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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

pswPhD Crayon (362 comments)

I suppose filling in a loan application form in red crayon is a bad idea? that might explain why I had so many problems...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

pswPhD Re:Tough job ahead (159 comments)

What do I think? Lots of luck!

I agree. I think your project is doomed without a lot of luck or divine intervention.

I feel I can speak on behalf of the slashdot community that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

pswPhD Re:SuSE (573 comments)

I have been using OpenSuse since around v10, mostly with KDE but I have gnome installed as well. I find Yast (essentially a nicer Linux version of Microsoft's control panel) easy to use, so adding printers, scanners etc. is easy to do. GUI or text versions are very similar.

It would be good if you could do a follow up post of how you get on with whatever distro you choose.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Cheap Computing Cluster?

pswPhD Re:Once you solve the hardware challenges..... (160 comments)

I can recommend Rocks as well, although you WILL need the slave nodes to have disks in them (you could scrounge some ancient 40Gb drives from somewhere...) you seem to want hardware information so...

First point is to have all the fans pointing the same way. Large HPC's arrange cabinets back-to-back, so you have a 'hot' corridor and a 'cold' corridor, which enables you to access both sides of the cabinet and saves some money on cooling.
My old workplace had two clusters and various servers in an air conditioned room, with all the nodes pointing the back wall. probably similar to what you have.
Don't know anything about the UPS, but I would assume having it on the floor would be OK.

Good luck with your project. Write a post in the future telling us how it goes.

about a year and a half ago
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EFF Jumps In To Defend Bloggers Being Sued By Prenda

pswPhD They have other things to worry about (87 comments)

Prenda have much bigger things to worry about than the EFF. They have really annoyed a federal judge, and may be guilty of perjury, contempt of court, fraud on the court and identity theft. Probably a couple of other offences as well.

Prenda isn't finished yet, but given the recent hearing they probably won't be around much longer

about a year and a half ago
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I most look forward to flying with ...

pswPhD Re:Missing option (303 comments)

I am going to go with hoverboards!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

pswPhD Simple solution (312 comments)

Pick any monitor you wish, then put it on a pile of books. you can get it as high as you wish

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

pswPhD Why bother buying one? (403 comments)

The original wii filled the casual gamers market with a simple remote that even my 84 year old grandfather could use (this is the guy who's mobile phone went off so he put it under the tap to get it to shut up). Nintendo came up with simple, fun games and few additional accessories to go with it.

For this market, graphics/HD are not really needed and are not especially important. Why bother to upgrade?
"Hard Core" gamers would go and buy the Xbox720/PS4 when they come out as graphics/gameplay/improved physics are important. Not so much for more casual gamers.

I have a Wii, and have no intention of buying the WiiU.

about a year and a half ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Uses 7.1 Billion Transistor GK110 GPU

pswPhD Answer- Scientific computing (176 comments)

They are aiming the GTX Titan at the GPU scientific computing market- by fitting up to three of the things in a smaller form factor and running on a (relatively) small power footprint of 250W, these can be useful for CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) calculations, quantum chemistry calculations, protein folding, bitcoin mining (as mentioned by msauve) the list goes on.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

pswPhD matlab (332 comments)

I don't think this is quite what your after, and it is expensive as hell, but have you tried Matlab?

about a year and a half ago
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Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

pswPhD Re:Enter the modern world of ... (418 comments)

... waste!!! Manufacturers just want you to buy another to replace yours which is designed to break soon. Manufacturers win with more diversion of economy (e.g. repeat sales). World loses.

I'm not as pessimistic. I don't think that many people are going to buy one- so not much wasted. Problem solved

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Hints At Jail Time For Porn Copyright Troll Prenda Law

pswPhD Re:No jail for patent trolling - jail for ID theft (63 comments)

IANAL but...

Actually it is worse than that (for John Steel and Brett Gibbs). Reading the court order, they are guilty (at least accused) of 1) failing to comply with a court order and 2) fraud on the court (and therefore perjury). If they fail to show up to the March 11th hearing then you can add contempt of court to that list.

It will be interesting to see how this ends.

about a year and a half ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

pswPhD Re:What a quitter! (542 comments)

Damn, now it makes perfect sense...Noah was only ~250 years old when he died. Makes the whole bible seem more legit.

The whole point of the Bible is to state God existence, and the nature of that God.
So, if we assume an omnipotent God exists and wanted somebody to live for ~900 years, He has the strength and ability to be able to do so.

about a year and a half ago
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

pswPhD Re:DSLR... sorta (316 comments)

I actually find the opposite.
Having a half decent DSLR around my neck means I actually use the thing to take pictures. The camera on my phone is rubbish and so it stays in my pocket most of the time.

about a year ago
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Pushing Back Against Licensing and the Permission Culture

pswPhD Re:unlicensed code (D)DOS (320 comments)

I have not used github, but I assume that there is version information and a date and time attached to different versions of the code. It should therefore be easy to prove the the open source/permissive license code existed first.

about 2 years ago
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How Open Source Could Benefit Academic Research

pswPhD Re:I am a scientist who has made "code" (84 comments)

I've done research in Chemistry, and have heavily used open source quantum chemistry codes (mainly NWChem and Quantum Espresso. I am grateful to these guys for releasing these codes.

MY code on the other hand is not available. most of it is a bundle of scripts designed for one process that would make all the programmers on /. cry. the rest is in Fortran, which compiles using one compiler on one machine, and seg faults everywhere else. It's not open source because no one in their right mind would want it.

That said, if you want the raw data, all anyone needs to do is ask.

about 2 years ago
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How Do You Backup Your Data?

pswPhD paranoia (212 comments)

While writing my PhD thesis, I had it backed up onto the following:
2 external hard drives in my control
file-server at uni (which is itself backed up onto an external hard drive)
USB stick
both partitions (linux/windows) on my laptop
email to the parents

So the missing option is "all of the above"

about 2 years ago

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Conficker begins stealthy update

pswPhD pswPhD writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pswPhD writes "The BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7991422.stm) has reported that the Conficker Worm has updated itself late last night. Trend Micro spotted the new file, and that it was encrypted, so the exact contents of the new payload is unknown. It appears that "In a bid to avoid alerting people to its activity, the update is slowly being trickled across the population of machines harbouring the C variant.""
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