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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

cosmin_c Dell Precision Mobile Workstations (325 comments)

I have used the Dell M6600 to death (literally, they had to change it for an M6700 towards the end of the second year), but I've ran renders and other intensive photo and video editing jobs on it and it took everything like a champ.

What they do best, though, is the next business day support thingie - you have a problem, you phone it in and the next business day a Dell engineer shows up with all the tools and replacement parts needed and the laptop is back on track.

I've given up on using the Precision, though, because I require less 3D rendering and more lighter equipment so I've switched to a Macbook Pro retina 15 and never looked back. I do, however, miss my old buddy, it took me out of some sticky situations simply by working properly under pressure.

But be advised, all workhorses break down, the difference is how the producers of the equipment deal with these situations. So far, I've been thoroughly unimpressed by the Apple Store where I took my Mac for poor performance issues, but the Dell dudes have always been 110% helpful and always came through.

about three weeks ago

Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

cosmin_c Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

I don't know which country you work in, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really matter, because as a doctor, regardless of country, I have encountered a lot of cocks on both sides - nurses and doctors _and_ I.T., especially since I know a lot about the latter and hates being looked down upon by I.T. who always knows best. Except they don't or we wouldn't have a mess of a computer system in the first place. I know you haven't programmed it, but for heaven's sake go with the flow if you see the person across the room from you actually knows what you're talking about, so exit your IT baby talk and use proper words.

about a month ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

cosmin_c Times change... (415 comments)

I am 30 years old and I wear a watch. It is a mechanical, self winding one, with perpetual calendar. Tells the time and date and is imho the pinnacle of time keeping.

I also have an iPhone and a Nexus for my mobile phone needs. Recently I've acquired an old Nokia 6310i and I'm genuinely considering using it as my main and only phone, trading in the various (mostly useless) features of the smartphones for the 2 week battery life on one charge. It has bluetooth to connect to my car handsfree system, it has a metric ton of names capacity, it can make and receive calls and text messages, sincerely, do we really need more from a phone? I can text 10 times faster (literally) without looking at the keyboard or the screen of the 6310i whilst I need to give all my attention to typing on a touchscreen. Yes, we all need satnav and stuff, but that can be literally had with any recent pda or inexpensive smartphone.

I think information technology evolved a lot faster than battery tech. It did so back when Nokia produced the first colour screen phones who used the quite powerful batteries from back then in less than a couple of days. It's still nasty today. Imagine a phone like the 6310i featuring a 3000mAh battery instead of the measly 1100mAh the BPS-2 had. One could realistically use their phone for a month without charging it more than once.

And let's be honest, do we really need to be located and tracked everywhere with the purpose of "improving our lives" (read: get sold adds and stuff we don't really need) and lose countless hours browsing social media?

Obviously this is a question to which each and everyone will respond in their own way and it's good because each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But consider we went from watches that were passed from generation to generation, sometimes even as rites of passage to something that looks cheap, feels cheap, does a lot of stuff but won't survive for more than 5 years (and I mean the watch here). I'll gladly pass my favourite watch to my son and hopefully he will see it as a memento, something that will remind him of me and the values I instilled in him for years to come. Now try to do that with an iWatch.

about 3 months ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

cosmin_c When you invest in innovation... (283 comments)

... as opposed to ripping your customers off, of course you're not a real business. Ballmer is the best person to attest to that. Not that Amazon doesn't ocasionally rip people off, then again they invest a lot in new stuff, which is quite nice.

about 3 months ago

Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

cosmin_c Re:Summary (124 comments)

I like it how people realise that human experimentation means that people are going to die only when it concerns aggressive diseases that make the headlines in popular press (be it online or offline). Let me shed some light on this - a lot of people died of heart disease whilst heart medication was tested simply because the studies needed to be "double-blind" to ensure statistics' accuracy - thus medication that otherwise would've saved their lives was withheld. You can dress it anyway you like, but dying from Ebola during trials is the same as dying of heart disease during a heart drug trial, it's only slower and more painful in the latter case. Death is death, no matter how you look at it. And let's not go into details of other diseases, I picked heart disease since it's one of the most common killers in nowadays' society. And this is what makes drug development in itself a noble endeavour, but trials are always walking a dark grey line. And this is coming from someone who is a doctor and realises that trials are mandatory since we can't (at least nowadays) quantify the efficiency of a drug.

about 3 months ago

Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

cosmin_c This is beyond sad (59 comments)

I can't understand why this made /. since it shouldn't have made the (nonexistent) school physics paper. Oh, if you look through this little thing, there are things that automagically disappear. Doesn't matter if you look at the object from another angle and not through a lens, it isn't cloaked anymore. I think people need to understand that is not cloaking, it's just a very complicated explanation for a phenomena that's well known. So unless they have a lens that can surround an object from all sides that could cloak said object... then again it might just be easier to develop the theory behind just using energy waves, then inertia dampeners.

about 4 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

cosmin_c It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

I'm using Windows 7 and I was affected by this. I can't fathom the depths of ineptitude required to release such an update, to be perfectly honest.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

cosmin_c Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

... that can be given that Elon Musk isn't one of the best humans out there? Let me elaborate a bit. In an age of chasing profits and cut-throat competition and where the most ruthless are getting rich, there are some people chasing another type of enrichment. And this comes after giving up on patents. I don't know this man, but it'd be an honour to shake his hand. I simply got nothing that could do justice. Nikola Tesla would indeed be proud.

about 6 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

cosmin_c Re:Car analogy? (317 comments)

Could someone explain this to me with a car analogy?

I got nothing :\

about 6 months ago

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

cosmin_c Re: I wouldn't worry so much about Chernobyl... (167 comments)

You can't wish radioactive particles to "be gone". They do have a half-life, but for example the Ce-137 that's depicted in my link has a half-life of ~30 years. And it's spewed continuously into the ocean and spread around the world. The Bikini Atoll experiments resulted in sea-life in general being hundreds of times more radioactive than the norm because those elements, and guess where that radioactivity ended up - on people's tables. Saying it's safe to swim around the sunken ships is interesting to say the least. My point is that radioactive particles don't just "go away" and their generation can overwhelm the moderating capabilities (i.e. dilution) of the sea water. And it isn't reasonable to think that having radioactive material being spewed into the ocean like that is all-right.

about a year ago

Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

cosmin_c Re:Best way to let someone know something's amiss (148 comments)

It isn't debatable that humankind lacks the enforcement agencies to deal with this kind of stuff. IT&C isn't a particular new field, but stuff happens a lot faster here and in the last 20 or so years we've witnessed terrible abuse and incompetence when dealing with IT-related stuff - and yes, this includes jailing/fining 10 year olds for one song downloaded from the internet. For example, in this particular case - and the case of leaving a text file with "dude, your security lacks" - a specialized agency would clearly investigate and conclude that the person was meaning well and didn't access any sensitive files, nor did he copy them - thus calming the hysterical and re-assuring people. Maybe issue a communique stating this, this and that and why securing your wi-fi network is really a good idea. Stuff that getting people arrested for nothing doesn't really solve, the Police should have better things to do than investigate why there's an anonymous text file in an unsecured location over a network. But then again, why invest in something that actually makes sense.

about a year ago

Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

cosmin_c Best way to let someone know something's amiss (148 comments)

Is a text file. The average computer user will not go and dig through log files, nor they will go around on the internet reading everything about each vulnerability that is exposed everyday. Years ago I copy pasted a similar text file to computers on a neighbourhood network, letting them know those specific folders were exposed on the local network and also been given r/w permissions. I was (and somehow still am) a humble user, passionate about tech, but I can always appreciate the heads-up. Just did what I think I'd like done if I were to accidentally share something on the local network, since although it might not be sensitive at first, mistakes are made regularly.

about a year ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

cosmin_c Guilty until proven innocent (364 comments)

I am starting to think there isn't really a place on this planet that won't be under surveillance at a point in the next 10-20 years. Buying a smartphone? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a terrorist. Buy a car? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a getaway driver (who's stupid enough to use his own car). I am all for more security measures to stop car thieves, thus I installed my own GPS tracker on my car, but that's something only I have access to, not everybody and their grandmother. Also, the problem with putting backdoors in stuff is making stuff less secure. What if somebody hacks your car and starts playing around with stuff just for lulz? I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

1 year,1 day

New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

cosmin_c technology shouldn't replace expertise (124 comments)

As a doctor I can say this is rubbish. IV access and venepuncture isn't done by visualizing the vein, it's done by using anatomy knowledge to palpate and find a vein that's robust enough to take the needle/cannula. If it's done by sight alone, then it's wrong, there are plenty of visible veins that collapse as soon as a needle is inserted. This reminds me of the attempt to give patients local anaesthesia before having a cannula inserted, which was proved to be a rubbish solution. If you're a patient, I can feel your pain, but do understand we're there to make you better and we loathe the idea of causing you pain via needles. It's just something that has to happen until we find a way of giving medication wirelessly.

about a year ago

Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

cosmin_c Or use what already exists (240 comments)

Like this little thing and also learn what the numbers and values mean. Got two, they work great and they're consistent with more pricier measurement options.

about a year ago

Two Sailors Injured When Drone Crashes Into US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

cosmin_c well... (109 comments)

Honey, I'm home!

about a year ago

Pentagon Readies Contingency Plans Due To BlackBerry's Uncertain Future

cosmin_c Re:Government (44 comments)

Obviously it'd be better to give them iPhones and Android phones so they can play Angry Birds. That will definitely increase productivity.

about a year ago

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked

cosmin_c More like fully unleashed (88 comments)

Basically the Titan was a publicity stunt. The 780Ti is faster and a lot cheaper. Then again, the R290s are just as fast as a Titan and a lot cheaper, but it seems they have some cooling (throttling) issues. One should wait for the custom cooled R290s if the target are games and just get a 780Ti if you really need the CUDA processing (e.g. Adobe applications like Premiere). Also, as for the price, it's top-end, it's normal to be expensive. One can game with a GTX670 or a GTX770, which are more than enough and a lot cheaper.

about a year ago


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