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Help Me Get My Math Back?

Brian Gordon Re:If you can't handle calculus, science isnt for (467 comments)

Still, if you can't even pass calculus then there's something wrong. And that's not even the problem- he's looking for help preparing for the placement test. If he's let his skills deteriorate so far that he forgets algebra, then he has no business getting a degree in anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Berkeley Gets Willow Garage Robot To Fold Towels

Brian Gordon Re:Hotels (99 comments)

You don't need this level of sophistication just to fold towels. The robot could just kind of flatten it out by tugging on different corners until it's flat, and then grabbing two corners and folding it over.

Even easier would be just a big machine that pulls in a bin of linens and separates them onto rollers, which deposit them in piles.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Deduplication For Linux With Opendedup

Brian Gordon Confusing summary (186 comments)

The new deduplication-based file system called SDFS (GPL v2) is scalable to eight petabytes of capacity with 256 storage engines, which can each store up to 32TB of deduplicated data. Each volume can be up to 8 exabytes

Can anyone offer wisdom on what the volume size is supposed to signify, being different from the maximum size that SDFS is scalable to?

more than 4 years ago
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Multicore Requires OS Rework, Windows Expert Says

Brian Gordon Re:This is new?! (631 comments)

Maybe it's not a question of whether the code is efficient. Maybe it's a question of how much you're asking the code to do. It's no surprise that hardware struggles to make gains against performance demands when software developers are adding on nonsense like compositing window managers and sidebar widgets. I'm enjoying Moore's law without any cancellation.. just run a sane environment. Qt or GTK, not both, if youre running an X desktop. Nothing other than IM in the system tray. No "upgrade fever" that makes people itch for Windows Media Player 14 when older versions work fine and mplayer and winamp work better.

more than 4 years ago
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If ET Calls, Who Speaks For Humanity?

Brian Gordon Re:Just in case... (371 comments)

Ants and termites build cities, and beavers build dams, and we don't seem to care.

more than 4 years ago
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Every British Citizen To Have a Personal Webpage

Brian Gordon Re:Surveillance. (313 comments)

should, of course, by resisted fiercely by both technological and political means

So paper-bound inefficiency and insecurity is a good thing?

"union leaders who complain that thousands of public sector workers would be made jobless" is absolutely absurd of course. If anything, cut those jobs and send the people their paycheck anyway with the money the government is saving, instead of having them do unnecessary work all day.

more than 4 years ago
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"Moot" Working On Reboot of 4chan Platform

Brian Gordon Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

If by last attempt you mean almost every hour of every day for over two years...

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches 3D Driver Project For Chrome

Brian Gordon Oh. (63 comments)

No additional plugin, is it? Built right in? Direct access to low level 3D graphics hardware without finding drivers?

That'll do wonders for Chrome being the fastest browser. And double the download size.

more than 4 years ago
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"Moot" Working On Reboot of 4chan Platform

Brian Gordon Re:Three sentences turned (205 comments)

And I wince every time I see a story seriously using the name "Christopher Poole."

more than 4 years ago
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Good Language Choice For School Programming Test?

Brian Gordon Re:INTERCAL (407 comments)

Looks cleaner than some of the Perl I've seen :)

more than 4 years ago
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China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

Brian Gordon Re:Oh really? (533 comments)

Maybe not in an information society, but it made a lot of sense during the industrial revolution when workers were being exploited by captialists..

Of course I prefer our system, but you have to admit that communism has been very prolific. It's not an awful idea; it works to some degree.

more than 4 years ago
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China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

Brian Gordon Re:Oh really? (533 comments)

How long would a chinese soldier last if they refused to obey orders?

more than 4 years ago
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China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

Brian Gordon Re:Oh really? (533 comments)

These are people we're talking about, not governments. You're only wishing harm on regular people.

Also, "There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." --Isaac Asimov

more than 4 years ago
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China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

Brian Gordon Re:Oh really? (533 comments)

Nothing you could do or say could convince me that is a good idea.

It's not as simple as that. The Cuban embargo has stifled Cuba's growth and left it so that people don't have cell phones or internet at all. Standing up for Cubans' rights and refusing to deal with their government ultimately badly hurt common citizens.

Providing search services to Chinese citizens and letting their government rewrite results as they see fit may be better than denying them search altogether. If Google pulls out, the Chinese will still have censored search results, but from an inferior search provider.

more than 4 years ago
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New Phone Allows Bosses To Snoop On Staff

Brian Gordon Re:It works (143 comments)

Next will probably be an application that records audio from the cell phone microphone and tells what you're typing from the sound of the keys. Or even what you're seeing on the screen.

more than 4 years ago
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"Mythical Man-Month" Supposedly Busted By MIT Startup

Brian Gordon Re:!MMM (231 comments)

Not to mention that these are MIT students. #1 computer science program in the world. Not exactly a representative sample.

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

Brian Gordon Re:It's the freeloaders time (1051 comments)

Well, Comcast is subject to regulation because they're granted a monopoly on local infrastructure and have taken uncountable piles of taxpayer money to build their network on public property, so they can't just do whatever they want.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Founder Accused of Hacking Into Rivals' Email

Brian Gordon Re:So will he get a mug shot now? (261 comments)

Unauthorized access sounds criminal to me. Penalty ceilings probably go way up too, and Zuckerberg's billions are probably starting to look tempting.

more than 4 years ago

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In-Game Advertising Comes to Condition Zero

Brian Gordon Brian Gordon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Brian Gordon (987471) writes "Counter-Strike's controversial in-game advertising has arrived in its badly-recieved 2004 successor Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. For those not familiar with the original controversy, CS-Nation has a 2006 interview with Valve's Doug Lombardi. Is Source next?

CS-Nation: Many gamers who play CS 1.6 purchased the retail version. CS: Source was sold as part of the Half-Life 2 package. How do you think gamers who purchase your products will react to in-game ads?
Doug Lombardi: We believe that gamers are going to expect and accept well-done advertising in games. We want to make sure that advertising does not detract from the game experience, so it is our hope that first time Counter-Strike purchasers will consider it simply as part of the game world.
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Poll Finds Support for Internet Regulation

Brian Gordon Brian Gordon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Brian Gordon (987471) writes "Digital rights activist Adam Thierer has a blog post giving his insights on a recent poll from 463 Communications finding that more than half of Americans believe that Internet content such as video should be controlled in some way by the government. From the poll, "Twenty-nine percent said it should be regulated just like television content while 24% said government should institute an online rating system similar to the one used by the movie industry. In contrast, only 36% said the blocking of Internet video would be unconstitutional.""
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Brian Gordon Brian Gordon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Brian Gordon writes "The Inquirer reports that cracking group PARADOX has cracked Vista's activation model. The new crack results in an installation virtually identical to that of a legitimately activated license key, which means that cracked installs are eligible for Windows Updates and will pass WGA validation.

From the readme: Microsoft allows large hardware manufacturers (e.g. ASUS, HP, Dell) to ship their products containing a Windows Vista installation that does NOT require any kind of product activation as this might be considered an unnecessary inconvenience for the end-user. The basic concept of the tool at hand is to present any given BIOS ACPI_SLIC information to Windows Vista's licensing mechanism by means of a device driver. In combination with a matching product key and OEM certificate this allows for rendering any system practically indistinguishable from a legit pre-activated system shipped by the respective OEM."

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