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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

aztracker1 Re:Cost per wafer? (91 comments)

It's not even just windows... there's a lot of code that with compatibility can be retooled to any new x86 platform... and there's a lot of such code that wasn't written with portability in mind.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

aztracker1 Re:Oh no (297 comments)

And for some there are other genetic conditions... knees that pop out of their sockets (incredibly painful) under even modest stress loads, and a relatively high weight for example. I've been over 400# and under 330# over a dozen times in the past decade and a half. Every time I start getting more active, I get injured. Last time I went for a longer walk, I had blisters (I'm diabetic with some advanced metabolic syndrom issues)... I've been changing a bandage on a small ulcer in my foot for the better part of two years... I've eliminated most of the starches from my diet altogether, and have a minimum of carbs in general from non-whole sources that are also higher in fiber.

It isn't nearly as easy as some make it out to be... I wish some people that think it was could have their knee dislocated every time they try to run or go up more than a flight of stairs, and see how that feels. The only time I even resembled a normal weight in my life was when I swam for 3+ hours a day on top of football practice in my mid-later teens.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

aztracker1 Re:Amazon has officially gone Google (129 comments)

Their sales (of other company's goods) are still very much in the black... iirc, aws is too... where they seem to be failing is in capturing an open market for their hardware. TBH, they really need to clean up their interfaces for the video/audio services, and offer their apps for regular Android devices, or get the play store on theirs.

They'd only need to cut their own hardware (beyond the kindle), and possibly their streaming services and they could be well into the black.

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

aztracker1 Re:Secondary problem (31 comments)

For me it was about two and a half weeks of feeling ill, back in January (apparently a more harsh variety)

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

aztracker1 Re:Who cares? (31 comments)

You do realize that the flu killed more people in the 1900's than all the explosives, bullets and other tools of war combined, right?

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

aztracker1 Re:Indirect measurement (31 comments)

I think the opposite happens far more, that people refer to a cold that has them down for a day or two as the flu so as not to seem like a slacker by the same metric. I had the flu in January, and could not really function well at all for two and a half weeks.

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

aztracker1 Re:Indirect measurement (31 comments)

Not to mention the fact, when people have a common cold for a couple days, they often refer to it as "having the flu" ... Having gotten the flu back in January, and the two and a half weeks it took me out for, I can say it really isn't that mild generally.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

aztracker1 Re: Time To Change That Windows Icon (192 comments)

It's funny, but I actually disagree with you on most of these points... I hate the UI formerly known as Metro as much as anyone in Windows 9, though I kind of like Unity... I think Windows 7's, or Win8 + ClassicShell better, but how I use them are very similar.. my most common apps are docked to the taskbar, and for those that aren't, I'll hit the win/meta key then type the first few characters of what I'm wanting to bring up...

Firefox is for the most part outpacing Chrome in terms of performance and stability for the past couple releases... I actually really like Chrome's UI, though I don't like some of the tweaks they've been making to the menu structure, I do like it better. As for the Firefox UI, I can only hope they finally unify the address and search bars like Chrome has done. I don't dislike IE as much as I used to, still won't use it as much as I really like Chrome and Firefox's plugin options far more.

Windows 8.1 with ClassicShell is pretty nice imho... you really need a fairly decent machine with okay graphics though. I'd say that I am getting far more comfortable under a unixy environment, my laptop is OSX, home desktop is Win7, home htpc (which I am using now, and most often) is Ubuntu, and at work is Win8.1. They are all different with pluses and minuses.

I think that windows brings an aweful lot to the table... that said, I am more and more comfortable setting up linux for some friends and family... ChromeOS brings this a long way, even though it is missing a decent imap/pop3 mail client.

about three weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

aztracker1 Re:Actually no... (164 comments)

DisneySearch.com?q=wwii+holocost

Results:
1. _It didn't really happen..._
2. _Join our anglo pride group_

.....

Sorry, it may be in bad taste, and the Disneys aren't really in control anymore, but it had to be done.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Is Bringing WebRTC To Explorer, Eyes Plugin-Free Skype Calls

aztracker1 Re:Wrong strategy (66 comments)

I like Hangouts a lot, and the kinks in the Google Voice integration on my phone are finally mostly worked out. I do think that RTC is important, MS being late to the game was able to look at the problems, and both Google and Mozilla agree, which is why ORTC is coming into play... similar to how IndexedDB came out after other implementations. The crappy part is I'm still stuck supporting IE8 and IE9... so it will be close to a decade before I can really use this for certain things.

Other issues with WebRTC not withstanding, there are some compelling ideas in there.

about 1 month ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

aztracker1 Re:For Starters (320 comments)

Easy... get one of these automated cars driving into nascar... if it makes it through a season at least placing in the top 5, and no accidents, it's safe.

about a month ago
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

aztracker1 Re:Defaults (126 comments)

See SNI and StartSSL

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

aztracker1 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

You can build a piece of software that will run in every version of windows sold for the last 15 years, distribute it on a disk without any source, or special compilations... you can *not* do that with even two versions of the same linux distro a year apart from eachother.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

aztracker1 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

Well, in the same vein which of the dozens of versions of linux do you install? Beyond this, take a typical 32-bit windows application, and it runs in all of them without a recompile... Want to run a program in linux, is it in your distro's install system, yes, but an older version, you need the latest, but that also means updating a bunch of other stuff to an unstable release, crap, now your sound no longer works right... there goes three hours tracking that problem down.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

aztracker1 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

I think that really depends on the age of hardware... just this morning, a coworker has installed a new hard drive, and windows 8.1 on a roughly 3yo desktop. Windows installed and within a few minutes had updated all the drivers... very straight forward... my last desktop install, I had installed to one drive, and after updates in ubuntu (grub did something goofy to another drive), and it wouldn't boot anymore.

OSX is a little quirky for installs, but not that bad either... in general they are all okay... Linux is the only OS (depending on distro) in the bunch where clicking the "update all" button will often break something that worked before.

about a month ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

aztracker1 Re:Hold on a minute (198 comments)

It's even more broad than that... if you look at housing, even renting in/near LA, San Francisco, New York, etc... it can be much more than that to live there. Just the difference in rent between where I am in Phoenix, and the area in SF I was looking at is about 25-30k/year difference in rent alone. Let alone restaurants and the like. Sure, large chains will be very similar in pricing for common goods, but the cost of food and housing are a lions share of expenses, and can vary dramatically.

about a month ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

aztracker1 Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

What someone should probably come up with is something between https and http.. that being signed payloads over http... for stuff that is non critical and available via cdn, it would be nice if some of these systems could be used to cache results... the payload could be signed with the private key (used on https), and have that signature added to the header... this way signed http objects could be used via https, without the warnings... the content matches the signature.... edge caching systems can still be used (if they respect the header).. maybe use httpsd as the protocol (http + signed data) and fallback to https if there isn't a signature.

about a month and a half ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

aztracker1 Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

So that means I won't be getting a BJ during my tryout to be an underground super elite hacker dude?

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

aztracker1 Re:Is there anything stem cells *cannot* do? (100 comments)

Not to mention gluconeogenesis, and the fact that the body can become *very* adept at pulling carbs out of even fiber rich sources. I'm highly insulin resistant, have removed pretty much alll starches from my diet, and am now working on getting processed foods out (which often use starches as filler).... It's rough, even with inslin, and very limited carb intake, I still struggle to stay under 200 blood sugar level.

about a month and a half ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

aztracker1 But... the children!? (195 comments)

My first thought was "but... the children!?" ... I would think that the primary marketing for such software would be for parents. Not that I condone such actions, at the very least it would be socially acceptable.

about 2 months ago

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Where is the safest place to host a website?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "Given the number of intrusions in terms of U.S. (and its' allies) based hosting providers turning over data without a warrant, and rulings that consider "cloud" data to not be private, I have to ask. Where is the safest place to host a web server these days?

I've been thinking of putting some data services up, and have no problem with responding to limited court orders, or even paying income taxes on any profits made. I do have a problem with client data potentially being seized without due process."
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Isn't it time for a -1 Disinformation mod?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "I've gone through moderation several times over the years. One thing that constantly annoys me is when people post conjecture, fud, or other clearly dis-informative posts that simply aren't true. I think it would be nice to see a -1 Disinformation mod for these instances where Flamebait/Troll aren't accurate or appropriate at all."
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A Better Solution For PC Gaming.

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aztracker1 writes "This is really a collection of ideas on how to move forward with PC based Gaming. A means of balancing the industry's concerns for minimizing losses caused by casual copying, to future-proofing ability to play today's games on future systems. No, I don't have a working solution, just a collection of ideas that could really work well in the end. I feel that a combination of hardware encryption in a USB media device combined with a Gaming OS is the best approach for the future in gaming."
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aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  about 8 years ago

aztracker1 writes "C# combines some of the best aspects of C++, Java, and Pascal. "Accelerated C# 2005" is targeted for people coming from other languages and environments into C#. It is well suited for those with heavy experience in Object Oriented Programming, and languages with similar style, such as Java, Obj-C or C++. If you have strong experience with C# version 1, Java, or other C dialects, this is a great choice for diving into C# as a language. If you are experienced with VB.Net, it may be a decent choice for you.

This book covers C# 2.0 (2005), which is the second version of C#. It is divided into 13 Chapters ranging in commonly used areas of the language. It does not cover the Visual Studio 2005 IDE, which makes the use of 2005 in the title somewhat confusing. Chapters 1 through 3 are more introductory in nature, while 4-13 are more in-depth.

Chapter 1: "C# Preview," is a very brief introduction to C#, some of its' history, and the classic "Hello World" example. It also highlights some of the difference between C# and native C++.

Chapter 2: "C# and the CLR," continues where Chapter 1 leaves off, going into some coverage of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) environment, as well as garbage collection.

Chapter 3: "C# Syntax Overview," explains some of the basic syntax and structure of C# as a language, and introduces the two fundamental types in C#. It also covers the use of namespaces. It makes a brief mention to the use of Generics (new to C# 2.0), which is covered in more depth in a later chapter.

Chapter 4: "Classes, Structs, and Objects," introduces you to the object oriented principles for programming in C#. It expands upon the use of reference and value types, and introduces you to the options available in Class and Struct design and how they affect usability.

Chapter 5: "Interfaces and Contracts," details the use and definition of interfaces, and the role they play. Interfaces are a guideline or contract that classes implement, and can be derived from.

Chapter 6: "Overloading Operators," details how you can provide custom functionality by creating differing method signatures for methods and properties. Operator overloading is a C# implementation of polymorphism. It also covers how the use of operator overloading can affect usability in regards to other CLR languages.

Chapter 7: "Exception Handling and Exception Safety," introduces you to the use of exception-handling in the C# language, and within the CLR. It covers the use of try, catch, finally as well as rollback behavior and use of the using statement.

Chapter 8: "Working with Strings," details how the string is a first-class type in C#, as well as how to use strings effectively. There is a lot of information on string formatting options, as well as how to implement CultureInfo for better support of multiple languages and dialects.

Chapter 9: "Arrays, Collection Types, and Iterators," Brings you into the various ways you can use related or grouped information together. It covers the use of Arrays including multidimentional arrays. It shows how you can use the various built in collection types, as well as how iterators work within this structure.

Chapter 10: "Delegates, Anonymous functions and Events," shows the various mechanisms within C# to provide for callbacks, and event handling. With C# 2.0 you gain the ability to use Anonymous functions which are similar to lambda functions in functional programming.

Chapter 11: "Generics," is a more thorough introduction to the use of generics. Generics are one of the most widely touted enhancements to the CLR and C#. Most useful in allowing for a strongly typed use of more generic collections, without the need for custom collection derivatives.

Chapter 12: "Threading in C#," will introduce you to the common tasks used in creating multi-threaded applications in the C# execution environment. There are many differences in use when compared to the Win32 API environment. It covers synchronization, and more advanced use of delegates.

Chapter 13: "In Search of C# Canonical Forms," is an exploration on some of the best design practices for defining new types and how to account for use as a base for consumers, as well as proper planning.

It does cover the bases for the intended audience well and, you will get the information you need when moving to C#. In my own opinion the writing style is a bit dry, and text-book-ish. It is emphatically not a good book for those without a good base of programming knowledge and experience. For what it is, it does well, for anything else, you should probably look elsewhere."

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