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Math Skills For Programmers — Necessary Or Not?

TheLeopardsAreComing Physics Software Programming (609 comments)

I write a lot of software for experimental physics applications, statistics is absolutely vital for data analysis software... Calc is essential for PID control methods as well. It really depends on what you want to do, but having higher level math skills will make you a better programmer in the long run.

more than 4 years ago

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone

TheLeopardsAreComing Re:If you can dream it you can Doom it. (161 comments)

Ha ha you're correct... I don't hang out enough at the coffee shop enough to be considered an "apple user" though. But from an ASIC design standpoint (when it first came out) it was pretty impressive what the iPhone could do -- I'm looking forward to seeing how the open nature of google will change the mobile device industry. I feel like the older games that people are porting over to mobile devices are popping out now because it presents software developers an interesting but achievable challenge... limited graphics, cache, memory, drive space, etc. There does not seem to be much seriousness in the whole process.

more than 4 years ago

An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

TheLeopardsAreComing Take my privacy (please). (316 comments)

"Restraints on governmental power have their pros and cons, and many people who are targeted by government investigations really are evil."

The argument is already flawed, assuming that mostly evil people will be targeted. Now we have another loophole to be exploited. This is yet another example of the bastardization of our legal system.

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

more than 4 years ago

RAID's Days May Be Numbered

TheLeopardsAreComing Quantum Hard Drives (444 comments)

Yes, this is as cool as it sounds! Along with the implementation of the quantum computer (which have been speculated to crack pretty much every encryption algorithm known, because it's capable of sending every possible answer at the same time), the implementation of the Quantum hard drive has been explored. Different orientations of spin give 1's and 0's as well as both 1&2 spin (superposition factor). These properties could be used to create very dense and stable hard drives. Someday our HDD's will be the tape drives of today!

about 5 years ago

Future of NASA's Manned Spaceflight Looks Bleak

TheLeopardsAreComing This is just a slash article... (452 comments)

The $8 billion of the project money that has already been spent has gone towards research and development... which is the most expensive part of a project like this. The other reason why this is a slash article, is because of the technology that comes from the research and development... velcro, your 7 hour laptop battery, GPS, satellite television, efficiency improvements in solar panels just to name a few. Plenty of good will come of this trip if we see it through, not only the US, but the rest of the world... were all human here aren't we?

about 5 years ago

US Tests System To Evade Foreign Web Censorship

TheLeopardsAreComing Anti-Censorship (219 comments)

Hell Yeah! It should always be up to the user to censor themselves... not some organization with an agenda (whatever that may be)

more than 5 years ago

Hitler's Stealth Fighter

TheLeopardsAreComing The German's are doing it. (582 comments)

I remember hearing about this thinking, "Does this actually work?". Many historians seem to think that If they had this earlier it could have changed the tide of the war... Still, what fool in a wooden plane would mess with the P-51 Mustang? Nobody, thats who. Very cool that had stealth technology... even if it was in its infancy.

more than 5 years ago

Siemens, Nokia Helped Provide Iran's Censoring Tech

TheLeopardsAreComing Dying News = Skewed News (280 comments)

The trend here seems to be that Nokia and Cisco are the ones to blame. If you ask me this sounds like more bad news from a dying news source trying to get one last whiff of the limelight. They are all scared of social networking sites because they have millions of eyes and ears... most of which are not tethered to some political agenda.

more than 5 years ago

Black Hole Swallows Star

TheLeopardsAreComing Maybe we'll get a chance to see this happen! (166 comments)

Well unfortunately you cannot tell very much about what happens in this system ( wether it is a binary system or not) by what is happening with the light. You would have to look at the x-ray spectrum to be able to measure the kind of energies in the system. Chandra observatory is the best we can do at the moment... but it seems they still like to measure things in Crabs! But in the mean time, this would be cool to get some photo's of this happening!

more than 5 years ago

Baby Monitors Killing Urban Wi-Fi

TheLeopardsAreComing Bad Parents... Bad! (348 comments)

This is proof that the general public will buy anything if you market it right. If you need a baby monitor that operates at a distance that can't be reached by 900MHz, chances are you're parenting skills are pretty poor to begin with.

more than 5 years ago

Unclean Military Hard Drives Sold On eBay

TheLeopardsAreComing GET A MAGNET! (369 comments)

It's amazing to me in this day and age that highly sensitive information is leaked via old hard drives. My understanding is this: a.) you have highly sensitive information on a hard drive b.) you thoroughly destroy the disk( magneto, powerful magnet, baseball bat) c.) you check to see if the information was destroyed d.) ? e.) PROFITS If this is not done, some sneaky cheeser is going to find a way to get your info. -- this does not include intentional leaking of info

more than 5 years ago

News Corp Will Charge For Newspaper Websites

TheLeopardsAreComing Rupert is doing some good. (453 comments)

I see many comments about charging for a service that is already free... like he said: "he strives to fix a 'malfunctioning' business model". After all they are businesses like any other, and ad space doesn't always make ends meet these days. I would love to have a free newspaper to read in the morning, but not at the cost of thousands of peoples jobs.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

TheLeopardsAreComing Re:Re (620 comments)

The funny part is that this almost works: preverbal:Having not yet learned to speak --one day it will talk muhuhahaha But thank you!

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

TheLeopardsAreComing Quite a few stability improvements! (620 comments)

Today was the first time everything worked out of the preverbal box! I have owned an Inspiron 1526 for more than a year and have installed ubuntu since 7.10 (and just about every other popular distro). The reason why I got rid of 8.04 was because it would cause a kernel panic when connecting to a wireless network using CA certification... not the case. I used to have to explore the reaches of the internet to find drivers and tutorials for the HDMI hookup... both video and sound worked without a hitch! Loving this upgrade!!!

more than 5 years ago

North Korea Missile Launch Fails

TheLeopardsAreComing Metric System Is To Blame (609 comments)

Oh those Koreans, still using the SI units. When will they learn the only way to get things into space is using FEET and POUNDS?

more than 5 years ago

New Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

TheLeopardsAreComing I think lobbying is afoot! (194 comments)

1.) Instead of a Czar, I like "Commissioner Of The Internets" 2.)Issues like this make me question where these senators get their information. They obviously do not know the current technology well enough to create laws involving it... maybe we should focus more on the lobbyist groups that funded their campaigns and figure out who benefits the most from this!

more than 5 years ago

ABC/Disney Considering Hulu

TheLeopardsAreComing The commercial said it all... (192 comments)

Didn't you see the commercial.... Alec Baldiwn is an alien, ALEC BALDWIN!

more than 5 years ago

Storing Data For the Next 1,000 Years

TheLeopardsAreComing Re:Only half the problem (243 comments)

There's probably room for a lucrative business based around this--
Recording temperature/ weather related patterns Sports scores to every game Schematics on certain technology etc. etc. etc. The possibilities are nearly endless for it's uses. Pretty much everything we need to keep the future heading in the right direction... The only problem is: Could relying to heavily on this technology be leading us to the next Library of Alexandra scale information loss?

more than 6 years ago



NASA GEMS X-Ray Polarization Detection Satellite

TheLeopardsAreComing TheLeopardsAreComing writes  |  about 5 years ago

TheLeopardsAreComing writes "NASA's GEMS (Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer) is set to launch in 2014. The satellite will measure the polarization of X-rays coming from black holes and other objects in space such as Neutron stars. It will be 100 times more sensitive than any previous X-Ray detectors. This is a very open field considering the only polarized X-Ray source measured to date is the Crab nebula."
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