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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

i_ate_god Re:How? (478 comments)

the "science and art" of geopolitics is sufficiently dense to illicit intellectual arousal in nerds.

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

i_ate_god Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (727 comments)

perhaps you can enlighten us as to why he's wrong, and what the linux kernel has to do to better support desktop environments?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

i_ate_god Re: You're doing it wrong. (199 comments)

One of the benefits about the teams I work with is just that, we're TEAMS.

So if I'm working on my part of the project, and something breaks from the other teams and the error is non-obvious, a bug report is filed saying not only how the error was generated, but that the error message itself is not clear to me and needs to be fixed.

QA has also been trained just enough to know when an error message doesn't make much.

about 5 months ago

Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

i_ate_god Re: Why? (136 comments)

I have an ipad. Full file system access is my number one reason for jail breaking. I can access any file on the device, share folders on a samba server, access any file on the sdcard reader.

Now I can actually upload nef files from.my Nikon camera.

about 6 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

i_ate_god Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

by whom? the company or the employees?

about 6 months ago

One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

i_ate_god So does this mean I shouldn't visit Japan? (190 comments)

I was kind of keen on visiting Japan during the fall months. I have no idea how this impacts my decision.

about 6 months ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

i_ate_god Re:Which means (347 comments)

well no

E = m(c*1.2481005830886023468204621)^2

about 7 months ago

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

i_ate_god But no one really cares about Microsoft... (140 comments)

...in the mobile world. All they will do send a lot of people towards Apple and they will accomplish nothing.

about 7 months ago

$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

i_ate_god Re:Quiet is important (151 comments)

yes, it was the 290, not 250, sorry.

They were competing against each other, the amd card had slighter better bang for the buck but was reportedly quite hot and some boards were quite noisy.

about 8 months ago

$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

i_ate_god Quiet is important (151 comments)

don't underestimate the beauty of a quiet powerful computer.

I won't buy a $3000 gpu anymore than I'll buy a $1500 one, but I did buy the GTX 780 over the cheaper but somewhat more powerful R9 250 solely on the basis of it being cooler.

about 8 months ago

'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

i_ate_god Re:Yeah, no... (323 comments)

humans do have a strong tendency towards anthropomorphism

about 8 months ago

PHP Next Generation

i_ate_god Re:I got tired of waiting (213 comments)

> You're talking about Python, right? It may be a lot of things, but consistent isn't one of them.

Python's inconsistencies are bizarre enough that they become easy to remember, and there aren't that many. PHP's inconsistencies are much more subtle, and are everywhere. Peruse the string functions for a good example...

> Again, Python? Also, I wasn't aware that PHP was "difficult to scale". No one else seems to have trouble with it. Well, "double-digit percentage of total internet traffic" sites excepted, of course. Though at that point, just about everything is "difficult to scale".

for web apps I'd assume python and PHP have the exact same problems, and more or less the exact same solutions. PHP is going to be slower if you use mod_php over php-fpm though, which many don't do. As well, it's a lot easier to write up performance-dependent code in C when using python than when using PHP.

> I've never seen a "web framework" I'd classify as "good", let alone "excellent".

You should elaborate on this. Are these just frameworks for PHP and Python or are you being language agnostic with this statement? I've grown comfortable limiting my webapps to just RESTful APIs that frontends use and whipping up those APIs are painless in almost any language that has something similar to JAX-RS/Flask/etc

> A language known for abysmal performance

False, an implementation known for abysmal performance, which is CPython.

about 8 months ago

From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

i_ate_god Re:Enlightened self-interest (149 comments)

Sounds to me like someone is interested in preserving their job at the FCC rather than anything as altruistic or abstract as 'protecting the public's interests'.

does this detail really matter? Greed and survival instincts are no different than any other exploitable human attribute.

about 8 months ago

Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

i_ate_god Re:Wouldn't be an issue.. (209 comments)

not to mention the fact that a lot of this research was paid for by the tax payer. This is knowledge that Canadian citizens have a right to access

1 year,12 days

Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

i_ate_god Re:update feature, and eye candy (79 comments)

On windows, your default player is Windows Media Player. It is cumbersome to use, doesn't support a wide array of formats, and it's full of content advertisement. So I install Foobar and VLC for a better experience. Or I can use XMplay for music if I want a media player that has style. My current XMplay install looks just like the old classic Winamp which is awesome.

On Gnome, your default player is Rhythmbox. Its shoutcast support, just sucks. It's never clear if its buffering, or timing out, or what. I hate it. I have not found a suitable alternative yet, but haven't tried very hard either.

On KDE, your default player is Amarok. I don't really know it well as I've only recently moved all my linux desktops onto KDE so can't comment.

1 year,12 days

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

i_ate_god Automated vehicles already exist (937 comments)

Just from memory:

Montreal Metro is driven by autopiloting with someone in the cab for door management.

Vancouver Skyline doesn't even have a driver anywhere, it's all automated.

Several airports (Orlando was the last one I went to), have automated trains/monorails to shuffle people between terminals.

Most flights you take are done almost entirely on autopilot.

So far, it seems that mass transit is increasingly automated. So why is non-mass transit any different?

1 year,18 days

"Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?

i_ate_god Re:Simple Answer... (232 comments)

What about PHP?

1 year,21 days

Panoramic Picture Taken By China's Moon Lander

i_ate_god Re:It's 2013 (125 comments)

I do, it's "hehe"

because it was kinda funny

about a year ago

A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

i_ate_god Re:How about GMT? (545 comments)

What's really awesome though, is being at the pub and having to set the clock back an hour while drinkiing!

about a year ago



Should post secondary education be subsidised by the government?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 2 years ago

i_ate_god writes "The province of Quebec, Canada is gripped in a crisis sparked by the government's recent decision to increase tuition by over $1600 over the course of 5 years. Quebec has the lowest tuition in North America, and even after the increase, will still be one of the cheapest places to get a decent education. Is university an absolute right? Is it absolutely necessary? How far should the tax payer go to subsidise post secondary education?"

Configuration through command line or UI?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 3 years ago

i_ate_god writes "Ask Slashdot: What do people here prefer, or what experiences have they had, when it comes to configuration of an application? Are people more comfortable using a user interface to configure an application or are they more comfortable using a command line to edit configuration files? Are there cases where one solution is better than another or should an application support both?"

Ask Slashdot: Home hard drive storage

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i_ate_god (899684) writes "I download a lot of 720/1080p videos, and I also produce a lot of raw uncompressed video. I have run out of slots to put in harddrives across two computers. I need (re: want) access to my files at all times (over a network is fine), especially since I maintain a library of what I've got on the TV computer. I don't want to have swappable USB drives, I want all hard drives available all the time on my network. I'm assuming that, since it's on a network, I won't need 16,000 RPM drives and thus I'm hoping a solution exists that can be moderately quiet and/or hidden away somewhere and still keep somewhat cool. So Slashdot, what have you done?"

What are the biggest hurdles for a mars mission?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 7 years ago

i_ate_god writes "Maybe I'm grossly under estimating the scope of a mission to mars, but in all honesty, what are the real hurdles that makes it so complicated? Technology wise, we've landed on the moon and have had two orbiting permanent space stations. We can take off and land on Earth and on the Moon. So whats so difficult about Mars? Go up, fly to Mars, land, go back up, fly to Earth, land. It's not as if we don't know how to do any of this. The only three hurdles I see is radiation, psychology, and how to land hundreds of tonnes of supplies properly. Are those three things really that awfully hard?"


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