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4 Cores? 6 Cores? Do You Care?

Myrcutio Re:My gaming system is... (661 comments)

don't worry, even the Intel reps don't know what the difference is. I remember talking to one about hyperthreading when they added it back to the Core series, trying to figure out how two cores suddenly have 4 threads. After 15 minutes of slide presentations with various price points, he came to the conclusion that AMD's closest match for it was still slower than the Core processor with HT. I still don't know what the hell it means, and the benchmarks certainly don't help clarify it. Currently running an E8400 clocked at 4.13ghz, happy as a clam.

more than 4 years ago

MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

Myrcutio Re:What are they going to do? (1217 comments)

So based on your own isolated experience, the folks at the Apple Genius bar are a waste of pay, as is the global service exchange that technicians use as a source for OSX and hardware repairs. Or do you just bathe your Mac in unicorn tears and wash away any problems?

As a side note, my grandmother used Windows ME for 6 years without ever needing tech support. (Results not Typical) should follow your bullshit generalizations.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

Myrcutio That stings (476 comments)

You, sir, have just ruined my childhood. And i'm 27.

more than 4 years ago

Why Windows 7 "Slate" Tablets Won't Happen

Myrcutio Fail @ Comprehension (467 comments)

The only thing the ipad proved is that the tablet market has been sorely neglected; the pent up market demand is palpable. There are still some very basic tasks that are well suited to a portable touchscreen device.

Printing is a big one, its not that hard to detect and download a printer driver automatically, every desktop OS does it and it's great.

The USB functionality, at the very least for (you guessed it, printers) and flash drives would make this the primary tool for a great many college students. Why tether a device to a desktop when the device is perfectly capable by itself of handling all kinds of file manipulation.

That last point is the singular reason i have no interest in owning an ipad, the network device and file support is in the dark ages. Even apple supported apps like the vaunted keynote remote are horribly buggy, slow, and unintelligent, often requiring router configuration without the help of man pages. Is it really that hard to believe that offices WANT a slick, intuitive interface for accessing and manipulating documents on a local network, a flash drive?

There's still alot of untapped market demand, the ipad only scratched the surface.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

Myrcutio So what do you do with a 14k camera... (347 comments)

Step 1: Find old camera
Step 2: Retrofit camera with digital backing
Step 3: Stick now-retrofitted camera into someone's love-hole.
Step 4: ??
Step 5: Profit!

more than 4 years ago

Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

Myrcutio Because it's so easy (298 comments)

That whole plot/dialog thing is so much simpler than the visual graphics right? I mean heck, Shakespeare never had to deal with raycasting or aliasing, he had it EASY!

more than 4 years ago

Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases

Myrcutio Not many cops want them (471 comments)

See, thing about tasers, in order to be issued one you have to agree to be tazed. Most cops are pretty much fine just shooting a fleeing suspect in the leg rather than be tazed once a year. As they say, you don't give em a gun so they can chase ya.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks

Myrcutio I LIKE the toboggan ride (157 comments)

Wanna know why Ubuntu is the linux flavor to beat? It's fun to use. No messy compiling of the kernel, no conf files to edit to get it up and running, it just works. Especially with the latest revamp of the alsa interface, not to mention the snazzy layout of the repo browser. Track record last few releases has been good.

more than 4 years ago

Freescale Unveils Design For $199 Tablet

Myrcutio Not cutesy enough (173 comments)

It needs a lower cased letter placed ambiguously to inform the consumer that it's good enough for his ePeen. I suggest "Phone-y-book", or "eFingerBook"

more than 4 years ago

World's Tallest Building To Open Monday

Myrcutio All solved with parachutes (360 comments)

What about security features ? Fire exits ?

Simple. They gave every man and male child a parachute in case of emergency, or just for plain fun. Airplane strikes the building, just open a window and glide away to safety. Assuming you don't have a burning airplane in your face of course.

more than 4 years ago

Man Tracked Down and Arrested Via WoW

Myrcutio I'm sure he's a perfect angel (464 comments)

Yea, because the county is going to spend hundreds of manhours extraditing a prisoner from Canada without enough evidence to convict. It's a done deal, call it for what it is.

more than 4 years ago

The Speculative Pre-History of the iPhone

Myrcutio grudgingly... (195 comments)

i have to agree. But here's my rant first. skip to the bottom to get to my point.

my first experience with apple was in the public school system, i think we had apple II's. the interface was unwieldy and slow, there was no right click, i could navigate easier in DOS. Of course since then Mac's have improved, but the interface is still goofy. Easy there fanbois, i'm talking stock interface, not custom. The dock at the bottom is entirely useless, it doesn't close programs, only minimizes them, and doesn't display the active programs clearly at all. Plus the control bar (start bar, whatever) changing to the open program saves about 10 pixels of space, but takes extra hotkeys to return to the desktop and/or filesystem. This all on top of the fact that just about every aspect of the OS is held tightly under lock and key. So if you have any issues whatsoever with a program, your only recourse is to sit on it and spin. Give me Ubuntu or give me death.

On the other hand, apple makes amazing hardware. The iphone is slick, solid state, and speedy for a phone, with a pretty much intuitive interface (not perfect, but it works well enough) Likewise, the macbook pro's are just about the best built laptops you can find, with the best balance of battery life, performance, weight, and the aluminum chasis is just sexy.

If the tablet is even a fraction of what the rumors claim, (at least a multi touch, monolithic, solid state slate) it'll be a new market, and a huge one at that. I'll put up with apple interfaces if they keep delivering on the hardware.

more than 4 years ago

The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line

Myrcutio Geometry says otherwise (525 comments)

Think about that for a second. If it was straight, it would head straight out into space.

The only object in existence that has curves but is still straight would be your mother.

more than 3 years ago

How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

Myrcutio Re:what are we talking here?! (392 comments)

electric cars are based on magnetic coils producing a kinetic force. Put an electric car in a zero G vacuum and you won't go anywhere. The difference is that a quantum propulsion engine does not rely on a tangible surface to push against.

more than 4 years ago

New Aliens Vs. Predator Game Doesn't Make It Past AU Ratings Board

Myrcutio Gang rape as a 10man raid? (277 comments)

Better watch out for all those crusty Warcraft jugglers, they're being trained to kill things as a group. You'd better lower the standards to G ratings or i'm sure all the WoW nerds in Australia will start banding together and rolling against each other for who gets to loot your house.

more than 4 years ago

Online "Guilds" Mirror Real Life Gangs

Myrcutio Tanks (160 comments)

Good thing they don't have any decent tanks, South Park might be in trouble.

more than 4 years ago

Google Accused of Violating Copyright In China

Myrcutio I want my milk back (247 comments)

I tip my hat to you sir, a fine wit. Now give me back the milk i just snorted on the keyboard.

more than 4 years ago

Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

Myrcutio Speaking of Igo... (512 comments)

now that ya mention go--which is weiqi in chinese, where the game originated--it is interesting to note that the game holds a special place in computer science as a benchmark for AI testing. See here. I can't remember where i read it but someone once said there are more possible board positions than there are stars in the known universe, which makes programming for the game entirely dependent on how well the program can evaluate positions.

I'd really be interested to see if google's language can utilize CUDA to analyze hundreds of board positions at a time, or if it can implement google search-like pattern recognition to find groupings of favorable board positions. Name aside, what does the language bring new to the table?

more than 4 years ago

Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony

Myrcutio Re:Servers for North America (550 comments)

actually, they aren't owned by Vivendi since the merger with Activision.

more than 4 years ago



Bluetooth BBQ Grilling

Myrcutio Myrcutio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Myrcutio (1006333) writes "I've committed myself to marry two of my favorite hobbies: BBQ and doing things with Linux i aught not to. It sounds odd I know, but bear with me.

The recipe for ribs i have requires smoking them for about six hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. I don't trust the thermometer built into the smoker, and would like to rely on something a bit more sophisticated. Here's where the tricky part comes in. I need a thermometer that can communicate via bluetooth to a laptop (running Linux preferably, but Windows is an option) and a script to alert me if the temperature in the smoker is not optimal. It has to have at least six hours battery life, and be capable of withstanding up to 300 degrees F for as long (this rules out anything with a USB cable). Low cost would be great, but I'm not expecting that.

A quick Google search found a few options, but nothing that seems to fit. Finally, any recommendation for a script to send an SMS text via email from the Linux box would add a good amount of utility, since i wouldn't have to sit by my computer for six hours to be notified."

Breaking University firewalls with Ubuntu

Myrcutio Myrcutio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Myrcutio (1006333) writes "My university, which will as yet be unnamed, has a firewall on all the nice high-speed wifi around campus. Naturally, 3724 used for World of Warcraft is not allowed, but all the usual suspects such as 21, 22 for SSH and FTP, as well as 80 and 443 for web surfing are open. I also have an Ubuntu server running on an outside network that i have full access to.

There are plenty of tutorials i've found that go into detail about setting up an SSH tunnel with encapsulation using FreeCap and putty, both of which work under Ubuntu and Windows perfectly. After repeated attempts and much tinkering, i've come to the conclusion that my NAT router is preventing this from working, or else there's a gremlin in my network.

So i'm stumped right now, am i using the correct tools? Should i try openvpn instead? Can Ubuntu work out some sort of NAT traversal that supports SSH tunneling?"

Myrcutio Myrcutio writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Myrcutio writes ""MIT team experimentally demonstrates wireless power transfer", Moffatt, an MIT undergraduate in physics, explains: "The crucial advantage of using the non-radiative field lies in the fact that most of the power not picked up by the receiving coil remains bound to the vicinity of the sending unit, instead of being radiated into the environment and lost.""
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