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Comment: Is XP More Secure Than 8? (Score 0) 137

I'm not trolling, but is XP that bad? I'm asking whether there is any vulnerability right now that would likely affect the average user?

Further, is XP worse than they'll eventually find 8 or 10 to be, especially with all the "cloud" nonsense? To me this seems like the devil you know versus the devil you don't, arguably FUD. Since hackers strive to be "profitable" in their endeavors, wouldn't they focus on the more popular OSes anyway?

Comment: Very Logical! (Score 1) 349

by kackle (#49546443) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

I spent a bit of time in hardware design, too - you think its fair game to ask what pin 7 and pin 14 mean, generally, on TTL chips? if you have touched hardware at all, you'd know this, but I doubt even 10% of googlers would know it. I know it. why shouldn't they?

see, same logic fallacy.

I see what you did there!

Comment: Deja vu all over again... (Score 5, Insightful) 276

by kackle (#49501529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?
Amen, brother. Similarly, I switched from Lycos a decade+ ago because they dropped Boolean searching (some of us are power users!). I used Yahoo! next, but it was painful on dial-up with all the extra junk on their home page. Then I came across this new, misspelled site called "Google". I loved it; but lately it has been wearing on me as it panders more and more to the masses.

Note to Google: We nerds might be in the minority, but it is WE who direct the non-nerds as to how to set up their digital devices, avoid online trouble, choose their search engines, etc. Don't ruin it for us. I already started to keep one eye open for another search place, because I fear it'll only get worse.

Comment: Empirical Data (Score 1) 204

by kackle (#49254219) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes
I know this is slightly off-topic, but I found this surprising. About twenty years ago my main PC was a 66 MHz machine with 8 MB of RAM running Windows 95. I was learning to use the 3D graphics program "trueSpace" and I created a scene that was 11 MB big when saved to the hard drive as a wireframe. When I tried to render the scene, the hard drive thrashed for ten hours straight, and the scene was still only halfway rendered. Later, I bought 16 MB of RAM (if I recall for ~$400[!]), bringing my total up to 24 MB. That same scene rendered completely in twenty minutes. That was an fascinating lesson.

Comment: This Might Have Helped (Score 1) 294

by kackle (#49003397) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy
Years ago I emailed RadioShack corporate (RS), Mouser, Newark and DigiKey. I told each to collaborate with RS making each of RS's retail stores a pick-up point for the electronics distributors (Mouser, Newark and DigiKey) who could ship to RS's distribution hubs instead of directly to hobbyist customers. In other words, I order something from Mouser, and pick it up a week or two later at my local RS. I win because I don't have to pay $7 to ship a few diodes, Mouser wins because of increased business, and RS wins because they get a tiny cut of each sale and/or they get more foot traffic in each store, someone who might need some solder after all.

Alas, none emailed me back nor apparently ran with the idea.

R.I.P. RadioShack, we had some good times, though it was long ago.

Comment: I'm not so sure... (Score 1) 840

Points never gave me grief, ever. (Is that because I was lucky enough to first learn about them using a dwell meter?) I have replaced more electronic ignition modules and their coil packs than I can remember (dozens).

Of the first 12 failures on my latest car, 11 were electronic engine problems (versus mechanical), half of which, killed the engine without warning while driving.

Comment: Re:Odyssey 2 was awesome- (Score 1) 47

by kackle (#48549473) Attached to: Ralph H. Baer, a Father of Video Gaming, Dies At 92
I double-negate your "nonsense"! :) Both the Atari 2600 (which I pined for in the late 1970s and finally owned in the early 1990s) and the O2 (which I had in the late 1970s) had advantages and disadvantages.

The O2 had a built-in keyboard which allowed for general text inputting (e.g., high scores), and the eventual purchase of a cheap "learn programming" cartridge for me. I was coding in assembly and machine language before I was a teenager. It is probably the reason I am a software developer today.

The O2 had well-made joysticks; my original, ~40-year old joysticks still work like new today. The Atari's sticks were poorly designed with that plastic flex-return mechanism and short-lived microswitches. I had to fix so many of those over the years for friends.

The Atari usually had better graphics, but the O2's screens were always flicker-free; something the Atari could not boast for every game.

Atari's library of games was huge, but some of them were poor. O2's line-up was thinner, but some of the games were quite creative, complete with game boards, tokens, and playing pieces. (My Minecraft-playing niece and nephew say they love "Take The Money And Run!") It was a lot of fun, and is surprisingly still entertaining.

Either way, I know Ralph Baer's story, and I respect what he's done for (to?) all of us. I thank him for creating such a clever invention.

Comment: Re:The only features ... (Score 2) 243

by kackle (#46940739) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'
I started in cellular in the late 1980s. The analog, one-frequency-per-call system was MUCH better than cellular phones of today. The analog cellular system we put customers on had 3 times the bandwidth as they allowed for the upcoming digital system calls. You could easily confirm this on an RF spectrum analyzer.

When we were told to give customers free digital phones for beta testing, many were angered by how poor the quality had become as they ran their businesses from them. They demanded their old phones be returned (reinstalled, since they were mostly car phones), but I was told by my boss to assure them the software upgrades would improve the service in the future (which I believed). From what I've seen, they never did.

I'd bet it's even worse now due to the sheer quantity of users and the multitude of different services bouncing between the air, antennas, and equipment. Think about it, if they need more bandwidth at a certain tower, it's probably not hard to dynamically take some bits away from the voice channels.

Comment: Slightly Off Topic, But A Worse Situation (Score 5, Interesting) 358

I find myself in a similar situation. I am looking for a new job. I have never had time for an online presence, but an heavily foul-mouthed person, who shares my uncommon name, does. Worse, we're about the same age. Without looking like a nut job, how do I put on my resume that I am NOT that guy?

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine