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Comment: Weller soldering iron (Score 1) 664

by Guyle (#46790479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

More of a tool than something technical, but this thing was passed down to me after my father went to the playground in the sky and has to be at least 25 years old. I've never even replaced the tip, just file it down now and then to retin the tip.

Another great tool (that also passed down to me, and is also similarly about 25 years old) is a Beckman Industrial DMM. I've used it extensively in projects indoor and outdoor and I would put it up against a Fluke for quality and accuracy. I love that two of my staples when it comes to tinkering have been so dependable over the years.

Comment: This really isn't a shock (Score 2) 117

by DrXym (#46773811) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games
Stuff like Day of Defeat would often appear on free weekend demos. It's hardly surprising that people kicked off a download and never got around to playing it. Same for other titles which are multiplayer modes, tech demos and so forth. I also expect the likes of Humble Bundle has meant people have gotten download codes for games they've redeemed but never bothered to run. I know I've a few games in my list which are like that.

Comment: Silly citizen, only government can evidence (Score 1) 790

This is the same mentality of those people who are scared of Google Glass and go all Internet tough guy about what they'd do to people wearing one.

People who believe in pecking orders, ie. bullies, identify with authority, even if they rebel against it, and those in authority believe in pecking orders, and so see bullying as enforcing the natural order.

The unifying attribute of all people like this is that they are ashamed of themselves. Not in any way that might modify their beliefs or actions, but in a way that they blame others for their faults and react belligerently to anyone who might capture evidence of them. So of course they're going to punish the kid for recording.

Comment: Hardly surprising (Score 2) 803

by DrXym (#46765371) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
It's virtually impossible to reach high office without being a millionaire or being bankrolled by a millionaire and other rich interest groups. It's virtually impossible to reach high office without belonging to one of two political parties. Is it any wonder at all that democracy has been corrupted?

It would be nice to see some practical proposals that could be implemented to remedy this.

Comment: Re:Because nobody wanted the crummy battery life?? (Score 1) 43

by DrXym (#46764999) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event
The 4 is made by LG, the 7 by ASUS and the 10 by Samsung. So aside from the software they run, they could all be wildly different in their performance characteristics. Of the three I think ASUS is the one which I would trust the least with its quality control and parts.

Comment: This isn't a new practice (Score 1) 43

by DrXym (#46764977) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event
It might be an overt bribe but the entire games industry runs on greasing the palms of journalists. Those "exclusive" previews and reviews. That expenses-paid trip to Rockstar / Konami / whoever's HQ to see work in progress. That expensive invitation-only junket at the games show. The mountain of crap like t-shirts, posters, backpacks, figurines, pens etc. that are sent out. The lucrative advertising campaign which just so happens to run the same as the review goes out.

Woe betide any outfit which angers a games publisher. All that free shit, exclusives and the advertising will be pulled in an instant. The journo and the site will be blackballed and will have to wait outside the tent like everyone else.

Which is why people with an ounce of sense and self restraint wait for a game to be released and for a general concensus to form before making a purchase. Don't believe exclusive reviews, don't believe some bloggers pants wetting hyperbole after their all expenses paid jolly, don't trust a site which is festooned with ads for the game being reviewed. If a game is THAT GOOD, then it'll still be THAT GOOD a week or two down the line.

Comment: Re:Bullet, meet foot (Score 3, Insightful) 574

by DrXym (#46755461) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
Windows 8.x is stable and in many regards is better than Windows 7. It's just that stupid metro front end which scuppers the experience and consequently people hate on it.

8.1 and the SR1 makes it just about tolerable but the most glaring omission is still the lack of a start menu. They could and should have a mini-metro popup that offers functionality analogous to the old start menu. Rumours suggest that one is being worked on but its not in this release.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton