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Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

LucidBeast Re:Super Mario Bros. (1993) (342 comments)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened

about a year ago
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The Forgotten Macro Language of HTML: XBL 2.0

LucidBeast Re:Why is it dead: (138 comments)

Did you know us coders only have limited number of KEYUP events before we die.

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

LucidBeast Re:What the hell (759 comments)

So one should just keep watching '70 start trek reruns?

Did anybody read the pycon code of conduct?

"License This Code of Conduct was forked from the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. which is under a Creative Commons Zero license."

That's just too funn... er, I mean I'm offended!!!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

LucidBeast Re:Shove the laptop to one side (312 comments)

I use 14" laptop for coding. Helps me focus. I used to have huge monitors, but they were distraction. Sometimes it would be nice to have more real estate when debugging, but I've learned not to miss it.

about a year ago
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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

LucidBeast Re:Wow (409 comments)

I've always wondered outloud why all Russians have dashcams. Now I look like a fool.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia's 808 PureView Officially the End of the Symbian Line

LucidBeast Re:Symbian++ (102 comments)

Nokia 701 is a great phone now that they've updated the software. Developing stuff for Symbian was difficult, because Nokia didn't invest into the tools. I think that is actually the whole reason for the downfall.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia's 808 PureView Officially the End of the Symbian Line

LucidBeast Re:Sorry to see Symbian go (102 comments)

I use my Symbian Nokia 701 daily as a phone and my iPhone nightly for surfing the net. Both are pretty good devices. iPhone UI is pretty feature poor.

about a year and a half ago
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Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

LucidBeast Re:Thank you for not singing (313 comments)

For the record: I wasn't putting down Fortran or Mary had a little lamb.

about a year and a half ago
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Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

LucidBeast Thank you for not singing (313 comments)

Singing and programming takes time to learn. If you can't sing, sing only in your shower. If you can't code, thank you not for pretending that you do. How often have you heard somebody mention that Fortran lab they did back in their college days to get street credibility among a software development team. That's like telling Pavarotti that since I know words to "Mary had a little lamb" I'm just like you.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

LucidBeast Re:UofA says no (433 comments)

How do you know that the code I write is not all that? Just because a real programmers can write code quickly it doesn't make them bad programmers. On the contrary, if you know what you are doing you can code cleanly and quickly. There seems to be multitude of people who have opinion on software development who should concentrate on something entirely else like TPS reports. Are you one of those guys who has to assemble a committee to change a font size?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

LucidBeast Re:UofA says no (433 comments)

I just coded the final lab for bunch of University of Arizona (or some college near by) just for kicks... Took me 12 hours and these dudes probably had more than four months to do it. If I can do that, there must be some value to my skill... I'm just a high school graduate... Couple of years of University of Helsinki CS (I think Torvalds was still there when I started), but lost interest when I realized I know how to do stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Lax SSH Key Management A "Big Problem"

LucidBeast His name is (212 comments)

Tatu Ylönen

about a year and a half ago
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HTC Losing Ground Faster Than RIM or Nokia

LucidBeast Re:Why is that "interesting"? (280 comments)

Oh, I forgot. I guess this is the new normal ...

about a year and a half ago
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How Do You Spot a Genius?

LucidBeast Re:How to spot a genius. (385 comments)

I wait patiently until a genius is close enough and after that pretty much any pen will do.

about 2 years ago
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Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth

LucidBeast Nerds! (218 comments)

I'll come to insult you more - after I go through these numbers and make sure they are correct.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

LucidBeast Re:Nokia and RIM (761 comments)

I've made a simple stopwatch app for Symbian. I entered it into Nokias store when it opened I think 2008. Its sales have actually gone up instead of down even though there has been more competition than in the past. Of course it is the best one in mobile ;), but still I don't think that Symbian is quite dead yet. Besides Nokia is still making most of its smartphone money from Symbian.

more than 2 years ago

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Where has all the Xenon gone?

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  about 2 years ago

LucidBeast writes "Xenon the second heaviest of the noble gasses is only found in trace amounts in the atmosphere. Atmosphere contains less Xenon than other lighter noble gasses. Missing Xenon has perplexed scientists and it has been speculated that it is hiding in the earths mantle. Now a group at the University of Bayreuth in Germany think that they might found the answer. I turns out that Xenon does not dissolve easily into Magnesium silicate perovskite, thus it cannot hide there. And because it had no place to hide it is now gone forever."
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Horizontal evolution overlooked

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LucidBeast (601749) writes "Carl Woese is quoted in New Scientist article: "Biology built up a facade of mathematics around the juxtaposition of Mendelian genetics with Darwinism,and as a result it neglected to study the most important problem in science — the nature of the evolutionary process."

Carl Woese and physicist Nigel Goldenfeld argue, that even in its sophisticated modern form, Darwins theory applies only to a recent phase of life on Earth."
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Freelancing over internet

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LucidBeast (601749) writes "Why be stuck in a sea of cubicles, when you can freelance you talent over the internet from anywhere you like. Mr. da Silva writes about his experience of finding clients through ELance while moving from frozen tundra to Rio de Janeiro. Are there other Slashdotters doing the same and are they successful?"
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How do geckos decide when to grip

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LucidBeast writes "Geckos have amazing ability to grip to a surface without adhesive. A paper (pdf) by Anthony Russell of the University of Calgary in Canada and Timothy Higham of Clemson University in South Carolina explains that geckos perception of the body orientation determines whether to grip or not to grip. Interesting overview of the study can be read in Guardian."
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New identity card standard group formed

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LucidBeast (601749) writes "NYT article:

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft, Google and PayPal, a unit of eBay, are among the founders of an industry organization that hopes to solve the problem of password overload among computer users. The Information Card Foundation is an effort to create a single industry wide approach to managing identity online that promises to reduce drastically the use of passwords and create a system that is less vulnerable to fraud.
I wonder if this Microsoft representative has ever checked how his mobile phone authenticates him to the cellular network:

The technology will first be used on desktop systems but will eventually find its way to mobile phones and other hand-held devices
Foundations wiki like web page. Perhaps these wendors don't want to wait for operators to grab this market with cellular authentication standards or the financial sectors solutions."
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Nokia overtaking Symbian

LucidBeast LucidBeast writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LucidBeast (601749) writes "Worlds still most distributed operating system is being bought out by Nokia. Symbian is facing increasing competition and needs to be improved in the face of it. Other smart phone manufacturers might want to look for other alternatives, but perhaps single organization can better address Symbians woes."

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