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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

jtownatpunk.net Citadel (573 comments)

A few old BBS friend still have a Citadel/UX system running. Currently on a 1990s Pentium Pro that sits in a car hole. I replaced the hard drive when I had it a few years ago. Other than that, it's just been chugging along and moving from one house to another as someone moves or a wife wants that stupid box out of her house. I tried to virtualize it while it was in my house but I squirreled and didn't get around to it in time. The version of Linux it's running is too old for todays automagic virtualization tools. I got as far as installing Slackware 7.0 on a virtual machine.

yesterday
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The American Workday, By Profession

jtownatpunk.net Re:Seems good to me. (146 comments)

I haven't worked in years. I go to bed when I'm tired and I get up when I'm done sleeping. Sometimes that means shopping at 3am fits my "schedule".

2 days ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

jtownatpunk.net Seems good to me. (146 comments)

The summary makes it sound like a bad thing. To me, it indicates an economy that doesn't roll up the sidewalks at 5pm. It takes a lot of service jobs to keep businesses open 24 hours. It's great that I can go out and buy a Big Mac and a lawnmower at 3am.

2 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

jtownatpunk.net Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (315 comments)

No. I can tether just fine with my non-modified phone. And I'm obviously talking about Verizon throttling.

3 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

jtownatpunk.net Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (315 comments)

Actually, I've got unlimited LTE. Too bad today's consumer no longer has that option. I held onto it for 2 years before I hit the road. Expected to use it as a backup but RV park/resort WiFi universally sucks balls so it's usually my primary connection. LTE makes zero sense at the rates Verizon charges these days. My speed peaked just north of Atlanta at 80 megs down, 44 megs up. Totally pointless if I had a 2 gig plan. Even in my current location out in the country, I'm getting...pauses download...11/15. And I move a lot of data which I can do because Verizon is not allowed to interfere with the performance on the unlimited accounts. It's part of the agreement Verizon made with the government when they bought 700Mhz a while back.

Which, of course, is why they're planning to start throttling LTE service for unlimited customers starting in October.

4 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

jtownatpunk.net Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (315 comments)

I've got a 32tb array in my RV so that's where my mind went even tho I know it can't be right. :) It's traveled 11,000 miles without a blip and was expanded from 26tb last fall. I don't have any proof to back it up but I'll bet it's one of the largest mobile arrays in the world. Sure, it'd be easy to build a bigger one but who needs that much storage on the move?

Also, I'm getting a kick out of the idea of 8tb drives. Most of mine are 2tb and I just started swapping in 4tb drives last year. Haven't even had a chance/reason to start putting in 6tb drives and now they're up to 8tb. Pretty soon, I'll be able to whittle it down to a mirror.

4 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

jtownatpunk.net Pretty obvious (128 comments)

Gotta milk that free ride as long as possible.

5 days ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

jtownatpunk.net Re:Huge? (108 comments)

/hangs head in shame. We didn't even have servants.

about two weeks ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

jtownatpunk.net Re:Huge? (108 comments)

That was my first thought. 2400 square feet is hardly a "huge" "estate". I grew up in a 2,250 square foot house. 3 bedrooms, bonus room, and large living room. It didn't have a parlor, music room, den, study, library, conservatory, servant's quarters, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

jtownatpunk.net Re:$2,500 == 6 months? 1 year or $1000? (199 comments)

IANAC[riminal] so I have no first hand experience but I don't think you get to pick which penalty you receive.

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

jtownatpunk.net Re:Checked my own state (264 comments)

"Mule" is kind of a Kleenexed term these days. It's probably what kids today call a "UTV".

Funny story, a friend's dad had an old M274 out in the barn. We never managed to get it running. I guess that wasn't much of a story.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

jtownatpunk.net This isn't 'nam! (327 comments)

There are rules. Either you have environmental protection laws or you don't. If you have them, don't start making exceptions to them because anyone who didn't get an exception and lost money as a result can (and should!) sue the everlasting shit out of you. If there's a problem with your laws, repeal them and replace them with more sensible ones.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

jtownatpunk.net Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

bittorrent is used for lots of legitimate distribution outside of WoW, too. Just another case of a carrier selling a level of service they had no intention of supporting. "We'll advertise 'unlimited' [chuckle] data and leave the floodgates open for a few months so people think we're serious about service. We'll get a ton of new customers, then bring down the hammer as soon as we hit our subscriber target."

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

jtownatpunk.net My dad's colorblind (267 comments)

One time, he got the chore of painting his aunt's house. He went to the store, bought the paint, prepped the house, and painted it pink. His aunt was the only one who didn't think it was a hilarious way to find out about being colorblind.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

jtownatpunk.net Loony as a tune (316 comments)

Verizon is just plain psychotic. When they were advertising the upcoming 4G LTE service years ago, their advertising copy said users would be able to stream video and download HD movies. All kinds of wonderful things that weren't possible with the new caps they'd put on 3G. Then they rolled out LTE with the same caps as 3G. So, sure you could download Air Bud in HD but that'd be your data for the month.

Now they're all excited about XLTE doubling (or more) the speed available thru Verizon's network. I've seen those speeds and they're amazing. Absolutely freaking amazing. And totally useless to anyone without an unlimited account. WTF is a new customer supposed to do with 80 Mb/s down and 40 Mb/s up? That's the kind of speed I saw near Atlanta. Holy Hell, that's fast. Faster than any wired service I've had. And totally useless if you can only move 2 gigs a month. Why are they spending all this money speeding up their network when it's wasted on their customers. It's crazy.

And the numbers Verizon is throwing around don't make a lick of sense. (Of course, I can't find the exact numbers now so I'll guestimate.) They say around 20% of their customer base still has unlimited data. They say 95% of those people use less than 5 gigs of data per billing cycle. If those two statements are true, why is Verizon upset? They should be ecstatic. They cut off unlimited data in 2010 so they're claiming an amazing retention rate. And the vast, vast, vast majority of those people are overpaying for what they use. And they're paying full MSRP for unsubsidized equipment. Why on earth would Verizon want to rock that boat?

about three weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

jtownatpunk.net Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

Yeah, because Apple didn't use an uncommon, DRM-enabled format. Nope.

Oh, wait. I'm being told that's exactly what they did. They sold their music in a format unsupported by any other portable player. And the first ipods only worked with Macs which, at the time, had a tiny percentage of the personal computer market.

So I'm going to go out on a limb and say Sony's choice of format had nothing to do with their inability to corner the new portable audio market.

about a month ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

jtownatpunk.net Silly, you can't win that. (207 comments)

That's like suing the contractor that built a freeway because the freeway was used to transport drugs. Even if, by some absurd chance, you win, there are a thousand other torrent sites out there and your movie was on them within hours. Knocking out a couple of those sites will have absolutely no effect on piracy. If you want to stop leaks go after the leaker. If you've got any sense at all, each of your DVD screeners has unique watermarks and can be traced to the person to whom it was issued. Fire that person, sue that person, and blacklist them. That at least would have a chance of reducing future leaks.

about a month ago

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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Monitors?

jtownatpunk.net jtownatpunk.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jtownatpunk.net (245670) writes "As time goes by, I find myself supporting a greater number of users moving through their 40s and into their 50s (and beyond!). I notice more and more of them are lowering the resolution of their displays in order to "make it bigger". That was fine in the CRT days but, quite frankly, LCDs look like crap when they're not displaying their native resolution. My solution at home is to hook my computer up to a big, honkin' 1080p HDTV but that's a bit of a political risk in an office environment. "Why does Bill get a freakin big screen TV???" Plus, it's a waste to be paying for the extra inputs (compunent, s-video, composite), remote, tuner, etc. that will never be used. And a 37-47" display is a bit large for a desk.

So here's my question: Is there a source for 24-27" monitors running at 1366x768 that are affordable and don't have all of the "TV" stuff? Or is my only choice to just buy 27" HDTVs and admonish the users not to watch TV? (And, no, just giving them big CRTs is not an option. Most people would rather stare at a fuzzy LCD than "go back" to a CRT.)"

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