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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

GravityStar Re:Well DUH (302 comments)

It can also be used to recycle, say, lego.

Barbarian!

about 3 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

GravityStar Re:Is this really a problem? (445 comments)

Laser pointers have already caused eye-damage. So, yes, they're "actually" harmful.

about 6 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

GravityStar Re:I imagine it will stay (267 comments)

There are lots of stupid drivers on the road that do not look to see if there is anything behind them while they reverse their vehicle. At least this way pedestrians have a chance to avoid the idiots.

about 6 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

GravityStar Re:Long live TeX and LaTeX (479 comments)

I feel your pain, but you have to admit that trying to creating a Poster in Word is bad idea in any case.
When we're saying things like 'passable document' and 'basic computer skills' we're really talking about letters, CV's, low volume bills, documentation, etc. Basically; mostly anything with 90% text and 10% images/graphs/other.

(But let's not talk about all the people that mis-use Word; like people that will insist on sending me a screenshot embedded in a Word file... Can't you just, send me a png, a bmp, I'll even accept jpeg?)

about 10 months ago
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Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

GravityStar Re:Only one purpose (257 comments)

To hell with that. If we're remote-controlling horses/donkeys, lets not recreate a human-horse interface. Lets create a machine-horse interface. Maybe something like a headset that gives sound-commands indicating range and direction binaurally. That way the horse can follow along a set of waypoints. Give it a 2-way radio, and we can send updated orders, and can get status updates on progress.

The whole setup will be quieter and longer-range with a longer possible mission time.

about 10 months ago
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Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

GravityStar Re:Why? (527 comments)

The hyper-principle thing to do is comply with the request (for the SSL keys and the blackbox and ...) AND shutdown the service.

about 10 months ago
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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

GravityStar Re:My guess is that MS will compound their error (491 comments)

Let's say I have a few programs open, and I'm in some kind of workflow (for instance; programming with an IDE, an image editor, a browser and a word document). In this case, switching to the Start Screen takes a lot of mental effort: it is a complete context switch on screen (all my programs disappear from view), and somehow triggers a complete context switch in my mind. Even accessing the start screen once feels very tiring and laborious.

about a year ago
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Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

GravityStar Re:Scratch (185 comments)

This. Scratch is already localized in Dutch and Danish. Even the Scratch website is localized in Dutch.

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

GravityStar Re:Doesn't have to be over (737 comments)

10. A public apology by the CEO, and assurance that Metro will never again appear in Windows.

about a year ago
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Another Way Carriers Screw Customers: Premium SMS 'Errors'

GravityStar Re:They all suck badly (198 comments)

I know nothing of the USA's mobile carrier market, aside from what I read on Slashdot. But $50/month seems like highway robbery.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

GravityStar Re:Faster computer, blank homepage (301 comments)

...the opportunity cost of having just 2-4 10-minute periods of that same employees' productivity get incinerated every day.

I wish it was just 2-4 10-minute periods. I have no hard data to back me up, but with my current work-machine it certainly feels like I spend between 60 minutes to 120 minutes each day simply waiting for the computer to respond. Common tasks that my home-machine completes in under a second easily take anywhere between 20-30 seconds on my work-machine.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Just Need... Marketing?

GravityStar Re:Testing the waters (212 comments)

Cheeky, but clever.

about a year and a half ago
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Estonian Schools To Teach Computer-Based Math

GravityStar Re:About time... (77 comments)

School should never devolve into "keeping the children busy during the day". If it does, then yes, either overhaul the curriculum or close the damn schools.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

GravityStar Re:It's very simple... (169 comments)

Bull, I find bugs all the time *because* dd/mm/yyyy in applications is often stored/operated on with millisecond/second precision.
Let's see:
a) the case of the missing midnight: some date or another in the 1920's IIRC that doesn't have a 00:00:00 hour but that day starts at 02:00:00 hour (so, two missing hours). Unable to create or store that date with the time set at midnight.
b) range 01/01/2012 - 10/12/2012 entered by the user, inclusive. On 10/12/2012 00:00:01 the system determines the current date is no longer in the range. Bug, certainly not what the user intended.
c) amount of days between 1/1/2012 CET and 1/6/2012 CEST. A naive way to calculate this is is to subtract the two dates (with millisec precision) and divide by 24 hours. That will give the wrong answer though.

Anyway, I've come to believe that in an application you store/use the date the user typed in, not a derivative with millisecond precision.

And, also agree with DragonWriter above.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

GravityStar Re:Simple... (169 comments)

Hmmm. Given a appointment on October 1st, 2014, 22:00. Appointment is in a country that has no summertime/wintertime difference. GMT/UTC offset is say +1:00.

On February 1st, 2013 the government decides that from September 2013, there will be a summertime/wintertime difference. Wintertime offset will be +2:00.

When stored in UTC, the appointment is now rendered with a local time of October 1st, 2014, 23:00. IMHO, the timezone, and the timezone offset are not just presentation issues; they are an implicit part of the data the user entered. Although I concede my example is a bit contrived.

about a year and a half ago

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