Re: We are stardust...
Apparently recycled stardust.
36 posts • joined 20 Oct 2012
Apparently recycled stardust.
Reminds me of the TV show Dead Like Me.
Oddly enough in the 70's I subscribed to a monthly newsletter from NCAR (I think) which had solar event projections in it. The big mainframe my equipment was attached to crashed pretty much about the same time as the predictions.
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It's comforting to know that MicroSoft will not only decide what a bug/security problem is. But will fix it, if they decide it's a problem. Probably in the dead of the night after they've whined enough and I turned automatic updating on. Guess that means that all I have to do is turn the critter on, go do all the stuff I use it for, like online banking, and turn it off. All with 100% certainly that nothing bad will happen...after all MicroSoft is watching over me.
Plus it was a Christmas gift.
"REAL WORLD average failure rates"
A concept also used by auto battery companies and probably others. They sell you a battery with a 108 month, or some big number, warranty for a big chunk of change. However, they're betting you'll sell/trade the auto in 3-4 years, rendering the warranty on the battery worth less than spit.
Uhhh..I realize that it's MTBF, but that's approaching 10 years. In 10 years they might have bigger/faster storage available.
Long ago, when I was gainfully employed, I sat and stared at monitors all day. I finally broke down and got a prescription for glasses that are focused about 4" past the end of my fingers. I wear bifocals mostly, but the "computer glasses" are a necessity. But, for the laptops I own, I use a wireless keyboard/mouse anyhow. Hate that stupid little touchpad. The alternative is to run a HDMI cable over to the bigscreen TV, plop down in the recliner and compute.
"I have come to the conclusion this is really a case of planned obsolescence. Closed-source drivers eventually stop working on Windows"
I've been given some really nice hardware that was orphaned by Windows.
spell checker needs a tuneup. "as any fule kno"?
"Not with Windows + Bit Locker + Secure Boot + a TPM as is commonly used when of benefit these days."
Tell your granny she has to fork over the extra $'s to upgrade that XMAS special Windows machine to run Bit Locker.
"where you have to use kludges like SUDO"
Huh? I'm running linux, worked with UNIX, and have never used sudo. Sure it's there, but when I need root access I run as root. Do whatever is needed, logoff and log back in as myself.
"Flash, Acrobat, Java"
Didn't realize they were *NIX only packages. Next you'll be telling me I need to modify the kernel code and roll my own everytime.
Yeah but...can they sing off-key three-part harmony?
LOVE Chorizo! Use it in practically everything I cook that might be considered "Mexican"*, but not in green food. Plus the local grocer has at least 6 different brands for sale in plastic chubs and bulk.
* I tend to be pretty freeform when I cook. Sort of depends on what I see laying around and what I want it to taste like, and yes it's almost always pretty good. Drove my wife crazy, she was a recipe person and would ask me what I put into something. Who knew.
Yes, the differences between "American" bacon and the rest of the world are many. Basically it boils down to what you want out of the pig who gave everything for you.
As an American,couple, who screwed up royally in Fiji and ordered "sausage" all I can do is warn everyone else. We never knew mutton could smell/taste like that! One bite and all the wife and I could choke down without gagging was the toast since it hadn't been close enough to the sausage to be contaminated by it. Here I should tell you that I'll eat practically anything as long as it doesn't crawl off the plate first.
Back to bacon...the bacon "grease" left over from cooking is an essential ingredient for any recipe from the South and carefully treated with the respect it deserves. Just don't burn it, then it's useless.
Where I live it's sub 1MB.
So I guess businesses should fire everyone over 30 and hire new, younger people who're comfortable with a touchscreen? I can just see the entire company texting all the correspondence.
When my old XP machine was dying, again, and support for XP had stopped, I replaced it with a brand new Win 8 machine. Scrubbed the drive and installed Linux. Took the old laptop running Veranda, scrubbed it, and installed Linux.
Recently I bought a used laptop with Win 7 on it, I plan on going in soon and deleting the gateway from the configuration. As an aside I was in an "Office type" store and a 70yo+ guy walked in saying he wanted to buy a new laptop, but only if it had Win 7 on it.
Blame it on Dilbert.
Other than "Gosh is our face red, in the mean time you're screwed because of our negligence."
OK, it starts out:
"Most startups don't hire full-time (or even part-time) sysadmins in the beginning to save on costs. Developers in startups, the ones whom I have spoken with, seem to know enough Windows to get a basic web stack configuration working, perhaps even a cluster."
And ends with:
"Going to Linux will reduce the licensing costs, depending on your vendor of choice but the downside comes in those with Windows skills and experience needing to new learn new tools and the Linux infrastructure."
Dumped my satellite service. If it's not broadcast over the air I don't watch it, and even then I might watch 3 hours a week.
Here is read that as a "suit". I was trying to figure out why someone would want to wear, especially a "suit", something that would block your hearing. Come to think of it, I might have had uses for it back when I was employed, but I never wore a "suit", and had to attend meetings.
except for a few things:
"1. How do I get my resolution native??"
I'm assuming you mean the auto-detect during install. I haven't run into that problem for a long, long time. What I do hear is people with NVIDIA (I think it was that card) and having to use their proprietary software to drive it and having problems. You should have been around when the initial install dumped you to a giant TTY and you had to use vi(repeatedly) to manually define everything about your video card/CRT(yeah big glass-tube) before you could even think about starting(repeatedly) a X-windows environment.
"2. Why don't mp3s work?"
Yep, and your next line "Codec and legal issues or some crap" pretty much explains the problem. The "for a fee" OS vendors pre-pay for the "legal issues" and pass the savings on to you (or whoever). I mostly have problems playing DVD's, vlc works swell, and there are easily found solutions.
"by the time you get to recompiling your kernel to suit the hardware and get things going"
I haven't done that since somewhere along the time of RedHat 3.* At the time I was running a serial mouse using the same IRQ/IO addresses as the network card wanted.
But I do agree that the support you get from folks online can be a little curt, it's especially important to give them enough information about the environment you're in as you know. But then, even now, I've never been afraid to just email the coder and ask WTF? Sometimes they even fix the problem at their end.
I have 5 computers here, and one at another place, none of them are running Windows. After fiddling with Windows for decades, I used to get paid to support them along with VAX and UNIX machines. Just for fun I used to run Windows 1.0 in a dosbox. Then I realized that there was only one package that I used that required Windows. I quit using it and scratched 3 different versions of Windows.
Linux folks are usually pretty nice, I know I try, but the openbsd, and yes one of the computers is running it, people are...so friendly that I unsubscribed from the newsgroup after a few weeks.
Can everybody do it? No, not really, but I still haven't figured out how a touch-screen is going to help anybody in a business environment.
Mostly I have equipment at both ends, with one exception. It's all your basic simple computer/receiver/amp/speaker setup. Since "I go anywhere" for anywhere for from 3 to 5 months at a time it's easier to leave stuff behind. The exception? I have a small FM transmitter that I carry, but I just might buy another, so I can sit outside and listen while I read.
Oh, maybe I can hear the difference...Way back at the dawn of time I bought a CD of a classical piece I really liked, The Moldau. Same recording, just on CD instead of vinyl. When I ripped the MP3's for that album I used the vinyl to do it, just sounded better. Meaning was it the media, or engineering, or method? With the exception of the CD player and/or turntable/cartridge it was the same equipment.
Bought a new amp recently, same speakers. Damned thing sounded like being next to some cars at a light. I had to go down in the basement and grub around until I could come up with an equalizer.
I'm OLD! I have tinnitus. I do remember the 70's, I was working the concerts. I shot to many guns as a kid, indoors target shooting. I can't hear worth a crap. I have a giant high-frequency hearing loss, nerve damage. I carry a 128GB USB drive with my music on it when I go anywhere.
Meaning who really gives a shit except people who love to bitch about something. I certainly can't tell the difference, and I'm not alone.
Well gosh! All I can say is DOH.
Wonder if people are actually trying to wash their phone, or dunk it, or rinse it off under the faucet, like the current ads show them doing? Although if you listen you'll hear them say "water resistant".
Gimmee a IPV6 address and I'll append my mothers maiden name to the end of it as I type all of it in binary format at the prompt, to shorten the work perhaps hex would work.
I saw an article about how many square ft/m each IP could be assigned to.
Does this mean my free lifetime tech support sticker on the back of my PC's Limited 8Mhz 286 isn't any good anymore? I've been meaning to call and ask about help with snort and netbsd and pf.
Does this mean my lifetime free support, I have a sticker on the back of the AT style metal case, from the PC's Limited 8Mhz 286 is no good? I've been meaning to call and ask them about the interactions of netbsd, snort, and pf.
I'm sorry, my thoughts got lost and I'm in a BIND.
It's Win-sanity for
And here I was gonna ask if it ran the new Win-ate, innately.