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The Longhorn Dream Reborn

fuzzix Re:PulseAudio - indeed (254 comments)

criyztalizea is better than listening to crap that went through dynamic range compression.

Haha, you say that as if compressors haven't been around for decades. Have you ever heard a Frank Zappa record?

more than 3 years ago
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Poisoned Google Image Searches Becoming a Problem

fuzzix Re:web 101: don't run unknown javascripts (262 comments)

I prefer to, oh you know, not run an operating system that is susceptible to malware attacks.

HAHAHAHA!

Oh, you were being serious.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Kernel Suffering Power Management Regression?

fuzzix Re:Linus Torvalds and regression? (186 comments)

I run my recently upgraded desktop (Core i5-2500K) through a power meter and it is very easy to notice - Ubuntu 10.10 (kernel 2.6.35) idles at about 30W, while 11.04 (2.6.38) goes up to 35W. That's about 20% more.

I believe 2.6.36 introduced a problem with DRI on intel and some other video chipsets which led to a shitload of kworker wake ups. One of my laptops running Arch benefitted from a kernel parameters suggestion over here but by that stage I had a menu.lst as long as your arm full of attempts at a functional system (e.g. kernel ... nohz=off highres=off pcie_ports=compat...) each with small, incremental improvements.

You can't catch every regression without owning all hardware and infinite time :)

more than 3 years ago
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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released

fuzzix Re:scraping the barrel (207 comments)

a whole os, distro and the highlights include enabling http pipelining and including a couple of browser add-ons, switching default search engine
Really ? really ?
That's the problem that needs solving, thru a new disto

Yep, that's right, a whole new distro... to enable something that not everybody thinks is a great idea... I mean, if you want to make 200 http connections per web page have at it, but do it on some other web, not the one that myself and others enjoy traffic from.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

fuzzix Re:This isn't exactly news... (305 comments)

Precisely. Japan's latest rock star is a discovery of the Whitman Campaign. Jerry Brown knows what I'm talkin' 'bout.

That guy is from Korea, not Japan. He just does a lot of covers of Japanese songs.

He's from Korea, but he's Big in Japan.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

fuzzix Re:This isn't exactly news... (305 comments)

Erm... yes, that's great and all. Except Hatsune Miku has been around since 2007, and versons of the the Vocaloid software that powers "her" has been around a good bit longer (since 2004 or so, I think). I'm pretty sure I heard reference to special-effects-heavy concerts more than a year ago.

Precisely. Japan's latest rock star is a discovery of the Whitman Campaign. Jerry Brown knows what I'm talkin' 'bout.

more than 3 years ago
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Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains

fuzzix Re:Burying Bodies (172 comments)

and the living won't be pestered with all those stupid zombie movies anymore.

cremation = no zombie.

Have you ever even seen a zombie movie?

Hint: Few feature the grave.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Buys McAfee

fuzzix Re:Why? (377 comments)

It's just a research venture. Intel is trying to figure out how McAfee can use up so much of a CPU that it should be put out of its misery.

Nah, Intel actually bought HP - McAfee just came bundled.

about 4 years ago
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Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

fuzzix Re:False assumption (814 comments)

haha, this made me laugh... there's always a war between the developers here at work on whether to use spaces or tabs...

So get someone higher to publish a mandatory coding standard... advised by you, of course.

about 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

fuzzix Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

I would recommend starting with C#, also. One big advantage is the excellent and free IDE available from Microsoft (C# Express). There are also some excellent books available, such as Programming Microsoft Windows with C#, by Petzold. Also, C# is similar in syntax and structure to Java and C++, so you can more easily transition to these languages, if needed.

Haven't tried C# express but I did use SharpDevelop in a previous gig when doing a little windows dev - it struck me as very polished.

I ended up doing what I needed with Win32 API calls and building with wxDev-C++ but I don't like talking about it... (Because of Winsock2 rather than wxDev-C++.

Troll, eh? Is that because winsock2 is actually good or because I didn't close the bracket?

about 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

fuzzix Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

I would recommend starting with C#, also. One big advantage is the excellent and free IDE available from Microsoft (C# Express). There are also some excellent books available, such as Programming Microsoft Windows with C#, by Petzold. Also, C# is similar in syntax and structure to Java and C++, so you can more easily transition to these languages, if needed.

Haven't tried C# express but I did use SharpDevelop in a previous gig when doing a little windows dev - it struck me as very polished.

I ended up doing what I needed with Win32 API calls and building with wxDev-C++ but I don't like talking about it... (Because of Winsock2 rather than wxDev-C++.

about 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

fuzzix Re:FORTRAN, COBOL etc. (565 comments)

Why update at all? There are still legacy systems using FORTRAN and probably COBOL as well. While there are C#, Java, PHP developers all over the place I imagine that finding a developer to maintain a legacy system is extremely hard. Of course that means there will not be many jobs out there for you but the pool of qualified applicants will be extremely small.

Plenty of money in COBOL but there is a need to suit up (physically and mentally) - not for everyone.

I have found a small but significant niche in embedded *nix programming. Small yet powerful systems requiring every scintilla of juice tempered with a familiar API - C Systems programming work is common enough (yet not common enough!). This is where I hope to spend the next while.

An "old school" approach to knowing the architecture inside-out and attention to detail is clouded by the bizarre abstractions of C# and Java. PHP isn't even an abstraction, it's a distraction (I grew tired of the inconsistency so no longer practise).

Perl is unfashionable in some circles and has a reputation for having magic constants (or whatever it is the detractors call "I don't want to learn this language") but I recommend it if you want dynamically typed "chops".

I find these "chops" are overrated. I enjoy low-level thinking so don't need to bloat up with virtual machines[1] (the real ones work fine for me), OO[2] (I know how to pass a pointer to my data to a lib) or design patterns[3] ("ways to do things" - if you learn one way as "the way" you may be unlikely to think there may be a better way)

[1] I use virtual machines but it's perverse running the dozens of MB JVM (and waiting around for it) for a browser bound animation or trivial desktop app. There may be a better case for this messing on the application server, but I don't care.

[2] OK, I will make an argument for OO in GUI programming - a large and complex library of heterogeneous components is difficult to arrange sensibly in a procedural manner. gtk_status_icon_set_from_file(foo_icon, "bar.png") or fooIcon.fileSet("bar.png")? There may be a similar argument to be made for other systems but for the most part I find the OO model a needless abstraction.

[3] Right... most programmers aren't brilliant - I know I'm fucking terrible for the most part - so having established methods for common situations is no bad thing... just don't get too attached.

about 4 years ago
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Java IO Faster Than NIO

fuzzix Re:And this is news? (270 comments)

Excuse me, COBOL itself is still the COBOL of the 21st century, as it still makes banking, airlines and quite a lot of brick and mortar industrial companies keep on rolling. Maybe average slashdotters are out of this reality, but it is still alive and kicking. Please don't blame me, I've never programmed a line of COBOL in my whole live.

I have... and I'm not even that old.

I once worked writing COBOL for VMS and Mainframe systems in various government departments. It's the job that inspired me to go get a degree.

more than 4 years ago
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What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

fuzzix Re:yellow dog linux still around? (417 comments)

personally i'd send it to China for "recycling"...

Aye, junk it. One of the considerations now in my bang for buck considerations in running home servers is the power bill. Sure, it was cool to have my old P3 tower sitting there as a little slackware workhorse doing mail, web, shells and everything else for me but at the same time it's sucking up 200W... I could get a dual core atom box which runs on 50W for little money.

more than 4 years ago
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The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

fuzzix Re:1 vote / 100% (375 comments)

I had an 8' floppy disk back in 1982 which I kept on my bedroom wall for years.

Wow, 8 foot!

more than 4 years ago
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Malware Targets Shortcut Flaw In Windows, SCADA

fuzzix Re:Windows for SCADA? WTF?! (214 comments)

Yes, there are open-source HMI projects available, but try convincing someone to deploy a life-critical system using one of them.

That's the first time I've seen alpha software with a "This may kill you and everyone around you" warning that was literally true.

It's not a great confidence boost when you're thinking of switching from the commercial solution which I am sure makes plenty of soothing cooing noises about its safety.

more than 4 years ago
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Massachusetts Bids To Restrict Internet Indecency

fuzzix Re:Mature (214 comments)

Actually I was reading William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich at 10. I did pick my nose though... still do.

I wasn't reading a whole lot besides Asterix at that age, but I did have a decent record collection including Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction - the swearing amused me. Didn't understand why the middle sized robot smashed the nice naked lady's little sized robots but was glad the big sized robot caught him at it.

As for nose picking? Only in the car and other times when I think people can't see me...

more than 4 years ago
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The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

fuzzix Re:Incredible (957 comments)

It would be nice if we had robot police who were 100% fair, but until then, police are just people, and people skills will help you. Or in your case, hurt you.

If a bunch of people needed to be taught "respect must be earned" it's police.

I keep my head down because my people skills rarely survive hours of beatings (true story, folks... but I get too angry telling it).

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

fuzzix Re:Firefox futures (261 comments)

Not only will this be the first fully HTML5 compliant parser

Really, fully compliant with an incomplete and moving spec? That IS clever coding.

more than 4 years ago

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Internet security guide.

fuzzix fuzzix writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, I've decided to help out those with less savvy than myself by imparting some of my valuable security knowledge so you can be safer online - get it while it's hot!

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fuzzix's Windows tips #4152

fuzzix fuzzix writes  |  about 10 years ago

This one is for all you in middle management who enjoy sending memos - this tip will help enhance the reader experience. Follow these steps precisely and you will instantly appear more professional and approachable in the eyes of your peers and underlings:

  1. Download this file. (Right click, Save As...)
  2. Rename it to haha.bat (You can click it and press F2 to do this)
  3. Use the password you got by pressuring your mate in IT to log on as 'Administrator'.
  4. Locate haha.bat
  5. Double click it.

If you followed these steps exactly you have just attained instant credibility. This tip can be of benefit to others as well. If you have a GeoCities website or are inclined to print guidelines for the people in your office you too can reap the rewards of this radical new method!

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