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Min7 Micromouse Robot Solves Maze In 3.921 Seconds

PMBjornerud Re:Compared to what? (58 comments)

It's extra meaningless since the robot was allowed to map out the maze ahead of time.

And the alternative? Introduce an element of blind luck to the competition?

more than 3 years ago

Minecraft Is Finished

PMBjornerud Time is money - your evaluation is incorrect. (272 comments)

I judge my Steam purchases by hours of gameplay per pound (about $1.50). Anything over 10 hours per pound is usually pretty good. Some games are in the hundreds of hours per pound. Most half-decent games manage at least 1 hour per pound. Anything below that I consider a loss. So the game has to be either amazing and long (rare - HL2 managed it), or it has to be cheap, or it has to be very replayable.

I strongly disagree. Your argument assumes infinite time. Games are cheap, time is limited.

As time available for games approach zero, price can be ignored. The only metric that matters is "amusement per hour".

I would pay a lot more for a 5-hour great game that I would for a 20-hour decent game.

more than 3 years ago

New Bill Ups Punishment For Hosts of Infringing Video Streams

PMBjornerud Re:WTF? (278 comments)

It's only a two party system if the parties have differing points of view. If the parties are both in favor of it, then what you have is a one party system.

It's like a car driving on the wrong road and the people inside argue whether the the left lane or right lane is better.

more than 3 years ago

Contemplating Financial Trading At Picosecond Resolution

PMBjornerud They steal the difference between buyer and seller (448 comments)

There is really no benefit to society from picosecond trading. All it produces is more fancy excuses the intelligent sociopaths can use to take money from us.


"provide liquidity" is pretty words. They are inserting a middle man in every single trade to leech the difference between buyer and seller.

They are removing huge values from the system without providing any benefit. It should definitely be illegal.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

PMBjornerud Re:Thanks for the redesign! (2254 comments)

I usually start my day browsing the front page and opening interesting stories into tabs. Those I read one by one during the day.

This is no longer possible. After opening 5-10 stories, Firefox is consuming 100% of one core. This makes the browser extremely unresponsive and not possible to browse anything else.

more than 3 years ago

The Matrix Re-Reloaded

PMBjornerud Matrices all the way down (640 comments)

His powers just branched out into the "real world" layer of the Matrix, where all who thought they were free were still enslaved. He has to re-learn his skills in this second layer (...)

Second layer? Ha!

Zero. One. Infinity. It's Matrices all the way down.

- Cheering for the Matrix since movie #1!

about 4 years ago

Hackers Respond To Help Wanted Ads With Malware

PMBjornerud Why is it at all possible? (113 comments)

Identity theft and "unauthorized access" and taking the money from an account holder is as absurd as a bank getting robbed and taking it from the last deposits made to the bank and not from their general coffers. It was never done that way before, so why is it done that way now?

Why does mere credentials allow large money transfers?

I thought everyone was using hardware ID by now.

I know such tokens can still be improved, and it will improve. And sure is a lot more secure than just a password.

about 4 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

PMBjornerud Salary details publibly availaible. (785 comments)

The company knows what each and everyone makes, you do not. More bargaining power for the company, less bargaining power to you, little bee.

In some socialist countries, net taxes are public information. From this it is trivial to estimate the base salary of anyone. Neighbor, co-worker, boss, prime minister.

Makes it harder to have huge salary gaps in a company as people will check the salary of the boss.

about 4 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

PMBjornerud You need to focus on the correct problem. (724 comments)

Rather than hurting "anyone" is actually hurts "everyone". This is just another case of what's called the "tragedy of the commons". Each person who pirates a game benefits himself or herself, but if enough people do this it's no longer tenable to make games and no one has a game to play, for free or otherwise.

Be extremely cautious when comparing information to physical property. James Boyle have written a nice book about the trap you are falling into:

Instead of thinking in terms of black and white, we really need to focus on the real issue: How much legal protection is needed?

I think we can all agree that "life + 75 years" (depending on country) is vastly more protection that a computer game needs. In my opinion, this excessive protection can only lead to stagnation.

We need to create a sensible copyright law first, then people will respect it. And only then can it be successfully enforced.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

PMBjornerud 5 years - zero progress. (1140 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly with your "WTF". My 5 year old laptop (luggable) has 1920x1200 resolution. I though 5 years and going from a laptop to a desktop screen should give me a serious boot in resolution. Nope, nothing (unless I go all the way to 30").

The only comfort I have is that maybe the iPhone "retina" hype can switch the focus back to higher resolutions.

I too find it disturbing that displays have gone to 2MP and stopped. We were this close to being able to actually read a PDF on 100% zoom without squinting. WTF is going on?

- Full HD
- "Good enough"
- 3D graphics
- Fonts not scaling to higher resolution

Instead of pixels, most consumers just relate to the words "Full HD". For a lot of people "better than Full HD" makes no more sense than "it goes to 11". And sadly, it's good enough for most (even if it is not enough for you and me).

3D graphics performance is also increasingly critical. Increasing the number of pixels eats a LOT of 3D performance, but makes little difference unless your eyes can clearly see each pixel.

Not all fonts scale properly. On a lot of systems / programs, using higher than FullHD resolution on the average 20-some monitor will make it really hard to read the text in a lot of programs. A lot of people are unable to adjust/fix this.

more than 4 years ago

15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

PMBjornerud Re:Yeah, 25 potential years but... (241 comments)

That seems worse than the natural alternative to me.

His choice, not yours.

Without further details, my default opinion on medical research is that it's a good thing.

more than 4 years ago

Researcher Builds Machines That Daydream

PMBjornerud Free will? Easy answer. (271 comments)

The real question has always been if there's "free will" and what that would be defined as.

I cracked that nut a log time ago. Free will cannot exist. I guarantee it.

You're welcome to disagree and ponder the answer for yourself. I doubt I can convince anyone in a Slashdot post, though. Sorry.

more than 4 years ago

Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead

PMBjornerud Re:frog in the cauldron (547 comments)

Never use the same lie more than two times?

That's exactly what the boy though...

more than 4 years ago

Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

PMBjornerud Re:The true believer (1328 comments)

But since it's written down in a special black book, that makes it totally sane and mainstream.

No. It's sane and mainstream because it is a part of the culture.

It is a part of the culture because it made the culture "fitter".

Not evolution per say, but culture changes slowly and a powerful religion certainly gave advantages (in warfare and others) mere centuries ago.

Of course religion still is a part of culture.

more than 4 years ago

Stupid Data Center Tricks

PMBjornerud If it is important enough to insure... (305 comments)

I can understand not insuring it though. I shipped a 1U fully insured. Double boxed w/ foam inserts and all. It arrived at it's destination in a different box. The back was caved in exactly as would be expected if it were gored w/ a forklift. They refused to pay claiming it was "improperly packed".

Always take a picture of box and content before shipping anything.

more than 4 years ago

Why Bad 3D, Not 3D Glasses, Gives You Headaches

PMBjornerud Re:Very close to my personal gripe (255 comments)

With 3d movies, since the screen is still flat, only one item can be in focus at any given time.

Incorrect. Example: A mirror is a flat surface.

You are correct that focus is a big problem. This is caused by the camera lens during recording. (Or added for effect in 3D graphics)

more than 4 years ago

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

PMBjornerud Laughing all the way to the bank (701 comments)

And then he'll announce his new software construction method that can be done by ordinary people with a short period of training for 1/5th what computer programmers make. It works great, but it's boring and repetitive and never creative.

Great! This means we'll be able to write a beautiful piece of software that automates the new software construction method!

(...which is obviously the point of the parent. Are people not even the comments any more, just skimming the first few sentences?)

more than 4 years ago

SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization

PMBjornerud Copy-Paste advertisement. What the hell? (62 comments)

Hijacking an early post, because I am disgusted.

Comparing Chapter 11 reviews:

From TFR:

This final chapter I really enjoyed since I like to play with layouts. The layout module
is bundled as part of SketchUp Pro and is introduced in this final chapter for those who wish to explore the free trial before committing to Pro. You will learn how to bring together SketchUp models and artistic or rendered output into a screen presentation or printed portfolio, adding borders, text and dimensions.

From Amazon:

is bundled as part of SketchUp Pro and is introduced in this final chapter for those who wish to explore the free trial before committing to Pro. You will learn how to bring together SketchUp models and artistic or rendered output into a screen presentation or printed portfolio, adding borders, text and dimensions.

Either awful copy-paste, or awful slashvertisement. I suspect someone with an interest of selling a lot of these books, trying to push favorable reviews as many places as possible.

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

PMBjornerud Re:Let Them (1123 comments)

Your post is intelligent.

Conclusion: There will be a lot of mass vigilante efforts in the future. They will cause great damage.

Grandparent states the future to come. People will wear cameras. Police will be recorded. It does not help no matter how intelligent you may make the argument against biased recordings. They're pretty much guaranteed to come.

If the current system cannot handle biased recordings, it will collapse and be replaced. Maybe that is the essence of your post. I think the system of trust will adapt. And I assure you there is no alternative.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

PMBjornerud Re:reminds me of the patel hotel cartel phenomenon (534 comments)

i never understood why columbus made a silly mistake about where he thought he was, and we are STILL calling native residents of north america "indians". completely nonsensical)

Why? Because the phrase "native residents of north america" is overly complicated. Same for "Native americans".

"Indians" as a phrase will live until it is replaced by a more catchy, simpler name. Politically correctness be damned.

more than 4 years ago



What language(s) do you speak?

PMBjornerud PMBjornerud writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PMBjornerud (947233) writes "Native English, nothing else
Native English, know others
Not native, English in daily life
Not native, English on the Internet
No English. (Go Babelfish!)
CowboyNeal says it all"

Linux computer in USB key form-factor

PMBjornerud PMBjornerud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PMBjornerud (947233) writes "A start-up located in the French Alps near Grenoble is readying a tiny ARM-based Linux single-board computer (SBC) in a USB key form-factor.

Calao's USB-9260 USB key-sized SBC measures 3.3 x 1.4 inches (85 x 36 mm). It is based on an Atmel AT91SAM9260 processor, an SoC (system-on-chip) powered by an ARM926EJ-S core clocked at 190MHz. The SoC targets "advanced applications such as GPS application processors," according to Atmel.

Spec sheet (PDF) here.

With a 10/100 Ethernet port, firewall usage springs to mind. Other interfaces are 2 USB host ports and room for an expansion card. Which should allow some creative uses. Anyone dreaming of a cute little linux-server to carry around and power from a USB slot? Does it come in penguin shape?"

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