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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

unitron Re:Dump the progressives!!! (464 comments)

EXACTLY!

No one ever bothered to tell me that it wasn't going to be a band across that had a non-linear top to bottom gradient, but that instead it would be more like a dart board or bulls eye, which means you have to stare absolutely straight ahead, and turn your entire head to see anything not directly in front of you, and that you would have pretty much no peripheral vision whatsoever.

Even if computers didn't exist, my advice would still be

AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAGUE!

My other rant is about how the only thing available anymore are those ugly skinny frames where the lens height is no more than the width of 2 fingers, and for someone as nearsighted as I am, who needs something that gathers in lots of light, that would still be totally inadequate even if they weren't hideous looking.

But, hey, they save 37 cents worth of plastic and get to jack up the retail price by $20 or more because ironic hipsters or something.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

unitron Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

...
One friend of mine was an electrical engineer, and trying to describe to an electrician how he wanted his house wired (quite non-standard) was ... an experience.

...

In that particular instance, the electrician may have been trying to figure out how to give the guy what he wanted while remaining in compliance with however much of the NEC carries the weight of law in that particular jurisdiction and how he was going to get the local inspector to agree that he wasn't in violation.

Was he trying for all home runs and isolated grounds?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

unitron Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Explain to me how the Christ you would "fix by repairing" a RAM chip.

When burne referred to swapping sub-assemblies as not being 'repairing', and PRMan countered with the contention that "Replacing bad RAM on your motherboard absolutely IS fixing your computer.", I assumed we were talking swapping in a new SIMM or DIMM.

Trying to do electron-microscopy level microsurgery inside an individual integrated circuit package may well be nigh on impossible, but with the right tools, equipment, and materials, and some SMD soldering experience, one could replace an IC on a RAM stick, which would be repairing fixing, whereas just snapping a new RAM module into the socket would be replacing fixing.

Of course this pre-supposes that one could lay hands upon the correct replacement IC to repair the RAM module (after figuring out which of the several on there needs replacing), and it's not impossible that a little cannibalization might be required, but you might be able to turn two bad sticks into one good one.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

unitron Re: Dupe (840 comments)

You mean replacing the windings?

Yes, pretty much, although to be honest it's been a number of years since I rewound a motor or undercut a commutator, and the car window motor referred to may not even have a commutator and brushes, but be some sort of PWM'ed stationary windings direct drive type, and the repair wouldn't be on a burnt out winding but on a fried switching transistor. I haven't disassembled any cars in a long time, either.

about three weeks ago
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$freaks++

unitron Re:"Lack of understanding"? (48 comments)

a) I don't moderate and never have. Hence, I haven't moderated you down. So I can't help you with that.

I don't believe I accused you to moderating me down. I'm not sure where that notion comes from.

b) How is that post displaying a "lack of understanding of communism"? I'm genuinely curious.

I may have managed to not notice the quotes around communist. A lot of people here inaccurately describe China and post-Lenin USSR as communist which is not accurate. If you are claiming the Chinese system to be Communist, then you don't understand communism very well. I initially took just a quick look at your most recent comments after seeing the notice that you foe'd me, trying to figure out what may have brought it about.

P.S. I use "foe" as a (too all purpose) marker for people, given that Slashdot doesn't have any other way of tagging people.

Well, there is also "friend".

FWIW I generally take pride in how many people foe me here. The vast overwhelming majority of them - at least when there is any apparent rationale - are hard-core conservatives who disagree with me for daring to use facts against their emotions. You do indeed have a very ... interesting ... foes list, that even includes people who have foe'd me.

I'm pretty sure these are your words:
"I'm not sure why he moderated me down but it might relate to his lack of understanding of communism."
Perhaps you meant to write:
"I'm not sure why he foe'd me, but it might relate to his lack of understanding of communism."

I'm not sure exactly what y'all mean by "tagging" people--is it more sophisticated or useful than just remembering their user names?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

unitron Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Replacing bad RAM on your motherboard absolutely IS fixing your computer. Just like when I replaced the window motor on my car, I bought a $25 sub-assembly and plugged in two wiring harnesses and put in 2 screws. Just because I never used a soldering iron doesn't make it invalid.

And therein lies the difference between fixing by repairing and fixing by replacing.

You're ahead of those who aren't even aware of the concept of a wiring harness, but way behind the person who would have fixed by repairing by rewinding the motor.

about a month ago
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Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

unitron Re:OMG (69 comments)

What, is Facebook down as well?

about a month ago
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Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

unitron Re:Think about this when... (69 comments)

So you're saying that Twitter was designed by the same people that did the accelerator controls for Toyota?

about a month ago
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Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

unitron Re:cis and mi regulation is not "bad" code (14 comments)

If anyone had taken assembler and machine coding back in the old days of computing, they'd get it. You only have so much to code with, so you make it do multiple things.

A better analogy would be a huge bloated computer program that evolved over many decades - where changing (or removing) one little thing in one place can break things in dozens of other unexpected places - but where if you were to rewrite the entire thing from scratch you could reduce the size of the code base by a factor of a hundred while still preserving all the functionality (and also eliminating lots of bugs).

Very few biologists would imagine that you could go through the human genome and excise all the "junk" regions and still end up with a healthy human. But many would agree that some hyper-intelligent entity could almost certainly design a new species that looked and acted human but with a genome that was a hundred times smaller.

No doubt we were intelligently designed to appear to have been the result of thousands and thousands of years of trial and error for some mysterious reason that is beyond the comprehension abilities of us mere mortals.

Or maybe we were intelligently designed with all that extra "code" so as to be able to evolve should it become necessary.

I have an unshakeable, almost religious faith in the ID proponents ability to come up with some sort of explanation of how evolution never happened because pocketwatches.

about a month and a half ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

unitron Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

But the article is about Write-Only Memory. It can't be read, it can only be written to.

about a month and a half ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

unitron Re:Warmth and Vinyl compression and more (433 comments)

phono is is a preamp setting because of the low current/voltage output of the needle. Nothing more or less, you should get out more.

Not true. In addition to amplification, a phono pre-amp also has to apply the R.I.A.A. equalization curve which is the reverse of the one used on the feed to the cutter head when the master disc is recorded.

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about a month and a half ago
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Dick "Smitty" Cheney

unitron Re:Gawd, I love that man (95 comments)

If Nixon and LBJ run together in your mind then you're not from the US or you're too young to have been around for either.

about 1 month ago
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Dick "Smitty" Cheney

unitron Re:Gawd, I love that man (95 comments)

Who's left from LBJ's administration besides Bill Moyers?

about 1 month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

unitron Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

But, but, but... They did it with the internet. Doesn't that make everything legal?

No, it just means you can add "...on the internet." and get a patent on something that was otherwise old news.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

unitron Re:I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (330 comments)

Forget square monitors, I'd be happy if 4:3 made a comeback. Yes, I know they still exist, but they're a lot harder to find than they used to be. Go to any Best Buy or Staples and all you see are 16:9. Those are great for watching movies, but I prefer to watch movies on my TV and do work on my computer. And for pretty much all work except video and movie editing, 4:3 is better. I'm currently working on an old Samsung 4:3 which is starting to give me trouble (making strange noises and going dark at random times requiring me to cycle the power on the monitor.) I hope I won't have too much trouble replacing it when it dies.

If that old Samsung is new enough not to be a CRT, then you've probably got "capacitor plague" going on in the power supply.

Plug the Sammy's model number in at lcdalternatives.com and see if they already offer a replacement cap kit for that model.

If they do, that most likely means that model was produced with the "plagued" caps and lots of other people have had the same problems as you.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

unitron Re:Are you American, perchance? (330 comments)

"it's not so useful TO watching video"

I think you mean "FOR watching video", but then, those damn two and three letter prepositions are just SO difficult for you Americans, aren't they.

You moron.

Or should I say "moran", since that seems to be have most Americans spell it, the irony being lost on their tiny brains. And let me add in 'definAtely', 'rEdiculous', and 'could care less' to that long list of words and phrases that moronic Americans can't spell or write correctly. You fucking idiots.

At least those of us who know not to say "different than" know that when things differ, they differ "from" each other, not "to" each other.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

unitron Re:Hooray! (330 comments)

Finally get back some of the vertical space lost when every laptop and desktop downgraded to "HD".

Absolutely. I mourn the dearth of tall-screen monitors. When I want to watch TV, I use a TV.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

unitron Re:Squarer is better. (330 comments)

Televisions have been advertised by diagonal measure pretty much starting with when they went to rectangular screens from round ones well over 60 years ago.

Since they were all 4:3 ratio, if you were comparison shopping a 19" Zenith and a 19" RCA, it was apples to apples, and you could figure out x and y from the hypotenuse if you had to know width and height.

about 2 months ago

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The Individual Midnight Thread

unitron unitron writes  |  about a year ago

unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

unitron unitron writes  |  about a year ago

unitron (5733) writes "Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."
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Oops!, it's not DST weekend yet after all

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

unitron (5733) writes "In the back of what's left of my mind I've been thinking "Halloween's coming up, time to change the clocks again", and I just tripped over a HuffingtonPost story by Robert J. Elisberg (whoever he is) that reminded me that it's not just Spring that's gotten screwed up, it's Fall as well.

For those of you outside of, or in certain sections of, the U.S., YMMV. Excuse me while I check to see if my Tivo's gonna be screwed up."

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Only way to be sure

unitron unitron writes  |  about a year ago

Someone needs to take off and nuke beta from orbit.

In the meantime, an AC has suggest that we boycott from the 10th to the 17th.

So, who's up for a Slashdot Valentines Day Massacre?

"Beta is Slashdot's version of Jar-Jar Binks, only worse."

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moderation weirdness, who ya gonna call?

unitron unitron writes  |  more than 10 years ago Lately I've been getting moderation points every time I turn around, and maybe it's overwhelming my memory (not RAM, but the stuff in my head), but I think I just got meta-moderated on moderations I never made of comments I never saw in articles I never loaded, so I'm sticking the source for this page (http://slashdot.org/messages.pl?op=display&id=3795876) here for possible future reference.

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Slashdot Message for unitron [ Message Preferences | List Messages ] Metamoderation Results
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Some of your past moderations have been meta-moderated by other Slashdot readers. Here are the exciting results:

  • "Re:thaworx" from the discussion "Whose Prior Art Filing Triggered Eolas Reexam?" which you moderated as Redundant was voted Unfair.

Thank you for moderating.

Some of your past moderations have been meta-moderated by other Slashdot readers. Here are the exciting results:

  • "Could it be ... MicroSoft?!?" from the discussion "Whose Prior Art Filing Triggered Eolas Reexam?" which you moderated as Interesting was voted Fair.

Thank you for moderating.

Some of your past moderations have been meta-moderated by other Slashdot readers. Here are the exciting results:

  • "Re:Serious Question for L's and IANAL's" from the discussion "Whose Prior Art Filing Triggered Eolas Reexam?" which you moderated as Interesting was voted Fair.
  • "Re:Lawsuits!" from the discussion "Psion May Look To Linux For The Next Big Thing" which you moderated as Troll was voted Fair.
  • "The article: written by a schizophrenic" from the discussion "Psion May Look To Linux For The Next Big Thing" which you moderated as Interesting was voted Fair.

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