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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

halfdan the black My home server is even older (197 comments)

My home server is an old blue and white Apple G3 running Yellow Dog.

Sure I've added a Sata card and a GB Ethernet a while back and it's got 6 TB in a software raid.

But it's a server, why would a server ever need more processor, all it does is read/write stuff between Ethernet and disk. I'll keep running it until it finally dies.

about three weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

halfdan the black A physics paper written in MS Word??? (334 comments)

You expect me to take a paper, especially a physics written in MS Word seriously. Sorry, lost all credibility when a physicist can't even figure out LaTeX.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

halfdan the black I hope they also bring back floppy installs (647 comments)

I really miss installing slackware from a 6" tall stack of floppies. Much like the sysv init, floppies are a tried and proven technology and we should accept that CDROMs and God forbid, DVDs are just far too radical of an experiment.

. We also need trusted technologies like token ring networks. Just look at what kind of radical experimentation is going on with ethernet: they can't even agree what kind of ethernet we should use, should it be 10 base-t, or maybe 100 base-t or how about 1000 base-t, just too radical changes, we need to stick with what is tried and proven for veteran administrators, like token ring.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

halfdan the black Re:Why use these hybrid rocket engines (445 comments)

I was talking about these hybrid (rubber / NOx) vs liquid (kerosene / O2) engines. I know conventional solid do make more thrust, but are not controllable -- hence they make a good booster but not a main engine. It would seem like for a main engine, conventional liquid would give the most thrust and the most controllability.

about 2 months ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

halfdan the black Why use these hybrid rocket engines (445 comments)

Don't conventional liquid engines give significantly more thrust per weight of propellent. From everything I've read, these hybrid designs are also far less controllable and have all sorts of odd dynamics as the solid propellent burns away.

about 2 months ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

halfdan the black Every hardware component?!?!? (162 comments)

So, you're telling me that the FreeBSD kernel now has to be compiled with support for every piece of hardware out there?

Are you fucking serious? FreeBSD no longer supports drivers that were not statically compiled into the kernel?

This is either a joke or has to be the most idiotic thing I've ever heard of.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

halfdan the black Fact Check Please!!! (367 comments)

Is this even true? I did some goggling, and could not find *any* official or otherwise direct statement from PETA.

In any case, I think PETA badly dilutes its message by frequently saying borderline ridiculous statements.

No living being should be subject to the kinds of torture in medical tests, period!.

That begin said, there is no problem with animals and humans cooperating. Camels carry a load, and in return they are fed and cared for. Whats wrong with that. Its called a *symbiotic* relationship in case you forgot sixth grade ecology. If farm animals are well cared for, and killed instantly for meat, well, I guess I'm sort of essentially OK with that.

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

halfdan the black Re:It's okay when I do it... (429 comments)

They already have, why do you think I switched to a local ISP. When I used to have comcrap, the moment I turned on a bit torrent client, they throttled my connection both ways down to less than 100 k.

about 3 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

halfdan the black Delphi has been dead for a long time (547 comments)

Has anyone seriously used this for anything other than writing Windows shareware in the 1990s?

I really have no problems with the language, even used it in the 1990s, actually pretty decent. But what an idiotic company behind it. Basically Borland's company strategy was: "Lets go muzzle to muzzle against Microsoft with our closed source language that only runs on Microsoft Windows, and lets charge a lot of money for our language thats completely incompatible with, but sort of resembles Microsoft C# when Microsoft lets you have Visual Studio for free".

If they would have open sourced so it could be cross platform, it or had some way of using your existing C++ code they might have had a chance. But yet again, a half way decent environment ruined by a completely idiotic company.

* yes, evidently the new version is "cross platform", but it a joke. The thing only runs on Windows which generates a binary that looks like it has some sort of emulation environment in it, then copy and hope that it runs on a Mac. And, they don't even remotely resemble Mac apps, looks similar to an Gnome/Qt app running on Linux with an OSX theme.

about 3 months ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

halfdan the black Software overhead (43 comments)

Seems like a cool idea, just concerned about how much overhead the software will cause.

So, basically, it needs to continuously poll the frame buffer, copy over a fairly huge block of data, rip through the pixel data to determine the mean colors, and then set the device color though the USB port.

I really would have preferred an all hardware solution where its a pass through of your DVI / HDMI, and there would be a DSP that analyzed the HDMI stream and set the color accordingly.

about 3 months ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

halfdan the black Re:This is Java code (349 comments)

Right, I was expecting something exactly like this, and I'm pretty sure there's the equivalent in .net.

I would say, probably 99% of Windows apps are written in either C++ or .net, they would just call either GetVersionEx, or whatever the .net version is, and they would have the exact major and minor version. So, it basically makes no sense using a Java example of getting the OS version string, as essentially nobody uses Java for any tightly integrated desktop app where you need to know exactly what version of Windows you're on.

I do use a number of libraries in my code (C++), and all the ones I've seen give you standard major and minor versions which I check.

about 3 months ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

halfdan the black This is Java code (349 comments)

Does anybody seriously write any platform specific desktop code in Java that needs to check the Windows version??

What's the standard Windows API, or .net function to get the Windows version string? Doesn't this return actual version numbers and not a string that you have to parse?

about 3 months ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

halfdan the black What about 3D printed adamantium Jaw? (71 comments)

Now that would be cool.

Can't believe I'm the first one to comment about adamantium replacement bones.

Once adamantium is set, it can't be broken, so an additive printing system like 3D printing would be perfect for making adamantium parts.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

halfdan the black Only need TWO (272 comments)

They probably only need just TWO employees, a CEO to get the money, and a secretary to collect it.

Every single action Microsoft makes is met with incessant criticism. This makes a lot of sense as for two decades the Microsoft marketing machine has firmly established this universal notion that anything different than Windows is scary, different, and OMG, *incompatible*. That worked very so well as no Windows user wants anything different than what they have right now.

So, all Microsoft should do is just keep printing copies of Windows XP, since that what everyone wants, and just keep collecting the money. Users would be a LOT happier as they would never have to worry about any change, and the CEO would be happy as he can just keep collecting the money with no effort.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

I think I might have to give VIM yet another try, thing this will be try 7 or 8 now.

Eclipse used to have an Emacs key binding plugin, but it was abandoned a few years ago, and its !uck&ing annoying going back and forth between Eclipse and Emacs key binding.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

Funny, I feel the same way about VIM, I tried to learn it, after all a lot of people use it, and finally gave up after trying to remember 5 or 6 mode change seemingly random ctrl + : + ???? key stroke combinations.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

Thats a fair answer, and a fair criticism of Emacs. Nearly everyone I've talked to who uses VIM, like I said just uses it because someone told them to in the past and have never tried anything else.

about 5 months ago

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Why does Microsoft develop Office for the Mac?

halfdan the black halfdan the black writes  |  more than 5 years ago

halfdan the black (638018) writes "With the latest series of Microsoft add campaigns, it would appear that Microsoft suddenly sees Apple as a threat, so why not just kill MS Office for the Mac? That would do more damage to Apple than any series of commercials. If Microsoft Office (like it or not, Microsoft Office is the THE world standard office application / document format), was not available for Mac, the I suspect Mac platform would no longer be viable to a significant portion of the Mac user base.

I wonder if Microsoft is asking the question of how much revenue due Mac sales take away from Windows, vs how much revenue they get from Office for the Mac? Also consider that if MS did manage to kill Apple, there would be zero competition (for all practical proposes), and they could jack up the cost of Windows and Office.

So, the question is if Microsoft sees Apple as threat, why to they provide an absolutely critical piece of software that makes the Mac a viable alternative to Windows?"

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