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New Fujitsu Laptop Reads Your Palm, For Security

Krokus Better be quick... (107 comments)

How fast can you explain to the guy about to cut off your hand that it's not going to work? Is he going to believe you?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

Krokus Re:Hardest thing (473 comments)

I agree. On large projects, my priorities lead me to write something that works first and then optimise it later if necessary. When there are other people on the project, some of them just can't help but rewrite this function or that function because they were bored and thought of a better way to implement it. This can happen regardless of where the project stands in relation to the shipping date. It's made even worse when some junior programmer does it and fails to actually tell anyone about their changes.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

Krokus Re:Debugging?? (473 comments)

While there are clear-cut steps to diagnosing and fixing bugs, the hard ones are the interrupt- or thread-related bugs that only happen when you are running the release version and that magically hide whenever you make a debug build or try to add code to log information. You're pretty much left with just intuition at that point.

about a year ago

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Krokus Not the first question that came to my mind... (782 comments)

By this point, you're probably asking: does it play games?

No, I am asking, "Does any of this media integration work outside the U.S.?"

Google, for example, likes to go on about the wonderful features of Google Now. Being in Canada, I find that many of those features don't work, like song identification, for example. And tracking my favourite sports teams? Google Now isn't even aware that the Canadian Football League exists.

So why would I expect Xbox One's TV listings to work?

about a year ago

Online Hitchhiker's Guide Thriving

Krokus Joined it back when it started... (40 comments)

...and it was a lot of fun. I met many interesting, smart and funny people there. Then the BBC bought it and instigated this absurd censorship where anything deemed offensive by the BBC was removed, including words in non-English languages. That's right, if you posted something in a language other than English, your post got removed. The blatant censorship was so ham-fisted, I left the site a couple of weeks later and have never been back.

about a year ago

Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Krokus Re:Out of the woodwork (262 comments)

Oh, I wish I had mod points for you, my friend.

about a year and a half ago

How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?

Krokus Missing Option... (217 comments)

"I have no idea. I'll have to ask my government."

about a year and a half ago

Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

Krokus Pennies are bad (362 comments)

C.G.P. Grey explains why here.

He also explains the penny death process in Canada here.

about a year and a half ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Krokus Re:Not yet... (943 comments)

C.G.P. Grey has a couple of good videos in support of getting rid of the penny here and here.

about 2 years ago

Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute

Krokus Good news (179 comments)

"We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation"

That's great news, Tim. You've got some catching up to do. :)

about 2 years ago

Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

Krokus Re:Socialist agenda on full display tonite (529 comments)

Do you honestly think that Romney will be any better? You could pick any president that's ever been and come up with a list of bad things they've done. All presidents are human. They're not perfect. But here, let's supplement your cherry-picked actions by Obama with some of the good things he's done.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

Krokus Re:Misleading summary (459 comments)

I think that all those nutjobs that predict the end of the world on such-and-such a date should be thrown in prison when their predictions *don't* come true. Look at all the lives they ruined. People quitting their job, selling their house, giving away all their money. Yet they remain free to predict again and again.

about 2 years ago

Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

Krokus Another simple solution... (408 comments)

Why is it necessary for the answers to these security questions to be correct answers? I have standard outright lies as answers for my security questions, and those answers are known only to me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Understanding the SNES?

Krokus HDMA was awesome sauce (157 comments)

The SNES had eight HDMA channels, each of which could feed data from a table into a specific display hardware register on every scan line. The first thing I programmed on the SNES was a company logo sequence that used seven HDMA channels (which you can see in the first 12 seconds of this video if you care.

When I later moved on to the GBA, I was aghast to see that the HDMA channels were gone from the hardware. To me, that was a big step down. :(

By the way, though the SNES is a 16-bit machine, it actually does 24-bit address resolution. You can test this for yourself by setting the bank register to $7F and doing an indexed load from say, $FF80,X where X > $80. It will read from bank $80 and not wrap around within bank $7F

more than 2 years ago

Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns

Krokus Re:They've already invented that (254 comments)

Bejeweled 3's Diamond Mine game variation does it for me. No guns, just lovely, lovely gems that explode in such a satisfying way. :)

Just Diamond Mine, though. All the other game variations blow.

more than 2 years ago

Google Releases Jelly Bean Updates For the Nexus S

Krokus Not *all* JB features are there... (104 comments)

I got the OTA update for my Nexus S. While I have Google Now, etc, there is no facial recognition to unlock the phone. Were I to hazard a guess, I would say this might be due to the front-facing camera drawing taking too much of a toll on the battery to make the feature practical.

more than 2 years ago

Canadians To Get Unbundled Cable TV Channels

Krokus Re:What I'll pay (195 comments)

Remember when the History channel showed history programs? And when you could actually learn something from The Learning Channel?

All these speciality channels eventually dumb down their programming to appeal to a broad audience of mouth-breathers until they're no different than any other channel, completely defeating the purpose of a speciality channel. I swear these channels are started with this long term goal specifically in mind.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets

Krokus Re:Anonymity (164 comments)

Stores up here like Safeway and Save-On Foods get around people making cash transactions by inflating their prices and then dropping many (but not all) of those prices back to normal as long as you sign up as a "member". Then, it doesn't matter how you pay. If you don't sign up and let them track your purchasing, you get shafted on the price you pay. You might say, "well, then don't shop there", and I usually don't. When I do, however, I sort-of get around it by using my brother's wife's membership number.

more than 2 years ago

I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

Krokus I work at home... (566 comments)

I reach my workplace by regaining consciousness in my bed. Our company server is remote and I do access it via a network connection but I only do that when I'm checking stuff in. 99.9% of my actual work is done at home on my home computer.

more than 2 years ago


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