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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

sirinek i have no reason why (338 comments)

I've been using the same mousepad from Data 2000 in Ocala FL, since late 1992.

more than 2 years ago

Attachmate Fires Mono Developers

sirinek mono is a good thing (362 comments)

At first I thought.... who wants to write .net apps on unix? Until I was forced to write a program that talked SOAP to a vendor's server running .NET web services.

I whipped one up in visual studio (and im a unix admin with 15+ years experience) compiled it in windows, and then copied the .exe file to a linux and solaris box where it ran with no issues whatsoever

The same thing in perl using SOAP::Lite took weeks to get right and even then was still a mess.

Mono's definitely a useful part of the unix world.

more than 3 years ago

Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets

sirinek Re:Thank you Google! (286 comments)

Could be worse... Ehow does have some reasonably good content.... while Yahoo Answers is filled with entirely useless results, many of which are completely incorrect "answers" to the question being posed!

more than 3 years ago

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot

sirinek Re:only 3 to 4 city lots in 1 acre? (215 comments)

50 x 150ft is a common city-sized lot. That's a little more than 1/6 acre.

Also, I verified with google... an acre is 43560sq ft, which is 66x660.... your claim of 220x220ft was incorrect.

more than 4 years ago

Most Readers Don't Like Customized News

sirinek one problem with online news (107 comments)

I'd be pleased just to get rid of all the anonymous commenting on most news sites. The level of nastiness leveled by pretty much anyone commenting on sites like Yahoo News is just mindblowing. Anonymous web commenting has gotten so out of hand, someone even made a firefox plugin to filter it!

more than 4 years ago

AMD Publishes Open-Source "ATI Evergreen" Driver

sirinek Re:Baby Steps (159 comments)

A 16550 doesn't really count as a graphics card anymore...

That was the funniest comment in this entire thread. But it flew right over most of these lil whippersnappers heads.

more than 4 years ago

Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

sirinek Re:Comments (383 comments)

I've been using my.yahoo.com since 1997, the most configurable IMO.

more than 5 years ago

Attack of the PowerPoint-Wielding Professors

sirinek Re:Most professors guilty? (467 comments)

You probably got marked off for calling it C+ instead of C++.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

sirinek Re:Wrong Information (555 comments)

It says nothing about unlimited data or tethering in that link or the AUP document I read that was linked from the page you linked to.

Near as I can tell, your 5GB plan gets you 5GB. If you are a Verizon customer you can log onto their website at any time and check your data usage, or if your phone supports the "My Verizon" app like mine does, you can use it for checking.

I used less than 100MB last month with web browsing, app downloads, using google maps with gps, and some light youtube video watching. Unless you are downloading large files you shouldnt need to worry about a 5GB cap.

more than 5 years ago

ARM Attacks Intel's Netbook Stranglehold

sirinek Re:A compelling Linux on ARM netbook will worry MS (521 comments)

I don't agree. I mean what was IE's market share before Mozilla/Firefox started to gain share? What was IBM's share in the PC market at one time?

more than 5 years ago

Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

sirinek Re:Clear Does It I think... (259 comments)

They have been FLOODING atlanta with advertisments, and I hear several people say they are getting it, but heard little about actual service performance.

Still, $50 for unlimited wireless internet with speeds approximate to what you'd get off bellsloth's DSL (3 megabit?) isn't a bad deal, if indeed you use it on the go around town. I've heard at least 2-3 non-authoritative sources say Clear plans to actually DROP the price once they get a critical mass of subscribers. If that were to actually happen, I'd be shocked, but it would definitely jumpstart the use of their service.

Personally, for me, I'll keep comcast. Guess I'm old school like that. I can tether my blackberry if I need emergency internet away from home and im not in a wifi hotspot.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Buys Sun

sirinek Re: Solaris (906 comments)

Because Solaris x86 is such a tiny portion of the installed Solaris systems out there.

more than 5 years ago

Open WAP = Probable Cause?

sirinek Re:Accept Jury Duty (466 comments)

By the 6th amendment, if we are accuused of a felony (such as robbing liquor store or the charges brought up in TFA) we have a right to a trial by a jury of our peers.

That includes you assuming you are an American.

more than 7 years ago


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How I pick friends and foes

sirinek sirinek writes  |  more than 12 years ago

(Last Updated 12/26/2002)

I give foes a -6 modifier and friends a +6.

I give Anonymous Coward a -6 modifier. There is no reason to post anonymously on a web board that you dont have to provide tracable information to sign up on unless you are trolling or flaming.

I read slashdot at a threshhold of 1.


  • Obvious Trolls: The most obvious trolls are those who never respond to a thread, just post "Funny" comments to gain karma points to burn when they go trolling. They are almost always very easy to spot. Most new accounts that post a lot are trolls, so the top 10% gets an automatic -1 modification.
  • Snotty Foreigners: This is an American web site, run by Americans in America. Non-Americans who post rude and just plain ignorant posts about how such and such post or story is overly US-Centric gets a quick ride to my foe list.
  • Flamebait: Name-calling is childish and doesn't belong in an adult web board. Yes, I realize not all slashdotters are of an adult age (to say nothing of mentality) but people who post a message for the sole purpose of being a jackass are foes too. :)


  • People who post comments I find extremely interesting and/or extremely funny and who have a history of posting such quality content in my opinion.
  • People who do interesting things like write games where you push people off the stairs for points. ;)
  • Friends of mine outside of slashdot.


Does anyone read this?

sirinek sirinek writes  |  about 13 years ago

I dont think anyone will ever read this. It might be a nifty feature but I dont see how it gets used at a place like Slashdot. :)

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