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Comment: Re:Slashvertisement? (Score 1) 86

by TeknoHog (#47510503) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

In the past few years, USB has gotten much faster

I agree with most of your post, but this is simply false. USB 3.0 is a completely new interface, bolted on USB 1/2 to make it seem like a seamless transition.

I used to think USB is all about selling a new interface with an old name. For example, in a few years we'd have a CPU socket called USB 14.0, but hey, at least it's USB. Now I have a USB 3.0 hard drive, and the mini plug/socket in particular shows how it's just USB 1/2 + 3.0 bolted together. So my new future prediction is USB 17.0 where you have this fist-sized lump of connectors from different ages, all tied into one bunch to ensure backwards compatibility.

BTW, I have two Intel Core CPUs here, Core 2 Duo T7200 (released 2006) and Core i5 520M (2010), both "mobile" CPUs. The former is a lot faster under certain workloads. In practice, they are roughly equal, and the new one probably has better power efficiency, but it's not exactly the level of progress I'd expect.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by hairyfeet (#47479851) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Oh I have been singing the praises of the AM1, its a fucking AWESOME chip! I mean a replaceable ULV that does 1080p easily AND is the same chip used in the PS4 AND only uses 25w WHILE having boards that offer options like having multiple PCIe and even a PCI slot and the whole setup can be had for less than $100? Well hell what's not to like!

And I put an E350 Bobcat against a Pentium D805 and even having over 1GHz speed difference it was a joke, that little $60 board just curbstomped that 805. it was then when I really realized how truly shit the P4 design was, because when the weakest Bobcat can beat one of their best duals you know its a garbage design.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by hairyfeet (#47474987) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Actually the P4 would have been fine if they could have reached the clocks they predicted (10GHz+) but the pipes ended up so damned long every cache miss was like slamming on the brakes, not to mention the truly insane amounts of heat the last P4s belched out.

This is why I tell folks to toss if they have a P4 as while an Athlon of the same age is still useful the amount of heat belched out by Prescott and Cedar Mill P4s is just nuts. At the shop I've been replacing P4s with E350s and recently socket AM1s and even those bottom of the line netbook chips still feel faster than the P4 while putting out practically zero heat out the back. You don't realize how badly the cache misses slow the chip until you put an Athlon 64 or first gen Core Solo against the high clocked Pentium Ds, even at double the clocks they just feel dog slow.

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 1) 151

by hairyfeet (#47474553) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Nice to see that I'm not the only one who thought the response was completely unprofessional.

What is it lately with all these OSS guys in key positions turning into Ulrich Drepper clones? Have they gotten so used to being told how great they are that when anybody dares point out a mistake they HAVE to go nuclear? You got Torvalds flipping off companies and throwing fits like a 14 year old Halo player, you got de Raadt acting like a giant ass, now you got this Has everybody forgotten what it means to act like a professional?

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by hairyfeet (#47474255) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Uhhh..spin it how you want but the emails showed beyond a doubt that Apple was price fixing and sorry, that is illegal. Also if you think Apple was price fixing "for good of the people"....BWA HA HA HA HA, that is damned funny, it was to increase their share and make sure no competitor could undercut them, again going against free market competition.

Of course they could always do like Amazon and take less profit per sale...ha ha ha, who am I kidding, Apple take less? never!

Comment: Re:Newsflash! (Score 1) 362

by TeknoHog (#47471231) Attached to: Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Now please send your $50,000 worth of research grant funding to my bitcoin address: FJi2seXY2jf9eYEDoit4ScienCEFiJSfj82jfiffj

You could at least use a real BTC address, in case someone accidentally you some coin. That's not even a Grøstlcoin address (they start with an F).

(By reading the above, you agree to send a random amount of BTC to 1Guy1JarSpEhxb94VYMYRvTMhqbAgdnCtL as a consultation fee. Thank you.)

Comment: Re:hmmmmm (Score 1) 681

I don't know what the coward was doing but I used PING plenty at the shop with 2K Pro and it worked just fine.

Frankly I wouldn't even put XP in their top OSes, by SP2 it was okay, never great, and while SP3 did have speed improvements it made up for that with patch cruft. If I were to rank their top OSes it would be Win 7, Win XP X64 (which was IRL Win 2K3 workstation), Win 2K, and then it would be a coin flip between Vista and WinXP 32bit as both of them required SPs to become usable and both OOTB sucked the big wet titty.

As for win 9? If the rumors are true that there will be NO local login (so they can datamine you, try to sell you shit with the appstore, and do a dozen "are you a dirty pirate?" checks a day) then I figure it wil be another VistaBomb, but if they just give us Win 7 with the under the hood features of win 8.x like better SSD support and WIM? Then it will be a hit. So far I have yet to see anything from this new guy to convince me he isn't just "Balmer 2.0" only whereas Balmer was "touchscreen touchscreen and did we mention we work with touchscreen?" while this new guy seems to be "cloud cloud and did we mention we have a cloud?".

Comment: Re:More details (Score 1) 73

by TeknoHog (#47444807) Attached to: Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

I've seen the movie and I've read other works by Niemi. Be careful with the spelling, it's Vittula, where "vittu" means "cunt", and the -la is a suffix for making it a toponym. OTOH, "vitulla" means "on top of a cunt" or "by using a cunt". Also, the original place is called Vittulajänkä, where "jänkä" is a kind of Northern wetland.

The language aspect is interesting, because it takes place in an area of Sweden where they speak Meänkieli, a dialect of Finnish. Swedish authorities consider it a separate language, for the purposes of preserving the special minority status, thus making an interesting case of the language vs. dialect problem.

I don't doubt that Swedish is spoken/understood near the Swedish border on our side, but that probably happens in every border zone around the world. The real Swedish-speaking areas, where many people don't speak Finnish, are found at the coast.

Comment: Re:Improving cooking is not easy. (Score 1) 203

by TeknoHog (#47443163) Attached to: Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Food in contact with the wall might heat up too quickly and not transfer the heat to rest of the food. Food away from the wall might be undercooked and the food in contact with the wall might char. It is probably suitable for soups and broths. But for cooking rice and such not very liquidy food, heating the wall too rapidly would be a problem.

You have the same problem with any regular pot with too much heat. The point here is to improve efficiency, so you can actually turn down the flame. In addition, it looks like the heat will be more evenly distributed between the bottom and the walls, which would also help avoid burning the food.

Comment: Re:More details (Score 2) 73

by TeknoHog (#47440113) Attached to: Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain


The Nordic countries comprise Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Scandinavia is basically your geographic definition; it's not quite clear cut, though, but we mostly care about being Nordic. Finland is the odd one out in terms of linguistic roots, but we share most of our culture with the Nordics -- we were basically a province of Sweden for centuries, and gained independence after a brief stint with Russia.

For some odd reason people elsewhere say "Scandinavian" when they mean "Nordic".

I wonder where you get the part "north Finland speaks partly swedish". There is a vocal Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, but they mostly live on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Might be some Swedish/Norwegian speakers up North, but there you also have the Sami people of Finland, Norway and Sweden mixing up things and blurring the political boundaries.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.