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Comment: Re: Ergo! (Score 1) 452

by niks42 (#49276203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
.. Ah, the old beam spring technology. I loved it, from Keyboard D onward. My first keyboard at IBM was an IBM 3277, which was lovely to type on, and for me, following keyboards were a cost-reduced attempt to emulate that delighful force feedback profile.

Also, the IBM AT keyboard had the function keys down the left hand side, where &deity. intended them. Hunting and pecking for the right F key over the top of the numerics, has meant that the use of F (or Programmed Function key) has fallen into disuse. Even Keyboard F for the IBM 3278 kept them down in a rectangular matrix that you could use to find a key without looking.

Comment: I'm not sure how to classify my own use of Linux (Score 2) 282

by niks42 (#47861127) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
I've a big machine in the office at home. Some of its time it is a media server, some of the time a database server, apache/php web server and so on; equally it is my go-to client machine for highly interactive desktop applications like schematic entry, PCB layout, graphics and so on. Now it is not the music production machine, and on that I am using low latency kernel and I keep down the number of server-like processes. But they both came from the same distro, with light bits of tuning and configuration. I really, really don't want to have to manage multiple disparate distros based on usage of the day.

Comment: Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 316

by niks42 (#47763537) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
My first hard disk failure at home was a 20MB drive .. it failed to spin up one cold morning. I eventually got it going by giving it a good lateral twist when applying power, and it started again. Needless to say I took the opportunity to copy the entire volume onto my brand new 30MB replacement hard disk. The 20MB became a doorstop to my office for many a year - being a 5.25 inch drive, full height, it weighed enough to keep the door open in a gale.

Comment: I can't ever work for IBM again .. (Score 1) 282

I took 'voluntary' separation from IBM, and part of the conditions for leaving with a lump sum was that I can never work for IBM either directly or via an agency or contract anywhere in the world ever again.

There's always a risk that IBM would take over all of the major employers and I would have been right royally fucked, but then what are the real chances of that ever happening?

Comment: Re:Relatively pointless (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by niks42 (#45499565) Attached to: Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK
I think you overestimate the capabilities and patience of a large percentage of the population of the UK. I think these actions will shut down 80% of the movie sharing. It is a right royal pain in the bum, and personally I think the MPAA just don't understand that any action they take will have unintended consequences, but on the whole, it will have the effect they desire - most of the traffic will be gone.

They should just be careful what they wish for.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.