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Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Bimonthly release cycle == overhead? (555 comments)

You have to admit though that allowing IT to decide 'the best time to upgrade' is what gave us IE6 "Forever Edition".

That said, I agree that FF is the suck when it comes to upgrade whining. For the love of god, implement some Active Directory / Group Policy support! It will increase FF adoption *IN THE HOME* as well. And will help kill off IE6 in the business world.

more than 3 years ago

Synaptic Dropped From Ubuntu 11.10

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Install (360 comments)

Actually, the grandma reference likely comes up from all of us skilled in the arts who provide computer and tech support to our grandmothers (and grandfathers, etc). The irony here is that I would absolutely LOVE to switch my grandparents to a command line interface by default.

Phone call:
"What do you see on the screen grandma? Oh, really? Well, open a command prompt. Type (XYZ) for me? Ok, what does it say? Ah! Type( ABC) for me please.... " etc

"What do you see on the screen grandma? Oh, really? Is there a little icon in the upper right corner that......." (20 minutes go by). "Ok, now open the start menu. No, that's the one on the bottom, towards the left. What? Jason moved your menus to the right side of the screen? Fuck. No, grandma, I don't mind trying to help you at all. Yes grandma, I'm sorry about the swearing....."

And all of these conversations are with grandma, because grandpa hates talking on the phone.

more than 3 years ago

Europe Set To Build Experimental Transport Spacecraft

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Just bitchin' (61 comments)

If you want to really feel the burn, compare:
- Current state of the project
- Total (expected) funding from now until (expected) commercial availability.
- Who is providing the funding.
- Expected transit times from, say, London to San Francisco
- Available transit corridors (hypersonic shock waves have somewhat more energy than supersonic versions. And flying a passenger liner into the ground at mach 5 could take out many, many city blocks.)
- Susceptibility to fatal mid-air collisions. The wing hitting anything more substantial than a butterfly at Mach 5+ isn't likely to be survivable. Not sure how fast the craft goes while below 18km (~60K feet), so maybe not an issue.
- System complexity.

Compare all of that to Virgin Galactic. http://www.virgingalactic.com/

Yea. Sure. Today the plan is to visit orbit. But once you can get a craft 60 miles up, going halfway around the planet just isn't that much more difficult.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Password Goof Let Any Password Work For 4 Hours

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Regression testing (185 comments)

I don't know about your data, but my private data is certainly encrypted using its own keyfile. It is, after all, *MY* responsibility to secure my own data.

TrueCrypt. Free. Easy to use. It is even recommended by the DropBox FAQ, IIRC. Or something like it. Relying on a third party to keep your private data private is a fools game. While I'd like *some* standards (i.e. this epic fail is not excusable), I can't lay the task of keeping my stuff safe on someone else.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

Alas, no. It is far cheaper to sue those farmers who don't license the "technology" (seeds), than it is to produce vast quantities of a plant that is incapable of producing viable seeds.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

I beg you to investigate the issue of outdoor, uncontrolled tests of GMO. In particular, please note that very few of these GM crops are sterile, and thus can cross-pollinate at will.

This article is relatively balanced on the issue, but manages to highlight some of the costs:

more than 3 years ago

Why Published Research Findings Are Often False

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Hmmmmm (453 comments)

"So far, their strongest conclusion has been that ginger has a slight positive effect on upset stomachs"

No, they have produced many other equally strong conclusions: many alternative medicines actually show no benefit.

Billions of dollars... wasted by consumers every year on alternative medicines that do nothing.

more than 3 years ago

Solar Dynamo Still Anemic, Magnetism and UV Lax

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:oh noes! (156 comments)

Or maybe it's the fact that nighttime is 16 fucking hours long some of us, this time of year. Ever tried going to bed at 4pm and getting up getting up at 8:00am? And that's just the 45th parallel.

I'd go with survival mechanism for the bladder, but hey, opinions differ. Walking around may have scared the bears off, too. /end sarcasm

Cheers :~)

more than 3 years ago

Pirate Bay Defendant Aims For Sweden's Supreme Court

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Does Sweden have laws? (98 comments)

"Laws shouldn't HAVE to be interpreted, EVER."

Either you failed high school civics, or high school civics failed you.

more than 3 years ago

NRO Warns They Are On Final IPv4 Address Blocks

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Someone help me out here (282 comments)

My grandparents bought a wireless router. They put it between their PC and the comcast connection. My grandparents then ran XP for MONTHS without getting a virus.

NAT and NAT alone prevented the infection of their PC. It sure as hell wasn't patch Tuesday.

Now, I despise NAT. And Linksys could EASILY have provided and/or enabled real security features on their routers by default (like, say, passwords). But to claim that NAT provides no benefit to security is just plain false. It's like claiming that wearing camouflage is pointless in battle, because it won't protect you when you get shot.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Solution (1140 comments)

I have a crazy idea: MULTIPLE MONITORS!!

Suddenly, your idea has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

more than 4 years ago

NVIDIA Announces New Line of Fermi-Based Mobile Chips

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:You've crossed a line (54 comments)

but you know marketing would include cymbals in the name if they could.

more than 4 years ago

Preserving Memories of a Loved One?

StarsAreAlsoFire Quality over quantity; memories over archives (527 comments)

A digital memory is unforgiving; the video of a laugh you remember as a shining moment won't blur the ever-present fatigue. Where you remember a beautiful smile the camera will remind you of the pain she suppressed for that moment, the blackness under her eyes.

I would suggest not video taping anything other than the occasional interview; perhaps discretely video record your wife reminiscing with your daughters about their early childhood, and hers.

Instead of focusing on digital memories, spend that time with your wife and daughters forming memories of real events. Frisbee in the yard, swings, running through sprinklers, hiking in the forest. Learning to cook new things together, card games, board games, sewing.

We remember 'firsts' the best, usually. Do new things. Let your memories blur the edges of your wife's condition; your daughters lives will turn out the better for it, their memories of Mom that much fonder.

more than 4 years ago

Tor Developer Detained At US Border, Pressed On Wikileaks

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Opinions are a crime now? (637 comments)

"When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified." Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

"These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence." Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

"An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery." (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

more than 4 years ago

NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Why should we expect a worse sun spot maximum? (464 comments)

Probably not on the satellites. Trace paths are pretty short, so induced currents are less of a problem than you'd expect. Still, I'd rather we not test it.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Why should we expect a worse sun spot maximum? (464 comments)

There's also a chance that the earths oceans will suddenly turn into gold.

How about something less weasel-worded? I suggest:

"If you get in a car wreck in the next 20 thousand years, maybe it was because the Earth's magnetic poles were in the process of reversing."

more than 4 years ago

NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:TFA. (464 comments)

I eagerly await your proposed failure mechanism which could possibly lead to a week long power outage across the entire nation of the United States.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:EOTW? (464 comments)

Actually, not. Trace paths are much, MUCH shorter than they used to be. Although I can't recall the last phone I owned which had a 200km long antenna. Which is how long a wire you'd likely need to see any effect from a solar storm (Pro tip: this means being plugged in to the wall socket at the time, so keep that in mind ).

Spacecraft live different lives than ground based gear, so your GPS/satellite calls may fail. But your phone will be fine, as will anything else not plugged in to the wall.

more than 4 years ago

Israeli Startup Claims SSD Breakthrough

StarsAreAlsoFire Re:Price is the biggest issue (159 comments)

"Especially once fully filled the IOPS performance drops from ~3000 IOPS like a brick to ~1000 IOPS which a small set of hard drives can fulfill so the only good thing it's left for is latency."

Does your environment support trim natively? Just curious.

My environment does not, and after a week or two I start to notice performance going south and remember to run the 'optimization' utility intel offers. This on an X-25M, G2.

As an aside, I've noticed that your average Dell workstation cannot support two X-25's. End up with I/O deadlocks. It is very sad. Pathetic even.

more than 4 years ago



StarsAreAlsoFire StarsAreAlsoFire writes  |  about 8 years ago

StarsAreAlsoFire (738726) writes "Random wonderings (ah, the magic of ADD) led me to question the existence of a hardware level instruction set (think Intel MMX) which supports trapping the values of an array which changes from one call to the next.

I was actually pondering how one would model the way human eyes perceive motion; an event is fired on a change of state: a photon kicks the energy level of a 'rod' or 'cone'. Leastwise I think those are the eye-cells in question. I'm sure there is a more scientific term for them. Anyway....

For an example, consider a two-by-two array of integers:

The instruction is first called with this version of the array; presumably at this point the instruction loads the values at the pointer into a special memory 'register'.

Next, the array is modified and the instruction 'partII' is called. So the array now looks like:

Instruction partII loads this (same sized) array into the SAME memory location, and then loads the resulting changes into a register.

I am not referring to a fast-compare for arrays, per-say: when I think of 'fast-compare', I still think 'do a comparison operation for each and every element in an array'.

I repeat: I KNOW that there are fast compares which can compare arrays in two locations.

I want to know if there is any hardware which is set up at the physical level for literally firing an event when a memory location value changes, on a large scale.

This would require a significant amount of hardware; at least a few hundred or thousand memory elements (16 or 32 bits in length, I would imagine, since so many modern processors have word addressing). Each element would flip the state of a register location when its value changed.

An n by m array has at most (n*m)^2 change states, so an 8x8 array would eat up a 64bit integer using bitwise markers. Which essentially implies that for every 64 elements in the array, a 64bit value would be populated with bitwise flags indicating changes.

Alternatively, one could have one fast compare 'memory block' 64 'elements' in length, which is to be used iteratively. Which would certainly make more sense, from a hardware-cost perspective.

If you have heard of something along these lines, I'd love to hear about it! It would be fun for image processing, esp. in regard to motion recognition in robotics fields."


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