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Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

FlyByPC The score here... (609 comments)

Half a dozen people with iPhones, at least nine friends and family with Androids (including me), and nobody with Windows Mobile since we went from the HTC Moguls (WM6.1) to Epic 4Gs on launch day (8/31). The Mogul was a good phone, but the Epic (and Android) blows it away. From what I've seen of Microsoft's latest mobile OS in their commercials (large, white-on-blue buttons for a few categories, to start), I'm not interested. It looks like one of those large-button old-school phones. I'm a techie and a fan of open source, so it's not surprising that I enjoy using the Android OS. What was pleasantly surprising is how easily my parents (competent Windows users, but not true geeks) have picked it up and are enjoying it.

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Breakthrough Portends Cure For the Common Cold

FlyByPC Ironic (180 comments)

...So now we'll be able to cure the common cold, but can't put a man on the Moon (anymore)?

more than 4 years ago
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Excitement about U.S. mid-term elections:

FlyByPC Re:Kodos FTW (750 comments)

Well, not really -- but she *can* see R'lyeh from her kitchen window!

more than 4 years ago
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Cooking With Your USB Ports

FlyByPC Re:Volt is not a measurement of power (188 comments)

You could, of course, build such a USB "device" into the cable, if you're just interested in getting higher 5VDC current out. A small MCU in the cable does the negotiation for you, and a few ms later, instant current...

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Simple Virus For Teaching?

FlyByPC Bad idea (366 comments)

This sort of thing is exactly what the "whatcouldpossiblygowrong" tag is for. I'm surprised it hasn't shown up yet...

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Low Energy Supercomputing

FlyByPC Re:Amps = current, not energy.... (159 comments)

If you have amps and volts (plus phase information for AC), you can calculate the impedance/resistance, so there's no need to specify it explicitly.

Yeah, yeah -- don't feed the trolls -- I know.

more than 4 years ago
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Throwing Out Software That Works

FlyByPC Re:Too scared to say that the iPad sux, I guess .. (622 comments)

The iPad isn't crap. I'm by no means a fan of Apple, but the iPad is a very slick (if somewhat expensive) piece of hardware. Apps like Google Maps and some of the available games are very polished and work amazingly well. The problem isn't the iPad -- it's the Apple philosophy of our-way-or-no-way-at-all. Same for the iPhone; it looks like a very well-engineered piece of hardware (Grip-Of-Death issues notwithstanding), but it's horribly crippled by being tied to iTunes (which is, in my mind, has one of the worst user interfaces ever foisted on consumers -- made worse by the fact that it's rammed down our throats to use any Apple hardware.) I admire Apple's engineering, but their marketing policies have ensured that I would rather pay for a more open product (Samsung's Galaxy S series, for instance) than accept an Apple product for free.

more than 4 years ago
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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

FlyByPC As long as I can opt out (362 comments)

I go for single-player games. For me, gaming is about escapism -- and the story / plot. This is why I love playing Oblivion but won't touch WoW or other MMORPGs. Sartre said it best: "L'enfer, c'est les autres." ("Hell is other people.")

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Cell Phone Group Sues San Francisco Over Radiation Law

FlyByPC Total energy, hmm? (242 comments)

Sounds as if this might have a good correlation with transmitter power (yeah, yeah, assuming similar antennas and distance to skin etc). In that case, wouldn't there be some benefit to choosing a phone with a *higher* number, with the idea that the one with the lower number probably uses less transmit power (and could potentially drop more calls in marginal areas)?

more than 4 years ago
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Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

FlyByPC Re:How secure (491 comments)

Gold also happens to be an excellent conductor -- nearly as good as silver, but with the additional benefit that it is very corrosion and oxidation resistant. There's a very practical reason that many electronics connectors are gold-plated -- the gold-on-gold contact provides an extremely low-resistance connection, which is a good thing for many technical reasons.

(Plus, it is teh shiny!!!)

more than 4 years ago
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Where I am now, it's ...

FlyByPC Re:FIRST (525 comments)

So it appears its "Pretty darn hot" everywhere - unless it has something to do with being FIRST

So you're either a troll, or interested in scholastic robotics competitions. I hope it's the latter...

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Explains Mystery Firefox Extension

FlyByPC Re:Douchebags (142 comments)

You imply that they're *not* the aforementioned J&k H@xx0r?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Explains Mystery Firefox Extension

FlyByPC This is why I don't use toolbars (142 comments)

No toolbars installed == no MS update. I don't even use Google's toolbar -- and I more-or-less trust them (at least more than M$, anyway).

more than 4 years ago
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The Star Wars Kid Is Back

FlyByPC Actually... (275 comments)

There are millions of lawyers, but there is only one Star Wars Kid. Dare to be different!

more than 4 years ago
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Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline

FlyByPC Re:Explanation: (336 comments)

No, no -- in Soviet Russia, missile defense systems test *YOU*!

more than 4 years ago
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Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline

FlyByPC Re:Explanation: (336 comments)

...but the Altmer, Bosmer, and Dunmer from Tamriel (The Elder Scrolls) are real, you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago
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NHTSA Complaint Database Oozes Personal Data

FlyByPC Re:Er, no.... (62 comments)

Shut, up. Shut the FUCK up.

You lose.

more than 4 years ago

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VHDL or Verilog?

FlyByPC FlyByPC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FlyByPC (841016) writes "We're in the first stages of designing a course in programmable devices at the university where I work. The course will most likely be centered around various small projects implemented on an FPGA dev board, using a Xilinx Spartan3-series FPGA. I have a bit of experience working with technologies from 7400-series chips (designing using schematics) to 8-bit microcontrollers to C/C++. FPGAs, though, are new to me (although they look very interesting.)

My question is, if you were an undergraduate student studying programmable devices (specifically, FPGAs), would you prefer the course be centered on VHDL, Verilog, a little of both, or something else entirely? (...or is this an eternal, undecidable holy-war question along the lines of ATI/nVidia, AMD/Intel, Coke/Pepsi, etc...?)

At this point, I've only seen a little of both languages, so I have no real preference. Any input, especially if you're using one or both in the field, would be very helpful. Thanks, and may all of your K-maps be glitch-free."
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FlyByPC FlyByPC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FlyByPC writes "Studying for the upcoming FE/EIT (Fundamentals of Engineering / Engineer-In-Training) exam, or the PE (Professional Engineer) exam in October? Check out Texas AMU's video review sessions!

30 hours of exam review, downloadable, for free, hosted on a system that seems to have a nice fat upload pipe.

Let the slashdotting begin!"
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FlyByPC FlyByPC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FlyByPC writes "According to a NewsWeek article, oxygen deprivation doesn't necessarily kill patients as much as the resumption of oxygen does. This could bring about new ways of, as TFA puts it, 'treating the dead'.

As Monty Python might say, perhaps some patients really 'aren't dead yet!'"

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