Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Secure Windows is a phrase that doesn't feel ri (Score 1, Insightful) 173

Like "President Trump". Or "First Post"

I think you got First Post. :)

Secure Windows is a contradiction in terms, like "Hurricane-Proof House of Cards".

You will never, never, never see a self-driving car with a Windows operating system doing the driving. Because Windows is crap.

If you use Microsoft garbage, you're either stuck by spec or an idiot. If you spec Microsoft garbage, you're not worth the electricity it took your monitor to display this reality of your uselessness to you.

There is no excuse for your computer to be less reliable than the outlet it gets its power from.

That standard of reliability is from the 1960s. When was Microsoft founded again?

Comment Crapware? (Score 3, Insightful) 174

Yeah i would expect it to be a lot more complicated than to turn to the most notorious supplier of "crapware", that breaks, or simply refuses to work because you didnt upgrade your service contract to Platinum or Plutonium, or even dared to use unapproved paper or ink...

Epson (the old printer) and HP (maybe the new printer) are both capable of building top-notch commercial quality printers. Look at the POS equipment next time you buy something in a store: Epson thermal receipt printers abound - and for good reasons, like their dot-matrix machines, they're pretty damned near unstoppable. And HP is HP. HP invented and popularized the desktop laser printer by strapping a Motorola 68000, a laser, and a spinning mirror onto a Canon photocopier engine. HP is the IBM of printers - like, for all their prowess in computers and typewriters like the Selectrics, even IBM isn't the IBM of printers.

The ISS printers may benefit from the experience of mass-produced cheap printers made of lightweight plastic, festooned with Energy Star stickers, and getting relatively low product return rates at big-box retailers like Best Buy - all of these things are what NASA would want.

But those cheap mass-produced plastic printers probably won't be getting stock firmware, Windows drivers [shivers in horror at the thought of using Microsoft crap on the ISS], and probably won't be getting stock ink or toner cartridges. They'll be getting something better. They'll be getting the "Yes, Sir, Mr. Mission Commander" Service Contract.

"Oh, Mr. Mission Commander, you need to refill the ink cartridges with human urine? Here's how to disable the error message."

1000 pages per month is nothing for any modern printer, if you have the toner/ink, and you're using good quality paper. Throw a few separator pads and transfer rollers onto the next replenishment launch, and you're good to go to print War And Peace anytime you want.

Comment I've run Linux for 20 years - Thank You. (Score 3, Informative) 28

Wow. I've been running Linux for 20 years now, first as servers and number-crunchers, and in the past ten years or so as my desktop.

OpenSUSE is one of a few distros that has been with me a long time, and it's not virtualized, it's the foundation on my bare metal.

Thank you to everyone who brings it to me.

Comment Re:Is this sarcasm? (Score 1) 564

You've obviously never gotten lost on a wikipedia excursion. After a few hours not only do you find things you had no clue existed, you find things you would have never wanted to know about.

Oh shit, dude, if I'd only had 5 moderator points, I'd have thrown them down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole you brought up. :)

Comment FILM at 11! (Score 1) 564

Next up, Millennials will "discover" an amazing hack to reading the news -- buying a printed newspaper from a newspaper stand! More at 11!

FILM at 11! Used to be that, before videotape camcorders appeared in the early 1980s, the local news was filmed. The news anchors of the 6:PM news would say, "Major car crash at..., film at 11." It would take until 11:PM for the film to be developed, dried, and edited.

Comment Morons come in all nationalities (Score 2) 210

I've worked (and work) with talented Indian developers, and ones who are frigging hackmasters, not in the good sense.

When you hire a team of developers into a position where you treat, pay, and support them (in terms of infrastructure, equipment, etc.) like cheap drones, the devs you attract (or at least the ones who stick around) will tend to be ... the drones.

Comment 16 bits in 1979! (Score 2) 857

Proudly, my first was a TI-99/4A. And did I ever get every penny out of that thing, nursing it along until 1993 or so. Texas Instruments makes more chips (to this day?) than Frito-Lay. So of course their computer was something special. 16 bit TMS9900 CPU. Amazingly high quality parts and construction - literally cast aluminum around my 32k RAM expansion card. And they built-in owner loyalty by fostering and supporting users groups, even after they'd left the Home Computer market. TI knew how to sell to scientists and engineers; they clearly didn't know how to sell to the general public. And they kept the software model closed (any different from Apple today?). It was the very earliest days of the digital age; they failed in the market as much for social reasons as for design reasons. So, sadly, that machine becomes an evolutionary dead end. But what a machine. Look at TMS9900 Assembly Language.

Comment Retail Hell, More Proof Cats Are Better Than Dogs! (Score 1) 249

There's a reason people that own one cat go crazy and have brain damage and end up owning more of those things.

The Toxoplasma Gondii requires cats to multiply, so it alters the behavior of its host rodents in order to steer them towards a cat's digestive system.

Now, humans and cats have lived together for millenia; it makes perfect sense that the Toxoplasma Gondii might also have steered us into giving their furry brothels a comfortable place in our homes and our beds... And for the cats, they have two species directly feeding them: Mice and Men. Perfect case of symbiotic evolution.

You'll never see Lassie do anything that smart.

Now, back to the parent post about working at PetSmart:

I've seen coworkers that were normal before become irritable and irrational after getting a cat.

Are you sure that's not just caused by working retail for long enough?

And then there was me, working at Home Depot, wearing the trademark Orange Apron. We had a cat in the store; it ate the mice that lived on the birdseed in the Seasonal Department. As I walked into the lunchroom, about 30 people eating lunch, big shift change time of day...

"Hey Lawrence! I hear you found the store cat!"

"Well, I found part of the store cat..."

Comment Re:Other way? (Score 1) 249

Does mental illness lead to owning a cat, though?

Being a crack dealer seems to lead to owning a pit bull, so why not?

Given the above, I'm proud to be a cat person. We must be nuts... why else would we put up with an egotistical, narcissistic, impatient, violent, snobby creature in our homes?

Better to have such a creature in my home than in the White House.

Comment Misty Water-Colored Memories... Slashdot Oldtimers (Score 1) 86

Great printer, those old Panasonics. Fast, clean, quiet, durable. Also loved the Epson MX-80 and the Okidata ML320.

I had a DEC LA-36 teletype (nb. not a TeleType) attached to my TI-99/4A back in the day... its 7 pin printhead lacked true descenders, so the print matched the text on the TI-99/4A's screen!

By the time I got to the Amiga 1000 and 500, I had a hand-me-down HP LaserJet I. What a tank. A Canon photocopier with HP's modifications, and doubled as a great ozone generator. The printer was connected to the Amiga by a 300 or 1200 baud RS-232 link. Annoyingly, I couldn't print anything from the BBSes while I was online - the Amiga's single serial port was needed for the modem. :)

Nowadays, there's a Unix mainframe in my right front pocket. And I can wirelessly print to a Samsung color laser printer that's 10x faster and 1/4 the weight. Don't even get me started on that Chromecast thing that's smaller than a videocassette and faster than a drive to Blockbuster.

But I do miss the quality of the old stuff. The old HP LaserJet just happened to be the very first (shared with the Apple LaserWriter) of its kind. Cost-reduction was not a goal; quality was. And it showed.

I miss HP.

Nice to meet another Slashdot old-timer...

Comment Re:Can someone explain the turbine here? (Score 1) 139

I'm not much better educated than yourself, but here's an attempt (which may be wrong):

The higher the pressure a combustion chamber runs at, the more efficient the combustion tends to be, so your rocket goes higher for a given amount of fuel. To get enough fuel into a high pressure chamber you need a good fuel pump. To drive this fuel pump, a gas turbine is used (the resulting fuel pump is called a "turbopump").

Inside the gas turbine, the turbine proper (the spinning fan-thingy at the back) is driven from a combustion chamber (normally different than the main chamber) that uses the same fuel/oxidizer as the main engine (though the plumbing paths/pressures are different). That turbine pressurizes the fuel for use by the main chamber. (Separate turbopumps are used to pressurize fuel and oxidizer)

Did you have a more specific question?

Slashdot Top Deals

I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman