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Photoshop Disaster Draws DMCA Notice For Boing Boing

TomRK1089 Re:I'm grateful (391 comments)

Have fun clicking that link in print. :P

more than 5 years ago
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Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu

TomRK1089 Re:Good on him (513 comments)

No, the problem is you literally can't install some software on Macs running a few minor versions behind. I have a 10.3 Mac and I can't update Java. That, in turn, limits a lot of cross-platform Java apps. That makes them not very 'cross platform.' On the other hand I had an old Win98 desktop that ran Firefox 2.x fine right up until the drive failed -- and plenty of other modern apps.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

TomRK1089 Re:Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (1120 comments)

Then you and I want totally different things. I want the story. I like how there's bits of dialog you can stick around and listen to, or old newspaper clippings to read to get more of the backstory. I'd rather have the immersive experience. I believe there was an interview with the Valve devs where they stated they left Gordon mute to allow the players to mentally view themselves as him, and they figured a voice would jar them out of that.

It seems to me, you'd prefer more of a run and gun, DOOM style game. And that's fine. But I don't see that as an argument for a reboot.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

TomRK1089 Re:Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (1120 comments)

Half Life 2 is "open world?" I love the game, but it's totally linear. There's a series of arenas connected by narrow passages. Episode 2 had slightly more space, what with the driving sequence at the end, but even that was still an arena. And Gordon was mute all through the first game, so I don't understand why you feel it "works" in that one and not in the sequels.

more than 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay to Become a Distributed Storage Cloud?

TomRK1089 Re:Torrent-like file storage seems bad (131 comments)

That's what I would do, sure. But if they're dropping more than a million dollars, they must be trying to attract some business customers, I'd assume.

more than 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay to Become a Distributed Storage Cloud?

TomRK1089 Re:Torrent-like file storage seems bad (131 comments)

That's what I'm thinking. I thought the whole point of the cloud was that it was still controlled servers, but a big ol' chunk of them, with Google style redundancy, so that it's not "My powerpoint is on Server A-436-Z," it's "My powerpoint is hosted with $DOMAIN." This sounds like you're gonna trust some 13-year old kid to never turn his PC off (or slow down the bandwidth when he plays WoW for 7 hours just when I need my files.) What happens when one of your users has an AOL style dynamic IP that changes every time they log in? What happens when there's a brownout in CA and that takes out 200 of your users? Can someone explain how they avoid what appears to be technical and reliability hurdles here?

more than 5 years ago
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Pandora Wants Radio Stations To Pay For Music, Too

TomRK1089 Re:Subterfuge (253 comments)

I agree. Pandora tried to avoid the fees, and failed. I see this as not an endorsement but a backhanded rebuttal -- "Well, industry, time to put your money where your mouth is! Is radio good because it generates buzz, and it being free is the acceptable tradeoff, or not?"

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

TomRK1089 Re:The web is NOT the OS (1089 comments)

Ooooh man you have no idea. I'm working with another guy here at university, maintaining this application started back in 99. It's terrible.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

TomRK1089 Re:The web is NOT the OS (1089 comments)

Aha, misread GWT as AWT -- that explains a lot. Obviously I need more caffeine before I should be allowed to comment on /.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

TomRK1089 Re:The web is NOT the OS (1089 comments)

Wait, how are you going from Java source, to Java bytecode, and then magically to JavaScript? I think I missed something here, because despite the names, those are two very different languages in implementation. (Scope in Java versus "every variable is global" in JS just for starters)

more than 5 years ago
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Andreessen's Secret Plan To Find the Next Netscape

TomRK1089 Re:sound familiar (130 comments)

Let me introduce you to a technology known as RSS.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked

TomRK1089 Re:err, why? (376 comments)

Apple comes from the tradition where hardware is just a platform for software.

That's totally why Apple allows you to install OSX on any platform, and why no one cares about the shiny brushed aluminum cases or paying extra for getting a black MacBook instead of a white one -- because dammit, no one cares about the hardware! Seriously, though, my bad attempt at snark aside, isn't the Apple philosophy high-quality hardware that you never have to muck around with? Isn't that their justification for the somewhat higher prices?

more than 5 years ago
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Student Who Released Code From Assignments Accused of Cheating

TomRK1089 Massive Debt (333 comments)

If your education puts you in debt that lasts a lifetime, you did it wrong. Yes, not everyone can afford even a public university, but most of the state unis around here have far, far lower tuition than anywhere else. And you can go to a community college for the first two years to knock out those damn Gen Eds for even cheaper than that. Yeah, there's a lot less scholarship money to go around now, but there's still some federal aid money that you can get your hands on too. The problem that I observed from my graduating class was that no one wanted to 'lower' themselves to a public university. Cutting off their nose to spite their face, and all.

more than 5 years ago
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Online Vigilantes, Or "Crowdsourced Justice"

TomRK1089 Re:It's great! ...until... (339 comments)

Why did such an obvious troll get +4 Informative? Because obviously the justice system with checks and balances is inferior to beating the snot out of someone on what amounts to hearsay.

more than 5 years ago
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Ten Applications That Changed Computing

TomRK1089 Photoshop killed Film? (437 comments)

"In creating a new market for digital imaging Adobe also managed to kill off another market; photo printing and film developing. I'm sure in the corporate halls of companies like Fuji and Kodak, Photoshop is about as popular as a Christmas-time shaved ice vendor in Moscow."

Somehow I doubt that. Photoshop doesn't put glossy paper in your printer or make it easy to print a whole memory card's worth of photos at once. Those were separate developments that led to the widespread adoption of the digital format.

If anything I'd say businesses adopting those all in one kiosks helped kill film. Now instead of needing to set up your own print lab with expensive paper, ink, and printer, you could take your CD or stick to WalMart or CVS.

more than 5 years ago
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Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

TomRK1089 Re:Java (491 comments)

Eclipse for me is speedy but greedy. If you're willing to let it suck up RAM it'll run perfectly fine.

more than 5 years ago
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What Free IDE Do You Use?

TomRK1089 Re:ID what? (1055 comments)

Hmm, I see. My post was a bit more snarky than I meant it to be -- I really am curious as to doing it other ways.

more than 5 years ago
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What Free IDE Do You Use?

TomRK1089 Re:ID what? (1055 comments)

You don't use debuggers? Ever? That, to me, seems more inefficient and wasteful than any downsides to developing within an IDE. So when something gets bollocksed up, you just start guessing where the problem is, as opposed to stepping through the program and examining it? Or do you just stick ten thousand print statements in?

Even for the trivial C projects I've had in my CIS courses at uni I was glad to have some basic knowledge on how to use GDB. It's a lot easier, in my mind, to look at the program as it executes and see exactly what broke (bad memory allocation or deallocation, wrong function call, whatever) then to make a change, try again, make another change, try again...

more than 5 years ago

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Boeing Develops New Aerial Firefighting Technique

TomRK1089 TomRK1089 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TomRK1089 writes "Wildfires in the Western states have always been a concern for many, including the aerial daredevils who work on extinguishing them via death-defying air drops, parachutists who cut firebreaks, and spotter planes who track the progress of emerging fires. In addition to the formidible challenges posed by nature itself, firefighters must also contend with old planes and older pilots, as well as debating whether or not aerial firefighting should be a military operation. Now Boeing may have resolved at least part of the struggle in eliminating a major portion of the risk. A news release from the Boeing website proposes a new system known as Precision Aerial Fire Fighting, which would allow optimally designed 'water bombs' to be dropped from greater heights at precise locations on the ground from C-17 aircraft. The advantage lies in the fact that the C-17 can make these precision drops from a much greater height than the helicopters and other fixed wing aircraft currently used. William Cleary, the project manager for Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Airlift and Tanker organization, states that "the C-17 can airdrop from 1,000 to 2,000 feet above ground level using precision navigation and airdrop instrumentation, remaining safely away from the fire and winds," he said. "If a C-17 were used, this delivery system is remarkably cost effective, and the savings in lives and property make it an interesting possibility for the Air National Guard.""
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