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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

niks42 So smoking is good for you? (155 comments)

I mean if I get up and go outside for a quick drag once an hour, that's a five minute walk right there.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

niks42 I'm not sure how to classify my own use of Linux (280 comments)

I've a big machine in the office at home. Some of its time it is a media server, some of the time a database server, apache/php web server and so on; equally it is my go-to client machine for highly interactive desktop applications like schematic entry, PCB layout, graphics and so on. Now it is not the music production machine, and on that I am using low latency kernel and I keep down the number of server-like processes. But they both came from the same distro, with light bits of tuning and configuration. I really, really don't want to have to manage multiple disparate distros based on usage of the day.

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

niks42 Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

The other key benefit of tape is that it is passive. Apart from the brief foray into MAIDs which seems to have disappeared from the press lately, disks consume power.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

niks42 Re:anyone remember when (316 comments)

My first hard disk failure at home was a 20MB drive .. it failed to spin up one cold morning. I eventually got it going by giving it a good lateral twist when applying power, and it started again. Needless to say I took the opportunity to copy the entire volume onto my brand new 30MB replacement hard disk. The 20MB became a doorstop to my office for many a year - being a 5.25 inch drive, full height, it weighed enough to keep the door open in a gale.

about three weeks ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

niks42 I can't ever work for IBM again .. (282 comments)

I took 'voluntary' separation from IBM, and part of the conditions for leaving with a lump sum was that I can never work for IBM either directly or via an agency or contract anywhere in the world ever again.

There's always a risk that IBM would take over all of the major employers and I would have been right royally fucked, but then what are the real chances of that ever happening?

about 2 months ago
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Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

niks42 Why is the UK missing? (86 comments)

Are we not worthy of even a tiny mention at the footnote? I feel like I live somewhere that has no influence on the global stage any more. That can't be right. Oh, wait ..

about 3 months ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

niks42 Re:Where? (258 comments)

Aw bless. This is why the World Series gets as far as Florida. This is called your HISTORY. You should be interested in it.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

niks42 hackaday .. (479 comments)

Dayumn .. Somehow they are going to have to change their web site to Makaday

about 6 months ago
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OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

niks42 MicroDrive (197 comments)

... unfortunately already invented by Lord Sir Clive of Sinclair for his Quantum Leap computer many, many moons ago

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

niks42 Please don't let programmers develop hardware (365 comments)

You'll end up with a hardware emulation of a software algorithm, which will necessarily be slower and less efficient than the correct answer, which is to design a hardware solution to the original problem.

about 8 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

niks42 Re:Relatively pointless (195 comments)

I think you overestimate the capabilities and patience of a large percentage of the population of the UK. I think these actions will shut down 80% of the movie sharing. It is a right royal pain in the bum, and personally I think the MPAA just don't understand that any action they take will have unintended consequences, but on the whole, it will have the effect they desire - most of the traffic will be gone.

They should just be careful what they wish for.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

niks42 On my bench .. (215 comments)

Scope is a must. Imagine a surgeon operating on anyone these days without Diagnostic Imaging.
HP 3312A Sig Gen (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
HP 5385A Frequency Meter (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
HP 54502A 400Mhz dual trace digital scope (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
Homebrew GPIB adapter!
dual PSU (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
DVM (bought broken off *bay, fixed it)
Open Logic Sniffer for a logic analyser
Multiple small USB-based toys
multiple small multimeters, going from tiny hand-held Chinese 4.5 digit autoranging one to an Avo 8 and an Avo Multiminor
SMT rework station
Weller soldering iron
Good old fashioned EPROM/EEPROM/GAL/PAL programmer

about 10 months ago
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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

niks42 Re:The problem is career politicians (234 comments)

Small problem with your sig there ..

Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at isohunt.com

about 10 months ago
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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet

niks42 Re:It gets worse (234 comments)

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ will find you a page where you can mail your MP and they will answer. I complained to my MP about the police use of Terror laws to detain David Miranda, and I know it got to him as he replied. He did reply saying it was a police matter and nothing to do with Parliament, but hell, it struck home! Power to the People ..

about 10 months ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

niks42 SysReq key (665 comments)

I recall when IBM introduced the IBM AT Keyboard (84-key keyboard, with function keys down the left hand side where &deity. intended) they also introduced the 'System Request' key, intended as a non-maskable attention grabbing key. I don't think that was ever used either - though it did propagate into the 101/102 key keyboards later. Those of us who remember teletypes will recall the attention / break key as well - which never worked, trying to get attention on a round-robin timeshare system was always a pain - you kept getting timed out if you were a slow typist, and had to wait your turn ..

about a year ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

niks42 Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (663 comments)

It was exactly this point about anti-competitive practices that made sure IBM did not patent the PS/2 mini-DIN Connector. Hello, we even agonised for months over whether we should bundle the mouse with the computer or not, since that might be seen to exclude fair competition. Trying to balance between shipping a product that was complete, and would work when it arrived and ensuring that competitors had a fair chance at shipping their product in the place of one of IBMs was difficult, when IBM was a behemoth trying to be good.

about a year ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

niks42 .. for sending fax from the computer (410 comments)

I had to fax my timesheets to an agency not so long ago .. got the old dial-up modem out, found a power supply for it, plugged it in, installed software, found a phone cable that actually worked .. all because my printer had run out of paper for me to walk to the fax machine with ..

1 year,1 day
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How Companies Are Preparing For the IT Workforce Exodus

niks42 Re:I call bullshit (248 comments)

Me too. By the way, I got myself a new permanent job at the age of 57, so no real problem in getting hired. I need a job to support my disabled wife, my stepson who is a bankrupt and my grandsons, as well as the rest of the family. Work has very little to do with supporting me.

1 year,26 days
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Report: Britain Has a Secret Middle East Web Surveillance Base

niks42 Re:Remember all those times the cables were cut? (237 comments)

Surely even fibre cables need active (viz, electronic) repeaters every so often? Wouldn't that be the sensible place to install a tee junction to listen to the traffic as well?

1 year,26 days

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