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Apache Declares War On Oracle Over Java

i.of.the.storm Re:Oracle is Evil, C# Java (428 comments)

What about functional programming then? Java kind of blows if you want to use that programming paradigm.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap Metal-Insulator-Metal (MiM) Diode Created

i.of.the.storm Re:Ground breaking (137 comments)

I think you're right, and I would guess that the startup costs are much cheaper with this technology. But I wonder how useful it is when we can already print thousands transistors for pennies after the initial cost of a fab. Maybe it will allow for easier tinkering for people sitting in their garage? Would be pretty cool to build your own diode.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Demos Llano Fusion APU, Radeon 6800 Series

i.of.the.storm Re:Deceiving naming... (116 comments)

I think the 5830 is actually just a little better than the 5770 in real world performance but uses a significantly more power. I think the 4870 is actually also pretty close to the 5770 in performance, might actually be faster in fact. But the 5770 is based on the 5800 series core I think, just a little cut down.

about 4 years ago
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Jumbo Dual-Screen "Kno" Tablet Debuts At D8

i.of.the.storm Re:Different than a laptop? (106 comments)

Oh, didn't realize that, that makes my post invalid.

more than 4 years ago
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Jumbo Dual-Screen "Kno" Tablet Debuts At D8

i.of.the.storm Re:Different than a laptop? (106 comments)

Also, it's a capacitive screen and they didn't mention an active digitizer so I don't know how well scribbling would work anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Jumbo Dual-Screen "Kno" Tablet Debuts At D8

i.of.the.storm Re:Different than a laptop? (106 comments)

Heck, now you can get e-ink ebook readers for $150. The Sony Pocket Reader is discounted to that price in a lot of places, and the Kobo reader apparently also is at that price too. I just got a Pocket Reader off woot and it's pretty awesome so far, besides the small screen, but I think any ebook reader that's less than a full size letter paper is going to have problems with viewing PDFs without reflowing. As a note, my Pocket Reader actually reflows the text in a PDF pretty well for the most part, but it just involves a lot of page turning (4ish page turns for each real page). I actually am finding that while most devices are moving towards convergence, dedicated ebook readers are actually pretty nice. I agree, I'm not sure who this is targetted at, especially since it doesn't have the brand appeal of someone like Apple. Maybe if Apple made something like this, people would buy it for $600-800, but anyone else would be SOL (Apple would probably also make it more usable, RDF notwithstanding, but that's another story).

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

i.of.the.storm Re:4GB? (224 comments)

Well, that is true. But depending on who you talk to, some people will tell you that it's not unlikely that we'll find a way around the wall when the time comes. I myself don't know much about process technology, but one of my electronics professors would occasionally mention that we've thought that there were dead ends in the technology before, until someone made a breakthrough discovery and found a way around the roadblocks. However, we are indeed getting to a point where we're limited by the size of the atoms themselves, which is problematic. But the future is exciting and unknown, so who knows what will happen next.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Launches Hybrid SSD Hard Drive

i.of.the.storm Re:4GB? (224 comments)

Actually, since semiconductor manufacturing gets cheaper practically exponentially (yay Moore's law) eventually SSD prices should catch up and undercut mechanical disk prices, just because of the manufacturing process. But that's a long ways off yet.

more than 4 years ago
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HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

i.of.the.storm Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (952 comments)

Hmm, I think Flash usually zooms too. Sometimes I use that as a hackish replacement for fullscreen on my second monitor because flash exits full screen if it doesn't have focus.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

i.of.the.storm Re:A-list? What? (471 comments)

Probably because his name is Ma Jae Yoon?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

i.of.the.storm Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

Yeah, sure, that is true. I was more speaking in ideal terms. A 1k resistor within 5% is within 5% of 1000, not within 5% of 1024.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

i.of.the.storm Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

Oh right, within tolerances. But you know what I mean. When you ask for a 1k resistor within 5%, you don't want something within 5% of 1024, you want it within 5% of 1000.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release

i.of.the.storm Re:Cannonical is just trolling us (984 comments)

Yes, that makes sense; that's why the prefix should be different to distinguish that we're not talking about math, physics, etc. By the way, prefixes are very important in electrical engineering, and 1 kilo ohm is definitely not 1024 ohms, so your point about kilo's meaning in computer engineering is kind of invalid. Using kilo to mean 1024 is just an abuse of notation. It's kind of silly to assume that you can hijack prefixes to mean whatever you want, and you're kind of arguing against yourself when you talk about things like 10 bits in a byte - of course we don't have 10 bits in a byte, but then we don't call it a decabit, we call it a byte. Of course, all that being said, kibibyte and mebibyte are really awkward to say so I do say kilobyte and megabyte because that's what the OS has always said and that's what people understand, but you have to admit that it is imprecise to just go around hijacking prefixes to mean something different.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

i.of.the.storm Re:Uh...Avast? (896 comments)

Eh, Avast always had the registration, 5.0 just made it easier to do. Although I guess the only reason I use Avast instead of MSE is momentum; I've been using it for several years and it just has an untangible familiarity (silly, I know). Otherwise I would have switched to MSE a long time ago. On a related note, it would be nice if MS would allow third parties to tap into Windows Update and make it more like Linux package managers.

more than 4 years ago
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6 Smartphone Keyboards Compared

i.of.the.storm Re:Debate (161 comments)

I don't own a smartphone, but I'm about to buy one and I agree for the same reasons. There's no way I'm going to be running emacs over ssh on an on-screen keyboard, it's just not going to work. I'd like to be able to type without covering up half my screen, thanks.

more than 4 years ago
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x86 Assembler JWASM Hits Stable Release

i.of.the.storm Re:xor my heart (209 comments)

Duh, I know what instruction sets are. I don't expect MIPS and x86 to have the same operand order, but I'm just surprised that there are assemblers that use different operand order. I guess the Intel style is closer to what I expect from MIPS I guess.

more than 4 years ago
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x86 Assembler JWASM Hits Stable Release

i.of.the.storm Re:xor my heart (209 comments)

So, we only learned MIPS in school. Why does x86 have different syntaxes? Do different assemblers just have different psuedoinstructions or something? That seems a bit kludgy to me...

more than 4 years ago
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Canadian Android Carrier Forcing Firmware Update

i.of.the.storm Re:Uhm, I thought it was open? (238 comments)

No problem. It's a far cry from being able to run normal Linux userland programs on Android (which may be possible if you have root or something? at the least you can apparently install Debian in a chroot jail. I dunno, don't have an Android device yet) but it is a nice and necessary addition to Android.

more than 4 years ago

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i.of.the.storm i.of.the.storm writes  |  about 8 years ago

i.of.the.storm writes "
We are proud to announce that Slackware Linux version 11.0 has been finally released; it took some time but is well worth the wait. You can read the official announcement at this link. Slackware 11.0 contains the 2.4.33.3 Linux kernel, 2.6.17.13 in /extra and 2.6.18 in the /testing directory; the default boot option is the dependable 2.4.33.3 kernel, but this time we included more choices and support for 2.6.x kernels. This Slackware version is by far the most cutting edge ever released, it includes KDE version 3.5.4 (including the Amarok media player), XFCE 4.2.3.2, the latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, plus SeaMonkey 1.0.5 (replacing the Mozilla suite). It also includes glibc-2.3.6, gcc-3.4.6, X11R6.9.0 from X.Org, and more!
Finally. Torrents are up, but the page doesn't show them yet. Get them at http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-insta ll-d1.torrent http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-insta ll-d2.torrent http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-insta ll-d3.torrent http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-sourc e-d4.torrent http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-sourc e-d5.torrent http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-sourc e-d6.torrent and the DVD http://slackware.com/torrents/slackware-11.0-insta ll-dvd.torrent"
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i.of.the.storm i.of.the.storm writes  |  more than 8 years ago

i.of.the.storm writes "2 weeks ago, Tom's Hardware compared MythTV to Windows XP MCE. Now part 2 of their comparison is available. MCE can only be extended through media extenders, like XBox 360. On the other hand, MythTV is fully customizable and has many options for frontends. While you have to buy another Windows MCE PC to extend your MCE network, MythTV supports Linux, Windows, OS X, and BSD. Thus, a wide range of frontends can be used, including a SIP-enabled VoIP phone. It's high time that some big name PC maker started providing MythTV boxes to the masses, this could be *nix's method of entry into the mainstream."

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