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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

cyclocommuter Missing Option: Cyclocross Bike (356 comments)

I have a variety of bikes... road, folding, mountain, cyclocross. For general use and for commuting to work (55 km round trip) and also trail riding I prefer my cyclocross (CX) bike. It is the most versatile bike in my stable. It basically combines the best of both worlds (road and mountain bikes). Having a road style handlebar gives you more hand positions options which is important when doing long rides. You can also go low on the drops when battling strong head or crosswinds. The CX bike is also lighter in general than a mountain bike. On the other hand it can also accept wider tires compared to a road bike. Using wider tires (I use a variety of tires including studded for winter) means you can run lower pressure without risking pinch flats. Fatter tires at lower pressure means the bike is capable of going over rough roads with minimal problems. The lower end, not race specific CX bikes even have eyelets so you can mount fenders and racks if needed.

more than 2 years ago
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The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

cyclocommuter My Applications Development Desktop and Laptop (522 comments)

Best upgrade I did was when I assembled my latest PC around 2 years ago. I built it specifically for editing HD videos and also for running Virtual Machines for Applications Development. This meant using an i7 870 processor, 16 GB RAM, a GTX 470 video card which is Adobe CS5 approved for hardware acceleration, 4 x HDDs (1 dedicated to Windows 7 and Apps, 1 for non video documents, 1 to source videos, 1 to Adobe CS 5 Suite Scratch Files and Virtual Machines). With this rig, I can do all development and even some gaming (Warcraft 3) on Virtual Machines (VMware Workstation). This means I keep the host mostly lean and mean, no database software, unnecessary services running on the background.

For mobile computing, the cost effective solution I have come up with was to buy an HP EliteBook 8460p with an i5 2.5 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM, 7200 RPM HDD, and a discrete AMD Radeon GPU. I would have liked an SSD with this laptop but did not want to spend too much plus the HDD allows more room for my development VMs. The i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 7200 rpm HDD still allows me to run my current Business Intelligence development VM (Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2, SharePoint Server 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, Visual Studio 2008/2010) in it adequately. The bonus with this laptop having a built in GPU in the processor and a discrete AMD GPU is that it can run 3 Monitors (including the laptop's) simultaneously which is great for development.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Standard Software Development Environments?

cyclocommuter If you are developing/customizing MS SharePoint... (362 comments)

...all I can suggest is to create a Development Environment in a Virtual Machine (I use VMWare for this) preferably allocated a minimum of 4 GB RAM and 2 Processors. Use a Server OS as your Platform such as Windows Server 2008, install SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition (including SSRS, SSAS, SSIS), Install SharePoint Server 2010, Install Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint WebPart development. Use TFS for integrating to the Source Control DB.

After all the installation has been completed, setup the VM to connect to the company's domain and do all the development and testing in the VM. After it is fully tested, check-in the updates to TFS. It is a royal pain in the rear to set this all up from scratch.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer

cyclocommuter Re:Chrome Lite with leaks (453 comments)

I have been a loyal Firefox user from the very beginning but I agree with the OP... version 4 leaks much more than 3.xx. I do use FF4 in conjunction with Adblock, NoScript, FlashBlock (these addons are the reason I still stick to FF), TabMixPlus, and a few others. After a few hours of browsing, closing and opening a total of 60 to 70 tabs (this is why I use TabMixPlus), FF4 RAM usage would be in the 600-700k range sometimes even more. The funny thing is even if I close all tabs FF will not give up RAM. You have to close then re-open it. Reminds me of Windows 3.xx where you need to close the GUI to free up system resources.

I also agree with many of the posters here. Please make the new features available as add-ons. Make the core browser lean and mean again.

more than 3 years ago
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Further Updates On Post-Tsumami Japan

cyclocommuter Re:astroturf in action (369 comments)

I have karma to burn so here goes: I have lost my faith on many in the Slashdot/nerd community. I thought the brightest minds were mostly open minded and will re-factor their conclusions based on the facts presented to them, of which many can be found in this still developing story. What I find is that many actually keep repeating the same old mantras about nuclear power... much like fundamentalists.

more than 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

cyclocommuter Re:Chain is only as strong as the weakest link (580 comments)

The reactors did apparently shut down as they should but still needed cooling and these is where the other "links" appeared to have failed, and I stress appeared here as this will only be apparent when this whole thing is analyzed months or years from now:

1. Generator backups swamped by tsunami.

2. Battery backups died after these ran out.

3. Responders made mistakes to shut and/or open certain valves.

4. Water supply ran low in the spent fuel rods container.

5. There appears to be no adequate disaster preparation as in: Clear monitoring of radiation levels, and at what levels should evacuation of people start. For example, there is confusion whether at the present levels the exclusion zone should stay at 30 kms or, as the US is suggesting, be expanded to 80 kms (50 miles).

As I am pointing out above there are numerous other vectors where problems can start even if you had the best designed reactor such as possible attack by stucknet type worms, by terrorists, etc. Don't discount the possibility of software failure too. I would be especially wary of new, unproven (in the field) reactor designs... we all know the inherent problems of Version 1.0 systems... and these are complex systems with multitudes of interfaces.

more than 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

cyclocommuter Chain is only as strong as the weakest link (580 comments)

What this incident proves is that the chain is indeed as strong as its weakest link. If it is now obvious that nuclear power generation is a long complex chain, with each link requiring utmost planning and care. People may argue that newer reactor and/or containment designs may be safer and/or stronger but what about the other links like backup power, spent fuel storage, pipe fittings to withstand the tremendous pressures inherent in the generation of power from nuclear energy? Part of that chain is also the proper training of personnel not only to operate the plants properly and minimize human error but also on how to manage a crisis situation. They should be drilled every day on how to go about this during a plant blackout or plant fire scenario. The more complex the chain, the more there can be weaknesses. If plants are to be built in the future each of these links in the chain must withstand close scrutiny.

more than 3 years ago
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Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

cyclocommuter Re:63.9 months for a car (507 comments)

Coolant has been replaced a few times. Car just passed Ontario's Drive Clean test which is administered every 2 years before plates are renewed. This means it's good to go for another 2 years. I know the feeling of a car falling apart and this one is far from it.

more than 3 years ago
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Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

cyclocommuter Re:63.9 months for a car (507 comments)

I drive a 15 year old Corolla with 200,000 plus kms on it. In most cases the only thing I need to do maintenance wise is change oil and filter every 5-6kms or 6 months, wax/wash it regularly on the service station in the winter, and rotate the tires every year or so. I have stopped taking it to the dealer after its 2nd year as I find that dealers will always gouge you with unnecessary bills for mostly unnecessary repairs and/or parts replacement. The only thing that I replaced so far are the battery, the timing chain (after 100000km), and brake pads/rotors.

My wish is for this car to keep going for another 5 years/50-70,000 kms.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Sandy Bridge Desktop and Mobile CPUs

cyclocommuter Is this the Tock? (116 comments)

The Sandy Bridge architecture, aside from the die shrink and subsequent increase in clock rate which that entails, in my opinion, is not that much of an improvement over the previous i7 Lynnfield architecture (i7 860, 870, 875k, 880). Here is an article that benchmarks a Sandy Bridge CPU vs an i875k where the frequency of both processors set to 3.4 GHZ... not that big of an improvement.

Funny thing is many of the articles today are praising the chip as a big improvement over Lynnfield not making it clear that this is most likely due to the clock rate increase.

more than 3 years ago
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The Best Case Mods From 2010

cyclocommuter Re:Really? (82 comments)

Good points! In this era of boring iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets that look alike it is nice to see folks still modding cases so these stand out from the rest.

more than 3 years ago
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Top 10 Things You CAN'T Have For Christmas

cyclocommuter Sandy Bridge (230 comments)

I don't see Intel's Sandy Bridge on the list... won't be available 'til January.

more than 2 years ago
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Learning From Gawker's Failure

cyclocommuter Re:Gawker? Scadenfreude Central Hoist on own Petar (236 comments)

I understand your pain. I didn't even realize I an email of mine was in the Gawker database until I got an email from them advising me that my email password might have been compromised. It turned out I did register for LifeHacker long time before it got bought out by Gawker. I couldn't even remember the password I used for that account so just to be safe changed all the passwords I had on various sites. Took me almost half a day to complete... what a pain in the rear.

more than 3 years ago
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Gawker Source Code and Databases Compromised

cyclocommuter Re:EasyDNS (207 comments)

Not only that, Gawker seems to have an ongoing battle with Wikileaks, Assange, and anon via posts like this and this. They also appear to be taunting anon to hit them if they can... looks like they got what they wished for although as the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity... especially for the Gawker media empire.

more than 3 years ago

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Scientists: Size of Oil Spill Underestimated

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "From the NYT article: Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate, he said."
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Toyota pedal issue highlights move to electronics

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "From the article: The gas pedal system used Toyota Motor Co.'s recall crisis was born from a movement in the auto industry to rely more on electronics to carry out a vehicle's most critical functions.

The intricacy of such systems, which replace hoses and hydraulic fluid with computer chips and electrical sensors, has been a focus as Toyota struggled to find the cause for sudden acceleration of vehicles that led the company to halt sales of eight models this week."

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Drone incident serves up data encryption lesson

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "Excerpts from the ComputerWorld article:In a story that's receiving widespread attention, the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Iranian-backed groups in Iraq and Afghanistan were tapping into live feeds from Predator drones using a $26 software tool called SkyGrabber from Russian company SkySoftware. The hitherto largely unknown software product doesn't require Internet connectivity and is designed to intercept music, photos, video and TV satellite programming for free. Insurgents in Iraq, however, were able to use SkyGrabber to grab live video feeds from unmanned Predator drones because the transmissions were being sent unencrypted to ground control stations.

Once again, yet another multi-billion dollar system is rendered vulnerable by cheap off-the-shelf components."
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Ten years of .NET - did Microsoft deliver?

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "Interesting snippet from this article from The Register: "If the goal of .NET was to see off Java, it was at least partially successful. Java did not die, but enterprise Java became mired in complexity, making .NET an easy sell as a more productive alternative. C# has steadily grown in popularity, and is now the first choice for most Windows development. ASP.NET has been a popular business web framework. The common language runtime has proved robust and flexible."

The article also continues: "Job trend figures here show steadily increasing demand for C#, which is now mentioned in around 32 per cent of UK IT programming vacancies, ahead of Java at 26 per cent.""

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Sudden acceleration due to Toyota computer glitch?

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "Some Toyota owners are up in arms as they suspect the accidents have been caused by some kind of glitch in the electronic computer system used in Toyotas that controls the throttle. Refusing to accept the explanation of Toyota and the federal government, hundreds of Toyota owners are in rebellion after a series of accidents caused by what they call "runaway cars.""
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A slow fade out for true audiophiles

cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "From this CNET Blog: Home audio connoisseurs will likely take offense, but complicated home stereos may be going the way of the baby boomer. The blog may have a point, kids nowadays listen to their music mostly via 3 piece Logitech speakers hooked up to their PCs or using the headphones connected to their iPods. Also, does anyone still buy a pure CD player?"
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cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "This BBC article touches on how mobile phones make and break the news in Iraq's conflict. Case in point was the leaked mobile video of Saddam that showed more than what was broadcast via the officially released video. Recently, "Kramer's" tirade was also caught on cell phone video and was widely distributed on the net. With more and more mobile phones equipped with digital and video cameras, not to mention the proliferation of closed circuit TV monitoring on big cities and so on, one wonders what the effects of all this in the long term. Will it be a boon or a bane to governments?"
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cyclocommuter cyclocommuter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cyclocommuter (762131) writes "This article on Wired talks about Digg's attempt to fight its own users for control. At the center of the controversy is a group of about 30 users that appears to have banded together using Digg's "friend" system to dig up or down stories.

From TFA: "Some of the generals in Digg.com's army of volunteer news readers are in revolt over new abuse controls that could undermine their influence on the site.""

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