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Verizon Employees End Strike

graveyhead Re:Describing who again? (591 comments)

Herp derp derp! Union leaders are ELECTED BY THE MEMBERS. BlackTriangle is talking about the BILLION DOLLARS (that's 50,000 workers times $20,000 ea) that Verizon was trying to shift to the executive class. Moron.

about 3 years ago

Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers

graveyhead Re:I like it (683 comments)

Precisely! Let me elaborate a bit on that. Danny Goodman said in his JavaScript book waaaay back before 2000 something like: "Test for features not version numbers."

The way PhrstBrn says it seems more like client side web-page scripting. For instance, peeking at the various members of the `event` object, see what exists.

This can also apply to plug-in type dev though. For example, when doing QueryInterface('ABDSFJSDLFJ234JOI4JF24J'), DO NOT just trust that you got a valid object back, based on the fact that you required a specific version of Firefox and that version declares "ABDSFJSDLFJ234JOI4JF24J". Instead, look at the value returned, see if it conforms to what you expect (without causing JS errors while doing so), and take appropriate steps if not (disable your plugin or just the feature that requires that interface).

more than 3 years ago

Intel To Offer CPU Upgrades Via Software

graveyhead Re:Evolving to FPGA (499 comments)

Yeah I was going to post something similar. You don't get to just build an MPEG 4 decoder in an FPGA and "voila, instant hardware decoder". The biggest FPGAs only have a few million or so gates, it wouldn't fit and would have to be still mostly driven by software. You'd put the most CPU intensive pieces into the FPGA and do the rest through the step / instruction cycles of a processor.

I'd actually argue that NVidia type coprocessors are much more appropriate for the types of tasks you mention. They have multiple concurrent pipelines, access to hardware multipliers and are readily configurable by shader language, OpenCL, CUDA, etc.

You could of course build something similar inside an FPGA, but on an NV we're talking billions of gates. The FPGA would be much smaller, maybe you'd fit one programmable pipeline.

FPGAs are great for prototyping but nothing compares to what you can lay down manually on silicon.

more than 3 years ago

CERN To Tap Unused Desktop Power To Help Find Higgs Boson

graveyhead Thought it would be fun to participate (118 comments)

So, I went through and installed all the software, click add project, LHC@home. Lo and behold:

"This project is not currently accepting new accounts. You can add it only if you have an account."

I feel alienated. How does this help ... anyone? Weird. Uninstalled.

more than 3 years ago

ARM Sees Mobile As the Future Gaming Platform of Choice

graveyhead News! (97 comments)

Mobile chip maker ARM sees mobile devices as the future of gaming! News at eleven. I'll stick with my PC for serious gaming, thanks.

more than 3 years ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Set To Roll Into Its Ultimate Crater

graveyhead Don't be sad, be glad! (48 comments)

Well, our spirit is gone but at least we've got some opportunity left! :-)

more than 3 years ago

Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero

graveyhead Needs more fiddlin' (144 comments)

I'm picturing "Devil Went Down To Georgia". Good vs evil violins. Epic.

more than 3 years ago

How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy

graveyhead Been doing the lessons (240 comments)

Love the math curriculum, great fun. I did about 10 years of school math in 2 days. No wonder I hated math in school, it moved glacially slowly! Having so much packed into such a small time frame has been a great refresher course, and Khan rewards me with points and achievements. Holy cow, learning doesn't have to be painful! Who knew!?

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

graveyhead I'd pay $30 for streaming (722 comments)

... IF Netflix had at least same selection as the old video stores. Their current movie selection is terrible. Battle Los Angeles comes out on DVD, and so Battle of Los Angeles comes out on Netflix. This happens *often*, crappy rip-off D grade movies appear on streaming and the good stuff is available only on useless pieces of plastic.

It makes zero sense to me that the industry is hanging on so tooth-and-nail (vending machines? seriously?!) to the model of renting out physical media. If the movie worth the extra quality of having a good copy (e.g. LoTR), I WILL buy a DVD from amazon.

Renting plastic is an idea whose time has come and gone. The video stores all died but nothing has replaced them. No wonder piracy is reaching record levels...

more than 3 years ago

New IMF Head Says US Must Raise Debt Limit, or Face 'Nasty Consequences'

graveyhead Re:The only "nasty consequences" require courage (932 comments)

Oh yeah! The failed economic policies of yesteryear. Great. Thanks.

Need more taxpayers - yeah right. You claim there's no class warfare but then plainly state that you think the middle class should pay.

AND STOP SAYING WE WANT TO INCREASE TAXES. All that needs to happen is that the Bush tax cuts that should have expired long ago, SHOULD ACTUALLY EXPIRE.

We don't want to raise the taxes you twonk, we JUST WANT THEM BACK AT REASONABLE LEVELS.

more than 3 years ago

Space Invaders: The Movie

graveyhead Re:Plot? (244 comments)

Heh that's pretty funny but I'd be happy if Hollywood could put out movies with a plot anywhere near that good. Even with Card's freaky stance on copyright and his religious proselytizing, he did manage to write a couple good books there.

Thinking about it though, after the third one in the series though it does start to go downhill fast. I wonder if Card himself has Hollywood-itis, the tendency to beat a dead horse until money stops falling out.

more than 3 years ago

Space Invaders: The Movie

graveyhead Plot! (244 comments)

4 regular old marines that have more personality than most military types you meet - the black guy, the hispanic guy, generic WASP white guy and butch (but still cute and wears lipstick) lesbian girl - are sent new orders to show up to a secret base. In the secret base there's fancy new laser beam weapons that the marines are going to have to learn (queue montage).

But wait! Evil Liam Neeson has made a deal with the aliens and sold out our greatest secret! The fact that we start to suck at shooting things when the targets move faster.

Suddenly there's alien spaceships in the sky! Oh no, and they start moving faster and faster! So fast in fact that you can't actually see what's happening on the screen! How did they know our greatest weakness (DAMN YOU LIAM NEESON). The hispanic guy gets wounded, then the black guy dies. The white guy saves the day (by finishing the level) and the lesbian goes straight and marries the white guy. The hispanic guy is the best man at their wedding.

The end.

more than 3 years ago

New Approach For Laser Weapons

graveyhead Re:Oh thank goodness... (188 comments)

I think that's overly simplistic

Pussies think everyone can get along and dicks just wanna fuck all the time without thinking it through.

But then you got your assholes, Chuck. And all the assholes want is to shit all over everything.

So pussies may get mad at dicks once in a while because pussies get fucked by dicks.

But dicks also fuck assholes, Chuck.

And if they didn't fuck the assholes, you know what you'd get?

You'd get your dick and your pussy all covered in shit!

more than 3 years ago

The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes

graveyhead Re:Those aren't "programming" mistakes... (213 comments)

Well, sure, and that's why in more recent Drupal versions they switched to using PHP's PDO, which is much more explicit about what you need to do.

The point was, the tool works if you use it correctly. Using the car lock analogy from above, the place for the lock was there but the developer failed to put a lock in the hole.

more than 3 years ago

The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes

graveyhead Re:Those aren't "programming" mistakes... (213 comments)

I half agree. Some of the items in the list are indeed design mistakes, but others really are programmer mistakes.

The SQL injection one is the primary one I'm thinking is really a programmer error. Take this case from Drupal/PHP:

db_query("SELECT * FROM {foo} WHERE bar='" . $_GET['bar'] . "'");

That is totally incorrect and SQL can easily be injected into the statement from outside. When the API is used *correctly* this is not an issue:

db_query('SELECT * FROM {foo} WHERE bar="%s"', $_GET['bar']);

The difference is pretty subtle here and can easily be lost on newbies. As parameters to the db_query function, untrusted inputs are cleaned. I have seen the former code on several sites that I took over from a former developer, they are certainly NOT design errors.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Announces That It Is Done

graveyhead Re:I heard LuLzSec was going to rig the elections. (412 comments)

We're getting offtopic here, but Bush wining the second time does NOT Prove that elections are rigged. What it actually caused Bush to get re-elected was a swift-boat campaign on John Kerry right before the election.

I'm replying not to just be pedantic and correct you, I just want to raise awareness of the power of lying TV advertisements - if you know what swiftboating is, you will have the mental tools to recognise it when it happens and respond accordingly.

Do democracy a favor and forward that Wiki article around ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

graveyhead Re:WebGL getting worse not better :( (282 comments)

I could see many games and tools for making games running in a web browser. Having done both - native apps and web dev, I have to disagree.

The text handling capabilities alone put the browser WAY ahead of the alternatives. Not to mention you can make the flat parts of your UI in HTML, SVG, whatever. It's a handy environment with a lot of facilities that make app dev simpler.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan

graveyhead WebGL getting worse not better :( (282 comments)

The WebGL news is pretty depressing. Found this recently (explained here)

I'm still very excited about having a real drawing API in the browser to work with that's not tied to MS or Adobe. Guess it'll still be a while until this tech is ready for prime time (sigh, been waiting YEARS already).

It's not helping that MS is slinging as much FUD as possible. Claiming that IE is "more secure than Chrome or Firefox" is laughable, but crap like this is not helping our case to the casual observer.

more than 3 years ago

Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

graveyhead Re:Spoken like a true web developer (440 comments)

Oh wow it would be so great if Netflix drops Silverlight. The DRM all tied up in it stops me using my paid Netflix account on Linux. Grr.

more than 3 years ago



The Fourth Amendment is Dead

graveyhead graveyhead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

graveyhead writes "In a sweeping victory, George W. Bush has convinced congress to trash the fourth amendment. Neither current presidential campaign candidate is worried about this issue, and both are now supporting this retroactive immunity to lawsuits. This is wrong and normal citizens are getting the short end of the deal. The Huffington Post lists the 15 democrats who voted to protect your rights. Here is a brief summary of surveillance in the United States and some thoughts about where we're heading."

YBox2: Set Top DIY Kit Now Available

graveyhead graveyhead writes  |  more than 6 years ago

graveyhead writes "The YBox2 is a DIY networked set-top box. Connect it to your TV and you can design customized content to be delivered direct from the Internet.

This project is great for people who want a new platform to experiment with. The video and Internet cores are ready to go and easy to work with. We have some example widgets that demonstrate the YBox2's capability, and the whole project is open source so you can start hacking your own. If you've ever been curious about the Parallax Propeller chip, the YBox2 is a perky little platform with tons of accessories."

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