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Julian Assange To Run For Australian Senate

vintagepc Re:Go Assange! (207 comments)

And if anything, that should give him an advantage - No need to learn about all the hidden intricacies of what's going on when starting the job!

Joking aside, it would be interesting to see whether this results in a more open government than before.

more than 2 years ago
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Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

vintagepc Re:How (244 comments)

See, therein lies the catch - they can then sneak in a tax on your ISP bill to help fund the infrastructure required to implement this, and make even _more_ money! It's win-win for everyone except the end-user.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Waste Servers' Heat?

vintagepc Re:Is this design available for home dryers? (204 comments)

The problem you tend to get is that hot air is _very_ humid. If you've ever watched a home reno show where the original builders f*cked up the dryer vent install, you'll know how bad the mold can get from that...You'd need some way to dehumidify the air first... and that cost would probably put you at par with running a space heater or so.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Waste Servers' Heat?

vintagepc Re:Multi-functional Space Heaters (204 comments)

Heh... A family member of mine had that too -> Had a workstation and a 4-PC cluster for modelling computations in his office. Often had to open the window during the winter, and joked that the office should reimburse him for the heating costs they saved.

more than 2 years ago
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Plastic Made From Fruit Rivals Kevlar In Strength

vintagepc Re:Food Shortage (181 comments)

And where there's no shortage, everyone gets to pay inflated prices!! Let's hope they don't catch on you can make (albeit poor) plastic from MILK!

more than 3 years ago
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'Canadian DMCA' Copyright Bill Dead Again

vintagepc Re:Ugh.. (307 comments)

I suspect that if the new Pirate party had enough people to have a chance federally, they'd get quite a few votes from all the people sick of the same old crap from each of the current parties. I'll echo what's been said below - WE NEED FRESH BLOOD!

more than 3 years ago
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Dutch Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Seizure Order

vintagepc Re:Oblig. Seinfeld (95 comments)

Yes, but many, many people make the same mistake. It's one of those things that perpetuates itself because the majority (or at least those that you hear) don't know much better.

more than 3 years ago
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Dutch Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Seizure Order

vintagepc Re:Oblig. Seinfeld (95 comments)

Jerry: Holland *is* a province in the Netherlands.

FTFY. Calling the Netherlands Holland is like calling Canada "Ontario" or the USA "Washington".

more than 3 years ago
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3D Printers Create Edible Objects

vintagepc Re:Refills (72 comments)

Hell, it could be human blood and it would still be cheaper than HP Black ink #49...

more than 3 years ago
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Nvidia Unveils New Mid-Range GeForce Graphics Card

vintagepc Re:Mid-range? (158 comments)

Precisely my thought.

Budget: Free/Hand-me-down to $75
Mid-Range: $76-$150
Enthusiast: $151-$250
Has parent's credit card or too much extra cash: $251+

There, fixed that for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Slowly Restores Service To Users

vintagepc Re:Help Desk (76 comments)

Operator: Can I help you? Skype: YES, all of our peer-to-peer servers just went down. We have 23 million users offline right now. Operator: You're holding it wrong

There. fixed that for you.

more than 2 years ago
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2012 Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' Date Might Be Wrong

vintagepc Re:Actually they didn't (144 comments)

That would be like looking at the summary of an article alone and declaring oneself a PhD in the matter.

You must be new here... (yes, I saw your 6-digit UID). Well targeted analogy, good sir.

This is something that ticks me off every time I see it- any documentary tends to infer that ancient peoples were stupid/less intelligent then us ("oh wow, look how they made x using only y primitive tools!") Everyone needs to realize that there is no fixed measure of intelligence, and that it is relative - these ancient groups were incredibly smart - as pointed out, the mayans with their astrological knowledge, and the middle east in the development of various mathematical things)...

That said, I don't think we need to worry about some external force bringing about the end of the world... humanity just needs to look in a mirror to see the cause.

about 4 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

vintagepc Re:trolling trolling trolling (1348 comments)

My hat is off to you, good sir. Your post is composed entirely of WIN. That said, Desktop Linux is indeed far from dead. I've given it the "mother" test and it passes fairly well for general internet use and e-mail; the only discrepancies are with the naming/placement/sequence of various actions. Desktop linux is not dead. The MINDSET of people realizing that it is NOT Windows/OS X and not supposed to be identical in every way is what is dying. That is by far the biggest problem I hear - "it's not like Windows...". Well, DUH. If it was, it would have a $200 price tag and say Microsoft on the box, wouldn't it?

about 4 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

vintagepc Re:Phoronix (370 comments)

While I"m skeptical we'll see a Linux steam client any time soon, don't forget there WERE legitimate packages and shell scripts on Steam's servers that appeared to be an early alpha-phase client. There are two conclusions here: 1) They tried it and decided to drop the project, hence the VP's statement. or, 2) It's not a priority project and possibly even a test to see how the userbase responds... so while it's not actually in the works, they may be considering it/keeping it secret.

more than 4 years ago
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Window Pain

vintagepc Re:First (223 comments)

Also, tl;dr.

This is slashdot and not a magazine. So unless you have something VERY interesting to say, keep the word count low. I don't give a sh!t for long-winded novels. Those of us that do will *GASP* RTFA.

(cue the "insensitive clod" replies below...)

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

vintagepc Re:Maybe cheating in CS is easy... (684 comments)

Now that I've posted a reply, I'm going to RTFA.

Now who's cheating at slashdot? You don't RTFA, EVER.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

vintagepc Re:Cheating in CS? (684 comments)

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX! (points finger) Heh.. could you imagine the prof turning in to a real life Dr. Hax any time he catches someone cheating? (More than enough decomissioned CRTs... that's not a problem).

more than 4 years ago
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Europe's LHC To Run At Half-Energy Through 2011

vintagepc Re:Half-measures (194 comments)

Oh, we've opened the lid allright... just haven't looked :) Terribly appropriate physics joke... +1 for you, good sir. now, if only I actually had mod points.

more than 4 years ago
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Courts Move To Ban Juror Use of Net, Social Sites

vintagepc Re:No different than any other sequestering (288 comments)

The one problem with text-based messages. Sarcasm and bad jokes are taken seriously far too often. :D

more than 4 years ago

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Portal update hints at new game

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "A March 1st update to Portal on Steam saw the addition of a cryptic achievement, "Transmission Received", and an even more mysterious announcement from VALVE. Since then, community members have decrypted Morse code and SSTV images from new sound files embedded in the game, cracked an MD5 to obtain a BBS phone number, and hacked the login credentials to receive a set of ASCII images depicting various Aperture-Science related things.

At current, everything is documented in a (at last count) 260 page thread, with almost four thousand replies and just under a million views. Posts are being added almost as fast as one can refresh the page. So far, all speculation suggests this is a viral marketing campaign for a sequel or prequel to Portal, but not much more is known, and as of yet, the meaning or any hidden code in the ASCII images has yet to be found."

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Windows 8 to have 128 bit edition

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "A Microsoft employee's (Robert Morgan) linkedIn profile had leaked information about the next version of Windows: Windows 8. It appears there are plans for a 128 bit edition. The offending post has since been removed, and google's cached version (link in article) is also expired.. For those of you deciding you want to wait even longer for the next version, don't hold your breath- It's not planned to be out until at least 2012. (coincidence?). At least that will give us plenty of time to actually get the 128 bit architecture in the mainstream."
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openSuSE 11.2 released today.

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "openSuSE 11.2 is scheduled for release today. The release sports many new features, such as Gnome 2.28, KDE 4.3, and kernel 2.6.31. Also new is the creation of Hybrid ISOs that can be written to a USB key using dd or a similar tool. This key can then be booted without further modifications. After Ubuntu's problems, the many new distro releases around this time are a welcome sight.
While the english Wiki appears to be down (probably by the slashdot effect's cousin, new Linux distro effect) the download server still appears to be running. (and no doubt so are the many mirrors all over the globe.)"

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Light Peak in Fall 2010 - Will it trump USB3?

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "The newest budding optical link technology is Intel's Light Peak , with a minimum bandwidth of 10 Gb/s. Engadget is reporting that Apple will introduce Light Peak in its technology as early as Fall 2010. A lower-power version for Apple's mobile devices is planned for 2011.

What does the Slashdot community think? Will LightPeak trump USB3.0 before it even has a chance to gain solid footing, or will we be looking at another semi(format) war?"

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Torrent to eliminate ISP's throttling

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "TorrentFreak reports that a redesign of the popular BitTorrent protocol allows clients to detect network congestion and automatically adjust the transfer rates, eliminating the interference with other Internet-enabled applications' traffic.
In theory, the protocol senses congestion based on the time it takes for a packet to reach its destination, and by intelligent adjustments, should reduce network traffic without causing a major impact on download speeds and times. As said by Simon Morris (from TFA), “The throttling that matters most is actually not so much the download but rather the upload – as bandwidth is normally much lower UP than DOWN, the up-link will almost always get congested before the down-link does,”
Furthermore, the revision is designed to eliminate the need for ISPs to deal with problems caused by excessive BitTorrent traffic on their networks, thereby saving them money and support costs. Apparently, the v2.0b client using this protocol is already being used widely, and no major problems have been reported."

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BOFH EtherKiller spotted in the wild.

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  about 5 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "At long last, the famed BOFH etherKiller has been spotted in the wild. Though the operator in question could not be coaxed from his lair for an interview, many of the other employees were electrified at the thought of their operator owning and using such a device. Said one luser, "Well, it certainly explains the sudden death of my computer when I fire up LimeWire". (Further investigation revealed that P2P is against company policy).
Other co-workers reported waking up after the work day had ended, on the floor of their offices with no recollection of the past week. Investigation is being conducted to determine if there is any relation to the recent increase in the number of paperclips found in these users' Ethernet jacks. However, we have been informed by an unidentified youth, that these are present simply to "enhance conductivity and reduce geo-magnetic and solar flux changes", and are a completely unrelated coincidence."
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Web-based SVN WITHOUT need for command-line?

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "Working in a research group, I've noticed that we don't seem to have any sort of extensive code management and version control practices. I put forth the suggestion that we try out some form of code management software (CVS, SVN, etc.) However, the problem is that I'd like to get the system web-based with an intuitive interface, to encourage people to use it. This means NO command line for checking in/out the code changes. (Furthermore a range of different (read: Windows) systems will use it, so I'd like to avoid the need for users to install any special clients) I've already tried ViewVC, WebSVN, usvn, and more, without any success. They only seem to allow viewing of the repositories, and none allow web-based checkout or checkin (that I've been able to find). Google searches don't seem to yield any fruitful results either... so I turn to the slashdot commmunity to ask: What have you found that is a stable web-based interface with checkin-checkout features and also powerful administration controls (for creating new projects, assigning users to them, and managing the relevant read/write permissions? I have at my disposal a box running OpenSuSE 11.1. Most code is MATLAB, but other types will be used as well."
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Losing my Software Rights?

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

vintagepc (1388833) writes "Having written a piece of software as part of my research employment, I now face (and will later face again, with other software I've developed), the issue of intellectual property rights. The legal department stated that if I was paid by the University to produce the software, the University would own all rights to it. This is supposedly black and white, not a gray area.
However, I should point out the following: I was hired as a research student (not directly by the University, and also via a research award (NSERC)),
Furthermore, it turns out that faculty members here, in fact, retain their intellectual rights to any software they write.
At this point, I can still back out, since I have not explicitly agreed to the conditions, but this decision must be made soon.

So, I turn to the Slashdot crowd to ask:
Are they allowed to do this and completely strip my rights to the software?
If anyone has had any similar experiences, then what was the outcome?
Additionally, is this a normal action, or do I have some maneuvering room?"

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Canadian Copyright law forums

vintagepc vintagepc writes  |  more than 5 years ago In light of the recent controversy, It's worth pointing out that the Canadian government has a website dedicated to the copyright debate, which can be found here. Let your voices be heard and stop the madness!

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