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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

opusman Re:LOL (438 comments)

And 15 years ago I bought a massive 2GB drive for $350.

Computer stuff gets cheaper over time. There's no reason the same won't be true for SSDs. At some point SSDs will be cheap enough that even if HDD are still 1/100th of the price, SSDs will still win because of all their other advantages.

about three weeks ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

opusman Re:Yawn (72 comments)

Nope, it means you were lucky!

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

opusman Yawn (72 comments)

Anyone who contributes money to a Kickstarter project deserves what they get.

(And I have been sucked in the past, so I know how easy it is).

Wait until the product is on the shelf, and then buy it. If it's really that great, it will get made.

about 2 months ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

opusman Re:You mean our nightmare could become a reality (203 comments)

So you mean you were doing 80mph in a 45mph limit as well?

I'm not sure taking video of that and putting it on youtube is that good an idea.

about 2 months ago
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A Better Way To Make Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs

opusman Not too invasive? (28 comments)

Having anything placed under my skull in direct contact with my brain sounds a little invasive to me.

about 4 months ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

opusman Mixed feelings (97 comments)

Honestly, I really love the Starts With a Bang blog, and have been reading it for years.

But I do have to wonder why every single post is announced on /. these days.

We already have RSS, we subscribe, we know about it. By the time /. has caught up I've already read it, usually 24 hours ago.

Is /. getting a paid for these posts? Inquiring minds want to know.

about 4 months ago
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Robot To Serve Security Detail At FIFA World Cup In Brazil

opusman Re:RoboCops (32 comments)

Drop your weapons. You have 20 seconds to comply.

about 10 months ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

opusman Relevance to programmers? (641 comments)

There's nothing in that list (with the possible exception of "being forced to use a specific technology") that wouldn't apply to just about any worker.

about a year and a half ago
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Over 100 Hours of Video Uploaded To YouTube Every Minute

opusman So how long... (83 comments)

...until the total length of video on YouTube is greater than the age of the universe?

about a year and a half ago
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Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

opusman Still PCs though? (182 comments)

I thought we were post-PC! Where are the tablets that are supposedly taking over the world?

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

opusman Shoes are next! (260 comments)

Does anyone get the feeling that if Apple was rumoured to be working on a shoe phone, Microsoft would immediately start doing the same?

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

opusman Sales are one metric but not the only one (1010 comments)

I'm more interested in how many people are using PCs - I couldn't really care less how many new PCs are sold.
PCs last longer than they used to. Single-threaded performance isn't increasing anymore and multiple threads aren't being used that much, meaning performance gains are no longer a major reason for upgrades.

Also, a lot of what would have been laptop sales are now tablet sales.

about a year and a half ago
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Listening To the Big Bang – In High Fidelity

opusman Recordings? (85 comments)

Are you sure that's the right term? Somehow I doubt it's actually a recording :)

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Buys UK Teen's Smartphone News App

opusman Umm (88 comments)

Yahoo has mobile applications? o.O

about a year and a half ago
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New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs

opusman Credit where it's due (374 comments)

If there's a domesticated species taking advantage of humans my money's definitely on cats rather than dogs.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

opusman Re:27" FTW (375 comments)

It depends what you do and how you work I guess. For me, two monitors is ideal - IDE maximized on one, and help file / reference emails / IRC windows etc on the other.

Remember though that current 30" monitors have the same horizontal res (2560) as the 27s - only the vertical res is (slightly) higher.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

opusman 27" FTW (375 comments)

Dell U2711 or similar. 2560x1440 for great number of pixels, and if you want to use a higher DPI you still get a decent amount of information on screen.

I've tried 30" monitors and they were just too big, but for me 2x27" is perfect.

about 2 years ago
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What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

opusman Re:Early software (704 comments)

Directory Opus on the Amiga

Thanks! :)

about 2 years ago

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Crowd-funding effort to trial new cancer treatment

opusman opusman writes  |  about 2 years ago

opusman (33143) writes "In a possible first for the crowd-funding model, researchers at the University of Uppsala in Sweden are attempting to raise money to take a promising new cancer treatment to human trials. Much of the research has been released in the public domain so no pharmaceutical company is interested in funding the research, and even Apple (who would seem to be an obvious source of funds given that Steve Jobs died of a cancer this treatment could have helped with) are disinterested in contributing."
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