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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

eneville Re:Seriously? (252 comments)

I'm still using boot floppies, but they're virtual and mounted via an HP ILO... Not touched an actual floppy since, no, I can't remember when. They were great until you got pocket fluff/grit behind the gate and transferred it unto the drive. SD cards are a suitable replacement, though easily lost and are perhaps on par bad block wise.

One thing we should commend though, well done on keeping your files small enough to fit on floppies. That's pretty much impossible after a few revisions of a Word document after it collects all that system information.

about a month ago
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High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

eneville Looks like half a job (85 comments)

So, what if you wanted to filter out all the W's - can your machine do that? What about skittles, did you want to limit yourself to one type of sweet?

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

eneville Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

There's freedom of speech, but then there's speech that's so offensive that no eyes should read it. It's misused. Totally. Some audio cds have to carry a notice to warn parents/buyers that the contents is unsuitable for children. Welcome to 2014, the internet is a scary place, watch your children whilst they use it - don't arrest every user who posts something they may regret later as there was a humour failure.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

eneville Re: WTF UK? (360 comments)

People on the streets couldn't defend themselves as they were hit like #pinballs.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

eneville Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

It was a prediction of the future, so don't be shocked that this one is close to the truth. Just don't be surprised that room 101 is full of web logs of all the bad things you said on the internet.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

eneville Re:No s**t Sherlock (368 comments)

Or could it be that the customer can't produce a false claim of unreasonable force after the incident?

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

eneville Re:Fun with Cult Missionaries (246 comments)

I'd have three Mormons too.

about a month and a half ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

eneville Re:Did she reinvent flickr? (222 comments)

On 16 July 2012 Marissa Mayer was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo.

Flickr was in decline before her take over. The issue with flickr was that their team was forced to integerate into the Yahoo! system rather than remain an isolated satellite of Yahoo! See the write up http://gizmodo.com/5910223/how....

According to Alexa, the site is ranked 118th, http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/... so there's still life left in it yet.

about a month and a half ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

eneville Re:No rules? (574 comments)

Some are though, such as the comment by "Anonymous Coward" that you followed up on. Wouldn't it be nice if Justice Bot could go to the posters location and dispense justice upon him autonomously? Rule 237, humans not bad would not apply in this situation. The problem would be when the AI considers all humans to do bad and in need of punishment.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

eneville Not on by default (237 comments)

Mozilla are throttling the chat feature.

To enable, go to about:config, and set loop.throttled to false. Otherwise there is a one in ten chance of having the feature. Currently I think the servers are struggling. It's a new feature and as such needs to bed in whilst capacity is judged.

HTH.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

eneville Re:WTF ? (720 comments)

Indeed, everything is fine in moderation. Though, you know, there are far worse things he could be doing, at least this guy isn't in a bar chatting some other woman up. She should be pleased that he's home at least.

On the other hand, perhaps she has identified that he's not making the most out of life, perhaps he should take up some other hobby for a bit that they can do together, or just sit in the living room and read a parenting book or talk about how her day was.

Personally, I've never had any long runs of gaming, they get boring, but I still find computing itself to be quite absorbing and perhaps the mrs doesn't like this. So, from own experience don't spend more money on gaming hardware.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

eneville Don't fight it (720 comments)

Your wife just wants to make the house more kiddie friendly. Get a laptop.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

eneville Re:Hmm (145 comments)

That'll be the Walkie Talkie building

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-e...

The problem isn't reflectiveness alone, the shape of the building played a part too.

about 2 months ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

eneville Re:ISPs may not have the same objective (316 comments)

it's hard to believe he is as idiotic as he has been made out to be

You don't know Cameron very well then.

about 3 months ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

eneville Re:What's the name of the drug? (140 comments)

Yes, that's not healthy if you're diabetic. The opposite, having a high blood sugar for too long will cause major issues, blindness, gangrene etc.

about 3 months ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

eneville Re:UK = shithole (184 comments)

Orwell made it quite clear where his inspiration came from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four]. What makes you think he was writing about the USSR?

about 3 months ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

eneville Click bait... (116 comments)

Click here to turn off Beta

about 3 months ago
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Trisquel 7 Released

eneville Re: Does it use systemd? (39 comments)

It will run systemd, in 2015/2016.

If you don't like that, then do as I does:

# apt-get install sysvinit-core && reboot

or, for Ubuntuers:

$ sudo apt-get install sysvinit-core && sudo reboot

you choose.

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

eneville Re: Thank you! (125 comments)

By current off the shelf standards no, 8G isn't particularly unusual. However, I've run OpenBSD on *much* less. Heck, I even have ZFS running on less, it's just not that much fun when you have to retune it because of memory hogging. Would be good if this aspect could be resolved then I'd use it more frequently.

about 2 months ago

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Perl 6 for 2015

eneville eneville writes  |  about 3 months ago

eneville (745111) writes "The last pieces are finally falling into place. After years of design and implementation, 2015 will be the year that Perl 6 officially launches for production use.

In this talk, the creator of Perl reflects on the history of the effort, how the team got some things right, and how it learned from its mistakes when it got them wrong. But mostly how a bunch of stubbornly fun-loving people outlasted the naysayers to accomplish the extraordinary task of implementing a language that was so ambitious, even its designers said it was impossible. Prepare to be delightfully surprised."

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21 Years of FreeBSD

eneville eneville writes  |  about 3 months ago

eneville (745111) writes "It has been 21 years since the first release of FreeBSD. The world has changed a fair bit since then, here's a brief snippet from the announcement showing what FreeBSD 1.0 came with: While a fair number of bugs were also whacked between EPSILON and RELEASE, the following additional features deserve special mention:
  1. A dynamic buffer cache mechanism that automagically grows and shrinks as you use the memory for other things. This should speed up disk operations significantly.
  2. The Linux sound driver for Gravis UltraSound, SoundBlaster, etc. cards.
  3. Mitsumi CDROM interface and drive.
  4. Updated install floppies.
  5. More fail-safe probing of devices on the ISA bus. This makes it much harder for devices to conflict with each other.
  6. Advance syscons support for XFree86 2.0.
"

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BBC Corrupted

eneville eneville writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eneville writes "
Today the BBC made it official — they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating system to view BBC programming on the web.
— Matt Lee."

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eneville eneville writes  |  about 8 years ago

eneville writes "It seems that all the advances in home computer hardware incur expensive use of power, the more MHz the more power it drains for top of the range equipment. Do any of the slashdot readers have any advice for purchasing a replacement computer that is reasonably fast, reasonably quiet and does not hurt the environment? The key point here is for lower power use whilst maintaining reasonable performance. Scaled up a little, this should also be good practice for business to implement, when I take a walk around a server room, or a data center I wonder just how much waste electricity is spent."

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