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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 3, Insightful) 480 480

Cowards. But thats become the American way.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
â" Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The art of using troops is this:
â¦â¦When ten to the enemyâ(TM)s one, surround him;
â¦â¦When five times his strength, attack him;
â¦â¦If double his strength, divide him;
â¦â¦If equally matched you may engage him;
â¦â¦If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing;
â¦â¦And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him,
â¦â¦â¦.for a small force is but booty for one more powerful.â
â" Sun Tzu, the Art of War

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all Hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman

I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country. -- Patton

The American Military has advantages, it uses them. It is not cowardly to use one's military advantages. If I have a gun that shoots a mile and yours only shoots a half a mile, why should I close to a half a mile, I should stay out of your range and kill you when you are easy prey and can't shoot back.

Comment: Re:"As far back as 6xx" (Score 1) 23 23

Because they don't all use identical architecture?

The GT600 series isn't all Fermi like the GT500 and 400 series, some of the 600's are Kepler. And those Kepler ones are the ones that are still available.

The whole 600 series is a mish mash with multiple card variants sharing the same model number.

For example there are 5 versions of the GT640, one of which is a Fermi, the rest are Kepler, 3 are DDR3, two are GDDR5, 3 are OEM only, two are retail. One of which, the rev2 variant is only slightly less powerful than a stock GTX650, runs cooler and uses less power.

Comment: Re:So, um, guys? (Score 1) 221 221

Individually they may not be much, but they do add up because there are a lot of them. And you never know when one of them might decide to be more active and run a scan or whatever. Sure it was worse when we didn't have quad core and better CPU's but we are not imagining things.

And every service run is one more thing one has to keep an eye on. Yeah I run Linux, but I still don't run too many services.

Comment: Re:Um... Did you actually read the program? (Score 3, Insightful) 186 186

Yeah, he interpreted it as forbidding brute-force testing against other users, but allowing brute-force against one's own account when it's clear that it actually means "don't test brute-force attacks at all"

Frequent Contributor Bennet Haselton is coming across as a bit "Autistic spectrum-y" in this story.

Comment: Re:So, um, guys? (Score 3, Informative) 221 221

I realize that PCs are quirky beasts; but they are quirky beasts architecturally very similar to(typically more powerful than, for any vaguely serious gaming system) both contemporary consoles
How does this happen?

You are thinking like a PC gamer and thinking about ONLY the CPU and GPU when you compare the PC to the current gen consoles. Machines aren't just CPU's and GPU's, they have internal busses, I/O, RAM. Those matter.

And when it comes to those things, consoles are still specialized beasts.

Lets take the PS2. There were PC gamers claiming their GeForce 3 was better, their CPU faster, etc etc. That may have been true, but the PS2 wasn't an ordinary PC, it had specialized RAM and specialized internal busses. It could do things that a PC of that era simply could not do.

Watch the vector unit demos. They're running entirely on the vector unit in 16K of RAM, no CPU involved.

IIRC, somebody came up with a Zlib implementation that ran entirely on a PS2 vector unit.

The PS3 is similar, fast Rambus RAM, SPU's, and fast internal busses. IIRC somebody smarter than me referred to it as "taking the multiprocessin ideas introduced with the PS2, further"

The PS4 is more "normal", but still has specialized RAM and internal busses. You simply can't buy a PC with GDDR5 main ram. Imagine if you had a PC with ALL of it's RAM as fast as the RAM on the video card. That would be nice, wouldn't it? But that can't happen, the PC is limited by PCIe.

The PS4 isn't.

It can move data around in ways a PC simply can not do. It also doesn't have to deal with the problem that is Windows. Windows is a general purpose OS, even when it runs games.

The PS4 runs BSD, while it is also a general purpose OS, there's no need on the PS4 to keep "desktop computer services" running. The PS4 doesn't have to keep a print spool up, have a java updater constantly running, . It doesn't have to worry about the "needs" of an Office suite, or SMB shares, or Norton/Kaspersky/AVG, or any of the other things a PC does. It runs games. It can do other things as well but it's design focus is on games more than anything else.

Comment: Re:New Console Hardware (Score 1) 221 221

The PS4 version has access to 8GB of what is basically VRAM on a fast bus attached to both the GPU and CPU.

I've told "masterrace" types saying that they can build a PC better than the PS4 for less than the PS4 that it isn't just the CPU and Videocard that matters. That the RAM matters as well but they always ignore that.

IIRC there were a couple of PC ports of PS2 and PS3 games that had similar issues because of those systems fast rambus RAM and fast system busses.

Comment: Re:Not first (Score 1) 181 181

Well, as a happy Mediacom cable Internet customer I can happily say that the speeds I get are always over what I pay for.

Also a Mediacom Internet customer, for 13 years now, and ditto. One always gets faster than the speed one is subscribed to.

I pay $24.99 a month for 100/10

Introductory rate for Ultra?

What's funny is that the satellite services now have bundles locally where their satellite service is bundled with Mediacom's internet. For those who don't know, Mediacom is a Cable company. But they are a better ISP and phone provider than they are a cable company. Well, except for their DNS servers having issues now and then.

Comment: Re:Is this a joke? (Score 1) 41 41

[CronoCloud ~]$ ./
Eliza: Is something troubling you?
you: What do you think about the comments on Slashdot?
Eliza: What do you think?
you: That's what I'm asking you.
Eliza: Do you enjoy being asking me?
you: Yes.
Eliza: Please tell me some more about this.
you: Do you read Slashdot?
Eliza: We were discussing you -- not me.
you: My original question was asking you about Slashdot.
Eliza: Tell me more about that.
you: I'm not going to lmgtfy for you.
Eliza: Is it because you are not going to lmgtfy for me that you came to me?
you: No.
Eliza: Why 'no'?
you: Just no.
Eliza: Does this make you feel unhappy?
you: I wonder if M-x doctor is smarter than you, perl-Chatbot-Eliza.
Eliza: Do you think its likely that M-x doctor is smarter than me?
you: Maybe, but I don't like Emacs.
Eliza: You aren't sure?
you: No, I haven't compared both.
Eliza: Why 'no'?
you: Because I haven't done a systematic comparison of both.
Eliza: I think you should talk to a REAL analyst. Ciao!

Comment: Re:Wrong question. (Score 1) 297 297

I have a minimum of stuff that I even bother to back up. Me? Very nearly nothing. Everything I consider worthy of Backups for the sake of backups, again and again - most of it is just junk, really.

For the most part I hold a similar opinion, though I was encouraged to do a "real" backup thanks to a humorous comment.

browse my backup drive, move over the stuff I need or want, such as my Mozilla profile, and I'm up and running. Passwords and keys are stored in a couple of places, just in case. Phhht.

Yeah, I had certain things backed up like tax returns, the keepassx database, the precious gpg keys and so forth, but didn't back up everythng.

Comment: Re:Never heard (Score 1) 271 271

You know, in my face mashing "OMG why would anyone want to know so much about cosmetic brands"

Slashdot is the last place one would ever suspect they'd see a comment about makeup brands. ;-)

this is exactly what Scott Adams was talking about in one of his old Dilbert books..... "Life is too complicated to be competent all the time"


It doesn't matter what you are an expert in, there are way more things you know jack shit about than you could EVER even be the least bit competent and knowledgeable about. Its amazing how much of our consumer culture is based on this fact and particularly based on the fact that you are ignorant of many things, and each of those is an angle that can be used to sell garbage product.

I've ran into this tech gear for sure (video cards, mixers, HOTAS), all sorts of things that you almost have to be an expert in to do any informed shopping.

many have so many stabilizers they don't even melt..

What? I knew about the vanilla thing but not that! Do I need a PHD in ice cream to buy non-crap ice cream these days, it's bad enough with tech. The more you know!

Comment: Re:In a couple hours. Back up now. (Score 1) 297 297

For me, it's always been boot sector errors that have taken drives down. They don't boot, but I've always been able to read user data from them after removing them so I haven't made regular thorough backups a part of my computing life. Yeah, I've backed up some things separately like Mail (and I use IMAP now), tax return PDF's, the keepassx database, the precious gpg keys, but not things I probably should be backing up.

But....I am running a backup right now. Kudos to you, Slashdotter, for a humorous way to encourage backups.

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.