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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

Kickboy12 Humans or no? (892 comments)

I always thought the idea of having humans on board a "space battle cruiser" were really weak on imagination. It's very likely space battles would take place with autonomous robots, controlled from a distance, so as not to sacrifice human lives. This, in general, is probably the future of military combat. A million little nano bots would also be much more effective in waging a battle than 1 or 2 giant ships with laser beams (also weak on imagination).

more than 2 years ago
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A New Class of Nuclear Reactors

Kickboy12 Thorium?? (560 comments)

Once again, Thorium is ignored as a solution. Thorium is cheaper and easier than TerraPower's concept, yet it is continually ignored.

more than 3 years ago
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Building the Realtime User Experience

Kickboy12 HTML5 (102 comments)

I'd rather just wait for HTML5 WebSockets. I've done a few demos on Google Chrome using node.js, and it's very fast, efficient, and simple to use. Much more practical than "long-polling", since it is a truly persistent bi-directional connection with the server.

Any attempt to do this with HTTP is just hacking the protocol to do something it was never intended to do.

more than 3 years ago
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First Google Voice App Hits the App Store

Kickboy12 Re:Fail (95 comments)

As someone who has owned both an iPhone and an Android phone, I have to say the iPhone is better (in terms of UI and hardware). In terms of software obviously having an open platform is way better.

Though I'd prefer this thread not turn into a giant iPhone vs. Android flame-war. Maybe we need a Nokia fan-boy somewhere to even the playing field.

more than 3 years ago
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First Google Voice App Hits the App Store

Kickboy12 Fail (95 comments)

No Push Notifications = Fail
Basically just a front-end for the web interface. Not worth the money.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Newspaper Websites To Become Nearly Invisible

Kickboy12 How long will it last? (454 comments)

I am willing to bet that eventually they'll start loosing more money than they are now. They are probably making a decent amount of money on advertising right now, and they will probably end up making less on paid subscriptions than they currently do on advertising. Will they eventually reverse course in 6months to a year?

I guess we'll see... but for the majority of the internet, this means the death of murdoch's online news dominance. Good Riddance.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

Kickboy12 Yes and No (512 comments)

At my web development company we officially stopped testing our sites on IE6 last year. However, we do still test sites in IE6 when we know the client is specifically using that browser (so they don't complain). However, IE7 is still pretty common among XP users, so we still have to test all sites on IE7 and IE8.

Though as far as we're concerned, IE6 is dead.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC To Probe Google Voice Over Call Blocking

Kickboy12 So let's get this straight... (86 comments)

The FCC was blaming AT&T...
AT&T said don't look at us, blame Google Voice!
Google Voice said it's not our fault, it's the use of "traffic pumping" thats causesing high fees
The guys going the traffic pumping are probably blaming the people running the rural telephone systems...
The people running the rural telephone systems are just trying to turn a profit in a rural area with few calls being made...

When everyone is really just trying to make a profit, who is really the bad guy here?

more than 4 years ago
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English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

Kickboy12 Re:useful energy is not free (404 comments)

How many speed bumps do you drive over in a normal parking lot? By your logic these bumps are stealing your precious fuel. Why not generate some electricity at the same time?

more than 5 years ago
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English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

Kickboy12 Re:useful energy is not free (404 comments)

Another Point: You ever driven in a parking lot? Count the number of speed bumps you go over. I wonder how "fuel" the stores are "stealing" from you by making you drive slow over these bumps. Replace those with plates. Might actually get some energy while making people drive slower at the same time. What a concept!

more than 5 years ago
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English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

Kickboy12 Re:useful energy is not free (404 comments)

You are not stealing any energy from the car at all. This argument is ludicrous. It is using the force of gravity to push down the plates. The friction on this surface would probably be equal to that of the normal pavement. Meaning your car is going to expend this energy anyway. In no way does this actually take any measurable amount of energy from the car itself. This is a very poorly thought out argument in my opinion.

Besides... how efficient is the car-to-pavement transfer of energy anyway? Combustion engines are inherently inefficient to begin with.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Launches Free Web Software Eco-System

Kickboy12 Re:Microsoft and what? (133 comments)

I guess the difference would be their target audience. Are they targeting some random joe who wants to setup a wordpress blog? Or are they targeting server administrator who would be making the decisions about what software to use?

I can't really tell to be honest.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Launches Free Web Software Eco-System

Kickboy12 Microsoft and what? (133 comments)

It's not every day you see "Microsoft" and "Free" in the same headline.

You think this is a sign Microsoft is legitimately trying to reach out to the web community? Or is this just another attempt to grab server market share from Apache and the Linux community?

Generally, I think the last thing the web needs is more servers running IIS.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Router Rumors

Kickboy12 Re:If they do (267 comments)

As pointed out, you can get IPv6 Routers using DD-WRT or buy a $300 router. I did say "no consumer-level routers available". The average joe isn't going to shell out a bunch of money, or spend time flashing their router with DD-WRT. If IPv6 is really going to take off, we need a huge initiative with the ISP's and big manufacturers like Cisco and Netgear to bring IPv6 to the consumer level. The closest we've come is Apple's new Airport hub offers IPv6 support; however it isn't very publicized, and the configuration still needs some work.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

Kickboy12 Really that great? (864 comments)

All the blogs have been just comparing Windows 7 to Vista/XP. I'm sorry, but both of those OS's aren't worth comparing. If we compare Windows 7 to another Windows system, we are comparing a turd with a turd. Polish a turd, and it's still a turd.

The only way Microsoft will absolutely sell me on Windows 7 is if they make some drastic changes to how windows handles security and applications. They should have ditched the Registry with NT, but now it's so much at the heart of how the system work that we will never get rid of it. Microsoft has too much "legacy" garbage that is preventing real innovation in the OS market. They have the deep pockets to really push the envelope of technology, but more and more they are struggling to keep up.

Don't get me wrong, I use Windows frequently for work. It's not that I completely hate it... it just seems pointless to spend money for a OS that is less polished than one I can download for free. As long as this holds true, I don't think Windows has a place in the market.

I sincerely hope Windows 7 is that OS we've been waiting for; but don't see anything in the beta that really stands out.
We'll see...

more than 5 years ago
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Google Router Rumors

Kickboy12 Re:If they do (267 comments)

I really hope they throw in IPv6. There are no consumer-level routers available with IPv6 support; it's been driving me crazy. Everyone will probably be forced to buy new routers in a few years anyway.

With that said, I think Google is probably developing a router for their own in-house use. I have doubts this will actually hit the consumer market.

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Admits Firefox EULA Is Flawed

Kickboy12 Re:To quote... (312 comments)

I'm pretty sure firefox is licensed under GPLv2. Luckily... v2 has similar language. To quote... "5. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying the Program or works based on it."

more than 5 years ago

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Benchmarking CSS Selectors

Kickboy12 Kickboy12 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kickboy (913888) writes "These days in the JavaScript world, everything is about accessing and manipulating the DOM (Document Object Model). The most powerful tool available to modern JS developers are CSS Selectors. Today, every popular JavaScript Library and modern browser has it's own implimentation of accessing elements on a page using advanced CSS3 selectors, but which is most efficient? With that question in mind, I have developed an advanced CSS Selector benchmarking tool. This tool uses the latest versions of all the popular JavaScript Libraries; including jQuery, ProtoType, mooTools, Dojo, and YUI. Users who run a test on this site can submit their results to be included in the website's overall stats. By tracking the different results for libraries on many different browsers and computer configurations, we can produce an accurate map of the most efficient JavaScript Libraries and Browsers. Try the test yourself..."

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