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Genetically Engineered Silkworms Spin Spider Silk

Blue Shifted anyone got an Athlon II X4, please test it! (188 comments)

testing for singlethreaded performance.....

if you have an Athlon II X4 of any speed, please run:

cpumark99 on it (if you can find it), and you might get the fastest score in safe mode...

the java benchmark from NIST on it http://math.nist.gov/scimark2/run.html

and if you can get calc.exe from windows XP, time a factorial of 100,000!

(the factorial function in the new calculator that comes with win7 chokes on big factorials, and all the scores i've accumulated are using calc.exe from xp)

about 4 years ago
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How to teach a 12 year-old to program?

Blue Shifted Re:Start with a non-language... (9 comments)

personally, i'd recommend against Visual Basic as a language to learn the fundamentals of programming. it seems more about building windows than programming. one of my CS college classes used it, and IMHO i learned nothing to add to what i learned from taking Basic or Pascal years before in highschool, and i was way more high in highschool....

more than 4 years ago
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The State of Social Gaming On the iPhone

Blue Shifted Re:i-phone games bleh (33 comments)

i followed the development of the AI for Real Racing for so long, that now i want to play it just to see how well the use of genetic algorithms worked. but most people think $10 is a lot for an iphone game...

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

Blue Shifted Re:That's cool, but... (260 comments)

mod me: "moron", as i can't mod here since i posted

sorry, i'm such a dumbass

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

Blue Shifted what options are working for you? (533 comments)

about the only thing that i can get to work is "Try your search on Yahoo, Ask, TheWeb, Live, etc, etc", and that only works for web searches, not news or image.

i'd love to know if all or any of the other goodies are working for you or others. thanks
 

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

Blue Shifted Re:Ideas (533 comments)

alright, i tried installing CustomizeGoogle from Mozilla's addon page (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/743), and then, under noscript i allowed google.com (can't forbid google's js with noscript or customize google won't work).

the results: on web searching, now i DO get the ability to try my search on other search engines (that's my favorite thing, just one middle click on each search engine!). But when using image searching, it DOES NOT add links to other image search sites. Nor does it give convenient links to other news search sites.

And other things like being able to make image links point directly to the image aren't working....

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

Blue Shifted Re:Ideas (533 comments)

it won't work on my main machine that has FF3.5, and i love that extension, so i still have FF3.0 on my secondary machine, and i don't upgrade that machine to 3.5, just so i can keep using Customize Google.

more than 4 years ago
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Love those freaks!

Blue Shifted Re:only 22 freaks? (4 comments)

funny, the only troll i've ever foe'd is part of your collection. i'll try and remember your nick to keep an eye on, your comments can't be half bad :)

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

Blue Shifted Re:That's cool, but... (260 comments)

dang, that got rated troll? that was one of the few comments to make me laugh today. if i get mod points, this is certainly gonna get modded up: funny

btw, i came to this comment from your journal posting of all the mod bombs http://slashdot.org/~mcgrew/journal/242240, and clicked on a few of the links you provided to see IF you might really be a troll. but so far, you seem to be the opposite of a troll.

welcome contributor to slashdot, carry on!

more than 4 years ago
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Yet another modbomb

Blue Shifted those are +5 trolls (10 comments)

sorry, i should have mentioned that those are all troll rated posts that made it to +5.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Share Grows At XP's Expense

Blue Shifted Re:so long as vista dies.... (412 comments)

NOTE: after opening Word and Excel a few times in a row, Windows 7 DID start to load them faster...

argh. that could be confusing. to clarify, 7 started to load them faster than before, not faster than XP, but it did get to almost parity.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Share Grows At XP's Expense

Blue Shifted Re:so long as vista dies.... (412 comments)

thank you for questioning! i should have gone into more detail.

i had two brand new, identical atom n270 netbooks, sitting SIDE BY SIDE. one with windows XP, the other with windows 7, both with Office 2007, and clicked the mouse buttons at the same exact time. Word and Excel took a few seconds longer on windows 7.

NOTE: after opening Word and Excel a few times in a row, Windows 7 DID start to load them faster...

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Share Grows At XP's Expense

Blue Shifted so long as vista dies.... (412 comments)

hey, windows 7 doesn't make me want to throw my laptop out the window (pun intended), nor does it bring up pure hatred and rage from within me like vista did. Big Plus There.

that said, application launch time ARE slower, by a few seconds, compared to XP. especially when opening MS Word or Excel, i'd say more than a few seconds..... NOT a deal breaker, though.

but one thing that gets me about the reviews of windows 7 is the shutdown time. while MY netbook does shutdown quickly, for giggles timed the shutdown times of the atom netbooks at the big box stores. hang on, let me find the times... here we go: 33, 18, 28, 20, 39, and 60 seconds. sure, those are display units subjected to lot's of kids opening ie to check their myspace (only to think the netbooks don't work when the page doesn't come up, due to secured wifi...) but still, using windows 7 certainly doesn't guarantee your machine won't end up with long shutdown times...

more than 4 years ago
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National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

Blue Shifted Re:Blue Shifted (272 comments)

Well, my other car IS a space ship...

more than 4 years ago
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Yet another modbomb

Blue Shifted Re:Currently Troll (1) (10 comments)

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more than 4 years ago
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Julie Larson-Green talks about scanning brains

Blue Shifted the title kinda throws me (3 comments)

the summary doesn't really imply that she was scanning brains. maybe she was. but if the title gets changed to something more accurate, i'll recommend this story.

more than 4 years ago

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CPU performance doubling times are slowing down!

Blue Shifted Blue Shifted writes  |  more than 4 years ago

...on the desktop PC anyway.

i hate to say it, but it seems that the rate of increase for desktop cpu performance has been slowing down since the P4 hit 2.0 Gigahertz....

over the years, solely out of curiosity, i've been taking note of benchmark scores for many different benchmarks (mostly application-based "real world" benchmarks), and they were taking around 30 months to double their scores. sometimes faster, sometimes slower, depending on the benchmark, of course.

since 2001, though, the time to double desktop cpu performance is taking longer and longer, now i am seeing scores taking three to four years to double....

i'm sure it's common sense and probably even common knowledge, so i probably don't need to state this, but i will anyway: performance increase is not keeping up with transistor increase, same as we saw with frequency during the great Mega/Gigahertz race. now we are getting multicores, that not many applications can take advantage of....

(when i look at how many scores i've found and recorded just for Business Winstone 2004, i realize that this might have become an obsession...)

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in another arena, which i don't follow near as often:

Trends in supercomputers:

19.2 months is how long it takes for supercomputers to double number of simple "adds"

in 192 months (sixteen years, ten doublings) they will do adds 1,024 times as fast, IF the pace keeps up, of course...

(sorry, i know that simple arithmetic adds may not to translate to real world performance; but i haven't taken the time to note and calculate Linpack scores over time. Maybe someday i will!)

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these are all just fevered musings on my part, and just as they say about Slashdot polls, "This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane."

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