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SSHDs Debut On the Desktop With Mixed Results

derGoldstein Re:oops (154 comments)

I was waiting for someone to bring up the RAM alternative so I could ask my stupid question: If it's 8Gb, why didn't they just use DDRx instead of flash? I get that the OS will live on the flash part so that booting up is faster, but once you've buffered the data RAM will last 100 times longer than flash, and it's faster. How often do you reboot a desktop?

By the way, I have 16Gb on my machine and I do a lot of content creation. I *easily* fill it up to 14Gb+, and I'm guessing that it only stops there because the software isn't getting the green light from the OS to carve up even more. I'm just guessing but I'm pretty certain that if I had 64Gb of RAM I'd occasionally pass the 32Gb mark.

about 10 months ago
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Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year

derGoldstein Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (322 comments)

Sorry for double-posting but the phrase I was looking for while typing that comment was Economies of scale. I apologize for my senility.

about a year ago
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Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year

derGoldstein Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (322 comments)

This is an article that's deigned for SEO. Anyone with any inkling of how these things work and the quality of the products would call BS instantly. An iPhone case? You can get a beautiful, highly-detailed case for your phone for $2 on ebay, but you're going to opt for a rough, "pixelated", bad-fit 3D-printed one? This study would only apply if you looked for the stupidest possible way to buy things -- the equivalent of buying a soda in a movie theater.

about a year ago
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Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year

derGoldstein Re:Apropos lowest retail cost (322 comments)

Yep. At which point forget reprap, makerbot, and all other similar designs. They'll figure out how to manufacture these things the same way that inkjet printers are manufactured:
1) A handful of injection-molded parts that can be manufactured at 10 cents a part, and at a rate of tens of thousands per-day
2) Super-dedicated electronics with just a couple of significant ICs -- the logic chip (probably some MCU initially, and eventually an ASIC) and the motor-driving chip
3) Optimized motors which they buy in groups of 100,000 from another manufacturer in the same province
4) compact, light-weight designs so that they can pack countless units into a single shipping container

All this aristocratic "Look at me! I spent $2000 on a Makerbot!" bullshit will disappear. Oh, and just like printers -- the most expensive part will be the "ink".

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

derGoldstein Re:Whew (334 comments)

It's comparatively tame this time. When I clicked on the link I expected much more flamboyant profanity. This isn't going into his top-ten vitriolic reactions, not even close (Google "linus torvalds hates" and see how many auto-completes you get).

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

derGoldstein Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

That was what really bugged me in Speaker for the Dead -- they labeled him as the worst human being to ever live, the "Xenocide". Were people not told of the circumstances? Did they intentionally hide the context? If so, why would they do that? To save the skins of the people who orchestrated the events in the first book? It was left unexplained.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

derGoldstein Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

Daemon yes, but Freedom would be impossible to make. Whichever way they try to create the world portrayed in Freedom would look silly on-screen. Then again, peter jackson managed to create an immersive world out the LofR, so maybe I'm wrong...

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

derGoldstein Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

Speaking of the plot, the part in the trailer when he says "now" is the climax of the book (though arguably the revelation that comes afterwords is the "punch line"). Why the hell did they put the finale of the book in the trailer?
(and no, this isn't a spoiler post, because if you haven't read the book then you won't know what you're seeing or what it means)

about a year ago
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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

derGoldstein Re:Looks pretty good. (392 comments)

ie - the Apple business model.

about a year and a half ago
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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

derGoldstein Re:Well.. (392 comments)

He meant mecca books

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

derGoldstein Re:NOT ROCKET SCIENCE (450 comments)

I think the main reason this is important is the ultimate goal of this project: To be able to print an entire gun using a 3D printer.

There are plenty of things that can be made manually instead of using a 3D printer, but you need *some* expertise to do so, even if it's minimal. With a 3D printer, you just need to know how to operate the printer -- and they're becoming easier to use and cheaper every day.

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

derGoldstein Re:Yanked? (450 comments)

Also, I don't see how taking this particular one down is effective, considering you can see all their other videos here.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Documentary Film Now Available On TPB

derGoldstein Re:look at the numbers (72 comments)

I know I'm nitpicking but should "kickstarted" be a verb now? Isn't the mechanism called "crowdfunding"? Shouldn't *that* ("crowdfunded") be the verb?

about a year and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Documentary Film Now Available On TPB

derGoldstein Re:look at the numbers (72 comments)

Not sure maybe they aren't getting anything??

They're not naive enough to pass up on an additional revenue stream. If there are ads on the youtube page -- *Someone* is getting something. The question is: who?

about a year and a half ago
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The Most Unique Viruses of 2012

derGoldstein Re:Most Unique? (94 comments)

"Uniquest" would be the superlative, so it would be a higher level of "unique" than "Uniqueier".
In other words:
Uniquest > Uniqueier > unique
I'm not 100% sure where "most unique" should be placed, but I think it would be the equivalent of "Uniquest".

Remember, there used to be only one type of "infinity" in math. Now someone just has to properly define different levels of "uniqueness".
(yeah, I'm not sure if this is a joke post either)

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot Story Helps Raise $43,200 For the FreeBSD Foundation In Three Days

derGoldstein Re:Exaggeration (84 comments)

So why are you still here, let alone participating in the conversation?

about a year and a half ago
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Microbots Made of Bubbles Are Controlled By Lasers

derGoldstein Re:Sharks (51 comments)

There's some leeway there. For example, industrial robots. Many of them just repeat sequences, and have only very basic branching conditions, if any. Then there's the TALON robots, which are mostly RC as well, but are still considered "robots". Demolition robots also come to mind, which, again, are strictly RC.

more than 2 years ago

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Architect Eli Attia Blames Google for Stilling His Life's Work

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  about 9 months ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Israeli-American architect Eli Attia (77) is accusing Google for stealing a construction concept that may be worth $120 billion annually. The story was first published in Globes, an Israeli business site (as well as on Jewish Business News): "architect Eli Attia, an expert in skyscrapers ... recently contacted Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google senior advisor and former US Vice President Al Gore, and Google’s board of directors, accusing the company of stealing his invention and making illegal use of his knowhow, a revolutionary technology in the design and construction of large buildings and skyscrapers". Google's spokesman said in response, "We are not aware of any formal complaints levied against us by Mr. Attia at this time.""
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The trials of Wildman, one week from the Kickstarter deadline

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

derGoldstein writes "Gas Powered Games' (GPG) Wildman is having a very difficult time getting underway. The Kickstarter project for funding the game was initialized on January 14, and since then GPG has had to lay off 40 people.
But this story has a lot of emotional depth, which is best seen in this revealing interview with Chris Taylor, the founder of GPG, on Matt Chat. The interview is about an hour long, but for anyone even remotely interested in game development, funding, and business models, it's well worth it."

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Eric Schmidt to Sell Up to 42 Percent of Stake

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

derGoldstein writes "AllThingsD reports that Eric Schmidt "plans to sell up to 3.2 million shares of his class A common stock in the company", according to an SEC filing. "The amount is equal to approximately 42.1 percent of his overall stake in Google"."
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Curiosity spots another shiny object on Mars

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

derGoldstein writes "universetoday.com reports: "...the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock... the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below". The article features several images of the object, including one that uses an image from the left Mastcam to create an anaglyph. The geometry of the object is really unusual, as it pokes out of the ground and tilts a bit, showing that the entire thing is reflective. It's very small, though, only about 0.5 cm tall."
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Another step towards Graphene semiconductors

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Ars has an article up about the two latest "papers demonstrating that, if you change the way the graphene stacks, you obtain a voltage-controlled bandgap ... Between these two papers, a fairly complete understanding of the bandgap behavior in three layer graphene has been obtained, leaving only the challenge of making the stuff"."
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Coronal mass ejection hits Mars

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Discovery has an article up about the coronal mass ejection that just his Mars: "Unlike the coronal mass ejection (CME) that struck [earth] on Monday, Saturday's CME was sent in a different direction — toward the Red Planet. ... However, its impact on Mars will be very different than a CME's impact on Earth." Included is an animation of the predicted solar system path of the Mars-directed CME."
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Dwarf planet Eris is bereft of atmosphere, about t

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Ars has an article up discussing new measurements of Eris, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system: "New measurements are suggesting that Eris may actually be more like Pluto’s twin. The newly measured radius of Eris puts it within the error range of the accepted size of Pluto. ... Scientists were able to get a better handle on the size of Eris by observing it as it passed in front of a background star, a technique called stellar occultation. By observing how long Eris obscures the star (given how fast it is moving), you can determine the width of Eris at that point.""
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Nokia announces the Lumia 800, the 'first real Win

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From Engadget: "From the outside, the Lumia 800 is very similar to our beloved N9. Dubbed the "first real Windows Phone," this device is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick of piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. ... the Lumia 800 is priced at €420, or about $585. It's already up for pre-order now, and is scheduled to roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, beginning in November. It'll make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and will hit "further markets" sometime next year.""
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federal judge sentences woman to three years for s

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From AllThingsD: "Today a federal judge in Florida sentenced a woman to three years in prison and fined her $166,000 for selling counterfeit chips around the world to more than 1,000 buyers, among them companies selling equipment to the U.S. Navy. It’s being described as the first federal sentence for selling counterfeit chips. ... She was charged alongside Shannon L. Wren, now deceased, and together, they were accused of running a company called VisionTech... The DOJ says that on more than 35 separate occasions, they sold some 59,540 chips worth about $425,000. When customers who bought them complained that the chips were fakes — they didn’t work — McCloskey and Wren took no action.""
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Amazon Is Making 'Millions More' Kindle Fires

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From Business Insider: "Amazon is ramping up production on its new Kindle Fire tablet after seeing a huge demand, according to the company's earnings report.
In a statement, Jeff Bezos said Kindle Fire pre-orders are causing Amazon to increase capacity and produce "millions more" tablets than it had originally planned. It seems like we finally have a viable competitor to the iPad. This is the first time we've seen a tablet manufacturer talk about producing "millions" of new tablets due to high demand.""

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Google Surrenders in the "Nymwars"

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "According to the EFF blog: "Proponents of pseudonymity scored a major victory today, when Google executive Vic Gundotra revealed at the Web 2.0 Summit that social networking service Google+ will begin supporting pseudonyms and other types of identity.""
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Conductive Silver Ink -- With complete instruction

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "While conductive ink pens have existed for some time now, most inks were too viscous for use using a ball-point pen. Materials researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have developed an ink with low viscosity that can be used in standard ball-point pen mechanisms. Included in the video is the complete procedure for producing the ink."
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Dennis Ritchie dies at the age of 70

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Multiple sources are reporting that Dennis Ritchie, the creator of C and co-creator of Unix, has passed away at the age of 70. From ZDNet: "...[C's] inventor, Dennis Ritchie, whose death after a long illness was reported on Wednesday and confirmed on Thursday by Bell Labs, similarly embodied a unique yet admirable approach to systems design: a man with a lifelong focus on making software that satisfied the intellect while freeing programmers to create their dreams"."
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Welcome to Building Windows 8: Feedback wanted

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "There's a new entry on the MSDN blogs: Building Windows 8. From the introductory post: "today we want to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months. We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product. Welcome to "Building Windows 8," or as we call it, "B8". A new twitter account was also opened to keep people up to date: @BuildWindows8"
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Intel to Offer CPU Upgrades via Software

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Intel will again offer CPU upgrades through software. In the past, the upgrades gave you HyperThreading and more L3 cache. This time upgrades will actually increase CPU frequency: "Intel® Upgrade Service offers three different upgrades on second generation Core processors: Intel® Core i3-2312M processor, Intel® Core i3-2102 processor, and Intel® Pentium® G622 processor". The page provides benchmarks of the 3 upgrade options."
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See the PyPy JIT in action

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Project PyPy is an alternative implementation of Python, with the main advantage being a Just In Time (JIT) compiler which speeds up your code considerably. They've announced the first public release of jitviewer, which is a visualization tool that helps you understand how your code is being compiled by PyPy's JIT, all the way down to assembly. If you just want to see how it looks and play with it, they've setup an online demo — just select a file, and click "Show Assembler"."
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Google going native, just like Microsoft

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "This year Microsoft kept signaling that it's going back to lower-level code with a C++ renaissance. It would give C++ programmers the same priority that was, up until now, reserved for .Net programmers. They even launched a new show about it on their Channel9. Now Google wants to appeal to native programmers with their Native Client for Chrome. It seems that both companies want to cover both the higher-level JavaScript and lower-level C/C++. I dare hope this will give seasoned C/C++ programmers a place along JavaScript programmers at the web development table."
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Printed circuits -- on your skin

derGoldstein derGoldstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Ars has a story up on printing electronic circuits onto the skin, allowing for extremely sensitive sensors: "New research published in Science describes technology that allows electrical measurements (and other measurements, such as temperature and strain) using ultra-thin polymers with embedded circuit elements. These devices connect to skin without adhesives, are practically unnoticeable, and can even be attached via temporary tattoo. All of the necessary components of the devices, including electrodes, electronic components, sensors, radio frequency communication components, and power supplies, are set within an extremely thin (about 30 m) elastic polyester sheet. The sheet has a low elastic modulus (that is, it's flexible) and no noticeable mass (about 0.09 g), so you have a lightweight, stretchable membrane.""
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