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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 795

by kimvette (#48881667) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I like how quiet the exhaust on my turbocharged Saab is. I do wish the turbocharger weren't so muffled by the intake though. That high-pitched whoosh followed by a pssst! is awesome!

My ZR-1 has a Borla exhaust. Too loud. I liked the stock exhaust which was loud only when I got on it beyond moderate throttle, but driving normally, very deep exhaust note yet subtle.

Right now I am driving a rental while my Saab is in the shop (heater blower quit. Grr.) - I swear it has a fake engine sound. It's a Hyundai Elantra which can barely get out of its own way yet quite a roar inside. >_>

Comment: Re:Obligatory Onion link (Score 1) 314

by kimvette (#48824573) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

> . They were openly hostile to the few that ventured in, demanding name, address, and phone number for the privilege of buying a battery.

I once bought batteries there paying cash and didn't feel like getting on their mailing list so when they asked my name I said "cash" and held up a $20 bill. The clerk remarked that that was fraud. Fraud? Really? Because I'm making a wisecrack to inform him I'm not giving him junk mail info? How am I defrauding the store by paying cash for frigging batteries?

Comment: Re:Fuck Me (Score 0) 552

by kimvette (#48815321) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Maybe they should roll X, the desktop environment, and hell, why not imagmagick and gimp into Systemd already?

Systemd sucks for the enterprise, and there wasn't anything really wrong with SysVinit. Yes, init was antiquated but it fucking worked and it is stupid-easy to navigate and troubleshoot very, very quickly - and very easy to extend init scripts with additional commands. You simply can't do it with systemd.

Whatever happened to the UNIX mantra of a single tool performing a single task, and perform that one task extremely well? Systemd does far too much, and not any one task particularly well. "runlevels" are overly complex to configure, it totally fucks up syslog and boot logging (logging to binary files? Really? Dafuq?), and a true single user mode is now history, requiring you to boot to an alternate directory or from a boot disk if you need emergency access. Oh, and it fucks up networking by changing NIC names. What the hell was wrong with eth0 and eth1 anyhow? I know the MAC address of a given interface. I don't want names generated by "location on the board;" I want eth(n).

It sucks that RHEL has jumped on the SystemD bandwagon along with everyone else. I think RedHat have lost their minds; I think a PHB saw SystemD and said "oooh, shiny" and saw that Ubuntu and OpenSuSE were riding the bandwagon. The thing is, I'm okay with it on the desktop; if a desktop crashes no big deal, but if a server breaks it will be far more time consuming to recover if a given tape is not available and we need to wait on Iron Mountain.

I hope whoever made the decision to go with SystemD at RedHat dies in a fire. Seriously. SystemD takes on far too much, and goes against everything *nix is supposed to be about.

One tool should perform a single task and perform that one task perfectly.

Comment: Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (Score 1) 790

by kimvette (#48786611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

> blacks that are actually black,

I call shenanigans. ;)

> near perfect color reproduction

LCDs surpassed CRTs a while back with IPS and derivative technology screens.

I just got rid of CRTs that cost over $1500 back in the day. I gave away one and recycled the rest and have only one left. I was keeping them for the vertical resolution but now that good 1440p and 4K monitors are in the $700-$850 range I didn't need the other CRTs any more. I am keeping that last one until I feel like dropping the coin on one more high resolution monitor.

Comment: Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (Score 5, Interesting) 790

by kimvette (#48784077) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Good riddance to CRTs. I always hated that sound. Every so often when I go to an office that has an old TV running, ugh. That sound always drove me nuts.
When composite-input TVs came out my dad would leave the TV on with the cable box and VCR off and I'd ask him why the TV is still on. He'd say "it's not on." It most definitely was and that annoying whine was driving me batty.

I used to take apart my TVs to put baffling in to cancel out that sound. I am 43 now and I can still hear past 17.5KHz. Why? Because it was drilled into me by my mom to not blast my ears with headphones, and when using power tools I use hearing protection. I have an even greater appreciation for my hearing now because once I got a sinus infection so bad it spread to both ears and I had 95%+ hearing loss for more than three months when my inner and middle ears filled with fluid, and there was so much pressure it perforated my eardrums, so I'm even more strict about hearing protection having experienced near-total deafness for an extended period. Since then certain frequencies cause some pain due to reverberation because those frequencies seem to be amplified to me - it may be due to scar tissue where my ear drums perforated or something, I don't know and haven't bothered to find out.

But flyback transformer whine? Ugh. Same with PC power supplies that are going bad - they have a very similar high pitch whine. When I go to my old office to maintain the servers for my partners, I need to stay out of the lobby because the power supply whines like mad. No one else in the office can hear it.

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.