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Microsoft Wins WordPerfect Antitrust Battle With Novell

oracleguy01 Almost Perfect (124 comments)

If you haven't read it, Almost Perfect is a good (free) book about the rise and fall of WordPerfect from the guy that ran the company for quite a while.

more than 2 years ago
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Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

oracleguy01 144 Pin QFP (321 comments)

In school for a project we needed to use a chip that was only available in QFP packaging. 144 pins, 0.5mm pitch. One of my teammates soldered the chip free hand and checked the connections with a microscope. We had to build two boards and impressively both chips worked perfectly.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

oracleguy01 Re:precedents have been established (349 comments)

Actually this is interesting, the school has clearly established the punishment for doing this. So the easy way to protest this would be get a sizable percentage of the student body to swear on their twitter accounts. What is the school going to do? Expel 30+% of their student body? If they did, it would make national headlines and the people that run that school would become a laughing stock. It would also energize the debate enough where we could finally sort this out. And if they don't expel them, they can't expel this student.

more than 2 years ago
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Boston Pays Out $170,000 To Man Arrested For Recording Police

oracleguy01 Re:I just wish... (270 comments)

That is kind of what I was thinking. The officers got off very easy, they probably should have been fired. The IAD officers should be disciplined as well for their poor handling of the case. Even if the arresting officer didn't know (which is no excuse) that what Gilk was doing was legal, IAD certainly should have.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

oracleguy01 Re:California (398 comments)

Except the TSA body scanners... those are very safe. Unlike the food coloring in cola that is cancer in a bottle.

more than 2 years ago
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Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

oracleguy01 Re:You get what you pay for (332 comments)

You aren't wrong and I haven't and won't buy their games that have this DRM in it. The problem is they will just blame the low sales on piracy and not on the fact that they are making a bad product people don't want. They just won't get it.

But hey maybe that means they'll get out of the PC games business which maybe wouldn't be a bad thing. They can leave it to people that understand the PC business better.

more than 2 years ago
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Chevy Volt Passes Safety Investigation

oracleguy01 Re:I still don't want one (200 comments)

What is going to happen to the price of electricity when suddenly everyone is charging their cars at home and demand spikes? Gas prices might not be the only thing that will go up in the future. I'm not saying gas is better than electric but all that electricity has to come from some where.

more than 2 years ago
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October, November the Worst Months For Writing Buggy Code

oracleguy01 Re:Useless information - currently (136 comments)

The controls on the PC in the menus were more sluggish until a few updates ago and they adjusted some of the key bindings to be more in line with typical PC games in terms of navigating the menus. I've also ran into the bug where you can't exit a conversation with someone by pressing tab and have to click on the icon of the tab key in the bottom right of the screen to exit the conversation.

This is one area where Steam is certainly nice since it automatically updates; I just happen to notice the version number keeping going up in the menu and some bugs getting fixed.

more than 2 years ago
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Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

oracleguy01 Re:I Seem To Recall (433 comments)

While that is true, if a tool continually gets abused by those wielding it maybe it isn't worth having.

more than 2 years ago
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Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set

oracleguy01 Re:The Sixth Amendment called... (523 comments)

Your assuming he tried to assert that right and was denied. The defendant doesn't have to assert that right if they don't want to. For all we know the defense has been getting their ducks in a row and have been using the extra time.

about 3 years ago
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Costly SSDs Worth It, Users Say

oracleguy01 SSDs for lower power, low noise environments (288 comments)

To me the cost per GB of an SSD really makes it tough to justify in a lot of cases especially if you want to store large programs like games where you'll need at least a 100GB SSD. However one area place I have started to use low capacity (8 or 16GB) SSDs are in low noise and/or low power environments. If you team them with an ITX Atom board and the right power supply you can build a small computer with no moving parts whatsoever. And the computer will have a very low power usage for applications like HTPCs or network appliances (like firewalls) where the machine might always be powered on.

more than 3 years ago
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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

oracleguy01 Re:How come there are enough apes to take over? (239 comments)

The ending showed that the drug/virus spread among humans all over the world, supposedly wiping most of them out. I thought it was kind of silly that they started to play the credits and then showed a scene that hinted at that. It should have been more apart of the last act of the movie, not just an after thought.

more than 3 years ago
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CmdrTaco at Kennedy Space Center

oracleguy01 Cool picture, high res version? (105 comments)

That is a great picture. How about adding a link to the original image?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

oracleguy01 Re:AP Tests (913 comments)

Or you know... You do a university level class in high school, not the other way around. Then you take the test and if you prove you actually learned the material you get university credits for completing it. And the reason it isn't done just because it can be done is that it is *hard* (and rightfully so) for a lot of high school students. Even if you take an AP class, if you don't score high enough on the test you don't get the credits.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

oracleguy01 Re:Translation of meaning: (282 comments)

Mozilla has become Netscape. It is no longer useful. Just a bunch of over paid douche bags who sit around and write code they want to write rather than actually producing something useful.

Its too bad they didn't do a better job of cleaning house the last time netscape failed, looks like they left enough of the old guard that its happened again.

All of this has happened before and will happen again.

I don't want to hate on them either but that is kind of the vibe they are putting out. Fixing bugs can be boring and tedious but it has to get done to maintain a quality product. I like Firefox and have been using it since it was called Firebird but since 3.6 I think they are starting to lose touch with what users care about and are just copying whatever other people (read: chrome) are doing.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

oracleguy01 Google Apps Support (282 comments)

Firefox 4 hasn't been out long and if Google keeps with the browser support schedule. Starting August 1st they won't support Firefox 3.6 anymore. I am all for getting people to upgrade but it seems like they'll be dropping support for Firefox versions pretty fast if Mozilla can keep up with their rapid release schedule.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract

oracleguy01 Re:Not the only judge they've ticked off (130 comments)

It is very refreshing to read this. Maybe all hope is not lost if the court system is finally wising up to this behavior.

more than 3 years ago

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