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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

tom17 Re:Dare to be stupid (234 comments)

Cut it off first and put it in there. Bonus points if you can still pull a different face on every rotation of the turntable!

yesterday
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

tom17 Re:It doesn't have to work perfectly. (185 comments)

Don't forget that incident due to improper maintenance also counts as human error. Under inflated tyres, worn brakes, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

tom17 Re:really? really. (558 comments)

Wow, I could have written that post. I'm not alone!!!

about 6 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

tom17 Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

Just for your info, I covered the extra electricity charges for the coming month in under 24 hours.

And there are no ASIC chips for scrypt based mining yet so it's currently GPU mining all the way (to tha moon, lol).

I'm not 100% sure yet, but I also think that due to the very nature of the scrypt algorithm, ASIC mining is unlikely to come soon as it;s really reliant on having a lot of fast memory (Basically, high end video cards). There is one company that claims it's close to making one, but they have not actually shown anyone a working product yet so we'll see.

about 10 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

tom17 Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

Yeah I thought I missed the bandwagon, but then I discovered scrypt based coins and it turns out I might just be able to catch the tail end of this ride. My first card I just bought should pay for itself in ~16 days. *IF* that happens, I will be upgrading to a bigger rig.

It's not too late.

Mine for WorldCoin by the way. It's still one of the best longterm options for mining.

I will either be wrong, in which case I have a perfectly sellable graphics card I can move on (Or game with) or I am right and BWUAAHAHAHAAAA

I think that's called win:win :)

about 10 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

tom17 Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

I used to be an Nvidia guy until last week. Just hopped onto the crypto coin mining bandwagon and my new 7950 card should pay for itself in ~2-3 weeks.

Nvidia are junk for this, unfortunately.

And it shows, you try to find a new or 2nd hand 79xx card anywhere for a reasonable price. They have all been snapped up by the miners :(

about 10 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

tom17 Re:In other words (530 comments)

Nope, try imagining an ebony bath full of fine dry sand and then video it as the sand drains out. Then play the video backwards and watch the sand filling the bath. Like that, yes.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

tom17 Re:Instead of likening things to rocket science (530 comments)

Arrrgh, this is thoroughly pissing me off too. Do you have any info on the sets you got?

The best I have found so far is the technic lego sets that have 'build 3 models' options. That or the HUGE expensive kits that STILL only build 2...

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

tom17 Re:Time (530 comments)

Drink up, the world's about to end.

about a year ago
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

tom17 Re:No thanks... (226 comments)

Oh and I thought the Corolla would disintegrate, but it made it. All that really happened was 50% wear on a set of brand new front pads that I put on fresh for the day.
Give it an oil change first too :)

1 year,11 days
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

tom17 Re:No thanks... (226 comments)

If you have not been on the track, do it - it's a different world.

When I first started racing in ~'95, I already thought of myself as a fairly accomplished driver when it came to car control and picking fast lines. Once I got on the track I learned how wrong I was. You simply can't drive like that on the road unless you are on a closed stage or something. There is always too much to think about, too many compromises to worry about. On the track, you don't have to worry about as much of that and you can concentrate on perfecting the lines and not worrying about getting 'stuck' in a tree (It was this thought that started me out in racing).

Do it :)

1 year,11 days
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

tom17 Re:No thanks... (226 comments)

Fun innit. I know I stung some egos bad that day.

Had a lot of fun too as it was my first time on the track in about 13 years. People talk about some cars not being fun to drive, I reckon any car can be fun if you try hard enough :)

1 year,11 days
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

tom17 Re:No thanks... (226 comments)

You may jest, but I recently took my '99 Corolla (Automatic, on worn out no-name (Wanli) winter tyres) to a track day with Mustangs and was catching up with some of them :)

Sure, those drivers probably don't know how to drive fast (Everyone has to learn, right!) or were too scared to scratch their precious, but come on, seriously? A Corolla faster than a Mustang? That should not be :)

Made me chuckle inside at least :)

1 year,11 days
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Final Mars One Numbers Are In, Over 200,000 People Applied

tom17 Re:I would have... (176 comments)

And Wensleydale cheese.

Or.. wait a sec, did I sign up for the wrong interplanetary settlement mission? CRAP!!!

1 year,13 days
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Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

tom17 Re:How many people don't know a 2nd search engine? (352 comments)

Incorrect; It's fairly standard procedure to have a fallback for when the hosting provider of the scripts is down. In this case, you have all the benefits of hosting it externally without the increase in potential downtime.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

tom17 Re:Small correction (445 comments)

if ( Person.HasAccent(Accents.British)) {
                        explanation = 'plausible';
};

about a year ago

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Microsoft trying to poach Websphere clients

tom17 tom17 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tom (659054) writes "So someone from the business dept forwarded this on to our IT managers for perusal. It seems that Microsoft Marketing have come up with some benchmarks that nicely show that an .NET/Intel/Windows solution is drastically cheaper than a Websphere/POWER6/AIX solution, and much better performing to boot.

http://www.internetnews.com/software/article.php/3818056/Microsoft+Claims+WebSphere+Best+on+Windows.htm

Their "Informational website" is http://www.websphereloveswindows.com/ (Requires Silverlight, way to get to the non-MS audience there!)

Tidbits of information that they are touting include:
"The IBM configuration cost $260,128, while the HP-Microsoft-based set up cost $87,161 — about a third the cost of the IBM system. Beyond cost, however, Martin claims that the HP system also outperformed the IBM — with 11,000 transactions per second (tps) versus 8,000 tps on the Power"

Now we need to try to convince the business that this is just marketing buzz. How do we defend ourselves from these rather appealing MS numbers?"

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