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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

atrus Sharepoint (228 comments)

Seriously, Sharepoint? Does anyone actually like SharePoint?

about a year and a half ago
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Open-Hardware Licensed Handheld Software-Defined Radio In the Works

atrus Re:Why just 2m and 70cm? (50 comments)

The only real limits are: RF front end/IF section (if any, could be a direct conversion) FPGA speed The latter really only comes into play for high datarate/frequency work, so its all in the (hopefully replaceable) front end.

about a year and a half ago
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Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

atrus Re:Wi-Fi? (164 comments)

Already done by some companies, i.e. BMW.

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

atrus Re:Include the context folks (356 comments)

I wouldn't call that last update list up to date :) C++ is at C++11 (2011) Objective-C arguably is at a new version due to weak references and ARC (which are a feature of the compiler) (2011). PHP has had updates (for better or for worse)

more than 2 years ago
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2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

atrus Re:Poor Scala (356 comments)

And what is wrong with Scala? Its miles better than Java. I also don't see Clojure or F# up there.

more than 2 years ago
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FPGA Bitstream Security Broken

atrus Re:Alright, someone help (90 comments)

Technology progress leaves us all in the dust :)

about 3 years ago
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FPGA Bitstream Security Broken

atrus Re:Alright, someone help (90 comments)

Note that most FPGAs (and all of Xilinx's) are SRAM based - the bitstream has to generally be loaded from an external memory IC at boot-time.

about 3 years ago
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Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

atrus Re:And? (615 comments)

Its all an arms race in speed. However, if people were smart and realized that hashing was never a good solution and instead followed something like PBKDF2 with a large C (thousands of rounds), we still would be safe.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: Android User Interface Development

atrus Re:Your first paragraph killed my interest (111 comments)

Since you decided to quote message passing, you don't actually understand the power that message passing brings to the table.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: Android User Interface Development

atrus Re:You've obviously never used iOS Interface Build (111 comments)

I have no idea why you're at 0: Troll. ADT is nothing close to IB, or even Microsoft's WPF tools. If you haven't tried them all, don't rush to make judgement.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Photo of Stolen Ring Puts Couple In Jail

atrus I hope its way more than $16k (143 comments)

I hope its more than $16k - or its a very poor quality diamond (bigger is better right?) - there is no way $16k will net you any diamond at 3 carats.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Channel Buys Rights To Firefly

atrus Re:How many times? (380 comments)

Out of curiosity, which would you consider the bad episodes in Firefly? I agree there are 1-2 less stellar ones, but would like to see if it lines up with what I felt.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Integrate DirectX 11 In Ivy Bridge Chips

atrus Re:Two Questions (199 comments)

OpenGL is crap as you mentioned - its basically nonexistent on Windows, and the Linux version is only marginal.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

atrus OpenGL, Quartz (331 comments)

Most portable? OpenGL. Has the benefit of not requiring huge libraries ala Qt. Consider sticking to OpenGL ES 2.0. Most useful? Quartz/CoreGraphics. Not a portable choice of course, but a good drawing toolkit none the less.

more than 3 years ago
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More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers

atrus Re:Hiders Keepers? (251 comments)

Or, in reality, every skimmer records numbers. The thief comes by with the "dumper", buys some gas while take a complete download of the current recorder memory. Its far less risky on the retrieval of the numbers, especially if the skimmers have already been identified and the cops are waiting around the corner for the guys to come back (unlikely, but you never know).

about 4 years ago
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Apple A4 Processor Teardown

atrus Re:also, multicore? (79 comments)

Multicore was wild speculation. It was pretty much obvious that it was a Cortex-A8 once the first units hit the market.

more than 4 years ago
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Gas Wants To Kill the Wind

atrus Re:LED Light Bulbs (479 comments)

Have you waited for them to warm up? Peak light output only occurs minutes after striking the bulb.

more than 4 years ago
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Gas Wants To Kill the Wind

atrus Re:LED Light Bulbs (479 comments)

Most LED degradation is due to heat. They still get quite toasty (of course nowhere near an incandescent). They also share the linear light dropoff as they age with fluorescent bulbs. However they don't have the warm-up issues of a fluorescent.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Bans Sexy Apps, Developers Upset

atrus Re:Developers? (492 comments)

Thats the crux of it. The applications were spammy, brought nothing to the table except for a few pictures at $0.99. You could churn out 100 such applications in a day, and some people got close to that rate.

If Apple adjusts their policy towards habitual application spammers (have you seen the Games section?), it would also solve the problem. But its easier to just target soft porn.

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V Announced For This Fall

atrus Re:Moddability = Success (326 comments)

The crashes were the worst - saving on every turn got annoying. The graphics weren't really a problem for me.

more than 4 years ago

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