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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

dfsmith Re:Mythbusters (121 comments)

I thought, "I'll run with it...".

yesterday
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

dfsmith Mythbusters (121 comments)

Maybe the hurried journalists quietly noted that there are now 66% fewer Mythbusters and thought, "Let's run with it—what's the chance of being caught now, eh?" B-(

yesterday
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

dfsmith Re:if 1 drive full, raid. Dual read write armature (314 comments)

Like this one?

In a nutshell, the smaller production runs make this type of drive more than twice as expensive as two regular drives, with similar performance for independent workloads. (But if you have a particular workload, you may benefit.)

2 days ago
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Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen

dfsmith Re:16% Improvement! (33 comments)

No, it's up to 16% of a quarter flip.

about a week ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

dfsmith Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

'Renewable' fuels are a misnomer. The sun will run out of fuel too sometime.

But the sun is renewable. Where do you think our current Sun came from? Recycled stars.

about three weeks ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

dfsmith Re:The Relativity of Wrong (315 comments)

Clearly mountain climbing bends straight edges; because the horizon is flat* at the bottom. Maybe it's a property of wood at high altitude? B-)

* Well, bumpy. With trees and (probably) mountains too.

about three weeks ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

dfsmith Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

Don't use a black background. I find bright cyan (#00FFFF) background with black foreground works well for my eyes. Other people think I'm crazy though. (My eyes have intra occular lenses in, due to early cataracts. I told my son I got robot eyes. 8-)

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

dfsmith Re:They have a great fab process (502 comments)

You have to wonder why they couldn't push the S/N from an awkward 19.49dB to a nice round 20dB improvement.

about a month and a half ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

dfsmith Re:Cost (228 comments)

In order to see a real change you really need a few "killer apps".

You're right: this would be the perfect oven for the budding serial killer. Set dial to "cremate" and you're done!

about 2 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

dfsmith Re:Complexity (228 comments)

Have you researched an Aga? It's always on—solves both your problems.*

* You didn't list cost and controllability. B-)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

dfsmith Re:Joe (359 comments)

Here's another good reason to use joe (jmacs for me).

$ ls -lF --si /usr/bin/emacs23-nox /usr/bin/joe
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 11M Sep 8 2012 /usr/bin/emacs23-nox*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 462k Oct 6 2011 /usr/bin/joe*

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

dfsmith Re:I still love Joe (359 comments)

I snidely disparage your use of joe. I use jmacs! Much better*. B-)

* In the sense that my fingers are not lost when I come across a system that only has emacs installed. Otherwise joe's great.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

dfsmith Re:main two (359 comments)

C: jmacs

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

dfsmith DSO Nano (172 comments)

The series of Seeed oscilloscopes are a bit clunky, but otherwise reasonable.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

dfsmith Re:Why? (172 comments)

Nobody needs to learn to drive any more. We can teleconference everywhere. If you need your body to be somewhere, just rent a taxi! It's all virtual these days.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

dfsmith Intentional misprints? (210 comments)

Have you examined the pattern of misprints? Maybe they're there to uniquely identify your copy of the e-book. That way, if the text pops up on a torrent stream, you can expect a knockin'-at-the-door.

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

dfsmith Re:To me, this is a step backwards (208 comments)

But I bet the "mostly guys" in your office don't steal your pink stuff.

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

dfsmith Re:How do you make a lego character female? (208 comments)

I am continually surprised at how many different things my small kids can build out of even sub-100-piece sets. In the past, Lego kits came with pictures of alternate things to build, and maybe that's what you were thinking of. My kids (and friends') don't seem to need encouragement to use their imagination when it comes to building castles, spaceships, cars, monsters, robots, blaster platforms, robo-grandma, SuperPantsMan, and Frank Rock/Iron Man hybrids.

about 3 months ago
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Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity

dfsmith Re:I don't believe in relativity (120 comments)

God could also have a really well defined momentum, and therefore the uncertainty inequality makes Him omnipresent.

about 2 months ago

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Unofficial patch extends Windows XP support

dfsmith dfsmith writes  |  about 5 months ago

dfsmith (960400) writes "Many companies, my employer included, have stopped supporting Windows XP starting today. Luckily, a couple of engineers at Microsoft have released simple patch to extend XP support. "Our patch extends March indefinitely. For example, with the patch, today is March 32nd. And we wish you Merry Christmas later this month, on March 300th!", explained Rolf Paoli. Seems like an ingenious way to fix an awkward problem."

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