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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Chysn Screw it, (167 comments)

just get Angry Birds.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Chysn Re:Attention, MODS! (769 comments)

> It is spelled *expresso* not *espresso*. I am from Italy. I would know.

The letter X isn't used in Italian. Seems like the kind of thing you would know.

about 6 months ago
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Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One

Chysn Re:Keyword completion (91 comments)

> In comparison, on the VIC-20 keywords were stored literally, but you could abbreviate them, e.g. ? for PRINT or pO for POKE.

No, VIC-20 (and C64, PET, etc.) keywords were tokenized. That is, "POKE" took a single byte rather than four.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

Chysn I'd love to (299 comments)

see a Beowulf Cluster of these things.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

Chysn Re:Tell my kids that, Tom! (589 comments)

I would agree that medical use trumps party use; but how difficult would it be to retool an MRI to use, say, liquid nitrogen for cooling?

Sigh. Shouldn't this be, "I would agree that medical use trumps party use; so how difficult would it be to decorate with something else?" One thing is orders of magnitude easier than the other, and I'm sure you can figure out which is which.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

Chysn Re:Tell my kids that, Tom! (589 comments)

We should redesign medical equipment and phase out existing medical equipment because we don't want to explain the lack of helium balloons to children? I think your priorities are a little out of whack.

How about we use the helium for the MRIs, and teach children not to expect floating balloons. Balloon animals are a good alternative, if balloons need to be involved at all. I've got four young kids, and they're pretty easy to please.

about 2 years ago
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Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

Chysn Not recommended... (194 comments)

...for those of us with evil twins.

about 2 years ago
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To me, lotteries represent ...

Chysn Re:Ugh. (301 comments)

> Tell your past self to start betting people . . . that the World Trade Center will get totally knocked down by a terrorist attack no later than 2002

You'd find your past self with a lot of 'splaining to do down in Guantanamo when you collect.

more than 2 years ago
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To me, lotteries represent ...

Chysn Re:Ugh. (301 comments)

> Where in the hell can you find (good) beer for $1?

Czech Republic.

more than 2 years ago
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PHP 5.4 Released

Chysn Re:Can't even use the same language (209 comments)

First, using the same data structures is fairly easy across multiple languages because the same object-oriented principles usually apply. Second, if you use web services to be consumed across your platforms, you don't need to duplicate business logic in more than one language (you can at least minimize it). Third, you're mentioning three mobile platforms that pretty much require an OO approach in their respective languages (C#, Java, and Objective-C), so why would you throw out the entire approach for the web?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

Chysn Re:People really were sued (407 comments)

Sure, but all that stuff can be forged. Of course, it would be ridiculous to forge that stuff, wouldn't it? In fact, it seems (to me) almost as ridiculous to falsely claim that one's sister has been sued as it would be to actively falsify evidence. Sure, I wouldn't put any money on that claim being true, but somebody getting stressed out about it to this extent seems kind of sad.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

Chysn Re:People really were sued (407 comments)

No evidence, nothing.

What evidence would you deem sufficient for claiming that one's sister had been sued by the RIAA?

more than 2 years ago
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PHP 5.4 Released

Chysn Re:I'm not sure OO is a good idea for web developm (209 comments)

I can say that it's not just you. LOTS of people are wrong about this.

There are plenty of reasons, but one of the best ones is that "web development" isn't necessarily separate from other development. If you're using the same data structures and operations across multiple targets (web, desktop, mobile), OO is definitely a good idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

Chysn Re:Dates (464 comments)

In my defense, it's not technically "advice," because the cinema industry's pricing scheme, which is the subject of this thread, which enforces this "advice's" conditions, could only hurt your chances of getting laid if it were to be overturned.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

Chysn Dates (464 comments)

Movies are popular attractions for dates*. You can take a date to a bad movie, and won't necessarily reflect poorly upon you. But if you take a date to a bad movie because happened to be cheaper than a putative good movie, you're just not getting laid**.

* A social activity with a potential or established romantic goals.
** Sexual intercourse.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

Chysn Re:Another way to save money (851 comments)

You should stop coding, too, which would free up more time to do nothing. You'll soon get bored of doing nothing, but that's what TV is for, amiright?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Using Apps During Calls

Chysn Re:Prior art (434 comments)

You read the entire patent, and didn't see the method? That makes me think you stopped after the abstract. The description of what they're patenting is quite verbose.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Open Source Software Cost Jobs?

Chysn Jobs? (530 comments)

Does open source software cost Jobs? I mean, he recently died, so my guess would be "no."

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

Chysn Re:Canon or Nikon (569 comments)

> On the other hand, it goes up to ridiculously slow f/5.9 at 120mm zoom, and I'm sure your "good glass" does do a lot better than f/5.9 at 120mm.

Just to clarify, the S95's lens goes to f/4.9 at full telephoto, which is 105mm, not 120mm.

more than 2 years ago

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