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Comment: Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (Score 1) 284

And the other huge problem here with selection bias: he targeted people who'd used both virtual and physical keyboards. In other words, the people who had at one point gone out of their way to buy a physical keyboard when there were other options. Not many people (percentage wise) ever bothered, so the set is very much limited to those who were motivated to like the non-virtual option.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 261

That's not a "double height"; today's bays are half- and third- height.

Ahh, thank you for the correction. I guess that makes this a full height drive?
That does sound a bit familiar now that you mention it actually. My memory of "the dark ages" is getting more fuzzy as time goes on.

http://oi57.tinypic.com/2u7lmr...

From left to right in that image is the MFM drive, a more normal 3.5" IDE drive, a 2.5" drive and a CF card.

I was only half joking about its metal casing. Probably not actually steel but between the HD and my foot stubbing it in the dark, it was my foot that gave way and moved, not the HD ;P

SD cards were still new and pricy so I didn't have one on hand to complete the set.
Now I need an SD and micro SD to add in, and somehow squeeze a Sun RMS platter array into the picture and the new cycle of life will be complete!

Cellphones

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They? 285

Posted by timothy
from the could-be-anywhere-really dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

Comment: Re:Spruce Goose (Score 1) 78

by hey! (#47550163) Attached to: World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Different requirements drive different designs. Before WW2 seaplanes were common because of the lack of runways. After WW2 airports proliferated, and seaplanes couldn't keep up with technical advances due to the compromises involved in allowing them to land and take off from water. But that doesn't mean there aren't applications for aircraft with a flying boat's capabilities, it just means there isn't enough of a market in places like the US to support an industry. Even so, here in North America there are some 70 year-old WW2 Catalinas being used in aerial firefighting. China is a vast country which is prone to many kinds of natural disasters that could make airlifting in supplies difficult, so they may see potential applications we don't.

It's also interesting to note that seaplanes were highly useful in the pacific theater of WW2, and there hasn't been a protracted struggle for sea control *since* WW2. Also, China is a country with no operational aircraft carriers; aside from its training ship the Liaoning, it has a handful of amphibious assault ships that can carry a few helicopters. The US by contrast has ten supercarriers and nine amphibious assault ships that dwarf the aircraft carriers of WW2. The technology and expertise to run a carrier fleet like America's would take many years for China to develop. It's conceivable that the manufacturers imagine a military market for aircraft like this in the interim.

Comment: Re:A ton of BS (Score 1) 52

by hawguy (#47546239) Attached to: A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

On board are 20 GPIOs, USB host, 16MB Flash, 64MB RAM, two Ethernet ports, on-board 802.11n and a USB host port.

I think they are referring more to the GPIOs than ethernet or USB ports when saying "with a ton of I/O to connect to anything".

I'm curious what people would want to use these GPIOs for on a router... does anyone have any real-world projects where they use them? Not just "It would be cool if it it did X", but actual real-world projects.

I'd rather have more ethernet ports on a router so I don't have to VLAN my network.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 622

by SuperBanana (#47544867) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

His manner is coarse

It's not "coarse", it's abusive. Namecalling, mocking, ridicule, hyperbole. That's abuse.

you must admit that he's gotten the job done. Linux advances on schedule, patches get incorporated, code gets tested, and all proceeds smoothly.

I sacrificed a chicken yesterday and successfully committed code. You must admit that the ritualistic sacrifice got the job done.

("Getting the job done" does not, and has never required being abusive to others. Getting the job done while being abusive is not proof that being abusive is required or even was part of, "getting the job done.")

Comment: I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 622

by SuperBanana (#47544709) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

...the people who deserve the apology are the people who were subject to an abusive tirade.

You can point out someone made a mistake. There's no obligation to be "nice" when doing so. There is an obligation to not be abusive, which is what Linus repeatedly does. Abuse includes mockery, ridicule, name calling, etc.

He's being a bully, pure and simple - using his popularity to shove around others. That should not be tolerated, full stop.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin, rent, tor (Score 1) 200

TOR exit nodes are in very short supply, and as a company you already have the protection of incorporation that prevents the biggest fear of exit operators (and the reason there are so few), being caught up in an investigation by police who kick down doors first and ask questions late

LOL....

Comment: Re:power, so no, not really? (Score -1) 200

Clearly you read neither the slashdot text (which says "what should we do with these resources") not "what should we do with this website content." It's not even said that the setup is running a public-facing website, or even a website at all.

The commenter very clearly meant "donate the equipment to us."

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