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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

Meneth Re:Magic Smoke (183 comments)

TFA says these transistors would be filled with helium gas, and if it gets replaced with other gases, the thing would quickly stop working due to ionization.

So I guess there'd be magic smoke going both in and out of the chip.

about a month ago

US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Meneth Answer: no (97 comments)

Pretty obvious, since (a) 0.03% growth is well within the margin of error for GDP measurements, and (b) the worst-case scenario is probably a GDP reduction of more than 0.03%.

about 2 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Meneth Not ads (199 comments)

There aren't any ads that wouldn't also distress my friends.

about 2 months ago

The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

Meneth Getting it right (339 comments)

As a Singularitan, I recognize that super-AI may turn out to be impossible. After all, we don't have a theory that proves it possible yet. However, in the case that it is possible, the creation of the super-AI will be the single most important event in our observable universe. Thus it is worthwhile to spend some effort in getting it right.

about 2 months ago

DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

Meneth Re:How long (107 comments)

Yeah, TFA seems like propaganda related to the current season of 24, where American military drones are hacked by terrorists.

about 2 months ago

GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

Meneth Emacs (121 comments)

Reminds me of Emacs; a decent operating system. All it lacks is a good text editor.

about 3 months ago

Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Meneth Obligatory (208 comments)

What could ever replace the durability of magnetic tape? Duct tape, maybe.

about 3 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Meneth C++11 (435 comments)

I've used C++ since 1997.

Don't care much for the STL. Its syntax is nice, and I don't mind the size overhead much, but the compilation time is noticeably increased the more templates you use.

C++11 has a bunch of syntax improvements, like "auto" and inline class member initialization. I think I'll use it for most of my future programs.

about 3 months ago

Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

Meneth !bank (357 comments)

As we have seen, keeping any amount of money at an exchange's account is a recipe for disaster. They can still be used, but only if you take care to move your money out of it as soon as possible.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Meneth Re:Total Commander (531 comments)

Me too, though I usually install SeaMonkey and/or FileZilla first, just so I can download Total Commander properly.

about 5 months ago

Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

Meneth Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

I wish I had more mod-up points.

about 6 months ago

Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

Meneth Luckily (192 comments)

I've spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocaine powder. :)

about 6 months ago

Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

Meneth Neural networks (84 comments)

Neural networks aren't exactly new...

about 6 months ago

If I Had a Hammer

Meneth Re:Ob (732 comments)

'We've got a lot of rethinking to do,' concludes Friedman

Sounds like hard work. Can't we get a computer to do it?

Probably, yes. But it will be hard to make sure it's done right.

about 7 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Meneth Decentralization (384 comments)

I envision a distributed hash table, where URLs are keys and comments are values. Uncensorable, pseudonymous comments for every webpage ever. Nice, eh?

about 7 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Meneth Re:Closed source software (424 comments)

Hehe. Anyway, no software means the Tesla Vampire problem wouldn't occur at all, which is a good Thing, I guess. :}

about 8 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Meneth Closed source software (424 comments)

This is what that happens when owners of Things can't change the software running on them.

about 8 months ago

Warning At SC13 That Supercomputing Will Plateau Without a Disruptive Technology

Meneth Re:subtlety (118 comments)

Yeah. "Sophisticated". :)

about 8 months ago


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