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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

cplusplus They should sue! (280 comments)

...and protect their business model! It's the American way (tm)(R).

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

cplusplus The irony... (60 comments)

...is that every scalable font is rendered using computational geometry. All curves in characters are defined with three or more points, and your computing device of choice does a lot of math to render pretty little characters for you.

about 8 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

cplusplus I'm a coder who stands all day... (312 comments)

...and I've been doing it for over two years now. I used to experience back pain when I sat all day, but that went away after a month or so. I used to get sleepy after lunch when I sat all day... not so much anymore. You really do get used to it. A few suggestions for those who want to try it:

1) Make the switch the first day you get back from a longer holiday and are already out of your normal routine.

2) You *must* get a nice floor mat, preferably a dense memory foam mat designed for standing cubes. Working in your socks (if your employer will let you) while standing on said mat almost feels like a foot massage.

3) Another *must* - don't get a desk-height chair! At least, not for a while. You'll find yourself sitting way too often and never get adjusted to standing all day. Most of my fellow "standing" co-workers that have tall chairs sit at least 80% of the time.

4) It takes a couple weeks to get used to standing. Stick with it.

about 8 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

cplusplus Re:Well (312 comments)

As someone who has been standing at a desk for the last 2+ years (programming), I can attest that a really good foam floor mat helps a lot. They make some specifically for standing desks that are quite comfortable. Standing on it in your socks actually feels pretty good. It does take a couple weeks to get used to standing most of the day.

about 8 months ago
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State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

cplusplus You get out of your education... (127 comments)

...what you put in to it. I went to a local state university for CS, and I studied hard and did well in school. Four years later I had my BS in CS in hand having paid less than $15K in tuition (and that wasn't all that long ago). I got a job locally with the help of referrals by professors who had good working relationships with many of the local tech employers. In short, my entire education was a helluva bargain, and helped launch my career.

about 9 months ago
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Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

cplusplus Provo's nearest neighbor is the NSA! (338 comments)

Does anyone find it just a little coincidental that this latest Google fiber rollout is only about 20 miles from the NSA's newest datacenter in Bluffdale UT? Lots of bandwidth infrastructure was already in the neighborhood :)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

cplusplus Re:Wow. (289 comments)

I have an HP ElitePad that has 32GB total storage. It's an awesome Win8 tablet (although running an Atom, so quite a bit slower than a Surface 2). The Win8 installation takes about 23GB of that 32, leaving 8 to 9GB for various things.

about a year ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

cplusplus Re:So, what SHOULD it have done? (137 comments)

I'm not sure about iOS, but the Android SDK gives access to a excellent and easy to use crypto libraries, as well as a Keystore class to securely store any keys your App generates. Check out the Security Tips section of the SDK docs. I would assume iOS and Apple's SDK provide something similar. I would hope they do, anyway.

about a year ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

cplusplus Slighty OT, but... (296 comments)

When I read "Big-3 console manufacturers" in the summary, I thought "Three? Who's the third? .. .... Oh yeah, Nintendo." How sad.

about a year ago
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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

cplusplus Re:A laptop is necessary for vacation! (140 comments)

This! I do the same. It's nice having a daily backup of the new images (I leave them on both the camera and the laptop). After a daily backup, I try to type a few paragraphs about the highlights of the day to go along with the photos. I've had a camera stolen whilst on vacation once, and it *sucked* losing half my pictures. I was far more upset about the lost pictures than the loss of the actual camera.

about a year ago
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Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

cplusplus Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (534 comments)

By "created data" I assume you mean "data derived from satellite measurements whose accuracy was verified using a known control." From TFA:

"This can be tested on artificially generated data gaps, in places where one knows the actual surface temperature values but holds them back in the calculation. Cowtan and Way perform extensive validation tests, which demonstrate that their hybrid method provides significantly better results than a normal interpolation on the surface data as done by GISS."

When data points you in one direction, the number of conclusions you can draw from it is equally limited.

about a year ago
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Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

cplusplus Re:Three fires is trivial. (375 comments)

3 fires out of 21000 is pretty trivial. Ferrari had 10 out of 1100 of their 458 Italias burn up before they fixed the problem. There was no federal review for those, though.

about a year ago
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Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

cplusplus Did they start a review when... (375 comments)

...ten Ferrari 458 Italias burst in to flames in the first few months?

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

cplusplus Re:Impressive. (410 comments)

132 MPH isn't THAT ridiculously fast, but it is certainly fast enough that you shouldn't be doing it on standard production tires, even the ones rated for high speed, because they aren't rated for that high speed for any length of time ...

Any high speed tire (V or higher) with an "A" temperature rating should be safe for driving over 100mph (although for sustained track use you'd probably want a higher speed rating, and also need to pay attention to traction and treadwear ratings). Tesla has V rated OEM tires (rated up to 149mph), and this guy was doing 130mph for a short period of time, which was certainly safe as far as the tires are concerned. I wouldn't race along at that speed on those tires for a long period of time, though.

about a year ago
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Myst Creators Announce Obduction

cplusplus Re:Oculus Rift support?? (103 comments)

Buried deep in the Kickstarter info: "We are excited about Oculus Rift (we have a dev kit) and VR in general, and we'd love to have a stretch goal that heads that direction." Woot!

about a year ago
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Myst Creators Announce Obduction

cplusplus Oculus Rift support?? (103 comments)

The Unreal Engine SDK now has Oculus Rift support. An adventure game similar to Myst that took full advantage of Oculus would be so awesome. If Cyan has plans to support it for this game, they can SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

cplusplus Re:An iphone moment? (452 comments)

Is that what the iPhone did?

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

cplusplus Re:MSRP of $62,400 Though? (452 comments)

Personally I have no idea why people spend this kind of money on a car.

It's like the difference between cafeteria food and a nice restaurant. Sure, both get the job done, but spending more buys you a better experience (okay, not always, but let's not get nit-picky). Some people want a little more luxury, more features, etc, and if they can afford it, then why not? Leather heated seats sure are nice in the winter :)

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

cplusplus Re:Don't believe the hysterics (577 comments)

FYI - Greenhouse gasses comprise less than 0.04% of the atmosphere, and we've increased the concentration of the most abundant one by almost 40% in the last hundred years.

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

cplusplus cplusplus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cplusplus (782679) writes "An Egyptain teenager has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems—without using a single drop of fuel. While it is not quite warp-drive technology, young physicist Aisha Mustafa’s system is based on quantum physics and could see mankind boldly go where no man has gone before."
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Peru and April Fools

cplusplus cplusplus writes  |  more than 9 years ago My wife and I survived Peru. My camera was stolen, though... and the worst part was we lost about 70 pics with it :-( although we still have 400 :-).
This April Fools thing on slashdot has forced me to seek alternate amusement from this site. Thus the long-unawaited never-anticipated journal update!

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Peru

cplusplus cplusplus writes  |  about 10 years ago

Hi All,

For those who have enough time to read some random journal- I'm going on a trip to Peru with my wife. We're leaving Saturday, Dec. 18th '04. We'll spend some time in Arequipa and then move on to Cusco. While near Cusco, we'll be hiking the Inca trail to Macchu Pichu. You have to hire a guide due to government restrictions. We're using www.andeanlife.com (should anyone reading this ever decide they want to undertake such an adventure). The hike is supposed to be absolutely wonderful and it should be fun (although the altitude is a concern... the trail hits 13400 feet!!).

We were also going to go to Iquitos until I had an "incident" with the anti-maleria drug "Mefloquine" (aka "Quinine")

AVOID THE ANTI-MALARIA DRUG MEFLOQUINE AT ALL COSTS! Do your research before you ever take it! I had a bad reaction to it and am still not over it, and would hate for anyone else to experience what I did. PLEASE, PLEASE google it before you decide to ever take it.

Anyway, I'll post when I get back. It's fun writing to yourself because I'm sure nobody will ever read this :-)

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cplusplus cplusplus writes  |  more than 10 years ago Don't have a couple beers and post an off topic comment. What little karma you have will get shot to hell. :-)

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