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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Oscaro Re:programming (415 comments)

Self-interest is a consequence of every kind of evolution, simply because a non self-interested being tends to die (i.e. stop working) very soon.

about two weeks ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

Oscaro Re: in the meantime : (204 comments)

Sadly all (or almost all) 2560*1440 monitors are 27". That's too big for my tastes; I find I have to move my head (and my neck) to look around the screen, and that is NOT good.

24" would be MUCH better.

about 3 months ago

Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

Oscaro Re: Communication? (70 comments)

Don't you talk with viruses when you catch a cold? I do, they're nice guys!

about 4 months ago

King James Programming

Oscaro Re: Markov Chains (184 comments)

Not novel indeed, I saw this more than twenty years ago on The Practice of Computer programming by Kernighan and Pike. Still funny, though.

1 year,12 days

King James Programming

Oscaro Funny Algorithms (184 comments)

This has always been one of my favorite algorithms. Saw it the first time many years ago on The Practice of Programming, by Kernighan and Pike. Always makes me laugh. You can use it to generate phrases or even psuedo-words that "sound like" any given real language. I use it to generate passwords that are easy to remember but cannot be found in any dictionary, of "fantasy names" for games. Have fun and plose some stilture on your cince! http://www.ploodood.net/

1 year,12 days

Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

Oscaro Because they have to remember it. (299 comments)

Title says it all. You have to remember your password, so you probably won't use a password like "afi9blm#20niv8__q4i".

Pseudo-words - i.e. words that you can read but are in no dictionary - are probably slightly better, but I wouldn't rely on passwords at all in the first place.

BTW if somwone is interested, this tool CAN generate readable pseudo-words like "foliticalling", "uppet" or "furvicially".

1 year,15 days

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

Oscaro Still relevant? (510 comments)

After reading this horror story I arrived to the conclusion that SSDs are not for me. I wonder if it's still true.

Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days
OCZ Vertex 1 250 GB SSD, failed after 512 days
G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 251 days
G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 276 days
Crucial 64 GB SSD, failed after 350 days
OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD, failed after 72 days
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 15 days
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 206 days


more than 2 years ago

A Turing Machine Built With Lego, And a Place To Put It

Oscaro The only reason it's "simple" (74 comments)

The only reason it's "simple" is that one of its parts is a full computing device.

I'd have preferred a "hardware" implementation...

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Ponders Major Firefox UI Refresh

Oscaro UI Update? (282 comments)

Well' I'm still waiting for tabs in the title bar on linux/gtk :-/

more than 2 years ago

Tizen Reaches 1.0

Oscaro Bad marketing (68 comments)

They reach 1.0 and they don't bother to post even a single screenshot? Now, that's Meego successor for sure :-/

more than 2 years ago

Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion

Oscaro Re:Sony's war on their customers (290 comments)

Quite surprising their mobile department is quite open. They published many driver source code and also they published an alpha and beta version of android ICS for some models. I guess the mobile department is still more Ericsson than Sony :-/

more than 2 years ago

What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

Oscaro Structured Programming (624 comments)

Even if it's somehow outdated (and no longer in print), every single program we write today is highly influenced by "Structured Programming" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, C. A. R. Hoare and Ole-Johan Dahl. Before this book, programs used to be a mess of spaghetti code and the familiar constructs like if-then-else or while loops did not exist.

more than 3 years ago

Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

Oscaro Re:Goodbye Moto (757 comments)

Simply because different phone models only differ in their software. Android is a big PITA for all the marketing guys, because it makes all phones the same.

more than 4 years ago

BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal

Oscaro Hypocrite (192 comments)

Well, they are remaking the same exact game since Knight of the Old Republic. Take a look at KOTOR, Jade Empire, Mass Effect. Always the same mechanics, always the same basic plot. While they are very good at it, they are not very "creative".

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

Oscaro Re:According to the latest article in "Duh" Magazi (534 comments)

No, actually pretty everyone in the world is better than native english speakers at spelling, because they learn English mostly by reading it, instead of learning it by listening and speaking it...

more than 4 years ago

Photoshop CS5's Showpiece — Content-Aware Fill

Oscaro Re:Nice Demo... (378 comments)

This is pretty old stuff, see http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69211/siggraph05_0265_final.pdf for example (but I'm sure I've read older articles on similar techniques).

At one point there was even a gimp plugin that worked decently well. Here: http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer/removal

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

Oscaro Re:It's true (965 comments)

It should be said that their SDK and their documentation are *very good*, especially the documentation, and especially if you compare them to what windows or linux have to offer...

more than 4 years ago


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