.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

cerberusss Re:In our time and age? (192 comments)

If you want to succeed in anything, forget practicing and start networking.

That sounds like a pretty caustic view of the world. Firstly, the title says to be an expert, not about "succeeding" in anything. And secondly -- as I read it -- you're equating success with earning money in business.

My biggest successes don't have anything whatsoever to do with the success as you describe it:
- I've grown to be a software craftsman
- I have become a gentle and present dad
- I've learned to handle money well
- I can have a nice relationship with a pretty woman
- I've conquered a depression

But please go on, and start "networking" to gain some of that empty success.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

cerberusss Re: Obj-C (316 comments)

Java is just as fast?

Can you explain to me why it takes a minute to start Tomcat and deploy its (single) WAR file? But when I start my C++ server, including all its daemons, it takes a second or two?

about three weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

cerberusss Re:Unfamiliar (370 comments)

You had me at data integrity :)

about a month ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

cerberusss Re:gaming rig (98 comments)

Occasionally, when company comes to the house, she'll ask me to put some pants on, though. I like to game au natural. She made me a nice little pad to sit on

Yes., way too much information. But funny as hell.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

cerberusss Re: And the Mac Pro is now obsolete or soon will b (181 comments)

Come on. The Mac Pro requires you to spend big bucks. It's not too much to ask Apple follow Intel's roadmap with the Mac Pro.

about 2 months ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

cerberusss Learning English (127 comments)

I'm from Europe and I didn't learn English in class. Instead I learned it from the AD&D (2nd edition) material. Together with a class mate who also had DM aspirations, we swapped and traded material through BBSes.

We were so far ahead of the class, the teacher would set us apart and just let us do whatever we wanted. As long as we whispered, we could talk and read separate from the rest of the class. Of course that got us nasty looks, but we got to talk for a solid two hours about Planescape or Forgotten Realms.

After class, we'd ask the teacher words that we couldn't find in the dictionary. He couldn't them either. I remember finding out what "to be marooned" meant, ahead of the teacher.

I also remember that me and my gaming buddy got an A- on our final exams. After the verbal part of the exam, the teacher said he was a bit disappointed in my verbal skills. But because he knew I had it in me, he'd give me an A-.

I stopped gaming when college started, I couldn't find a gaming group. After almost twenty years, I found out my current employer has a group of colleagues who regularly play Pathfinder, and I joined them. I'm playing a fifth level thief, and it's an absolute blast.

about 3 months ago
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GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

cerberusss Thanks (4 comments)

Thanks for sharing that, interesting.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cerberusss Re:Long term jobs are rare and getting rarer. (282 comments)

2) Never feel and "loyalty" to a company or boss- they won't hesitate to kick you to the curb

I've seen managers cry because they had to fire people. I'm inclined to agree though, but more in terms of "take care of yourself first".

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

cerberusss Re:As soon as you can start your own business (282 comments)

Just curious; in what business did you start in? IT probably, but what specific sector? Sysadmin, web scripting, telecom, etc? And has there been a time you'd rather have a salary?

I'm making the step from salaried man to freelancing soon, and I'm mighty curious.

(Ben je Nederlands?)

about 4 months ago

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WiFi drop-off problem still dogging MacBook lines

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cerberusss writes "In October last year, CNet AirPort dropouts in Snow Leopard after ZDnet reported earlier on the WiFi problems. Apple subsequently released a firmware update in a Knowledge Base article, after many people devised workarounds such as decreasing their wireless router security, buying USB WiFi sticks, changing router settings and downgrades to the previous OS version. But today, a long-running thread on the Apple Discussions board named Dropping Wi Fi reached 47 pages. This indicates that there are multiple problems that Apple doesn't have a solution for. One user writes in frustration:

"I've spent hours on the phone with Applecare regarding this issue. First they blamed me, then the DNS servers, then the microwave, florescent lights, someone else's wifi, the router manufactures, their software writers, and the list goes on and on. I just want a Macbook that works."

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Android app sales utterly failing

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cerberusss writes "Mobile development company Larva Labs reports on the sales of their game apps for the Google backed Android market, an alternative for Apple's App Store. And the reports are pretty bad. In a piece called Android Market Sales, Are Those Tears or is it Raining in Here?, they ask themselves:

The Apple App Store is worth $200M monthly, whereas the Android market is worth a paltry $5M. As sad as that comparison may be, from our experience the total is probably much lower. We know from experience that below position 25 on the top selling games the earnings drop off to almost zero. To back that up a bit, we're going to release our latest Android sales data.

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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cerberusss writes "As of February 2007, the popular Russian music download site AllOfMP3 seems to be cut off from user payments. Whereas previously it was possible to buy gift certificates at XRost and then using these at AllOfMP3, the XRost payment provider displays the following message upon logging in:

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the payment platform, we will be performing a scheduled server maintenance. The payment option at our site will be restored in 48 hours.
However, the 48 hours have passed since long and it's not known when payments will be possible again. Did the RIAA finally get what they wanted?"
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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cerberusss writes "A judge made the Dutch Homecopy foundation pay 840,000 (more than $1.1 mln) in a trial that the foundation had started itself against company Imation.

It's a fact that the Homecopy foundation (in Dutch "Stichting de Thuiskopie") 20 percent of the homecopy payment, that producers of writeable media pay, immediately pays back to producers that are members of the STOBI foundation. This foundation was started by the Ministery of Justice, to negotiate between producers of writeable media and the Homecopy foundation.

In the STOBI foundation, this 20% discount was kept secret. When Imation entered the STOBI foundation and discovered this fact, they stopped paying the homecopy payment until the discount was recouped over the previous years claiming unfair business practices. The Homecopy foundation immediately started a trial against Imation. But not only did they lose the trial for the current payments but were also forced to pay back the discount over the previous years including interest, running up to 840,000."

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Open topic

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago Sometimes people want to reply to an old comment. There's no good way to do so except send an e-mail, which most posters haven't filled in. So -- here's an open topic where you can reply to anything and everything I've ever posted. I might create a new journal entry when this one expires.

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