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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

devphaeton Re:Why not just use FreeBSD then? (195 comments)

Ye gods I'm so tired of this 'joke' cropping up every so often. It wasn't really that funny 12 years ago, either.

about a month and a half ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

devphaeton Not entirely relevant... (962 comments)

But one of the silliest things I've ever experienced when gaming online was a (probably teenaged) female telling me that she was sodomizing my mom with a strap-on. Over and over again. Or another telling me that if I was her kid she'd have aborted me with a crowbar.

The Internet brings out the best in everyone!

about 2 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

devphaeton Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

I love that. Thanks for sharing!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

devphaeton How much money are we talking here? (185 comments)

Seriously. Instead of dicking with marketing firms and network-based rebuttal, how about jacking the rent up another $30 for each resident? $30 * 35K is over $1M dollars of guaranteed, no-bullshit, no-middleman profit. EVERY MONTH.

Whoohoo!

about 4 months ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

devphaeton I sure wish they could talk, too (139 comments)

I'd love to sit down and have a beer with my adopted dogs. I'd like to hear their story, where they came from, what they've done in their lives and what they are thinking about now.

Even if their speech was on the level of a toddler or smaller child, I'd still love to hear it.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

devphaeton Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

Google Groups has all but destroyed Usenet unfortunately.

That said, I still tolerate it when reading a few groups.

As for the grandparent poster- A bunch of musician friends and I got fed up with Harmony Central and created our own private, invite-only forum where we discuss music and gear and perpetuate our own memes.

about 8 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

devphaeton Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

I ordered from Mouser. It seems they have a default $6 shipping/handling minimum. I haven't ordered from Jameco for awhile but theirs was $8. I looked at Digikey but two of the cap types I needed were backordered and I didn't want to wait.

about 7 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

devphaeton Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Not an appliance, but I just repaired my 19" Acer LCD a couple of weeks ago. It had a few bad caps so I replaced all of them, and now it's good as GNU^H^H^Hnew.

Total cost was around $5 in parts, though the bummer was $6 shipping. But what can you do? $11 is still cheaper than a new LCD.

about 7 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

devphaeton Ergonomic 'Split' Keyboards! :D (459 comments)

The only thing I would ever want from a laptop is a keyboard that's in the ergonomic 'split' style. Yes that would be butt-ugly and probably make the laptop itself the size of an elementary school desk, but with RSI issues I can't type on a standard keyboard for very long. Yes you can plug a standard ergo USB keyboard into a laptop, but that setup requires a desk as it is too big for my lap. Since I'm desk bound with that, I just use the desktop computer I already have.

Meanwhile, I'm noticing that decent ergo kbs are getting scarce for desktops too. Back 10 or 15 years ago there were dozens of brands and all of them cheap and good, now there are only 2 or 3 to chose from with crappy key layouts and they last about a year or so.

about 8 months ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

devphaeton Neat but evolutionary, not revolutionary (73 comments)

It is neat, I'll give it that. However, we've been building pneumatic Lego 'engines' for decades. They are all over Youtube and other places. The sheer scale of this is impressive but I don't know that "genius" is the right word here.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

devphaeton Re:If only (117 comments)

With this business philosophy, one could have regional offices that collect this knowledge and store documents of it in little cannisters. When someone in one region needs to access the knowledge from a different region, they could send a request and have that cannister (with the relevant document inside) sent along a pneumatic piping system, just like at the bank teller window. One could call this business The National Tube Service, or simply The Tubes(tm).

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

devphaeton Here's the Apocalypse in Motion (450 comments)

On 12/12/12, the wheels were set in motion for the 12/21/12 Apocalypse.

A chain reaction of low-orbit and geostationary satellite collisions cause flaming satellite debris to rain down from the sky in a cataclysmic event. Now that Twinkies have been phased out, not even cockroaches have survived.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

devphaeton Even 15 year old stuff is hard to keep going now (338 comments)

I've had several collections of 'throwaway' computers, with my last 486 and P100 going to that big recycling heap in the sky a few years back.

Right now, I've got nothing super old, but I've been keeping an AMD K6-II alive through the ages. It was my first IBM-compatible machine (after a C= plus/4) and I still use it regularly as a development box (Debian Stable in console mode all around. vi, gcc, perl, ssh, ftp, lynx. What more do you need?).

It is fortunate to have 2(!) USB ports on an add-in interface, so I can still plug a MS Ergo 4000 keyboard and modern optical mouse. Most of the hardware is original and all works, but the three things I've had to replace periodically are the optical drives (several), cpu fan (twice) and memory (twice). Up until about 5 years ago, compatible parts were plentiful from old computers, but I haven't seen the right sized fan or any SDRAM for the picking in ages, and it's now getting harder and harder to find IDE anything, even used.

I still enjoy the hell out of my i5 (and other smatterings of computers lying about) but I'll be sad when I have to put the ol K6 down.

about 2 years ago
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The Case For Targeted Ads

devphaeton Right to exist? (290 comments)

He speaks of compromising a $300 billion industry

Just because there is some 'industry' where some arbitrarily large amount of money is exchanged, it doesn't mean it has any right to exist at all.

This is different, but about as justifiable as the "too big to fail" arguments of yore.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

devphaeton Re:iPads! Clouds! LinkedIn! (152 comments)

"The Cloud" is only good as secondary backup if you don't care that it becomes public.

Encrypt it all you want. Access to your data is the hardest hurdle and by using the could you give it away.

But.. but.. but... smartphones and virtualization and...and...and...free community wireless internet over dark fiber!!!

(Yes, I'm just being silly. Having a slow day at work and the free coffee sucks)

about 2 years ago
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Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

devphaeton iPads! Clouds! LinkedIn! (152 comments)

Further proof that tablets and the Cloud(tm) are the paradigm shift into the new memesphere. Nobody needs big, bulky Iron from folks like IBM, HP, EMC, etc.

We'll do it all now on clustered iPads! With Retina Displays! Surfing the web is dead, now we're Hangliding in The Cloud(tm)!!!!

about 2 years ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

devphaeton Re:minimalist (505 comments)

Perhaps Linux needs a minimalist leader. Throw everything out. Then step by step, bring back features and see what works, and what doesn't. In the process make sure that everything has a consistent look and feel.

Believe it or not, that used to be Ubuntu. Back 8 or 10 years ago, there were all these distributions that offered 'choice!' by loading the biggest Gnome or KDE desktop crammed to the gills with EVERY and I mean EVERY app that was available. Stable, beta, working or not. You opened a panel and there were 17 calculators to choose from, 23 IRC clients, about 15 web browsers, 7 different terminal apps... you get the idea. Most of it was half-broken shit.

The beauty of Ubuntu in the beginning (I thought) was that they cut out all of that. You got a nice, slick installer that installed Debian Unstable (which we'd all known for years was fine for everyday use) with a slick graphical installer. You booted up to a nicely themed Gnome desktop with only the best ONE of each type of application installed. They were smart about choosing what apps to include by default, and I felt that their choices resonated very closely with experienced linux users who generally all agreed on the best app for a particular usage. The whole Debian repository was mirrored and available, but you didn't have to dig through a bunch of crap to find the stuff that you most likely would have chosen to install yourself. Configs were all clicky-clicky, but all your fave debian cli tools like aptitude still worked as expected.

I really thought that Ubuntu was going to become the polished distro that brought Year Of The Linux Desktop(tm) from fantasy to reality. I still think that they had a real chance to pull that off. (At least up until about 8.0, then it started to get weird).

My $0.02 plus tax.

about 2 years ago
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Ore-Sniffing Dogs Rediscovered By Mining Industry

devphaeton Re:40 years is a century now. (78 comments)

We're talking about Sweden, Finland and Russia.

40 years is a metric century.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

devphaeton Re:Freemium at its best (204 comments)

So first Facebook's algorithm hides my posts from my friends for reasons known only to Facebook.

Now Facebook is testing the option so I can pay so that my posts they hid will actually show to my friends.

In a way, I really hope Facebook goes through with this, maybe it'll be the straw that finally breaks the camels back and we can get a new social network that actually cares about its users.

While I agree that the new features are silly and a thinly veiled attempt at capitalizing upon the public, shall we all remember that when we post things on Facebook, we are voluntarily using a free service on the Internet? At any point we are all free to delete our account, ignore the parts we don't like, or otherwise not participate in it as a social networking site.

Shit, we may even decide to go outside, into the Big Blue Room and talk to actual people, face to face!

more than 2 years ago

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Groklaw is shutting down

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  1 year,28 days

devphaeton (695736) writes "Groklaw's pj writes: "The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.

There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.

What to do?

What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this."

Groklaw is a pillar of the Internet Community. It is a sad day when we lose such giants who have fought for truth and goodness in our favour."

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Buyer's remorse for iPad 3 owners, as iPad 4 released only seven months later

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  about 2 years ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "Jason Schreier writes: "Surprise! Today, October 23, Apple revealed the iPad 4. "Look how shiny it is!" Apple's executives preached to a crowd full of cheering fans and press. "New processing chip! Double the graphics power! You want one!" Nowhere did Apple mention the iPad 3, the machine that was touted oh-so-passionately just seven months ago as the next big thing. Seven months ago. It's like a Simpsons parody of how often companies release new iterations of their hardware.""
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Steve Jobs Dies

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  more than 2 years ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56."
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Google Commemorates Mr. Les Paul

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  more than 3 years ago

devphaeton writes "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

If there ever was a hacker amongst men, Lester Polsfuss was him. Few people associate the man with the namesake. Even fewer know that when his elbow was shattered in an automobile accident, he asked the doctor to set it at a 90-degree angle so that he could still play guitar. Mr. Les Paul brought the electric guitar to the masses, invented multitrack recording, and other musical effects such as delay, phasing, flanging and the like. On top of all this, he was an amazing musician. When it comes to modern music, we all owe a lot to Les Paul."

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