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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

BBF_BBF Re:Wait, how is this possible? - Ground Units (115 comments)

They didn't actually. For example, Soyuz-U still has analog control computers. So you didn't get advanced computers as spin-offs of the space program, because the space program didn't have advanced computers in the first place.

Just because the computers ON spacecraft were primitive (because they were made to be failure proof in extreme conditions) doesn't mean that advanced computers ON THE GROUND weren't developed to design and test the space craft and its components.

You've clearly demonstrated thinking so focused on proving your point that you missed the obvious.

4 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

BBF_BBF Maybe the Competitors are Hacking Each Other Too (224 comments)

To eliminate the competition in an upcoming tournament:
1) Hack into your competitors' computers and install online game cheats.
2) Wait for VAC to catch the "cheaters"
3) See your competitors banned from the tourney
4) Profit!!!

about three weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

BBF_BBF Wow Frontier Sure Can Shovel It (473 comments)

It's definitely for the backers' own good that the experience be the same for all players... so just one month before release we tell them that we didn't bother to implement the single player offline component.
/s

It took a while for me to decode all that marketing speak to figure out that they were canning single player. It was a deliberate design decision they must have made months ago, and just conveniently "forgot" to tell the backers.

about a month ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

BBF_BBF Let's Crunch Some Numbers (48 comments)

The article says: "over 2 million people left the Guandong province of China and returned just a few days later--that's equivalent to the entire population of Chicago upping sticks"

Sounds pretty major, right?

Well, let's see according to Wikipedia, the population of Guangdong province was 105,940,000 in 2012. So approx. 2% of the population traveled out of province for Chinese New Years. 2% doesn't sound that big compared to "the entire population of Chicago" eh? To put it into perspective, the population of California is approx 38 million, and for Thanksgiving long weekend in 2013, "Statewide, 4.46 million will drive to holiday destinations, and 533,000 will go by plane." according to the AAA. That's over 12% of the population traveling. Granted, not *everybody* left the state. If one just counts the ones the flew by plane, 1.4% of California's residents flew somewhere over Thanksgiving. 2% doesn't sound like that much now.

Honestly, after reading the news reports about the super crowded trains during Chinese New Years, I would have expected the number of people traveling out of Guandong to be *much* higher than 2%.

Ref: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/...

about a month ago
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China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

BBF_BBF Same old, same old (88 comments)

It doesn't matter what internal "rules" a country or its homegrown companies break, all may be forgiven. However, if any foreign companies break those rules, hellfire shall rain down on them.

It's not just China. The US does the same thing, as do many, many other countries just not with the same methods.

about a month and a half ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

BBF_BBF Re:No (232 comments)

The problem is the system does not see SD cards as a local disk. ITs not a trivial matter you can handwave away. Some programs wont let you install on removable storage. I own a Dell venue 8 32 GB, i will NEVER buy something with that little main memory ever again. I would like to add i have been managing small OS drives for 10 years, starting with a 74 GB Raptor drive. I prepared for this future of small OS storage, what i didnt prepare for is how long OEMs would rape us on memory and no one is saying anything about it.

Too bad that even with 10 years experience, you cannot figure out if a computer/tablet runs Microsoft Windows or if it runs Android. The Dell Venue 8 runs Android, the HP Stream and the Dell Venue 8 Pro both run Windows 8.

I own an Asus T100TA that also runs windows 8 and when I add a microSD, it shows up a drive D in windows. It looks and works like any other drive in windows. I can install programs on it no problem.

However, the Venue 8 is an android machine and with the newer versions of android, Google has really restricted what can be stored on an external microSD card and what each program can access on them. You're talking about restrictions on an Android platform and applying them to a thread about Windows 8 machines. Meh.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

BBF_BBF Re: Being Gay is still technically "abnormal" (764 comments)

I'm not hungry for herrings... It's abnormal to be caucasian then? Because, well, caucasians are a minority...

Actually, in the world, it is abnormal to be caucasian, since other "races" are more numerous, I'm not sure which one, but it would probably be asians.

In most parts of the US, it still is "normal" since it's the largest visible "race" if you consider people with "white" (as opposed to brown or yellow) skin as being caucasians.

True, there can be negative connotations to the use of "abnormal". Especially if in context to medical results, since abnormal usually only means that your results are in the "we need to talk" range.

But I don't see it as being even close to some of the other terms used to describe Homosexuals in a derogatory manner in severity. Should one use "not normal" instead?
It's abnormal to be a nerd. Definitely I'm not ashamed to be a nerd, but I'm also not "proud", it's what I am, what is there to be proud about just me being me? And if it's abnormal, then it just means I'm not normal. I'm OK with that.

But calling somebody a "Deviant, Disgusting, or wrong" to be gay to their face is definitely RUDE, but everybody is entitled to his/her own opinions, no matter how much one disagrees with them. Hey, a lot of vegetarians find my habit of eating animals "disgusting" or "wrong". It would be rude for them to say that to my face, but I respect their right to be disgusted that I eat animals.

I definitely do not consider homosexuals "Deviants", nor their lifestyle "wrong". I also feel that homosexuals should NEVER be discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation. But I don't think it's "normal" to be a homosexual until it becomes the largest single human sexual classification.

about 1 month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

BBF_BBF Being Gay is still technically "abnormal" (764 comments)

Definition of abnormal: deviating from the normal or average.

So approximately 10% of the population is homosexual, therefore, "abnormal" is a proper term to use to describe people that are homosexuals.

Note that mensa members are abnormal, so are people that make more than $100,000 year. It's not a necessarily a derogatory term, it actually a proper factual description.

Yeah, posting to slashdot is definitely "abnormal" too since most people don't even know what slashdot is. ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

BBF_BBF Re:Salton Sea (151 comments)

Are you implying that the Salton Sea was naturally formed?
According to wikipedia, It was formed by an accident in 1905 which overflowed the canals carrying Colorado River water to California, so THERE ARE NO NATURAL replenishing flows for the Salton sea because it is NOT NATURAL.

The Salton Sea is an example of Man's impact on nature. Once was a vast stretch of desert, now is a fetid lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 3 months ago
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

BBF_BBF Blackberry Android Phone with Physical Keyboard (89 comments)

Please, please, please. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

All the android makers have abandoned the high end keyboard phone. It's a niche that needs filling. It's not going to reinvigorate the handset side of the company, but would help pay some bills with minimal investment.

about 4 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BBF_BBF In Western Culture, It wasn't his fault (127 comments)

You don't understand Asian culture, or Japanese culture in particular.

When one is "responsible" for something, even if one wasn't directly involved with the failure, the failure is attributed to EVERYONE responsible and is a major loss of "Face". It's especially bad in this case since it wasn't just an error, it was a planned deception by the lead researcher. So every project this person is associated with will now be "tainted"... (yeah, a bit different than Western culture) so pretty much his career would not advance any more.

Sure, suicide is a bit extreme, but in Japanese culture, as opposed to other Asian cultures, it's more common.

about 4 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

BBF_BBF I Prefer Physical QWERTY Keyboards (544 comments)

The auto correction is ALWAYS messing up with my technical terms when I try to type on the google keyboard. I shouldn't HAVE to manually enter them into the dictionary, shouldn't the damn thing learn after 10+ corrections by me?

Also I noticed that typing while in landscape, with a physical keyboard phone, I can see 100% of the screen, with my new touch screen only phone, (yeah, I finally gave up on trying to find a decent slide out keyboard phone after my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G started to eat batteries for breakfast and would take pause breaks for a few seconds at a time, and replaced it with a 4.3" touch screen only phone), the KitKat text entry dialog and virtual keyboard takes up the WHOLE screen... I can't see a thing from the original screen.

I can also type without looking down at the physical keyboard, I cannot do that with swyping. If I hit an "n" at the beginning of a word rather than "m" the predictive keyboard gets the word choices completely incorrect and I have to stab at the backspace virtual key, some times missing and getting a bunch of "l"s instead. That *never* happens with the physical keyboard.

Yeah, I'm one of the few that would pay $600 for a top spec slide out keyboard phone.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

BBF_BBF Re:Red Dwarf (701 comments)

No, no, no, it's "Goldfish soles nipping at my toes."

about 5 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

BBF_BBF Re:SPOON! (701 comments)

Same here... "Spoon!" would be my choice.... well maybe I'd use "Spork!" because "Spoon!" is the Tick's "go" phrase. ;-)

about 5 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

BBF_BBF Meh, Al Gore Proves It True. (710 comments)

Didn't need a study to tell me that people "most concerned" about climate change aren't necessarily the must frugal per-capita energy users.

Just look at Al Gore.
He's considered the biggest climate change advocate by many.

He probably uses more energy in his mansions than 99.9999% of the people in the world, let alone the energy jetting around everywhere. But of course his houses only use "clean" energy and all his jet travel is offset by purchasing carbon credits (most likely through clean energy and carbon credit trading companies he has shares in.)

about 5 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

BBF_BBF Re:$5k (875 comments)

You would think that just the scrap value would be more than $5g. Hell I got $200 for my lawn tractor.

You didn't RTFA didn't you... All a government agency has to do to obtain the equipment is to apply, get approved, then pay for shipping... those are the terms of the plan. (There are probably some other rules, but you get the picture.) The Sheriff's Office pretty much got the vehicle for free and paid $5000 for shipping costs.

about 6 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

BBF_BBF Depends if the "Idiot" is a Volunteer or Paid (255 comments)

In all situations, as a team leader, one has to find a use for the "village idiot" that as the article already states, that doesn't do more harm to the team. A sign of how "good" the team is, is how the individual members treat the well meaning, but incompetent, team member without guidance from the lead.

In a volunteer organization, it's imperative to keep all well meaning contributors on board, but in a company, that person has to eventually be moved out of the team since they're a drag on the group and definitely not suited for the position they're occupying. That's in an ideal world.

However, in real life, in a job situation. Nothing is ever this cut and dry. Not all "idiots" are well meaning, actually most aren't. There are also other dynamics at play at work, maybe the "idiot" is the owner's son... so there's nothing to be done, but elevate him to the level that the "owner" expects. At least for some "blood" relationships, the higher up actually recognizes the person is a cock-up, but has no choice because he/she is family.

It's actually even worse when the employee "idiot" is a "favorite" of one of the higher ups with no blood relationship. These people are the most dangerous to deal with. They can exert extreme negative pressure on your career since they have some "relationship" with the higher up, and that higher up will never listen to reports that they're favorite pet is not qualified for the job, nor doing a decent job, and usually the one that reports such things gets penalized for telling the truth. It's these people that make one's professional work life misery. It's even worse when there is some sort of romantic relationship between the "idiot" and the person higher up in the chain, especially if one or both have other official "significant others". :-( sigh.

Unfortunately, in real life, at a job, one just has to try to minimize the impact on one's team, and shut the eff up and put up with it.

about 7 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

BBF_BBF What about Justina? (329 comments)

It's been a year now since Justina was removed from her parents.

It should be painfully obvious if her health issues were as a result of her parents' psychological pressure since she hasn't been under their influence for over a year. So why don't any of the "advocates" fighting for the parents actually show us how Justina's doing now?

If Justina is FINE now, then it would be quite obvious that the Doctors at the Boston Children's Hospital were correct. If she's still suffering from the same symptoms, then the parents have a much stronger case.

about 8 months ago

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