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Researchers Simulate Monster EF5 Tornado

flargleblarg Re:Cray (61 comments)

Cray??

This is totes cray cray!

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a FAIR Approach

flargleblarg Re:Risk assessment (46 comments)

If you're installing a TV transmitter, you have a device at 2000 feet that, if broken open and unshielded, produces enough energy to melt people's faces off at ground level 500 meters away from the tower base.

I call bullshit.

about a month ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

flargleblarg Re:Let's shit all over the customers (130 comments)

Because they don't really innovate anymore and most of what they do is a regression. The Mac Mini is a perfect example. It really not only failed to advance but in some ways went backwards.

Ya, definitely disappointing there. But on the other hand, doesn't it have a higher CPU-power-per-watt rating? I imagine that this matters more to some people than pure CPU horsepower.

The newer OS upgrades are more about selling you some crap you don't want or need than increasing productivity. Mountain Lion was the last OS that actually seemed like an improvement. My computer ran better with that installation but Mavricks really seems sluggish, so much so I wiped the drive and went back to ML.

Huh, I've noticed the opposite with Mavericks. I only recently (a month ago) upgraded, but I have noticed significantly better battery life with it — especially with Safari not chewing up as many idle CPU cycles.

I hate that upgrades are tied to the Apple Store now. Why???

Ya, that drives me nuts too. However, I think it should still be possible to extract a .dmg installation image after downloading the update and before installing. I did that with Lion in 2011. Downloaded it once from the App Store and installed it on multiple systems from that disk image.

So many little things bother me whereas when I first installed OS X I found the little things to be where they excelled.

Yeah, that's a good point. Not much exciting anymore. And Yosemite looks like a huge step backward in the graphic design department. It's all ugly and flat. I don't look forward to being forced to upgrade to it someday.

I find myself using my Linux laptop more and more over the Mac for general computing use. For video work I still use it but now that I've got ffmpeg fixed from the avconv debacle I'm starting to work with Linux more in that area too. If only hardware manufacturers would support Linux more.

Understandable... But how does any of this mean that Apple is becoming less relevant in the computer world? I think most people out there just don't care or notice.

about a month ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

flargleblarg Re:Let's shit all over the customers (130 comments)

Oh well.......Apple is becoming less and less relevant anyway in the computer world.

What leads you to say that?

about 1 month ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

flargleblarg Re:in Soviet Russia (169 comments)

Tetris doesn't need coverage tool to test you. Everything about you.

So what you're saying is...

In Soviet Russia, Tetris game tests you!

about a month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

flargleblarg Re:The US tech industry (283 comments)

Have you even seen the low-end 2014 Mac mini? It's a 1.5GHz CPU that's supposed to go in ultra-portables. The worst part is, that CPU is more expensive than a regular CPU, so Apple made two mistakes in what is supposed to be their entry model to OS X.

I just realized what they're doing. By artificially crippling the latest generation of Mac Mini, it will mean they can claim greater gains later when they switch from Intel to ARM. Mac Mini and MacBook Air will probably be the first lines to switch.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

Spinning magnetic disk drives are too big (physically) and frankly too fragile for mobile. The future is (for better or for worse) flash storage soldered to the motherboard. It's the only way to get lightweight mobile devices that are also extremely shock-resistant.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

Spinning hard drives for mobile devices have been around for many years.

And.... thank god they're pretty much non-existant anymore.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (252 comments)

IOS on a tablet with a hard drive would be a nice laptop for most people

2005 called and wants its thick, noisy, fagile tablet concept back.

about a month ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

flargleblarg I misread the tite (147 comments)

I misread the title as:

Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Sticks

about a month and a half ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

flargleblarg Re:Let's all hope ... (107 comments)

The ability to teleport 1-2 tons of complex machinery intact wherever you want is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

about a month and a half ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

flargleblarg Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

[...] At any given time, 8GB will give you 2^(8*(2^23)) states, which of course will change in a nanosecond. [...]

First of all, you mean 8 GiB, not 8 GB.

8 GB is 8*(10^9) bytes, whereas 8 GiB is 8*(2^30) = 2^33 bytes.

Secondly, 8 GiB is actually 2^(8*(2^33)) states, not 2^(8*(2^23)) states. (What you gave was the number of states for 8 MiB.)

about 2 months ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

flargleblarg Re:There Ain't No Stealth In Space (470 comments)

And if you are going to use the Voyager craft as examples, please remember that it took 12 years to reach Neptune and will take THREE HUNDRED YEARS to reach the Oort cloud.

At which point it will be V'Ger. :)

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Review

flargleblarg Re:Not answered in review (216 comments)

That's wayyyyyy too much effort for how I launch things: Tap, tap, done if it's on the first screen. Otherwise if it's on the second screen then it's swipe, tap, tap, done. I'd rather just Tap, tap, tap, done, with never any swipe.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

flargleblarg Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force. Question is how long does it take? Seconds? Hours? Months? Years? Decades? This is usually determined by key sizes. The longer the key, the longer it takes to brute force. (generally)

Chuck Norris can brute force a 256-bit key in the time it takes to blink his eyes.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

flargleblarg Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

I have no clue what all the above really means.... If you are saying that 256 bit keys are hard to break, I would concur. If you are saying that it would take a long time, I would again agree. However, if you look at "possible" it is totally possible to brute force a 256 bit key, it just takes TIME to do, LOTS of time OR lots of computers. Either way, it is perfectly possible... Now it may take a LOT of computers (more than are physically possible) or it may take a LONG time (more than we likely have before the sun destroys the earth) but that is all about being practical and not about being possible.

It's mathematically possible. It's humanly impossible. No human will ever build a machine using normal matter that is capable of it.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

flargleblarg Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

Correction: You meant to say "set up a hog farm." Setup is a noun. Set up is a verb.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

flargleblarg Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

sugar: 50% fructose, 50% glucose HFCS: 55% fructose, 45% glucose
zomg, clearly hfcs is the reason people are getting so much fatter.

It's not that simple.
Do a little reading about it. Your body has to expend energy/effort to break sugar into fructose + glucose, whereas with HFCS, the fructose and glucose are already separated and your body has immediate use of them. This is the kicker, and why HFCS is worse than sugar. Of course, even worse than HFCS is fruit juice that's high in fructose.

about 2 months ago

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