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With regard to software licensing ...

ReneeJade Torn (215 comments)

I love programming. I also love computer science as a branch of science, art, engineering, and foremost - for me - mathematics. I feel sad about how much of the world's most innovative code - written by some of the worlds most talented people - is hidden away. We can't share it, argue over it, formalize it, scrutinize it, experiment on it, prove it or improve it; and that seems like a loss. On the other hand, I will probably be a software engineer when I get out of university and I would like to think that whatever I put my heart, sweat and tears into will be protected. I want to make money out of it. It would be nice if software companies and their technical staff could form some sort of agreement by which anything that might be technologically or mathematically significant could be submitted to a third party to be examined and formalized. This is just an idea that I had on the spur of this moment. The point is that it would be nice if we could guard our property but share your discoveries.

more than 3 years ago
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I communicate with my parents ...

ReneeJade Re:Once a week? (352 comments)

What a waste of years of relationship it would be to cut my immediate family out of my life! I lived with them for the first 18 years of my life and they did everything they could to give me the best chances in life. I know that I will never have a relationship with anyone, excluding, perhaps, a life partner and my own offspring, like the relationships I have with my brother and sister and parents. And I know that my parents probably won't be around for the rest of my life. So I do my best to call a every few days.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Glitch Leaves Some Australians Without Cash

ReneeJade Re:A shame (195 comments)

This is my bank. Hope I get paid next week. My accounts already overdrawn :/

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

ReneeJade Re:Tea (500 comments)

I live in Western Australia and will happily drink tea when the ambient temperature exceeds 30C. I think I have a problem...

more than 3 years ago
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Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

ReneeJade Why is this so rare? (478 comments)

I don't know much about biology. But can anyone explain why so few animals exhibit asexual reproduction? Has it "just not happened", or are there factors that make it unlikely for particular instances of it to be successful, or is it a suboptimal way of doing things in terms of continuation of a species?

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

ReneeJade Re:Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

A mac is a personal computer. PC stands for personal computer. Can we please stop using the terms as if they are mutually exclusive?

I can tell you are an old-school Mac fan from the 1980's - pre-Jobs '90s from the pedantry. Now please go tell Apple what you just told us since they just finished a years long "Mac vs. PC" ad campaign that flies in the face of what you just said. I'm not even going to bother with the YouTube links at this point.

LOL. Actually I'm 20 years old. And the only computers I've ever owned are a Dell laptop that has run a variety of different Windows and Linuxs, and a home built gaming machine that dual boots Linux and Widows. But nice try.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

ReneeJade Re:Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

Can we please stop using the terms as if they are mutually exclusive?

No. They're in the vernacular now. Can't speak for other languages, but in English, to say "My PC is busted" generally means "My windows PC is busted." "My mac is busted" is straightforward. When further differentiation is required on the PC front we say "My Linux PC is busted" (although more than likely, we'd say "My Linux Box is busted.") A parallel is saying "I'm American" - While not technically correct, this is understood in the vernacular to mean "I'm a citizen of the United States." Canadians like me have to say "I'm Canadian" even though I live in the Americas. It's the understood vernacular.

Yeah I know, you have a point. I guess I'm just stubborn and obsessed with semantics. If I was Canadian, I would happily say that I was from America, and let people interpret it however they like. But the term "American", when referring to people, is quite exclusively reserved for referring to people from the USA. At least that's my understanding of it."PC", on the other hand, is not used exclusively to refer to a personal computer running Microsoft Windows. It can just as easily refer to any personal computer. One of the meanings is logical and useful, the other one isn't. Not that I really mind. I sort of enjoy calling Macs PCs and then watching the inevitable rage or confusion that follows.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

ReneeJade Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

A mac is a personal computer. PC stands for personal computer. Can we please stop using the terms as if they are mutually exclusive? It makes you sound ignorant, and renders the term "personal computer" useless as a means of differentiating a computer for personal use from any other kind of computer. K thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life

ReneeJade Re:Birthday! (296 comments)

It's my 21st today. Bummer I'm so bogged down with programming assignments that I can't really celebrate. Maybe that is a hint about the meaning of my life: "Renee, you will spend the rest of your life in a windowless room, trying to meet project deadlines."

more than 3 years ago
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US Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuel

ReneeJade Re:Nuclear Power! (317 comments)

I've often wondered why we have compact portable atomic bombs, but no compact portable atomic generators. Perhaps now some will finally be developed! Besides, I can't imagine that solar panels would be a good idea at an FOB. I mean, big square shiny targets? Not good. And they really work poorly when disguised with that camo netting stuff.

No, I'm thinking that some portable nuke plants are in order here. Even something that has to be mounted on a semi flatbed is going to be more useful than a solar panel. At least the flatbed could be rolled into a large trench and covered with camo netting and guarded by dirt and sandbag berms.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't some radiation leak from such a device, making it just as easily detected as a pile of solar panels?

more than 3 years ago
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I typically read about __ books per year.

ReneeJade Part or whole? (363 comments)

I voted 11-20, as I would probably read 11-20 complete complete novels, biographies or short non-fiction books a year. But the number of books I read part of would be far greater. I use text books and technical books a lot, but I don't read them in full.

more than 3 years ago
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Compared to a year ago, social networks now ...

ReneeJade More. Not that I care. (270 comments)

I find I often have more meaningful and productive discussions on line than IRL.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

ReneeJade Re:WD40 (597 comments)

Eucalyptus oil works amazingly well and smells quite nice. Can you get it in the Northern Hemisphere? I'd be careful with it on piano gloss (I'm assuming piano gloss finish plastics are made of acrylics), but I think it would be ok.
Nail polish remover is not a good idea. I once got it on my aunties antique dining table. The table was coated with an acrylic resin. Needless to say, I felt pretty terrible.

more than 3 years ago
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My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

ReneeJade Re:Windows 7 (454 comments)

Did it have and operating system on it before that? Or was it just sitting there at the POST screen for 4 hours?

more than 4 years ago
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My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

ReneeJade Re:4 year old Laptop (454 comments)

To add to parent, all electrochemical cells will eventually degrade. How long it takes for the cell to reach a particular level of degradation (however you'd like to quantify that) can very hugely, but sooner or later it will die.

more than 4 years ago
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My laptop's battery's good for roughly ...

ReneeJade Re:So I am of an extreme minority... (454 comments)

I'm not 100% sure, but I think that using my laptop 'like a desktop most of the time' - and hence keeping it plugged in for the vast majority of the time - was what killed my battery. I now get about 30 - 45 minutes out of it. Less if I'm doing anything processor/HDD intensive like transferring large files over a fast network.

more than 4 years ago
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McDonald's, Cadmium, and Thermo Electron Niton Guns

ReneeJade Home Science? (206 comments)

Doesn't it seem more likely that the original discoverer worked in a different professional lab, rather than having that sort of equipment at home?

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

ReneeJade Re:Finally surf the WWW with FFF (570 comments)

Fire Fox Four, sounds like a cheesy name for a new Charlies-Angels-kinda-group... But seriously, the new browser looks good with some nice new technologies for web developers and hopefully some better speed for the users... For other waiting: we can expect the beta in June, and the RC in October with a release within a month, so FFF should land this fall.

And when Firefox VI comes out, we can surf the web with "For Fuck's Sake".

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

ReneeJade Re:Sounds like speed holes (570 comments)

Mine's doing this too. I'm a FF fan through and through but I'm finding it hard to hang on these days. Chrome is faster, uses far less memory (as became clear when I ran Firefox, Chrome and Opera on my housemates laptop with 512MB of RAM - Opera won but it has a Facebook bug so Chrome took the cake) and doesn't CRASH all the time under light load. If Chrome or Opera gave me the customization options that FF does I'd swap in a heartbeat.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Calls Today's Ubiquitous Gadgets and Information "a Distraction"

ReneeJade Wow, you guys are touchy. (545 comments)

I know that most governments are corrupt and all that, but did Obama really say anything wrong this time? He was addressing a group of students when he said that information overload and quickly accessible information can be distracting. You know what? He's right. I'm a student. I find video games, TV shows, Slashdot, overclocking forums, Linux forums, email, telephone, new software, Facebook notifications, to be hugely distracting. I would go so far as to say that I am mildly addicted to new, bite-sized pieces of information. It doesn't help that I already have ADHD - but the Internet and other computer-based media go a long way in keeping me off-track.

more than 4 years ago

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