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Comment Re:Parts (Score 1) 376

I read the 1st volume when I was a high school student in the 80s. I knew Basic and Assembly and some Forth at the time. Book 2 and 3 weren't available at the library at the time so I never got around to read them. Anyway, my question is: what is MMIX, and how does it differ with MIX which was rather limited, even for the 6502 programmer I was at the time ?

Comment Pretty much anything nowadays (Score 1) 283

I have recently installed several Dell and HP pro laptops with kubuntu without a hitch. For family, friends and work colleagues. Everything worked out of the box and if you install from a USB key, it takes about 10 minutes to install, reboot, aptitude update and full-upgrade, reboot, done.

On the other hand I tried a CentOS install, but the kernel was so old (3.10 for crying out loud) that it didn't recognize several recent hardware. I saw that and installed kubuntu over it.

Comment Re:Bad for the UK, but good for the world (Score 1) 394

I was just looking on how to get my entire household onto a permanent VPN, since a yearly VPN account is now only a few 10s of dollars. Checking into the ADSL modem deep option, I see a very convenient VPN client mode. No need for an extra router to act as VPN client between local network and ADSL modem. You just tell the ADSL modem to put all traffic through the VPN. Bang, done. If Estonia or wherever that comes out today wants to spy on it, fine then.
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Slashdot Asks: Which Windows Laptop Could Replace a MacBook Pro? 315

Last month, Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros, featuring an OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID, and all-new form factor that shaves off roughly 3mm in thickness. There are three base versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 processors and 8GB of memory (upgradable to 16GB RAM and dual-core Intel Core i7 processors) for $1,499, $1,799 and $1,999. The base model 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with Core i7 processors and 16GB of memory for $2,399 and $2,799. Of course, adapters and AppleCare support are sold separately. The new laptops are great for Apple users -- but what about Windows users? Is there a Windows laptop that matches the new MacBook Pro in terms of build quality, reliability, and performance? Jack Schofield via The Guardian attempts to help Patrick, who is looking for a PC that matches Apple's new offerings as closely as possible. "I use my Mac for all the usual surfing, watching videos, listening to music and so on," Patrick writes. "I also use Adobe Photoshop pretty heavily and video-editing software more lightly." Schofield writes: The Dell XPS 13 and 15 are the most obvious alternatives to MacBooks. Unfortunately, they are at the top of this price range. You can still get an old-model XPS 13 (9350) for $950, but that has a Core i5-6200U with only 4GB of memory. The latest 9360 version has a 2.5GHz Core i5-7200U, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD for $1,050. If you go for a 512GB SSD at $1,150, you're only saving $420 on a new 2.0GHz MacBook Pro. HP's Spectre x360 range offers similar features to Dell's XPS range, except that all the x360 laptops have touch screens that you can rotate to enable "tent" (eg for movie viewing) or tablet operation. The cheapest model is the HP Spectre x360 13-4126na. This has a 13in screen, a Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD for $1,050. You can upgrade to an HP Spectre x360 13-4129na with better screen resolution -- 2560 x 1440 instead of 1920 x 1080 -- plus a 2.5GHz Core i7-6500U and 512GB SSD for $1,270. Again, this is not much cheaper than a 2.0GHz MacBook Pro 13. You could also look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T560, which is a robust, professional 15.6in laptop that starts at $800. Do any Slashdotters have any comparable Windows laptops in mind that could replace a new MacBook Pro?

Comment Re:earbuds? (Score 2) 361

Yeah, this law is so retarded and it will keep the noise level up in our cities even though technology increases and could finally make cities quieter. Do people even notice how incredibly noisy cities are ?!? Put earbuds and music on at home, get out on the street and you can't hear your music at all unless you turn the volume up 3 or 4 notches.

What they should do is lower the noise threshold on all new cars AND MOTORBIKES, and if makers can't match that, then so be it (just like new pollution levels), you don't make them anymore. Yeah, I moved to a home next to a road last year and I've grown to HATE motorbikes.

Comment Re:Trump hasn't won yet (Score 1) 445

You are making a lot of wrong presumptions here.

It may surprise you to learn, but some of us were concerned about the electoral college BEFORE this election. Some of us were also concerned about an issue that flies under your radar. Don't be ashamed though, lots of people ignore it. It is mind-blowing.

I'm not sure how to respond to this other than to assume you are very young and that you think your generation is the first to ever discover the issues with the Electoral College. Thanks for the delightfully unintentional irony of reminding me how ignorantly condescending people on the internet can be though.

your attempts to befog the issue with your own hand-waving dismissals are not insightful, they are willful stubbornness to perpetuate a lasting problem.

You are begging the question. How is the electoral college a problem? Because the popular vote doesn't elect the candidate? That's how it's designed. We don't need 4 metropolitan areas deciding the election for 300-plus million people.

Now personally, I would have preferred it be by a few million more, but if this little nudge is enough to open the door, I'll ride it.

They said the same thing in 2000. We'll see how it goes this time. My prediction is that the electoral college will remain exactly as it is long after we're both gone.

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