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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

glsunder Long notice (892 comments)

The last job that I quit, I gave 6 months notice so I could train the guy replacing me and they could find someone to do it. They ended up hiring 3 people to replace me (one admin with 2 helpers). Unfortunately, the guy who replaced me (I had no input on his hiring) never came in for any training, and fired the guy who I trained during that time a few weeks after I left. He then ripped out everything, spent 10x more than I did the whole time I worked there, couldn't get anything to work and got fired after a few months. The company rehired the guy I trained. I have no clue what happened after that.

about a year ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

glsunder C64 (623 comments)

I had a commodore 64 and learned from the manual. The earliest thing I remember is copying the balloon sprite code and modifying it to make a simple car game. Then saving it to.... CASSETTE tape!

about a year and a half ago
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Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

glsunder Re:They are not even golf ball finder (131 comments)

Our schools (and parents) do a crappy job of educating people on BS like this. Any _reasonable_ person would know it's a scam. But, I've met a lot of people who think dowsing works. Many believe in ghosts. If we started teaching kids about pseudoscience and the philosophy of science in grade school, there would be a much smaller market for snake oil salesmen.

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Update Addresses Radeon Frame Latency Issues

glsunder Re:Beta drivers improve 57xx too (108 comments)

I don't really have issues either, but the last fps that I played much was quake 3.

about 2 years ago
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Does 2012 Mark the End of the Netbook?

glsunder Re:It had to do with the Atom (336 comments)

I've had good luck with HP's dm1 with an AMD e-350. I upgraded it to 8GB, and can run VMs on it. The main area where I had issues with the speed are games (though it will play GW2 at 15-20 fps) and emulating an android device under eclipse.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

glsunder Re:Used to never test (348 comments)

Way back when I was a tech at a local computer shop, we'd see bad batches of drives. The one that stuck in my mind was 6GB IBM drives for a period of a few months. I think 1/3 of the drives were bad. We tested every system with a variety of tests including drive tests and even winbench, since it worked pretty well at catching flaky motherboards.

about 2 years ago
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First Radeon HD 8000M GPU Benchmarked

glsunder Re:I guess this is how x86 will continue (68 comments)

The 486 was the first x86 cpu that was:
pipelined
had cache (8KB)
had built in FPU (387)

Basically, they took concepts that were being done in risc processors and used them in the x86 world.

Following up... Pentium brought superscalar design, and IIRC, pipelined fpu. The Pentium MMX brought integer SIMD. The Pentium 2 brought Out of Order design.

about 2 years ago
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First Radeon HD 8000M GPU Benchmarked

glsunder Re:Even AMD thinks AMD CPUs suck (68 comments)

It really depends on what you're doing and what you're spending. If your task can use all 8 cores of a piledriver cpu, it's very competitive. I have to wonder if a large part of amd's problem is intel is at 220nm, while amd is still stuck at 320nm. It would take an incredible design to be competitive.

about 2 years ago
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Atheist Blogger Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Insulting Islam

glsunder Re:Really? (412 comments)

If we are actually in a simulation, as some have suggested, then that would make the runner of the simulation a god. If someone believed that that was an unlikely possibility, but still a possibility, but didn't believe in other types of gods, would they still be an atheist?

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

glsunder Re:And the winner is RIM (124 comments)

Just because an OS company isn't going to survive long term doesn't mean you can't make money off their stock. I made decent cash off of BeOS stock in the 90s.

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

glsunder Re:Everyone loves a winner. (881 comments)

Fewer annoying smirks.

more than 2 years ago
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What the Mobile Patent Fight Is All About

glsunder Re:Useless shit (222 comments)

Xerox was the first commercial company to make a GUI. Both MS and Apple hired from the pool of people who worked at Xerox before the mac came out.

apple Market Cap: 229.19B
microsoft Market Cap: 253.10B

I wouldn't really call apple the little guy.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Turbo Boost vs. AMD Turbo Core Explained

glsunder Re:Why not use the extra transistors... (198 comments)

Larger caches are slower. Moving to a larger L1 cache would either require that the chip run at a lower clock rate, or increase the latency (increasing the length of time it takes to retrieve the data).

As for registers, they did increase them, from 8 to 16 with x64. IIRC, AMD stated that moving to 16 registers gave 80% of the performance increase they would have gained by moving to 32 registers.

more than 4 years ago
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What Happened To the Bay Bridge?

glsunder Re:Lets see here... (407 comments)

"In 2003, Californians sent $50 billion more to Washington in federal taxes than the state received in federal expenditures. Representing a slight increase from levels that have held steady for three preceding years, the Golden State’s imbalance set a new record for any state, surpassing the previous mark (set also by California, in 2000 and 2001) of $48 billion."

http://www.calinst.org/pubs/balance2003.htm

Maybe if that weren't the case, California wouldn't be so broke right now.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Launches First 45nm Shanghai CPUs

glsunder Re:Oh please. (264 comments)

I'm not sure where you're getting your info. At my last job, we used AMD processors in desktops since the K6 days without issues. In fact, there were a few K6 systems in use less than 2 years ago. That's hundreds of desktops without issues.

As for home, I currently have 6 computers in my house, 2 are intel based, 4 are amd based. I haven't had any issues with any of them except some flakiness on the c2d based laptop (due to intel's flash cache thing).

Now, all of those systems have decent quality parts. If you buy a $30 mobo, you can expect issues. I've stuck to 2 brands over the last 10+ years and haven't had any issues.

more than 6 years ago

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