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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

bensch128 Re:The competition (180 comments)

Hardkernel.com (or ameridroid.com) sell cases for it.
  Its a awesome little piece of hardware.
And the xu3-lite is $79 + $25 for the eMMC module.

about two weeks ago

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

bensch128 Javascipt on the server: Old News! (245 comments)

This reminds me of the time back in 2003 when I was working for a company developing an online casino.
The company ran on a complete MS stack and I was violently terrified of having to code in VisualBasic on IIS.

So I was completely overjoyed and excited to learn that IIS also supported MS javascript as well.
So I wrote all of the backend code in JS with all of it's prototyping goodness.
Of course MS javascript had lots of problems with the core prototypes (like string) not being extendable but I worked around that.
I followed Douglas Crockford postings with a religious fervor back then because he was the goto source for decent JS coding syntax.
Most everything he wrote worked on both IE6.0 and mozilla.

Of course I left the company (I found a much better job) but after a couple of years, they wanted me back as a consultant to help port the backend over to C#.
JS was too confusing for the new developers!!

Personally, I think what Branden Eich did with JS was brillant and very advanced.


about three weeks ago

Matplotlib For Python Developers

bensch128 Re:already reviewed (119 comments)

is it my imagination or has this been reviewed on slashdot before?

more than 4 years ago

US Says 4.3 Billion People Live With Bad IP Laws

bensch128 Re:Where is the evidence? (229 comments)

There would be a new growth industry based on people paying to retrieve old issues of newspapers, songs, movies, etc.
Currently there's a large barrier for small-time archivists because if they sell someone access to a newspaper article, they have to make sure the copyright is legit.

If we reduced copyright to a much shorter time, people would be able to take multimedia and remix it and reuse it in a broader manner

more than 4 years ago

Make Your Own Open Source Retro Arcade-Style Clock

bensch128 Her spokePOV project rocks! (77 comments)

I agree 100%. I love her kits. especially the SpokePOV.

Ladyada, if you are listening, please please please release a kit for a full RGB SpokePOV. The monochome version is awesome so an RGB version would be 3x better!! heh

also, instead of having separate magnetic sensor for each spoke, it would be easier to have one sensor and wire the spokes together so they are guaranteed to be synchronized.
I guess the design would have to change so the user has to program in the angle between the spokes.

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

bensch128 Couple more things (636 comments)

1) I LOVE the google maps+navigation features. I don't feel like I'm getting lost in the city anymore.

2) Being able to browse the web on the go is amazing. Now I can find a really great restaurant close to me or settle a debate via google while out and about.

3) Android can take advantage of wi-fi whenever its available. My massive use of pandora doesn't cause me agonizing overage charges because of this...

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

bensch128 Re:This is EXACTLY why I don't have an andoid phon (636 comments)

Oh and before I forget, the SDcard on the android acts just like a memcard. You just copy media into it and the android media players just notice the new media and allow you to play it. The mp3 tags are parsed and scanned and you get all of the searching features you get with iTunes without all of the restrictions...

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

bensch128 Re:This is EXACTLY why I don't have an andoid phon (636 comments)

If you have verizon and hate their standard Moto razr or krazr, get a droid instead. I've had mine for months now and love it. I can upload/download whatever I want onto the SDcard (music, video, apps) and can download whatever I want from the app market. Mostly I use it for pandora and music playing. But in the future, I hope to use it for server monitoring/maintence. (Please someone port Juniper's VPN client to droid!!)

Sure, I play ~$100/month but I think its money well spent. I get unlimited downloads + limited uploads and more notifications then I can deal with. I get to make my own apps and give them to my friends without anyone needing to get a development license from google or jailbreaking...

Verizon was desperate to get people back from the iphone so they FINALLY opened up their devices. at least the droid. The only current forseeable problem is that moto doesnt send us the 2.1 update like they promised. If it doesn't happen by the end of feburary, I'll probably just jailbreak the phone and follow one of the guides for installing a custom 2.1 image for the droid.

btw, I would recommend the insurance because I don't trust the hardware to last more then a year. But the great thing is that if the device does die, all of my contact info is still backed up onto google.
I'll have to scrap the info out of google but I doubt it'll be a huge problem...

It's a win-win for everyone (except ATT and apple)

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Blocking 4chan

bensch128 Re:has the blocking stopped (677 comments)

I have 4chan.org on my droid with no wi-fi. They must have unblocked it by now...

more than 4 years ago

Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering

bensch128 Re:We had that problem at university (965 comments)

Wow, surprise surprise, android is open -> easier to teach kids how to program it...

Remember that you can always vote with your dollars.
And if apple doesn't provide the devices and features that you need, someone else will.

I think that Jobs is getting cranky in his old age....

about 5 years ago

Laser Fusion Passes Major Hurdle

bensch128 Re:So... (354 comments)

heh, except that the fuel pellets use tritium and deuterium and the containers (hohlraums ??) are made out of gold foil.

You don't find these elements at your local 7-11....

I'd be interested to know how much tritium and deuterium a fully functioning fusion machine is expected to use up...

about 5 years ago

Amazon EC2 May Be Experiencing Growing Pains

bensch128 Re:IMHO the issue is number of cycles/sec (93 comments)

Just as a followup.
After reading more about EC2 instance types, the amazon term is compute unit. However, they don't give any hard numbers for the Hz of the machine (just "One EC2 Compute Unit provides the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor.") and they don't give any GUARANTEEs that the compute unit won't be diluted over time.

about 5 years ago

Amazon EC2 May Be Experiencing Growing Pains

bensch128 IMHO the issue is number of cycles/sec (93 comments)

Amazon's instance types (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/) doesn't seem to indicate the number of cycles/sec you are guaranteed to use per type.

They sell instance types based on the physical hardware specs which is worthless in a cloud architecture.
What they should really be doing is indicating the number of cycles/sec an instance type will be GUARANTEED and then enforce it.
If the customer doesn't use that number of cycles/sec, then fine put the idle cycles up for bidding.

Just my $0.02

about 5 years ago

An Android Developer's Top 10 Gripes

bensch128 Re:Unix way (272 comments)

Of course the flipside is that it's easy to oversimplify and ignore feature which don't fit inside your design.

From the user's POV, the engineer is not being responsive to his needs and the application is "broken"

So, yes, simplisty is awesome from a maintenance engineering POV but actually kinda sucks when the feature just needs to get done.

about 5 years ago

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them

bensch128 Re:Eritrea? (233 comments)

To be fair though, part the reason you probably hadn't heard about it is because the world's media was mostly too busy covering middle east stuff like Israel's war with Lebanon.

I think the reason for this is that its a lot less fun to be a reporter in Darfur then it is to be a reporter in Tel Aviv. If you are a reporter in Israel, it's only a 3 hour trip from Tel Aviv to the Gaza strip or to the north, you get your news story about the horrors of conflict between the Israelis or Palestinians or Lebanese, and then you drive back to Tel Aviv, send off your report, and then go partying in Tel Aviv all night. Rinse and repeat.

What the heck type of fun is there in Darfur?


more than 5 years ago

Trojan Kill Switches In Military Technology

bensch128 Faraday cage? (392 comments)

I don't get it.

It the malicious circuity has to be triggered externally and it's unknown when it'll be used, that means that either:
(1) hackers have to get into a network linked to the hardware or
(2) there has to be an external radio signal which can disable the hardware or
(3) The hardware (radar in this case) doesn't validate it's input well enough and is open to buffer overflows/ bad execution based on invalid input.

From what I've read, the Israelis exploited (3) in order to disable the syrians radar systems.
It seems to me that the syrians bought just plain crappy radar systems and then never bothered to test or "fuzz" them.

However, the article seems to be going crazy over (2). However, a simple faraday cage should be good enough to defeat that kind of attack.
It'll create a barrier between the inside of the container and the outside. No EM radiation goes in, no EM radiation goes out.
Any kind of circuity triggered by EM would be defeated. And by definition, any circuity triggered by time is useless because it's impossible to determine when in the future, it'll be required.

And (1) is easily defended against by not connecting your critical defense hardware to any network of any kind. Or by using 3rd party firewalls which have not been made in China/Russia/Iran...

So this is much todo about nothing IMHO.

more than 5 years ago

The Mathletes and the Miley Photoshop

bensch128 Whats the relationship between smarts and ego? (555 comments)

I find this study to be wildly stupid.

The author merely asks the survey participates to rate their mathematical abilities without actually testing them.
I wonder about the correlation (probably negative) between people who rate their math skills highly and people who actually can do math.

This study should be titled "Correlation between people who have high self esteem and who thinks that this child pornography prosecution is stupid."

more than 5 years ago

When VMware Performance Fails, Try BSD Jails

bensch128 Re:Back to the Future? (361 comments)

While service isolation is easy on Unix platforms, it's not on Windows.

I don't think it's even that easy on unix. I had to install a lot of custom packages on our Suse machines at work to get reviewboard up and running.
With that level of customization, I won't dare try to get another service running on that VM.
Also, another awesome benefit to VMWare's concept is that it's trivial for me to clone the machine and setup an identical machine to test doing an upgrade.
After that, I'm a fan of VMWare server. Of course, the service is not bandwidth intensive so the issues are different.

more than 5 years ago

Speaking With the Blizzard Cinematics Team

bensch128 Re:"Oops, no time for discussing compositing" (57 comments)

Ahem to this.

I used to work at an animation studio where they outputed 27 different pass PER FRAME just for compositing.
And this was a small, no-name animation studio in israel.

God knows how many passes pixar or ilm produces...

more than 5 years ago

US Electricity Grid Reportedly Penetrated By Spies

bensch128 MOD PARENT UP! Interesting! (328 comments)

Nothing to see here. move along...

more than 5 years ago


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