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Comment: I feel better for knowing they are out there (Score 2) 166

by donkeyb (#38235836) Attached to: Voyager Probes Give Us ET's View
A surprisingly large part of me feels good that those amazing spacecraft are so far away, nearing the depths of interstellar space and will continue on for as near as makes no difference to forever. An even larger part of me regrets that I won't be around to see the day when they make contact with another civilisation.

Comment: Interesting One... (Score 1) 855

by donkeyb (#26278403) Attached to: Tales From the Support Crypt
One night a few of us were sitting round a friend's house (a highly paid IT professional) listening to some music being played out from his PC. I noticed that notepad kept opening and strange words were appearing, then lots of windows would open and the machine would go mental. Cue my friend; "someone's fucking hacking me!", he opens Notepad and starts typing "Leave the fuck alone, I know who you are" etc etc, while we laugh at his rage. Later that night I discovered that the Speach recognition had been turned on and the Mic was picking up the music and our background chatter. It was interesting to see how Windows interpreted inane chatter and minimal techno...

+ - Intel in the GHz game again: Skulltrail hits 5 GHz

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Intel's Skulltrail dual-socket enthusiast platform has been making the rounds on the web for half a year or so, but we haven't seen many details yet. TG Daily got a close look at an almost complete prototype, which surely sounds almost like a production ready version, judging from the article. Everything that TG Daily describes sounds like Skulltrail PCs will be very limited in availability and insanely expensive: A taste: Intel said it has developed "special" Xeon processors with desktop processor attributes just for Skulltrail. These chips are currently running at a stable 5 GHz. Time to start playing the lottery."

Comment: Well done Slashdot (Score 1) 609

by donkeyb (#20980585) Attached to: Best Way To Teach Oneself Math?
I just wanted to say that this I reckon that this is one of the best answered "Ask Slashdot" questions in ages. It could have descended into a "don't drop out in the first place..." argument but instead it appears that many people here have either been there and done that, or have a "There but for the grace of God go I..." mentality. Great work guys.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"