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Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

khellendros1984 Re:I went to see WATCH_DOGS at PAX East (33 comments)

One time use codes aren't uncommon. They could give out codes that are useable either as a Steam/Amazon/Play store/whatever discount code, or via a mail-in rebate type of mechanism. Either that, or post a reusable code and take the gamble that you'll pull in more customers with the lower price than you'll lose in per-purchase profit margin.

8 hours ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

khellendros1984 Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (143 comments)

To watch the whole show from start to finish, your moon gazing should begin at 10:20 p.m. PDT

(FTA). OK, so maybe they should've included the information in the summary too. If it starts at 22:20 PDT, then it's starting at 01:20 EDT.

2 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

khellendros1984 Re:changing part without changing number is common (236 comments)

The guy said "computer industry", but it was obvious that they were referring to undocumented changes in the hardware, and how that made trouble for people using OSes that couldn't use the manufacturer-provided drivers. It happens *all* the time in consumer-level hardware, especially when you're talking about a Chinese knock-off of something. Simple example: wifi adapters with multiple hardware revisions, all sold under the same product number.

Now, if you want to talk about the hardware engineers themselves rather than their products, then yes, the engineer building the thing has to have a fully-specified part, the behavior of which matches the datasheet and doesn't change.

You can't talk about those things interchangeably, like you were trying to. If someone's talking about a driver not working with a piece of hardware, first, they're talking about hardware. Second, they're talking about a consumer that an "invisible" hardware change impacted.

3 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

khellendros1984 Re:Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

They wouldn't be what I'd call an "engineer", and maybe "programmer" would've been a better word than "developer". I certainly would've described myself as a programmer before I was out of high school. You're nitpicking word choice without addressing the point that I was trying to make: limitations suck, and someone using standard tools is going to be able to find more material to learn from, anyhow. If the choice is between having a bunch of Chromebooks or nothing, then that's an obvious choice. If there's another option available, then it's better to teach a student with something they'll be able to get help with on their own.

4 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

khellendros1984 Re:lower cost chrome? (101 comments)

For Chromium OS, a guy called Hexxeh had some builds, but he seemed disappointed by the performance, so the port is on an indefinite hiatus. For the Chromium browser, I saw posts that indicated that it could be built for and run on the Pi. I haven't tried it, and I didn't try to find binaries. For Chrome itself (browser and OS), Google doesn't seem to have produced appropriate binaries.

4 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

khellendros1984 Re:Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

And then you've got a developer used to being tied into that web app for anything they want to do. "Certainly not impossible" doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. A cheap computer that's suitable for learning programming isn't a very high bar, and there are a lot of options.

4 days ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

khellendros1984 Re:Hardware off switches (152 comments)

"Should", maybe. But you know it won't. It's a "not our problem" situation; Google's got egg on their face, not the hardware manufacturers. Only the people that actually look bad are going to have any pressure to fix the problem.

5 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

khellendros1984 Re:Fuck Obamacare (719 comments)

It's a multilayered thing. I'd say that the U.S. population is made up of the misfits and cast-offs from other countries, and as a result has very different cultural leanings than other countries. Those leanings are wonderful tools for the sociopaths that run our corporations. "Supporting others is welfare/socialism, and that's (dun dun DUN) Communism!". Or maybe "The government is taking away your right to free choice! Isn't that why you left [country of origin]?!"

People with power and influence play the rest of the population like fiddles. Those in power decided that (at least in the short term) government-controlled health care would be bad for profits, so they play on the unique insecurities inherent to American culture to achieve their goals.

5 days ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

khellendros1984 Re:What is a shake? (181 comments)

To give something a fair shake is to give it a fair chance. It started off around 1830 as an American colloquialism meaning "an honest deal", but the meaning has shifted.

about a week ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

khellendros1984 Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

What I saw was that you made an obvious statement, then got upset at another user that made a similarly-obvious statement. I comprehend that you're being kind of a hypocritical ass, but I'm not quite sure why.

about a week ago
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Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

khellendros1984 Re:If they *do* find it... (44 comments)

Months:
Just For Memory, A Mouse Jumps Jelly And Somebody Orange Never Diets.
Jelly Frogs March About My Jelly Jungle Almost Slipping Onto Neighbour's Doormat
Jammy Fingers Might Annoy My Jealous Jumping Auntie So Ought Not Dance
Jumping Frogs Might Annoy Me Just Joking About Skipping Over Napping Daddy
Jane Found Michael And Martin Juggling Jelly And Sprinkles Outside Nelly's Door

Then, of course, there are mnemonics for even shorter lists of words, used by much more educated people as learning tools.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

khellendros1984 Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

OK, yes, this is a political topic....about Australia. Immediately turning the discussion to U.S. politics with an inflammatory comment was a wonderful troll move.

about a week ago
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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

khellendros1984 Re:... with a RaspberryPi (34 comments)

It could also be marketed as "run a voice-controlled program on your 15 year old PC" or "Like speech recognition? Don't want to send your data to Google? You're in luck! Now with Python-y goodness!" Neither of those are as heavy on buzzwords, though. At the very least, you get an idea of the minimum requirements to use the project.

about a week ago
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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

khellendros1984 Re:Another project using sphinx isn't impressive (34 comments)

If the device can't run full-blown Linux with either ALSA or OSS support, then it sounds like you're out of luck. Full language models seem to be around 50MB of data, although I assume that simpler models could be used if recognition is constrained to a certain word set.

Compiled on my system, libsphinxbase.a is 298KB after being stripped, and the shared library is 302KB. That sounds like it's pretty far out of the size range that you're looking for.

about a week ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

khellendros1984 Re:Alright, alright,alright (94 comments)

That'd be akin to calling genetic diseases that manifest later in life a "natural occurrence".

Genetic diseases later in life (i.e. after breeding age) *are* a natural occurrence. Natural isn't a synonym for either "inevitable" or "desirable". Appeal to Nature is actually considered a logical fallacy; saying "Death is natural" is true, but continuing by saying "therefore it is inherently good" is fallacious.

about a week ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

khellendros1984 Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (369 comments)

Some states provide 85 octane gas/petrol as their regular unleaded (apparently due to outdated studies of the effects of altitude on the combustion of fuel. US octane numbers are measured in AKI (Anti-Knock Index), though. Europe uses RON, which is a different scale. Add 4 or 5 to the US AKI numbers, and you've got an approximate value of how the gas would be rated in Europe.

about a week ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

khellendros1984 Re:Scale this up (94 comments)

The NIH's budget is more than that; I'm not sure where you got your numbers.

The NIH invests nearly $30.1* billion annually in medical research for the American people.

* This amount reflects the sum of discretionary budget authority of $29,928 million received by NIH in FY 2014 under The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Public Law (P.L.) 113-76 net of transfers as well as a mandatory $139 million for special type 1 diabetes research authorized per P.L. 111-309 and P.L. 112-40. Details regarding current appropriations are available at http://officeofbudget.od.nih.g....

(source)

about a week ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

khellendros1984 Re:All I have (230 comments)

My first cell phone couldn't even take custom ringtones. My second phone could run some Java apps though, and that was in 2004. I have the feeling that if your phone *only* makes calls, it's because that's exactly what you asked for.

about a week ago
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Raspberry Pi Compute Module Release

khellendros1984 Re:BUT, More RAM please sir... (51 comments)

Currently, the RAM is actually on top of the CPU/GPU in a Package-on-package arrangement. It's the way that the SoC is designed and provided by Broadcom. The only way to provide 1GB of RAM seems to be to redesign the whole board and separate the RAM from the CPU (trading off speed for capacity).

about a week ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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