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Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

idealego Re:People not aware that it runs ChromeOS? (372 comments)

It currently receives 4/5 stars based on 569 reviews, so it's fair to say that people like it.

I browsed over the reviews and there's nothing there to suggest that many people are returning it because it's a Chromebook.

about 2 years ago

Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

idealego 32-bit version frequently hits 4GB and crashes (224 comments)

I started using the 64-bit version because the 32-bit version frequently hits 4GB of memory usage and crashes. I've seen the 64-bit version over 16GB on my 32GB system. This is a problem that Chrome does not have, but Firefox has some extensions I really like that Chrome lacks. As long as I can continue using the 64-bit nightly that I'm currently using I guess I won't really care, but this seems rather short-sighted.

about 2 years ago

Algal Biofuels Not Ready For Scale-Up

idealego Re:English (179 comments)

Algae is plural, while alga is singular. If you wanted to say something like "algae-based" you would have to say alga-based. If "algae-based" doesn't sound wrong to you just substitute another plural in there such as "horses-based" to see how it sounds.

more than 2 years ago

Google Employees Find 60 Security Holes In Adobe Reader

idealego Solution: Setup Chrome As Default PDF Reader (164 comments)

Setting up Google Chrome as the default PDF reader is more secure, and it's one less program to update. To do so in Windows 7 just right click on a PDF file, click "open with", click "choose default program", click Browse, and Browse to the following file:

Adobe Reader does have some features that Chrome lacks, but 95% of users will be perfectly fine with just Chrome.

more than 2 years ago

Google+ Loses 60% of Active Users

idealego Still no Google+ for Google Apps users (519 comments)

Many of the early adopters out there are Google Apps users, and yet we still can't use our Google Apps accounts with Google+. I've heard many good things about Google+ but am still waiting for Google to allow me to use it.

And I'm not interested in managing yet another account just to try out Google+.

more than 3 years ago

Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Phones

idealego Re:Looks familiar (83 comments)

... Too bad the front camera of it is not the greatest, but still, for a year and half device should not be so bad.

The front-facing cameras on the Google Nexus S, iPhone 4, and N900 are all 640x480.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Released!

idealego Re:Slow! (554 comments)

Try it with a fresh profile.

If that fixes it then it obviously has something do with your extensions or something else in the profile.

If that does not fix it then try turning off hardware acceleration and see if that helps (options->advanced->general). I'm not sure what else to suggest right now, as I just started playing with it. It's certainly quicker on my system, and all the reviews indicate that it should be significantly faster.

more than 3 years ago

CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

idealego Re:Applied software engineering programs (583 comments)

Your analogy would make more sense if you said you didn't want to fly in a plane unless it was built by a physicist, as that's a closer analogy when comparing computer science to programming.

Software engineers learn how to built software, and aerospace engineers learn how to built airplanes.

more than 3 years ago

CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

idealego Re:Applied software engineering programs (583 comments)

You appear to be making many assumptions:
You assume that people who do not complete a CS or math degree are not smart and do not learn things quickly. I need not comment on this one.
You assume that people in a software engineering program are spending four years programming. I hope that's not what they're doing in your universities.
You assume that a CS or Math grad is more likely to be able to "do" Lisp or ML than someone from a software engineering program. I think this unlikely, but again it depends on the curriculums at your universities.

Software engineering programs tend to have a few course in business. They will also tend to cover security, data and database admin, software quality and reliability engineering, and software architecture--all of which are usually not covered in a CS degree. Neither of the major universities near me have any courses on security within their CS faculties, which is obviously important these days.

I'm not sure what "MIS" means to you, but that acronym isn't used here to describe anything that's similar to software engineering.

Maybe the software engineering programs in your area just aren't very good or maybe there aren't any?

more than 3 years ago

CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

idealego Applied software engineering programs (583 comments)

I started a Bachelor's in computer science and switched to an applied software engineering program. It's much less math, and the average course is far more useful in the real world. All the employers I've talked to so far have said that they prefer hiring out of the applied program because the students are ready to start working and have a broader range of skills.

As many have already pointed out, computer science != programming.

What we need is more schools that offer applied programming programs for those who want to become programmers and not computer scientists. And more students need to learn the differences between them and which one they want.

more than 3 years ago

Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

idealego No statistical significance (480 comments)

They would need to do many more trips to gain any statistical significance.

about 4 years ago

FPS Games That Need a Remake

idealego Magic Carpet (518 comments)

Magic Carpet is one of my all time favourite games and, to my knowledge, no game since it's release back in 1994 has similar gameplay.

The game is very much an FPS at its core, and, like a good FPS, there is a lot of strategy in it. You fly around on a carpet trying to build your castle while you fight off enemy wizards, which are either controlled by AI or other players. Killing monsters drops balls of mana which you cast a possession spell on so that balloons from your castle will go out and pickup the mana. Enemy wizards can re-possess the mana for their own balloons, so it's a constant fight over trying to get the mana to your castle. When you have enough mana you can increase the size of your castle, and you usually have to get a certain amount of total mana to win. As a wizard you have possibly the coolest arsenal of spells I've ever seen in any game, and these are detailed fairly well in the Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Carpet_%28video_game%29#Spells).

Nothing gives me a better feeling of power then having just gained a volcano spell and rushing over to my enemies castles to cast a big f’ing volcano on it, followed by some storm lightning and meteors. As the enemy castle is destroyed, bit by bit, it releases mana which you try to possess for your own castle. Of course, just like fresh blood attracts sharks, there will be other wizards there fighting for the released mana. The game is very fun to play even today.

Many years ago I pleaded with them to open source it, but was denied. I see they’ve recently ported it to the Playstation network 16 years after the game came out, which I thought was surprising.

There are some gameplay videos on YouTube such as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnHRiHCxtOE

Magic Carpet 1 is awesome and MC2 sucks. MC2 was easy and boring--it just didn't have the same wizard-vs-wizard battles and cool levels as the first one. So if you give it a shot just make sure you play the first one.

more than 4 years ago

Is Linux At the End of Its Life Cycle?

idealego Linux is poised to dominate the smartphone market (676 comments)

Linux will likely have the majority of the smartphone market soon now that Nokia is switching to MeeGo. Since smartphones are the future, Linux's future is looking very bright.
Android - Linux
MeeGo - Linux
webOS - Linux
iOS - Not Linux
Win Phone 7 - Not Linux
BlackBerry OS - Not Linux

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

idealego Re:Uh (725 comments)

That sort of information is redacted by Wikileaks. This is the main reason it takes them so long to release information after it has been given to them.

more than 4 years ago


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