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Comment Re:Nice work developers! (Score 1) 119

You may have paid $30 for the machine itself, but you continue to pay every year for it in terms of power, maintenance, occupied space, and if your hobby time is limited, engineering time figuring out hacks to make it continue working.

Particularly if these are x86-64 machines that don't work with grub, suggesting that they were from around the first generation. If you recall that time in the 90's, those cpus were huge power hogs. I'd never encountered power supplies burning out (without a discrete graphics card) until I met those first gen 64s. Nowadays, you can easily power a magnitude more compute power with the same electrical power cost.

I understand the general sentiment, I was kind of expecting this. I'm rather power conscious in general, and all of my machines, including these old ones, have "laptop" CPUs in small form factor mobos (if not actual laptops). The old ones have a similar TDP to modern laptop ones. One of these mobos runs off a 80 W PicoPSU; the others have heavy discrete GPUs, so they have semi-regular (though fanless) PSUs.

I'm well aware that modern CPUs are more efficient, and I could actually use modern mobos with more RAM, but with these numbers and uses it doesn't seem worth it. I basically need relatively dumb machines to feed GPUs, plus some server usage (which I like to keep independent of GPU-related instabilities).

BTW, x86-64 was introduced in 2003. My "old" CPUs are Core 2 Duo T7200s introduced in 2006, which incidentally are faster at most workloads than my main laptop's Core i5.

Comment Re:Nice work developers! (Score 1) 119

you can probably emulate those old systems on a modern $300 computer

It's not about emulation, as these are plain x86-64 machines, not some old architecture. It's about cost. I paid closer to $30 than $300 for these machines, and they get the job done until I find a good reason to invest a few hundred in something more modern.

Comment Re:Nice work developers! (Score 1) 119

I still use LILO because some old motherboards won't boot with GRUB in 64-bit mode. GRUB actually stopped working when I switched the CPU to a 64-bit one and updated the distro on one mobo. This was around 2010 and I hadn't used LILO in years, so it was weird to go back, but it gets the job done so I don't mind.

Comment Re:Get some fucking hobbies. (Score 1) 767

I have very simple "needs", but lots of interests.

I'm having a kind of gap year from work, to focus on stuff like arts and music, but also academic studies. While I don't have tons of money to throw around, I think I can understand some of the issues here to some extent. It's great to have hobbies or voluntary work where you meet people from different backgrounds. That way you don't have to explain things like where you work or how much you make. It generally helps to have meaningful things in your life that are not dependent on your wealth. I guess if you have a shitload of money, you can think of it as a backup that lets you extend your gap year indefinitely.

Basically, I'm just repeating the parent post. Do what you like doing, be it work or studies or whatever. I guess a more general issue is that when people suddenly find themselves with a higher status (e.g. due to graduation, promotion, etc.) they feel a pressure to do grand things. That would explain why sudden wealth might feel like a burden -- you feel like you have to invest it in something world-changing, and if you fail to do that, you'll be more miserable than before all the wealth. But like any peer pressure, you can ignore it an focus on what you really like. Maybe some of those things will grow into something grand and world-changing, with or without all the money.

Comment Re:Here's the article (Score 1) 207

From the site:

Strategically placed serifs improve the rhythm of the monospaced text by eliminating large gaps on each side of narrow characters and help to distinguish glyphs like the lowercase l and number 1 at small text sizes.

To me, the i and the l are rather ugly. I wouldn't even call those one-sided hooks serifs. The word reminds me of "sheriff" and Wild West newspaper titles with those big bulky I-beams in capitals. Kids these days, they wouldn't know what a fscking I-beam is, given all these unmanly fonts on their Iphones (back in the day, we used capitals in the beginning of proper nouns, and only in the beginning).

With those semi-serifs on top and the lower turns, the i and the l have too much of a Z character (right, down, right). Similar hooks are OK in some fonts, but these take the idea too far.

If you really want to avoid irregular spaces, just don't use a monospace font.

Comment Re:T-Mobile (Score 1) 142

Hey anonymous Scandinavian neighbor.

I have myself been in your shoes

So that explains why my best shoes were missing for a few weeks. They smelled a bit funny too. I wanted to let you know how funny, so I set up this propeller to transfer the olfactory information. I call it the "FYI fan".

Comment Re:A browser written in HTML, JS and CSS? (Score 1) 70

That's nothing...one time I moved a file from one place to another using only the command line.

I think I know how you did it. It's true you generally need a mouse and a GUI to actually _move_ a file, as you need to drag it one pixel at a time, otherwise you run into Zeno's paradox. You can't just instantly quantum-leap a file into another position, at least not without reversing the polarity and crossing the streams. However, there are command-line utilities such as xautomation to control the mouse pointer, so presumably you used one of those to automatize the movement.

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