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Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

CaseyB Know your customers (399 comments)

We want to find ways to make the developer experience as powerful and simple as possible [...] extremely stylish

Failed, right out of the gate.

more than 2 years ago

Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

CaseyB Editorialize much? (523 comments)

Summary is just some guy's half-assed opinion, and has nothing to do with the article.

more than 3 years ago

An Entirely New Class of Aircraft Arrives

CaseyB Re:lol (289 comments)

It can "hover" into a building? Do you know how the threshold between "Hey we're just outside the window" and "oh now we're 2ft above the 3rd floor" and "yeah now our exhaust has nowhere to go" works?

I think they're referring to scaling the design down to micro-UAV size.

more than 3 years ago

An Entirely New Class of Aircraft Arrives

CaseyB Re:Video (289 comments)

Parachutes are great when you're at altitude. If things fail near the ground (which they usually do, as it's when the aircraft is under the most stress), then you'll just end up with a brick with a silk streamer behind it.

more than 3 years ago

4G Broadband May Jam GPS

CaseyB Military use trumps all (118 comments)

I would stress too much about this. Anything that has even a remote chance of interfering with the US military's use of GPS is never going to be deployed. Period.

more than 3 years ago

Intel To Integrate DirectX 11 In Ivy Bridge Chips

CaseyB Re:also includes DRM ? (199 comments)

It can't encumber anything that presently exists.

In concept, that's not true. If they implemented audio or video fingerprinting at the hardware level, they could make existing (unencumbered!) media unplayable.

more than 3 years ago

One Giant Cargo Ship Pollutes As Much As 50M Cars

CaseyB Re:Nuclear energy (595 comments)

How is the waste dealt with in an aircraft carrier.

The waste processing method is less relevant than the fact that the material is constantly surrounded by over 5,000 military personnel and armament capable of destroying a nation.

more than 3 years ago

Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?

CaseyB Re:Discrete *wink* *wink* sound card? (520 comments)

I wonder how complex your algorithms would have to be to determine if the sounds produced are of gunshots or female moans.

They should give the Turing award to anyone that can produce an algorithm that can tell the difference between porn and women's tennis.

more than 3 years ago

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want

CaseyB Re:A nice idea in theory, but... (453 comments)

My thoughts exactly. How many times have you had to fiddle with the contacts of a battery compartment to get something working? This is going to be prone to the same sort of issues, only instead of the failure mode being simply loss of contact, you can end up with cases where the wrong terminal connects, causing a short -- and potentially a fire.

about 4 years ago

New Google Search Index 50% Fresher With Caffeine

CaseyB Re:Altavista (216 comments)

Quoted search phrases work perfectly on Google. Can you give a counterexample?

more than 4 years ago

The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

CaseyB Re:Bigger scam for 1-eyed viewers (532 comments)

I've got two eyes, but one is sufficiently weak that my brain never learned stereoscopic vision. 3D movies for me amount to having to wear uncomfortable dorky glasses.

Oh, and also watching an image that is half as bright as a normal movie. Was that normal, or the result of my seeing the movie in a lousy theater? Is this just an acknowledged drawback to the technology, or are they supposed to be projecting at double the brightness to compensate?

more than 4 years ago

CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone

CaseyB Re:What's with the nationalism (316 comments)

It's not as if we wouldn't have known anyway: his first reaction is to apologize profusely.

more than 4 years ago

At What Temperature (F) Do You Prefer Your Nerd Cave?

CaseyB Re:Celsius: It's for telling temperature (1233 comments)

-34C is the same mark... Without significant special gear, and complete body coverage of every sqin of skin, you simply can't safely go outside in these temperatures.

Pfft. You need a touque, scarf and snowpants. Then it's time to go play.

I'd put the -10C into the biting cold category, and -20 is simply too cold to go outside.

Ha! My childhood would like a word with you. -20 was when I'd RUN outside, because it had been -40 for the last week. -10 meant spring was on its way.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Radeon HD 5870 Adds DX11, Multi-Monitor Gaming

CaseyB Re:Time to move up (195 comments)

I've been using a 16x12 21" CRT for around 12 years. I've also been using /. longer, so I win (lose?). :)

My monitor is dying now, and that HP was on my short list. Do you do any gaming with it? I'm a bit worried about lag.

more than 4 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

CaseyB Re:I think that (684 comments)

If Smith -> Smiths, then why do you assume Jones -> Jones instead of Jones -> Joneses? That's what I meant about "official pluralizing rules". There aren't any, so your assumption is invalid.

more than 4 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

CaseyB Re:I think that (684 comments)

I'll remember that the next time I invite all the Smith over to dinner.

more than 4 years ago

Rome, Built In a Day

CaseyB Re:As far as I can tell... (107 comments)

Some interesting questions arise here. Where exactly is the line between aggregate and specific? Would it be OK if they used the photographs to texture the model? Would it depend on how many photographs were averaged to generate the texel?

more than 4 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

CaseyB Re:I think that (684 comments)

"The Jones" is already plural.

Where are the official rules for the pluralization of all proper names? Who's to say whether Jones pluralizes like "lens" or like "species"?

more than 4 years ago


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