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Comment: Re:I have an idea! (Score 1) 389

A roll of dateless buffalo nickels would also be a good choice. For those that aren't familiar with the design, the date on the buffalo nickel was on a raised area, which would eventually wear off. Since you can't read the date (at least without resorting to tricks like using acid), the coin really doesn't have much collector value anymore.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 2) 465

by toddestan (#49161781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

One of the problems is that those adapters only work with drives that can report their geometry to the bios so that it can auto-configure itself. If you have to go into the BIOS and type in the number of cylinders, landing zone, etc. then those adapters are useless. Luckily I have a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter and no shortage of PCs that have PATA ports on the motherboard so I'd have no problems retrieving the data from that laptop.

Comment: Re:Tilting at Windmills (Score 1) 347

by toddestan (#49161755) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

That's pretty much it. He knows his boss is the same way, and doesn't want to give some wishy-washy we don't know but we're working on it type of answer when his boss asks how long it's going to take. By giving him an answer, even an answer he may even know you made up on the spot, he's got something that he can tell his boss, and when that estimate turns out wrong he's got someone else to blame.

Comment: Re:Problem with this scheme (Score 1) 109

by toddestan (#49160547) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

The mainstream desktop I7's are pretty easy to keep track of because there's actually not been that many of them. If someone tells you they have an i7 in their desktop, it's probably one of the four chips in your list. Now dive into the mess that's the Pentium/i3/i5 lines. Most i5's are quad's, but some are dual's with hyperthreading. But that's what the mobile i7's usually are. But so are the desktop i3's, except that they can't turbo boost. And the very high end Haswell i7's have a 5xxx number. Shouldn't that be a next generation chip? Why do the Haswell-based Pentiums get a 3xxx number? What's better, a G3460 or a i5-3340? Probably the Ivy Bridge i5 but why does the Haswell Pentium chip have a bigger number? Why do most of the "K" chips not support VT-d, but the 4790K does?

Comment: Re:Problem with this scheme (Score 1) 109

by toddestan (#49160457) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

For my work load, a first generation i5-680 (3.6Ghz, dual core, fastest clocked processor from the first generation) is about 10% slower than a fourth generation i5-4430 (3.0 Ghz, quad core, slowest clocked "normal" i5 from the current generation that's not a low power or mobile variant). Note that this workload is extremely single threaded, so if you're doing something that's multi-threaded the two extra cores in the Haswell i5 will make a huge difference. But this does suggest that cores in a Haswell are about 30% or so faster than the original "Clarkdale" processors on a per-clock basis.

Comment: Re:Xp all over again. (Score 1) 514

by toddestan (#49159825) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Those people who swore by XP for the most part switched over to "Classic" mode and never went back. I actually haven't seen Luna in a while - the sticks in the mud who still won't move off of XP are all using "Classic" mode.

For those who haven't used Windows 8 or later, Windows 7 is the last version that where you can revert back to the Windows 2000 look. As far as I can tell you can't actually customize much in the later versions of Windows except the titlebar color.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 514

by toddestan (#49159661) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

That was brand engineering. Take the same car, swap some unimportant trim pieces and slap a new front/rear end on it, and you've got a whole different car! That's how you end up with GM with a half-dozen different brands all try to sell variations of the same car.

In terms of updating models, the trend now is that the refresh cycles are getting longer and longer. In the 50's and 60's, styling was huge and they'd basically redesign the entire car every year. In the 70's and 80's they may leave the car mostly the same but change something like the grill and taillight lenses every year. Nowadays they'll sell the same car for 4-5 years with no real changes between the model years.

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