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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

greenfruitsalad Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

yes, a duopoly of WD and Seagate. at least in 3.5" disk market.

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/...

3.5" toshiba drives are pretty much WD with Toshiba's firmware and branding.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

greenfruitsalad Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

unfortunately, even voting with your wallet is out of the question these days since you only have a duopoly to choose from. i just hope ssds will soon catch up capacity-wise.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

greenfruitsalad Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

what if he really doesn't look at porn? then he certainly wouldn't notice 99% of the web disappearing.

by using opendns, i have practically eliminated that much web on my home network. what else is there? news, lolcatz, epic fail videos, social networks, corporate websites and wikipedia. well under 1% of the web.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

greenfruitsalad Re:Come on people, (96 comments)

I find juniper's config mode and config file structure rather beautiful. As for their cli syntax, I don't actually see it as very different from cisco's.

if you want to clear arp cache, it makes sense that that's the actual command. no sane company would have "please make forgettings ...." or similar nonsense.

but anyway, did cisco really invent this cli syntax type? there's the Unix way of "command -x=1 -y=2 object" and there's the OpenVMS way of "command specifier anotherspecifier object". I don't think cisco can ever claim to have invented this non-unixlike cli.

i've never worked with anything older than openvms, so it's possible there's even more prior art.

about two weeks ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

greenfruitsalad Re: Linux is a monoculture. (143 comments)

Do your 10 other choices come with vendor support (canonical) and predictable release cycles?

about a month ago
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Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser

greenfruitsalad Re:Sweet!! (94 comments)

i've made the mistake of playing Street Fighter 2. i had such fond memories of the game from childhood. some things are just better left as memories.

i wonder how i'm going to perceive today's "realistic" 3d games in 10 years.

about a month and a half ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

greenfruitsalad Re: This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

i have an artificial ceiling on game prices. i am mentally unable to convince myself a game can be worth more than 9.99 no matter what. and even that is only for an AAA title or good flight simulator. fortunately, i've grown out of impatience long ago and don't mind buying the likes of Crysis 3 a year or 2 after release.

last year I decided to see what this steam thing was and installed it on my linux machine. it was during their christmas game sale. a LOT of slightly dated AAA (windows) games went for 3 - 9.99. now here's the thing. at those prices i bought around 40 games, most of which i later decided i didn't like and only played a few minutes of and some of them i never even installed. and at those prices, i didn't care!

but paying 60+ dollars for a game? simply NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!! incompatible with a healthy human brain. distributors need to realise that for every sucker who pays, there are 100s willing to pay a sensible price (not steal). and for each of those, there are even more willing to buy it as a hmmm i'll play it when kids grow up for a dollar or two.

about a month and a half ago
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LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

greenfruitsalad Re:Phone Case? (63 comments)

how will this work with fingers? i had a phone with narrow bezel (galaxy s4) and could not use it. it always assumed i was tapping the sides of screen with my palm, thumb, etc.. there was just no non-interfering way of holding it securely. when i got a case for it, the opposite happened - i could not tap on anything close to the edge. i got rid of it.

about a month and a half ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

greenfruitsalad Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

unfortunately, no matter what your principles are, a pile of cash is a pile of cash. it has the magic power of a pile of cash. once cyanogenmod gets its pile of cash, we'll once again be looking for alternative roms.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

greenfruitsalad Re:But is Linux any better? (577 comments)

nonsense. on my thinkpad, i installed "debian potato" in 2001, but as i ran dist-upgrade every few years, i've had to:
* add more RAM (128MB hasn't been enough since woody)
* migrate the installation to >20GB hdd (etch-and-half just wouldn't fit with all my applications)
* with the stupid vesa driver, I'm forced to run windowmaker as my UI (everything better needs 3d and enlightenment is no longer available)
* the last release that properly supported apm (power management) was woody
* oss (sound) went completely to hell with etch (or maybe even sarge)

so now, even though i have a perfectly fine as-new laptop, i'm forced to buy a more powerful machine just because kdm/gdm alone would eat my entire ram (384MB) for breakfast.

about 3 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

greenfruitsalad Re:FP? (942 comments)

I've heard these retarded reasons so many times when I lived in England... as if using 2 separate units and fractions was easier than using simple numbers
- is it really easier to say "6 foot 4 and a half" instead of "1.94 metres". guess what? nobody measures height of people in metres. people just say "i'm 194"
- what about ounces and fractions tea/tablespoons? again, retards would claim they don't want to talk in hundreds of mililitres. fine, for larger quantities we use decilitres (2dcl == 200ml == 7oz and the tip of a teaspoon)
- stones and ounces instead of kilos? you're english, nobody apart from children in your vicinity weighs below 20 stones. If they do, they're foreigners and don't understand stones anyway.
- it annoyed the hell out of me when google maps in my phone said "in 1000 feet, turn right". why didn't it just say 12000 inches? makes just as much sense.

I also spent some time in Ireland where they successfully switched to metric. At the time it was quite new and all the road signs were in both miles and km. It was funny listening to builders fixing my house, they measured everything in mm and it sounded just as silly as you are describing - e.g.: the bathroom was 5700mm by 4300mm.

about 3 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

greenfruitsalad Re:I wasn't fundamentally altered by it. (191 comments)

somebody shed light on this one please:
25 years ago, (when I was but a wee lad), in the middle of hot summer, I was running home because it was about to rain. The clouds were almost black and really low, the wind was getting crazy, a few large drop here and there. One could feel in the air a storm was about to start.

I pulled an umbrella out of my bag and as I opened it above my head, my thumb and index finger were still on the plastic runner; suddenly i heard a crackle and saw sparks between the metal shaft and the 3 remaining fingers of that hand. There was no lightning or sound of thunder around me, but the tips of my fingers got properly burned and I could not feel them for a week. WTF? (I'm no electrical engineer.)

about 3 months ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

greenfruitsalad Re: It doesn't matter (147 comments)

I did pretty much the same. Looked it up and suddenly the word "oxymoron" came to mind.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

greenfruitsalad Re:WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP client (194 comments)

I'd simply buy proper hardware SIP phones. Polycom VVX series, Yaelink vp530pn (nice conferencing for 3 or more parties) or something made by Cisco (i haven't played with those). As long as it isn't made by Grandstream, it is practically maintenance free. You just set up a SIP server in the middle or buy the service from a third party.

about 5 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

greenfruitsalad Re:You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Why is Kate shitty? It emulates ViM nicely, has window splitting, nice code folding, visual highlights and many other goodies. It's what gvim should have been.

about 5 months ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

greenfruitsalad Re:plenty are on hecnet (136 comments)

much wow. this enthusiasts even hobbier than I.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

greenfruitsalad Re:mine protein structures (208 comments)

silly. in current weather, i'd put a couple of pillows in there, take a Kindle and wait for the summer to pass me by.

about 5 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

greenfruitsalad Re:Which raises the critical question: (415 comments)

where Python Style Guide encourages readability, Ruby's one encourages encrypting your code into a messy string of colons, semicolons, various braces, hashes, percentiles, ampersands and other special characters.

so, even though what you say is true, I find Java code way more readable than Ruby

I shudder every time i need to use ruby (in Chef Cookbooks)

about 5 months ago

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