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Comment Re:Goldtouch (Score 1) 310

I've used these for a number of years now, and they're more durable that e.g. the M$ keyboards (more than one accidental water spill on my goldtouches, and they work fine after drying out. The M$ ergo keyboards die. I'd rather not admit that this has happened so often, but sometimes it does).

My only complaint is that the hinge/ball-joint mechanism on the goldtouch seems to have gotten less sturdy in the last 3-4 years, and I've had 2 break on me. My older model, at home, has never broken.

They also have a smaller keyboard that may be the next one I buy, hoping that the ball-joint is better.

Here's the manufacturer's site for their keyboards: http://www.goldtouch.com/c-2-adjustable-keyboards-numeric-keypads.aspx

Comment Re:Great question (Score 3, Informative) 218

From what I remember, the eye-fi doesn't delete content locally, it just uploads. so you'd have to play around with some way of having the modified firmware delete the oldest N photos or something.

Ahh... it seems that the newest cards will auto-delete: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10010501eyefiprox2.asp

-Peter

Comment Re:Beware the key term there: (Score 2, Interesting) 252

One of the goals was to *not* require a rewrite of applications, and they succeeded on that goal.

This is interesting stuff, but if the goal is to not have to change source, isn't this sub-par? Hasn't the Boehm collector been tested as faster than using malloc/free forever? See http://www.drdobbs.com/cpp/184401632;jsessionid=IRGXEUGCDWGBJQE1GHOSKH4ATMY32JVN for a trivial example (a paper at ftp.cs.boulder.edu is offline, I guess with the server for now).

-Peter

Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."
Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment Re:Its not rocket surgery... (Score 2, Interesting) 865

At my office we've been having some fun by trying to get to 100 pushups using the schedule at the site hundredpushups.com. I haven't gotten to 100, but I've gotten as far as 83, which from 35 6 weeks ago is still huge.

These sorts of programs work out much better with peers so that you can encourage each other. It's something you can do at your desk if you have 2 or 3 co-workers who want to join you and it's really invigorating. You get to see what kind of people you're working with, too.

-Peter

Comment Re:Ram drives suddenly new again? (Score 2, Interesting) 79

Sun's using hardware that amounts to pluggable disks on a range of hardware. The same module they're putting into other devices will go into this motherboard, so it's sort of a commodity. A huge benefit of this tech is that if you can put your OS on it, you get faster swap, faster access to data on these devices, and much less electricity per rack. If they wanted to they could probably produce blades that were teeny tiny but still had on-board storage. RLX could have used this.

-Peter

Comment Re:snow days (Score 1) 412

If you have a business, you can't *depend* on the internet working. You are *hoping* that the internet will work when you need it. Anyone "depending" on the internet working is in for some serious disappointment over the long haul. If you need to depend on something, you have to buy redundant private lines from different providers and verify that it runs point-to-point, and even then you're not going to get 5 nine's.

Doesn't anyone on /. remember MAE-East in the 90's? Back in the day, it was like people were trying to prove that the entire internet can go down for a day because of someone's dumb redistribution of RIP-over-BGP.

The fundamental issue that "best effort" delivery of packets is misleading isn't going to be addressed any time soon. "Best effort" really means "look, your link will be up, and we'll shove it out one of our interfaces, but where it goes from there is anyone's guess".

-Peter

Comment Re:Speaking of C (Score 1) 517

I've never found van der Lindens book of any use. I think that his focus on puns and asides detracts a lot from the content. I recall that topics that were about 80% explained, but needed an extra 15% to be clear, would instead receive a closing anecdote that had nothing to do with the topic.

I found that "Pointers on C" by Kenneth Reek was a far better book. More thorough and careful in explaining details, and with fewer distractions.

-Peter

Upgrades

Submission + - Are there any new motherboards without a TPM?

An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't want any piece of "treacherous computing" in our PC's, that means not having a TPM chip on the motherboard. That's easy enough if you're using an older computer, but what about the latest offerings? Are there any late-model motherboards or laptops being sold that do not have a TPM chip?

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