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Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?

Henk Poley Re:A tad longer than that (565 comments)

I might be rather mistaken about this, but I've heard South Korea has some contracts where they are sort of grandfathered in from the time that they were still marked as a development country (1997).

more than 2 years ago

Linaro Tweaks Speed Up Android, By Up To 100 Percent

Henk Poley Re:Port to Mono (97 comments)

Truth be told, that 7x speedup was only in a part where they rewrote their autogenerated C# code to use some special construct that only exists in C# but not in Dalvik/Java. On a micro benchmark of that particular part they got a 7x speedup.

Basically they found a special case where the C# compiler knows a trick that Java doesn't do, then pointed out such a case exists in AOSP and tweaked that source code file.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Ignores Usability With All-Caps Menu in Visual Studio

Henk Poley Re:Real nerds know ASCII (415 comments)

*grin* On OS X Ctrl+H is still backspace.

more than 2 years ago

Flame Malware Authors Hit Self-Destruct

Henk Poley Re:SUICIDE not good enough... (260 comments)

A format is not enough. You have to do a ATA Secure Erase to be really sure. But, a format or full empty space overwrite should make sure somebody will have to disassemble the drive to actually get to the data remnants. Since the visible virtualized drive part will of course remain empty, else the 'contract' of storage would be broken.

more than 2 years ago

How Much Tech Can Kids Take?

Henk Poley Vitamin D (240 comments)

It doesn't appear learning hurts the development, as much as the diminished amount of exposure to the sun when you keep people indoors. Low vitamin D gives all kinds of odd immune problems, muscle problems, hormone problems, brain problems, as it is needed for a lot of biological activity.

We need to ask manufacturers to make their devices outdoor proof.

more than 2 years ago

OCZ Couples SSD, Mechanical Storage On a PCIe Card

Henk Poley Re:Reminds me of hardcards (201 comments)

What problem does it actually solve which cannot also be solved by a good OS, a competent admin, an SSD, and a spinning disk?

The problem of not having a competent SSD, or good OS. Possibly also, lack of remaining HDD slots or SATA/power connectors.

more than 3 years ago

Boot Linux In Your Browser

Henk Poley Re:Yo dawg, (393 comments)

I vaguely remember somebody writing a text only X11 frontend driver for the console. I can't seem to find it though. It think it would emulate the display of a virtual framebuffer via AAlib by displaying characters that approximate the pixels.

more than 3 years ago

Boot Linux In Your Browser

Henk Poley Re:Bogomips (393 comments)

It appears that is a fixed answer. Related: why does it run Linux 2.6.20? Which is quite old..

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: The Art of Computer Programming. Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithm

Henk Poley Re:Combines all the Volume 4 fascicles (176 comments)

"Molecular Biology of the Cell" (colloquially: The Cell), is kind of like TAoP for cell biology. It's not short though. But combining all the TAoP Volume 4 Fascicles together, you are already at a large fraction of the amount of pages in The Cell. So I guess it's what you are looking for.

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

Henk Poley Ego? (385 comments)

Most I hear from academics is that they got annoyed with Wikipedia once somebody removes their well explained text, around a subject they know a lot about, once too often.

more than 3 years ago

Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

Henk Poley Re:But where's Japan's own measurement net? (99 comments)

No, they have more than 19 measurement points. Anyways, those 19 are included on a few of the aggregator maps.

Now go back to your troll cave.

more than 3 years ago

Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

Henk Poley Re:Used for good here but... (99 comments)

What has smartphones to do with this subject?

more than 3 years ago

Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

Henk Poley Re:I wouldn't eat food right now (99 comments)

It is primarily about Iodine 131, that escapes from the heated fuel assemblies through tiny cracks, and is water soluble.

- Just wash the food, ~80% will wash off without much effort.
- The japanese government is tracking their food and will reject what gives off too high a dose.
- If it can wait, just don't eat fresh food from the vicinity of the reactor. Half life of Iodine-131 is 8 days. So after two weeks ~75% is gone. Still great for conserved food, or even cargo shipped.
- When you are older (> 25y or so) the impact of I-131 is much lower, since your thyroid doesn't grow (that much).

more than 3 years ago

Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

Henk Poley But where's Japan's own measurement net? (99 comments)

That's all very cute, but where is the data from Japan's own nuclear measurement net? From what I've heard they have measurement nodes all over the place (like many countries), but instead of say Germany and The Netherlands, this data is not freely available?

more than 3 years ago


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