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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

dfsmith Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (547 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 week 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

dfsmith Re:main two (359 comments)

C: jmacs

about a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

dfsmith Re:Nope. (355 comments)

"Reconnect the network or the milk gets it."

about 2 months ago
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eBay Compromised

dfsmith Re:113 bits (193 comments)

Just post your new password on /. and we'll figure this out for you. B-)

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

dfsmith AT&T land line (286 comments)

I want to know how come my telephone line has gone from $7/month in 1997 to $32/month today, with no change in service.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

dfsmith Re:K&R (352 comments)

K&R was an excellent introduction (short, expensive, valuable). However, I think I learned more about the why of C from reading Harbison & Steele, "C, A Reference Manual". It was a book for compiler implementers and programmers, and went into some of the design decisions, which really helped my comprehension.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

dfsmith Re:That's some crazy shenanigians right there. (303 comments)

As I read it*, the argument is over the 37 verbatim copied headers that define the API. That's like Oracle making a beautiful (ahem), elaborate sign explaining how to ring their doorbell. Google made their own doorbell but copied the sign, embellishments included. While the content of the sign is "fact", the decorations are arguably product of a creative process.

While I'll have to wait for better analyses of the ruling, I think we can take away that if you're reimplementing a library, you might want to reimplement the headers too.

* IANAL, and I'm not speaking for my employer. I only scanned the ruling.

about 3 months ago
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The Struggle To Ban Killer Robots

dfsmith Send Jack Bauer (138 comments)

Looks like someone was curious about the protestors in the new season of "24", and started Googling!

about 3 months ago

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Unofficial patch extends Windows XP support

dfsmith dfsmith writes  |  about 3 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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