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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Gr8Apes Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (280 comments)

Also they had an ancient, hacked and weird version of GCC for ages. I gather they have a modern compiler now, but it sure sucked a lot when they didn't.

Did you last work on a Mac? OS9?

yesterday
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Gr8Apes Re:die by taser or gas? (139 comments)

What about my concern on who decides they are criminals? What if I don't trust the police to make such judgement?

If people with guns are pointing them at other people without guns, and state they will kill them unless 'x', I'd say the room for error in judgement is rather small, probably so close to 0 that error is impossible.

I fully agree on the question, but not on the answer. I simply do not wish the police to have the right to decide how many hostages it's ok to kill in a hostage situation. And giving them the weapons to apply the result of that decision is too close to implying they have the right to take it.

I think everyone reasonable agrees that the decision in such a situation is an extremely hard one. For me, that's precisely the reason to place the burden of making that decision far from the people we use to protect us from common criminals. Because those people are the most biased on precisely the taking of that kind of decisions.

In the case of the Russians, I believe that decision was made all the way at the top circles, if not the top. Israel, as well, was at the top. Do you have a case where such a decision was made by a local street policeman? Or even a sergeant? Instead of attacking windmills, how about focusing on something realistic?

yesterday
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Gr8Apes Re:Long thought to be mere trash (45 comments)

At risk of feeding the troll, biologists would most likely be the first to tell you that they do not know everything in their field, nor that the field answers any of the fundamental questions, since that's what just about every story related to biology seems to be about lately - new understandings of something previously not considered or even dismissed, much as this case. Biology's understanding at the current time is much like giving you windows 10 today and asking you about it. You understand some of the externally visible pieces, but you don't have a clue how the library dependency structure works exactly, nor what will happen if you replace or remove this one particular file. In any case, understanding yet one more piece of the puzzle should be exciting, not a time to demean those working hard to solve the puzzle.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Gr8Apes Re:All the movies had women in business (765 comments)

Programmers that chat to each other tend to be in the bottom 50% of productivity.

Programmers that chat throughout the day tend to miss deadlines.

Programmers that sit in meetings do not write code.

Now, that is not to say that programmers shouldn't talk to each other or users, but that should happen in small time slices, not throughout the day, as every interruption costs 30+ minutes, depending upon the level of being done.

2 days ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Gr8Apes Re:Gosh! A friend of THE Isaac Asimov! (148 comments)

Yo soy el stupido = I am the stupido?

I think you meant "Yo soy estupido"

Simpler and correctly accented: "Soy estúpido."

The attack of the grammar spaniards!!!

2 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Gr8Apes Re:even back then.... (121 comments)

Or ..

Have 2 monitors side by side.

2 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Gr8Apes Re:Classic Samsung... (101 comments)

Because when something fails, most users will buy a new one instead of repairing the last one... and guess what... probably they will buy another samsung device! So instead of selling one TV each 15 years, they sell one each 3-5 years... even if just 1/3 of original buyers buy again samsung, it is still a win situation for then.

This is not an issue just with TVs, laptops, phones, routers, cars, washing machines, dishwashers, etc, are all cheaper to replace than repair if you cannot do it yourself. Sadly, the ability to fix things like this appears to be a shrinking skill set, but for those that have it and can afford an hour or two here or there, you'll save tons of money over your lifespan. I know I saved several thousand just in the past couple of months being a plumber, mechanic, electrician carpenter and painter. That leaves money to do other things.

2 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Gr8Apes Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

Nope, fertilize an egg in a petri dish, harvest cells or not, what's the outcome?

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Gr8Apes Re:All the movies had women in business (765 comments)

If you want to frame coding as a social activity, you need to emphasize "collaborative problem-solving" and downplay the "lone hacker" stereotype.

Egads, you're suggesting you cut programming productivity by 80% or more. If programming were burger flipping, that might work, but it's not, or at least not where I work.

3 days ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Gr8Apes Re:How does it secure against spoofing? (119 comments)

I'm not sure what SCOTUS decision or case you're referring to. That aside, the next Android being encrypted was an obvious response to Apple's encryption announcement, a "me too" thing. The 2FA dongle tied into Chrome seems like a nice way to almost guarantee that a specific user is browsing the web at that time.

3 days ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Gr8Apes Re:How does it secure against spoofing? (119 comments)

It's in Chrome which already tracks everything you do, and now, with dongle, it's guaranteed to probably be you. You wouldn't leave your dongle, err, password out for everyone to use, now would you?

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Gr8Apes Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Sounds more like highway robbery.

3 days ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Gr8Apes Re:How does it secure against spoofing? (119 comments)

I was thinking this was more a leave it plugged in dongle, so Google has guaranteed tracking of all you do. After all, why would Google do anything if it doesn't add to the bottom line?

3 days ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Gr8Apes Re:Who cares about performance? (108 comments)

in general, people who want to calculate something that is fairly complex would also like to have a great processor because it reduces the time that is taken to do that calculation.

Use a computer?

4 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Gr8Apes Re:Oh yeah. :) (369 comments)

I just loaded Yosemite on an old mini and a new laptop. One was an update from 10.6, the other 10.9. I will say that the interface is flat, and somewhat less pretty IMHO than 10.9. The retina screen makes the new UI look ok, but I think I still like the 10.9 UI more. I'll give it a couple of weeks to see whether I'll roll back.

FWIW, 10.6 was extremely solid, and the switch to Grand Central in 10.7 resulted in significant instability which seems to be fixed in 10.9. 10.8 was still problematic, IMNSHO, and had several instabilities. 10.9 seems to have resolved most of the instabilities, but to be honest, I've not exercised it as heavily as 10.8 nor 10.6 so that impression is just that, an impression. 10.10 has been stable so far, although the mini still seems to have some USB issues, but those were evident on 10.6 as well, so it may just be time to update the keyboard/mouse.

Finally, on the new MP - I actually like the looks of the cylinder. The expandable disk subsystem can be sitting on the floor or in another room. I don't own one. Now where I think Apple screwed its customers is with the new Mac Mini. That thing is a travesty of a release. At least everything else that got "updated" was actually updated to something faster, more powerful, or more capable. The new mini is none of that. It's less in every way, less powerful, less capable, less expandable, just less. If you were waiting on the new mini expecting bumps in anything, you got lucky if you could get some of the last "old" minis. The top end CPUs are completely sold out everywhere. Sadly, that may be the last of a decent little server box you'll ever see from Apple unless they bring back at least quads, I was hoping for hexcores personally.

4 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Gr8Apes Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Make sugar cost more, people will still crave it, but eat less of it.

4 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Gr8Apes Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (312 comments)

No, the troll certainly doesn't and is also probably ignorant of the fact that OSX includes a full BSD system underneath that GUI. That would imply that he's actually looked at it for more than 10s.

4 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Gr8Apes Re:Engineers have no future. (148 comments)

But you also need experts in defining what routines need to be coded and how they are supposed to interact to achieve big picture goals, and you need creative people to define what big picture goals should be and decide which are most worth pursuing. Those people are hard to develop and hard to replace.

They get even harder to develop and replace when no one wants to invest in the development of such people. They generally don't just pop in fresh from a 4 year program.

about a week ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 9 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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