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One More Thing For Apple Stores: Food?

JoeD iFood recalls? (176 comments)

Does this mean that if E Coli is found on the lettuce that they could do a recall on it and retroactively remove it from my system?

more than 2 years ago
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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

JoeD Here's what worries me. (199 comments)

Athletes are under enormous amounts of pressure to win. For the Olympics, this is doubly true. Many have sacrificed a normal life for that single shot at winning a gold medal. There's also the unspoken carrot dangling in front of them: "Win a medal, get rich from endorsement contracts."

Is it any wonder that they start taking all sorts of performance-enhancing drugs, some with serious life-long consequences, just for that one chance at winning?

Now let's say that allowing artificial limbs into competition is allowed. I'd be willing to bet that someone would deliberately have their legs replaced.

It'd probably look like this:

There would be a news report of a tragic accident. A promising athlete, cut down just as they're about to hit their prime. They were running alongside a train track, but then tripped in front of the train. Both legs lost. It's a tragedy!

But wait! In an inspiring story, new artificial legs are fitted, allowing them to compete. And what a story! They triumph and win!

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: The Art of Computer Programming. Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithm

JoeD Re:I never read things like this (176 comments)

Your comment makes me sad. You're missing so much really beautiful stuff that will help you in ways that you can't even imagine, and you don't even know it.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Industry Mourns DEC Founder Ken Olsen

JoeD Re:DEC scared IBM in the 80's (172 comments)

Oh, I remember the Rainbow.

Q: What's the difference between a DEC Rainbow and a bowling ball?

A: There's more software for the bowling ball.

more than 3 years ago
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Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era

JoeD Trade Wars (186 comments)

I had Trade Wars running on my BBS back in the day.

It was a version that I wrote from scratch in Turbo Pascal, since I wasn't able to locate an official copy. It was harder to find stuff back in the pre-web, pre-search-engine days...

I still have a copy in my archives.

more than 3 years ago
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The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name

JoeD Re:Sounds unworkable to me (136 comments)

It wasn't the the number of species in the genus that prompted this. It was the genetic analysis of those species that revealed that they were not as closely related as people thought.

more than 4 years ago
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The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name

JoeD Apatosaurus? Bah! (136 comments)

It's still Brontosaurus to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Control Your Apps Without Your Finger

JoeD Back in the Day... (119 comments)

If someone walked down the street talking to themselves and waving their arms around, everyone else would give them a wide berth and think they had something wrong with them...

more than 4 years ago
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How Much Does a Reputation For Security Matter Anymore?

JoeD Lack of large-scale consequences (98 comments)

It's because so far, there haven't been any large-scale consequences resulting from the widely-publicized breaches.

Sure, a bunch of people's info got released, and some of those people had serious identity-theft issues resulting from it, but most of the people affected got new credit card numbers and moved on.

When there's a data breach that results in a bank going belly-up, or major stock fraud, or large loss of life, then a reputation for security might start to matter.

more than 4 years ago
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British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense

JoeD Re:UK Law vs US Law (278 comments)

What did you say your address was?

about 5 years ago
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British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense

JoeD Re:UK Law vs US Law (278 comments)

And if you came home and found such a note on your table, what would your reaction be?

Would it be "My my, I should really double check to make sure the door was locked. Thanks, Anonymous Note Writer!"

Probably not. Most likely, it would be something like "Holy crap, who does that guy think he is coming into my house and poking around without permission?" followed by vague feelings of unease and paranoia.

Yes, the systems should have been secured better. But that still doesn't give someone permission to go poking around in them, any more than someone has permission to go poking around in your house if the door is unlocked.

about 5 years ago
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English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

JoeD 30 kWh? (404 comments)

I'm paying 10 cents per kWh. So at my rates, that's a whopping $3.00 per month they're saving.

How much did all that equipment cost? How long will it take to pay it off at that rate?

I'm thinking someone failed to do the cost/benefit analysis.

more than 5 years ago
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Ten Applications That Changed Computing

JoeD Turbo Pascal (437 comments)

In a day when serious compilers cost $300 or more, most people used the free Basic that came with DOS.

Then Turbo Pascal came out at $49.95, and proved that there was more than a niche market for compilers.

more than 5 years ago
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Terabit Ethernet Inches Closer To Reality

JoeD That's one bit every trillionth of a second. (182 comments)

In one trillionth of a second, light travels .3 millimeters.

So the receiver has to be able to not only detect that bit, but process it in time for the next bit that's right behind it.

Pretty impressive.

more than 5 years ago
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A Look Back At Kurzweil's Predictions For 2009

JoeD Re:So, basically (307 comments)

Imagine the workplace. Right now, if I hear anything from the surrounding cubes, it's a tap-tap-tap of keys that fades into the background.

Should someone be on a phone call, or heaven forbid, speakerphone, it's an active distraction.

Now imagine everyone around you talking to their computers. You'd never get anything done, especially if someone is dictating a requirements document. The horror...

Speech will never supplant the keyboard for the vast majority of current computer usage.

This isn't saying that some new paradigm or use won't come up. There might be something that uses speech to supplement something that you're using your hands and/or feet for. Changing the music or using your turn signal while driving, for example. In effect, allowing you to use your voice as a third hand.

more than 5 years ago
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Richard Garriott Quits NCSoft

JoeD Re:Overview Effect (149 comments)

And when he dies, on his deathbed, he will achieve total consciousness, so he's got that going for him.

more than 5 years ago

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After 38 years, a new type of memory to hit market

JoeD JoeD writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeD (12073) writes "It's been a long haul for phase change memory, but the goal is in sight. Numonyx is already shipping samples of phase change memory (PCM) chips to customers and will start shipping PCM chips commercially later this year.

Why will the world want PCM? Performance, says Numonyx CTO Ed Doller. PCM chips can survive tens of millions of read-write cycles, he said, or far more than flash. Reading data to PCM chips takes 70 to 100 nanoseconds, or as fast as NOR flash. Data can be written to the chips at a rate of 1 megabyte a second, or equivalent of NAND flash. There is also no erase cycle, making it similar to DRAM."

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