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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

cb88 Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (143 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

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

cb88 Re:Why bother? (395 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.

   

2 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 3 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
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OpenPandora Design Files Released

cb88 Re:Why Non-commercial? (65 comments)

It is a Linux Handheld... if it runs on Arm Linux you can run it on this.

A friend of mine has one.. and it seems to perform decently. The biggest thing is the controllers which make it a clear winner over a phone for gaming. There are native games as well as emulators. You can also run chat programs etc.. nearly anything you could run on a desktop with 512Mb ram.

about 7 months ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

cb88 Never heard of Allwinner!?! (182 comments)

Allwinner is the king of tablets ... http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1287293

The Cubieboard is also a popular RPi alternative with faster CPU (and sweet sweet SATA :D ) and such for similar price.

In my opinion Allwinner is more credible than HP these days since they actually seem to believe in their own market... whereas HP is practically at the point of execs jumping out of windows (Or the modern equivalent of selling the company out for peanuts).

about 7 months ago
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Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

cb88 Re:advice to those who name dinosaurs (113 comments)

It isn't specific to any single group of paleontologists. The theory is that scientists like to name dinosaurs, so whenever they find one that looks a bit different they make up a new name rather than trying to figure out if it is just another development stage of a previously discovered dinosaur. This is perfectly understandable taking human nature into consideration.

There is a TED talk by Jack Horner that covers the topic. http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_shape_shifting_dinosaurs

Jack explains how he has proven than many differently named dinosaurs are acutally the same ... he also explains a bit of the thoght process that causes this to happen.

about 7 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

cb88 Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (461 comments)

That was true about 5 years ago in my area... There used to be a payphone at the local community college as well and one at McDonalds now all of them are gone.

about 8 months ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

cb88 Vibranium FTW (132 comments)

Its too bad Captain America has all of it...

about 9 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

cb88 Re:Instantly fired. (824 comments)

Actually you are right... he killed off most of the opportunity for integrating other language engines. He had a strong hand in steering the web down the road of madness that it is currently on. Sure there is alot of cool stuff it brings us but there are also giant flaws that are tied directly to javascript and basically being stuck with it.

There are quite a few alternatives now that might actually be better.. Lua for instance has one of the fastest and smallest jit engines around. You have to admit it would be nice to have other options for writing client side code in...

about 9 months ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

cb88 Re:OpenBSD and Wi-Fi (290 comments)

Not just the other Unixlike BSDs .. for instance Haiku OS has a quite mature port of the FreeBSD drivers even WPA support and it works on my fairly new laptop (Its a common Intel card.... but the fact that it works is great).

The code is here:  http://cgit.haiku-os.org/haiku/tree/src/libs/compat

about 10 months ago

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