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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Trouvist Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

I completely agree with you except one problem with your logic. People, for centuries, spent hours a day looking down at their desks before these new-fangled computer monitors let us look levelly.

Have a good day though, and I love the anti-touchscreen, pro-mouse/keyboard sentiment!

about 3 months ago

UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

Trouvist Re:Lets not hope it's like the NHS IT disaster (266 comments)

The next column in the database was probably the key for the RC4 cypher. Which was probably an MD5 hash of the original data, no less.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Trouvist Must Read Books (796 comments)

In Order:

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler
Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank
Godel, Escher, and Bach - Douglas Hofstadter

This should give anyone a good look into the way humanity works, and you can truly look past any libertarian, communist, or religious. Lots of thinking and perspective. I've omitted many others have already suggested.

about 4 months ago

Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers Could Cut Costs and Carbon

Trouvist Re:What's a fuel cell? (108 comments)

Combustion of Hydrogen Creates Water. The hydrogen reacts quite powerfully and rapidly with the oxidizing agent (in this case, Oxygen) and creates water. If that harms the atmosphere in any way, I'd be quite surprised.

about 5 months ago

Realtime GPU Audio

Trouvist Re:RESONANCE FREQUENCY (157 comments)

As a pedantic engineer, I beg to differ. A frequency can very much resonate, just not the way you're thinking. Ever seen any scary movie from before 1980?

about a year ago

Realtime GPU Audio

Trouvist Re:RESONANCE FREQUENCY (157 comments)

"I couldn't care less how many people tell me it is legitimate."

about a year ago

Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

Trouvist Re:I must be getting old (281 comments)

I've got post-it notes on my desk older than this thing. Still havent called mom.

But isn't she just upstairs?

about a year ago

How Apple's Story Is Like Breaking Bad

Trouvist Re:Shocking! (288 comments)

For a moment there I expected you to use the word Maverick.

about a year and a half ago

Should Journalists Embrace Jargon?

Trouvist Re:The use of jargons (184 comments)

I'll be that pedantic grammar slashdotter, but it's actually "incorrectly." Wrongly denotes more along the lines of the subject being incorrect, rather than the action being taken. Hence, incorrectly.

about a year and a half ago

Nature: Global Temperatures Are a Falling Trend

Trouvist Re:Cool. (786 comments)

So let's see, there are a few holes in your argument. I don't think your environmentalist point of view is necessarily wrong, but some of the evidence you provide is flawed.

It's important you realize that the majority of photosynthesis doesn't include trees, see for example algaes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_sink
Additionally, our cars are not even a blip on the global scale for carbon output: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1229857/How-16-ships-create-pollution-cars-world.html
Furthermore, while it isn't on a global scale, we've basically stopped having a negative impact on forest sizes here in the US for a while: http://www.wendmag.com/greenery/2011/02/the-u-s-has-more-trees-now-than-100-years-ago/
Next, many of the sources of greenhouse gases are unrelated to burning things, and just normal biological processes which are involved in food PRODUCTION: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/mammals/methane-cow.htm

Food for thought (pun intended), but I'm not challenging your goals, just want you to be more informed in your arguments or you make yourself and any others that hold your views look bad.

about 2 years ago

Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?

Trouvist Re:IBM T221 (565 comments)

We bought out the last 15 from IBM's stockpile a few years ago and now everyone at the office is using one. It's spectacular.

about 2 years ago

CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Trouvist Re:Supernova SN1987A (1088 comments)

Reading earlier in the thread, someone suggested that if neutrinos are really tachyons, then they have negative mass. The only thing that would make them go SLOWER would be to add energy to them. In a supernova, I would suspect an immense amount of energy, necessitating them appearing very close to the speed of light, whereas ones with no relative energy added would have speeds measurably faster than the speed of light.

more than 2 years ago

Science Programs Hit Hard By Proposed Budget

Trouvist Re:Is anybody really surprised? (395 comments)

Go look up progressive fair taxes.... you know... tax the car that costs 500$ proportional to how insanely expensive it is... let's say the tax on it is $1m even. And then let s not tax food/shelter/clothing any. That way, the less you spend on non-essentials, the more you save... so if you WANTED to save up for the 500k$ car, you could, just by not paying taxes anywhere else. In the end, for the system, its the same even if you save for 5 years, because you'll pay more in taxes for the more expensive items later on.

more than 3 years ago

Universe 250+ Times Bigger Than What Is Observable

Trouvist Re:What does that even mean? (506 comments)

"Just personally, I've never seen a truly convincing mechanic for explaining just how the last one would work."

Go read about the poincare disk and non-euclidean geometries... spherically-shaped universes which work similarly to general relativity (curvature of space-time, think about that statement) which means that the closer to the edge you get, the harder it is to get there, similar to the faster you go the harder it to accelerate. Basically, the edge of the universe is a limit in the mathematical sense, as well as the physical one, such that as you approach it, it becomes increasingly harder to hit it. This means that your distance relative to a certain point distant will approach a constant value, isn't that the definition of a wall? (even if you cant see it)

more than 3 years ago

Testing Mobile Phones For Controlling Space Missions

Trouvist Re:Sure, NASA allows them on their flights... (119 comments)

Last I checked, Hawaii was more southern than Florida, however, it's much farther away relative to the continental US. Unless, of course, the island has shifted northerly (a direction isn't supposedly NOT moving).

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Fights Apple Trademark On 'App Store'

Trouvist Re:Windows (425 comments)

how about "Crapple store" or "Crapple app store" ?

more than 3 years ago

Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

Trouvist Re:So What? (765 comments)


just thought you should know, as well as relevant plugins and extensions for chrome, which does now have an ad-blocker

more than 3 years ago

It's Surprisingly Hard To Notice When Moving Objects Change

Trouvist Hmmm (140 comments)

As a former competitor at the world-level in first person shooters, perhaps my cortex has adapted differently, because when I stare at the dots in the center, I can always tell that the shape or hue or brightness are changing. I can tell when they change and how they change. I can see how in many ways this might be true for 99.99% of the population, but when you spend man-years staring at stationary dots in the center of a screen (crosshair) while "looking around" in-game waiting to notice single-pixel changes out of the ordinary, maybe you learn to notice it?

more than 3 years ago


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