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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

coryking Re:wow, really? (807 comments)

Maybe. You'd be better off with 8GB. I run a stack like yours and going from 4->8 was a godsend.

Eclipse (or in my case Aptana) really likes so suck the juice, so to speak :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

coryking Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

But the total cost not to upgrade is $0.

It is not $0. You have to factor in the cost of everything you give up by not upgrading. For example, the inability to run modern browsers (i.e. the cost of giving up the ability to visit modern websites). The cost of not being able to run modern software (i.e. the cost of not being able to view and edit modern file formats). The cost of not being able to use modern hardware (i.e. plugging in a solid state disk, plugging in a modern digital camcorder, or plugging in one of those Lytro cameras). The cost of electricity (old hardware is way less energy efficient).

Then there is the cost of not being able to find replacement components should something break. If you lost your CPU, what would it cost to replace it in terms of not just replacement cost, but the cost to find the part, and the cost of downtime while waiting for the part? If the motherboard blew up, could you find an exact replacement? If not, will the replacement be compatible with the rest of your hardware? Will you still be able to find drivers for it?

No. The longer I've been in this industry, the more I've become convinced that there is a significant cost to *not* upgrading and the *longer* you put off upgrades, the more expensive it will be once you eventually upgrade. It is easier, far less risky and thus far less costly to make incremental upgrades than it is to make sweeping changes every so often. You will at some point eventually have to bite the bullet and upgrade or you and your skills will become irrelevant. Might as well do it in small doses then as some large wholesale change.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

coryking Re:wow, really? (807 comments)

4GB has been like the minimum threshold for any halfway decent computer built in the last four or five years. It is peanuts for ram. These days, 8GB or even 16GB should be considered the minimum for any new machine.

This is supposed to be a fucking tech site! A "massive amount of memory" should be a desktop machine built in some guys garage with 2TB of ram on it. The machine should be running some nightly build of an obscure, hand-compiled Linux distro with a nightly build of Firefox (ideally with a completely different rendering engine spliced in, just for bonus points). Instead we have some fuckwit who is running what seems to be a rickety old P4 bitching about a god damn three year old browser and I'm sitting here replying to somebody who thinks 4GB of ram is "massive". How fucking depressing is that?

That I even need to type this on Slashdot of all places astounds me. No wonder people consider Slashdot irrelevant. These topics shouldn't even be open for debate. You are a nerd. This is a tech site. What the fuck is there to debate? More Ram == Good. Newer Versions == Better. Always. Upgrade your fucking browser. Build a new machine. Embrace fucking change. What the hell people?

Slashdot. News for tech luddites. Stuff that mattered 10 years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Accused Teen Bomber Finds FBI Surveillance Team's Wireless Network

coryking Really??? (267 comments)

This has to be the dumbest fucking story I have ever read on this site. I can't tell if this article is serious or meant for a laugh. Sadly I think it is serious.

As I write this, there is a nearby access point named "CIA Surveillance Van". You think that is the fucking CIA? Should submit a story about that?

Jesus fucking christ. This is a new low for this site.

more than 3 years ago
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Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses

coryking Re:Seattle Police - Priorities Are Not Job One (138 comments)

Well, according to the Seattle PI, they are accused of stealing more than $750,000 In computer equipment and other items. So no, these guys did just a little bit more than a $20 charge on some dudes card.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set?

coryking Re:VNC and RDP (177 comments)

Even issh for that matter (still haven't figured out how to consistently copy in that app)?

I'd say RDP, the program, has some of the gestures figured out. Two finger tap = right click. Double tap= double click. The problem is how to translate things like "click, hold and drag" or "Slide the slider". A lot of that might be the protocol itself (doesn't windows have accessibility hooks so things know "this widget should behave like a scrollbar"?

I dunno. It is one of the reasons flash is not supported—those were designed for a mouse. A touch interface is a whole new ballgame that is uncharted water. There is no mouse, but there are perhaps ten fingers that can control an interface.

I think the game makers will be the ones to figure out how to exploit the possibilities. I have tons of games that would never work with a mouse.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

coryking This begs the question... (1200 comments)

How are most of these cheesy CSI-type programs created? I would assume they are done in flash. Are they usually interactive, in other words if the actor presses a button it does some predefined animation, or is the whole thing one long animation that the actor needs to time against?

Somebody here has to have created one of these...

more than 3 years ago
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Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool

coryking It isn't that simple (for now) (376 comments)

In playing with IPv6 at home, the the biggest problem has been firewalling. Vista and windows 7 assume you are either on a public IP (aka in a coffee shop) or some kind of NAT'd or external fire walled environment (aka on a slightly more trusted IP).

At home, my little LAN is fully trusted. I like to keep all my gear open, full sharing, no passwords. Anything more is a hassle.

The problem is, with IPv6 you open your LAN to the outside world. That is okay *if* you have a firewall on your router. My router (d-link DIR-825) doesnt support firewalls for IPv6. neither does OpenWRT, which can run on that box too.

Until they make low-cost consumer routers that support comprehensive IPv6 firewalling, I can't really justify running IPv6 at home.

more than 3 years ago
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The Prospects For Lunar Mining

coryking Re:Energy requirements? (348 comments)

Windmills don't take mass away from the planet. Mining a bunch of stuff and shipping it off the planet (er, moon) does.

more than 3 years ago
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Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard

coryking Re:US (302 comments)

Samsung. Every model they make has a different charger port.

more than 3 years ago
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After IPv4, How Will the Internet Function?

coryking Re:Native DD-WRT support? (320 comments)

That is false security. Once ipv6 goes big people will harvest active ipv6 addresses out of server logs, one pixel images on message boards, or any other imaginative way they can think of.

So yeah, scanning your subnet is out, but if you actively use the Internet, they will get your address.

more than 3 years ago
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After IPv4, How Will the Internet Function?

coryking Re:Dual stack failed? (320 comments)

And it doesn't have a firewall for ipv6. Without a firewall, I can't use it at all. Not even openwrt had a easy to manage ipv6 firewall.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

coryking XNA? (331 comments)

If you are doing mainly drawing, and not GUI (ie traditonal GUI widgets on a traditional window with with traditional GUI events) you might want to look into XNA. It is basically a managed version of DirectX. Because it is .NET you can hook into winforms and WPF to create the occasional "traditonal" GUI.

Otherwise, if it is a windows app, there is no better choice than WPF. It is intimidating at first because with WPF you can easily reskin just about any uielement (and create UIelements from any class you create). But once you realize how classes and the actual UI are separate concerns that are joined only through very sophisticated data binding, you will be in love.

Complicated little beast though and if you come from a winforms background be prepared to do some major unlearning as how you bind data and events to the GUI is conceptually different. If you simply bind to "Button_OnClick" like you did in winforms you are doing it wrong. If you find yourself writing this.textbox1.text = myData.price in your code you are doing it very, very wring.

more than 3 years ago
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Who Will Win Control of the Web?

coryking Re:Answer (206 comments)

Hey, that's my IP address too you jerk!

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

coryking Re:Nice, now why (314 comments)

Now you are trolling. I'll pull this out of my ass but most of us are lucky to get above 3mbit. Here in Seattle, I can't get more though DSL.

If you can't see why people would want to burst to 150mbit and beyond, you have a serious lack of imagination. Here, I will use mine with tangible things i could do better if I could burst above 150mbit:

1) better VPN into work. It would be quicker to check the source code repository out.
2) faster online backup, and more important, backups that down slow down the Internet for everything else.
3) Uploading stuff to client FTP sites would be orders of magnitude faster.
4) software distribution would be faster thus people would do it more.

Nobody will be saturating their Internet, but the fact that everybody will be able to burst to speeds approximating that of a LAN will open many new doors and enable things that were not feasable before. I don't understand what is so hard to imagine about that.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

coryking Re:So why is my lower tier so expensive? (314 comments)

That is only true if your SLA promises you can saturate that sweet ass gig link you have in your home. A business class account might have that kind of thing, but a residential account does not. If 100 residential people download something at the same time, combined they might saturate the backhaul, but their downloads would each be 1gb/100=10mb. And 10mbit is still better than what most of us shmucks get.

Basically, they charge $200 because they can. It has nothing to do with the actual cost of service.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

coryking Re:Nice, now why (314 comments)

Because people who buy an OC3 are actually using the capacity of their link. The end user—us Joe Shmoe's in our apartments, we barely use it at all. But when we do use it (say to watch an HD Netflix movie) we want it delivered fast.

So really, per gig used, $200 is very, very, very expensive if you pull down a dozen gigs a month (which is probably within reason for a netflix user)

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

coryking Re:Kinda pricy (314 comments)

I'll pay actual use if it is reasonable. Better would be to pay the same way Internet providers charge each other—95th percentile billing. Charge something like 50/mo for 1mbit. Give me a gigabit port, and 95% of the time I and most people wont go anywhere near that amount.

The problem is anybody but people who buy "real" Internet know what 95th percentile billing is—and even if they did they wouldn't understand it (nor should they need to, honestly). That is why most consumer grade Internet is either flat rate with five pages of small print, or it is charged per gig used.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

coryking Re:Kinda pricy (314 comments)

Yes. Because investing in your nations infrastructure is a form if socialism. Well, at least according to enough tea party idiots in the US to block any attempt.

Well, that and the telcos have their hands far up the asses of our government. But doing away with that is messing with the free market, and thus also socialism. Basically, making things better==socialism. The only people who should have it good are corporations, which are also people—anything else is socialism.

more than 3 years ago

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Hans Reiser beaten in prison

coryking coryking writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Cory writes "Earlier this week, Hans Reiser was beaten up by several inmates while making his way back from a morning meal. He was checked and treated for his injuries and the prison has placed him in a special, isolated cell as a precaution. Hans Reiser, the developer of ReiserFS, will most likely spend the rest of his life in San Quentin for the second-degree murder of his wife, Nina."
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My early 2008 prediction

coryking coryking writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I dont know about anybody else, but after busting my ass trying to make my site XHTML and being told "oh, we lied about XHTML", I dont trust the W3C has my needs in mind anymore. The new crap they push out is just not interesting or relevant to what I want from a markup language. I feel more like it is trying to push a philosophy on me rather than a useful tool.

What the hell good is a dialog tag to me? Google doesn't give a shit about my semantic markup so it wont improve my search engine rankings. I'll have to tear down the browser style and rebuild it in my CSS file, so it would be a pain in the ass for me. I dont give a flying fuck about supporting people who want to leech my content by describing the content better, so I'd rather not make it easy for them either.

I would like to make a bold prediction. Any new version of HTML or XHTML pushed out will never become as widely adopted as what we have now. Whatever is finally released will be met with a resounding yawn. We will all have jumped ship to silverlight or flash, which does what we want now, rather than wait for another three year lag before the new markup is actually useful. It might be marginally useful to screen readers though but that it will be abused by web authors for viagra sales, it will be ignored by them too.

In three years, I predict fully 75% of all cool stuff on the internet will be silverlight or flash based. At that time, O'Reilly will have named it "Web 3.0" and slashdot, while 100% based on silverlight, will have people bitching about how it is all hype and people were using XAML back in 1985... There will still be people bitching about how it doesnt work in lynx and all we really needed was an 80 column text file.

Within 10 years, the HTML will be only supported for legacy apps and the W3C will be disbanded. At that time, all of us will be bitching about how silverlight or flash is holding us back and the cycle will repeat yet again.

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