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Comment: My specs... (Score 1) 558 558

by Swift Kick (#49885455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Hardware Is In Your Primary Computer?

My desktop is currently a refurbished HP Z800 workstation with some upgrades:

- 2x Intel Xeon X5675 @ 3.07 GHz
- NVidia Quadro 5000 (waiting for a EVGA GTX980Ti to arrive)
- 5x Samsung EVO 500GB SSDs (RAID-5)

The SSDs were an upgrade, it came with a single 300GB SAS disk. Also upgrading the video card, since the Quadro is ancient.
Had been using a older Dell XPS720 since 2006 or so, figured it was time to upgrade to something better that won't need any significant upgrades for another 5+ years.

I have other boxes in my home lab, but this is my gaming+everything else box.

Comment: Another complete waste of time... (Score 1) 399 399

by Swift Kick (#39946017) Attached to: Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

So after you go through the bullshit in the link, what they're trying to come up with is a MacBook Air-equivalent with 'custom developer profiles'?
They already have a number of laptops that are essentially perfect for 'web development'. Some of the others here commented on the Latitude series, etc. I'd like to offer my own personal example.
I have a Dell Precision M6400. I bought it 2 years ago off the Dell outlet site for about $2k. Shortly afterwards, I bumped up the specs a little, so here are the current specs:

- 17" screen with 1920x1200 resolution
- Core 2 Due T9800 @2.93GHz
- Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M
- 2x Samsung 256GB SSD drives in RAID-1

I run Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on it as my main OS. It's the perfect foundation for VMware Workstation 7.1, which I use to run my virtual machines. I have one the following VMs running daily:

- Ubuntu 10.04LTS server - for testing
- Ubuntu 10.04LST desktop - my main work environment
- CentOS 5.8 - for testing
- "Unnamed storage" vendor virtual cluster with 3 virtual nodes - also for testing

I run *everything* on this one box. VMware gives me the flexibility to try new releases, test against newer packages, etc. Need to test something else? Fire up another VM.
What better self-contained development environment could you ask for? No MacBook Pro or Air could beat that, except for weight (~8lbs on the Dell vs ~6.5lbs on the Macbook, and almost nothing on the Air).

This Project Sputnik is a waste of time for Dell, and they should fire the gullible idiots that fell for the bullshit fed to them by Stephen O'Grady.
Dell would be better off by just focusing on either standardizing the hardware they use across their laptop lines, or providing updated drives for the hardware they use.

Comment: 16GB for work, 8GB for the home box... (Score 1) 543 543

by Swift Kick (#38070918) Attached to: RAM in my most-used personal computer:

The work laptop is maxed out, Precision M6400 with 16GB DDR3 and dual 256GB Samsung SSDs.

The home box is also maxed out by 2002 standards...

System Configuration: Sun Microsystems sun4u SUNW,Sun-Blade-1000 (2 X UltraSPARC-III+)
System clock frequency: 145 MHZ
Memory size: 8GB

Love this beast, even if it's noisy.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 933 933

by Swift Kick (#38058864) Attached to: NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

...I have BS and MS science degrees from good schools. I haven't been able to find a job since finishing grad school - almost two years ago."

Your degrees in Geology are not exactly that useful, unless you actively try to market yourself to companies such as the oil & gas business. Have you tried that?

If not, the first thing I'd suggest is to fix your resume. That 'Jr Indiana Jones' pose is not helping you. Familiarize yourself with both MS-Word and PDF formats, and make an effort to make your resume presentable, rather than 'spending lots of time organizing your photos'.

You're obviously doing OK, if you're visiting places like Bangkok, London, etc., so if you haven't been able to find a job, I'm just going to blame you.

Comment: Re:Global warming is a lie! (Score 0) 276 276

by Swift Kick (#37430736) Attached to: Inspector General Investigated For Muzzling Inconvenient Science

Physics is not Climatology. And Nobel Laureaute status is nice, but you'd be surprised at how many Nobel Laureates fly off into cloud-cuckoo land.

Kinda like Al Gore, who's a Nobel Peace Prize recipient but isn't exactly an expert in Climatology... oh wait.

Comment: Clarfify, S'il vous plait (Score 1) 284 284

by Mana Mana (#30602128) Attached to: Google Nexus Rumored To Cost $530 Or $180 w/Plan

GSM people realized that CDMA > TDMA when they [GSM people?] got together to make WCDMA (also called UMTS). From a simple view, UMTS is CDMA, but using a 5 MHz frequency band, rather than the ~1.25 MHz band that CMDA uses.

It's all good but can you clarify this point, please.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here. Move along. (Score 1) 133 133

by Thinboy00 (#30601844) Attached to: Quantum Encryption Implementation Broken

I think the original claim of QC went something like this:
zomg Quantum Computing will be done eventually and then they'll be able to trivially break most/all modern ciphers, even if implemented in a perfect way! There will not even be theoretical security! I know, lets take this old, unbreakable cipher and invent a method of key distribution that is perfectly secure in theory! That way, by the time QComputing is invented, QCrypto will have rendered it moot.

Executive summary: "provable security using real world hardware" was never a goal.

Comment: Re:What's going on Vimeo? (Score 3, Informative) 85 85

by Swift Kick (#30501244) Attached to: Vimeo Sued For Audio Infringement


You may not upload commercials, infomercials, or demos that actively sell or promote a product or service.

        * Exceptions: independent production companies, authors, musicians, non profits, churches, artists, and actors may show or promote the work they have created.

From here. Arguably, a 'indie'/solo-guy developer that wants to show his game falls under under this exception.

Can you tone it down just a tad, please?

Comment: Use DomainKeys.. (Score 0) 263 263

by Swift Kick (#30481584) Attached to: Are You Using SPF Records?

SPF records are easy to implement, but also easy to subvert (as one of the other posters already mentioned in his comment's link).

You should really look into implementing DomainKeys instead, which (while a little more difficult to set up) are almost required if you do any kind of significant email volume.
Yahoo, Gmail, MSN/Hotmail, and AOL pretty much require that you have DomainKeys implemented if you want to email their users, otherwise you'll find yourself on the wrong end of a blacklist someday.

Postfix can easily be set up with DomainKeys support using dkimproxy, check it here:

Good luck!

Comment: Re:What (Score 5, Informative) 570 570

by Swift Kick (#30149636) Attached to: US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

You're right. The submitter didn't read the article (or lacked the reading comprehension to understand it).

The article says that "the networked Playstation 3s can process 4 million passwords per second, cutting down on the time necessary to find the correct combination.". Nowhere does it say that a single PS3 can do that.

Comment: Re:Discoverable URLs (Score 1) 314 314

by Swift Kick (#29372113) Attached to: Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability

Say you want to learn about Safari. You go to, as you'd expect. What if you wanted to learn about Internet Explorer? You need to go to

Really? You really think so? Funny, it worked just fine for me.
Try it. Just type in in your address bar, press Enter and see what happens.

Who could have guessed that without a search engine?

Obviously not you, since it seems you didn't even try it.

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