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Comment: Re:How about your employer? (Score 1) 428

by Dartz-IRL (#47788741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

The old business I interned with used a Windows 2000 server until December 2013 - when the business finally folded. The server outlasted the business that owned it - having been bought second hand sometime in 2006/07, already near 8 years old.

That server was a Pentium II machine, with a whopping 128Mb of RAM, a pair of 9GB disks in RAID 1 for the OS, and a pair of 32GB in RAID 1 for the data. It also came with a pair of lockable Zip-disk drives for which we'd long since lost the keys, an unmatched DvD-rom drive that was added sometime in the last decade.

And it kept plodding along right up until November 2013 when one of the Data disks failed and decided it wasn't going to drop out of the array - completely nuking the company's accounts folder on the mirror.

There were other reasons why the company failed - but I suppose having the accounts for the last 7 years smeared across the platter in a headcrash was just another nail in the coffin.

The Machine itself was still running when the business was shut down for good. It's probably still working now too, doing God Knows What for God Knows Who? It's built like a bloody tank and did exactly what was asked of it for 14 years.

Comment: Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (Score 1) 428

by Dartz-IRL (#47788699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Cheaper to fix, a lot more reliable, cheaper to make, cheaper to buy for the new owner..... and really not that odious to use.

If anything, I find torque converter auto's tricky and unintuitive - and I spend the entire time driving second-guessing what the car's gearbox is going to do. Especially badly-programmed autos

Comment: The dinosaurs still live... (Score 1) 428

by Dartz-IRL (#47788679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I made a USENET post to an active discussion an hour ago.

I also still use a film camera to take photographs from time to time. Especially ones I'd like to last. It's 40 years old and generates lovely looking pictures, and only cost $20 on a trip to D.C. Bought from the now sadly departed City Electronics in the old Post Office.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 73

by jimbolauski (#47783569) Attached to: For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"
Let me help you with what he said, "No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur". Now because you are not a car person I suspect you wouldn't know what a sports car is. Most sports cars are two seaters, the few that are four seaters an infant would not have enough leg room, the back row is strictly for lower insurance rates, so you would be sitting in the front seat of your chauffeur driven sports car, not a typical chauffeur chauffee relationship. Secondly sports cars are not very comfortable they have low profile tires, firm suspensions, and rigid seats, they are designed to drive fast around corners not smoothly on the highway. What you want for your chauffeuring is a sedan, suv, or van.

Comment: The coral will need guard rails around it (Score 5, Insightful) 73

by jimbolauski (#47783451) Attached to: For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"
A tourist with 30 minutes of training piloting a sub near coral reefs is a bad idea, the pilots will be looking at all the neat things and not paying attention. Depending on how powerful the currents are they could get swept out and run out of fuel fighting the current. These things are far from idiot proof and you should expect drunk or stoned college students on spring break to be using them. It's a great idea until you realize you are giving dumb-asses a $1.5 million dollar vehicle to drive through priceless and breathtaking wildlife sanctuaries, while we are at it let's start renting out Bugatti Veyrons to drive through the Louvre.

Comment: especially like the wallet integration part (Score 1) 119

by swschrad (#47758737) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

you are chasing a wooly mammoth buck-naked with a fork. we determine you need titanium toe rings with 6-carat blue diamonds. why? hell, just because. your credit card on file has been decremented ten million dollars. now your avatar jingles as you run.

perhaps you want an elephant gun now? please enter a new valid credit card number...

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 1) 548

There's no luck involved in being good at your job. There is no luck involved in teaching yourself important skills to make yourself more desirable to employers. If you are not earning the wage you feel you deserve and you can't find anyone to pay you it then you are the reason you are not earning those wages.

One picture is worth 128K words.