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Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 259

by ncc74656 (#49144359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

The new machines lack LPT ports? WTF kind of machine did you buy without an LPT port? A laptop, sure, a desktop? You have to look hard, even today to find a machine that doesn't have a printer port.

Pretty much anything built in the last five or so years won't have serial or parallel ports. If you're lucky, you might have some headers on the motherboard that can be brought to the slot cage with connectors in brackets like what were common before ATX, but I've run across plenty of motherboards that don't even have those. Notebooks are even less likely to have them. This Dell Inspiron E1505 I'm typing on is a bit long in the tooth...main reason I'm keeping it going is its 15" 1680x1050 screen. No serial or parallel ports on it.

When I saw a sufficiently-old notebook come through my office a while back that had a serial port on it, I hung onto it for talking to our switches and routers. I forget what model of HP it is, but it's old enough that it runs on an Athlon XP. It's probably the better part of 10 years old at this point. The last emerge -uND world took a couple of days to run, but it's fast enough to run Minicom and Firefox, and to do traffic captures from the switch: serial connection to the management port to enable SPAN, Ethernet to the SPAN port for capture, and WiFi to talk to the whole thing from my office instead of the server room.

Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 1) 295

by squiggleslash (#49127359) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I can't speak for the French, but I've noticed the US having a lot of homeopathic crap in the children's medicines aisles of the major supermarkets and drug stores, usually with the homeopathic angle hidden in small print, and "natural", "non-drugs", "Ages 0+" and other language over the rest of it. If I didn't know what homeopathy was, I can say it'd have been highly likely I'd have bought some of this stuff while our baby was colicy, just because anything with drugs is generally marketed as unsuitable for anyone below 2-5 years old.

I'm not sure "gullible" is the right term. "Desperate" and "Lacking critical information needed to make an informed decision" is a better term. I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the 90% of pregnant French women who "use homeopathy" have no idea what homeopathy is, and are simply taking something marketed as being "safe" because it uses "natural ingredients".

Comment: Other skills have agents (Score 1) 145

by Enry (#49118479) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

Writers, performers, singers, boxers all have agents. I'm not sure if the model works for all those groups of people, but that's what's there. On the other hand, that's mostly because they don't have a regular job - they need someone to find and negotiate the pay for them as they're either otherwise busy working or don't have the skills or contacts to get the work. Maybe if the job were per-project and rockstar developers could come in and guarantee some level of performance for some level of pay negotiated by the agent that could work.

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