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Comment: Re:Can I have a pinch of salt with that (Score 0) 288

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47085019) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

"I have tons of experience with indians"

Thats pretty racist to generalize so heavily one ethnic group across an entire industry.

"I hate saying that. I really do"

Your racism is not in any way a favour to society so like, I hope you understand that you don't have to be racist if you don't want to.

Comment: Re: Maybe not extinction... (Score 2) 608

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46838483) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

"Big corps are about 0.1% of the problem big governments are. Based on megadeaths in the 20th century."

Without predatory capitalistic corporations which -literally- feed their children on the human misery that is receiving healthcare in the us, america would have universal healthcare. Lobbyists. One of the reasons that the parent comment is right and that all the ills of governement are indeed caused by corporations! (paraphrasing what im sure he meant :P)

Comment: Repair and Diagnosis (Score 1) 737

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46737119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

A diagnostic mind would be the best skill to have and be useful to society Both post and pre Apocalypse.Troubleshooting cars, computers, electronics, structures, simple machines, repairing other tools... Without the internet or manuals, being able to figure systems out and use of correct tools in diagnosis and repair.

Because you simply won't be able to get new shit in such abundance, whatever world you think we are heading into.

Comment: Only study worth quoting: BBC horizon s2013e06 (Score 4, Interesting) 459

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46404073) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Twin doctors, one eats nothing but fats and the other eats nothing but carbs, for a month. They document it, they work out, they do tests.

The result (spoiler alert), either is not great. Eating only fat cannibalizes your muscles, and makes you not get any enjoyment out of food. Whereas eating only carbs makes you feel hungrier all the time.

But their conclusion had a twist, the main problem is processed foods that have a 50/50 mix of fat and carbs. An excellent example is whipped cream. Your body would reject you drinking pure cream, and also pure sugar. But mix them together, and you cant stop eating it! Same with many of our favourite foods, ice cream, doughnuts. All have the 50/50 mix that vendors long ago realized was the most addictive mix. Your body basically never gets the signal to stop eating.

Anyone who is interested should check it out.

Comment: Where have I heard that before... (Score 2) 33

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46273725) Attached to: Gracenote, Privacy, and the Rise of Metadata As a Valuable Asset

Gracenote sounds familiar, but they are the ones who commercialized CDDB! Also now they are owned by sony.

That's the problem with these for profit companies. Now everyone is selling my meta data, for lookups that I had never even considered left a footprint. Hopefully my DNS servers are not thinking of commercializing my metadata! how far can they go in search of every last scrap of profit? commercialize ntp! why the fuck not!!!! profit profit profit! stocks go up up up!!!

Comment: Most likely they are pwned by NSA (Score 1) 299

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46206327) Attached to: Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

Kaspersky is a horrid software. Hard to uninstall, lots of problems in a domain environment. We thankfull ditched it this year after multiple screwups last year including when client updates caused a significant precentange of machines to slow down or not talk to the network. Took them two months to fix that.

So I am not surprised if he is admitting in a round-a-bout way, that they are hacked by the NSA. You load spyware into products, it causes problems - more bugs. I wouldn't be surprised.

Comment: Re:Cinema speakers can be damaged too (Score 1) 526

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46204583) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

You really don't see the difference between a 4 watt laptop speaker and a 10,000 watt cinema quality surround sound system?

It's possible that the speaker was overdriven on the laptop, but then thats the laptops fault clearly. With high wattage audio gear, the amplifier can often put out more power than the speakers can take. One would think dell would easily make sure that did not happen in their simple, low power, controlled environment.

I've had to deal with dell tech support. Its all outsourced and awful. If 99% of people are fooled by "you broke it stupid" I am not surprised that they would try that and even stick to their guns until the bitter end.

Comment: Re:CBC (Score 1) 578

Maybe its banned in the USA. You are the only suggestion to mention cbc, which one would think would be popular and is completely free. Or americans don't want to watch pro canada propaganda during a patriotic time.

can some american confirm if you can watch cbc stream? its about .5mbps

Except they are saying its live right now but its not as I watched it at 8am. Which is false advertising.

Comment: Re:Last about five years? (Score 1) 237

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46106915) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

"I've either personally owned or purchased for companies I've worked for dozens of hard drives "

Bwahaha... no offence mr low uid, but "dozens" does not make you an expert. I have had thousands of bad drives in my 15 or so years in the business. out of tens to hundreds of thousands of machines. Right now I see about 50-100 bad drives a year supporting a medium sized company as well as the occasional home computer.

Hard drives power supplies and capacitors are the number 1 2 and 3 things that fail on all computers first. Any other failure is an oddity.

3-5 years is most certainly correct as the AVERAGE lifetime of a drive. I have come to my own conclusions about that particular number based on experience, and reading about hard drive failures for many years. Sure many drives last longer, and many many fail by simply getting slower with age. But the main point is that dozens is merely a hobbyist and if you are basing your opinion on such a small sample size, you may not be correct.

As I said before, seagate screwed themselves over bad firmwares a few years ago which is why people hate them so much now (me included). However I am sure WD will fuck up eventually too and ill have to switch back to seagates.

The most important thing for drives is proper cooling and avoiding manufacturing defects (bad batch).

The best tool to use for hard drive diagnosis is 1) your ear and 2) hdtune

Comment: i beg to disagree (Score 1) 463

"When you are 30 light-seconds out, the laser will always be aimed at where you were 30 seconds ago. "..."What range are you presuming these space battles take place?"

Way to pull a number out of thin air. Eve online battles generally occur less than 120km from targets and frequently within 30km. Considering 30 light seconds is 9 million km, I think your space physics needs some work.

Comment: Matches my experience. seagate warranties suck (Score 1) 444

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46032495) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

I say I agree. That's why seagate has the lowest warranties in the business!

Have been buying exclusively WD in the non SSD space since they had that fiasco with the firmwares killing drives. Those ones were probably the last seagate drives I purchased.

But the main reason, is right around that time, maybe because they were in financial trouble, they chopped up all their great 5 year warranties, and made them mostly all 1 year. Or you gotta pay more for more warranty. WD did it as well, but a black still has a 5 year warranty. So its worth the extra 20%. I am sooo not surprised that seagate drives barely last 3 years. One might say they are engineered to fail.

I can't see how that would be a good long term business strategy. Not that companies don't make poor decisions, or cut costs despite engineer's pleas though. Is the proof in the pudding? only time will tell.

Comment: Re:Winamp is still the best player around! (Score 1) 188

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#45962063) Attached to: Winamp Purchased By Radionomy

Don't forget,

-global hotkey support
-small form factor
-visualization plugins
-crossfading plugins
-instanced playback to multiple soundcards
-built in web server control
-winamp lite installer filesize is 4134 kb and currently consumes 32mb of ram on my system
-lcd display plugins
-LIRC plugin
-streamripper plugins
-flawless manual and automated operation, virtually crash free

And those are just the features I have used in the past week! for free!

Nothing comes close. Winamp IS audio on windows.

Comment: Re:Here's hoping... (Score 1) 188

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#45961899) Attached to: Winamp Purchased By Radionomy

My version is using the Nullsoft FLAC Decoder v3.03 and I haven't had any trouble with playing FLAC either. Maybe GP will elaborate...

I'm sure it just doesnt have enough harmonic waveletude or cool-toned intangible warbles, so he deemed it inferior.

Back on topic, the only thing to hope for is that they don't fuck up a perfect product

To be awake is to be alive. -- Henry David Thoreau, in "Walden"