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Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 0) 246

You mean the Microsoft that thinks it owns the users computer and can force spying and updates on people unwittingly and or against their will? Yea real swell...

Or you could just turn off both telemetry and updates, but that wouldn't give you anything to rant about. And by the way, if you turn it off, turn it off correctly. Please don't reply with some bullshit, tin foil hat wearing, MS hating blogger who can't follow basic MSDN documentation.

Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 2) 246

Remote shells for Windows have been available for decades. Hell I remember telnet server was included with NT net tools a lifetime ago. A lifetime before that directing command interpreter thru modem ports.... Anyone who really wanted one would already have one.

Remote shells? Yes! But SECURE, Remote shells? They have never had that built-in. I don't think you realize what a bad idea it is to communicate with you company's servers over plain text. And VPNs aren't always an option. I can always get ssh through, but I've been on plenty of networks that block VPNs. Not to mention needing additional VPN software and hardware key fobs. Give me pure ssh any day!

Comment Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 4, Interesting) 246

For those of us that have no choice but to manage Windows and *nix boxes, it's a pain in the ass to have to context switch between RDP and ssh'ing. This will make our job much easier. Between all the open source software, github, and stuff like this, I love the new MS. Of course our real servers will always run FreeBSD.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 65

I just don't understand what the purpose is, and it isn't stated in the thread linked -- other than a few ... (maybe) benchmarks that don't cover many real-world use cases.

How can you complain that you don't have any benchmarks to judge it by and then claim that if those benchmarks existed they do not cover real-world use cases? If your claim is true, this sounds unnecessary. But my gut trusts the kernel devs more than some close-minded Slashdot commenter afraid of change.

Comment Easy Fix for the Paranoid: Cold Reboot (Score 3, Interesting) 165

I've done some GLSL programming and it's not unreasonable for clearing a GPU buffer to take 1/20 to 1/10 the time as the actual operation on that buffer. How many Nvidia users (read gamers) would prefer to take a 5% performance hit to prevent occasional glitches like this?

This has absolutely nothing to do with Nvidia's drivers. It is a glitch in Diablo III and maybe something Chrome could address for the paranoid out there. Meanwhile, if you're really that worried about someone seeing a glimpse of your porn hours earlier, just turn your computer off/on before allowing anyone to use it next. Problem solved.

Comment Sounds like Good News for the Ocean (Score 3, Insightful) 514

I'd be a lot more sympathetic to the GMO labels cause if the anti-GMO people used science to promote their cause. But they don't instead they appeal the fear with their ignorant Frankenfood arguments.

There's a too many mouths too feed without science to improve sustainable agriculture. In this case the oceans are over-farmed, and if this helps lighten the load, I'm all for it.

With that said, GMO is a tool like selective breeding that can be used for good or bad. This sounds like a good used, where as Monsanto is a disgusting company that embodies all that's wrong with big agriculture. They have technology that could do great things but instead use it to sell more chemical that turn our precious farmland into barren wastelands.

Comment Re:Acceptable ads? (Score 1) 263

Exactly, just compare Weather Underground to reddit without an ad-blocker. Reddit is actually so unobtrusive, that I have whitelisted them for the past year.

To all these slashdotters flipping out about "acceptable ads", I have a question for you. How many of you pay for that content you're using ad blockers on? All the none-user generated content costs money and bandwidth always costs money. If everyone blocked 100% of ads, the Internet would be a very different place. I'm really happy I have the option to use ABP with unobtrusive allowed. Just like it felt better to watch Game of thrones on HBO-Go then pirating it like I had to for the first few seasons.

Comment The sense of privilege here makes me sick (Score -1, Troll) 229

Judging the posts thus far, it appears most slashdot users feel they have a right to free content. I wonder how many realize that it costs money to hire good journalists and editors that produce all the content they enjoy. Yes, some sites got out of control with ads, which is why I have an ad blocker installed. But on good sites like Reddit, I whitelist them. Since I love both the content and they never allow obtrusive ads.

For other most sites, I keep my ad blocker on, but I do have APB set to allow "acceptable ads". For the same reason as above. Do I begrudge APB or Crystal any money for this SERVICE? Hell no! They are doing me a favor by auditing the ads before they reach me. Seriously people, keep on pirating your content, video games, and movies, as it's clear everyone here feels it's owed to them. But when the good content is all gone, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.

Comment DOM's got to go (Score 4, Insightful) 137

With FF and Chrome JavaScript performance has been good enough for most web apps for the past couple of years. Good to see IE has caught up, but JS performance is not been what's hold the web back. The issue is DOM performance. For example, my stock trading app eats up 100% of my CPU time and causes Firefox UI to get unresponsive when tracking more than 30 stocks. Their native IOS app barely uses any CPU time and runs better on my phone than the web app on my desktop. It's time we ditch DOM's document based model for something application centrist.

Comment Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. (Score 2) 616

As a programmer for over 20 years, this flies in the face of all my experience. While, there may not be a direct correction to one’s mathematical abilities and one’s programming skills, I have never worked with a *good* programmer who disliked or was poor at math. You need have a strong mathematical background to be a decent programmer.

The real question here is why the hell a staff writer for The Atlantic who specializes in gender issues writing this article? From this quote: "From my experience, one thing you do need when learning to code is an ability to stifle your rage when computers don’t do what you want. Which is, alas, why I am not a good coder."

Sounds like she too some online "web coding" class, failed miserably, and decided to turn it into a bullshit, poorly researched story. I mean really "People who program video games probably need more math than the average web designer.” Probably? I mean that's like saying Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. Although with articles this poorly written, maybe that's a bad analogy.

Comment Guests only or General Public (Score 1) 59

The article is not clear if this only for guest use or for general public to use. If it's for general public, I'm not interested in becoming an electric gas station. I've been an Airbnb host for over a year now, with over 50 clients and never had anyone ask about electric car charging. Tesla only produces approx. 2000 cars/month. Ford/GM sell way more than this in a day. Until they get their production numbers up and I start getting charging inquires, I can't see this as being a useful upgrade to my property.

Comment a significant upgrade? really? (Score 2) 85

a significant, yet affordable, upgrade over cards like the GeForce GTX 650 Ti,

I guess Nvidia's marketing drones think we're all a bunch of rich morons. That's exactly the card I have now, and there's no way in hell I'm stupid enough to pay $150 for a few extra FPS. Just look at those benchmarks, like Metro's 27 vs 36 avg FPS. If I need a few extra FPS, I'll lower the quality a bit and wait until a TRUE mid-range upgrade is available.

The real question here is WTH is going on with Moore's law? I paid about $150 for my 650 back in 2012, and here we are 3 years later, and my $150 buys essentially the same performance and features.

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