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MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

Supergibbs Re:It's not that big of deal (334 comments)

Sweet spot? Could it have been that a majority of computers were 32-bit? Ya sure, 64 bit computing has been around a while but it was mostly specialized servers. Now that most new computers are x64 compatible it would make sense to optimize for 64-bit. The many integers between 32 and 64 bits would be processed much faster and couldn't the bigint routines take advantage as well? I am not sure how big int work other than they use strings for storage. I assume they use clever math to break the calculations up and then piece it back together, so could 64bit reduce the number of calculations?

more than 4 years ago
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UK Scientists Create a Three-Parent Embryo

Supergibbs Re:Three parents? Not really. (201 comments)

Wouldn't them haven't different DNA make them not identical? They'd be fraternal twins which isn't anything more that siblings that share a birth date. Siblings are fat and skinny all the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

Supergibbs They aren't children (673 comments)

Every character (well most) are at least 21 years (seasons) old. They must all have some disorder where they don't age.

more than 4 years ago
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IEEE Approves 802.11n Wi-Fi Standard

Supergibbs Re:Umm... ok, thanks. (115 comments)

It's great for LAN file transfers. I used to use ethernet cables to transfer large files between my laptop and desktop. Now (until HD throughput increases) I don't need to.

about 5 years ago
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Burning Man Responds To EFF's Criticism of Policy

Supergibbs Re:Make it clear in writing. (210 comments)

If you have a rule written in a way that allows for broad range of interpretation, yet you claim that you only enforce within a narrow range, then it is incumbent on you to rewrite the rule to only cover that narrow range. Otherwise that rule or law can be selectively enforced or more harshly enforced later.

Never trust a vague or partially enforced rule or law. They are quite often used against the citizenry or "community" later.

Everyone knows how sneaky lawyers will argue subjectivity etc and find ways to exploit BM and it's culture. I'd love to live in a world where I could trust everyone to respect each others wishes but we don't. I, as a burner, would MUCH rather put my trust in the Burning Man LLC that has proven itself to act in it's participants best interest for 20 years over some jerk with fancy lawyers who wants to make "BM Girls gone wild".

more than 5 years ago
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Burning Man Responds To EFF's Criticism of Policy

Supergibbs Re:So fix the terms and conditions (210 comments)

Yes but if you don't use a hatchet then sneaky lawyers will argue subjectivity etc and find ways to exploit BM and it's culture. I'd love to live in a world where I could trust everyone to respect each others wishes but we don't. I, as a burner, would MUCH rather put my trust in the Burning Man LLC that has proven itself to act in it's participants best interest for 20 years over some jerk who wants to make "BM Girls gone wild".

more than 5 years ago
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Burning Man Responds To EFF's Criticism of Policy

Supergibbs Re:Despite BM assurances ... (210 comments)

Yes BM is an LLC but for good reasons explained here. They don't accept investors, have any commercial sponsorships, or endorse any products. They don't allow outside vendors and only sell coffee/tea and ice at the event. They definitely aren't out to make a lot of cash and have very few year round staff. A lot of the event staff is volunteer.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Burning Man Usurps Digital Rights

Supergibbs Re:the BMO (439 comments)

Then the simplest (and least abusable) solution would be to ban cameras entirely. That would be fair, and not susceptible to abuse. Problem solved.

And hard to enforce..... 50k participants and not that much BM staff

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Burning Man Usurps Digital Rights

Supergibbs Re:the BMO (439 comments)

There is a good reason for this. As it says in the article "Burning Man strives to celebrate our individuality, creativity and free spirit," this is true, very true AT Burning Man. There are few rules and lots of fun. The press rule is there to protect the participants. Many take this opportunity to express themselves but don't really want to show the world their Burning Man side. At Burning Man, you are not supposed to take picture without permission but inevitably this happens. This press rule allows participants a way to protect themselves. It's not abused by the Burning Man Organization.

While Burning Man is NOT a nonprofit, they don't accept investors, have any commercial sponsorships, or endorse any products. They don't allow outside vendors and only sell coffee/tea and ice at the event. They definitely aren't out to make a lot of cash and have no need to advertise. Word of mouth grows Burning Man fast enough, almost 50,000 participants at the last burn. They'd much rather make their participants feel safe.

more than 5 years ago
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The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

Supergibbs Re:Yes (782 comments)

So you are basically saying you cannot make ethical GPL software for the iPhone?

more than 5 years ago
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How Microsoft Has Changed Without Bill Gates

Supergibbs Re:How soon we forget (493 comments)

I know, I know, there's all sorts of arguments that macs can get viruses,

That isn't (or shouldn't be) the argument. In my mind, there is no questions that Macs CAN get viruses, it's just that no one will take the time to find exploits and write one when they can hit the majority of computers by hitting windows. I can't wait until the tipping point when there are enough Apple users to make it worth it. Then we can all laugh at the silly Apple users that thought they were invincible.

more than 5 years ago
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Making a Child Locating System

Supergibbs Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (1092 comments)

He knows his daughter better than we all do.

I know it's your signature...but still.... haha

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

Supergibbs Re:Surprise! (500 comments)

No, Windows 98SE was the update to Windows 98, remember? We had to pay for service packs back then....

more than 4 years ago

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Rock band uses surveillance cameras for video

Supergibbs Supergibbs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Supergibbs writes "A pretty creative and low cost music video. From the article:

"An unsigned rock band from Manchester, England didn't have the money to make a professional video for its new song, 'Paper.' But The Get Out Clause had an idea: why not use some of the 13 million surveillance cameras that keep a watchful eye on British citizens? So the band played to some 80 surveillance cameras in its home town, requested the footage under a freedom of information law, then used the clips to make a video.""

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WGA Strike NOT over!

Supergibbs Supergibbs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Supergibbs writes "The announcement that the Writers' Guild strike is over is false. From my source in the media industry, I heard it's because they are trying to put on pressure so the Grammys don't get canceled. If the networks say the strike is over and then the WGA says it's not, the WGA will look bad. That is the idea at least..."
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TrueCrypt 5.0 Released

Supergibbs Supergibbs writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Supergibbs writes "Today, the next major version of TrueCrypt 5.0 was released. TrueCrypt is an awesome, open source security application that allows you to make an encrypted drive or partition. Great for a secure USB drive. It's cross platform and supports a variety of encryption algorithms. As of this submission, the site is overwhelmed but when the dust clears go check it out. Until then, more information is available at Wikipedia"

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