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Comment: Re:Ecosystem (Score 1) 94

by TeknoHog (#47800283) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

The enormous numbers of the Passenger Pigeon actually suggest that they were the beneficiaries of an extreme environmental disruption that occurred a few centuries earlier: the sudden and dramatic disappearance on the large scale agricultural and horticultural societies of Native Americans when ~90% of the population died from successive onslaughts of pandemic disease brought by the arrival of populations from the Old World (Europeans and Africans).

Is that an African or a European pigeonocide?

Comment: Re:For fuck's sake (Score 2) 60

by TeknoHog (#47797135) Attached to: The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

Stop spelling it "BitCoin", it's "Bitcoin", as in common grammar rules where you don't put a cApITal in the middle of a word.

That so, TeknoHog?

Well I can spell my own name in any bloody way I want. But if you're going to spell the name of a product/technology then please find out how to spell it first.

Comment: Re: I guess I'll just (Score 1) 125

by TeknoHog (#47795717) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

I remember using talk only on the same machine. I specifically said "Internet" to exclude applications that only work on the same host or a proprietary network. However, I now see that talk also works across networks.

Of course, I like to mention IRC just because it's from Finland.

Comment: Re:"Against a wall" (Score 1) 142

by TeknoHog (#47791623) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

There are already things hindering the customers to place their PC directly with their back to the walls. One is called cables, the other one is called convenience.

But then you also have people who just like to shove things against the wall. I mean who cares about a broken cable now and then, you can always buy more >.<

Comment: Re:"Against a wall" (Score 2) 142

by TeknoHog (#47791571) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front)

Moreover, I imagine this feature will increase dust buildup. Of course you get plenty of dust along the airstream, no matter what direction, but in this case (pun intended) there's a constant buildup from above, even when the machine is off. Then when you turn the machine on again, you get this nice layer of dust sucked in at once.

To avoid these types of problem, I'd rather have an indentation on the back, leaving room for air even when the top is pushed against the wall. It will be somewhat worse for natural convection, though. Then again it might help when lifting the machine up.

Comment: Re:Desktop (Score 1) 610

by TeknoHog (#47790243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I've used laptops as my main/only machine for a long while, but I now use a dock with external display and keyboard, as it's more ergonomic in a standing desk. However, the general point is that I still like to use a full computer in this age of tablets. There are many cases where a tablet would be more suitable, but I hate owning too many different appliances for each job, when a single laptop can do almost everything. Of course, there's also the usual agenda of freedom to program your machine as you see fit.

Curse all you stupid laptop users!

It's not stupidity. I'm just too weak to carry a full desktop setup around to places where I need to work.

Comment: Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 171

by TeknoHog (#47790177) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Usually people who need more than 16 gigs are requiring this for work-related reasons, where the $700 takes a different perspective.

$700 may not be much compared to labour, but it's still real money someone in the economy is going to pay.

The "room" is where you have other computer hardware and electronics, and that keeps getting cheaper and faster all the time. That's why the price fixing of RAM is so obvious. I remember paying less per GB in the DDR2 days.

Also, memory is supposed to be this relatively dumb part of machinery. As I'm speccing out a new home machine, I notice that the mobo will cost less than 8 GB of DDR3, which is the minimum I'm going to get (and maximum at these prices).

Comment: Re:just wait (Score 2) 171

by TeknoHog (#47790145) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

DDR4 is also extremely new. Expect it to get faster/better timing specs as time progresses.


DDR4 is like $350 for 4x4GB. Too expensive still. This time next year we should see prices closer to what we are paying for DDR3 today.

DDR4 is "extremely new" as in 2011. For me, the only real improvement seems to be in power consumption.

Since regular SDRAM, each DDR generation has doubled throughput, but latencies have only improved very slowly. So in many cases the doubled data rate is just a marketing gimmick. This might explain why each DDR generation has been relatively slow to enter mass market. For example, in late 2008 I was speccing a work laptop, and it had this new and shiny DDR3 memory, with all the issues such as price and availability of big-ass 4 GB SODIMMs. Later in 2010 I bought a new motherboard for home, with DDR2, so apparently DDR3 was still not for everyone.

Of course, increased throughput does help in many cases, but I especially like the reduced power consumption. So I for one welcome our new DDR4 overlords -- once they are widely available and affordable. Even DDR3 seems hideously expensive compared to other hardware -- I can get a new motherboard for less than the price of an 8 GB DIMM.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 1) 130

by MillionthMonkey (#47786101) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

When I was hourly at a place where they weren't allowed to send us home early, they would find all manner of useless busywork for us to do if they caught us done without more work to do.

What were they making you do? Was it extra programming projects, crossword puzzles, or mopping the floor? Just curious

Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.