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Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 566

Well, to be fair, "minimum requirements" means "bare minimum to make the OS work, with nothing else running". But too often it's interpreted as "optimal requirements", another beast entirely.

I've told this story a time or two already, but what the hell... back in the olden days my test rig was a 486DX4-100 with 8mb RAM. One day I accidentally hooked up the wrong HD and here's Win2K booting up. Took a few minutes to reach the desktop, but was reasonably usable thereafter (even with no swapfile)... a little sluggish but tolerable. I was astounded.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 566

I messed with Vista briefly (quad-core, 6GB RAM) and found performance wanting... pretty damn slow at everything, as in wait 20 seconds for a mouse click to register. WinXP64 and Win7 on same hardware, no problem.

But as I poked around Vista, I noticed that lots of little things behaved or felt like WinME (which I had on an everyday box for two years; perfectly well-mannered once beaten into submission and the broken parts disabled), too much so for coincidence. I concluded that Vista came out of the WinME devteam, and was similarly released in a halfbaked, unfinished condition.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 182

Thanks. I was just looking for a nice font of this general sort. Now if I could find it in monospace, which is what I really need for my application... (Liberation Mono is fairly good but not "strong" enough visually.)

As to TFA, some years ago I noticed that some new Interstate signs had crappy legibility because the font was more tall and narrow than the old font. Lo and behold, finally I know why!

Comment Re:Mean time to failure (Score 1) 220

It's not even that - even if all your parts have the same MTTF, they will not all fail at the same time. The only way you can cause all your parts to fail at the same time is if they all have dependencies on other parts such that if one part fails, the others are guaranteed to fail. Or, effectively, a self-destruct mechanism.

Comment Re:Not at all (Score 1) 151

Actually, I don't especially like cats. I like *some* cats, the ones that behave more like domesticated animals and less like wild beasts. And I'm quite familiar with feral cats, and predator species of various sorts.

What I'm saying, that you don't seem to get and is roundly ignored by people who decry predation by cats, is that cats only partially (and inadequately) replaced other predators that no longer exist in these environments; cats didn't suddenly arrive in a predator-free situation (exceptions noted for isolated islands where medium and larger predators failed to arrive or evolve -- remember the species already there invaded too, if much longer ago).

Indeed, a great many birds and rodents take full advantage of the relative safety of man-and-cats vs every-other-predator. Yeah, cats kill shit. So did a dozen other predators that no longer live where man (and cats) do.... and which killed a lot more shit than all the cats civilization can muster, feral or domestic.

And cats generally don't survive away from human influence. Other predators think they're very tasty and all too easily caught. Cripes, in the desert I couldn't grow cats fast enough to keep the owl and coyote buffet stocked. Every cat that went outside the fence got eaten.

Further, if one looks at wild cat species and the fact that some freely interbreed with domestic cats, it's clear the line between 'em is at best fuzzy and possibly artificial, much like the line between dogs and wolves (functionally different breeds of the same species).

So it's basically the same argument as "people shouldn't be allowed to roam the woods and freely kill deer, because it's hard on the deer population", and meanwhile humans have run most of the other large predators out, and in some of the more-settled states there are now up to 10 times as many deer as in a wild environment with the more-usual array of large predators.

Funny how the same people who decry free-roaming cats usually support "wolf reintroduction" in the western U.S. (Canadian grey wolves were never native here in the first place, and have killed off the formerly-healthy population of native timber wolves), and scream bloody murder when we shoot the surplus (there are now about 4x as many wolves as the prey population can support).

Did you know coyotes are not native to most of North America? Evidence is that they followed man across the continent, and in fact some started as feral Indian dogs (there's a lot of domestic dog DNA, from about 2000 years ago, in the coyote population). Now what??

Balances change. Nature is not static, and humans and their associated creatures are part of the dynamic. And considering that in an urban or suburban setting you will have either free-roaming cats, or assloads of rats and mice, which do you choose?? Maybe you'd prefer to import weasels, foxes, and skunks. Rabies ahoy!!

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1307

Well, the first thing you can do is PUT THE DAILY EMAILER BACK HOW IT WAS!!

I don't know what you did to it, but today's was somewhere between useless and unusable. Mostly it showed as a blank message with a couple of irrelevant links way down the page and badly formatted. I'll bet it got blocked as spam by more-proactive servers, just for the horrible layout (even if anything had worked right).

I'm sure I'm not alone in that I haven't visited the front page in years, and rely entirely on the daily email for a list of topics in an easily-skimmed format.

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