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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

hsmyers Nonesense (291 comments)

When I can have 32fps full screen animation of real-time zoom into a fractal I might be satisfied. Till then I will politely suggest that the premise is flawed...

about 9 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

hsmyers There is no Fifth Admendment (871 comments)

With the recent Supreme Court ruling that silence denotes guilt essentially gutting the 5th, clearly your dreams of removing this detriment to society have come true. What size Jack Boot do you wear?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

hsmyers Re:Sketchup, OpenSCAD (218 comments)

Then I can only suggest that you look again and this time take off those silly blinders :) Given the ability to 'push', 'pull' and a host of other actions, Sketchup leaves cad behind. I've used AutoCad since version 1.4 and Sketchup from the beginning and I think it accurate to say the the former is 2D while the latter is 3D. That said, OpenSCAD is a sweet piece of work and quite easy to use---IF you can handle the paradigm of code->drawing. You write code and then compile it to see your object. Very powerful once you get into the swing of things, but for non programmers, perhaps not the best approach. I'd recommend Sketchup over OpenSCAD based on that demographic.

about a year ago
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Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

hsmyers Copycat (298 comments)

About that snide remark concerning 'copycat'---could be wrong (often am) but Northgate made just such a keyboard before Cherry was trying to copy the IBM feel. So you're saying that two copies make a keyboard?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

hsmyers Re:CRC (440 comments)

Running under Windows Vista I get:

C:\>java -jar finddups.jar / 0 >dups.txt
java.lang.NullPointerException
                at finddups.FileFinder.findFiles(FileFinder.java:25)
                at finddups.FileFinder.findFiles(FileFinder.java:33)
                at finddups.FileFinder.findFiles(FileFinder.java:33)
                at finddups.Main.main(Main.java:31)

dups.txt has a copy of the command line and nothing else.

--hsm

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

hsmyers Re:CRC (440 comments)

I'd vote yes to "Or should I just commit a JAR file to Github". I'd add a read.me suitable for both experts and idiots like me :)

--hsm

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

hsmyers Re:CRC (440 comments)

Not being a Java (at least not knowingly) I was puzzled by this:

C:\>java Main.java C:\
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Main/java
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: Main.java
                at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(Unknown Source)
                at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
                at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(Unknown Source)
                at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
                at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
                at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(Unknown Source)
Could not find the main class: Main.java. Program will exit.

Could you explicate?
--hsm

about 2 years ago
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Have We Lost Our Privacy To the Internet?

hsmyers Nothing published, nothing private lost (222 comments)

I don't have a cell phone so in my case if I didn't type it in somewhere, then it isn't 'out there' hence nothing lost. But that aside, we are gradually losing a number of rights, privacy not the least...

more than 2 years ago
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155 MPH Biofuel Truck Breaks Speed Record

hsmyers Getting it right... (105 comments)

No one on Slashdot could possibly care, but that would be Boise State University, the one with the blue astro turf and a top 10 foot ball rating----just saying...

more than 2 years ago
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The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV

hsmyers just an idea (277 comments)

seems to me like a perfect opportunity to 'crowd source' the information. sorry, couldn't help myself...

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

hsmyers Re:LD50? (337 comments)

But is capsaicin the active ingredient in all 'hot' dishes or are there others? This was curry, which makes me wonder about what else might have supplied the kick?

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Court Finds Website Scraping Infringes Copyright

hsmyers Re:And Google rejoices (147 comments)

Seems to me that would depend entirely on what they do with the results. If the answer is 'nothing that the web sees again' then no harm, no foul. On the other-hand things quickly gray up if the info is re-posted in an altered form. The guy who scraped Cragslist and made it easier to use comes to mind. Not sure if this qualifies as 'ruining the quality' or not, but the Craigslist lawyers were quick to react. If the guy doesn't (or hasn't caved) it will be interesting to see what happens.

more than 2 years ago
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10-Petaflops Supercomputer Being Built For Open Science Community

hsmyers What happens to 'old' supercomputers? (55 comments)

While I applaud (and always do) advances in supercomputers, it raises the question of what happens to the previous generation(s). I'd love to get my hands on even one of the blade based boxes in your usual configuration. Might not be good for the projected tasks in modern proposals, but they would be more than good enough for my modest needs. Anyone know who the surplus process works?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

hsmyers Ads as a guide` (282 comments)

Check out the advertisements in Digital Photo Pro and similar. There are usually a number of ads for backpack style bags----some of which are designed for laptops as well. I'd tell you what I use, but I don't haul around my photo-laptop so my setup wouldn't work for you. A smallish bag is good for my Nikon and my best guess regards needed lens(s) of the day. I know I've see adds, sorry can't remember specifics....

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

hsmyers Still alive aren't you? (772 comments)

I'd say that since you aren't dead yet (no check for zombie) then the very notion of 'too late' goes right the hell out the window. Find a project that interests you; implement it in the 'new' language and see what happens. If you and the language don't 'click', pick another language. Lots of languages, lots of projects---shouldn't be a problem; good luck :)

more than 2 years ago
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PC Designer Says PC "Going the Way of the Vacuum Tube"

hsmyers Re:supposedly obsolete tech (685 comments)

Without regard to guitars and other instruments, go find a high end stereo store and listen to a Macintosh---not made by apple :)

http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/us/Pages/Home.aspx#

--hsm

more than 2 years ago
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External Thunderbolt Graphics Card On Its Way

hsmyers Re:HP dv7 (207 comments)

Read my mind! Most of my needs are calculation, not graphics. In fact the normal display of my boxen/laptops is sufficient to tell me if I'm on the right track. I'm still addicted to fractals after all of these years :) Started before fracint after a grad class at UCSC and have been hooked ever since. I've even toyed but not yet cut code with the idea of using the GPU version of the Amazon Cloud. The (pun alert) complexity is high, but the price is right! I figure that given what we are talking about as a initial breadboard, I could map out my code and then move to the Cloud. Don't know if you've seen the ultra hi res photos that allow substantial zooming, but that is more or less my target. Imagine a fractal that you can zoom in on without crunching the numbers, because they are pre-calculated! :)

more than 2 years ago
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External Thunderbolt Graphics Card On Its Way

hsmyers Re:HP dv7 (207 comments)

Wasn't talking about Thunderbolt---I've no machine capable of such a connection---nor do I have any confidence in it's longevity. I'm looking for a simpler approach using existing existing connectors (sufficient for the needs of the hardware in question) plus outboard slot with power brick. Give me that and I'm good to go. Better if it supports higher end boards, but I'll settle for as many GPUs as I can get my hands on :)

more than 2 years ago

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Meta Question about text in user sidebar

hsmyers hsmyers writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hsmyers writes "In the sidebar which normally lists karma and such like I've found:

Reply to "Re:LD50?" by spottedkangaroo [X]
Reply to "Re:LD50?" by bazald [X]

Which despite the prescence of the delete button refuse to go away. What's up?"

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