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Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

Samus Re:News to me (672 comments)

Agreed, I got 225K miles and 15 years out of my SL1 before I gave it up. I probably could still be driving it today if I would have sunk some cash into fixing some of the things that had started going wrong with it. I figured after 15 years it had done its duty and it was ok to splurge on a new car. Plus I wanted a radio with a CD player in it.

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

Samus Re:Housing! (651 comments)

Its hard for us US citizens to grasp the numbers that the Greeks are being asked to swallow as we don't have a great frame of reference. One story on NPR threw out some interesting numbers. The minimum wage measure will cut the Greek minimum wage to less than half of what it is in the US. The percentage in government job cuts would be the same as the US government cutting 300,000 jobs. I'm not saying whether or not the measures are needed. This just helps to put a pretty sobering perspective on the issue.

more than 2 years ago
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B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire

Samus Re:And in other -- er, actually, the same -- news. (183 comments)

Android screens are rendered widget by widget, pixel by pixel for every screen modification (scroll, zoom, item state changed, etc.) and that means a lot of work is being done for every frame. This is a legacy of the original spec not requiring a dedicated gpu. Modern devices are getting them but the acceleration is sort of hacked into that gpuless model. iOS on the other hand didn't start with such a limiting assumption and paints everything to an open gl surface with a fixed camera. Most screen modifications like scroll and zoom are just basic gl transformations that don't require a re-rendering event. That's why it looks so smooth.

about 3 years ago
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Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

Samus Re:He does have some good points (645 comments)

As far as I am aware, win32 which much of the .Net sdk is a thin shim over, is not going to be ported to ARM. The only part of windows that is going to be on the tablets is the new WinRT. .Net programs that use WinRT or don't depend on any part of the sdk that depends on win32 will work across both but that won't be as large of a number as you might think.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Starts to Detail Dart

Samus Re:Android? (219 comments)

If DART catches on I bet you'll see something like PhoneGap or Titanium eventually.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Starts to Detail Dart

Samus Re:Could be really cool in about 5 years or so. (219 comments)

That's partially true. In fact you can write JS style coffeescript and the js output of the compiler is just about as long as cs input. However coffeescript adds some nice syntax sugar that can translate into more complicated javascript. List comprehensions is a good example of this. The generated code isn't very complex and you could write it yourself with a little bit of effort but you don't have to. That's the main selling point of coffeescript. It takes a simpler syntax and translates it to the code you would have written yourself (if you are of any decent skill level). What it does not do abstract you away from all of the odd parts of javascript like 'this' being context based. It does help some like taking away the ability to use == and forcing everything to be ===. If you're going to do a lot of javascript I would still recommend doing it in coffeescript. If you get tired of coffeescript mid way through just switch over to using the last bit of compiled output and go from there.

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

Samus Re:Huh? (181 comments)

The Touchpad won't. The card ui is nice but I haven't found much else innovative about it so far. HP failed to generate hype around it, they failed to generate much of dev community and they failed to put out hardware as good as the ipad and priced it at the same amount. At $200 dollars less than the ipad it would have been a compelling proposition because I could take the money and pop it into apps and accessories.

more than 3 years ago
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New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People

Samus Re:We all know what happens when stories like this (144 comments)

H2O is regulated. The government sets standards for its purity levels somewhat based on scientific studies. They set regulations on things like just how much arsenic in the water is safe to drink. I'm rather glad they don't take a Libertarian/Tea Party stance and leave it up to industry/big business to decide that for me. I for one am happy that for the most part I don't have to worry about my kids drinking tap water.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

Samus Re:Going back to 1998... (277 comments)

Yeah, I didn't realize that he had stopped posting for a long time.

more than 3 years ago
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NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available

Samus Re:Best IDE Out There (137 comments)

Oracle dropped ruby support with this release.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

Samus Re:USA #1 (513 comments)

No, he asterisked out "crud".

more than 3 years ago
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Apache Declares War On Oracle Over Java

Samus Re:Oracle is Evil, C# Java (428 comments)

I used it earlier this year for writing a library. While it wasn't perfect it was passable. It may have crashed a few times but I never lost my work.

about 4 years ago
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'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

Samus Re:MBP (349 comments)

My friend bought the 17 inch model back then and ended up returning it because of that issue. I think it was resolved on those models but I'm not sure. He and I both bought the April model and are enjoying them. The two of us had previously had the original core duo (not core 2) version so the upgrade has been worth it. I recently put in 8 gigs of ram (much cheaper after market) and the thing flies even while running a couple vms. The only things I don't like is that I opted for the 7200 RPM drive which seems to eat the battery. The other thing is that the dumbest programs will kick the nvidia chipset on while on battery causing battery life to dwindle even faster. Why does Evernote need high end rendering?

more than 4 years ago
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Rails 3.0 Released

Samus Re:It's a nice framework (110 comments)

Just curious, if Ruby is fading what do you see taking its place? My opinion is that it is just coming into its own. YARV and other proper vms are maturing at a rapid rate and Rails 3 seems to be a pretty nice framework. The testability with Cucumber and/or the other types of frameworks is beyond most anything I've seen lately. This is all coming from one who has been exploring Ruby and Rails for the last couple months.

more than 4 years ago
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DragonFly 2.4 Released

Samus Virtualization (73 comments)

How well does it work under virtualization? I've tried it in the past with various versions of virtual box and didn't have a lot of success. I know part of it was due to vbox not being complete enough but that was because DragonFly was using some older not well supported "chips".

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Released

Samus Python (110 comments)

I know they strive for package stability and all but Python 2.4 was released in 2005. Can't we get something newer in there please?

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Gets Spinoff Prequel Series

Samus Re:Remember 1980 (297 comments)

Because it was a novella first in 1979.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Gets Spinoff Prequel Series

Samus Re:Remember 1980 (297 comments)

There is one episode that is worth something. It was an episode where Starbuck is stranded on a desolate planet with a Cylon. It is a total rip off of Enemy Mine but it is worth watching. Note that this is Starbuck's only appearance in the new series. Most of the original cast did not appear in the second series.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Windows 7 Faster Or Just Smarter?

Samus Re:Productivity originates from the users percepti (619 comments)

Window key + R type calc hit enter. I use it all the time.

Also hot key apps have to have an entry somewhere in the start menu not be on the desktop. And yes this can get pretty cluttered.

about 6 years ago

Submissions

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Internet is Killing Blockbuster

Samus Samus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Samus (1382) writes "Blockbuster Inc., the world’s biggest movie-rental company, filed for bankruptcy after failing to adapt its storefront model to online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.

The company listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion on a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The company said it reached a deal with a group of bondholders on a plan of reorganization and secured a $125 million loan to finance operations."

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My Sig

Samus Samus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Below is the results of some meta moderation on me. Make sure you read the third link and follow his link before passing any judgement. And people complain about my sig...

- "This isn't really surprising to me" from the discussion
which you moderated as
"Troll" was voted Unfair.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=87870&cid=7615321

- "While you're in the mood.." from the discussion
which you moderated as
"Troll" was voted Unfair.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=88076&cid=7629122

- "Re:While you're in the mood.." from the discussion
which you moderated as
"Informative" was voted Fair.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=88076&cid=7629217

For your poor moderation, you have been assessed a karma penalty.

Oh well I guess.

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