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Switzerland's Mega Tunnel Sets Record

troll8901 Re:Super collider? (163 comments)

Mod points for this guy!

more than 3 years ago

Switzerland's Mega Tunnel Sets Record

troll8901 Re:Library of Congress (163 comments)

Or better yet, how many Library of Conresses (Conressi?) can be moved by all those trains.

Hey, Google returns 1,500 results for Library of Conress!

  • Are we talking about data only, or books as well?
  • Are the data going to be stored in flash devices or hard drives in those trains?
  • If using hard drives, are they going to be stored in vibration-dampening cages?
  • If using flash memory cards, are they going to be attached to birds?
  • Are the birds flying free or packed in cages?

There's my questions.

more than 3 years ago

Largest Genome Ever

troll8901 Re:Thats Big (189 comments)

Maybe the code doesn't have any functions - everything is dumped in the main() block. That will lead to much redundancy.

more than 3 years ago

In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra

troll8901 During the SARS period (123 comments)

During the highly-infectious SARS period in 2003, several countries in East Asia were in a state of emergency. N95-rated respirator masks were in extreme short supply.

One bra-manufacturing factory in Taiwan quickly modified its process and churned out masks instead - using the cup and straps as its basic design.

It was a godsend among the Taiwanese who were greatly desperate for protection against the deadly virus, which spreads via tiny droplets of saliva sneezed/coughed into the air.

more than 3 years ago

Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

troll8901 Re:What a moron (440 comments)

I've RTFA'ed. The article is nothing more than a thought experiment. He stated very clearly several times in the article that he does not recommend this.

From the last paragraph:

I won’t be doing this on my network, because I prefer to keep the default security in place... I’m a total advocate of the layered-onion approach to security within a company ...

The Slashdot summary has given us a wrong impression of the article's intention. It's nothing more than a thought experiment.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

troll8901 Re:Yeah, That'll Last (832 comments)

You'd need to perform a dictionary and encyclopaediac attack on the description.

Butterfly = see Chaos Theory
Cotton = see Vegetable Lamb of Tartary
Fiber = see ITU-T G.652 "Characteristics of a single-mode optical fibre cable"

about 4 years ago

Hubble In Anaglyph Stereo 3D

troll8901 Re:There's no 3D in space! (114 comments)

(subject) There's no 3D in space!

Yes, the sky is just a huge curved screen with plenty of white pixels.

about 4 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

troll8901 Re:Software? (715 comments)

May I ask if it's a consumer motherboard RAID, or server RAID, or software RAID?

I'm thinking of using SATA RAID on my Windows XP machine ... (forgetting that backups are more important than RAID).

about 4 years ago

HDCP Master Key Revealed

troll8901 Re:Proof? (747 comments)

I propose mirroring this text onto the following websites:

  • SCO
  • RIAA

Anyone has better ideas?

about 4 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

troll8901 Re:Marketing (350 comments)

Those days are over... before they buy another one, they will be asking some relevant questions

*unable to utter a sound*

Rebutted on Slashdot, humbled again! Oh well.

about 4 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

troll8901 Marketing (350 comments)

2) Being verifiably honest is a competitive advantage.

Question 1: My hard disk can sustain between 30MB/sec to 80MB/sec sequential transfer, while my competitor's can sustain up to 286MB/sec. Which will you buy?

Question 2: My laser printer can sustain 1.5 ppm, while my competitor's up to 10 ppm. Which to recommend?


Hint 1: 286MB/sec is the upper limit for SATA 2.

Hint 2: "My" measurements are inclusive of "cooling breaks between prints" during high volume prints, and includes a medium-resolution graphic (30MB size perhaps).

about 4 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

troll8901 Re:The world just got a bit nicer. :) (350 comments)

1) Uh... Don't you document your device's interfaces so you can code to them?

Um, no. For using the other two companies' libraries, they are supposed to write those docs, so that he can use them.

Also, it has absolutely nothing to do with documenting his device's interfaces.

I have the feeling I'm about to eat a really, really huge humble pie, though.

about 4 years ago

Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

troll8901 Re:What is more stupid (1695 comments)

+10 Insightful.

On an off-topic note, I just spent 1.5 hours walking through the local Muslim temporary night market. They're having sales and discounts, being the last day of sales (since tomorrow is their huge celebration). The festive mood is infectious.

Fighting? What fighting? They're too busy doing sales / preparing to celebrate!

about 4 years ago

NASA Preps Closest-Ever Sun Mission

troll8901 Re:Pfst... (111 comments)

... you'd still face a limited window of around twelve hours. ... Remember that heat dissipation in a vacuum is no trivial matter! ... you could launch your probe from the extreme North or South, where night lasts much longer ...

This is supposed to be funny, mods!

about 4 years ago

Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

troll8901 Re:Ok, honestly? (312 comments)

I don't like the tone of my voice. Please mod me down.

about 4 years ago

Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

troll8901 Re:Ok, honestly? (312 comments)

A) Terrorists are stupid. ... B) People are smarter.

You're so lucky to be surrounded by good people. But still, I can't help feeling you're blind to reality in the world. In particular, some things are nagging at my mind.

A) "motivated / months of planning", "you haven't seen the really good ones"

B) "self-centered", "not wanting to risk myself / let other people take the risk"

But I'm not smart like you, so what can I say?

about 4 years ago

Developer Demands Pirate Bay Not Remove Torrent

troll8901 Original article and insightful discussions (203 comments)

TFA didn't link to the original Reddit article. The original one is here.

And that thread's comments have multiple serious discussions going on.

  1. Caring / not caring about people pirating your work, and the emotions you go through.
  2. How much of that are/are not lost sales, and how many of them wouldn't have bought the software anyway.
  3. The practicality of spending time coding copy protection/checking, and the returns, and how much of them pisses off users.
  4. That it's better to spend time developing features that paying users want instead.

And the discussions rival the quality found in Slashdot.

about 4 years ago

25% of Worms Spread Via USB

troll8901 Re:USB and floppies verboten (190 comments)

Probably developed in-house.

A company with an IT department that instantly shows up when you plug an USB drive ... is a rich company. Probably with in-house apps.

The easiest way to distribute/update apps in the company is to literally copy the EXE file onto the desktop (as vs deploying it using Active Directory).

about 4 years ago


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Please mod me down

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I've been writing many stupid posts recently.

If you see such a post, please don't hesitate. Mod me down.

Modding me down will help to tame me and make me a better person.


Memorial Day 2010

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just read in the comics that it's Memorial Day for USA. Just want to wish your countrymen and soldiers a good day.


troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just received 15 mod points. This is my second time receiving mod points.

Now I have to STFU or else I can't mod. And I have to read EVERYTHING (all the -1 posts) as well.

Arrgghh, I don't have the time!


Not yet changing my nickname

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Someone wrote that I should get a new moniker. He guessed that I was trying to be funny with "troll8901".

My answer:
Yes, I was trying to be funny, but over the past few months, some of my messages were marked "-1, Troll/Redundant/Off-topic", and quite rightly too. I learned a lot by being marked down.

One of my recent messages might be modded "3, Insightful", but the last line "I just wasted 15 minutes on you!" is pure flame, and I should have STFU. I found that lately I couldn't resist flaming other people sometimes.

Well... I guess I may change my moniker or create a new one, when I can write well, default to 1, and get modded 3 to 5 most of the time. Especially "Funny".


My first mod points

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I got my mod points for the first time.

EDIT on 11 Apr 2009: I ended up using 1 point only (out of 5), to mod a post as Funny. I knew mod points would give me a feeling of POWER, and to combat the seductiveness of power, I had intentionally refrained from blowing the mod points the first time round. I wanted to teach myself to resist the urge of deciding other people's posts' fates.


"The Administrator" fiasco (my fault)

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

On Sat 14 March 2009, I complained about Team Fortress 2 Blog having holier-than-thou words, by saying that the "Administrator who enjoys his powers a little too much".

I'm ashamed to say that I'm 100% entirely wrong. These words were in fact posted in-character style, following the game's style. The words were aimed at gamers who understood the humor behind the sarcastic style.

Please see the rebukes to my comment. I'm now hanging my head in shame. My comment definitely deserved the "0" points that it originally received.


troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'm modded down 4th time. Got a "0, Flamebait" for comment on or about Sat 07 Mar 2009. :(


Gut-driven reactions vs experience

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

My carefully crafted (debatable) messages are mostly ignored (neither replies nor mods).

My one hastily written message, relating something from my work experience, got rated "Score:2, Interesting". And also attracted a reply, "It is nice to have some feedback from someone who has actually tried something of the sort, instead of the usual gut-driven reactions."

I guess that's the difference.

I still have Excellent karma, but karma is useless when everyone else ignores you. So I think I'd rather risk my karma and begin actually writing from experience and, um, insight (debatable, heh).

P/S: How do I hide the asterik? The FAQ mentions "no karma bonus" but it doesn't seem to hide the asterik.


I'm stagnant.

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'm stagnant. No posts rated anything above 1. All attempts at humor failed. Nobody bothered to reply to me. Unable to gain any respect among SD writers. Nobody gave me any Informative, Insightful, or Funny tags. :(

Did I mention that nobody bothered to reply to me in my posts?


No Karma bonus

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ticked the "No Karma bonus" option.
This means I'll be posting at 1.

Let's see how it goes first. May enable or disable this option in future.


Posting is score 3

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just discovered that my posting's average score is 3.
Just discovered that my Karma is Excellent.



I need to improve my posts

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've been posting rubbish in Slashdot recently (roughly between 20 to 24 Nov 2008).

I'm not happy that I'm taking on certain negative traits for forum writing. I need to get rid of them somehow.

I need to take a chill pill and change my way of thinking. This is a way to improve.


I've got a "Score:0, Redundant" rating!

troll8901 troll8901 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've got a "Score:0, Redundant" rating on one of my posts!

That's it, I'm going back to the mountains and practice my Slashdot-Fu some more!

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