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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

UnknownSoldier Re:Any reason? (65 comments)

Each web tab runs in its own process; you can see the CPU, Memory, per tab. Use: More tools > Task Manager

Looks like Chrome removed the FPS column

5 days ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

UnknownSoldier Re:Slashdot (62 comments)

There are still a few of us left ... ... although with that the shitty UI Beta I wonder how long before it drives the rest of us away for good.

Reddit? Please. While it has some fantastic sub-reddits, Reddit is the Dig of Slashdot. The majority is full of whiny emo teens who down vote anything "Just Because". It's moderation system sucks -- it provides no context for why something was up/down voted.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

UnknownSoldier Re:Enough already (57 comments)

As an OpenGL and UI/UX expert "Preaching to the choir!"
Fads go in ~20 year cycles. Hopefully the latest UI fad to flatten everything will start to change. /Oblg. Windows 1 vs Windows 8.
http://charlie.amigaspirit.hu/...

5 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

UnknownSoldier Re:How?? (105 comments)

Your fallacy is assuming consciousness is dependent on a physical body.

about a week ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

UnknownSoldier Re:Oh yeah? (177 comments)

Because you missed the point about _good_ UI.

*Good* UI doesn't conflate the issue between Signal and Noise.

if your brain wastes time trying to figure out WHAT you can and can't click on the UI designer has fucked up.

We use color, textures, drop-shadows, and skeuomorphism to all help provide _visual clues_ for the user.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

UnknownSoldier Re:Don’t really get it (473 comments)

/sarcasm But, but, but, then I can't brag to my online gamer friends about how I'm stupid enough to spent $60 for the ePenis bragging rights of owning the latest Ubisuck's game.

A sudden outbreak of common sense? Color me shocked ! :-)

As an ex hard core gamer, I now wait a ~year for when the game is discounted for < $10. That way I get all the patches and know I'm buying a game that doesn't suck.

i.e.
After pre-ordering Tomb Raider for full price in Feb last year, only to have it be available for $5 on Steam's sales in December, I swore I'll never pay full price again.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

UnknownSoldier H-O-L-Y fucls .. people so damn UP TIGHT ! (350 comments)

Oh noes! B(.)(.)Bies and _natural_ instinct of a mother feeding their child. /sarcasm Quick! Get out the pitchforks and pull the racism card out of your ass!

If people are so damn uptight how about a big dish of:

"Grow the fuck up and get over yourself."

This is a NON ISSUE.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

UnknownSoldier Re:Cutting Edge .. bullshit (177 comments)

> The primary job of a UI is NOT to help, not hinder.

Obviously, it should read:

> The primary job of a UI is NOT to hinder, but to help.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

UnknownSoldier Cutting Edge .. bullshit (177 comments)

> Whether or not you agree with their choices, they're the cutting edge of mobile UX design.

As an UX expert, this "flat design" is NOT cutting edge. It is retro gaudy.
i.e.
Windows 1.0 vs Windows 8

It is like these idiot UI/UX designers tossed _everything_ we have learnt about WIMP for the past 20 years right out the window.

There is _nothing_ wrong with skeuomorphism when it is used in balance.

This flat design so that users no longer have visual clues as what is a (dynamic) button and (static) text is idiotic and retarded. The primary job of a UI is NOT to help, not hinder.

The gaudy colors are just the icing on the rotten cake.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

UnknownSoldier Re:Sweet, can we stop talking about it now? (250 comments)

I _never_ said they were _invented_ at those dates.

The point was all I did is summarize the decades and what was (roughly) scape goated at the time -- which you _completely_ missed.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

UnknownSoldier Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

The problem is MS doesn't have a fucking clue what the customer wants.

They are so out of touch with reality that they are sad but funny.

i.e.
* Xbox One < -- yeah, let's copy Apple' iPad marketing department. Let's fuck over every one talking about the Xbox by creating confusion. "I have an Xbox one." "The new one or the old?" *facepalm*

* Microsoft's "Fuck You to multiple IE versions." It is completely idiotic that normally you are only allowed to install one version of iE. Gee, I need to test my browser code against _multiple_ browser versions. Why am I forced to use SandBoxie ??

* Let's shove the new metrosexual UI down people's throat never mind that company's IT dept. will have to suck up the wasted man hours of teaching people a new UI.

* Let's ignore power users. We _finally_ have virtual desktops in Windows. We've had this for ~20 years in Linux, and 7 years in OSX.

* Let's shove the new ribbon UI down people's throat instead of presenting BOTH the menu bar AND the ribbon, like on OSX.

* Apple is now giving their OS away for FREE! Yet MS continues to charge $100 / OEM copy. If MS would just sell Windows XP and Windows 7 digital .ISOs + Serial Key for $20 people then might wouldn't mind the stupid "Microsoft Tax."

* MS has a long history of forced artificial obsolescence by requiring the latest Windows to run the latest DirectX.
Want to run Direct 9, fuck you Windows 2000. Want to run Direct X 10, fuck you Windows XP. Want to run DirectX 12, fuck you Windows 7.

* PowerShell is a classic NIH. Can you run programs that start with a number yet?! LOL.

How is that WebGL support working out for you IE ? Gee, _now_ you are starting to support _open_ standard ?! Who knew!

How many Billions did you dump into Bing?

How is that ROI working out for you on Skype (8.5 Billion), and Mojang (for Minecraft) (2.5 Billion) ?

If MS actually _respected_ its customers, and didn't do dumb shit maybe we wouldn't hate them so much.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

UnknownSoldier Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (319 comments)

Yeah I never copy code. In my mind there is no point. I want to _understand_ how it works -- not just be a code monkey.

I think I can count on one hand all the times I've looked at other people's code to see how some of the finer details of the algorithm work but I'll just write the code from scratch. That, and along with debugging it, helps me to understand its edge cases, the domain it is strong at, and the areas where it is weak.

Your point about library code is conflating the issue.

There is a huge difference between calling someone else's code, and passing their work off as your own .

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

UnknownSoldier Re:Sweet, can we stop talking about it now? (250 comments)

The blame game has always been popular. It is always some made up bullshit excuse instead of finding & treating the root problem. One small set (or sect/group/cult) of society tries to blame an inanimate object for all of society's woes and spreads their propaganda to anyone who will listen.

Every "next technology" is always scapegoated.

1900 Film
1920 Prohibition (Alcohol), Phonographs
1930 Jazz, Movies
1940 Radio
1950 Dancing
1960 Psychedelic Drugs, Sex
1970 Rock n Roll, Movies (again)
1980 MTV, DnD, Heavy Metal
1990 Computer Games
2000 Internet and "strangers online"
2010 Guns

Then you have idiot psychiatrists like this who say 20+ year olds playing computer games is not "normal."
http://www.destructoid.com/pla...

To which I'll counter:

1. Hey fucking retard -- the medium is irrelevant.
Why is playing a card, board, or sports game like poker, go, chess, or baseball / hockey / basketball / etc. considered "normal", yet playing a digital game isn't normal??

2. Well guess what -- all these people were not normal as well:

Leonardo da Vinci was not normal
Isaac Newton was not normal
Charles Darwin was not normal
Albert Einstein was not normal
Stephen Hawking is not normal

Normal people don't do exceptional things.

The real issue is:

Are _you_ balanced in your daily activities, responsibilities, and hobbies?

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

UnknownSoldier Re:Okay, but (429 comments)

+1 well said!

Minor comments:

> which is an empty concept, like the Philosopher's Stone

Only a spiritual idiot would think the process of Alchemy referred to a _physical_ process -- it is about a spiritual transformation. But then again most men are clueless and completely fail to understand the allegorical pattern -- they automatically assume a literal interpretation. The problem with any fundamentalist is their myopic view.

For example:
  1 + 1 = 1

People ask how?

Proof: Marriage -- but you won't understand the answer until you live it.

> or an honest politician.

Hehe. /Oblg.
Q. How do you know when a politician is lying?
A. When they are talking.
  (Variations include; When their lips move)

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

UnknownSoldier Re:So what does not work? (140 comments)

That's easy.

Wikipedia's idiotic "No Trivia" policy.

As they say "One man's trivia is another man's useless data."

Just because _you_ don't find the information useful does _not_ imply _no one_ finds the information interesting.

I _like_ knowing about cultural references, easter eggs, trivia, in movies, games, books, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

UnknownSoldier Re: Wonderful (588 comments)

> The texts of the Bible express differing theological positions

As the disciple James says that was _intentional_.

James having thus spoken, the elders were in an agony of terror. Therefore James, perceiving that they were greatly afraid, said:

"Hear me, brethren and fellow-servants. If we should give the books to all indiscriminately, and they should be corrupted by any daring men, or be perverted by interpretations, as you have heard that some have already done, it will remain even for those who really seek the truth, always to wander in error. Wherefore it is better that they should be with us, and that we should communicate them with all the fore-mentioned care to those who wish to live piously, and to save others. But if any one, after taking this adjuration, shall act otherwise, he shall with good reason incur eternal punishment. For why should not he who is the cause of the destruction of others not be destroyed himself?"

The disciple Peter said the same thing:

"But I would not have you think, that in saying this I take away the power of judging concerning things; but I give counsel that no one walk through devious places, and rush into errors without end. And therefore I advise not only wise men, but indeed all men who have a desire of knowing what is advantageous to them, that they seek after the true Prophet; for it is He alone who knoweth all things, and who knoweth what and how every man is seeking. For He is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other. But He is soon found by those who diligently seek Him through love of the truth, and whose souls are not taken possession of by wickedness. For He is present with those who desire Him in the innocence of their spirits, who bear patiently, and draw sighs from the bottom of their hearts through love of the truth; but He deserts malevolent minds, because as a prophet He knows the thoughts of every one. And therefore let no one think that he can find Him by his own wisdom, unless, as we have said, he empty his mind of all wickedness, and conceive a pure and faithful desire to know Him. For when any one has so prepared himself, He Himself as a prophet, seeing a mind prepared for Him, of His own accord offers Himself to his knowledge."

> so anyone who infers a singular position from the text is picking and choosing.

Incorrect. As the teacher Yeshua taught:

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Any _apparent_ inconsistency is because:

a) someone is not understanding the purpose of the contradiction -- it is a literal "WAKE UP!" to the reader. See next point:
b) someone falling for the fallacy of a strict literal interpretation and completely oblivious to the 2 other higher meanings,
c) failing to understand that _men_ wrote contradictory scripture. As the prophet Jeremiah says:

"'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?

Only an complete and utter idiot would believe that God required animal sacrifices. Jeremiah shows the development of the mind of those who seek:

Jeremiah 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.

Yeshua quotes Jeremiah exactly when he said:

No blood offering, of beast or bird, or man, can take away sin. For how can the conscience be purged from sin by the shedding of innocent blood? Nay, it will increase the condemnation. The priests indeed receive such offerings as a reconciliation of the worshippers for the trespasses against the Law of Moses; but for sins against the Law of God there can be no remission, save by repentance and amendment. Is it not written in the prophets, "Put your blood sacrifices to your burnt offerings, and away with them, and cease from the eating flesh. I did not speak to your fathers nor commanded them, concerning these things, when I brought them out of Egypt. But this thing I commanded saying, Obey my voice and walk in the ways that I have commanded you, and you will be my people, and it shall be well with you."

  A spiritual person would recognize that they are to sacrifice their own animal desires. i.e. some men get so mad they behave like a bull in a china shop. That is the meaning of "Tame the beast within."

Again Yeshua taught:

"Love you one another and all the creatures of God, Yet I say to you, not all are men, who are in the form of man. Are they men or women in the image of God whose ways of violence, of oppression and wrong, who choose a lie rather than the truth?"

With that said, sometimes it is best to do the literal dogma until you understand the spiritual meaning.

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

UnknownSoldier Re:Take away for me (217 comments)

That is a great point !

Yes, they really need to look at the same programmer across procedural, functional, and OOP languages. In my experience programmers that don't understand how to use C well tend to be very poor Java, etc. programmers. :-( Understanding low levels such as memory usage and cache performance, the ability to read assembly, and knowing concepts such as register spell and branch prediction, while not "necessary" for the modern programmer all help you to be a much better programmer by understanding what the machine is doing. People who suggest "Just throw memory / cpu / hardware at a problem" are piss-poor programmers.

However consider the majority of programmers 0.5% can't even grok a simple 4* case if-then statement of FizzBuzz ....

* http://blog.codinghorror.com/w...
* http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?FizzBuz...

... then I would say the bigger problem is teaching programmers to have critical thinking. Stop over-engineering everything. Here is an article on "Criminal Overengineering."

* http://coderoom.wordpress.com/...

This is the reason modern programs chew up megabytes of RAM and people _still_ are waiting on a GHz CPU.

Somewhere along the way we lost the importance of K.I.S.S. -- Keep it Simple Stupid.

--

* The 4 cases are:

  1. n mod 15 = 0, print fizzbuzz
  2. n mod 5 print buzz
  3. n mod 3 printf fizz
  4. default: print n

about three weeks ago

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Quantum Levivation

UnknownSoldier UnknownSoldier writes  |  more than 3 years ago

UnknownSoldier (67820) writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can "lock" a magnetic field into place with a semiconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might someday we see high speed trains that will be "impossible" to tip over or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
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