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Benoit Mandelbrot Dies At 85

MK_CSGuy Re:Fractint? Pah? (131 comments)

Personally I think it was nice, giving us a perspective how the deceased affected the writer's life, and probably others' as well.

more than 3 years ago

Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

MK_CSGuy It took me a second (409 comments)

to realize it's not April fools and then another 5 seconds to verify it's not a dupe from April fools

more than 3 years ago

DoD Takes Criticism From Security Experts On Cyberwar Incident

MK_CSGuy Re:Two words: Bradley Manning (116 comments)

You would think that the priority would be to investigate the incident, check how recruits working on army intelligence are selected, trained and supervised... Instead, we get this implausible thumb drive scenario.

Who said they are not doing that as well?
I don't see how one thing contradicts the other.

about 4 years ago

Neal Stephenson Unveils His Digital Novel Platform

MK_CSGuy Re:No thanks (157 comments)

Dude, we had those for quite some time now... didn't you see them COMPAQ Portables?
They're IBM compatible and everything!

about 4 years ago

Windows 95 Turns 15

MK_CSGuy Re:I look just like Buddy Holly (461 comments)

Indeed :)
I have fond memories of it... Looked it up on YouTube not so long ago and pined nostalgically

about 4 years ago

The Great Operating System Games

MK_CSGuy Re:Text adventure (145 comments)

It sounds like you had the shareware.
have you tried format c: /autotest /q?
this registers the game and then you don't return to windows so quickly

more than 4 years ago

The Great Operating System Games

MK_CSGuy Re:Heh (145 comments)

It was a blast :)
I remember it as one of the first 3d games I ever saw.
Thanks for the reminder :)

more than 4 years ago

BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

MK_CSGuy Re:Amazing (768 comments)

[citation needed]
[citation needed]
[citation needed]
[citation nee... ah, f*** it.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Finds Cause of Voyager 2 Glitch

MK_CSGuy Cosmic ray examples (283 comments)

While not naming specifically cosmic rays as the cause in this case, what examples of actual cosmic ray-induced debacles are there in software eng. history?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook, Zynga Sign Long-Term Virtual Currency Deal

MK_CSGuy Understatement of the week (124 comments)

Also likely an issue is Facebook's decision to take 30 percent of revenues

No sh*t sherlock... that was the main contention point.

more than 4 years ago

Japan To Launch Solar Sail Spacecraft "Ikaros"

MK_CSGuy Two words (138 comments)


more than 4 years ago

New Russian Science City Modeled On Silicon Valley

MK_CSGuy News flash (213 comments)

Russia isn't really socialist anymore.
The SU collapsed and the new Russia is ad capitalistic as it's euro neighbors.

more than 4 years ago

Hard Drives Shipping with Star Trek

MK_CSGuy Mistake in summary (271 comments)

"It's the latest way for Hollywood to combat falling DVD sales due to piracy."
It's the latest way for Hollywood to combat falling DVD sales due to ever increasing DRM bullshit legit. users have to deal with.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps

MK_CSGuy Re:Big F U to Adobe (and others) (983 comments)

Seems to me like a big problem for MonoTouch too :(
It is a commercial project based on Mono for compiling C# code into native iPhone code.
It's a shame how the programming languages eco-system for the iPhone is so small.
While a good programmer can program well with any language, I would still rather program in C#/Python/Java than Objective-C.

more than 4 years ago

NIST Investigating Mass Flash Drive Vulnerability

MK_CSGuy Re:If you want to encrypt your data (71 comments)

I think simply implementing the breaking algorithm in your favorite language on your PC would be more convenient and also give results much faster ;-))

You are right of course:

Nevertheless the victor's 1.4 GHz laptop, running his own code, took less than a minute to find the settings for all 12 wheels... 240 times faster than Colossus. If you scale the CPU frequency by that factor, you get an equivalent clock of 5.8 MHz for Colossus. That is a remarkable speed for a computer built in 1944.

You still get massive geek cred. either way :)

more than 4 years ago


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