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35,000 Linux Benchmarks In a Week

purplemecha Windows Users Are Out Cold (65 comments)

Windows users have nothing like this. Too bad for them. Although the Phoronix test suite is actually coming to Windows. The Windows version is very alpha right now. Be an interesting twist if Windows users can take advantage of this in the future.

To quote Phoronix.
"The Phoronix Test Suite support on Windows is very early in development and is not targeted for normal end-users with most areas not yet being implemented but will be later on in the Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 development cycle. At this time the Phoronix Test Suite client is dependent upon PHP being installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\php. The Phoronix Test Suite also uses CPU-Z for much of the hardware detection support on Windows and is dependent upon CPU-Z being installed to C:\Program Files\CPUID\CPU-Z\cpuz.exe."

more than 3 years ago

NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life

purplemecha This is very cool. Very Scifi like (71 comments)

I was thinking how this sounded very scifi like. Spectrometer, laser, ion. It's articles like this that I read Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

Confession: There's an iPhone App For That

purplemecha Now we just need the Church of Satan app (192 comments)

Any guesses on how long before we see an Church of Satan app. I look forward to confessing the sins of the Slashdot editors.

more than 3 years ago

Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

purplemecha Re:Only 15 aliases, lame. I have over 50 (286 comments)

And you can do this cheap. I've been using this concept for years. Anytime I need a disposable address I just go in and add it as an alias using that site's domain name such as

This also gives me the added benefit of knowing exactly who gives away my e-mail address when it starts showing up in spam filters.

Thats exactly how I do it too. As for spam, I've yet to see anybody give away my email address so far. I think a lot of companies are a lot smarter about email these days, but theres plenty of idiot companies still out there.

more than 3 years ago

Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

purplemecha Only 15 aliases, lame. I have over 50 (286 comments)

I use Tuffmail for my email part of my domain. They let have as many aliases as I want. What I don't understand is why more people don't have their own domain. With your own domain you can do all sorts of nifty tricks with email. Free web mail blows big time. Stop being stingy and cough up for your own domain and get full email control. Hotmail sucks ass.

more than 3 years ago

A Lego Replica of the Antikythera Mechanism

purplemecha Arthur C. Clarke said about the Antikythera (74 comments)

Arthur C. Clarke on the TV show "Mysterious World" said if the Antikythera Mechanism had not been lost, we might have populated all the stars visible to the naked eye. What he meant was that the lost of the Antikythera Mechanism set back computing by 2000 years. He reasoned that if it had not been lost, that we might have been 2000 years farther along in computing. It really does boggle my mind to think what could have been if this had become widely known and used, would we have really gone to the stars by this time.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda

purplemecha Can you hurt someone physically via the net? (376 comments)

Don't pacemakers have net connections nowadays. I thought pacemakers uploaded the data through the net to the doctors. All this talk of the Internet not being capable of physically hurting people is nonsense. I'm not saying this legislation is good, I'm just saying people can be hurt via the net. Who is at fault, it's the fault of companies building their product in the worst way possible. The right legislation is to hold those responsible as criminals who make products that affect human life in the real world via the net that endanger human life.

more than 3 years ago

Saudi Arabia Requiring License For Online Media

purplemecha Unoriginal Lie About Freedom Of Speech. (175 comments)

You would think they would have come up with a more original lie, as it is, it's a boring lie. Typical of governments around the world.

"He added that the rules do not include any clauses restricting freedom of speech and that the ministry is eager to ensure there is transparency."

more than 3 years ago

Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

purplemecha Re:Headline misleading (437 comments)

I thought they had meant to put a comma after exposed. I was thinking bad punctuation. But it still don't make sense even with the comma. fridaynightsmoke has it right.

"Cheaters Exposed, Analyzing Statistical Anomalies"

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM

purplemecha Re:That's nice... (342 comments)

How does Rosetta compare to WINE. They sound similar. What if Microsoft were to use WINE to run apps on ARM. :)

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV

purplemecha Perfumers on the team, concerning nasty odors. (64 comments)

'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.'

400 years of hiding nasty odors, where can I get this deodorant?

more than 3 years ago

AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

purplemecha Can I play the snotty Linux user? (318 comments)

Windows users, what losers. I use Linux and my penguin protects me with secure defaults (Ubuntu of course). He sits on my egg shell to keep me safe and warm from the nasty Internet.

Me Ubuntu Fan.
Hey look, a cool download.


Clicks on it.

Dialog box says, do you want to run it in a terminal or view contents.

Selects run in terminal.

It ask for password, well of course it ask for password. It needs to be protected from modification from the Internet.

Installs to /usr/local/

Sweet, cool naked ladies screensaver. Ubuntu is so awesome! Real easy just like Windows but secure!

Sir, this is Comcast and we have noticed that your computer appears suspicious. Stupid rep, what do they know, I have a penguin.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

purplemecha chat to phones with a Beta, whats a beta (827 comments)

FaceTime for the Mac will connect video chat to phones with a Beta starting today. What the heck is a beta? A play on words perhaps, or a mistake of words. &_& I want a beta. I like being radiated.

more than 3 years ago

China Successfully Launches Second Moon Probe

purplemecha Re:It hasn't been this exciting since Apollo (86 comments)

With the loss of the shuttles, we might have to rely on ESA and the Russian FKA. So ESA might get a little more global hopefully.

more than 3 years ago

China Successfully Launches Second Moon Probe

purplemecha It hasn't been this exciting since Apollo (86 comments)

Good for China for picking up the slack. As a space addict, I'll get my heroin anywhere I can. It's sad though that we still don't have a true international space agency. I like to fantasize sometimes about all the nations coming together to pool all their resources into a single collective of cooperation. Hmm does that make me a communist.

more than 3 years ago

The Last of the Punch Card Programmers

purplemecha Reminds me of a punch card I used to have (149 comments)

This reminds me, back in the forties or fifties my grandad obtained an ugly dresser and it came with a punch card taped to the back. The dresser was a real piece of crap but that punch card made it worthwhile. How many people can say they own an honest to god real punch card. Sadly the punch card disappeared and with out it, the ugly dresser had no business being owned by me and so I sold it. Hopefully this lace business sticks around, those old time machines are a real treat to watch as they work.

about 4 years ago

Information On Philips' "Coffee" Machine?

purplemecha Buy it? You gonna display it publicly? (168 comments)

If you buy it. What do you plan on doing with it. Will you display it in a museum. Or will you keep it to your self. If you keep it to your self, I hope you make a good quality video of it. I wish you success in finding it.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Deletes Article On Bullshido, And More!

purplemecha Re:Why care about being on Wikipedia (7 comments)

The more salient point, IMO, is the fact that Wikipedia editors not only are not vetted, but cannot be vetted without violating policy.

That's one reason why Google > Wikipedia, really.

I don't know if Wikipedia uses peer review by other web sites or organizations, but it seems that peer review outside of Wikipedia is needed. Bad editors could be weeded out, maybe some kind of scoring system involving external peer review. Sure, it would be a major slow down. But the gooey mess thats called Wikipedia is probably too large of a mass now to do this in a reasonable manner.

more than 4 years ago




Over a decade of never posting, here I am

purplemecha purplemecha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Slightly over a decade of reading Slashdot and no participation. Well here I am finally. I may come to regret this or not, well see.

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