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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

mister_playboy Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (296 comments)

Indeed, Windows 7 does huge amounts of swapping even though I'm almost always using less than half my 16GB of RAM.

Linux runs fine with no swap, but Windows 7 seems to have assumptions that swap will be used at all times.

about a week ago
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Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

mister_playboy Re:BORING!!! (60 comments)

5960X has worse single-core clockspeeds than a 4770K or 4790K.

It's rather disappointing in that regard.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

mister_playboy Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Why x1200 when x1440 so much better?

16:10 is dead but we've finally got resolution numbers rising again, so you won't miss it much.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

mister_playboy Re:Amiga (169 comments)

This error message appears at /. as well. :)

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

mister_playboy Re:TI-89 is allowed (359 comments)

It's all about the timeframe when talking about this subject. 89 came out a year later than 86, that alone could be the reason.

In my case it was that our textbooks assumed an 86 so that's what we used. One girl used a hand-me-down 85.

The TI-83/86/89 Jr high/Sr high/College market segmentation proved to be too much, with the 86 eventually being squeezed out.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

mister_playboy Re:Yes we can improve calculators (359 comments)

There is no reason a calculator cannot offer both RPN and algebraic notation and let the user choose. This isn't like the Querty vs Dvorak keyboard argument.

What's the difference? In both cases the variants are handled entirely in software and thus both should be available.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

mister_playboy Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

Since HP basically got out of the calculator business, the HP 50G, which in my opinion is a better calculator anyway, has been available to the public in software form for free. It uses the actual ROM code from the 50G, which HP donated to the public domain.

You have to look around a bit, but versions are available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

Got a link? I'm not seeing any evidence for your claim of public domain'd 50G code.

The closest I found was this uncited part of a Wiki article:
In 2003, the CAS source code of the 49G ROM was released under the LGPL. In addition, this release included an interactive geometry program and some commands to allow compatibility with certain programs written for the newer 49g+ calculator. Due to licensing restrictions, the recompiled ROM cannot be redistributed.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

mister_playboy Re:Old browser? (152 comments)

Pre-Blink Opera must be airbrushed out of history. Opera has always been a Chrome clone, comrade.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

mister_playboy Re:Other solutions? (152 comments)

Also a NoScript user... I actually don't even know what /. Beta looks like as I have never seen it! :)

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

mister_playboy Re:Looks Interesting (220 comments)

64-bit Firefox works perfectly fine on Linux.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

mister_playboy Re:The Future! (613 comments)

3 big issues with Unity as I see it:

Unity was pushed out before it was ready, just like pulseaudio, KDE 4 or Slashdat Beta was. People object to have their personal desktop turned into a dev testing lab. Even when/if the bugs are worked out, the bad first experience colors perceptions permanently.

Unity changed lots of aspects of how Ubuntu worked for no particular reason other than an eye towards touch screen usage. This is the same issue people have with Metro.

Unity's introduction also coincided with the "Amazon lens" feature that sent all local searches to Amazon's servers. This sort of invasive monetization is anathema to Linux users and seem like a blatant money grab by Canonical.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

mister_playboy Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

Many games on the Xbone and a smaller but still non-zero number on PS4 don't even run at 1080p@30hz natively.

This may be rectified as the dev tools improve, but since the hardware is so close to PC-based I doubt we will see as large of an in-gen improvement as we did with older custom hardware consoles.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

mister_playboy Re:gaming rig (98 comments)

I'd say just a new GPU would be fine. I use an Asus 770GTX and can play everything I've tried on max settings @1440p, so you should fine @1080p.

The 770 doesn't take advantage of the higher power efficiency parts in the newest Nvidia generation, but the price on some of the variants is quite good. Newegg has a Zotac verison for $275: http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

The 280X can be picked up for a little less, bit it uses more power and is louder from what I have read.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

mister_playboy Re:MSI Claims SteamOS compatibility with X99 (294 comments)

My Asus Sabertooth Z87 can do the same.

I would actually expect this to be standard in everything now, except maybe the very cheapest boards.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

mister_playboy Re:zzzzz (294 comments)

Have pulled. Their Z87 board was the end of the line AFAIK. Newegg has no desktop board listed from them as of now.

about two weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

mister_playboy Re: Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Antec cases have the PSU at the bottom, or at least the fanciest ones do.

about three weeks ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

mister_playboy Re:Is this the missing "dark matter"? (85 comments)

No, the amount of missing matter is far to great to be contained in such small objects even if they were incredibly numerous.

Consider the entire mass of the asteroid belt is estimated to be only 4% of the Moon's mass, and the Moon's mass is only 1/81 of the Earth's.

Dark matter, meanwhile, is thought to have a total mass more than 5 times greater than that of normal matter.

about three weeks ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

mister_playboy Re:How Does This Affect Their Data Mining? (68 comments)

It may help them determine who exactly is using the browser in multiple users on one account scenarios.

about 1 month ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

mister_playboy Re:Graphical terminal (68 comments)

What is the point of using remote resources when local resources are so cheap for non-businesses? The 60's model was based on the economic realities of computing being unaffordable for most people. That is not the case today.

Why do people who often don't even store 100GB of data on their own computers need everything sent into "the cloud"?

about 1 month ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

mister_playboy Re:What a stupid fucking summary (133 comments)

All the blather about "public" and "private" as binary opposites leaves people with no ability to deal the reality of how these things overlap. Literally two sides of the same coin in this case, and in a growing number of cases.

about a month ago

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Anti-piracy group uses infringing font in logo

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "TorrentFreak reports that Hadopi, the French agency charged with handling file-sharers’ copyright digressions, has just made a huge infringement faux pas of its own. Last week the group unveiled the logo which is set to represent this bastion of copyright righteousness, but embarrassingly it was designed with unlicensed fonts. Hadopi called the infringement an "error of manipulation" (article in French). The font's designer is considering legal action against Hadopi. Strike number one for the 3 strikes anti-piracy group!"
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Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "In one of the RIAA's high profile cases the Free Software Foundation backed defendant Joel Tenenbaum, much to the dislike of the music industry lobby. John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF explains in a guest post at TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/the-war-on-sharing-why-the-fsf-cares-about-riaa-lawsuits-090513/comment-page-3/#comment-560645 why they think these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its technology."

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