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Comment: Multitasking was incredible (Score 1) 289

by zelik (#33021500) Attached to: The Amiga Turns 25
The Amiga had awesome multitasking, esp. for its time. I had an Amiga 2000 upgraded with a 68030 25mhz cpu card (along with a FPU!!!) and I ran a 2 line BBS with two USRobotics Carrier HST 14.4 modems. My BBS had 99% usage (as in had someone connected uploading/downloading) and I was still able to print out my homework report in Scribble (haha yes, Scribble) and run The Curse of Monkey Island all at the same time. It was.......brilliant! Of course, I had to spend money on those upgrades (including a ridiculous flicker-fixer card for VGA monitor use) but it made my machine a monster. Compared to the 486-33 I had running Win 3.1 it was heaven.

It's sad to think what a great computer it was and how it just got passed over and left to die at the hands of such a poorly ran company. HAM graphics (for .. pr0n or other things) and MOD music made my adlib PC sound ilke a joke and the tsenglabs ET4000 video card with VGA looked like a joke next to 4096 colors! woohoo!

I think I need to go take a cold shower now. I think my iphone has more processing power than my Amiga did. haaha.
Apple

+ - Apple Taiwan e-commerce Mac mini price error->

Submitted by zelik
zelik (1131765) writes "Apple's Taiwan e-commerce education store has a major snaffu that caused the new mac mini server with snow leopard to drop from $47,100 NTD to $19,900 NTD. This occurs when you upgrade from 4GB of ram to 8GB of ram on the order page. This error has been published on major newspaper Apple Daily and other media outlets and thus mass ordering from the general public has begun. The article http://tw.nextmedia.com/rnews/article/SecID/105/ArtID/76726/IssueID/20100723 is in Chinese but details the error. I'

A previous error like this affected Dell and Dell was taken to court and lost. Dell was mandated to still ship all approved orders. Article here (again in Chinese) http://dell.soga.tw/ ."

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Businesses

Digital Distribution Numbers Speak To Health of PC Game Industry 192

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-demand-a-recount dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from PC Authority: "Over the years many voices have declared PC gaming dead. We have seen developers abandon the platform for consoles, citing piracy as the cause. Game stores have slowly relegated PC games from prime shelf position to one tucked away in the back corner — even Microsoft dumped AAA PC game developers from the company. It seems, though, that the demise of the PC as a games platform has been exaggerated, because until very recently sales data ignored digital distribution, with the latest data released by US company NPD revealing that 48% of PC unit sales in the US in 2009 were digital. That translates to 21.3 million games downloaded in the US. Interestingly, although 48% of games were sold online, it only worked out as 36% of the revenue. This highlights the fact that it isn't just convenience that has PC gamers shopping online; it is also that games are generally cheaper than in stores."
Linux

+ - The Scalability of Linus 1

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Katherine Noyes writes at LinuxInsider that it may be time for Linus Torvalds to share more of the responsibility for Linux that he's been shouldering. "If Linux wants to keep up with the competition there is much work to do, more than even a man of Linus's skill to accomplish," argues one user and the "scalability of Linus," is the subject of a post by Jonathan Corbet wondering if there might there be a Linus scalability crunch point coming. "The Linux kernel development process stands out in a number of ways; one of those is the fact that there is exactly one person who can commit code to the 'official' repository," Corbet writes. A problem with that scenario is the potential for repeats of what Corbet calls "the famous 'Linus burnout' episode of 1998" when everything stopped for a while until Linus rested a bit, came back, and started merging patches again. "If Linus is to retain his central position in Linux kernel development, the community as a whole needs to ensure that the process scales and does not overwhelm him," Corbet adds. But many don't agree. "Don't be fooled that Linus has to scale — he has to work hard, but he is the team captain and doorman. He has thousands doing most of the work for him. He just has to open the door at the appropriate moment," writes Robert Pogson adding that Linus "has had lots of practice and still has fire in his belly.""

+ - Facebook's 50 petabytes of open source storage->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Sure we all know that Facebook uses open source technology, but now thanks to David Recordan's keynote at OSCON this week — we know we exactly how much open source they're using. MySQL is their main data tier, aided by memcached and then they've got their big set of 2,200 Hadoop clusters. All that is run on machines with 23,000 CPU cores spread across the open source infrastructure. They currently are on track to be using their open source infrastructure to manage 50 petabytes of data this year.

"A large part of our infrastructure is open source and we really think that it's important in terms of being able to allow developers that are building with the Facebook platform to scale using the same pieces of infrastructure that we use," Recordan said. "Fundamentally we're all running into the same sets of challenges."

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Comment: showroom floor (Score 1) 646

by zelik (#32966148) Attached to: Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?
It's simple: matte screens look like crap on the showroom floor (ie., Best Buy) when compared next to a shiny glossy screen notebooks. The shiny screens that look just like their HDTV are what consumers are lusting for. Sure the professionals want matte screens but the mass public fills a larger percent of the ledger.

Comment: mooch and get creative! (Score 2, Informative) 311

by zelik (#32966074) Attached to: Times Paywall Blocks 90% of Traffic
I believe it's time for all the news outlets to get creative and hire a bunch of 3D animators like this Taiwanese news outlet did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HUBVuaCIPo&feature=player_embedded Leave the news researching to outlets like AP and focus on editorials and hilarious reenactments. There's a reason why The Daily Show and the Colbert Show have such ridiculously high ratings. Sure sure, we all want our news, but it's time to realize the industry needs to do more than move from printing on paper to printing online. It might take years if not decades for them to get it right; the music industry is still trying to figure it out.

Comment: the whole point of LOST was lost after season 1 (Score 1) 955

by zelik (#32323498) Attached to: <em>Lost</em> Ends
This whole series was a nighttime adapted version of daytime soap dramas with "edgier" theme and bigger budget cinematography. The writers obviously had no idea where to take the script anymore and had to extend the whole series beyond it's intended life. Seriously, compare LOST to any of those ridiculous "days of our lives" or "as the world turns" dramas that have lasted for eons with outlandish plot twists and you'll find the writers must be moonlighting for LOST. It's sad, the whole series could have ended in 3 seasons but Hollywood wanted to milk as much out of this cow as they could before people found out milk doesn't do the body good.

Comment: Shipping to Africa is as safe as wiring your money (Score 3, Informative) 146

by zelik (#31973304) Attached to: Bridging the Digital Divide In Uganda, By Freight
Anyone who complains about foreign companies not "helping Uganda" or Africa in general by denying sales transactions with them has obviously never seriously ran an online business. I ran a moderate ecommerce site (google PR6 at the time) and during the 5 years I had it I received about 10 fake or bad orders from Africa daily. Of course, they were all from Nigeria and wanted ridiculous shipping requests (mail to lagarda bus stop (or something like that)) and for exorbitant amounts (40 DVD players) with insane shipping charges (international UPS expedited!). You can't blame a merchant for not wanting to take the risks of dealing with Africa. One bad experience can cost you quite a bit and credit card companies will never side with the merchant. If you want to blame somebody, blame the credit card companies who place most of the blame on merchants for any fraud that occurs.

Comment: Re: mary jane (Score 1) 282

by zelik (#30659300) Attached to: Does Cheap Tech Undermine Legal Privacy Protections?
" In light of that, Kerr asks, is the Supreme Court's ruling still sound?"

It's still sound as long as (my) marijuana is still illegal!

I will find it ridiculous if officers just drive around with thermal imaging devices trying to find marijuana growers and bust them. You are in essence invading privacy trying to get an idea of what's inside someone's house. What if x-ray vision devices come to market? Will cops be able to take a peek without a warrant? I'll laugh the day cops try to bust a house that's growing a bunch of non-illegal ferns.

Comment: Re:Touch screens and the like (Score 1) 255

by zelik (#30202954) Attached to: Apple vs. Microsoft Multi-Touch Mouse Comparison

I sometimes like to eat a great three story cheese bacon hamburger filled with majonese, chipotle ketchup and delicious cheese with deep fried french fries, topped with a cold beer and chocolate ice cream with strawberries and chocolate dipping. Lets face it, the touch area is going to get dirty. Will it function the same way after that and can you clean it as easily?

And your clickable mechanical mouse will also be hindered useless by your monstrous lunch/heart attack. At least the multitouch surface is a quick wetnap away from functioning again

Comment: outsource it (Score 1) 836

by zelik (#30108288) Attached to: Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?
Because with a 2 year vocational degree, your basing your worth based only on your vocational skills. The unquantifiable benefits (your results may vary) of college include but are not limited to: a) collaboration with others b) social engagement c) research d) conflict resolution, etc. Sure you get these skills in high school and you can get them anywhere else. However, the fact that you got into a 4 year college (and I'm talking about any top 50 ranked colleges, pick your list) provides a somewhat coarse but useful aptitude assessment as to your abilities.

I associate the difference between having your work done in the US or outsourcing it to India. Sure, they have coders there and some are really damn good. But somehow things just don't turn out the same/as well as something programmed by the people I hire here (and pay an arm and a leg for). They can do the grunt work great but wow have you seen some of the interfaces or design logic they produce?

Comment: So less queer eye for the straight guy? (Score 1) 614

by zelik (#30105970) Attached to: Environmental Chemicals Are Feminizing Boys
Seeing as Queer eye for the straight guy has disappeared, we have nothing to be afraid of. I personally think the "feminizing" of guys, aka metrosexualism (sic), is purely a result of the demand for more hygenic and "beautiful" men by women. What girl doesn't love the way gay guys look? Sure, women like the masculine looking guy too but usually that includes waxed chest hair, symmetrically shaved stubble, etc.

Quoting David Chappelle, ""If men could have sex with a woman in a cardboard box, we wouldn't buy a house...."

Anyway, back to topic: we should be ok as long as more women drink/eat hormone laden milk and beef. Do a google on the topic, or go here for a sample (poor one, albeit): http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/education/health-safety/growth-hormones.aspx

We'll have super feminine women and sorta effeminate men. We'll be back at square one!

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