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Fermilab To Test Holographic Universe Theory

JonTurner Re:Physicists (166 comments)

That, or they'll be treated to a very delicious and moist slice of cake.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents "Enforceable" Ad Viewing On Devices

JonTurner It is about choice- you're looking at this wrong. (439 comments)

"I will never buy such a product".

That's the point. You may not have to. If, in exchange for watching a few advertisements a day, consumers were given a shiny new Apple iPhone300kTurbo for "free", or were given "free" cell service, that might be seen as an acceptable trade.
It benefits Apple by giving them evidence that those pricey advertisements they sell are reaching eyeballs.

Pure speculation on my part, btw. I have no inside knowledge (nor do I really care) about Apple's marketing or product plans.

more than 3 years ago

Plowing Carbon Into the Fields

JonTurner Re:Typical (467 comments)

"So few facts, so many opinions."

Welcome to Slashdot.

more than 4 years ago

Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

JonTurner Re:There are tools that can help (451 comments)

This is precisely the sort of action that could lead to encryption taking hold.

more than 4 years ago

The LHC, the Higgs Boson, and Fate

JonTurner Re:FSM did it (691 comments)

Personally, I blame the turtle, the one all the way down.

more than 4 years ago

Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

JonTurner Hard vs. easy (154 comments)

>>Getting these into the app store might be tricky, though.
But getting this into the courts will be a snap.

Certain recent high-profile apps store refusals (most notably, google voice) have drawn FCC attention. Apple cannot keep a walled garden forever.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants to Map Indoors, Too

JonTurner your home is likely online, already (174 comments)

>>A least Microsoft isn't taking picture of people's homes and posting them online without permission.

They don't have to -- if your home has been built or purchased in the past 30 years, it's likely the floorplan is already available online. Just check with your county/parish tax assessor's office. With many of them, just enter the street address and you can see a county tax appraisor's estimate of value beside a photo or two of the home and a floorplan drawing.

This information, in most cases is considered public information and is thus available free to anyone who can click a mouse. Worst case, a simple data scraper would yield an entire county's data in a few days.

So no, they don't have to drive around and take photos when photos are already available online, complete with a floorplan courtesy of the government.

more than 4 years ago

Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include Antivirus

JonTurner Re:Virus on MAC ? (335 comments) 1/10th the cost ($30 vs $300)

about 5 years ago

Embedded Linux Achieves One-Second Boot Time

JonTurner Re:It's 1980 all over again (164 comments)

good catch -- indeed, that was a goof. meant to write 66 but my fingers had other ideas. Sorry. But at any rate, I don't think the specific numbers are that important. The point was the new machine was computationally hundreds of times faster. But in actual use, it was slower in some areas that really matter, to the degree that even a young child noticed!
BTW, It's been a few years since I read it, but I believe this story is included in Abrash's book titled "Michael Abrash's Graphics Programming Black Book" since it's largely a compilation of his DDJ "Mode X" articles and a few others.

Yep, the early 486 with the clock-doubled processor. I had a DX2-80 *I think* (with a VESA local-bus video card so I could play Aces Of The Pacific in 256 color 800x600 mode -- woot!) and thought it was the cat's whiskers. Couldn't believe how fast it was compared to my lowly 33MHz machine @ work. And it only cost me $2300, what a great deal! And to think, now a $99 iPod Touch could run a PC emulator faster than that machine. That's serious progress.

more than 5 years ago

Embedded Linux Achieves One-Second Boot Time

JonTurner It's 1980 all over again (164 comments)

Impressive and would be a huge improvement over the current state of things.

But then again, my 1Mhz Apple ][ could cold boot in just a couple seconds.Of course, loading Applesoft Basic from tape took an additional two minutes but Integer Basic was in the ROM.

Michael Abrash wrote a great article about this in Dr. Dobbs magazine in the 90s. His young daughter (5 years old?) asked him why he never used his "fast" computer. Abrash was using a state-of-the-art 266mhz DX2 powerhouse and couldn't figure out what she meant. She was referring to the old Vic-20 in the corner that would boot in just a few seconds. Windows 3.0 took several minutes to load. IIRC, the article was titled "perception is everything"

more than 5 years ago

Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

JonTurner Re:Seriously Java? (587 comments)

Write once. Pay everywhere.

more than 5 years ago

Chicago Tribune Reporters Don't Want Readers' Pre-Approval

JonTurner Reason #9883459 (176 comments)

Yet another reason why the newspaper business is bleeding money and descreasing subscriptions year after year after year. Kudos to the editors for attempting something different -- trying to match the product they sell to the market demand.

I don't believe these employees understand they are just that -- retained at the pleasure of their employer. If they wish to spout off with unpopular opinions without fear of retribution, they should have either been college professors or Supreme Court justices.

In the meantime, so long as someone else is paying them, they will do as they are told. Call the Waaaambulance.

more than 5 years ago

Tiniest Lamp Spans Quantum, Classical Physics

JonTurner Re:California Environmental laws! (59 comments)

Queue the "how many physicists does it take to change a nano lightbulb?" jokes...

more than 5 years ago

Reports Say Apple May Manufacture Its Own Chips

JonTurner innovation, custom chips == !hackintosh (202 comments)

Steve Jobs said it well: "Real artists ship."

It's a very entrepreneurial idea -- quit all the talking and hand-waving and actually ship something! There's not much value in developing great ideas that never get out of the lab.
As for the claim that neither innovates? Hogwash. Taking an idea and integrating it into a viable product IS innovation by definition -- it is something that has not been done before that point. Both MS and Apple innovate, to different degrees, which we can squabble about, ad infinitum. :) I would say MSFT is far better at marketing their ideas and capturing market share, while Apple is better at inventing. Others will have a different view.

But back to the original subject, I suspect Apple's desire for custom chips comes not from a desire to save power (there are already many viable low-power CPUs and chipsets available) but rather a desire to fight off Hackintosh clones (OSX running on non-apple hardware, such as the Dell mini 9 or generic desktop PCs). Technologically, there's no reason why this can't happen but one must consider that Apple's hardware sales are quite profitable and that share is worth protecting.

more than 5 years ago

Skin-Based Display Screens From Nanotech Tattoos

JonTurner Re:Finally.... (200 comments)

Imagine the horror if the monitor crashed -- A quite literal Blue Screen Of Death!

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

JonTurner Re:what's STILL missing (619 comments)

>>* Butt wiper

No, that's included. AT&T's billing office sends me six sheets or so every month.

Those Apple guys thought of everything!

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

JonTurner Re:And it should stay missing (619 comments)

>>Why would you want spam filtering on ANY phone?
Maybe because I don't want to flick through 10 spams for every email?
Look, I can write a Bayesian classifier in a couple hundred lines of code. Trivial. Adding training is just a bit more work and it's not a matter of consuming some precious resource -- counting word frequency (the heart of the algorithm) is not exactly processor intensive and as for storage requirements for the corpus, that won't be much larger than an eBook.

But Apple won't allow a background task (so no proxy server), and they won't approve an app that replaced core functionality (so that rules out a "Mail" replacement app). I can only conclude that they are working on something themselves or are hopelessly naive about the frustrations we users suffer. So for now, I endure.

>>As for printing, how in demand is it for someone to plug in an electronic device that allows you to view the document already to print it to paper?

For all the same reasons as one might wish to print from a desktop or laptop system. At this point the iPhone is very close to replacing my need for a laptop. Occasionally I might like to print a contract, or a project plan, or a burndown chart for the project board. It's not like I'm asking for a magic pony here, just want the same functionality as my old Apple Newton had. (which could copy & paste, and print to a variety of inkjet and laser printers, even across a network, AND search all the system soups (data and metadata) from day one.)

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

JonTurner Re:Blame Sarbanes-Oxley (619 comments)

Let me guess -- you work in engineering, not marketing?

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

JonTurner what's STILL missing (619 comments)

I'll start the list:

* printing
* spam filtering on email ...

more than 5 years ago


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My little enemy here on Slashdot? Overated(-1)

JonTurner JonTurner writes  |  about 7 years ago Interesting... checked slashdot after dinner tonight to see I had messages. I thought: "Strange.. I haven't posted in a few days. Wonder what that's about?" Found that my last four posts (Scored 5-Interesting, 5-Funny, 1 and 4-Insightful) were all moderated "Overrated (-1)".

So is that what it's come to around here? Someone with a political bone to pick... they can't debate you in the forums, so the moment they get some mod points they follow you around and demote your postings?
That's rather pathetic. But I'm glad to know I'm having an affect on someone to the point they'd piss away moderator points just to take a crack at me.
Well, my dear anonymous moderator, whatever I said that pissed you off, I meant it. Not only that, but your favourite band sucks, too.

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