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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

bitfarmer Re:I never thought I'd live to see the day... (386 comments)

> I think within the next few years, you'll see a 10" or 11" device that replaces the low-end Macbook Air, but has a form more resembling the iPad, with the ability to run full desktop apps.

That's already happened. You misspelled "iPad" however--the correct spelling is "Samsung Galaxy Tab"

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

bitfarmer Re:hate the name (230 comments)

> "Hack" as a language name? Really?

Because "Brainfuck" was already taken.

about 7 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

bitfarmer Re:Rule of acquisition 18 (888 comments)

There's simpler example: bottled water, sold at gasoline prices.

Bottled water: $1.79/liter = ~6.38/gallon
Gasoline: $3.19/gallon

That gasoline pricing sounds like a better deal to me, at least this year.

about 8 months ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

bitfarmer Re:PhD's in Germany (123 comments)

Hey! The "purple monkey dishwasher" is MY thing!

about a year and a half ago
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Dying Star Betelgeuse Spews Fiery Nebula

bitfarmer Re:What? (574 comments)

Comprised of silica and alumina dust, ESO astronomers have been able to image the nebula in infrared wavelengths for the first time.

The ESO astronomers are made of silica and alumina dust?

Anthony Weiner imaged himself, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Founders' Jets Caught On WSJ's Radar

bitfarmer Two round-trips? (427 comments)

> on two round-trips from the U.S. mainland to Tahiti to catch last summer's total eclipse of the sun

Two round trips to see one event lasting six minutes (or less)? Either those jets are *really* fast or Page and Brin took separate planes.

more than 3 years ago
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Brown Dwarf Hits Record Low

bitfarmer Re:what if there are a lot of these? a heck of a l (97 comments)

This question has lingered in the back of my mind for many years. How do we know there aren't 10^(some huge fucking number) planet-sized objects just floating out there in interstellar space? Assuming they're out there, then it would follow maybe there are 10^(some slightly smaller number) objects out there with a temperature/composition/etc. that's conducive to life of some kind.

If the numbers are right, maybe those candidates outnumber the candidates that orbit stars?

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

bitfarmer Guide on how to be a Unix Hipster? (592 comments)

While I'm guilty of some of these things myself, this piece reads like a check-it-out-I'm-a-Unix-Guru. Somehow I don't see most vi-using folks looking down on those who prefer Emacs.

more than 3 years ago
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Andreesen Offers New Browser 'Rockmelt'

bitfarmer If only he had known... (185 comments)

> Andreessen said. 'These are all things we would have done (at Netscape) if we had known how people were going to use the Web.' Yep, and if I had known how people were going to use the Web, I would have founded Google, Facebook, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

bitfarmer Re:Pleasure Sensitive (212 comments)

I honestly read the summary title as "Microsoft Hardware Demos Pleasure Sensitive Keyboard".

Needless to say I was very disturbed...

I read it with the correct words, but with different emphasis as in "Sensitive Keyboard feels pressure from Microsoft Hardware Demos." I'm positive if I were a keyboard, sensitive or not, I would feel pressure from all those horrible Hardware Demos that Microsoft does, too.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model

bitfarmer Did anyone else... (95 comments)

...read the first two words of this article as "George Will"? I gotta stop watching ABC News so much.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Get Out of Developer's Block?

bitfarmer Have something "broken" before quittin' time (601 comments)

I don't see it anywhere here yet so I'll throw it in...

I forget where I read this a few years ago -- maybe on Slashdot. It's been enormously helpful to me whenever I get "programmer's block"

Idea is to deliberately leave something "broken" at the end of the day: a line of CSS that isn't quite right, a SQL query that doesn't work, etc. Then when you start up the following day, you have something to work on and you're not struggling to find something to do, at least not at the start.

This works for me in two ways:

1) I'm starting off my day feeling productive and engaged, and I find the process of troubleshooting something causes a cascade effect in my mind when I'm coming up with other things to fix, modify, etc. Voila, I'm unstuck!

2) I find myself thinking overnight sometimes about that "broken" thing I have waiting for me in the morning. I'm consciously and unconsciously turning things over in my head, planning ahead to how I'll solve my problem. I'll oftentimes get to work charged up and ready to go because I've got this cool approach or something I want to try out. Sometimes I'll even have more plans queued up in my head, ready for me to tackle. Voila, sometimes I'm unstuck before I even get to work!

more than 5 years ago
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How IBM Plans To Win Jeopardy!

bitfarmer Re:Suck it Trebek! (154 comments)

I wonder how well it'll do at Anal bum cover.

I think "Anal bum jacket" is way funnier...

more than 5 years ago
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Computer For a Child?

bitfarmer Fantastic Contraption (556 comments)

I got my 5-year-old nephew interested in the Fantastic Contraption http://fantasticcontraption.com/

It's just his speed for learning about physics and problem solving and he gets all beside himself every time he solves a level.

more than 5 years ago

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