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ARM chip that runs comfortably at over 3GHz

TomHeal Next-Gen Devices (2 comments)

Should be interesting to see it performing on next-gen Smartphones/Tablets/Netbooks. No information on the power consumption though.

more than 2 years ago
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Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

TomHeal Re:it's the constraints of the world (531 comments)

If we don't get off this rock, we will follow the path of the dinosaurs or even worse. Whether by interplanetary impact or a hugely destructive solar storm or a disastrous disease mutation etc.

On this world we live in borrowed time and probability will catch up to use sooner or later, suck it up, extinction is inevitable when you are bound to a planet, it is just the way of things.

I dispute that getting off Earth will solve our problems. Our problems go a whole lot deeper than that. In fact we seem far more likely to destroy ourselves than a meteor crashing anytime soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Woz Fears Stifling of Startups Due to Patent Wars

TomHeal Re:The market for all of them. (300 comments)

Here is my summary:

Apple got to the top fairly because it has great products. That is good.
Apple is trying to stay at the top by killing its competitors unfairly. That is bad.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Countersues Yahoo Over 10 Patents

TomHeal All I can say is... (80 comments)

... this like a battle of the stupidest trick. Each side is pulling out it's tricks and trying to beat the other with a trick more obvious than the last.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Gov't Bans Huawei From National Network Bids

TomHeal Re:Oh no! National interest trumping the Free Mark (168 comments)

I distinctly remember the previous Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declaring loudly that he was going to push through a Supertax of about 30% on mining. Next thing we knew there were rumbles and he was ousted very quickly. I personally suspected it was the big mining corporations that lent on the government. Just my two cents.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom

TomHeal Re:Alchemy? (185 comments)

If we can ignore the silliness for a moment, it seems exciting that we are getting better at exploring material science at the atomic level.

more than 2 years ago
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X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

TomHeal Re:Looking in the wrong places (479 comments)

Sounds like a tagline to a new movie:
He was just a man looking for education in all the wrong places.

more than 2 years ago
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A Better Way To Program

TomHeal Re:That video was INCREDIBLE! (467 comments)

I think I'm generally surprised why this story received so much negative feedback from slashdot.

Everyone is different. Perhaps this style of programming will work better for some people. We should be willing to accept others can approach programming from a different angle.

more than 2 years ago
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MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today

TomHeal Re:IBM/Microsoft set back IT 20 years at least. (433 comments)

By introducing such a lame technology like the IBM PC and MS DOS, IBM/Microsoft set back the IT industry 20 years or more.

We could have 32 bit machines with GUI, preemptive multitasking and hardware-accelerated 3D graphics much earlier.

I seem to remember that the hardware needed for multitasking and graphics were prohibitively expensive for the average computer user.

more than 3 years ago
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Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux

TomHeal Re:Linux vs HURD (335 comments)

It may not be anywhere near Linux, but I find it interesting that HURD development continues.

more than 3 years ago
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Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range By 300%

TomHeal Re:This might be real (182 comments)

This might actually work.

I have a preference for results instead of "this might actually work."

more than 3 years ago
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South Korean Textbooks to Go Digital by 2015

TomHeal Re:digital rights (123 comments)

Why does the education system rely on overpriced commercial literature at all?

Good question. Perhaps we could start a Wikipedia style website for people to contribute educational material. This information could be organised textbook style and printed cheaply and easily for use in schools.

more than 3 years ago
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The Dark Side of Making L.A. Noire

TomHeal Re:Constructive dismissal (242 comments)

Before signing a contract, it's a good idea to hire a lawyer to look at the document. It may save you some heartache.

more than 3 years ago
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Another Android Device Maker Signs Patent Agreement With Microsoft

TomHeal Re:Help me out here (203 comments)

Software patents are essentially patenting a thought process. One thing the internet has taught me is that the world is VAST. Nearly anything I can think of, has been thought of by someone else. I think you can see the problem with patenting a thought process.

more than 3 years ago
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2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released

TomHeal Re:From lesson 0 (167 comments)

"A programmer will eventually tell you to use Mac OSX or Linux. If the programmer likes fonts and typography, they'll tell you to get a Mac OSX computer. If they like control and have a huge beard, they'll tell you to install Linux. Again, use whatever computer you have right now that works."

I run Windows because I like to play games :)

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

TomHeal Re:Oh the irony (535 comments)

To the publisher, the resale of the game is the same as a pirate copy - they get nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux-Based Gaming Handheld To Rely On Low Material Cost, Indie Apps

TomHeal It's too early.. (137 comments)

to tell if it will actually be made. It looks like a concept at the moment. I'd want more detailed information about it's components before getting my hopes up.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?

TomHeal I know... (492 comments)

'Geeks' are in 'fashion' right now but I'm too socially inept to take advantage of it.

more than 3 years ago

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