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Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 'Splits Within Days'

flowsnake Re:My experience with Surface (135 comments)

You're holding it wrong. Not that big of a deal.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple, Startup Go To Trial Over 'Pod' Trademark

flowsnake Re:News @ 11 (401 comments)

sudo open the pod bay doors Hal

OK

more than 3 years ago
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Elite Turns 25

flowsnake Re:Talking about the mode switching.... (159 comments)

how did they do that ? ( It always bugged me)

As time progresses between vsyncs, the CRT electron beam scans left-to-right, then moves down a line, then left-to-right, until it hits the bottom-right - then it starts again at the next vsync. You set the video controller registers to mode A before the first line hits the CRT. A bit later, but before it reaches the bottom of the screen, you push new values into the video controller registers changing it to mode B; all the remaining lines are sent to the CRT in the new mode. You just have to make sure that the video controller register values get changed at the right point during each frame, and make sure that the mapped video memory contains data in the right format either side of the mode 'boundary' (although no boundary really exists). You can change mode more than once per frame if you want.

You could always read the Elite source code to see how Bell+Braben did it.

more than 4 years ago
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All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

flowsnake Re:for the uk people: usa gets cheap open universi (272 comments)

I don't know where you have worked, but The Open University is very highly regarded everywhere I have worked (large companies, household names), and by extension its graduates enjoy the same reputation. The fact that its graduates have shown the enthusiasm and work ethic required to complete full-strength degrees in their spare time reflects well upon these people when assessing their worth to a company.

more than 4 years ago
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All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

flowsnake Re:Crass Ambition (272 comments)

Even good old Oxford is branching out into online learning these days; I do not think you would consider them a second-grade diploma mill. Unless you are one of those Cambridge types, of course :)

more than 4 years ago
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UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

flowsnake Re:Big Brother (693 comments)

Every one of these "Big Brother" TV programme will just show groups of people sitting around in different houses, all watching different "Big Brother" TV programmes. It will be quicker and cheaper to just replace all televisions with mirrors so we can watch ourselves.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Lets Advertisers Use Pictures Without Permission

flowsnake Re:Sense of humor? (260 comments)

What if someone else posts a picture in which you are present? Odds are that you have been to a family or social gathering at which someone has a camera, and has later uploaded the photographs. Avoid Facebook all you like, but if friends and family use it you are likely to end up on there whether you like it or not.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Dominates "Premium PC" Market

flowsnake Re:Premium price, not premium PC (475 comments)

Apple dominates the premium priced market, not the premium PC market.

Indeed. I suspect most of the premium PC market is taken up by self-build gaming PCs, which of course don't show up under any PC manufacturer's sales figures. A sub-$1000 PC covers everything that most home and office users want; people who need something more tend to know exactly what they want, and don't mind fitting it together themselves.

about 5 years ago
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Apple Dominates "Premium PC" Market

flowsnake Re:Coming soon... (475 comments)

Maybe Microsoft will start selling the Windows 7 "I Am Rich" Edition for installation on Apple hardware?

about 5 years ago
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Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games

flowsnake Great advertising for new versions! (590 comments)

Let's say I buy $GAME second hand for $30. Perhaps I'll like it enough to buy the sequel $GAME_2 new, full price, when it comes out and not wait.

about 5 years ago
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New Binary Diffing Algorithm Announced By Google

flowsnake Re:wait a minute (192 comments)

Not really a problem. Every n releases you push a complete patch - a bit like key frames in MPEG. People who keep their stuff reasonably up-to-date benefit from the smaller patches, those who don't just have to go back to the 'key frame' equivalent. And on the client - the latest version on the host is effectively the sum of all the diffs up to that point. OK so there is not enough information there to revert to an arbitrary earlier version, but usually we don't revert to older versions of executables. If we absolutely have to revert, maybe to undo a bad update, we can always just download a complete version of the required version.

about 5 years ago
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New Binary Diffing Algorithm Announced By Google

flowsnake uses a primitive automatic disassembler (192 comments)

An interesting approach - I wonder if this would also work as well on compiled bytecode like .NET or Java uses?

about 5 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

flowsnake Re:Bad news (389 comments)

3) There was indeed a better alternative to space icecream.

In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream

about 5 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

flowsnake Re:What if Kennedy hadn't committed to the landing (389 comments)

What if Kennedy had set a lesser goal, such as orbiting the moon?

The Russians quite probably could have achieved with with Soyuz-based technology. We "know" this, sorta, because recently someone proposed putting a Soyuz capsule around the moon for a rich billionaire with $100m to spare.

The Soviets did have the Luna programme - including Luna 10, the first artificial satellite of the moon. Interestingly, they focussed on robot exploration of the moon and remote collection of samples - probably closer in principle to the methods that will be used for future exploration of other planets in our solar system than manned flights.

about 5 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

flowsnake We would have gone bankrupt (389 comments)

The rate of spending was unsustainable; we simply could not afford it, no matter how useful the research outputs might have been. On a more prosaic level, once the Cold War posturing had been successfully implemented, the political benefits would be virtually zero - even if the science would be extremely valuable.

about 5 years ago

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