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Comment: Censorship in the UK (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by hsa (#49789113) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites
Don't you guys care at all?

First they started censoring child porn. This is totally acceptable, child porn is bad. Nobody dared to say anything.

Then they started censoring pirate sites. This was for the children also, I guess. People objecting these changes are mean pirates! Don't listen to them!

Then they started censoring youtube videos with "dubious" political agenda. When some people complained, it was "only an option to remove videos", blaah blaah blaah.

Now they are starting to censor books.

While there is still time, I suggest you read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by Georgy Orwell. That should give you a pretty good picture where this is going..

Comment: Re:Finally a replacement (Score 1) 166

by hsa (#49637453) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016
AMD processors multithread badly. The multithreading inside a module was terrible in Bulldozer and not much better in future generations. Shortly put: you have 4 "fast" cores and each of those cores is paired with a "slow" core. The scheduler doesn't really know, which core is fast and which core is slow and that results in poor real life performance - just look at any decent game benchmark!

Meanwhile, Intel is transitioning to 14nm process, while your processor still is still 32nm from 2012, and this intel of mine actually 22nm from the same year. These numbers might not tell you much, but the main difference to me is that my processor runs much cooler and requires less power.

AMD is way behind the competition.

Luckily, the slides had great bullet points, like "40% more IPC" and "14nm process". If those happen sometime in 2016, Intel might actually have to compete and produce better CPUs. Last couple of years Intel has heavily invested in on-die GPU , and speed gains are minimal. That is why 2012's tech is still relevant.

Comment: Re:Don't do it! (Score 1) 700

by hsa (#48977627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

My mother is a retired teacher. The mother of my child is a teacher, too.

My child is in the public school system. We do some additional teaching after school and I generally buy him more candy on saturdays, if he solves some mathematical puzzles.

The teaching quality of every school varies. Generally, by home schooling, you could get much better learning results. The group size is just too large to focus on any individual problem. I think it is fair to say, that public schools teach the theory less effictively than home schooling. Practical application of that theory is known as homework and you should make sure your children actually do them.

But not everything that the school teaches is on curriculum. You learn first and foremost social skills. Group sizes are large. There are idiots. There are true friends. There is a cute girl in the first row. You have to work with other people. Just like in real life later on.

If you home school your children. they might become anti-social and biased on your personal world views. You can tell them Jesus created the dinosaurs and in your community that might be even recommended. Or skip those parts totally, because they weren't in the bible.

Neither option is perfect. I would still choose not to home school my children. That does not mean, that you cannot actively ask your children what they are learning, look at their homework and teach them additional skills they don't learn at school.

Meh, I totally forgot slashdot doesn't do even basic autoformatting..

Comment: Don't do it! (Score 1) 700

by hsa (#48977615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
My mother is a retired teacher. The mother of my child is a teacher, too. My child is in the public school system. We do some additional teaching after school and I generally buy him more candy on saturdays, if he solves some mathematical puzzles. The teaching quality of every school varies. Generally, by home schooling, you could get much better learning results. The group size is just too large to focus on any individual problem. I think it is fair to say, that public schools teach the theory less effictively than home schooling. Practical application of that theory is known as homework and you should make sure your children actually do them. But not everything that the school teaches is on curriculum. You learn first and foremost social skills. Group sizes are large. There are idiots. There are true friends. There is a cute girl in the first row. You have to work with other people. Just like in real life later on. If you home school your children. they might become anti-social and biased on your personal world views. You can tell them Jesus created the dinosaurs and in your community that might be even recommended. Or skip those parts totally, because they weren't in the bible. Neither option is perfect. I would still choose not to home school my children. That does not mean, that you cannot actively ask your children what they are learning, look at their homework and teach them additional skills they don't learn at school.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 542

by hsa (#47799199) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

I'll have you know that TRUE nerds used to have to jerk it to 320x200x256 palletized images. Nipples would be fucking CYAN half the time, but it was that or play wing commander. SuperVGA made the situation oh so much better, we could get 640x480x16bit in 200-300kB files that would take 2 hours to download, but hey, pink nipples!

You are doing it wrong. The 256 color palette is actually 262 144 color palette, but only 256 colors can be at the screen. So actually normal VGA is deep down 18-bit, but it cannot show all those colors at once. You must have some real shitty quantization on your images, to get cyan. My nipples were pink. But then again, there is no 16-bit GIF, so all the images started being JPGs. They didn't take 200-300kB, either - what were you on? LZW-compressed TIFs? You should have used more quality sites like McHenry BBS, like .. er.. my friend told me. Just sayin'..

Comment: Update cycles (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by hsa (#47567285) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

I build my own computer rigs. I have been doing that for over 15 years.

I just rarely do it at once. You have working sticks of RAM, old hard disk, case, PSU and GPU. You just swap the CPU and motherboard for better. Or buy a new graphics card when they get cheaper as the next Battlefield approaches.

The components of my PC are constantly evolving. But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once? Upgradeability is one of the main reasons I build my custom setup(s).

Comment: Ha-ha! (Score 2) 294

by hsa (#46777539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

In the voice of Nelson from the Simpsons: Ha-ha!

They want to make your work more transparent. Apparently, they think you have too much spare time, too. Or you getting fired/outsourced, and this is a gentle reminder to document your work..

Since all the reports are similar, I would just create a script to handle the documentation needs. I would also do extra work: create report how much this affects the efficiency of patch / hotfix distribution and how time all these process changes take (and maybe inflate that number a bit, just a bit).

This would also be a great time to ask for an assistant to ease the workload.

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