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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

duke_cheetah2003 Re:The Future! (613 comments)

THIS is the reason why Linux will never be a mainstream desktop.

You say that like it's a bad thing... I am content to have linux remain the not so user friendly power user OS it is. I'm not exactly jumping up and down for dumbing things down. Having had my first exposures to Windows 8 recently, I gotta say, it's getting frustrating how Windows is really dumbing things down and burying the fine tuning I'm used to having within easy reach.

So I really don't care if Linux makes it 'mainstream desktop' or not, especially if doing that will involve dumbing it down to Windows level.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

duke_cheetah2003 Gotta be overhyped (193 comments)

I dunno. I've never been pleased with the performance of optical media. I'd think being in a data center, heating up and cooling down from usage and storage is going to have very bad effects on recordable optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blurays). Not to mention, it's always a pretty well known fact, consumer recorded media (the ones with dyes and stuff) aren't terribly reliable in the long term. My personal experience with recordable optical media is poor at best, I have very very few discs that've remained readable and error free after just five years of relatively decent care and storage. And this is not even using them every day, heating them up and cooling them down, just stored in a dark cool place.

Seems... overhyped. I simply can't come to believe this is an actual viable storage medium for any kind of large scale operation. But enh, if it works for them, good deal. Seems like you'd get more bang for your buck using high capacity tapes which hold up much better to heating up and cooling down.

The power saving claim also seems silly. This could be easy done with standard hard drives in a cartridge type system they're saying they're using, powering down unused drives and putting them into a storage position (though for me, I think it'd be much smarter to make the connector the moving part and just plug into the right bank of HDs, instead of moving HDs around in a cartridge.)

The more I think about this operation, the less intelligent and efficient it seems to be.

about three weeks ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

duke_cheetah2003 Stop... (457 comments)

...feeding the trolls! Geeze people, this kind of headline is just what all those internet trolls have been waiting for. Now they'll be even more relentless!

Seriously folks, on the internet, you gots the trolls. Just look the other way.

about a month ago

Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

duke_cheetah2003 Should we really be worried? (194 comments)

Considering the absurd amounts of incompetence and waste we see with visible government entities, should we really be overly concerned about the NSA? Not saying I like them, or anything, but I'm not sure they're quite the beast we've made them out to be. Maybe.

about a month ago

The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

Why is it our media (even this post) always seems to portray Hamas in a positive light?

Wait a minute. Where is this summary even remotely pro-anything but technology? It's simply outlining the high tech that's being employed in this conflict, it by no means draws any conclusions of that conflict.

I personally feel the post is in just the right context for a /. article, its about technology, not about who's using it (though there's talk of who's supplied whom, but still fails to cast a good or bad tilt on it.)

about a month and a half ago

Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

duke_cheetah2003 Interesting technology! (77 comments)

What caught my eye most about this invention is how much closer it brings us to operating HEAVY machinery by just moving our hands and the machine responds to our movements.

For me this brings exo-skeletal machines to mind as being much closer to reality, things like the loader from Aliens, the exo-combat skeletons in Matrix, etc. The applications of the tracking system exampled in the video are simply endless, from operating sci-fi constructs already mentioned, right down to more real machinery such as excavators, cranes and other construction machinery.

Looking forward to seeing who merges this stuff with heavy machinery first. ^.^

about 2 months ago

US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

duke_cheetah2003 November? (148 comments)

Without reading the details.. I doubt this will pass, if its democrat sponsered, the repubs will shut it down in the house. If it's GOP approved, the senate will kill it. Gotta love our divided country!

about 2 months ago

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

duke_cheetah2003 Misleading title (91 comments)

Summary and title is a bit misleading. I was eager to see what they would say about how this 'higgs boson' infers mass to other particles, but they never say anything about that, they just talk about how they found this data and how they produced the results. Maybe I missed something?

about 2 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Its a step in "rightish" direction (244 comments)

Totally alien networking protocols. Stuff so different that nothing else on earth can interface with it or even knows how it works.

Like.. um.. Novell Netware on ARCnet? :D

about 2 months ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

duke_cheetah2003 Deploy the REAL cloud (749 comments)

Orbital data centers. Problem solved. Solves lots of problems, actually, full time solar energy, easier cooling. What a good idea! And it's under no government's jurisdiction.

about 2 months ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:It's not lost revenue (214 comments)

Yeah, we can tell you haven't been to a theater in a while. For starters, the cellphone use has gone to almost zero, with most theaters threatening to throw anyone out who uses any electronics during the feature.

As far as overcrowding, go during the day, go a week after the movie is released, to reduce the crowding. Arrive early (10-15 mins) to get prime seating choice, put your jacket on one seat to your left, popcorn to the right to keep smelly people from sitting too close. Bring your own snacks in your pockets (including a bottle of water or soda!)

The smart ones get to got to the show, see it on the big screen (possibly in 3D), for the ticket price ($10 typically.) You're just missing out on one of life's pleasures there bro. Anyone who can't afford to take in a movie every month or two must truly be in utter destitute poverty. It's a $20 bill tops if you're smart and stay away from the concession stand.l

about 2 months ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:So this means... (214 comments)

That all the work to prevent piracy of movies is paying off.

By far the best way to prevent piracy is to make it convenient for people to pay to see the movie. I have a Netflix account, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV. Yet 90% of the movies I want to watch, even relatively old titles, are not available for streaming. So I can either pirate or not watch the movie. It is easy for me to rationalize the piracy, since the alternative (not watching) also results in zero revenue for the studio. I would pay for the movie if it was available.

This right here. Accessibility is become a serious issue for legal means to watch the movie of your choice. I only have NetFlix myself, but I do find it highly annoying when I pay for this fantastic service and yet whenever I wanna see any obscure movie, I gotta hit a torrent site to get it. It's not that I don't wanna pay, I'd be glad to, if it was available.

about 2 months ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Anti-piracy campaigns are highly effective (214 comments)

Not to burst your bubble there, but anyone with a modicum of skill with a search engine can quickly glance over a list of torrents, skim the comments on likely 'good' candidates in a matter of minutes, and once the download begins you're free to do as you please. And who the heck burns anything to a DVD anymore? Just fricking stream it over wifi, or stick it on a usb stick.

Optical media has gone the way of the floppy, sorry, it's dead technology.

about 2 months ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

duke_cheetah2003 Not news (214 comments)

Could have told you that, without a study or any silliness, 10 years ago. File sharing was a kick in the nuts for music, cuz music isn't very large, but movies? Never was an issue. Never will be.

MIAA just wanted to play the game same as RIAA, just because it makes sense to them. Too bad it doesn't make sense to anyone else.

"Theft" of data has always been vastly over-valued. They never ever mention how many 'thefts' resulted in an actual sale, or in this case, a family going to see a good movie cuz dad downloaded it and view some or all of it and decided it'd be a lot more fun with the family on the big screen.

about 2 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

duke_cheetah2003 Another no. (502 comments)

As someone who's been on the audiophile ride from the early days of strange use of the PC speaker, and the first FM synthesis boards, I can say honestly say, a few things happened that made discrete audio hardware obsolete:

1. a basic DSP became widely available, to do audio processing
2. storage became vast enough, combined with audio compression, it made more sense to just pre-record all your audio effects and music and play them back through a basic DSP. I seen this shift in games through the years, from old school methods of creating sound effects and music with code, to just playing audio files included with your game.
3. the general purpose CPU became powerful enough to do any complex signal processing and simply use the basic DSP to output the results of the processing.

Basically, in my opinion, specialize hardware is useless in the face of vast storage and general purpose CPU processing. So a basic DSP is all ya gunna need and that's what basically every PC comes with, standard now.

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

I'm not sure the Streisand Effect applies in this case. He's not actually trying to hide unpleasant or embarrassing aspects of his past - what he seems to want is for the article to reflect his own version of those events, or at least to contain his version (or "spin" if you prefer) in some way. And since he's a marginal figure to begin with, he's really in one of those "any publicity is good publicity" situations.

First off, we do have Streisand effect, I never heard of this guy until today. Now I'm among the millions who've now viewed this suspect wikipedia page. Second and more importantly, you're not permitted a 'side' or whatever you wanna call it on Wikipedia. It's just the facts man, no spin either direction, and from my review of the page, seemed to just present the facts. Or maybe I was reading something wrong, I dunno. Seemed pretty factual to me.

about 3 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

duke_cheetah2003 Completely wrong (270 comments)

This guy is totally wrong, on so many levels. Yeah, ok, so the last 10 years we've been seeing providers buying preferential treatment from carriers. For most of us, the common Joe, we're not going to feel this, not in 10 years. It's just happening slowly, quietly. I imagine as it progresses further, smaller content providers will be seeing the preferential treatment of larger ones forcing slow downs on them. Given more time, smaller providers and startups will face crushing competition with the big guys who can afford to buy up all the bandwidth. Don't even get me started on content providers whom are also carriers.

And saying just because it's been going on for 10 years that we can't go back? WHAAATT? Is this guy insane? So just because they've been building up contracts of preferential treatment we can't say, "Hey, you need to cut that out now." No sorry, common carrier status for all carriers and be done with this issue. I call shill.

about 3 months ago

Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Arms race (106 comments)

So once we create new antibiotics that can defeat these types of drug-resistant bacteria, how long will it be until a completely new resistance appears? Let's hope that in the next century our ability to engineer new antibiotics exceeds the pace that bacteria can evolve to evade them.

Nature is pretty astonishing, huh? In just 100 years, we've gone from finding antibiotics to bugs being able to defeat them. A blink of an eye in the scope of human history. I'm with ya, will it take another 100 years, or less for these bugs to evolve to resist whatever methods we discover to defeat them? I think it'll have a lot to do with what we've do with what we've learned this time. That being, we've learned that resistant bugs are completely our own darn fault.

At least for now, we're keeping up with them it seems, but.. yeah, arms race is a good choice of terms!

about 3 months ago

Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Easier (106 comments)

Stop disinfecting and over-cleaning everything. Remove the Purell crap. Let kids eat dirt.

1- It will force people to build their immune system (I'm not always sick like younger generations)
2- If you stop killing 99.999% of all bacteria, it will put an end to super-bacteria (the 0.0001% that survive and reproduce)

I *never* use any kind of medicine (unless I have no choice), I never use band aids on nicks and scratches (don't disinfect them either). I have no food intolerance, food allergies or other weird ailment.

Not to burst your bubble, and not really saying these are bad ideas, I infact condone this. Buuut... killing bacteria, being cleanly does not create drug-resistant bacteria. People not finishing their meds after they feel better is what creates nasty bugs, along with a good dose of over prescribing antibiotics. But washing your hands with a disinfectant has little to nothing to do with this problem. They're not becoming resistant to our germ killing soaps and lotions... it's the medications once the bugs get inside you that they're getting good at protecting themselves against.

about 3 months ago

Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

duke_cheetah2003 Re:Sorry to say... (146 comments)

Speak for yourself. I recognized the value of the service they were offering, and I paid.

And you are probably very much in the minority.

about 3 months ago


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