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How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors

stigmato Re:think different, man (167 comments)

Why contract TEPCO to build turbines over every well and capture it for electricity production of course!

about 7 months ago

Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

stigmato +6 (141 comments)

This needs to be +6 painfully hilarious

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

stigmato In before (285 comments)

Everyone without kids replies saying they'll never let their child do anything but play outside, do arts and crafts, read books and be the pinnacle of amazing parenting while still working a full time job and have a rich adult social life.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

stigmato Re:Early 2008 17" Macbook Pro (477 comments)

I'm leaning towards maxing out the RAM to 16GB and giving it another year. However, I've been curious about the potential for replacing the LCD. I'm curious if anyone has attempted taking the display from a Retina 13" and shoving it into a 2011 or older 13" MBP. I googled it a little and saw some pics of the panel; it seems like it might work but no one has attempted it from what I can tell.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

stigmato Re:Dell Latitude 6430u (477 comments)

Does the cat pee cost extra? And will cats try to mark their territory when they encounter my laptop?

I'm a little surprised at how cheap the upgrade is to the 1600x900 screen. Seems like a good deal. I've worked with Latitudes in the past and I've always loved how easy they were to work on and the availability of full service manuals on Dell's site.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

stigmato Re:Prefer upgradability over thin designs (477 comments)

How does the HP run with that SSD? I have some older laptops including an Atom based netbook that I've toyed around with plugging a small SSD in. Are the results good enough to repurpose those into a parents or in law's device?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

stigmato Re:Let me help the rest of the slashdot userbase (477 comments)

Spot on, that's exactly what I meant. I purchased this originally with the lowest specs and simply upgraded it over time for far cheaper. I think the 256GB SSD option at time of purchase was around $1,000 and 8GB RAM was also very expensive. I'm hoping to find some other laptop out today that I can basically low ball the specs and upgrade on the cheap with a quick win on the RAM and re-use my OCZ Vertex 4 or wait for larger SSDs to come down in price. At the time there just simply was no comparison for quality, cost, and the ability to upgrade over time. Apple stopped caring about giving users that flexibility and I have no ties to the platform other than enjoying the OS's look and feel but that can easily be obtained with a quick install of Debian. My only downside is I use Adobe Lightroom for a photography hobby and that is handled by dual boot.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

stigmato Re:MacBook Pro "Classic" (477 comments)

I run a lot of VMs for testing purposes and for work but one of my hobbies is photography and I use Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop. RAM doesn't seem to be a problem right now but my limiting factor is the CPU - import and process jobs take significant amounts of time, with Lightroom pegging the CPU at 100% easily. That's really my achilles heal with this system and although tolerable I've just begun to grow tired of my system being incredibly sluggish when working with RAW files.

My reasoning for not wanting the Retina models is simply out of price savings. Fully loading a MBPr means spending obscene amounts of money on RAM and HDD that I could purchase on my own for cheaper. Thus my desire to have a laptop that I can buy with high spec monitor, CPU, and GPU then upgrade RAM and disk later for cheaper. It seems like there's a general consensus that the Lenovo T540p is the best fit for my goals; having a full keyboard is an added bonus as well.

I did upgrade this laptop repeatedly over its lifespan - first to 8GB, then to a 128GB SSD, replaced the DVD with a 1TB HDD, and then finally jumped to a 256GB SSD. I've contemplated springing $200 to purchase 16GB RAM through OWC if I don't end up replacing it. I did purchase AppleCare and had to use it to replace the motherboard as there was a problem with static on the headphone jack. They didn't care about any of my modifications which was nice. At this point though it has expired.

about 10 months ago

New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

stigmato Re:Volume (102 comments)

These ones go up to eleven.

about a year ago

Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

stigmato Re:Good luck .. (230 comments)

Not sure what you're talking about with Google's Chromecast. Mario Queiroz said "Once you take it out of its beautiful, clean box, all you have to do is plug it in to, ah, any HDMI input on your TV, power through USB, connect to your home Wifi, and you're ready to kick back and watch." Also it states on the product page that it can also be powered via HDMI 1.4 port if your device has one. But I digress. All corps lie.

about a year ago

Google Chromecast Reviewed; Google Nixes Netflix Discount

stigmato Re:Nice except that it needs Google's cloud... (128 comments)

I want a cheep device that simply mirrors my screen (from whatever device, like a VNC viewer) to my TV over my LAN. Give me that and I'll be a happy camper.

Using Chrome and the Chromecast Extension you can mirror your screen. Simply click the "Cast" button and select "Cast entire screen" under the arrow.

about a year ago

The Return of Surveillance Camera Man

stigmato The blade cuts both ways (188 comments)

I think this is a strong right that we should all be defending. Why should only the police/FBI/NSA/corrupt politicians in charge of security companies have the ability to film the public at will any time they want to? We should defend our right to see and film anything that is public. We shouldn't be beating these people up - be it Google Glass, a Go Pro cam, or your cell phone. We should be thanking them. This is the only way that the general public will wake up and realize that pervasive surveillance is a good thing that everyone should have access to so as to help defend ourselves from unscrupulous authorities. It should not be concentrated in the hands of a few with strong incentives to abuse it.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

stigmato Depends on what you are applying for (358 comments)

If you're a programmer looking for your next gig, having a slew of projects you've developed or worked on show up in Google can definitely help. Having lots of red party cup drunken pictures with your friends on a blog somewhere, however, will definitely hurt you.

about a year ago

Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

stigmato Re:Offline maps are great when travelling (57 comments)

Travelling between Ohio and Indiana, there is a pretty long stretch of no 3G access on my phone, and my map just listed blank nothingness.

Sounds like its displaying Ohio accurately to me.

about 2 years ago

US Is Finally Cleaning Up Agent Orange In Vietnam

stigmato Re:Um... (277 comments)

Is it wrong for a company to develop a new product that cleans up a horribly toxic chemical and want to sell it to make a return on their research & development investment? At least they're developing a way to clean up this chemical rather than a new and improved Agent Orange with even more horrible side effects.

more than 2 years ago

Reminiscing Old School Linux

stigmato Re:yggdrasil (539 comments)

Is that you, Het Masteen?

more than 3 years ago

Mission Complete! WMAP In 'Graveyard Orbit'

stigmato Re:Why not send it plunging ... (114 comments)

Why would you reactivate/repair the satellite? The GP is saying to harvest the rare materials from the defunct satellites, not repurpose the entire satellite.

more than 3 years ago

First Human-Powered Ornithopter

stigmato Re:Why Still Pursuing This? (250 comments)

I would very much like to know how you came to live in a 2D world with 2D bicycles and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 3 years ago



What kind of laptops are pre-Retina MacBook Pro users buying?

stigmato stigmato writes  |  about 10 months ago

stigmato (843667) writes "Once upon a time the MacBook Pro line was well-regarded amongst IT professionals for their quality, performance, serviceability & upgradeability. As appealing as the new Retina displays are, I don't want a device I cannot upgrade or repair. Glued in batteries and soldered in RAM with high prices have made me look to other manufacturers again. What are you buying, /. community? System76? Dell? Old article but still rings true with the latest models. I post this from my 2010 MBP 13" with a 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD in the optical bay, 8GB (possibly 16GB soon) and a user replaced battery."
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T-Mobile loses all information stored on Sidekicks

stigmato stigmato writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stigmato (843667) writes "T-Mobile's popular Sidekick brand of devices and their users are facing a data loss crisis. According to the T-Mobile community forums, Microsoft/Danger has suffered a catastrophic server failure that has resulted in the loss of all personal data not stored on the phones. They are advising users not to turn off their phones, reset them or let the batteries die in them for fear of losing what data remains on the devices. Microsoft/Danger has stated that they cannot recover the data but are still trying. Already people are clamoring for a lawsuit. Should we continue to trust cloud computing content providers with our personal information? Perhaps they should have used ZFS or btrfs for their servers..."
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