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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

jmak Re:Insufficient Resources (252 comments)

I see what you did there, but Emacs' codebase is actually quite small by today's standards.

1 year,23 days

Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

jmak Re:doesn't go far enough (1388 comments)

I nominate the comment above at the most stupid -as of yet- posted in the year 2013.

I nominate the comment above at the most stupid -as of yet- posted in the year 2019.

Fixed that for you.

about 2 years ago

The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

jmak Re:In summary (241 comments)

Almost all cellphones today come with a hands-free headset. I actually used it during an interview with Facebook, and had zero problems typing and speaking at the same time, although they didn't hire me either. I don't blame the headset though :)

more than 2 years ago

$50 Sound Cards Impress Versus Integrated Audio

jmak Re:Not really impressive review (245 comments)

Also, according to their measurements, the conclusion should be more like "There's almost no point in spending $50 on a sound card, if you care only about playback, not recording."

more than 2 years ago

Table Salt Could Help Boost HDD Storage Density By a Factor of 5

jmak Re:Degradation (142 comments)

I suppose the salt only takes part in the manufacturing process, and is removed afterwards.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?

jmak HPC-Europa (264 comments)

If your friend works in the academia (from the currency mentioned, I assume you are from Europe), she can also try applying for an access to HPC-Europa infrastructure.

See http://www.hpc-europa.org/

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Announces Java SE 7

jmak Re:Google must be watching... (204 comments)

Considering the bytecode didn't change between Java 6 and 7, they can just watch and get all the Java 7 benefits for free.

more than 3 years ago

JPMorgan Rolls Out FPGA Supercomputer

jmak Re:Ah, progress... (194 comments)

Indeed. Like the internet. Or space flight. Or cell phones.

more than 3 years ago

Germany Builds Encrypted, Identity-Confirmed Email

jmak Czech govt. already did (188 comments)

And it's been a failure, for a number of reasons:

- it cost a fortune to deploy
- one message costs an equivalent of about 1 USD, which means no one uses it except for communicating with the government
- it relies on a proprietary (although free as beer) rather obscure application for Windows, fortunately a non-profit foundation later developed a cross-platform library for accessing the mailbox
- once you register into the system, any official letter you get is automatically considered delivered, so you cannot deny receiving it, that's why any sane lawyer will discourage from getting such an account ever unless you are obligated to

Obviously, because so much money already burnt, the mailbox system is here to stay.

more than 3 years ago

Man Pays $200,000 To Save Fake Online Girlfriend

jmak Re: Don't Assume (464 comments)

Actually, If the cons really worked the guy for two years, that's a pretty impressive feat. Probably on par with three-letter agencies.

more than 3 years ago

Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard

jmak Re:Recommended or Mandatory? (302 comments)

Actually, the standard more or less reflects the status quo: 1) Devices which do not have USB data connection do not need to use USB for charging. 2) The phone itself does not need to feature USB-micro, it's enough to bundle an adapter to phone's proprietary connector from USB-micro.

about 4 years ago

Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'

jmak Re:Past His Prime (465 comments)

Reminds me of Arthur Eddington and his search for fine structure constant formula.

... The great Arthur Eddington gave a lecture about his alleged deviation of the fine structure constant from fundamental theory. Goudsmit and Kramers were both in the audience. Goudsmit understood little but recognized it as far-fetched nonsense. After the discussion, Goudsmit went to his friend and mentor Kramers and asked him, “Do all physicists go off on crazy tangents when they grow old? I am afraid”. Kramers answered, “No Sam, you don’t have to be scared. A genius like Eddington may perhaps go nuts but a fellow like you just gets dumber and dumber.

more than 4 years ago

Hands-on With the iPad Alternatives On Display At IFA

jmak Re:Is it just because I'm a nerd (156 comments)

There was also Tegra-based Toshiba AC100 on display, with a lot more nerd-appeal IMHO.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Unveils Fastest Microprocessor Ever

jmak Re:This chip snickers at my 6502... (292 comments)

I'd guess most of the code run on these CPUs will still use the original IBM 360 instruction set from the sixties.

more than 4 years ago

James Webb Telescope Passes Critical Tests

jmak Re:from the team that brought you the Hubble? (82 comments)

Being 4 times farther from Earth than the Moon, JWST won't be serviceable once deployed. Certainly not using the Shuttle.

more than 4 years ago

Atom Processors Set New Record For Power-Efficient Sorting

jmak Re:Not much in the article (92 comments)

More details are here. Looks like it's a tweaked merge-sort.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds

jmak Re:Comcast Network Engineers will be busy (454 comments)

Once again, America is playing catchup. The Chinese already send all their data through a government proxy.

more than 4 years ago


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