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If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

jwinster Re:Youth Wasted on the Young Me (309 comments)

I'm still waiting for the money to eat a car as well :-/.


more than 3 years ago

Android vs. iPhone — Who Wins In 2011?

jwinster Re:Advertising (424 comments)

I agree with your rhetoric, but really the only difference you're citing between the iPhone and Android is the lack of flash, which Android doesn't even have to have installed. Android phones aren't subsidized by advertisements, advertisements are simply the reason Google broke into the market. Android phones are more pervasive simply because they want more people doing searches that feature phones can't/couldn't do. In the end they just want to present you the same text based advertisements that your iPhone will show you, and Android just opens more channels for it.

more than 3 years ago

Zeus Attackers Turned the Tables On Researchers

jwinster Re:Why can't we have commercial software like this (119 comments)


Money helps develop good software of course, but it doesn't change the fact that bad software engineering practices lead to bad software. No matter how much money is thrown at it, it won't make your teams do things in a manner close to "the right way."*

* Definitions may vary

more than 3 years ago

Are Games Getting Easier?

jwinster Re:Where is the fun? (854 comments)

This reminds me of why I got addicted to Diablo 2 multiplayer. "PlayerX has joined, Diablo's minions grow stronger." Easy scaling and a lot of fun to play with friends.

more than 3 years ago

Julian Love, Lead Technical Artist for Diablo 3

jwinster cool name (102 comments)

Anyone else think Julian Love is a really cool name? If only he were had a Ph.D. in the study of calendars.

more than 3 years ago

Bacteria From Beer Lasts 553 Days In Space

jwinster Re:The trick... (138 comments)

TFA mentions that these were not spores, spores have been known to live for years in space, but rather that these were cyanobacteria (photosynthesizing bacteria) that survived, and this is the longest that bacteria of this type have been known to survive.

about 4 years ago

'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones

jwinster Re:The Great Thing About Android (415 comments)

Incidentally this is exactly the reason that Android was able to take off. Cell phone manufacturers and wireless companies wanted to be able to put their own applications on your smartphone (similar to the way they behave with their feature phones), and they wanted something cheaper than paying for windows mobile licenses. Android filled both those requirements by being free, and they can install their own crapware to try and get you to continue to add to your monthly bill by paying for their services. Remember, cell phone companies are constantly trying to stay important by being content providers, rather than just being dumb data carriers like what happened to the phone companies.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

jwinster Re:Really? (242 comments)

Well, that depends where you're driving.

Google Navigation does cache images of the entire route -- but this can become problematic if you deviated from the planned route.

This is actually pretty handy. I live in Colorado and as soon as I hit the mountain roads I lose my 3G signal, but I still have all the data cached to get to where I'm going which may be out of cell range, or at least to the cell tower where my maps can re-download if my destination has changed.

more than 4 years ago

J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System

jwinster Re:Broken? More like fixed. (773 comments)

While I agree with most of your points, I disagree that small local governments are somehow inherently more well run. Even in smaller suburban towns like the one I grew up in, where most of the people think alike, the smallest issue can be extremely polarizing, and you end up with nonsense compromises (like the cutoff points for mandatory inclusion into sewer systems ending at places that don't make sense). Bad city councils suffer from the same problems that federal and state governments suffer from, "He may be an idiot, but he's our idiot," and the people who are there stay forever. Or, even worse, they voters don't know anything about their local government, so they stay forever.

more than 4 years ago

Asus Budget Ultraportable Notebook Sold Sans OS

jwinster Re:Yes there are more Linux alternatives for these (263 comments)

I've tried a few flavors of linux on my netbook, and so far the best performer has been mandriva running xfce4. Great power consumption, firefox runs pretty well (some slowdowns with video frames), but most flash sites run just fine. With NoScript and adblock I can do just about anything I need to. Although to be honest, I find my smartphone encroaching on the featureset I used my netbook fore these days.

more than 4 years ago

Why Computer Science Students Cheat

jwinster Re:Because that first step is a doozy (694 comments)

Please mod parent up. I agree wholeheartedly with this comment in that there is a really large barrier to entry in CS. I'm a CS grad, and I remember reading the introductory paragraph to my "Introduction to Programming" book stating that this is not a good book for first time programmers, only people with some experience should use it. Luckily I was able to keep up with the learning curve (despite that being my first time programming as well), but it's choices like that which lead to CS dropout rates of 50-60%, and inevitably, cheating.

more than 4 years ago

This Is Apple's Next iPhone

jwinster Re:iPhone - NOT (492 comments)

They're using it in the iPad 3G. Engadget article . It's actually kind of nice, because this way people may be able to use their iPhone microsims on their iPad, if that's truly how they're going to go.

more than 4 years ago

# of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:

jwinster Re:12 (but I said 6 - 10 in the survey) (394 comments)

I have about 15 APs. My neighbors like to mess with each other though.

and WeCanSeeYouHavingSex

more than 4 years ago

Garage Startup Develops "Personal Computer"

jwinster What (80 comments)

An onion article that I read IN PRINT yesterday is getting passed off as an April Fool's joke on slashdot? For shame.

more than 4 years ago

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Passes Senate Panel

jwinster Re:Where are the technical people on /. (367 comments)

I was about to post this same thing, the only situation that makes any sense is that he could tell the ISPs what to do, who would promptly challenge the directive in court rather than shutting off traffic.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

jwinster Just went through this (441 comments)

Having just gone through this myself, career services events are the biggest help. I went to a larger university that had semi-annual career fairs, while the drones that go there for corporations can't really do much but point you to a website, if you make a good enough impression you can often get on-campus interviews. I had about 15 interviews between september '08 and february '09, just by using all the resources career services had to offer. Good luck!

more than 4 years ago

86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

jwinster Re:When do people get this (613 comments)

I'd like to see some metrics comparing hit rates from XP to Win7... Just out of curiosity to see if their algorithms for disc caching have improved.

more than 4 years ago

Google Rejects Australian Censorship Proposal

jwinster Re:Who Should Decide Policy? (197 comments)

This is very easy question to answer. The people should decide their country's own policy. But in Australia, just as in America, the people elected by the people to make that policy don't always(ever?) have their people's best interests at heart, they have their own. Google's really just enforcing what is surely the popular opinion of the people. (citation needed)

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

jwinster Re:Other: programming (1142 comments)

Sounds like FFXII.

more than 4 years ago



PC Sales grow by double digits from last year

jwinster jwinster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jwinster (1620555) writes "The IDC reports today that 2009 worldwide PC sales grew by 24% this year, backed by selling 20.7 million units in Q4. Vendors are speculating a strong 2010, as well a continuing boost in netbook sales. There is also speculation that this is a strong indicator that the worldwide recession is lessening."
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