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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

cb88 Re:ExFAT (227 comments)

It probably is capable... when it is running Windows :D .... seriously though they may have certified it with a different OS.

I don't really care what OS it was certified with as long as it can read and write the blocks correctly on an SDXC device... and noone should really care about ExFAT its just anohter MS lock in file system.

5 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

cb88 Re:ExFAT (227 comments)

An SDXC card is a block device.... ExFAT is a filesystem which can be accessed with this open source code https://code.google.com/p/exfat/.

Sure the spec may specify it but that doesn't mean you can't use something else. I am fairly sure Richard Stallman's camera doesn't use ExFAT and probably has the resolution of a potato making the need for SDXC moot anyway since the file sizes won't be very large at all!

And of course you can format an SD card with ext2.... you can even parition the card for smaller FSs if the card size exceeds the max FS size for the given FS.

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

cb88 Re:Old stuff. (226 comments)

Urquan-Masters...literally is Star Control 2. They even upgraded it some I think in the sound department...

Now if you mean new material in the style with with the level of cooky inspired awesomeness that is SC2 then yes... totally yes :D

about a week ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

cb88 Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

There is pretty good hard data that says.. HTML rendering is embarrassingly parallel... thus Mozilla is working on Servo.

That is 99% of computer use right there... parallel is here to stay and knowing the web it will get vastly more parallel once a browser engine is out there that can do it.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

cb88 Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

I did read it... but he did say 4 cores is enough for most people and I refuted that.

Even though largely in the context of his rant... he is correct. That single statement is rather horrendous.

1 core even is "enough" for most tasks... however it doesn't give the best experience no one wants to wait on thier computer more than necessary.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

cb88 Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

It already is wrong...

Linux Workstation: 16cores = way faster builds than 4 cores.
CAD workstation: I imagine alot of geometry processing is parallelized... the less waiting the better (either format conversion or generating demo videos etc.. eat up alot of CPU)
Video workstation: Thats just a blatantly obvious use for multiple cores...
Linux HTPC: I wanna transcode stuff fast... more cores
Linux Gaming: These days using at least 4 cores is getting more common...

Things that I often seen that are *broken* for instance 200Mb work documents that hang the entire system when you scroll (yes windows thats bad). Linux isn't much better though disk IO starvation is a long time pet peeve there... 4 cores is the wrong place to draw the line currently maybe 6-8 cores + improved disk IO would be a realistic ideal these days.

Granted alot of programs will *ought* to run just fine on my Sparcstation LX @ 50Mhz and 128Mb ram... but that isn't the future unless we have a nuclear apocalypse. Also, there is a good chance that alot of my cores will sit ide even so power management is better than it used to be and more cores can improve latency because now I have more available CPU time even though the individual cores are probably slower. Overall thats is a good tradeoff.

about three weeks ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

cb88 Re:Action movies are boring. (332 comments)

It was a pretty cool episode... gives you better background on Travis since he grew up on those ships..

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

cb88 Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (152 comments)

Why in the sky was there even an ISS in the first place ?

It rhyms even ... I'm sure someone else can even improve on it lol

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

cb88 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

I believe that was very very much the case when I entered college a few years ago... but once I hit the job market it was more like %70 .Net and the rest were a mix with Java holding a big chunk of the remainder at the top and Python rising in usage.

I like to keep my options open though... and Java is the clear choice for a multiplatform language. I live within driving distance of a banking center and a few research areas as well as the automotive industry so its not like I didn't have a selection. Obviously you get more options if you have more experience than just a college degree. But other options were limited to replacing people that have left companies/gotten hit by buses etc.. I really don't see java being in the growth part of the equation at best Oracle is squeezing the life out of it bit by bit.

   

about a month ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

cb88 Re:Chicken tissue is a stand in for human soft tis (81 comments)

Of course! Research going on in these areas is great and hopefully these sorts of tests become more bearable for women however.

Also I wonder whatever happed to terrahertz scanners that were all the rage a few years back among researchers? They were supposed to be the holy grail of imaging etc.. supposedly as good as an MRI + CAT scan. Apparently these are used in airports... but you just don't hear a whole lot about the tech like a few years ago....

about 2 months ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

cb88 Not Human Breasts...Doh (81 comments)

Its chicken breast tissue.... thats just blatant click bait. However you want to look at it.

about 2 months ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

cb88 Linux version first? (33 comments)

I ran ROS on a Pandaboard running Gentoo/Linux ARM just fine over 2 years ago... the main problem was the pandaboard lacked the processing oomp for alot of things. We were looking at doing 3d SLAM but the fact is I am not sure even the latest ARM boards are up to that... in the end we scalled back our goals to more resonalbe levels. This just makes it officially supported there isn't much effort involved other than possibly actively getting more packages working as my testing was limited to most base packages and not some of the more exotic ones.<br><br>Android isn't really appropriate for robots... sure it will work but you'd be better off with Linux IMO, Android focuses on Dalvik/ART whereas Linux supports C/++ Python and Lisp natively which is what ROS runs on, and if you want an interface just write one in QT or Mono/Winforms etc.... since both are cross platform.<br><br>I think one thing that would make using ROS alot easier is a tool to develop robot models graphically... as far as can tell they still require that you write the joint transforms manually which is quite hard to get right.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cb88 Re:Paging cold fjord and c6gunner! (361 comments)

Yep... the bearded ones are Unix engineers and Perl hackers... O.o and Emacs users of course on the other hand I envision Vim users to look like nerdy versions of patrick stewart (mostly the shiny head)

about 7 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cb88 Re:Know your history (361 comments)

Yeah,I agree... But at the same time also think that the things that may the USA truly great may still stand a chance. I mean the things you list are side effects of "America" .. the freedom and liberty enjoyed for the last 15-20 coon ages is what has made the country great. Sure we have our rough spots but people eventually come around and remember what being American is all about.... adversity fosters it!

about 7 months ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

cb88 Re:intel and power efficiency (230 comments)

Not really... Integrated GPU. The GPU on your core2 is in the chipset which will blow a few more watts than the 10watts difference to the Haswell. So overall the Haswell will probably win in overall at the wall power measurements.

about 8 months ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

cb88 Re:Fsck x86 (230 comments)

The "superiority" of X86 had nothing to do with the demise/back burnering of other architectures.

Just about every processor arch has been maimed by confrontation on a marketing front... Alpha, Sparc, Power, Arm.... the ones that have survived have regulated themselves to niche markets (in the case of ARM a really really big niche) so they don't have to do battle with Intel and AMDs marketing and established user base.

I don't know about the rest but Sparc has backward compatibility that rivals Intel's as well as good performance.

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

cb88 Re: 50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

If you use data at all on your device even with marginal usage otherwise like me... (I go through 500Mb every few days) then Ting is not for you.... so I'll stick with the $50 tmobile "unlimited plan"

Apparently I'm part of the 2% .... :/ some people have pointed out rebublic cellular to me as well but the gottcha there is that you have to use a provided phone and you can't tether at all ever.

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

cb88 Re: 50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

You think you have problems... the UI on this site is so screwed up now I can't get to the settings page to switch it to something else!

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

cb88 Re: 50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

The free data roaming only applies to contract plans... the month to month pre payed plans do not count!

I learned this the hardware on a trip to Brazil... I think texts were 25 cent each and like $2 a min calling or something like that. That said T-mobile is the one of the best value plans around... and I have noticed the HSPA coverage is improving in my area (Charlotte/Gastonia,NC).

about 8 months ago
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Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

cb88 Re:Ob (65 comments)

She is a legend that is what she is... there are videos over on on the late night shows online as well that are quite entertaining.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-vcErOPofQ

about 8 months ago

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