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Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

MacGyver2210 Re:Interesting (223 comments)

It lost me at "Chrome-based"...

about 7 months ago
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Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

MacGyver2210 Re:Chrome? (223 comments)

Which, in my experience, means it's the same thing but less polished and stable.

My first experience with Chromium was running it on a fresh install of Ubuntu, and getting the window *STUCK* on my mouse pointer when I tried to drag it around. No matter what keys or clicks, it wouldn't stop following the mouse. Even after restarting X, it wouldn't go away.

Ended up having to reboot, then when it happened a second time, uninstall Chromium.

about 7 months ago
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Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

MacGyver2210 Re:This Was News Yesterday (479 comments)

There probably are procedures, at least minimal, CYA procedures for model aircraft too. That he wasn't following them is why he killed himself. Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Except that helicopter was many feet away from him for most of its use, and it was intended to be used exactly as he used it. It's sometimes not possible to be aware of exactly how far away and high up a model is just by looking, as models are small and depth perception is weak in our species.

There is only ONE 'CYA' rule for model aircraft: Try not to hit anything. Most of the time when you operate an R/C aircraft, it's something smaller and softer, where if it did hit a person, it might give them a small cut from the prop but is otherwise like getting hit by a big Nerf dart. This guy was using the metalized pro model, which was a bit more dangerous.

It sounds like he was doing some simple ground effect tricks, and the heli got too close and clipped him. It's actually a hobby and a sport, in which many hundreds of people participate. If you think doing tricks with model helis is 'documented reckless behavior', then I have nothing to say but "You must be a ton of fun at parties.."

about 7 months ago
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Intel Launches Core I7-4960X Flagship CPU

MacGyver2210 Re:Another marginal perf iteration of Core (180 comments)

I have an i7 3660, and with 8 threads, I still have only found a single program that would thread onto more than four of the cores: VLC Media Player. It seems only the super techy, data-intensive, community-built software can keep up with the core wars? Am I just playing the wrong games?

about 7 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:not that kind of device (340 comments)

I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer—should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think. -Steve Jobs

-Creates the most closed-walled operating system, and charges to program for it.

-Uses obscure and illogical languages for his walled garden's standard

-Perpetually disrespects other platforms and options which are open-source and available to 'teach people to think'.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:So, use an emulator... (340 comments)

What I don't understand is why, when schools are facing record-low budgets(thanks, war-profiteering asshole politicians), are they buying the most expensive option for tablets?

Why do they not have a pile of the HP TouchPads (super cheap, around $200US) and just run Android on them? They are large, the screen looks fantastic, it's cheap as dirt, and it runs the most popular mobile OS.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:Nope (340 comments)

I bought a TI-84+ for a sibling last month, and it still has TI-Basic and ASM(via computer) just like my 5-year-old one. $105 or so at Target.

I think for reasons of standardized tests and testing acceptance they don't change their flagship lines very much, if at all.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:Nope (340 comments)

"paperless textbooks"

Also, "bullshit to sell more Apple nonsense and waste limited school funding".

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:Nope (340 comments)

Only recently, but that's the problem. Today's average student has become dumb and lazy. When I was in school, EVERYONE programmed their calculator, to the point that some teachers would take them away during class because we'd all be playing games on them instead of paying attention.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:They shouldn't be using IPad or TI (340 comments)

Making it easy to learn is the complete opposite of the point here. We WANT it to be a challenge to learn, and to have good documentation for them to look things up in. That makes them learn HOW to program, as well as HOW to look up things they may not know yet. If it's just "Oh, click this blue button, then this red button, and suddenly I have a 'class' object I can drag around..." then you're not really teaching them anything useful.

I vividly remember how much fun it was to write chat or game programs for the TI- series, and I even once went as far as to write a chat program and later build a wireless(IR) connector system to 'pass notes' with friends in class. In all honesty, I believe that TI was the first computer I ever owned that was 100% mine.

It came with a basic-like language to program in(my new one accepts ASM as well), which is perfect for beginners, and the owner's manual was a 100-page tome of useful information on commands, programming, graphing, variables and data, etc. I think I learned more about math from that calculator and manual than from any of the nonsense homework the teachers gave.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:How should one view up-to-date Guidelines? (340 comments)

Let's not forget how you HAVE to use OSX to write the code for iOS. I've taken to just writing a few DLLs in Windows and linking/interfacing them with as little Obj-C as possible on the Mac side.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:I beg to differ, sir (340 comments)

And where do the apps you run this code from, and ostensibly any packaged code, come from? Last I checked, apps were downloaded.

There ARE some interpreted language apps, but they don't include code with them - you write that yourself.

about 8 months ago
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For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

MacGyver2210 Re:I beg to differ, sir (340 comments)

If it's part of an app, you have to download it to run it. The reason the HP42 is allowed is that it doesn't include code to interpret - you have to write that yourself.

Emulators and interpreted-code-players are still not allowed. Thanks a bunch, iOverlords.

about 8 months ago
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Wikileaks Releases A Massive "Insurance" File That No One Can Open

MacGyver2210 Re:Hey look at us, we are still relevant! (394 comments)

The government shouldn't be illegally spying on its citizens and doing everything in their power that is wrong and bad for this country, but that doesn't stop them.

about 7 months ago
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Feds Target Instructors of Polygraph-Beating Methods

MacGyver2210 Re:Only if they have a phrenology test (282 comments)

I still don't understand why people assume monitoring breathing, heart rate, and skin conductivity is a 'crackpot' solution. There is a scientific basis behind it, unlike most actual 'crackpot' areas. It doesn't ALWAYS work, and it's (clearly) beatable, but it's still a science.

It's not like they're praying to the aliens in orbit to read the person's mind and tell them if they're lying or not.

about 8 months ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

MacGyver2210 Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Honestly, it shouldn't even matter why they shut it down. If one of their biggest direct competitors, and a competitor that frequently takes the piss out of Google with commercials and ads containing false claims of insecurity and wrongdoing, I think Google is well within their rights to unceremoniously tell MS to fuck off.

This is nonsense. Google owes MS *nothing*. This sounds exactly like "Why doesn't my competitor cater their product to me, which I will use to further compete with them, and take away their income?" Combined with them not following the TOS and advertising rules properly, I'm far from surprised Google pulled the plug again.

The correct response should have been: "YouTube is ours. Come up with your own video sharing service if you want."

about 8 months ago
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MIT Students Release Code To 3D-Print High Security Keys

MacGyver2210 Re:Long distance photo? (207 comments)

I don't think it matters, since if you can't get a high-res image of the key, you could just bump it open.

about 8 months ago

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