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Comment: Re:Video decoding regression (Score 1) 113

I'm just hoping that there is a way to disable that obnoxious "Install Flash" bar that comes up every time you visit a site with Flash and you don't have Flash installed. It's like Google can't imagine that someone would not want to install Flash (ditto for builds of Chromium running on OSes that don't even have Flash).

Comment: Re:Change for Change's Sake (Score 1) 251

by toddestan (#47781509) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

If they now think that transparency is a bad idea, then why didn't they catch this in trials before launching Windows Vista?

I wouldn't say transparency is bad, it's just a fad that's has run its course. Though if you ask me, Microsoft is pushing Metro as the future and is purposely trying to make desktop mode look dated on purpose.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by toddestan (#47734019) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

The next big push may be high resolution. Things get different when you have to start pushing beyond 2M pixels (which modern desktops can do without a sweat). Try playing a modern game on a 4K monitor, for example. Now, if we could only get the monitor manufacturers to start cranking out some really high resolution desktop displays. You would think they would, but they still seem to be stuck in a 100DPI world. The few 4K screens out there are a nice start, but the resolution/DPI king is still the IBM T221 which has been out of production for nearly a decade now...

Comment: Re:Maybe I'm the only one... (Score 1) 197

by toddestan (#47692357) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

I've played around with surround myself, and eventually came to the conclusion that for any reasonable budget, you're better off with a stereo system. As in, if you're going to spend $400 on speakers, you're much better off with two $200 speakers than with eight $50 speakers needed to do 7.1. Having two speakers also makes the setup a lot easier too, and unless you're going to set up a surround set up correctly you might as well not bother. Most home surround set ups that I have are set up incorrectly, which is pretty understandable given that most people can't dedicate a room to a home theater.

Comment: Re:performance never measured in MHz (Score 1) 151

by toddestan (#47684723) Attached to: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Actually, I would say that the MHz lost it's usefulness in the x86 world long before the P4 came out. More like the (original) Pentium-era, when Cyrix and AMD starting selling chips with the "PR" rating. Of course, the PR thing was even more meaningless, as a 150MHz Cyrix chip may perform like a Pentium 200 when it came to integer performance (hench "PR200+"), but was more like a Pentium 90 when it came to FPU performance.

Comment: Re:microwave bright [Re:Oh good lord.] (Score 1) 225

by toddestan (#47652273) Attached to: Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

Well, the other way of doing it other than increasing the size of the Dyson sphere would be to build it around a smaller star that emits less radiation. It may not be a bad idea if you're in it for the long haul, as the smallest stars will burn for a thousand times longer than a star like ours, meaning you get the best return on your investment of building the Dyson sphere in the first place. Of course, you then have the problem that less radiation is hitting the surface of the inside of the sphere. That can be solved by, of course, building it smaller which means it will take less material (another plus), but then you're back to emitting infrared again.

Comment: Re:Fraud (Score 1) 228

by toddestan (#47635513) Attached to: What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Well, don't be surprised when your employees get up and leave whenever they hit 40 hours that week, because hey, they've put in their time, right? However, if you expect them to work extra hours to complete some task, don't get your panties all in a bunch when they figure out how to make themselves more productive so they can sneak in some time on slashdot.

Comment: Re:So.. what? (Score 1) 255

by toddestan (#47635441) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Actually, as of 2013 there were still 11 of the RBMK reactors operational, the same type that failed so spectacularly in Chernobyl. Heck, even the Chernobyl facility continued to produce electricity in the undamaged part of the plant until 2000, which a lot of people don't seem to know. I don't have a problem with nuclear power, but really, the remaining RBMK reactors need to be decommissioned pronto.

Comment: Re:Physical destruction (Score 1) 116

by toddestan (#47627737) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

As long as the computer is functional it would seem that the quickest and easiest way would be wipe the drive. Hook up the computer quick, throw in the DBAN cd, let it crunch for a while, then you can throw the whole box into the recycle pile. With physical destruction you've got to have someone take the computer apart and remove the drive, then actually punch the holes in it (or whatever). Granted, getting the drive out can be easy with some cases, but others it can be a huge pain in the ass. Then you also have the problem that once the drive is separated from the rest of the computer it's a lot easier for it wander off too...

Comment: Re: Physical destruction (Score 2) 116

by toddestan (#47627687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Well, you could donate the drives to the various charities that refurbish computers. They're always short on drives because they get so many computers donated to them that have had the drive pulled. They'd be really appreciative if someone showed up with a box full of drives. Size doesn't even matter so much as they are at least 80 GB or so.

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