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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

hsa Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (426 comments)

I'll have you know that TRUE nerds used to have to jerk it to 320x200x256 palletized images. Nipples would be fucking CYAN half the time, but it was that or play wing commander. SuperVGA made the situation oh so much better, we could get 640x480x16bit in 200-300kB files that would take 2 hours to download, but hey, pink nipples!

You are doing it wrong. The 256 color palette is actually 262 144 color palette, but only 256 colors can be at the screen. So actually normal VGA is deep down 18-bit, but it cannot show all those colors at once. You must have some real shitty quantization on your images, to get cyan. My nipples were pink. But then again, there is no 16-bit GIF, so all the images started being JPGs. They didn't take 200-300kB, either - what were you on? LZW-compressed TIFs? You should have used more quality sites like McHenry BBS, like .. er.. my friend told me. Just sayin'..

10 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

hsa Update cycles (391 comments)

I build my own computer rigs. I have been doing that for over 15 years.

I just rarely do it at once. You have working sticks of RAM, old hard disk, case, PSU and GPU. You just swap the CPU and motherboard for better. Or buy a new graphics card when they get cheaper as the next Battlefield approaches.

The components of my PC are constantly evolving. But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once? Upgradeability is one of the main reasons I build my custom setup(s).

about a month ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

hsa Hidden Partition (353 comments)

The computing student should learn to use hidden partitions:
  http://www.howtogeek.com/10921...

After that, he can just fill the normal encrypted partition with porn, give the police password for that and just tell them he was embarassed to download so many xxx films.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

hsa Ha-ha! (294 comments)

In the voice of Nelson from the Simpsons: Ha-ha!

They want to make your work more transparent. Apparently, they think you have too much spare time, too. Or you getting fired/outsourced, and this is a gentle reminder to document your work..

Since all the reports are similar, I would just create a script to handle the documentation needs. I would also do extra work: create report how much this affects the efficiency of patch / hotfix distribution and how time all these process changes take (and maybe inflate that number a bit, just a bit).

This would also be a great time to ask for an assistant to ease the workload.

about 4 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

hsa Greetings from EU (767 comments)

..where incandescent bulbs are banned.

The prices of bulbs will soar, even for the transition period and quality remains the same. The cheap LEDs are far from natural color, and compact fluorescent bulbs will not illuminate as much after a year or so.

Just look at us - and don't go down this route..

about 8 months ago
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How Do You Move a City?

hsa Jukkasjärvi (172 comments)

Even TFA got it wrong. It is Jukkasjärvi, not Jukkasjårvi.

Direct translation is "The Lake of Jukkas". And "The Loke of Jukkas" sounds funny (å is pronounced that way) in native Finnish tongue.

Yeah, it is so close to Finland, the name is in Finnish, even though it is a part of Sweden.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

hsa Re:What is this? (383 comments)

OP is just discovering the command line and finding out, that you can actually do almost anything with it.Don't bash his learning process (pun intended).

Take a webcam picture:
streamer -f jpeg -o image.jpg

Do magic with that picture:
convert image.jpg -colorspace Gray image_gray.jpg

And do check out rest of the ImageMagick:
http://www.imagemagick.org/

about 8 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

hsa Re:Yeah right (333 comments)

The piracy is just the reason they tell the public.

The real reason is that their firewall/surveillance software is not yet fully compatible with latest operating systems.

about 9 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

hsa No stinking Xbox (206 comments)

and a cartridge designed to release smell

Damn, now I don't get to say: "Your Xbox stinks!"

about 9 months ago
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Google To Support Windows XP Longer Than Microsoft

hsa Re:for most retired people, up-to-date Chrome (no (154 comments)

Please, don't trivialize things.

Sure, you can only use browser to access the internet. Secure browser will not compromise your system. But it will give the hacker your IP address.

Using the IP address the hacker can do a number of things. He can exploit vunerability on some service, that is not protected by the firewall. Or exploit a problem in the firewall software itself. These vunerabilities are not so common, but it is naive to think, that if you only use the browser, only thing that needs to be secure - is the browser.

The whole XP OS is getting compromised, because hackers had so much time to work on it. And soon, the exploits will not be fixed. Please upgrade to an OS that gets regular security updates or disconnet yourself from the internet.

about 10 months ago
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People Trust Tech Companies Over Automakers For Self-Driving Cars

hsa Auto manufactures are not going to take the risk (152 comments)

No sane auto manufacturer is going to take the risk of legal liability. There will be accidents. And there will be lawsuits.

I am betting all the research that goes on at Ford or Toyota is just for the patents - they don't ever want to go in to production. Too risky.

about a year ago
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RSA Warns Developers Not To Use RSA Products

hsa The obligatory NSA question (128 comments)

Is NSA finding this RNG hard to crack, or did NSA tell RSA to slip in a backdoor back in 2006 - and RSA folks are trying to crawl out of the hole they dug for themselves?

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

hsa New Start menu is not so bad - Metro apps are (496 comments)

Once you get used to it, the new Start menu is ok. You don't spend much time in there anyway.

The real pain in the ass are the stupid full screen Metro apps. Yeah, they just pop up with brightly colored interface that is optimized for touch. They completely disrupt your workflow, there is no visible Exit-button, and they do that for one screen only (if you have multimonitor system, you will totally hate this).

This happens more every now and then and I have to go through some trouble to replace them with better OSS alternatives. If you are watching a video, default app might pop up, and maybe nag about codec or not being up to date - when you really just want to see the video now, with clear controls. PDF reader pops up with no clear navigation and ofcourse fullscreen, and these ofcourse always go to the same monitor, even if you would like to read the PDF on screen #2, while coding. Shit like this happens also with images and music, and the interface is just .. horrible.

I don't even care anymore, if they fixed this. I've been downloading OSS replacements for just about every program and I am curretly ok with my Windows. But instead of fixing the Start menu, which is only a minor nuisance, they could make WINDOWED and USABLE default apps.

They should also shoot the guy, who designed all their new software (Office, Visual Studio..) USING ONLY CAPS FOR TITLES, patch them back to normal and make my eyes hurt less.

1 year,7 days
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

hsa Is this slashdot or popular science? (587 comments)

What this numeric system, you are using? Seriously, I don't have computer with 10 GB ram, 100 GB ram or anything like that..

You should know better.

For me, answer is 2^14, from my first PC.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

hsa Re:Duh (331 comments)

Current incumbent is repeatedly failing. QED. What more do you need to know?

..and replacing him with someone who knows all the technologies today will help how?

The projects are already underway, late and technological decisions have already been made.

The problem is, he shouldn't have been making these decisions in the first place! They need a technological guru to tell them how to design the architecture, what technologies to use and how to implement this in reasonable time.

The original manager can still keep his paycheck, make decisions about schedules, go to customers and explain why everything is late, worry about tracking resources (humans) and reporting to his superiors.

They just need a high level position for technical guy, who really knows his stuff, but doesn't like to become an evil manager (all managers are evil by nature) and can help the with the big picture. Hell, this could even be a career path for successful techie in their own company. Why does everyone always think to get promoted you must become a manager?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

hsa Manager skills are not the issue (331 comments)

You must be a techie. The coding kind.

Head of IT doesn't really need to know that much tech. His blind trust in his underlings might be an issue, but lack of technical skills is not really an issue.

What they lack is manager level (paywise) position for Solution Architect - or just good old fashioned software process, like Scrum .

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

hsa Yes. You can, but.. (314 comments)

I see no reason why you can't become a good programmer. I work in IT and I see many people over forty having to learn new skills, because they are familiar with the operational systems and have too little on their plate (that is what bosses always think..).

Then again, you are becoming a grunt. You are pushed down from your career path, doing things that twenty-somethings do when they are just hired.

My advice to you: become really good in something. Pick one programming language you like, and start to design large scale architectures, interactions between high level critical systems and make sure that if they get implemented, you'll be there doing it. You need to get your career going, and IMHO software architect is the way to go.

about a year ago
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Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

hsa Piracy.. (403 comments)

Let's - for the sake of argument - assume, that I will pirate Photoshop CC.

Now let's also assume that BSA will raid my house and put me in jail pending trial.

And then.. how much do I owe Adobe? How much damage have I caused using pirated software? Surely not $700 (price of Photoshop CS6)?

about a year ago

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