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Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?

noidentity Re:Not a very high quality article. (311 comments)

Explanation: Light Peak causes the creation of time machines, and this author had already traveled back before 2010, written the article, and mistakenly posted it in 2011. Simple mistake, really.

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

noidentity Re:Uh.. no (705 comments)

I agree it shouldn't be relied upon as a troubleshooting step (you need to know what broke, why, and why it won't happen again). That said, if you go years without rebooting a machine... there is a good chance that if you ever do (to replace hardware for instance) it won't come back up without issue. Verifying that the system still boots correctly is imo a good idea.

This doesn't contradict his advice, as you're suggesting to reboot every few months when the machine is working. His advice is to not use a reboot as the first step in solving a problem. If anything, a periodic reboot when it's working is probably in-line with his advice, as it's a way to uncover more problems that may be lurking, at a time when things seem to be working (and hopefully when the downtime won't be a big issue, like during low load).

more than 3 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:BCC still existed? (366 comments)

Now Stupid Coworker knows that it was me that reported him for sending me porn.

...because your boss is a dork. He should have send a message to Johnny Five (or everyone), "reminder: don't send porn to co-workers".

more than 3 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:So true (366 comments)

On the flip-side, you have to assume that anyone you email is clueless and will share your address, and will get some kind of virus that adds it to spam lists, so you share a forwarding alias that you can kill if it gets misused.

more than 3 years ago
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GeoHot Asks For Donations To Fight Sony

noidentity Re:Pulling out my hair. (470 comments)

Slashdot is very friendly about signatures: you can turn them off so you never have to see their clutter anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

noidentity Re:Not what they say it is.... (469 comments)

Thanks for the info. I'll have to remember this for the future, since at some point none of the CRTs will work anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

noidentity Re:What competition is (218 comments)

Both replies appreciated, and they make sense.

more than 3 years ago
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New SHA Functions Boost Crypto On 64-bit Chips

noidentity Re:Encryption on chip approved by (60 comments)

I read this as an algorithm that is better-suited for modern 64-bit processors, NOT one which is implemented specially in hardware. At the very minimum, this would mean that it can easily be calculated using 64-bit integers (and using the entire 64 bits, not just the low 32 bits), and perhaps also easily implemented using SSE2, and allow lots of parallelism, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

noidentity Re:Not what they say it is.... (469 comments)

How does SD content look on it, particularly video games? I've always got the impression that HD CRTs basically are fixed-frequency computer monitors running at 1080p/i, so that if you feed it a lower resolution, it digitizes it, then upscales (and thus looks crappy, like on an LCD). I've been holding on to my SD CRT for playing video games, but keep seeing people getting rid of HD CRTs (for free, even).

more than 3 years ago
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Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

noidentity Re:But... (549 comments)

With a gold backed currency, you can still adjust the size of the money supply by adjusting the reserve requirements for banks issuing debt.

If you had a 10% gold-backed currency, the other 90% would be what causes the problems, since it's not backed and thus can be counterfeited (by adjusting the backing requirement). Counterfeiting has the same destructive effect, no matter who's doing it.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

noidentity Re:The value of gold is stable (549 comments)

True, though its value does increase slightly relative to other things over time, because their relative value falls. Electronics are an obvious example, where even inflationary fiat currencies are worth more electronics every year. But even other things SHOULD slowly lower in cost over time since production is improved so that they don't take as many resources to produce. I'm not grasping the deflationary thing, though; are others really suggesting that someone would just stop buying things because their dollar cost is falling each year? I take it these people don't ever upgrade their PCs then, since their costs fall quite a bit every year.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

noidentity Re:What competition is (218 comments)

Why did I get modded down? I'm trying to come up with things besides "mods disagreed with my view" but am failing.

more than 3 years ago
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A Car You Can Drive With Your Thoughts

noidentity Re:I drive with my thoughts all the time (137 comments)

Yep, it's silly how people always long for these "direct" interfaces, even though we already have them. It's mostly irrelevant the mechanism, as long as we can go from thought to information across the interface. Now, when we have high-bandwidth ones that dwarf our current ones, it'll be different.

more than 3 years ago
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A Car You Can Drive With Your Thoughts

noidentity Re:Can't wait to see what happens (137 comments)

On the other hand when the higher level aspects of my brain think "Man that jogger is hot", it doesn't cause my arms to immediately turn the wheel towards her. The trick would be to tap into that part of my brain that causes muscles to move or things to happen, rather than that part which is constantly distracted by shiny objects.

Yeah, if only we had a device that could detect brain impulses that move muscles, but not ones that merely shift one's gaze or thoughts. Imagine what you could do with a whole matrix of them on a flat surface...

more than 3 years ago
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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

noidentity What competition is (218 comments)

Apple is paving the way for its own music subscription service where it will, surprise surprise, face little to no competition.

So, I take it Last.Fm would allow me to run my own streaming service within theirs, and make money off it? After all, if they lock me out, they face little to no competition.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

noidentity Re:But... (549 comments)

Gold allows money-based trade, rather than barter. Unlike fiat currencies, it is very hard to counterfeit, and thus devalue, therefore it can hold its value predictably for long periods of time.

more than 3 years ago
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Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

noidentity Re:How about (376 comments)

That's why he said it's more efficient to do in hardware: no-op = just as efficient as non-encryption. Since you can't even tell it's not encrypting, everyone wins!

more than 3 years ago
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Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

noidentity Side lesson: don't stand near the road (365 comments)

A side lesson from this is to avoid standing in the road if at all possible. If you get in a wreck and need to talk to the other driver, do so well off the road, on the far side of your vehicle. Don't stand between the vehicles and traffic.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Invent World's First Anti-Laser

noidentity Re:Fox News? (241 comments)

In other words, this is like shining a laser at a piece of non-reflective black material. I can't even begin to imagine all the uses this will have!

more than 3 years ago

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