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Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path

comrade k Re:Eat a dick (56 comments)

Bryan, I think I'll chose to leave it. Your past actions have sullied any interest I have in your crapware.

about a year ago

Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path

comrade k Re:Eat a dick (56 comments)

nah, I think I'm just going to tell him to eat a dick for his ransomware. Bryan, eat another dick for this guy too.

about a year ago

Hacking the NES With Lisp

comrade k This is what Slashdot needs more of (80 comments)

Bravo, Slashdot. This is the kind of stuff that the geek crowd finds interesting. Is it useful? Nope. Is it cool and borderline bizarre? Yep!

more than 2 years ago

New Spark Tablet To Come Loaded With KDE's Active Plasma Interface

comrade k Re:To bad the specs once again suck donkey balls (114 comments)

Mod parent up.

Though I will say that things can run well on older hardware depending on your task. If you can live without flash player, HD video, games, semantic desktops, etc, then a 700MHz Pentium III with 384 MB of RAM will run just fine. I have such a box, running Arch, that I use for IRC (irssi), occasional Web browsing (Midori), IM (Pidgin or Finch) and Email (mutt). I think it's using Openbox + fbpanel for a desktop. For me? For the task? it's fine. For Joe User? Surprisingly usable with lightweight GUI applications installed. It's not the prettiest girl at the prom, but it'll put out.

At the end of the day, it's not going to stream videos from YouTube (not very well anyway -- but I've never tried). But if a family member or friend needed ANY kind of computer for free? I could give it away and it would do the bare minimum.

more than 2 years ago

DHS Monitors Social Media For 'Political Dissent'

comrade k Re:DHS = Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit (385 comments)

A poster in a previous thread make an insightful counterpoint to your argument.

The TSA/DHS's job is not to protect the American people. If a terrorist wanted to kill hundreds of people, they'd just bomb the security checkpoints themselves. It's a huge bottleneck and they could kill way more people instead of bombing an individual plane.

Indeed, the TSA/DHS's real job is to protect our elected officials in Washington. Their real job is to prevent terrorists from taking over an aircraft and then flying it into the White House, Pentagon, Capitol Hill, or other politically/economically important landmarks.

more than 2 years ago

Multiple Sclerosis Damage Washed Away By Stream of Young Blood

comrade k Re:Finally! (216 comments)

Well, you can be sure they're free of HIV -- No sex to transmit it to them!

more than 2 years ago

New Research Shows Cognitive Decline Begins At 45

comrade k Slashdot fails again (295 comments)

Once again, Slashdot is the epitome of bad science reporting :)

The study shows that in a group of people ranging from 45 - 70, they found that cognitive decline was present in all of them. That means that cognitive decline begins AT LEAST at 45. TFA says "As early as 45", which is technically true but sort of dishonest IMHO, and the original paper doesn't make any such explicit conclusions.


more than 2 years ago

How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

comrade k Re:F/OSS! (565 comments)

Good deeds are good, but having bread on one's table is important, too. So, what's the pay?

I absolutely agree with you. I'm not suggesting that the guy become a full time free software dev. However, I'd argue that working on a FOSS project will look good on a resume AND improve his skills. I'm not so sure that there are many employers out there who are willing to let an older, semi-entry-level developer onto their team.

more than 3 years ago

How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

comrade k F/OSS! (565 comments)

I wouldn't discount languages like C just yet. They're still hugely important in the kernel world, for example.

As far as newer languages go, there are a lot of F/OSS projects that could use another hand. Have a look at the Bugzilla for various projects and grab the latest source from svn/git/mercurial/whatever. Your skills as a programmer should transfer over to a new language relatively easily, and you'll have done a good deed.

more than 3 years ago

Android Copy of Young Woman Unveiled In Japan

comrade k Re:Oh hell yeah! (264 comments)

I want one that looks like my mother!


more than 4 years ago

Testing Network Changes When No Test Labs Exist?

comrade k Re:Could be worse (164 comments)

Can someone please explain this sports analogy with a car analogy so I can understand it?

I think a pizza analogy would be more appropriate.

more than 4 years ago

CERN Physicist Warns About Uranium Shortage

comrade k Re:Ideal FBR Location (581 comments)

Hey. I've got a brilliant Idea. Let's construct a thermonuclear fusion reactor at the center of the solar system. We will collect the radiation energy with photovoltaic cells pointed to the sky. As there are no moving parts, it wouldn't require much maintainence either. Why hasn't anybody implemented such a brilliant idea?

Where are you going to put said photovoltaic cells?
Photvoltaics have poor efficiency. I think I saw, maybe here on Slashdot, that the very best cells are 19.3% efficiency. Since you claim there are no moving parts, I suppose you're not going to try to mount them on some sort of Sun-tracking axis either.
The pollution argument is probably a moot point too. IIRC, the manufacturing process for photovoltaics is rather toxic.

more than 4 years ago

Low-Power Home Linux Server?

comrade k Re:Sheeva Plug (697 comments)

Actually it probably wasn't a good idea to mention that the Wiki is served off a SheevaPlug :P

Oh well, at least Slashdot will give the little bugger a good work out.

more than 4 years ago

Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

comrade k Re:Fonts are already barely readable! (221 comments)

What worries me most is that since a lot of xbox 360 games assume they are played on HDTVs, they have fonts far to small to be read easily on standard definition hardware. This move seems to be somewhat encouraging people to play on SDTV (most won't bother to check which cables are bundled with their console), despite it being really uncomfortable in any game with a significant amount of on-screen text...

QFT. I've got a couple of games in my library which are particularly bad offenders (Mass Effect, Army of Two, I'm looking at both of you). The situation is alleviated a bit by switching to component (I'm lucky enough to have an SDTV with component inputs), but small screen fonts + composite looks absolutely horrendous.

Playing those games with a composite connection was enough for me to turn off the 360 and turn on the Wii after about 15 minutes.

more than 4 years ago

Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

comrade k Standard def on HD screens (221 comments)

I'd like to know how many of these HD users are even configured correctly.

It seems like the vast majority of casual gamers that I know have never even managed to configure their consoles correctly for high definition anyway. For example, my cousin who had a 46" plasma TV with an Xbox 360 connected via composite and running non-widescreen.

Maybe console makers should provide an idiot-proof method of configuring the screen before they push HD so hard.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Software For Experimental Physics?

comrade k Re:Fermilab... (250 comments)

I completely agree. Our department uses it too, and it's total garbage. Its based on old-and-busted RHEL4, and doesn't have half of the packages we need anyway. I'd be much happier with something with a scientific repository tacked on. But nooo, we have to use it because it has SCIENCE built in! Ugh

more than 5 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup On Educating Software Developers

comrade k Re:On High Schools doing more... (538 comments)

Seconded. I had a damn similar experience. Mod parent up.

more than 5 years ago

Recourse For Poor Customer Service?

comrade k Re:Call your credit card company.... (593 comments)

For what it's worth, my job (IT at a University) uses Dell machines exclusively and we've had fantastic support from them for replacement parts. To skip the script, we usually just tell the CSR that we've swapped the bad part with one from a working machine and that the machine works fine. At that point, the drone will go ahead and ship us a replacement and we ship the broken one back. Works out pretty well.

more than 5 years ago


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