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Comment: Re:Historical significance (Score 1) 464

by Trixter (#42263425) Attached to: Linux Nukes 386 Support
It's more historically significant than that -- Linux was the last major *nix to support 386s. FreeBSD and NetBSD abandoned the 386sx/dx a while ago. So if you want to tinker with that 386dx-40 you found in the basement, you'll have to find an old distro to go with it, since you can't cross-compile a working kernel for 386 any more.

Comment: Re:Many years ago.... (Score 1) 395

by Trixter (#42251297) Attached to: High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

If you are a rack switch away from the exchange's computer, you are too far. 1ms is too much latency.

Most of the hardware is sub-1ms. When I worked trading IT, we measured latency in micros.

You need to be a virtual appliance on the same virtual host, with read-only access directly to shared memory space on the host where trades are processed.

I'm not sure this is an actual offering you can purchase.

Infiniband was state-of-the-art in the trading industry about 3 years ago, although things were moving towards memory-mapped 10gig.

Comment: Re:Big fat DIN to mini DIN to USB (Score 1) 338

by Trixter (#42244525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

If you are willing to embrace heresy, the Cherry MX keyswitches aren't nearly as bad as the rubber dome crap, and can sometimes be found slightly cheaper.

What kind of Cherry switches? MX Black, Brown, Blue, Clear, or Red? (

Comment: Re:Dumb fundie article (Score 1) 858

by Trixter (#42219419) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

want to lower your risk of having kids with autism? have kids in your twenties, don't party and get drunk every other day, keep healthy and have kids naturally without chlamid or invitro or any other procedure

We followed every single stipulation you stated above, including natural childbirth, and our first-born was autistic anyway. Some of your assumptions are wrong. The age distribution for mothers is not weighted towards older women; it's fairly flat. Maybe you're confusing autism with Down's Syndrome?

Comment: Re:This is Sony (Score 1) 293

by Trixter (#39497943) Attached to: Sony Taking Down PSP Titles In Response To Vita Hackers

I have a Sony blu-ray player that in order to use any feature above just playing disks I had to create an account on Sony's web site and give them a bunch of personal information. I think this is necessary to update the device as well.

I bought a brand new Sony blu-ray player a month ago. While they direct you to a website to activate the player's internet streaming and get a firmware update, I had the option of not providing personal data, so I didn't. The website merely said "enter this code into the player" and on doing so the device downloaded updates and the additional features just started working. Sony has my IP address, but not my name or other personal details.

I'm not apologizing for Sony, just relating my experiences.

I know this means they have my browsing habits now. It doesn't bother me, as every website and streaming provider already has this. Singling out Sony is myopic.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.