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Comment: Re:The Cloud... (Score 1) 130

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49515463) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

I love her reference to Voyager episode The Cloud. Her coffee quote is a direct lift from Cpt. Janeway in that episode!

My favorite coffee quote is:

Janeway: Coffee, Black.
Computer: Make it yourself.

From The episode "Q2"

Maybe she'll pose for that one with the coffee maker aboard since she will be able to make it herself?

Comment: Re:Oh no, she used licensed product (Score 1) 130

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49515399) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

Wouldn't surprise me if they tried to sue. Note she has an ISS pin instead of Star fleet emblem, so I guess it's different enough. Somehow though I'm reminded of the episode "Live Fast and Prosper"

Publicity like this is hard to buy. Same as the tribute astronaut Terry Virts gave Leonard Nimoy over Boston.

I'm sure the Star Trek franchise played a small part in a number of astronauts' interest in space.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 396

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49514831) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I know as an anti-theft "feature", some makes have coding on the radio making it impossible to replace with another OEM radio.

Here's another one: Someone I know accidentally set off the airbags in their car (no collision). They replaced the bags, but the air bag light was still on. Toyota couldn't simply "reset the fault" and wanted to sell him a whole new air bag computer ($$$). He found some online outfit that will reset the computer.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 3, Interesting) 120

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49499419) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Actually, it's more like what Apple did 16 years ago, since it's natural handwriting recognition, and the Palm required you to use a special alphabet.

The original palm pilot is 18 years old, and the original Newton is 22 years old.

Though Palm required you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, it had simpler strokes that were faster to enter, and it allowed more differentiation between characters by the device, and higher accuracy.

Then Graffiti 2 came out, which sucked, but was due to patent problems.

Comment: Re:AMD is on the road to nowhere (Score 1) 129

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49497733) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

Actually AMD defined the 64 bit extensions to the 32 bit x86 architecture, and Intel had to follow and is letting the Itanic sink.
Of course Intel does not even remotely admit it (and even Linus ranted on this fact in a mail a decade or so ago), but they have still not come over the NIH syndrome that it caused them.

That was the brief window that AMD had the upper hand. On the processor architecture side, Intel was splitting resources between hoping non-backward compatible Itanium was the future, and the disaster known as Netburst in the Pentium 4. Netburst had terrible performance, too high power consumption, but they were able to claim higher Ghz. All Intel had was name recognition, but technologically AMD was leading with the K7 and K8, and on this they were able to launch 64 bit. Even though it'd be the better part of 6 years before 64 bit really caught on, it was backwards compatible so it didn't cost anything to have but not use.

Intel only got ahead when a small group in Israel threw the Pentium 4 in the garbage, and started back at the Pentium III to design the Pentium M as an efficient mobile processor (which ushered in the confusing line of Centrino mobile platforms, that had Pentium M, Intel chipset, and Intel Wifi, not an actual Centrino processor). Intel eventually threw the Pentium 4 wholesale in the garbage, and expanded on Pentium M to form Core/ Core 2, and then from there i3/5/7 family. The rest is history.

I like to root for AMD as the underdog. When I bought my laptop 8 years ago, though perhaps not as good on battery, my AMD was best bang for the buck, and the low end graphics it had blew away Intel's junk i945. Sadly last year when I went to spec a new desktop, I wanted to want AMD, but Intel simply blew it away with performance. On normal desktop functions I feel single thread performance plays a major part in the CPU bottle neck. With a quad core, additional execution units are going to give marginal incremental improvements if you're not running a highly parallel workload. My i5-4690 stood out as the obvious choice.

AMD was riding high when Intel made a major mis-step with Pentium 4, but those days are long behind them, and they seem to be circling the drain. Spinning off, outsourcing, always behind on Fab technology, and a fraction of the R&D budget of Intel it's hard to compete.

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49490197) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

Does anyone remember why they switched to Google for all of their internet searches? I do: Lycos, Altavista, and others had become bloated, ad-laden, pieces of crap, while was a plain white page with nothing but a text box, a search button, and the google logo (the search also gave superior results).

They fucked that one up too. Back then Altavista, etc searched by default with boolean OR, so typing more keywords resulted in vaguer results unless you added a "+" in front of each word for Boolean AND. When google came out the default was boolean AND.

Some time in the past couple years they went to a fuzzy logic boolean OR / synonyms of words you typed. You could force the AND for your exact word with a "+". They removed that and now you have to put each word in quotes to ensure it only looks up exactly the words you type.

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 1) 207

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49490155) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

At least it's not the worst revamp I've had to deal with - the worst has to be GIMP, no contest.

GOD dammit you pesky user! You're not the target user! We're targeting some mystical professional Photoshop convert that doesn't care about CMYK, even though all of our users are regular home users that are FOSS evangelizers, and encourage their friends and family to use it.

For Windows at least, I find Paint.NET to be a very good Free (as in Beer) image editor. Much prefer to The Gimp. PhotoFiltre is a Free for home user only program that's ok as well.

Interestingly at our fairly conservative company, The Gimp (even with the name) and Paint.NET are both available as downloads through the SCCM repository on Windows machines. I think to avoid having people request Photoshop.

Comment: Re:nvidia/ATI should keep their new stuff propriet (Score 1) 309

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49482753) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

I've made fun of Intel's GPU offerings for years. The Intel i810 I had in my PIII was barely adequate for 2D desktop work. It didn't support VESA modes above 640x480 without a driver.

Intel GMA910/915 was a piece of junk too. Intel apparently filled so many warehouses full of them, they encouraged Microsoft to allow this non-Aero capable hardware to be stamped as "Vista Capable" and was central around that boondoggle.

Intel GMA945/955 was the definition of the bare minimum requirements to support Aero, and drastically underperformed the bargin bin offerings from the era by ATI (x1200) and nVidia (6150). Intel continued to sell these to Atom users years after they should have been killed.

On some Atom platforms Intel also packed PowerVR based GPUs (which hardware wise were ok) with complete shit drivers for both Windows and Linux.

That said when I built my latest desktop (I don't do gaming) I was satisfied with the built in graphics on the Haswell chipset. It can drive 3 monitors without issue. HD video no problem. Even the latest Atom offerings have GPUs based on a scaled down model of it.

Comment: Re: Too late; already sold my EVO's on eBay (Score 1) 72

is it some dialog box that pops up saying 'please answer this'?

I've received emails before from amazon saying "You bought this product, can you answer this question?"

Taken with a grain of salt, Amazon reviews can sometimes show useful information:
-Two similar products on Amazon, if one has a high rate of failure, that usually becomes apparent comparing average ratings, and distribution of ratings
-Comments sometimes provide indication as far as common failure modes "This drive started slowing down after months", or other common problems, that you can then use for further research.

Comment: Re:Too late; already sold my EVO's on eBay (Score 1) 72

I was just about to pull the trigger on the 840 Evo in October for my new rig when quick research found reports of these slowdowns. So far I don't regret going with Crucial M550. I specced out M500's for my parents computers and they've been happy as well.

Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 2) 171

If your laptop is connecting to any random open wifi and does not have a strict firewall, it should get a STI aka Stupid Transmitted Infection.

I was going to say "Even Windows is smart enough". Looking at the Windows 7 Firewall profile, even under "Public Network" profile (Coffee Shop, Airport, or directly connected to internet), SMB is allowed for the local subnet, which would limit attack surface on the Internet, at a Wifi hotspot could be deadly. Which I guess is why some hotspots disallow local traffic between peers.

Comment: Re:Physics (Score 1) 108

The atmosphere on board the ISS is similar to the Earth's.[142] Normal air pressure on the ISS is 101.3 kPa (14.7 psi);[143] the same as at sea level on Earth. An Earth-like atmosphere offers benefits for crew comfort, and is much safer than the alternative, a pure oxygen atmosphere, because of the increased risk of a fire such as that responsible for the deaths of the Apollo 1 crew.

I was surprised to find that the pressure is sea level, given that an airline flight has a pressurized equivalent of 8000 ft. I guess when the outside of the vehicle is a vacuum, the incremental pressure isn't that much.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.