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Comment Re:TWO years?? (Score 5, Funny) 71

Don't these people realize we're in the 3D printing epoch now? Can they just print out a new LHC in less than two years?

Well, yes but from whose point of view? Remember all those black holes that that LHC was supposed to create? Everyone was afraid they were going to destroy the world. That didn't happen but they did create a bit of a time dilation issue. For the gang working at the collider, they're just shutting down for a couple of weekends to do a little sweeping up. But for the rest of us on the outside, it's two years.

Submission + - Killing Your Sexual Desires for Academic and Intellectual Pursuits? 6

An anonymous reader writes: In the past few months, I have been applying to a multitude of graduate schools. Recently, I was accepted into a Ph.D. in computer science program at a fairly prestigious and demanding institution. Like most Slashdot readers, I have always been an exceptional student throughout high school and my undergraduate studies. However, as a heterosexual male individual, there has always been a persistent desire to associate myself with females in an effort to find love, have sex, and to be in a relationship. I have learned the hard way that this is often a colossal distraction from one's schooling and I would like to train myself to become more apathetic to such desires in preparation for the difficult but intellectually awarding years of graduate school that lay ahead. So, fellow Slashdot users, I ask you a rather odd but serious question on none other than Valentine's Day: How do you kill your sexual desires to enable you to focus more on academic and intellectual goals?

Comment What is this licensed device? (Score 4, Interesting) 464

If I add a disk, is it the same device?
If I swap the disk, is the same device.
If I keep everything but swap the CPU, is it a new computer?
If I keep the CPU but swap the motherboard?

If I swap components incrementally, when do I need to buy a new license?
Does the software actually check?

Comment Re:No emotional connection (Score 1) 281

I own some old stuff. An Amiga 2000, a C64, an Apple IIe, a Macintosh se/30. I maintain them because they were a part of my childhood. I have an emotional connection to these machines. Someday (I am watching) I will buy the digital microvax my old university used for their comp labs if I can. Loved that box. Spent days on it. I'll own an original Defender cabinet someday too.

I guess what I'm trying to say is why? You have no connection to this machine. You won't get nostalgic when you see it boot. Why bother?

You don't actually know that. Just because the OP did not own this machine at the time does not mean he didn't use one or even just want one back then. Putting aside the obvious impracticalities, I think it would be really cool to have a Vax 11/750 at home. I have never owned one but I did lightly use one in the 80s. The important part though, is that in it's heyday, the Vax 11/750 was held up as the lusted after prototype of what desktop computers were to become.

Sparc pizza box machines from the time when RISC work stations absolutely crushed PC's in every way are also kind of cool.

That said, I have a hard time getting excited about a V1280. They come from a time when Sparc machines were already on the wane. Contemporary x86 machines were faster, although I don't know if any had 12 processors. It competed with the first 64-bit x86 machines so it didn't have that sizzle either.

Comment Re:I remember... (Score 4, Insightful) 318

Not so long ago niche platforms and disparate architectures were slated to be good BECAUSE they were so diverse it wasn't worth the time to hack them individually...

I also remember a time not so long ago that Microsofties used to complain that the frequency and ease of attacks on public sites was due to their dominance and being a big target. I wonder what Linux admins say now, since they now dominate the data centre?

But these are not niche platforms or disparate architectures. They are all compatible from the point of view of applications and malware. It is just the customization and vendor disinterest that prevents updates. It is as if Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc added their crapware so deeply into the Windows infrasture that Microsoft's security updates could not be applied and the vendors were not interested in creating or distributing adapted versions.

Comment Password strength should match importance (Score 2) 538

I at least try to use better passwords for more important logins. I don't waste brain power or worse resuse high quality passwords for sites where it really doesn't matter if my account gets hacked.

The annoying trend I see that the sites that most often enforce "better" passwords are the ones I don't care about. Must have at least one upper and one lower character, must have a non-alpha numeric character, no more than two consecutive characters: All this just so I can post to a web forum. Meanwhile the bank will accept almost anything.

Comment bad snacks and vending machine (Score 1) 172

My current employer supplies unshelled peanuts, green bananas, and non-quite-ripe apples. The fruit, lame as it is, disappears around Wednesday of the each week, long before it actually become edible.

There is also a vending machine which sells generally toxic vending machine food. At least I can get Coke from the machine to ward off the afternoon snooze.

At a previous short term employer, the only viable caffeine source was chocolate. So not a good thing, especially since I was somewhat immobilized due to an injury during that period.

In a way, I think the bad snack approach may be the best. If it isn't palatable, I don't eat more than I really need.

Comment Re:So tablets at PCs now? (Score 1) 577

I think not.

The IBM PC was introduced on August 12, 1981.

Yet, here is a 1978 Computerworld article, slinging the phrase about with abandon

No, actually, the article does no such thing. The term was "personal computer". The acronym "PC" appears nowhere in that article, which should be no surprize because it was not in common usage at that time. "Personal computer", on the other hand was widely used to describe a variety of different platforms available at that time. "PC" comes from "IBM PC" and it's clones. It only gained a tentative broader definition after nearly all alternatives to the IBM PC linage were extinguished.

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