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Comment Re:Heterogenous (Score 1) 326

Text editors are vim most of the time, and TextWrangler or Notepad++ if I decide I want a GUI. My compilers are gcc and clang.

I use Firefox and Safari as web browsers, also have Opera and IE11 for testing against other rendering engines. I'm still using ageing Apple Mail, iCal and Address Book. I don't like their new versions in the later OS X versions.

I use GNU Lilypond for typesetting music. I occasionally use GarageBand for basic sequencing and mixing, but nothing particularly serious.

I use Adobe Lightroom for processing my photos, and I wouldn't want to be without it. I have Photoshop as well but I barely use it.

My web/mail server runs CentOS 7 with Apache, dovecot, postfix, Horde and MySQL.

I don't actually use much more software than that. I occasionally fire up Visual Studio to look for bugs using iterator debugging. Oh I have VLC and Quicktime for media, and Steam for games, but I don't play with them very often.

Comment Heterogenous (Score 1) 326

Dell PowerEdge R730 running VMware ESXi with VMs running CentOS 7 and OpenBSD.

Dell Precision T3610 running Windows 7 with Fedora 20 and CentOS 7 VMs. 31.5" wide gamut (Adobe RGB) at 3840x2160 resolution. Sanwa compact JIS keyboard, Wacom Intuos 5 pen and touch tablet, Logitech G502 mouse.

MacBook Pro (2010), 17" matte 1920x1200 resolution display, running OS X 10.6.8.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 96

Saturn modchips connect between the laser unit and the rest of the CD drive to detect when the system is trying to identify whether a disc is genuine and return the required data. This device plugs into the expansion slot and uploads code to run on the CD block processor the way the VCD playback add-on did. It causes CD block commands to read from the flash storage rather than the optical drive.

Comment Re:Just as well (Score 2, Interesting) 368

I tried to like Alpha, I really did. But it was impossible to like. The DEC Alpha workstations were horribly unreliable - you often had a third of your workstations out of service at any given time due to power supply or mainboard failures. They used far too much power and ran too hot. And Sun UltraSPARC quickly leapfrogged them in performance. Add to that the annoying ISA and horrible weak memory model that made it really hard to do any concurrency, and no-one wanted to touch it. NetBurst was basically an x86 front-end bolted onto an Alpha back-end, and it became evident very quickly that it was a dead end, just like Alpha itself. Alpha got high clock speeds, but not much else.

Comment Re:Second vote! (Score 0) 301

BTW, riddle me this. I used to get mod points regularly, but I haven't got any mod points in at least two years. My karma is still excellent, I still get modded up far more than I get modded down, I still read slashdot every day. Why don't I ever mod points any more? Why is it so opaque? I'd like to at least know why I'm blacklisted from moderation.

Comment Re:Why is it still 140 character limit? (Score 1) 91

IS-95 CDMA phones (common in US, used to a lesser extent in other places like Australia) had a 140-character limit for SMS. GSM and its derivatives (e.g. UMTS) have a 140-byte limit, which can be used for 160 7-bit GSM alphabet characters, 160 8-bit characters, or 70 UCS2 characters.

Comment Re:An obvious solution.... (Score 1) 311

Oh it doesn't happen all the time, it's relatively rare in the scale of things. Most prostitutes in Australia are single mothers fucking for their kids, students trying to make a few bucks on the side, or people who have fallen through the gaps in society. Legalisation/regulation of prostitution is far better than the alternative - it makes it safer for everyone involved, allows government to tax it, lets police focus on actual crimes rather than prosecuting vulnerable women, etc.

I just think it's interesting that when human trafficking does happen, it's invariably connected to licensed brothels rather than unlicensed ones.

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