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Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

BeardedChimp Re:That decides it (509 comments)

Wasn't it decided that after the Sony other OS fiasco et al. that we should vote with our wallets and stop buying from them? I'm voting with my wallet and buying neither.

about a year ago

New Threadlike Carbon Nanotube Fiber Unveiled

BeardedChimp Re:Awesome! (171 comments)

From your wikipedia link:

Carbon nanotubes aren’t required to build the structure.[8] This would make it possible to build the elevator much sooner, since available carbon nanotube materials in sufficient quantities are still years away.[9]

The problem being that building a lunar base to support the space elevator is already years away.

about a year and a half ago

Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

BeardedChimp Re:1st world countries (439 comments)

yeah let's worry about how this will affect the 1st world countries, those are the real victims here

If focusing on the economic effects to 1st world countries spurs them to take action I'm all for it. Nobody in the US is going to act if they think only Africa is at risk.

about 2 years ago

"Secure" Shorter .uk Internet Domain Proposed

BeardedChimp Re:Speaking of TLDs and (87 comments)

However, you're wrong on this preventing namespace collisions - companies are allowed to have the same name so long as they are in completely different lines of business (so there is no confusion).

Actually you are wrong, you are confusing this with trademark law.

From Companies house:

You may not be able to incorporate your chosen company name if it is the 'same as' another name appearing on the registrar's index of company names. There is an exception to this if an existing company (or LLP or other body on the index) is part of the same group as your company and consents to the use of your proposed name

You are however correct that not all companies use their registered names as their trading name

about 2 years ago

USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

BeardedChimp Re:Power or USB? (247 comments)

I haven't read the spec, but if it's anything like usb 1/2 it won't output 100w straight away. It will negotiate with the device and the device can request up to 100w.

more than 2 years ago

Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

BeardedChimp Re:Texas eh? (652 comments)

You do know that it was the Congress... controlled by mostly non-Southern Democrats... that killed the Supercollider, right

You said Congress, not House. Stop trying to reframe your argument after you've been shown to be wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion

BeardedChimp Re:Voting with wallet (307 comments)

Also make sure that the linux drivers can put the usb card into master mode, a considerable amount can't be.

more than 2 years ago

Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

BeardedChimp Re:'Replying to undo moderation mistake. Sorry, pa (383 comments)

Instead of fixing the faq, why not fix the problem? Add a "undo moderation" button next to any posts you have moderated.
Currently we have a considerable number of "resetting moderation" posts that just serve to spam threads.

more than 2 years ago

Motorola To Buy PDA-Inventor Psion For $200 Million

BeardedChimp Re:I have the kiss of death for awesome technology (144 comments)

My Dad wrote several books on his 3 series and 5mx to the extent that he had worn groves into the plastic. I actually first learnt to program on the 3 series while bored in a caravan.

more than 2 years ago

In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

BeardedChimp Re:Why (1359 comments)

We expect that when someone makes a statement of science, that it have actually been tested using the methods of science.

Where your definition of science includes that it must not contradict your a priori beliefs. A lot of Christians hold a "no true scotsman" view of science when it comes to evolution. Thats not true science because.... GOD DID IT

more than 2 years ago

In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

BeardedChimp Re:Really? (1359 comments)

In the 1980's in Belfast, my Dad was registering to be a Doctor at City Hospital. On the form he wrote down for religion "none". He was then told he wasn't allowed to write none and had to chose something. They also wouldn't let him write down Atheist so he made one up and settled on "The light of the upper zarquon". For the next month nurses kept accosting him asking "Doctor Banks! What is this light of the upper zarquon?".

Growing up in northern ireland, I went on quite a lot of cross community (protestants mixed with catholics) trips. In order to get the numbers right they would ask me whether I was Catholic or Protestant and I would answer atheist. This wasn't good enough, they needed an answer so they would then ask what my parents were, so I also answered Atheist. Finally they would ask "What school did you go to?" to which I would reply "Wellington", "ahhh, so you're a protestant then...".

more than 2 years ago

Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way

BeardedChimp Re:order of magnitude (217 comments)

Ironically, your example was off by an order of magnitude. Alpha Centauri is 4 light years or 4e15m away.

And Alpha Centauri isn't even the closest star, Proxima Centauri is.

more than 2 years ago

MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

BeardedChimp Re:Clarify (289 comments)

Yeah the summary is terrible.

In essence what happened was MPAA pretented to be a venture capitalist who was interested in the streaming site SurfTheChannel. After meeting the owner in person they followed them to their house. Then a seperate MPAA nob head posed as a home buyer interested in the owner of SurfTheChannel's house.

The MPAA then turned over pictures of the house and details of the venture capitalist meeting to the police who proceded to raid their house. The police decided not to press charges, so the MPAA went after the US programmer who made SurfTheChannel. He did some sort of plea bargain where they would drop the case against him if he would testify against the British couple.

The British couple are now in court on charges of fraud.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

BeardedChimp Re:I Like Unity (441 comments)

I've tried working with tabs for terminals but it doesn't really suit me. For a start it compounds the issue, first you have to alt-tab to the the terminal, then you have the select the correct tab. If I'm using screen then thats 3 layers and will get really confusing. But on top of that I often like having two tabs side by side if I'm using vim for instance. I also move terminals between virtual desktops depending on my work flow which is more a pain when they are in tabs.

So far everyone who has replied with suggestions as to how to make the terminals easy to see (and thank you for the suggestions, I'll look at implementing some), but the problem is with many programs that I use and obviously they can't all be customised like a terminal can.

more than 2 years ago

Google Gets Driverless License For Nevada Roads

BeardedChimp Re:2 people (215 comments)

The second person is required to walk in front of the car and wave a red flag to warn of the approaching self propelled automobile. How else would someone know one was coming?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

BeardedChimp Re:I Like Unity (441 comments)

My main problem is having multiple of the same program open, ie. 6 terminals. I can't work out how to select the one I want, Alt-tabbing (or alt `) shows them as small previews but terminals look very similar, and the title bar on the bottom even more so if you have multiple ssh sessions open. Previously I just knew positionally on the task bar which was which.

Has anyone else found a way to work round this? I'm starting to get far too frustrated and am close to switching to XFCE.

more than 2 years ago

Scientific Jigsaw Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces of the Low-Level Radiation Debate

BeardedChimp Re:Low level radiation (140 comments)

And while hormesis is not the topic of TFA...

Did you actually read TFA? Since it did cover hormesis.

Hormesis theory

Demonstration of a quasi-threshold would be unlikely to assuage those who abhor radiation-producing technology on existential grounds, but it might eventually affect regulations and overall opinion. The radiation hormesis theory—that some radiation is beneficial—would provide more comfort, if it could be demonstrated. The best evidence for this concept in humans can be found in national data on home radon measurements and lung cancer rates at the county level. However, the reliance on cancer data aggregated to the county level has been roundly criticized by epidemiologists (Lubin, 2002). Results from more sophisticated epidemiologic studies of the same association do show the expected dose response when individual cancers are matched to dose (Darby et al., 2005; Krewski et al., 2006).

Though it still is a pet topic of enterprising journalists, the radiation hormesis theory is no longer of much interest to researchers. The BEIR VII report, published in 2006, discounted the concept; the French Academy of Sciences took it more seriously, while discounting other evidence that suggests the response might be supralinear at low doses.

Given the increase in radiation from medical diagnostics and the interest in protracted exposure, the possible existence of a threshold or hormetic effect for public policy appears to be a moot issue for developed countries when it comes to future exposures. Even if the level of medical diagnostic exposures does not increase in the future, over the course of 40 years most people in developed countries will receive an average of 0.1 Sv from medical procedures, alone. With this in mind as a dose starting point for millions of people, it is fair to say that any exposure to radioactive elements from a nuclear accident or a dirty bomb would definitely contribute to their delayed cancer risk.

more than 2 years ago

KegDroid: Combining Arduino, Android, and NFC to Dispense Beer

BeardedChimp Re:To much foam (48 comments)

It was quite telling when he said "It's very foamy today" in a slightly embarrassed voice as if he knew that always happens but didn't want to give that impression.

This is also one of the few times when the comments on youtube are not rabid and insulting, to the point that they are even trying to help!

Yes the line was empty, but I fear he will always have this problem with that flow rate and the location of the solenoids. For a more smooth pour I recommend that he use bottle fillers. They fill from the bottom. I would be much more impressed if there were sensors detecting the size of glass, quality of pour via camera thermometers etc.

screamingservers in reply to Micah Munger 5 hours ago

The analysis of the location of the solenoids is mostly where the problem coming from. In my experience with building kegerators, I have found issues with the gas getting knocked out of solution causing foam up in the lines when placing any kind of intermediary connection away from the tap itself. If he made the line from the tap to the solenoid almost nothing, then it would likely become almost a non-issue.

majostm in reply to screamingservers 1 hour ago

more than 2 years ago



What Should Self Taught Programmers Learn?

BeardedChimp BeardedChimp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BeardedChimp (1416531) writes "I like many others here have learnt to program by myself, starting at a young age and learning through fiddling. Starting with basic I've learnt c++, java, python, php etc. but what I want to know is what I haven't learnt that is important when taught in a traditional computer science education. I have a degree in physics so I'm not adverse to maths, what books/websites would you recommend?"


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