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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

ChipMonk Re:Hmmm ... (391 comments)

Right, no comments in over 8 months makes one a "regular commenter."

But every comment on the first two pages shows -1 score. So the first two adjectives stand.

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Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

ChipMonk Re:ffs (42 comments)

This isn't your despised "liberal arts." It's practical application of STEM. How the hell is a degree in 19th Century Colonial African Literature going to help someone build a better aircraft?

2 days ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

ChipMonk Re:Web server (107 comments)

Consider adding "print server" to your list. Mine does pretty good with my Brother HL-1240 on the USB.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

ChipMonk Re:Watch out Pi (107 comments)

$150 to replace a a fried unit? You miss the #1 selling point of the RPi: it's easy to replace. Never mind the on-board features. It's the price. Any "competition" that can't approach that, is in a different market niche, and isn't really competition.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

ChipMonk Re:Nice and all (107 comments)

You forgot to include "at a similar price point." Because, despite all the hoopla about its other features, that is the biggest selling point of the RPi: it's easy to replace a fried unit after a voltage calculation mis-places a decimal point.

about two weeks ago
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Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

ChipMonk Re:Bah humbug (80 comments)

The bird of paradise comes pretty close.

about three weeks ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

ChipMonk Re:Don't understand (82 comments)

The onboard computer stopped working properly, causing systemic error conditions. The engine block ended up cracked, and the brake liners overheated and glazed. The windows wouuld only roll down. Replacing the compute module won't do any good in this case. It's time to total this one out and move on.

about three weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

ChipMonk tell PETA to go pound sand (367 comments)

Oh, wait, the camel already beat them to it.

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

ChipMonk time to put Comcast on suicide watch? (742 comments)

Because this really does look like a corporation bent on its own destruction.

about a month and a half ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

ChipMonk Re:Drivers as processes? (93 comments)

Because TCP is a separate driver, and tracks the TCP connections on its own. And in ISO-speak, TCP is in the Session layer, not the Network layer.

about 2 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

ChipMonk Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

There are ways to do it without parading your "charitable attitude" in front of the world. "Don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing," but in Bono's case, his right hand knows, and so do all of ours, whether we want to or not.

So you'll just accuse me of being "jealous." If having his resources goes hand-n-hand with being such an arrogant ass, I have no reason to envy him.

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

ChipMonk Yep. (150 comments)

The country's in the very best of hands.

about 3 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

ChipMonk Re:Relates to safety and knowledge. News for Nerds (205 comments)

If you think Vladimir Putin cares how many people know about this guy, you are sadly mistaken. Look how long Pussy Riot members were imprisoned. The only thing Putin cares about is showing people how powerful he is.

about 3 months ago
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IBM Opens Up Its Watson Supercomputer To Researchers

ChipMonk Re:The question (28 comments)

Eliza... is that you?

We were talking about you, not me.

about 3 months ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

ChipMonk Re:Red Cross is non-political (300 comments)

Terror groups have been thinking that way since long before GWB uttered the words. He didn't create that mindset; he merely pointed it out.

about 3 months ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

ChipMonk Re:Oh please (300 comments)

It's one thing to read a clinical description of a concussion, or read a description of the experience written by someone who has experienced it. It is something quite different to experience a concussion yourself. No verbal content can convey the depth and breadth of the misery.

about 3 months ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

ChipMonk Re:Shaped like speaker cable (191 comments)

It has to do with exactly *how* the connections are made as the plug is inserted. Ground/common so static can dissipate, then data/signal, then power last. Each line connects only to its corresponding line in the other piece. A 3.5mm plug doesn't provide that kind of "signal safety"; at some point, it's possible the power on one side would touch the ground on the other, and put a charge into the device before it was fully plugged-in.

about 3 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

ChipMonk 14 nanometers? (96 comments)

Given that the covalent radius of silicon is 111 picometers, that comes to a channel that's 63 silicon atoms across.

And I thought 65nm (~300 silicon atoms across) was impressive five years ago.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

ChipMonk how dark can it be on the ISS? (106 comments)

If it isn't really dark, with all the indicator lights extinguished, how well can one expect to sleep? Even a single blue power light on a PC is enough to interfere with REM. And, if the windows aren't totally blacked, having a sunrise-sunset every 45 minutes can't help, either.

about 4 months ago

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The EFF's 2010 Pioneer Awards

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The EFF have announced their 2010 Pioneer Awards: transparency activist Stephen Aftergood; public domain scholar James Boyle; legal blogger Pamela Jones and the website Groklaw; and e-voting researcher Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru, who was recently released on bail after being imprisoned for his security work in India. "These winners have all worked tirelessly to give critical insight and context to the tough questions that arise in our evolving digital world," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "We need strong advocates, educators, and researchers like these to protect our digital rights, and we're proud to honor these four Pioneer Award winners for their important contributions." The award ceremony will be hosted by Cory Doctorow."
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Judge Quashes Hurt Locker P2P Subpoena

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "Ars Technica reports that "a federal judge in South Dakota this week quashed a US Copyright Group subpoena targeting an ISP in his state. Why? Jurisdiction, and a fax machine... Midcontinent presented numerous reasons why the subpoena should not apply, including the fact that 'money was not attached to the subpoena to reimburse Midcontinent for their costs of producing information.' US Magistrate Judge John Simko didn't even address the issue of payment, however, because jurisdictional and service issues were enough to quash the subpoena.""
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Plagiarizing a Takedown Notice

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "Over at hobbyist site OS News, editor-in-chief Thom Holwerda published a highly skeptical opinion of the announcement of Commodore USA's own Amiga line. Within hours, Commodore USA sent a takedown notice to OS News, demanding a retraction of the piece, and accusing OS News of libel and defamation. Ironically, the takedown notice was mostly copied, with minor edits, from Chilling Effects, a site dedicated to publicizing attempts at squelching free speech. The formatting, line breaks, obtuse references to "OCGA", and even the highlighted search terms were left largely intact."
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Woot to AP: You owe us $17.50

ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The Associated Press have draconian terms for using their content, but they have no problem swiping content from others:

You see, when we showed off our good news on Wednesday afternoon, we expected we'd get a little bit of attention. But when we found your little newsy thing you do, we couldn't help but notice something important. And that something is this: you printed our web content in your article! The web content that came from our blog! Why, isn't that the very thing you've previously told nu-media bloggers they're not supposed to do? So, The AP, here we are. Just to be fair about this, we've used your very own pricing scheme to calculate how much you owe us. By looking through the link above, and comparing your post with our original letter, we've figured you owe us roughly $17.50 for the content you borrowed from our blog post, which, by the way, we worked very very hard to create.... All you'll need to do is show us your email receipt from today's two pack of Sennheiser MX400 In-Ear Headphones, and we'll call it even.

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ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ChipMonk (711367) writes "The most cutting-edge release of Slackware Linux ever has been loosed on the world. From Patrick Volkerding's announcement: "Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.2.3.2, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.4, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment." This release also includes an SMP kernel (using version 2.6.17.13), a first for Slackware."

Journals

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ChipMonk ChipMonk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There isn't, and never will be, a journal entry here, beyond this one. Get over it.

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