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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

Arbition Re:Poocoin (476 comments)

Seems more like you are comparing bitcoin to the gold standard than to most usual currencies. Of course the statement that bitcoins doesn't really get you goods (well you can, but those are usually indexed against the USD, so that is effectively meaningless) is still a fair one.

more than 3 years ago
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Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone's SAR

Arbition Re:only brain cancer? (165 comments)

Hmm, if you click preview and edit it before the preview actually comes up, you see the old version of the preview but what you edited is posted. that quote isn't what I wanted there.

more than 3 years ago
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Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone's SAR

Arbition Re:only brain cancer? (165 comments)

Have they bothered thinking about other cancers in all of this? I had testicular cancer last year, and my phone spends a lot more time in my jacket or pants pocket than it does up against my head.

Also, presumably there is a lot of flesh between your pockets and your testicles.

more than 3 years ago
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RSA's Servers Hacked

Arbition RSA Servers Hacked... What, again? (172 comments)

I'm fairly sure that this has happened before. I remember seeing screen caps of their website being hacked. It is interesting, that in spite of this, RSA should still find itself vulnerable to cyber attack. I would make comments about past attempts being benign, but that would be supposition on my behalf.

more than 3 years ago
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Texting On the Rise In the US

Arbition uh, cool? (468 comments)

And to think that I have many days go by without any texts. I wonder how much of what these people say is actually meaningful in any way?

more than 3 years ago
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Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

Arbition Re:I am not surprised. (1027 comments)

I believe you may have been trolled. I don't think anyone has ever claimed to seriously support the idea of darkons. Much like pastafarianism.

more than 3 years ago
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It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Arbition Re:Great news (324 comments)

That just means increasing the number of waits the CPU needs to do, making the importance of branch prediction ever more important.

more than 3 years ago
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It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Arbition Re:Great news (324 comments)

4 GB of ram on die (chuckle)
4 GB of cache on die (riotous laughter)

more than 3 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

Arbition Re:Good... (94 comments)

90dB range huh? Why don't we just ignore the fact that even with CD's who's range is 'far inferior' to the vinyl, still manages to pick up noise from the recording and mastering equipment. Or the frequency range of a contact medium (that uses gravity for the contact force). I think you'll find that the vinyl will struggle to pick up those higher frequencies of your cymbal clash. Then you bring MP3's into it? What? I think this is an argument that uses quantity over quality. Not that this has anything to do with recording voice...

more than 3 years ago
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Vodafone Backs Down In Row With Android Users

Arbition Future Expansion (106 comments)

By the sounds of it, they haven't actually given the option to roll back to Vanilla 2.1, they just said, in fututre, the 2.2 will be available vanilla. Maybe they are expecting people to warm up to the "features" prior to the update?

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's Superchilled Test Rig

Arbition Re:I'm buying real-estate on Pluto (147 comments)

Assuming it has air... Otherwise, why not in an interstellar void, or even better, intergalactic. Bring on the massiveo heatsinks please, we have a lot of radiating to do.

more than 3 years ago
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The Limits To Perpendicular Recording

Arbition Re:Hard drive are gone, floppy style (222 comments)

Actually we can even see now that ram is obsolete, once SSD catch up in speed (you don't even need current ram speed) why would anyone care about transfering data to ram, work on it then store it back? Just work straight on your data, gone are the days of saving, now will be the days of deleting, temporary working directory...

You must have seriously misunderstood the technology behind NAND Flash and (D)RAM. With this you may as well say that processor caches are on their way out... Which would be disastrous. Even if Flash were to reach the bandwidth and rewrite cycles of current RAM, we would still have serious problems arising from the block nature of Flash. In ram, accessing a single 32bit value is simple enough, but in Flash, you have to wade through all the surrounding data to get it (by which I mean fetch it). In fact, just to write a single 32 bit value, the block (Say, 4K, though it can be much, much more) must be fetched by the controller, the data at that memory location placed in the correct position, then the whole block written back, all while the processor waits to write a value in the slot just next to it, where it must do that cycle again. All in all, latency would make it unbearably slow, and RAM is already slow enough due to the speed of light (or electrons, you know what I mean).

Even worse is when you use temporary files. This is the single most idiotic thing I have heard. Do you even know how filesystems work? Needless to say, the filesystem overhead and the requirement for memory to access it makes it a very very poor replacement to the memory it may be intended to replace.

Forget hard drives, currently they are the main bottleneck in your computer, SSDs and the like are the future.

This is why we have caching. And RAM, And processor L1, L2 (L3) cache to make up for the slow access times. This applies to SSD's too.

hard drives, they ain't part of the future me thinks.

This is a point for debate. But there is one thing that hard drives have that SSD's do not. Density. Unlike hard drives, Flash is always connected. That is to say, that each block has a permanent circuit to access it. This takes up space on the chip, reducing the potential density. Hard drive platters are made up purely of the magnetic wells intended to store the data. This is why Seagate trialled the hybrid SSD/Magnetic hard drive (in effect adding another level of caching). One thing is certain, however. Flash/SSD is certainly preferred for mobile computing (including MP3 players) due to their lower power and physical durability.

more than 3 years ago
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AU Government Censors Document On Planned Web Snooping

Arbition Re:The ASP (169 comments)

I blame it on Christian Lobby Groups

about 4 years ago
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AU Government Censors Document On Planned Web Snooping

Arbition Re:To stop 'premature unnecessary debate' (169 comments)

the problem is I am not to keen on the opposition either.

Thus is the fate of a representative democracy. It is well established that people are idiots, more so in large groups.

Being given the choice of a party that believes in protectionism and another which believes in the same, but not for the economy (and infrastructure, like the National Broadband Network) will ultimately lead down this road. The problem with most people is that while they have logic, they lack the ability to assess the assumptions they are based on. So the simple logic of, it will protect the children by "ensuring" non-exposure, very easily appeals. The fact that it sounds like common sense, is the worst thing about it. What people need is education, and the culture needs to support the education, not ridicule it.

about 4 years ago
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Droid X Gets Rooted

Arbition Re:Google fanboys (97 comments)

That's Google, not Motorola. I believe this has already been stated. Those that have the original dev phone (from google) don't have such a problem. but it is old, I'll admit. Also the lack of hardware keyboards on most other ones scares me away from them too.

about 4 years ago
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HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

Arbition Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (952 comments)

A higher DPI makes for some ultra-smooth fonts and allows for detailed images

While it allows for higher resolution images, the issue is that the images are still pixel based. Any wonder that webpages are still defined by pixel bounds. Convince people to create images in and standardise use of vector image formats (SVG), then you can realistically expect websites to be specified using a relative scale. Also, Web browsers seem to be able to scale the whole page, in spite of fixed pixel bounds. Images may look a little warped, but it would be more readable. If on Firefox, try Ctrl+= (better remembered as Ctrl + [+]) as well as Ctrl + [-]. Ctrl + 0 resets it to normal size.

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot Discussions Now Include Roulette Video Chat

Arbition Somebody think of our CPU cycles (192 comments)

Must we really be subjected to this? I have limited internet quota, and my processor is not particularly fast.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Gamer South Australian Attorney General Quits

Arbition Re:Sad result for Gamers4Croydon (104 comments)

At least they beat Trevor Grace (AbortSA) in the upper house. Now we just need an Attorney General who isn't as morally backward as the last (That is, not so influenced by faith).

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

Arbition Re:Is that so... (413 comments)

How may community space projects are there? For something as big as space exploration, they can't afford to have lots of different organisations simply because of minor differences in principals. There seems to be spacehack.org (which isn't so much about launch as just bringing people together), which links to cstart.org. Also, as linked in another post (http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1531702&cid=30975480), copenhagensuborbitals.com. I'm sure some digging around will pull up some more.

more than 4 years ago
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The Cell Phone Has Changed — New Etiquette Needed

Arbition Re:This reminds me (585 comments)

If your conversation was that fluid, doesn't that say something about the scope of most peoples conversations? (Sample size one, I know, but many conversations have to go much the same for it to line up, or so I'd think)

more than 4 years ago

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