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Comment: Re:"old sata drives"? (Score 1) 159

by R.Mo_Robert (#49515457) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

I'm not sure why this is news. Sticking any device on the PCIe bus is going to allow for a lot more speed than using the SATA bus...

Did you read the summary? It's reporting that new PCIe SSDs are not faster than "old" SATA SSDs as measured by real-world app- and game-loading times (not benchmarks, in which of course PCIe outperforms, as they do mention). By "not faster," I mean "equal," which is what the headline means (somewhat odd usage of the phrase "as fast as" when you already expect the first thing to be faster, so maybe that's where the confusion comes from).

Comment: Re:No they did not. They have failed HARD. (Score 3, Informative) 296

by R.Mo_Robert (#49001657) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Mozilla was the original code-split from Navigator, and it's purpose was to preserve Navigator as a browser for the half of the web that was optimized for it (remember the old "best viewed with..." buttons? Good days). Firefox née Phoenix was a fork from Mozilla to strip out Netscape-sponsored features of the Mozilla engine (giving us the Gecko engine). It succeeded in this goal, as well, for a time.

Your history is a bit off. Gecko was Mozilla's focus since Mozilla itself was created to continue Netscape's work on the next version of their browser after failing on their goal of improving the (horrible) Netscape 4.x layout engine, which was their original goal for version 5 (although I think they might have been experimenting with both possibilities at the same time before giving up the former). Firefox (originally Phoenix then Firebird) was created with the goal of taking that same layout engine, Gecko, but wrapping only a simple browser around it rather than the entire Mozilla/Netscape Communicator-style suite. Netscape never had many Netscape/AOL features in the Mozilla suite itself; those (e.g., AIM integration, branding, and a different default theme--Modern instead of Classic, etc.) were mostly confined to the Netscape-branded releases that AOL/Netscape released using the Mozilla suite as a base (starting with Netscape 6--skipping the scrapped version 5 attempt, though version 6 was horribly delayed and based on a somewhat unstable pre-1.0 release of the Mozilla suite). In any case, Gecko has not only been there since before Firefox, but it's one of few things that Firefox and the Mozilla Suite (which effectively lives on as Seamonkey) share, albeit a very large and important thing since it's used for so much (not just HTML rendering but also creating the UI itself via XUL and a theme).

Thunderbird was created with a pretty similar goal: take the same layout engine but include only the e-mail features from the suite.

Comment: Re:It's the post office (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by R.Mo_Robert (#48767601) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

And, for the record, if you can't figure out the USPS website you're an idiot. All these idiosyncrasies have been around for as long as I can remember on their site, and yet we ship out stuff all the time with the system.

So how, exactly, do you use their website to print first-class postage, then? (I don't; I use PayPal and don't even bother with their site anymore. That's not an excuse for them, however.)

Comment: Re:numbering (Score 1) 164

by R.Mo_Robert (#48518307) Attached to: Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

who cares really?

The numbering should go 1.. 2.. 3.. etc.. thousands.. tens of thousands.. hundreds of thousands.. millions.. too many to give a fuck about.

OK, display it to the user like that--but they still need to keep track somehow of the actual number. How do you propose that they do that? We are left with the same problem.

Comment: Re:Jack of all trades (Score 1) 129

by R.Mo_Robert (#48330423) Attached to: Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

Masters of only one (Let Kindle Slide). Online Shopping. I simply do not understand all of these devices that Amazon is trying to pimp. Phones? Tablets? I love shopping at Amazon but their brain dead hardware makes zero sense.

I actually like the Fire TV--it supports everything I need (I like Apple, but I'm not invested in iTunes movie purchases and rentals, and Amazon Prime is quite nice for both movies and TV), and it can side-load Android apps, which isn't always useful but is at least a little fun. The Fire TV Stick, recently released and much cheaper, might also be nice, but I haven't used it. I actually returned my Roku for this. As you possibly hint, the Kindle is also a nice device, though I mean the e-ink variety rather than the tablets (which may also be nice, but I have never used them but suspect I would much prefer my own tablet with the Kindle app, which I currently use if I want an LCD).

As for the Echo, if it can be used as a high-quality speaker, I can see it being useful for that, though it would be nice to have a physical connection rather than Bluetooth. Its intended main function sounds neat, but I'm not sure it will be that useful (and I'm not sure how I feel about having an always-on mic, even if it presumably doesn't transmit anything to Amazon unless it thinks you've beckoned it).

Comment: Re:Always except when it isn't (Score 4, Informative) 109

by R.Mo_Robert (#48322097) Attached to: Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

Headline: "the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads"

Summary: "the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements." ... "The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010" ... "it displayed a different time"

That's some quality editing there, Slashdot.

While it might be a little confusing, it's actually correct. The time HAD traditionally been set to 9:42, then they tweaked it to 9:41 with the introduction of the iPad. (The goal was to match actual local time at the moment when the product is actually revealed, which happens slightly more than 40 minutes after it starts.)

Comment: Re:Legality (Score 2) 112

by R.Mo_Robert (#48226507) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

If they put it in the fine print, it is legal until a judge declares it not legal.

It's not even in the fine print (well, I'm sure it probably still is, but...). When you try to activate AT&T on the device, you'll get a modal dialog that pops up, warns you about this exact situation, and asks if you would like to continue.

Comment: Re: Non-story? (Score 4, Informative) 112

by R.Mo_Robert (#48226473) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

AT&T will unlock if you call and ask. They want they oppertunity to try and keep your business before unlocking. Last I checked that's good business to try and keep your customer. That being said if you don't like it go with one of the carriers with significantly less LTE coverage.

This isn't about unlocking the device. All iPads are and have always been unlocked. This is about AT&T's decision to disable using the multi-carrier Apple SIM card (new with this iteration of iPads) on any carrier besides AT&T once you use it once with AT&T. (Does Apple even sell the Apple SIM card separately? Maybe in store, but it's certainly not on their website as of now. Your best bet would be just to get an AT&T SIM card if you want to use them and save the Apple card for cooperating carriers.)

Comment: Re:Heh (Score 4, Informative) 70

by R.Mo_Robert (#48117027) Attached to: Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

Not using antiperspirants ain't so good for the air either.

I know you're being funny, but it's actually worth noting that there is a difference between deodorants and antiperspirants (and that term itself is usually short for antiperspirant + deodorant). As you can probably guess now that the terms have been separated, the latter are supposed to stop you from smelling, while the latter are supposed to prevent you from sweating in the first place. I switched from antiperspirants to deodorants a few years ago after I became concerned that maybe jamming aluminum salts up my pores to block sweat in wasn't such a good idea. Most people would probably be fine with just a deodorant, and I say that as someone who is fairly physically active myself.

That being said, I'm not sure why the article singled out antiperspirants. I'm pretty sure you can find the siloxanes (one of the categories proposed as responsible for the problem) in many deodorants as well, e.g., as decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, which is used to make the product smooth. Off the top of my head (without being in the deodorant aisle at the store right now) I'd guess that "natural" brands like Toms or KMF would be some of the few that probably don't contain these. The specificity in the article seems unnecessary--to say nothing about whether personal care products are a significant source when the chemicals in question can also be found in building material and things that might be a larger source.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 564

SCCM supports Linux and OS X clients, but as far as I know it does not support the deployment of task sequences to such clients. A task sequence is what you need to deploy an operating system using SCCM. So, the Linux and OS X boxen were likely spared (unless, by any chance, they deployed it for boot media in addition to SCCM clients and the user happened to insert and boot from SCCM boot media during this time, I guess).

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 564

This is the very example needed to illustrate why "re-imaging" machines should not be done without a confirmation by the user of the machine.

I'd really hate to come to work one day and see that all the stuff I've been working on has been lost... because we were supposed to save it to the H (home) drive on the server that... also got wiped.

The SCCM server was wiped. The chances of that being the same server as the file server for H: is pretty low, and we don't know if that server was reimaged (though the advertisement was sent). In any case, all these servers were clearly backed up, so you would not have lost anything by putting it on H:, even if the relevant server was affected.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.