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How Blind Programmers Write Code

Skiron Great stuff (72 comments)

I couldn't imagine being blind from birth - what a great story and a great guy. Hat's off to him and his work (that many sighted people couldn't do anyway).

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Skiron 20 years ago... (464 comments)

...I was prescribed glasses for being short-sighted. After a few months of wearing these, I found my eyesight got worse and worse so I stopped wearing them.

I sort of trained myself to get around it* - and here I am now with still the same short-sightedness (usually first thing in the morning after getting up, or in bright sunshine on the street). But my eyes haven't got any worse since.

Try not to wear glasses but compensate - otherwise your glasses compensates your eyes and they will get lazy - and your eyes will end up dependant on them.

*I don't know how - I just sort of did.

about a month ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

Skiron Re:Relationship (214 comments)

What's the definition of a girlfriend?

A: Your future ex-wife.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

Skiron Re:But what laws are they breaking? (139 comments)

"Here in the UK there is the Computer Misuse Act" So why did Gordon Brown recommend and Tony Bliar give Bill Gates an honorary knighthood? Where's the law there?

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

Skiron Re:Lizard Squad ... (139 comments)

Don't forget U.N.C.L.E.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

Skiron Unfortunately ... (139 comments)

... all the compromised boxes to set up this DDoS network run MS software, and that is licensed, so you CANNOT sell what you don't own when you own it, even if you didn't own it when you owned it.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Skiron Re:Jobs is Jesus (149 comments)

AGM But there was more stuff than this, like radar, Houston computers and the like controlling things.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Skiron Re: Jobs is Jesus (149 comments)

The definition of 'computer' is something that computes - the first computers were human.

about a month ago
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Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

Skiron History (149 comments)

History is what the winners make it. So what to believe and who to believe is irrelevant - what you need to know if you was _there_ and saw it happen - that is where real history comes from.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Skiron This is getting scary (360 comments)

Welcome to the new clear dawn (after 500 years when the bomb went off)

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Skiron He will die... (441 comments)

.... but then be put in a suspended state where no matter HOW many phone calls, e-mails, or other contact will you be allowed to get him back - even his Mother will be REFUSED until the investigation is completed, which incidentally will be 120 years. Only then will you get the body, minus interest and taxes.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

Skiron Well, (99 comments)

NSA, GCHQ etc. must be running out of disk space. Get a MS to help out!

about 7 months ago
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Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

Skiron Where's... (173 comments)

...Bill_the_engineer to troll this crap into /dev/null

about 8 months ago
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US Takes Out Gang That Used Zeus Malware To Steal Millions

Skiron Scrabble points (38 comments)

Great words to use

about 10 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Skiron Heh (326 comments)

99% of Americans are idiots; 1.0% run the Country. Much like the UK.

about a year ago
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The Search for Life On Habitable Exoplanets

Skiron Science (69 comments)

That is the trouble, science. We have billions of galaxies which contain billions of stars which most have planets.

The issue starts with thinking as we are the only life form, then every thing else has to be like us.

about a year ago
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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

Skiron Seen it, doing it. (206 comments)

Years ago, I read about a theory that stated the 'mind' only has a finite memory capacity. So at aged 10, e.g., it looks like this

|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|

Each year gets condensed into an even smaller space as you get older - the longer you live, the more the brain condenses the information - and it is not stupid, it only saves the 'memorable' stuff such as the first time you had sex, got drunk, broke a leg etc.

So by the time you are fifty, you have 50 years crammed in that small space - and a lot of info is dropped.

1 year,19 hours
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Skiron Re:Manufacturers (324 comments)

Enforced or not, if you are in a 'partnership' you are in cahoots

1 year,16 days

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Microsoft Zune affected by 'bug'

Skiron Skiron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Skiron writes "The BBC are reporting that Faulty software has crippled 30GB first generation versions of the Microsoft Zune digital media player

On the Zune Insider website, Microsoft said it had been aware of the problem since early in the morning of December 31.
It said its technical team "jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue" — a fault in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year.
Said Microsoft: "The issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009."
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Dell video blog on Solid State har Drives

Skiron Skiron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skiron writes "Dell has posted an interesting vblog, "More on Solid State Disk Technology", by Tom Pratt,
the storage technologist on the Office of the CTO team.

Though SSD drives bring lots of benefits, traditional hard drives aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
At this point, one of the downsides of SSD drives is price — they are still pretty expensive.
But, like most new technologies, the price should come down over time as the technology
becomes more mainstream.

Tom explains what they are, performance compared to traditional mechanical drives, and what the futures holds for this technology."
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Excel 65535 bug fixed... sort of.

Skiron Skiron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skiron (735617) writes "On the team Excel blog page, news of a fix for the embarrassing Excel 65535 bug was released — you can read it here along with links to the KB articles.
There still appears to be issues installing it, though, as seen from a bloogers reply to a question:

"We've gotten one other report of this and are looking into the possible cause.
You may be able to solve it by uninstalling Office 2007 and reinstalling it
(then apply the patch to a clean installation). If you try that, I'd like to know the results.""
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Skiron Skiron writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Skiron writes "In the latest 'man vs machine' chess computer match, day 2 (sponsored by and home page to the challenge) RAG, after the first game was drawn between Wladimir Kramnik and Fritz, Kramnik made a silly human error in the end game to be mated in one! Is this now proof that chess machines, which are always tireless, are starting to get the upper hand on the human opponent (no matter how good)?"

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