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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

sa666_666 Re:Good (I guess) (141 comments)

Talk about damning with faint praise.

about 3 months ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

sa666_666 Commodore computers (623 comments)

First a VIC20, where coding a loop to print "Asshole" was the pinnacle of achievement :) Then moved on to C64, where I became more proficient in Basic and some of the graphics and sound stuff. But it was the Amiga (first 500, then later 3000 and 4000) where I taught myself C and later C++. From there about a year using Windows, and then to Linux.

As I look back, I now notice that almost every system I was ever drawn to was programmer-centric. I never realized it back then, and even into post-secondary education it took a while to realize that CS was my destiny.

about a year ago

Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

sa666_666 Re:Enjoy each day (931 comments)

But it sort of does make sense. You spend your whole life worrying about the unknown. Saving for retirement, dreading what may potentially happen wrt your health. Will I still have a job next year, will I be healthy enough to provide for myself in old age, etc?

In some ways, you're living in a constant state of 'fight or flight', with adrenaline levels at maximum all the time. IOW, you're always stressing about something. When you eventually hear that you're dying, you can basically stop worrying about the future. You only have to think about things from day to day, and hence you can enjoy those days.

I've had that happen with relatives, where in one case they were extremely frugal their whole lives, and never spent money on themselves. When they found out they had a year to live, they went out a spent $20000 on credit cards, and died in debt. But they died (relatively) happy.

And another relative, who was exactly like your anecdote, that became happy once they knew they were dying. It makes sense if you consider that some peoples lives are a constant source of stress, and you can never relax for any reason. In some sense (and this will seem extremely ironic), being told you're going to die is a huge weight off your shoulders. I have to admit that I sometimes feel the same way at only 40 years of age. Perhaps that's not a good sign ...

about a year ago

Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

sa666_666 Re:the more things change... (130 comments)

Not sure if this is supposed to be serious or a joke, but the 68K refers to a Motorola 68000 CPU, and it could address up to 9 *MB* of RAM. It was in an absolutely different class compared to an 8-bit Apple ][.

about a year ago

Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

sa666_666 Re:Dum dum dum (1006 comments)

Don't give them any ideas. Then again, with the amount of anti-intellectualism in the US lately, it seems they already have the idea.

about a year ago

Intel Demos Optical Data Transfer For Servers

sa666_666 Re:Is this good-bye? (71 comments)

The sarcasm is strong with this one :)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

sa666_666 Re:Thunderbird works (464 comments)

Success (!) on getting Kmail 1.x working again in KDE 4.9.4. I simply recompiled the kdepimlibs package, and forced the kmail1 binary to use the new ones. This fixes the profile issues. I suspect once KDE 5 hits, though, Kmail 1.x is dead for good.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

sa666_666 Re:Thunderbird works (464 comments)

For my part, I suffered through the nasty port of Kmail to Akonadi, which was a truly awful experience, but I got through it with my folders intact and it's finally back to a state resembling usability, though not nearly as fast or solid as the original. The Kmail user interface is still the best going, and one day I might actually see some benefit from the new database backend, instead of just pain, races and nonsensical warnings.

Personally, I never did get the newer Kmail working adequately, and am compiling the last 1.x version (from KDE 4.4 or so) and using that. That worked perfectly well up to KDE 4.8. Once KDE 4.9 was released, the profiles stopped working. Previously, you could have separate inbox, sent-mail, servers, etc for different email addresses, and when you sent from each email address, it used the correct sent-folder, etc. Now, it all defaults to local folders. So I don't know what to do next. Dig into the code, I guess, and try to hack it again. Why can't they just leave working programs alone???

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

sa666_666 Re:8-bit to 64 (338 comments)

They also have Luma/Chroma inputs, which is also what the C64/C128 can output. And those two signals together are basically an S-video connector. The C64 did it before S-video was even a standard. I'm actually looking for such an Amiga monitor for my C128-D, to use L/C in 40-column mode, and the digital RGB in 128 80-column mode. Yes, I probably need another hobby :)

about a year and a half ago

Apple Claims Ignorance of Jury Foreman's Previous Tangle With Samsung

sa666_666 Re:Apple's Legal Team (186 comments)

I wouldn't call that lying, I'd call that sleazy.

So in other words, the definition of a lawyer.

about a year and a half ago

KDE 4.10 Beta1 Released

sa666_666 Re:KDE (73 comments)

Talk about damning with faint praise.

about a year and a half ago

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

sa666_666 Re:Job Performance (401 comments)

And this is why it just isn't worth getting married (or involved with anyone at all) in todays society.

about a year and a half ago

Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project

sa666_666 Re:I knew cisco was expensive (220 comments)

I have to completely agree with this. I've been involved with several large-scale RFPs, and this is exactly how it goes. The only thing I'd add is that like clockwork, any party that doesn't win threatens to sue someone. It happens every time. They must be teaching this in business school or something. I've never seen a more childish group of people.

about 2 years ago

Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

sa666_666 Re:Really? (349 comments)

Not sure if you're being serious or not, but if so, no wonder the the current business world is so screwed up. It seems to be just a childish high-school popularity contest all over again. And IME, many business-people are the most childish, vindictive people I've ever met.

about 2 years ago

What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

sa666_666 Re:Do unto others (480 comments)

Isn't this how most business people think? IME, I've never in my life encountered a group of people who are so prejudiced toward those that actually do the work. And the further one is removed from actually getting their hands 'dirty' and doing something, the more they're praised. No wonder society is so screwed up.

about 2 years ago

Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04

sa666_666 Re:What they are actually reporting an Issue. (320 comments)

I know it's almost impossible for Windows' fans to understand, but sometimes dealing with things not working is still better than dealing with problems in Windows. At least with the former there's a chance that (a) someone will fix it, or (b) you can learn to fix it yourself. That just isn't an option in Windows. If there's a bug and it's closed-source, there's nothing you can do about it.

Now, I understand how someone using Windows without any problems (if that is even possible) would think that all Linux users are masochists, but personally I cannot stand running Windows, and I feel my blood pressure rise any time I'm forced to. I'll deal with Linux issues any day.

about 2 years ago

Internet Standards Groups Unite Behind Open Processes

sa666_666 Re:open? (38 comments)

Yep, openness and proprietary concerns are diametrically opposed. The former seeks to standardize and homogenize, while the latter seeks to differentiate (aka, lock-in).

about 2 years ago

In Wake of Samsung Verdict, HTC Does Not Intend To Settle

sa666_666 Re:How is it even possible to innovate these days? (286 comments)

I'd argue that it's always been like this, but the 1% want you to believe in the 'American Dream' and that you can actually achieve it. As long as you're toiling away with dreams of eventually making it, you won't be distracted by the system that is so obviously set up for you to fail. Once large numbers of people start to realize this, then those in control will really be in trouble (the Occupy movement was a brief start).

about 2 years ago


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