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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

toddestan Re:Nobody else seems to want it (690 comments)

The next big push may be high resolution. Things get different when you have to start pushing beyond 2M pixels (which modern desktops can do without a sweat). Try playing a modern game on a 4K monitor, for example. Now, if we could only get the monitor manufacturers to start cranking out some really high resolution desktop displays. You would think they would, but they still seem to be stuck in a 100DPI world. The few 4K screens out there are a nice start, but the resolution/DPI king is still the IBM T221 which has been out of production for nearly a decade now...

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

toddestan Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (324 comments)

I take that you don't have Java or Flash installed on any of your Windows computers? Because from what I've seen, you can be a smart and savvy user, but if those plugins are installed, especially Java, you will get owned at some point.

4 days ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

toddestan Re:Maybe I'm the only one... (197 comments)

I've played around with surround myself, and eventually came to the conclusion that for any reasonable budget, you're better off with a stereo system. As in, if you're going to spend $400 on speakers, you're much better off with two $200 speakers than with eight $50 speakers needed to do 7.1. Having two speakers also makes the setup a lot easier too, and unless you're going to set up a surround set up correctly you might as well not bother. Most home surround set ups that I have are set up incorrectly, which is pretty understandable given that most people can't dedicate a room to a home theater.

5 days ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

toddestan Re:performance never measured in MHz (151 comments)

Actually, I would say that the MHz lost it's usefulness in the x86 world long before the P4 came out. More like the (original) Pentium-era, when Cyrix and AMD starting selling chips with the "PR" rating. Of course, the PR thing was even more meaningless, as a 150MHz Cyrix chip may perform like a Pentium 200 when it came to integer performance (hench "PR200+"), but was more like a Pentium 90 when it came to FPU performance.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

toddestan Re:It's not arrogance if... (261 comments)

Except it's not an investment. It's a place to live. Having to pay capital gains on your home is insane, especially if you've lived there for 22 years.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

toddestan Re:microwave bright [Re:Oh good lord.] (224 comments)

Well, the other way of doing it other than increasing the size of the Dyson sphere would be to build it around a smaller star that emits less radiation. It may not be a bad idea if you're in it for the long haul, as the smallest stars will burn for a thousand times longer than a star like ours, meaning you get the best return on your investment of building the Dyson sphere in the first place. Of course, you then have the problem that less radiation is hitting the surface of the inside of the sphere. That can be solved by, of course, building it smaller which means it will take less material (another plus), but then you're back to emitting infrared again.

about two weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

toddestan Re:First.... (183 comments)

It's not. That's why you have to be...uhh....prepared

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

toddestan Re:Fraud (228 comments)

Well, don't be surprised when your employees get up and leave whenever they hit 40 hours that week, because hey, they've put in their time, right? However, if you expect them to work extra hours to complete some task, don't get your panties all in a bunch when they figure out how to make themselves more productive so they can sneak in some time on slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

toddestan Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Actually, as of 2013 there were still 11 of the RBMK reactors operational, the same type that failed so spectacularly in Chernobyl. Heck, even the Chernobyl facility continued to produce electricity in the undamaged part of the plant until 2000, which a lot of people don't seem to know. I don't have a problem with nuclear power, but really, the remaining RBMK reactors need to be decommissioned pronto.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

toddestan Re:Picture in my head was better (406 comments)

If they're smart, they'll automatically disengage the adaptive cruise control if the car has to slow down enough. Though I wouldn't count on it. Though if I was to do it, I'd probably rig up a trailer that I could hop into and easily detach.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

toddestan Re:Physical destruction (116 comments)

As long as the computer is functional it would seem that the quickest and easiest way would be wipe the drive. Hook up the computer quick, throw in the DBAN cd, let it crunch for a while, then you can throw the whole box into the recycle pile. With physical destruction you've got to have someone take the computer apart and remove the drive, then actually punch the holes in it (or whatever). Granted, getting the drive out can be easy with some cases, but others it can be a huge pain in the ass. Then you also have the problem that once the drive is separated from the rest of the computer it's a lot easier for it wander off too...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

toddestan Re: Physical destruction (116 comments)

Well, you could donate the drives to the various charities that refurbish computers. They're always short on drives because they get so many computers donated to them that have had the drive pulled. They'd be really appreciative if someone showed up with a box full of drives. Size doesn't even matter so much as they are at least 80 GB or so.

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

toddestan Re:VHS machines. (273 comments)

Also, in the case of something like a VCR, just because the buttons are there behind the panel doesn't mean they'll actually function. It may be cheaper just to produce one button panel and cover up the ones that aren't applicable, but that may not be the case for the drive mechanism or the heads.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

toddestan Re:The appearance of being busy (135 comments)

Well, sometimes you just have slow periods, where there simply isn't that much work that needs to be done. Since you're still expected to show up and put in your hours (while also still expected to put in extra hours during busy times) you've got to find something to fill your time with. In most places obviously goofing off for extended periods of time is not acceptable, so you've got to find something to do that makes it look like you're working.

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

toddestan Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

It could simply be that they don't want to accept PayPal because PayPal skims a bit off the top. With a check, they get the full amount.

about three weeks ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

toddestan Re:I have to use Chrome (436 comments)

Why would you have to use Chrome? There are more than two browsers out there, you know. If you otherwise like Firefox, I would suggest IceWeasel or PaleMoon.

about three weeks ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

toddestan Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

Why not use SeaMonkey? If you're comfortable with Netscape 4.75, you'll pretty much feel right at home.

about three weeks ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

toddestan Re:Appre (225 comments)

It's that or else they have completely unrealistic requirements for the job, are unwilling to invest in employees by training them, and sit around and whine that they can't find someone with experience in a dozen obscure and niche technologies.

about three weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

toddestan Re:I Have a Friend Who Is a Top-Shelf Cabinetmaker (372 comments)

However, their stuff ain't cheap. A Mercedes S-class will usually cost more than 5 Toyotas. It will probably last as long as 3 or 4. The Mercedes-Benz company is a pipsqueak, compared to Toyota.

Are you kidding? Mercedes is garbage nowadays. Ever since they bought out Chrysler, their quality went into tho toilet. I'm in Minnesota, and I'm accustomed to seeing 10-15 year old Mercedes that are total rust buckets on their last legs driving around. Granted, this is salt country, but I also see Mercedes from the 70's and 80's driving around with little to no rust so it hasn't always been this way, which is kind of sad. A new Toyota will easily last longer as new Mercedes while costing less to purchase and maintain, and IMHO the quality of new Toyotas has also been sliding for about the last decade.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

toddestan Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Ever talked to a chatterbot? Some of them can produce utter nonsense, some of which can be downright hilarious.

about a month ago

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