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Microsoft 'Trustworthy Computing' Turns 10 Re:Microsoft Succeeded (185 comments)

Since this is Slashdot, I expect the above well-written post to be marked flamebait within 10 minutes, because it dared to speak well of Microsoft.

I wonder if it's David Sell that typed that...


more than 2 years ago

Android ICS Will Require 16GB RAM To Compile Re:16GB RAM and GCC optimization (357 comments)

Oh dear God, another ignorant Gentoo ricer.

I've been using Gentoo for about 10 years now. You really need to learn before opening your mouth. Please refer to Gentoo's GCC Optimization Guide. Especially pay VERY close attention to two very important parts:


"In 3.x, -O3 has been shown to lead to marginally faster execution times over -O2, but this is no longer the case with gcc 4.x. Compiling all your packages with -O3 will result in larger binaries that require more memory, and will significantly increase the odds of compilation failure or unexpected program behavior (including errors). The downsides outweigh the benefits; remember the principle of diminishing returns. Using -O3 is not recommended for gcc 4.x."

(emphasis Gentoo's, not mine)


"Some users boast about even better performance obtained by using -O4, -O9, and so on, but the reality is that -O levels higher than 3 have no effect. The compiler may accept CFLAGS like -O4, but it actually doesn't do anything with them. It only performs the optimizations for -O3, nothing more.

Need more proof? Examine the gcc source code:

Code Listing 3.1: -O source code

if (optimize >= 3)
flag_inline_functions = 1;
flag_unswitch_loops = 1;
flag_gcse_after_reload = 1;
/* Allow even more virtual operators. */
set_param_value ("max-aliased-vops", 1000);
set_param_value ("avg-aliased-vops", 3);

As you can see, any value higher than 3 is treated as just -O3."

Read this stuff. It actually is kinda important...

/me rolls his eyes.


more than 2 years ago

Sound-Based System Promises Chipless Phone Payment Re:Inaudible to people, perhaps.. (186 comments)

Heh. No it's not. "Um, excuse me, get that microphone out of my face."


So they have little gnomes inside the quarterback's helmets so their voice can be picked up calling plays ON THE FIELD to be broadcast on TV? Cool. I gotta order me a couple microphone holding mini-gnomes. Maybe I could finally find out the things my wife tells her mom...


more than 3 years ago

OCZ Couples SSD, Mechanical Storage On a PCIe Card Re:I've been waiting for these (201 comments)

I just built a new machine, did a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit

That's you're problem right there. M.

more than 3 years ago

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released Re:I'm afraid to look (202 comments)

Yeah, but that kills all the other plasma functions on the desktop.

How so / what do you mean?

I have CWP (Customizable Weather Plasmoid) and a picture frame sitting on my Folder View enabled Desktop. I have for most of KDE4.*, actually.


more than 3 years ago

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released Re:I'm afraid to look (202 comments)

Do we get desktop icons yet?

  • 1) Right-click Desktop --> Folder View Settings
  • 2) Activity (on the left)
  • 3) (on the right) Type: Folder View
  • 4) OK

Been there a couple years now. M.

more than 3 years ago

Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug? Re:Data plan limits are a scam (202 comments)

Unless you leave the country, international roaming sucks big time.

Oh, *that* kind of roaming... Yea, I'd have to sell a several pints of blood and my first born to pay that bill...


more than 3 years ago

Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug? Re:Data plan limits are a scam (202 comments)

Unless you're with Sprint. Here's my plan:

Plan Includes:

* Everything Data Share Plan
* Line 1: $129.99 Minimum Monthly Charge
* Line 2:$0 Monthly Charge
* Lines 3-5: $19.99 Monthly Charge
* 1500 Shared Anytime Minutes
* Unlimited Any Mobile, Anytime
* Total Equipment Protection
* Unl Data/Msg/Amer Roam/Sprint Nav
* Nationwide Long Distance Included
* Unlimited Night & Weekend Mins. Included
* Nights: M-Th 7pm-7am Wknd: F 7pm-M 7am
* Caller ID
* Call Waiting
* Three-Way Calling
* Voicemail

$155.80 a month for three phones with full unlimited everything, early evening start, unlimited mobile to mobile (*ANY* carrier), unlimited data - and that also includes roaming. Hard to beat!


more than 3 years ago

KDE 4.6 Beta 1 – a First Look Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (224 comments)

Or distros should stop trying to include everything that came out last week, and do what Slackware does

Agreed. I hear some guy named "Mosfet" is writing some cool new look 'n' feel stuff that should make it into the next Slack release of KDE. It'll be cool like Cheetah or Puma!


more than 3 years ago

KDE 4.6 Beta 1 – a First Look Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (224 comments)

something will need to be done against those ugly, overloaded, panels. From where one needs to drop sub-panels with sub-menus, because the total, primary, real estate is just the screen width.


Ummm... you are aware that the panels can be marked to auto-hide so they don't take up your real estate and you don't even have to see them then, right?


more than 3 years ago

Zeus Botnet Dealt a Blow As ISPs Troyak, Group 3 Knocked Out Re:The short answer? Money. (156 comments)

AH! I saw what you did there.

more than 4 years ago

Does Santa Hate Linux? Re:Yes. (271 comments)

This is true. It's just the English one that's b0rked. However, if you choose a different language, let it refresh, then go back to English it works fine.

Crap, I gotta get to bed. Santa's in Newark, NJ. Hmmm... better close the damper this year, don't want that Jersey stink in the house. I'll think up something to tell the kids....

more than 4 years ago

Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU? Re:The E-series has been craptastic all along (314 comments)

The E6500 I had prior to about 4 months ago was a good machine (for the most part - I still agree with the "Designed from the Outside In" comment, though). This 6400 that I have now is JUNK. The E4300s I'm getting in are even worse than that.


more than 4 years ago

Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years BOFH (263 comments)

BOFH Excuse #98734

"It's Cosmic Rays mutating the electrons."

more than 4 years ago

Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide, 2nd Edition Re:Joomla is so simplistic (69 comments)

I agree that Jommla! has a bit of a learning curve, but the best place to start (I found) is:


It should all be smooth sailing from there.

about 5 years ago

Attacks Against Unpatched Microsoft Bug Multiply Re:Ohh noes.... (122 comments)

anyone worth their weight as an admin wouldn't install Office Web components on anything.

Unless the PHBs think that it's Super Cool to embed Excel Sheets and .PPTs in SharePoint's webpages...

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Hits Release Candidate Milestone Re:93/100... (202 comments)

What about buttering my bread?

Yes! It will! You have to supply the butter, though. (Unless you're running body-levels/cholesterol >=200.0, then you'll need to downgrade to margarine, which will satisfy the =body-sense/taste-5.0" to prevent your flavor from being upgraded in the future).

Just sayin'...

more than 4 years ago



Novell ushers in Moonlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xanadu writes "From

"Earlier this month Novell quietly released Moonlight — a Linux client for Microsoft's Silverlight technology. Silverlight is a .Net-based cross-browser, cross-platform plugin for delivering rich media to the Internet. In a nutshell, it is Microsoft's version of Adobe Flash.""
top writes  |  more than 7 years ago writes "Why 2018?

According to numerous sources, the passage to mobile terminals in substitution to personal PCs, mobile phones and handhelds could occur in ten years, due to the inertia of existing machines and to the availability of light and long-lasting batteries, that will invade the market around 2012. The years between 2016 and 2018 will be necessary to the definitive shift to new technology... granted that there will not occur events or choices able to modify the actual tendency."


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