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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

itzly Re:Print it out (243 comments)

we KNOW that paper will last several hundred years with only basic care.

Well, we know that paper made hundreds of years ago lasted that long. That doesn't mean that modern paper has the same properties.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

itzly Re:How about USB sticks? (243 comments)

When you buy today's latest model, you can't be sure they have good retention.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

itzly Re:DVD (243 comments)

Put a USB adapter in the lockbox as well.

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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

itzly Re:What? (199 comments)

Sure, I can check out a medical text from a library ... won't make me a doctor.

Not a doctor, no, because not all the information is available, and you need to be licensed. All the information is available to learn how to code, and there's no license required.

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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

itzly Re:Depends on use (82 comments)

Cell phone processors might tend to be slow, but they're rather power efficient per operation

Not particularly. The latest Intel designs are better. Also, the CPU needs big and fast memory, and plenty of I/O bandwidth to do useful stuff. Not typically the stuff you find on a cell phone.

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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

itzly pointless (82 comments)

Clusters of underpowered processors are not nearly as useful as a single powerful processor.

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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

itzly Re:Boiled at 90C? (155 comments)

Higher pressure increases boiling point. And while metric is superior for most things, the Celsius scale is just as arbitrary as Fahrenheit.

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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

itzly Re:im sure the academic notes are riveting. (155 comments)

the flatulence is unbearable (worse than the 2002 methane leak...)

Methane is odourless. Egg farts stink because of the hydrogen sulfide and similar compounds.

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

itzly Re:Modula-3 FTW! (479 comments)

For a beginner, Pascal may seem more readable. For an experienced programmer, C wins. Words like 'begin' and 'end' look too similar to user-defined variables, whereas the curly braces stand out well.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

itzly Re:Discussion is outdated (479 comments)

Yes, that's how it usually is. Without at least an understanding of hardware and electronics, it's hard to do embedded work. At least you'd need to be able to tell the hardware guys what controller/pins to use, and be able to review the schematics.

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

itzly Re:Advantages are gone. (479 comments)

I'd rather have 0 terminated strings than strings with a length byte.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

itzly Re:Discussion is outdated (479 comments)

Tinkering with low-level C (and occasionally assembly) in real time embedded code still pays my bills.

3 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

itzly Re:For real fun! (351 comments)

The concentration of carbon-14 is too low for that. The main source of radiation from our bodies is potassium-40.

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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

itzly Re:Simple solution (422 comments)

You say that as if it matters what Mr Engelbart thinks. Language is shaped by the greatest common denominator.

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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

itzly I won't notice (331 comments)

I don't even have a Blu-ray player. :)

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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

itzly Re:Bullshit (210 comments)

All batteries work that way, and yes, we have a pretty good idea what kind of battery this is.

4 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

itzly Re:Pedantic, but... (169 comments)

Chrome OS probably also runs glibc and other GNU stuff. Not much different from a regular Linux system.

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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

itzly Re:Bullshit (210 comments)

It is possible that if they drain the tubes and pull them out, the batteries have to be replaced.

If that's true, then we are talking about big currents (multiple Amps). A capacitor would not have enough capacity for a reasonable size. Batteries are much better.

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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

itzly Re:Bullshit (210 comments)

I'm not an expert on torpedoes, but parent claimed that Torpedoes need a high-power battery. Given that torpedoes only operate for a short time, I drew the conclusion that they must provide a high current.

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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

itzly Re:Bullshit (210 comments)

Dry cells wouldn't be able to provide much instantaneous current.

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