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NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks

fishtorte Specs, still? Really? (390 comments)

Apple doesn't need the fastest hardware—it only needs hardware that will run its OS fast enough. Because the only thing that matters is if the machine feels responsive enough. If it does, then it works.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie Day

fishtorte So be it (301 comments)

How can it be a bad thing for Steve Jobs' death to have brought increased awareness of Dennis Ritchie's contributions? Assuming, that is, that there's ANY connection between the two. It doesn't have to be a competition.

more than 2 years ago
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Recalling Windows 1.0 At 25 Years

fishtorte Re:Windows 1.0 was barely usable (384 comments)

Overlapping windows were patented by Apple, so they couldn't be implemented.

Unlike, of course, the rest of the Macintosh OS.

more than 3 years ago
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Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

fishtorte Re:Good (1695 comments)

Right on.

more than 3 years ago
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Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

fishtorte Re:Burn Them All! (1695 comments)

I have to admit I take perverse pleasure in this idea. But I'm not sure how much my own ignorance buttresses that pleasure—hence my reluctance to admit to it.

more than 3 years ago
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Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

fishtorte Hate speech != journalism or parody... (1695 comments)

...it's just plain ugly, and we just don't need it. This begs the question "what is hate speech?," but that's not my department (I am not a SCOTUS Justice).

But we certainly don't need hate speech.

more than 3 years ago
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Dell Selling Faulty PCs

fishtorte Re:Revoke the corporate charter (484 comments)

You don't, you give it the death penalty. Carve it up and [...]

Well, maybe forty years ago... corporations have way too much power & influence now. AT&T, ExxonMobil, GE--they'd never let a precedent like that be set these days.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Introduces Command-Line Tool For Linux

fishtorte Re:sudo REWIND (210 comments)

Linux conventions dictate that whole word options be preceded with a double hyphen

Isn't that a GNU convention?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Introduces Command-Line Tool For Linux

fishtorte Re:sudo (210 comments)

sudo google Skylab -activate -w -terminate "Humans"

Don't forget the -i flag for interactive mode, so you don't accidentally clobber Scarlett Johansson.

more than 4 years ago
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SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

fishtorte uh-huh (183 comments)

Let me know when someone really does build a server with 512 atoms.

more than 4 years ago
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'Peak Wood' Offers Parallels For Our Time

fishtorte or, as Blue Öyster Cult put it, (604 comments)

"History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man."

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Claims Breakthrough Energy-Efficient Algorithm

fishtorte Re:TFA is worthless (231 comments)

Maybe it's something like:

while (1) {
        sleep;
}

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers vs. Phishers

fishtorte misuse of the term 'hacker' (137 comments)

from the jargon file:

hacker: n.

        [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]

        1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. RFC1392, the Internet Users' Glossary, usefully amplifies this as: A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular.

        2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming.

        3. A person capable of appreciating hack value.

        4. A person who is good at programming quickly.

        5. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in ‘a Unix hacker’. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)

        6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.

        7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.

        8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence password hacker, network hacker. The correct term for this sense is cracker.

        The term ‘hacker’ also tends to connote membership in the global community defined by the net (see the network. For discussion of some of the basics of this culture, see the How To Become A Hacker FAQ. It also implies that the person described is seen to subscribe to some version of the hacker ethic (see hacker ethic).

        It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to describe oneself that way. Hackers consider themselves something of an elite (a meritocracy based on ability), though one to which new members are gladly welcome. There is thus a certain ego satisfaction to be had in identifying yourself as a hacker (but if you claim to be one and are not, you'll quickly be labeled bogus). See also geek, wannabee.

        This term seems to have been first adopted as a badge in the 1960s by the hacker culture surrounding TMRC and the MIT AI Lab. We have a report that it was used in a sense close to this entry's by teenage radio hams and electronics tinkerers in the mid-1950s.

Note that the perjorative use has been deprecated.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Create Artificial Meat

fishtorte Re:Not so fast... (820 comments)

[...] without wasting money on all the unnecessary parts [...]

Now that's a matter of perspective.

more than 4 years ago
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German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

fishtorte No direct references? (859 comments)

How something like about this:

#!/usr/bin/perl
($murderer1, $murderer2) = ('Wolfgang Werlé' , 'Manfred Lauber');
($guy1, $guy2) = (\$murderer1, \$murderer2);
print WIKIPEDIA "$guy1 and $guy2 killed a German actor in 1990";

more than 4 years ago

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