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What To Expect With Windows 9

sk999 Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (340 comments)

The nice thing about workspaces is that they work even when you are traveling on a plane Ever tried to set up 8 physical monitors in coach class? Even in first class, you can get complaints.

I use a 2x3 configuration. After much experimenting, I settled on an edge resistance of zero. Seamless flow from one workspace to the next. Takes a bit of practice. Anyone else trying to use it goes batty.

8 hours ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

sk999 Footnote mania (145 comments)

19 footnotes for a 24 page opinion, including one so long that spills over from one page onto the next. Ouch! Detracts from what is otherwise a great read, including delving into papers from the file of the acting governor at the time that the legislation at issue was passed.

yesterday
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

sk999 Even better approach ... (152 comments)

I have a bookmark to a static copy of the Google start page from the era when it was starkly simple - none of the goofy javascript nonsense that infests it nowadays. If the returned search pages are just as "outdated" - well, that's even better.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

sk999 Rotary Phone (635 comments)

Mine is from back when you didn't own it - the phone company leased it to you. Built like a brick. Would get rid of it, but it is still the only thing that can test if the phone line is working when the power goes out.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

sk999 Preparing When You Are On The Road (191 comments)

It pays to prepare, even if you don't live in a quake-prone area. I've felt 7 quakes in all and most have been while I was on the road, including yesterday's Chile quake, when I was in the Santiago airport. It was strong enough that the staff came through later to make sure everyone was OK and to admonish everyone that they should have stayed away from the windows. The duty free shop was shut down, so I guess the lesson is to get your shopping out of the way sooner rather than waiting.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

sk999 Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

I never built or assembled a computer, but around 1977 I did build a computer peripheral - a video display driver with a whopping 786 kbits of memory - shift register, not RAM. An instrument controller was also part of it. Lots of toggle switches, thumbwheels, and blinking lights. Sonalert to signal state changes. It even came with a remote. Lots of mandatory soldering and wirewrapping. Custom manufactured crystal for the master oscillator. The blinking lights were the most impressive feature. The day that the banks of blinking lights were eliminated from computers is the day I stopped trusting them. Still don't.

about a month and a half ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

sk999 Hard To Say (278 comments)

I have a mix of CFL, halogen, and old-fashioned filament bulbs. The halogen is the shortest-lived, by far. The CFL has been doing fine for years. Interestingly, the filaments bulbs, by and large, are also doing fine after many years. The average age is well over 3 years (the longest interval in the poll) even for bulbs that get used every day.

about 2 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

sk999 NOAA, please shut up. (547 comments)

In my area, our records predate the NOAA. We had the coldest season ever for Dec-March. We had snow in April. We had freezing precip. in May. June has been pretty nice, but we are about to head below normal once again. For anyone who has the idea that we need to cool the Earth back down, just go away.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

sk999 Even Slashdot Classic is Going Downhill (474 comments)

Slashdot gives me the option to disable ads, but for the longest time I didn't bother, because - heck - it's what pays the bills, plus I even bought something once through one of its ads.

Then the obnoxious oversized ads and overlayed popups started appearing, and suddenly disabling ads became the only way to even see the site content.

Now, even with ads "disabled", I still get ads. Nice job Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

sk999 Re:I just bought a new car... (148 comments)

I recently had a Ford Fusion as a rental. It was a hybrid, which I had never driven before, and it took most of a day of trial and error to figure out which combination of this-and-that you need to do to even start the thing. It had the Microsoft In Sync system, which I never figured it out. In fact, I couldn't even figure out how to turn off the radio - could only turn down the volume. On the plus side, it did perform quite well as a car (that driving thing).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

sk999 PHB thinking at its finest (185 comments)

The BOD must think it is comparable to selling lists of phone numbers to telemarketers, but the internet doesn't work that way. The total college student population in the US is of order 20 million - how are they going to get companies to pay attention to a diddly-squat ISP that wants to control access to 35,000 - 0.2% of the potential market?

about 3 months ago
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The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

sk999 Re:Einstein was a huge roadblock (129 comments)

The evidence was accumulating even before General Relativity was published and was largely in place by 1923 - all of Slipher's galaxy velocities (41 total), which were published in Eddington's book on GR. The predominance of positive velocities (i.e., redshifts) was well known. Had Einstein properly appreciated Friedmann's work in 1922 and at least made others aware of it, it is likely that the connection between a model of an expanding universe and the positive velocities would have been made around that time.

about 4 months ago
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The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

sk999 Einstein was a huge roadblock (129 comments)

After creating the theory of General Relativity, Einstein came up with the first cosmological model - one that was static. This was 1916. De Sitter came up with an alternative, but also seemingly static, model in 1917. (De Sitter called them Models A and B). Later, Friedmann (1922, 1924) and Lemaitre (1927) came up with models of expanding universes, but Einstein judged both of them to be bad physics, even going so far as to writing a paper claiming that Friedmann's calculations were in error (a claim he later retracted.) Einstein's influence was so great that these models lay buried until 1930. Einstein wanted the universe to be static (and closed) so he could preserve his beloved Mach's principle. In the end it was a combination of Eddington, de Sitter, Hubble, and Lemaitre who broke the logjam.

It is also tempting to criticize Einstein for the introduction of the "cosmological constant", but since today it is considered to be one possible form of Dark Energy (the Lambda-CDM model), in this instance he gets a pass.

about 4 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

sk999 Always with the negative waves (403 comments)

The fact that I actually agree with the FSF's position is irrelevant. Why is it that, the only time the FSF gets into the news, it is when the organization is spouting "Negative Waves"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Need Mo' Positiv Waves.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

sk999 Postscript (634 comments)

Today someone told me about how he once wasn't allowed to disturb a printer - because someone was using it to run a job doing an FFT written in Postscript. Apparently the large amount of memory available in the printer was paramount.

about 4 months ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

sk999 Is It Unlawful To Increment A Number In A URL? (148 comments)

If so, then I committed an unlawful act today. Did a Google, search, and soon I was reading a pdf file of section 9 of some code, but it referred to section 10. How do locate section 10? Oh wait - just increment the section number in the URL by 1. Oops - Federal prosecutors knocking on my door, ready to haul me off to NJ for trial. Dang.

about 5 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

sk999 Re:nope! (496 comments)

Agreed. Sideview mirrors let you see places a rearview camera won't. Handy to have in traffic on the expressway (a.k.a freeway in Western US).

about 5 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

sk999 Re:Undetected second turn (491 comments)

It seems likely that the turn to the South was far enough West that it was out of range of any radar. In fact, the entire flight path has the curious property that it avoids passing over the territory of any country except Malaysia itself. Everyone want to imagine some onboard disaster cause the aircraft to turn back, but when you look at the path actually taken by the plane, it sure looks like it was calculated and premeditated.

about 6 months ago

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