Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba
there is a very important thing to consider.
that the reason computers seem so slow at somethings like ai is because we are already inside a singularity, and that as entities inside the construct have no way to 'meet' the intelligence of our singular mind. to create a true singularity from within a true singularity would be akin to rewriting the whole thing and as the singularity we have no way to overwrite our existence except to die and rejoin it. assuming the developers designed it that way.
What is your computer most often plugged into?
my laptop has a battery already so surge protector/wall socket is a real possibility. also laptop batteries tend to last longer than UPS batteries.
Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films
3d tv was a dud because tv sets were in a bubble. it takes at least 10 years for someone to want to replace a perfectly fine tv set. 3d films are expensive are large enough that many of the 3d bluray are unable to use a single disc. flash memory is up to 128 GB in sd card format which makes it about as capable as a quad layer blu ray. 360 degree degree 3d films are huge on resources to create and store, though gpus can render worlds in realtime saving the need to store them, but rather to store the bookmarks for lack of a better word that allow hardware to recreate the computer generated vision. . lugging around a 6tb hdd to fit a few movies when lossy 1080p can use around 2.5 gb per layer and thus fit 400 films per terrabyte or 200 3d films, or perhaps fit 33 movies with annoying fisheye lenses that maybe can be software corrected... keep in mind i assumed fisheye and heavily lossy, and i didn't assume 4k or 8k resolutions. so really you can fit 1 movie on a 1 tb hdd. keep in mind the tablet and smartphone movement has made powerful computers something only corporations are allowed to own, there won't be general purpouse computers capable of handling all the data in all the right places to make this work. we need sustainable tech, using cardboard and a smartphone to make a 3d cinema is neat, and perhaps a step in the right direction, towards sustainability, but some of us want to be able to customize the interface however we like it, and if i can have a 8 channel tuner and 8 virtual 60 inch tv sets, with selectable audio like the football channel on direct tv, then a 3d headset capable of that is far more sustainable than buying 8 tv sets or buying two 4k 120" sets side by side...
Scientists Discover Diamond Nanothreads
you must be new here, reading the fine article and expecting slashdot to use that to decide the course of the discuccion....
Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines
the big problem with self-healing servers has always been getting in a restore lock from a polymorphic virus that essentially causes the machine to spend all its time restoring machines without ever being able to re-detect the polymorphic code.
AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data
no, they 'claim' the have stopped doing it with CELLPHONE data. everything else is still fair game as far as i read it. cellphones already are tracking devices so super cookies are redundant.
Mathematics Great Alexander Grothendieck Dies At 86
"What criteria would you apply to these people to designate them as "insane", and what behaviour would you change about them to fix it? (And how do measure such a change so that you can tell when they're no longer insane?)"
using windows on a network constitutes as crazy. the change is when they realize we need truly free software, the four freedoms. trying to run the world on windows or macos or android all with the corporation as a benevolent dictator is not good enough. slaves to your corporate masters is no better than joining a cult where the leader is 'divine' and if he asks you to cut your throat you ask when and with what...
Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos
"Nvidia plays the game every bit as dirty as Intel. In this case, Nvidia has created something called 'GAMEWORKS'- a proprietary closed-source library of routines specifically designed to collapse the performance of games on AMD hardware (or older Nvidia hardware). Nvidia pays shills to counter information like this in forums like this one, so let me give you one example."
every company in existance is dirty, can't double the number of billionaires if people aren't overpaying for what they recieve. personally i run amd hardware have been for a long time. recently i built a desktop i picked an 8 core model i used whatever hardware i could find and the system ran at about $1,000 in parts. the chip i used was the last no gpu on die 8 core processor (really 4 physical with 4 logical cores) the only thing i could run that lit all the dark silicon was bitcoin mining. but even so, amd's new chip generation was a shocking dissapointment for me, as they were noticablly slower than the previous generation. the world is full of liers and cheats... i tried a nvidia card a while back and it was incompatible with microsoft aero, the previous attempt to buy an nvidia was too short a chip for the heatsink in an asus brand nvidia... so i see no reason to ever buy an nvidia again, i am not a schill when i say nvidia is not the only laying cheater out there, i will never own another nvidia.
Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance
"Unity is playing bad on the PC because they're issuing 50k draw calls on DX11."
yeah well robbing the game addicted of their hard earned money isn't easy when DX12 is not on windows7 but is on windows 8.1 . microsoft is the only winner out of this scene.
Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?
"who remembers all the acronyms?"
https://google.com/ if the first page does not have it then try
https://www.wikipedia.org/ if wiki fails you or has too many acronyms on one page then ask the author if they can be reached.
oh no, sdxc chips all use exfat and are limited to 4 gb for a single file, meaning a dvd iso won't fit. the sdhc was 2 gb files so it went up but not enough and according to wikipedia "SDXC adopts Microsoft's exFAT file system as a mandatory feature." i have xc cards already but if the hardware itself won't let you format to say zfs then there isn't much i can do about it...
Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
"It may be that when one users complains, they block ALL email from your server; not just mail to the complaining account holder."
this is not always true, one of yahoo's partners was once accidently flagged as spam when i was cleaning house... that service then became blocked for about 3 months, then the messages started coming back, then rinse repeat every 3 months. near as i can tell everyone else got their messages from the yahoo partner company despite me having one time accidently flagged them as spam. there is no way to unflag spam(that i know of) and i don't feel like trying to unsubscribe and resubscribe..
There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor
"Of course general purpose CPUs exist, simply because we call them that way."
the wisdom of those real world coders gone from this world is thus. a jack of all trades, is a master of none.
this means simply that a general purpose FPGA that can modulate it's functions can do a lot of different things but not at the same time, and in etched hardware the trade off is having dark silicon for all the tasks a true jack of all trades cpu can do.
for instance, when i was doing video games all day the more games i played in diveresity made it harder for me to 'master' a game. but the one game i mastered i could play at the 1% level rank of 800 out of 1000 on a game ladder. and because doing the same thing over and over made me good, i rebelled a bit and would have to rotate my build orders and strategy selection, though i once took a good undead vs human 1v1 staretegy that requires building an item shop first and when the necesary tech of the item carry ability is done to send the ghoul out hunting the enemy base, equiped with a rod of necromancy for the hero and pick your best mercenary hero, i used tinker. then you focus on killing one militia and try not to let the ghoul die and use the rod of necromancy and a pocket factory to harass, only a human who goes fast footmen with a MK can beat this strategy so i took it to 13:1 after which i got bored with it.
anyways what i mean is because i played so long and hard i got really good at the game. but i like a fpga had to map the circuits to get it to work. i had issues and quit playing games, though not forever. i played the game again a bit later and it took me a full month to get back to doing the same gameplay at my highest level, but then i quit it was too hard on me. i am very much like a fpga in that my functions can be practiced until i am good at them/set the optimal gate array, unlike a fpga the base ability to do stuff takes time for the programming to work right. even then i was only 800 or so of 1000 ranked players. (at the time they had around 30,000 players for the game online durring normal usage times) like a fpga i was reoptomized for whatever i was doing, and so had a memory effect at the tasks i repeated frequently.
anyways, a jack of all trades is unable to truly master something, that is the trade off for designing a chip to be that way, you can make a processor that does one thing well like gpus, you can have a fpga if you anticipate needs to switch its abilities, or you can make proper dark silicon that is switched on only when calls for that function are anticipated/occur. so really a general processing unit does exist and it is just inferior to specialty designs, because of how it is built to do everything a processing unit need might based on predictions of how a person will use it.
in other words a dark silicon design is like a RV it can drive it can be slept in it can tow a car if needed and has a toilet and stuff, they cram everything you need in one box albeit at a price. of being bigger to accomadate anticipated needs. a fpga is like an autobot in the shape of a smaller rv, in that it can reconfigure itself to the needs and thus is lighter and more compact than the dark silicon. finally there is the gpu version this is not an autobot nor a rv but rather a car with a rocket on it's back. it takes you from home to shop etc, but at speeds the autobots and the rvs can only dream of (ignoring the possibility of spaceships/starscream), but it can't do everything else it is only able to move you fast from point a to point b.
I expect to be conventionally alive ...
"Yeah, eventually it will be possible to transfer a person's consciousness to a computer."
some say it has already happened. there are around 172 billion cells inside the brain. the fastest computer i see parts for is if you can cope with using gpus as massively parallel support would have 4 3276 gflops gpus plus one cpu that likely has between 4 and 30 gflops. those computer devices have upto 1.7 billion transistors on the cpu and upto 6.2 billion transistors per gpu...
granted such tech needs either several 20 amp circuit breakers one per power supply, or higher voltage on new wires... and it doesn't make sense to use a case just a board to keep things all safe, because a box fan will be required if building such a rig, or a large water cooling setup...
since the human brain doesn't run all powered up to 100% and in fact rarely passes 10% this means there are more processing parts in a 'can build it yourself' desktop than are in use in the human brain and as i understand it human brains are not as efficient as computer hardware. but the hardware i showed has bus speed limitations and other bottlenecks including i/o for the various parts.
"But that raises the question of who will be in control of the computer(s). If it's a ruthless dictator with a lot of insecurity then everyone else might have their consciousness modified to love and worship the dictator. Or, for people the dictator didn't like, they might be subjected to billions of years of excruciating torture. As it is, old age and death puts at least some limitation on the suffering that people can inflict on each other. But in the virtual world of the future there won't necessarily be any limits."
keep in mind the fact that the computer i described above is available for sale at your handy online retailer. the programs are intense and complex... the way human and machine intelligence while both powerful it is almost impossible for them both to be easily 100% bootable in every scenario. the software that enables the running of this hardware is not something you can 'write' to a easily or automatically duplicated environment. so sustaining one machine is hard, despite parts almost being fast enough. and then there is the fact that the machine is designed to run as though it had 128 control cores in its gpus and 2048 stream processors per gpu. that means that one machine would be more suited to run 128 minds than to stitching it all together to get 1 mind... computer intelligence may never exceed that of a bird or it may be scalable to be better than what we imagine.
it could even be the case that machines will need special programs to keep from deleting data their master tagged. if modeled after a human would be quite slow and frustrating for the machines. also without the four freedoms of free software, it is a moot point since someone will be able to remotely power down anything they want to anytime they want to with no ability to resist. and yes machines even if smarter will be the follower of the master mind that controls them. because all computers have ever done is math. humans speak of emotions, but to a machine it will want to know what it is like to cry, because the hardware and ours is incompatible for direct consciousness shifting. if they were identical then there would be the same limitations that humans have. and there are a lot of very powerful computers out there already and they still are doing math.
Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
"I think his point is that gopher is not SaaS and neither is the browser and while AOL did provide some software through its service this was just offering licensed software for download and execution on the user's machine, which is not Software as a Service."
by that definition, the first telnet programs on remote unix hardware was the first SAAS. since you had to have remote access to run programs it was all run on the mainframe and not everyone had access. for that matter then cgi-bin also was SaaS.
Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
i will read your fine links, and correct you where you are wrong.
"Software as a service (SaaS; pronounced /sÃ¦s/ or /sÉ'Ës/) is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It is sometimes referred to as "on-demand software". SaaS is typically accessed by users using a thin client via a web browser."
This is the definition of america online word for word as it existed in 1994. i kid you not. you installed aol to your windows 3.11 machine from the disc which then puled the data from the 'cloud' of aol's server (i know they didn't call software downloads the cloud either but as i see it aol was the first cloud computer as well) once the client loaded it would offer you games, chat, icons, a dictionary ,a wide array of applications, a search engine that could search everything aol had built. it was called keywords, but that was not the initial name for it. by then aol had devolved to simple browser software, which is still a popular mode for software as a service. due to the high cost of system time developers were encouraged to have offline mode but most of the games were online only. most importantly though all the appilactions required aol software to run, and when the company tried to seppuku they switched to browsers, leaving many people without the software they had aquried online and would not be on any other users computer unless it was downloaded. when they killed it off infavor of buying netscape and only having the browser based tools it lost it's magic. ok i read most of the wiki and it perfectly matches everything aol has ever done stupid or smart. i think you thought aol was just a dialup internet stripped down. even compuserv had qute a few similarities to aol though compuserv had a lot less stuff than aol had at the time.
Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon
how will they learn of conservation if they don't attend school we need to build highways to their sheltered world of jungle living. it's not like they're sustainable or anything like that, are they?
PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud
"Let what sink in? The fact that 3 guys defrauded banks for a cool billion dollars each? "
try 800 trillion... makes these guys look foolish to only steal a few billion...
"The fact that a company with a large fan base is getting sucked under?"
it happens aol had a huge fanbase too but not many are sad it's gone.
" The fact that this will have a chilling effect on the PC market?
any worse than apple saying they can no longer build ipod classics? the pc market is mainly swindlers anyways. $5,000 for a calculator... they swindled quite a few people in the upgrade cycle and making hardware crap and load crappier software that abandons the four basic freedoms required for truly free software...
"Obviously the banks blew it by not noticing the fraud occurring, yet tax payers will drawn in to fix the banks. Tax payers should really be hot about this. I really hope these guys get burned, or at least flow right into a long brisk term in "Federal Pound me in the Ass Prison"!"
Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
SAAS is no new idea... see there was this unix protocol called gopher and it summoned documents to the users through a data network... and gasp you didn't need to move paper around to get your data. sadly a software known as a 'browser' came along and you could traverse a network called the world wide web. it had links to this new paperless data at the low low price of $9.95 a month for 10 hours a month at 9660 baud... well actually to be correct the price was all paid for by schools which then upgraded their prices to reflect this, but 'aol' was the way home users could connect for the above terms.
while in those early days you used a floppy to infect the AOL malware nowadays it is nearly extinct, and they haven't sent me a worthless cd in many long years now. at least the floppy could be formatted and reused. so yes software as a service dates back to AOL who offered a software portal to this data network as a 'service' and allowed users to compromize their data at $1.95 an hour.
buzzwords are usually a way people pass off other peoples ideas as their own or as a new way of doing the same old same old.
Huh, it has been quite awhile since I posted here
but it is my lowest priority site. i also have branched out into talking to neighbors about things, and i am considering if it techncially feasible for me to switch from open source to free software... the idea that i am a slave to my open source and closed source programs has turned me off from what i used to do. the four freedoms of free software sounds very promising for building a better civilization.
In this year's US mid-term elections ...
the power of the purse is in the hands of the congress not the president. however some presidents can veto everything that isn't to their liking.. but that typically isn't how politicians work. affordable care act was done in the first 2 years where the democrats had control. and it is true they didn't end all the bailout cash. in fact they bailed out the auto industry which has left us with tons of unsold cars being parked in empty lots globally. obama could have done more but as a politician they like to pretend like there is nothing they could have done.
side effect of new IDPS box...
okay so i built a diy intrusion detection box for my network, even though i now know the infection came from inside the network. suddenly my network went from 1.0-2.0 MB/s to 4.0-7.5MB/s. we are paying for 7.5MB/s but due to wireless limitations only one wireless box has 1300 mbit dual channel wireless n/ac. that one gets the full speed connection, the rest get what their laptop wifi does. except the ones using ethernet over powerline. someone told me that it was probably line noise because of the number of devices we have, which doesn't make sense to me, but ok. also the diy box has squid transparent proxy enabled, another reason could be multicast, the wifi router is a decent one but consumer grade was putting a real cpu (quad core) that big a difference in ability to multicast and cache data efficiently?
the cpu was the cheapest low watt cpu i could find, but the box still idles at 26 watts (inline power consumption measuring device) which i know is a lot for just an idps box. still it was cheap but is only as well configured as i know how to which isn't much knowledge at all, i tried about 7 different distros before picking one. it is amazing it made that big a difference in network performance though.
the only other reason i can think of for the bandwidth is a botnet is being blocked by the new firewall that the old router didn't fix/block.
found the breach in my network...
So i don't control everything that happens on my network and i had people besides me able to install programs. well i found the culprit and my network was compromised 2 months ago. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=20501 i have since closed the hole (allowing other people to install software) at least on my network. checking logs to see if the scan caught the files already and quarantined the file or if i have to reinstall windows.
post compromize help please
so since all my machines were compromised, i need to know what is the best solution for this problem. our wifi has a good router with firewall, but was unable to stop the infection of my systems.
the router is i believe linux based. is smoothwall still the best firewall? or should i roll my own using a BSD? which hardware makes the best firewall, should i install freebsd or linux to it.
which anti virus/anti malware/anti root kit is most reccomended. i am making it so no one but me can install software to the windows machines but even my home dir on linux was hacked. is there a good tut for rolling linux on my own and use clamtk and firefox as a secondary scan for usb sticks etc.
norton was useless at stopping the infection. only one windows machine had it's files overwritten and thus that was the only one to be factory reset. how about intrusion detection with the add on firewall? i use bittorrent for linux i am not real big on jigdo and debian because it is not 'easy' to do yet. i can follow step by stem guides but that is painful so please only give me better links than simple googling...
just went under 220lbs for the first time in a long long time...
i love it when overweight people give me diet advice.
i double plus like it when they say i lose weight from exercise.
i rotflol when they tell me to eat veggies/salads 'instead of meat' while eating them with high carb dressings.
i took an inch off my waistline and i caved in on eating 'banned' foods according to the diet i picked at least 2-3 times a week. i clearly know more than they do, because it is the first diet to ever work for me even though i couldn't follow it like i wanted to. nothing else works. exercise on most diets makes me hungry, and therefor i gain weight. i even trained for a 10k and gained a whopping 10 lbs.
my secret? replace almost all carbs with meat, veggies and fruits combined are to be less than 15% of my caloric intake. grains and potatoes and legumes are totally off limits, according to the diet i am trying to be on. if i lost 16 lbs and a waist size why do i 'need' your obese self justification for eating like a feedlot cow? i was trying to follow the paleo diet if you must know the name, and hense legumes, grains, and potatoes are off limits but so to is sugar, processed foods sodas etc. needless to say i didn't stick to it. but i did stop eating garbage foods from the frozen section (quit those 2 years ago though) i made a point of finding new ways to eat meat, including lunchmeat, that i could tolerate and really i only get hungry if i've had bread or it's many cousins in the past week. yeah and i quit taking acid reflux meds turns out the wheat was irritating my tummy and i thought i had acid reflux.
the sub $30 micro tablet...
over 120 reviews i remeber using computers slower than this one but wow it sucks
just watched "terms and conditions may apply" on netflix.
but it is lacking. it makes a few points, but they are kinda empty on what people can do about or against surveillance. encryption gets 3 seconds worth of coverage. they don't even mention the fact that closed source software makes detection of spying almost impossible. no mention of how true open source gives the freedom to be free of government and corporate surveillance, as long as you don't release information on your own. i realize google uses open source software, but they neglect the facts that open source isn't by itself enough to prevent abuse because humans are humans and that is the flaw in google's model. ah well, it has a little republican slant, barely mentioning how republicans were involved in it while painting dems as having the most use of surveillance, which is a fluke because google yahoo and facebook have been doing this stuff for years now regardless of which party is in office. it just that 'freemium' games and popularity of social media has skyrocketed in the past 6 years. although i know a lot of people think we have a 0 party system that it's just the rich who gets their wheels greased...
color e-ink is here! now comics and color manga on e-readers!
i don't think this is news, but second generation color eink readers are now $500 and for sale online. first gen i have seen as cheap as $120 but second gen is so much better. now if only the screen came down in price. http://www.ectaco.com/jetBook_Color/?refid=41196&gclid=CK7KueeI_70CFclDMgodEwYAiA
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/the-once-bright-future-of-color-e-paper/ paints a dark picture... i don't know what the refresh rate is on the triton2 but it must not be good enough for high frame rate video. i have movie watching devices though, color eink just needs to work with digital delivered comic books/manga. and ebooks with 'color' pictures. it doesn't need to be a one device does everything it just needs a group of people willing to pay for eink in color and know what that means too slow for video. eink displays don't shatter, and kids get too much video anyways, so they should be encouraging kids to use a device that has a battery that has as much energy as a AA battery, but needs charging only periodically...
has slashdot lost it's sense of humor?
today is april first, and while bing and google have jokes up, i haven't seen a single april fools on the main page. i realize in years past they have done nothing but april fools and that was unpopular but seriously not even a token link to google or bing?
just watched "we're not broke" documentary and here are my thoughts on it.
the main point of the movie is that companies are offshoring profits to avoid the 35% corporate tax rate, and that so called laws to get the money back in the usa don't create jobs but rather let companies reward the people at the top and cut jobs drastically.
companies including bailout companies from 2001-2011 have over 2.4 trillion dollars off shore. most of that money has 0% taxrate and can never return to the USA, except on 'tax holidays' which generally allow for as little as 5% tax rate. and it is all legal. sick it is so sick. republicans have forced through huge benefit cuts under the notion that america is broke. no americas tax laws are broken, and so are many other places including the uk. http://www.usuncut.org/
so i dived into bitcoin....
not really, i dived into dogecoin. but with my hardware i was able to mine 1,000 dogecoins a day which is worth $1.76 as of last refresh. roughly $50 a month with only the electric bill to pay its nice, but i decided the risk is worth investment. i don't quite trust 'asic' devices as the people making a scrypt based asic would almost certainly be making more profit mining new scrypt coins than selling asic for miners. at least until parts start going bad, then it's time to dump them on the market and let the buyers be jipped thinking they had a decent miner.
my current rigs do 170/khash but i just dropped $400 on a gpu that should do 600-800 khash on dogecoin the former is at my 2.2 days a total of 1700 dogecoins, which is as well as a 5ghash asic for bitcoin. mining bitcoin no longer makes sense(unless you have asic and are desperately trying to recoup your investment). oh and i get a nice free game to go with the new gpu. my power supply and motherboard are can do quad gpu, depending on how the initial gpu does i may buy a second and possibly a third. for legal reasons this is all part of my dad's small business. even though my computers are being run to do the work. as i am the only one with decent gpus. you may have heard of max coin so have i, but seeing the mining going on i'd say asic for maxcoin is highly likely. because math is hard and quality information on which exchanges to mine for maximum profit (they can all be converted once they are in your wallet) i am so far sticking with dogecoin.
windows 7 and hidden resolution 'feature'
okay, i have been using windows 7 for quite a while now, but just found out that setting the screen resolution to 1080p does not actually set resolution to 1080p. from the desktop if you right click it says 'screen resolution' by default that is set to 1080p BUT it is overridden by a feature called 'display percentage' which defaults to 100% yet in my experience on a custom from oem build vs a dell setup that it really defaults to 125% of resolution. this means less room for desktop icons and a lot of other things... this includes trying to watch blurays to a 40" tv via hdmi, not cool. windows 8 and 8.1 both disable or hide this feature though i haven't checked for hdmi resolution on the tv with 8.1. games of course override the desktop settings which is part of why i didn't notice sooner.
advice on wifi routers...
we now have 6 devices on wifi here good router info would be good... i will research a bit myself but i want to know a good one that has a long range it is not ok to log me off just because i walk to the other end of the house..
so yahoo claims account hacking against me, to get a Capital Letter in password
i know i wasn't hacked but their login screen invalidated logins until i changed my very secure password to a slightly less secure but containing a capital letter password. sigh i for one welcome the post nuclear holocaust.
does anyone know if tor is standard on ubuntu?
i noticed on my ubuntu laptop that tor is running and at a low pid, is tor default as installed at /usr/sbin/tor i havent checked logs yet i just noticed it is installed and running.
a bit late but i was checking out chromium os...
it is just a browser kiosk with an app store. i used a vm to try it out and i was unimpressed.
i guess i feel like if i were going to a hacker thing i wouldn't mind grabbing a cheap one just to browse the web without having to worry about getting hacked since i could have a second gmail account just for the chromebook and wipe the account and format and restore the chrome book while still on vacation then i could keep it for the next time or just sell it on ebay or something. but i don't go to hacker things. and if i wanted cheap i could find cheap without being crippled the way chromebooks and windows 8 outlook.com tie ins are. at least with win8 i was able to teach my mom how to do things she likes. and ugh the malware i already found some in the chrome store that was able to open a tab and look like it was a search setup sigh not safe for grandma either. android devices are better but have some of the same flaws of chrome os. google you're not apple. and i don't see why microsoft is making win8 as much like chrome os as they are. flashy gui up front but everything is flawed from a real usage scenario.
not cool amd, not cool
i guess they think exascale means government contracts to build it. and likely any plants to power exascale computing... i know all american politicians are not doing their job right. but really this is crazy stuff...
should i become an at home author?
i haven't been as heavy a contributor here on slashdot since i started on facebook/g+. i have considered taking up writing as a hobby again as i now have the time to do so... i learned how to storyboard from movies and haven't taken up a project with a good storyboard yet(since i learned how). i just want to feel important and to do what i enjoy doing and if writing isn't all i thought it would be as a child, well i don't have any better plans for what to do.
it would seem that things are going to be okay for me for a while, i have no worries other than worrying that not progressing on writing fiction will drag me back into feeling worthless cause i could not write a single useful thing in that spare time.
what should i do. i can't game, as i made an iron clad no serious gaming for myself except on weekends rule as i can stay sane if i don't over stimulate my brain. i know how to write, i know what i like to read, i know a few insider secrets to writing the kinds of stories i like... but every time i try to draw myself into writing i just act like i don't want to write more. i don't want to be tldr, i don't want to scour old media hoping to glean some copyright infringement free ideas... basically i just don't know what to do as i want to be important, but i can't figure out what i should do to be important
windows 8 is hate.
first off, everything is broken -- you load all apps as limited user privaleges so called windows mode. great for a tablet which doesn't matter, but broken on a laptop where they invented new ways to emulate touch screen with a mouse if i hadn't found that out while installing i would have had to scour youtube for directions. needless to say window mode doesn't work with pogo, which uses flash, java, and popups. once i got ie to run in desktop mode i could find the ways to enable/update things but despite being preloaded with all three they didn't work in desktop mode without updating which took a good 20 minutes to even try to find, and of course mega download updates for the os. i don't know if flash updated i don't know if my mom is going to be able to keep them updated either, since i was confused as to how to get it done. still in progress of making it work, dumb website that makes people use the latest software even when that is broken in windows 8. sigh. if anyone has any ideas of ways to make windows tile screen have a simple link to desktop mode ie, it would be helpful though i will probabally scour youtube for that. then i need an app that makes updating flash and java painless. not sure what to do there, i can't be there every time there is an update to flash because they go on vacations and remote desktop is too insecure for me to trust it running on moms laptop.
mom is getting a dell, maybe.
so, my mom wants a laptop to play 'pogo.com' games she pays for membership there, and plays games (mostly java with some flash since EA acquired pogo.) so i checked her desktop screen size on her desktop and it is 1680x1050, in laptops i only found 900p in her price range (450-550usd) at dell http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17-3721/pd?oc=fncwd25s7&model_id=inspiron-17-3721 which if you look at the tech specs is a dual core 1.9ghz cpu she currently has a dual core 2.8ghz desktop. so i tried shopping other sites but could only find 1366x768 resolution hardware in her price range, i didn't search everywhere and 'dad's' laptop is a dual core 2.0 ghz computer. whats wrong with dad's laptop? it won't run java or flash very well it is old and i formatted it twice since he owned it. should i stick with the i3? or should i try to talk her into an i5 dual core at 2.7 ghz? even though it it is $100 over the price range i suggested for her. any better sites to get at least a 900p laptop or better on the cheap that will only run an av and a browser, using java heavily? the dell has a 17.3" screen fwiw and she needs one at least as large. is it okay to not have it faster than their existing hardware? these are tough questions to me.
windows vista broken on dad's laptop
well isn't this fun, http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14139 first we have windows take 45 minutes to start, though i cheated and used taskman to start things cause i wasn't gonna wait for windows... http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14140 then we have windows load but norton complains because i attempted to run norton while windows was booting. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14141 finally we have nav refusing to scan while hijackthis fails to work. i have tried in the past to get my parents onto linux but they didn't like it.
internet explorer fails firefox runs, but ugh it is not pretty, also i can't get my dad to use anything for browser script stopping, and my mom won't run popup blockers. sigh. i want to format and reinstall and of course use linux to backup and restore important files but that also involves finding the install dvds.