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What To Expect With Windows 9

toddestan Re:Winning the lottery (532 comments)

I would just start checking dumpsters if your goal is to get an older computer to run Linux and a P4 is fine. Early LGA775 stuff (which is what a 3.8Ghz P4 would be) is common, and even if the computer doesn't run you could probably harvest it for parts and fix yours up.

4 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

toddestan Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (532 comments)

It'll probably work too. A lot of people complain about Vista, but if they ever actually used it they'd find it's not much different than Windows 7.

5 hours ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

toddestan Re:Aero Or Go Home (532 comments)

Hey, at least in Windows 8 they brought back the go up a directory button. Though by this time I've gotten so used to using backspace that I don't even push it despite it being there.

5 hours ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

toddestan Re:Spoiler (190 comments)

Looks like someone played Simtower back in the day? My guess that in a building that large most people would not leave the tower on an average day, so it's more like an arcology in SimCity 2000. It's an interesting point though, as the proposed design would not have living spaces in a lot of the areas where the jetstream would be found (the idea would be to let the wind pass though the open structure to reduce lateral stress) though those areas could not be completely empty as there would have to be elevator shafts passing through them.

2 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

toddestan Re:Alexander (92 comments)

Not necessarily. If they can use DNA to prove that the remains are of St. Mark then they can't Alexander's.

5 days ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

toddestan Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

There's often going to be difference between an aftermarket charger and a counterfeit one. There are plenty of perfectly fine third-party chargers that are CE, UL listed, etc. that are safe to use. The counterfeiters generally don't concern themselves with that kind of thing and build about the cheapest thing possible.

5 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

toddestan Re:STEM (347 comments)

That's assuming that the newbies can even make it to the front lines. With so many entry-level jobs going overseas or to H1-b's, a lot of STEM graduates end up having to find work in other fields.

5 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

toddestan Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (296 comments)

Windows is constantly paging ram contents out the disk. That way, if something suddenly has a need for a large amount of memory, Windows can let it have it instantly because the contents have already been paged out. Linux doesn't do this so if something needs a lot of ram you have to wait while the kernel swaps something out to disk first. This is usually a good thing if you are trying to run Windows on a system without a lot of ram, but the thing is Windows keeps on doing it even if there is gobs of ram available. And if you think Windows 7 is bad about it, Vista was a lot more aggressive when it came to this.

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

toddestan Re:well of course they did! (296 comments)

Well, later on you get the cut-down version, where the 3TB is (for example) a 2-platter 4TB drive where one side of one of the platters is not used for whatever reason.

With that said, I have four of the Seagate 1.5TB drives that seemingly have earned quite a reputation. but mine thus far have been flawless.

about a week ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

toddestan Re:Not just one mobo (102 comments)

That's not my experience. I've always wondered why Asus has been held in such high regard when I've found their stuff be to be pretty much crap, dating back to at least the Socket A days. Not just motherboards too, as their video cards are just as flaky and die just as quickly, and don't buy their laptops either unless you need a paperweight. Heck, I'd buy ECS before buying Asus. The quality may not be any better but I'd at least save myself some money.

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

toddestan Re:bringing in more H1Bs will solve this problem (250 comments)

Literally, by the time you get to the workplace the language does not matter.

We may know that, but try convincing the hiring manager of that. If the job is programming in language X, and you don't have Y years of experience in language X, your resume goes straight into the circular file.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

toddestan Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

They exist as medical-grade monitors, and cost as much as a decent used car.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

toddestan Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Myth. There are no TVs for sale with a 1080p screen smaller than 22". The 1080p screens found in laptops are pretty much only used in laptops. Since those screens are pretty much being built for laptops only, there's no reason they couldn't be some other resolution.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

toddestan Re:Even older than that (359 comments)

Going up the line from the TI-81 to the TI-84+ every new model can do everything the previous one could, plus more. On the other hand, the TI-84+ can't do things the old TI-85 can, even though the TI-85 was the second graphing calculator the TI made (the TI-81 being the first).

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

toddestan Re:Simple (635 comments)

A lot of those big LCDs use a surprising amount of power. The savings might be less than you think. And if he opted for a plasma the power usage would go up considerably.

Besides, another factor is how much the TV is used. I have a tube TV but I use it so little the payback would be decades, easily. Though with 1300+ movies on Laserdisc and VHS alone, I would guess the TV sees quite a bit of use.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

toddestan Re:*drool* (181 comments)

A Core 2 Duo is is a ton faster than en shitty P4 3.8 GHz though. You'll have trouble playing HD video with a P4.

That'll depend a lot on what generation of P4 you're running. If you have a late LGA775 P4 in a motherboard with a PCI Express slot you can slap in a decent graphics card and you'll have no problems playing HD video. If it's an older socket 478 P4 you'll have an AGP slot and your options are a lot more limited.

about two weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

toddestan Re:Video decoding regression (113 comments)

I'm just hoping that there is a way to disable that obnoxious "Install Flash" bar that comes up every time you visit a site with Flash and you don't have Flash installed. It's like Google can't imagine that someone would not want to install Flash (ditto for builds of Chromium running on OSes that don't even have Flash).

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

toddestan Re:Statistics (316 comments)

38.58 words per sentence.

Bullshit.

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

toddestan Re:Change for Change's Sake (251 comments)

If they now think that transparency is a bad idea, then why didn't they catch this in trials before launching Windows Vista?

I wouldn't say transparency is bad, it's just a fad that's has run its course. Though if you ask me, Microsoft is pushing Metro as the future and is purposely trying to make desktop mode look dated on purpose.

about three weeks ago

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