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Tetris Is Hard To Test

flargleblarg Re:in Soviet Russia (59 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!

16 minutes ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

flargleblarg Re:The US tech industry (210 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.

4 hours ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 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 week ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 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 week ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

flargleblarg Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 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 week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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iOS 8 Review

flargleblarg Re:Not answered in review (216 comments)

It'd only be nice if you have a filing fetish. It's not useful. Any minor pleasure it might bring filing fetishists would be vastly outweighed by those ordinary phone users who lose applications.

That's a rather naive thing of you to say. Some of us have a hundred apps installed, and it's very useful to have them organized and be able to select them quickly with just a couple or three taps, rather than scrolling through dozens of pages of grids.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

flargleblarg Re:Wow... (232 comments)

A good Waterfall approach gets 4x more done than any version of Agile

Citation needed

about a month ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

flargleblarg Re:Well, if you're going to push... (159 comments)

More to the point, when people use, "Google," as a verb, they mean to actually use Google, as opposed to using any brand of facial tissue available when saying, "Kleenex."

Exactly! You can't google something using Bing, for example. Not that you'd want to anyway. You can only google something using Google.

(Now I feel like I need to go wash my hands after mentioning Bing. Eww.)

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

flargleblarg Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Ya, I should have stated mirror-opposites assuming a vertical mirror line (which is what's relevant/important when it comes to hands on the wheel).

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

flargleblarg Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Don't feel bad. It's tricky wording. I wasn't sure how to word it to be clear (and to be fair, I don't think it was really clear). "Opposites" to me would imply 180 opposing... so I wrote "mirror-opposites" to imply a vertical mirror, but of course that's pretty subtle and not very unambiguous.

about a month ago

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