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Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 187

by operagost (#48875951) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I had an AMD 486DX-40 system with two VLB slots. I had both VLB graphics and multi-I/O. Before the Pentium era, a motherboard didn't usually have all the basic I/O on it, so you had to buy a card with serial, parallel, and usually an IDE controller on it. Anyway, the second most annoying thing with VLB is that it ran at your FSB speed, so if you had a 25 MHz FSB you could have three cards, 33 MHz you could have two. I had 40, so I was only supposed to have one. It was surprisingly stable, but when I had the occasional video glitch I understood why it happened and could deal. It got better when I dumped the Computer Shopper white-box special for a DX2/80 with a decent ASUS board.

The most annoying thing with VLB being, of course, that every card was almost full-length because the VLB part sat behind the ISA slot. They popped out all the time.

Comment: Re:could be fems average better at groups, men one (Score 3, Insightful) 219

by operagost (#48850129) Attached to: Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Man here (from birth)... I don't see how selfishness is an inherently male trait. I would never think taking someone else's food was OK as long as I replaced it. Obviously, at the moment there's a problem, and fixing problems you created is clearly inferior to not causing them in the first place. I would not want someone who wasted time and professional reputation, by constantly fixing the problems they caused, on my team.

What I see with men-- including myself, of course-- is that we DO want to fix problems, and save the discussion for later. "Lessons learned", "post-mortem meeting", etc. Women don't seem to like that. For some reason, they want to address the collateral issues at the same time, or even defer the solution in order to perform in-depth problem analysis. This seeming lack or urgency is frustrating to me, personally.

Comment: Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (Score 1) 479

by operagost (#48832191) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

It is hilarious that one day, we can have an article lamenting the lack of women in IT-related undergraduate majors, then the next have an article wondering why there aren't more women working in IT.

Maybe we should stop frickin' worrying about how many women are in IT... unless we want to start worrying about the lack of men in nursing, veterinary, and grade school education.

Comment: Re:One mile? (Score 1) 778

by operagost (#48829657) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
No, we mean American football, which originally had play started by kicking (or "snapping") the ball with the foot, the field goals and tries were worth more than the touchdown, and the forward pass was illegal so the ball was rounder. Perhaps if Walter Camp had anticipated that ignoramuses would make stupid jokes, he would have proposed renaming the game.

Comment: Re:nanny state (Score 1) 778

by operagost (#48829125) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
To be fair, we can't really lump net neutrality, a consumer protection issue, in with those others. But things like telling adults between 18 and 21 they can't drink alcohol and making single parents pay child support until their adult children are 25 are stupidly extending childhood and ultimately giving governments unreasonable power over the people.

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