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Comparing the Size, Speed, and Dependability of Programming Languages

lethargic8 Re:Why is Verbosity Bad? (491 comments)

Perl prevails?

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Kindle DX Details Revealed

lethargic8 Re:Hierarchical purchasing and the netbook threat (312 comments)

has anyone here actually tried reading for prolonged periods of time on a kindle? It is vastly superior to any other display for that purpose. Sure the refresh rate is slow, but the whole time you're reading ITS NOT REFRESHING. It literally feels just like a book to your eyes.

I can't speak for anyone else, but reading for prolonged periods of time on a standard display tires my eyes out.

Apple might corner the market for cute toys that people believe to be handed down by god, but for serious readers e-ink is the only choice (besides dead trees)

I suspect a ways down the road there will be a convergence of e-ink and lcd/oled technology that selectively refreshes changed portions of the screen, with e-inks static image technology.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7

lethargic8 Re:I cannot believe it... (325 comments)

BIOS passwords are in no way secure. Resetting bios passwords is as easy as taking the backup battery off the motherboard, and unplugging it long enough to reset to its factory state. To prevent this you have to lock the hardware up from physical access.

more than 5 years ago
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German Wikileaks Domain Suspended Without Warning

lethargic8 Re:Is this really censorship? (215 comments)

Completely invalid reasoning on so many levels. Curtailing supply NEVER diminshes demand.

Diminished supply does 2 things: it raises the cost of the item/service in question and it pushes buyers to other outlets to fuffill the demand.

Look at the meteoric rise in the sale and use of prescription drugs. The war on cocaine, which used to be a prominent upper class drug has now been largely supplanted by the use of prescription Ritalin, which is chemically very similar. Constricting the supply of cocaine did no reduce demand or the use of drugs but pushed people onto a cheaper and easier to get product.

Basically, you're wrong wrong wrong

more than 5 years ago
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Voting Machines and 'Calibration Drift'

lethargic8 Re:Unless this was the intented behavior... (217 comments)

I haven't used a palm in a while but all my notes in college were taken on a palm tungsten M with an infrared folding keyboard. I calibrated the touch screen on the device 1 time and never had calibration problems. Maybe the difference is using quality parts vs cheapest since voting machines sole market is to government, who always go for the lowest bidder even though it always bites them in the ass.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

lethargic8 Re:What secrets could these possibly be? (904 comments)

Unfortunately this is not a story that main stream media will carry. As long as there are issues that average joe cares more about like the economy or the how our troops are being utilized, the continued trampling of our Constitution will not get complained about. Politicians are smart enough to know the only thing people care about "it's the economy stupid".

For the news to cover it would be to hurt their ratings with the general public and in the end only public news will cover things that would hurt their advertisers.

The weird thing about it is it's not just the US that is falling into this black whole of constant surveillance. Other western nations (see England and cctv system or Australia and the recent attempt at internet filtering) both are sliding in that direction as well. It seems like another case of our technology racing ahead of our morality (or common sense).

more than 5 years ago
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Major League Baseball Dumps Silverlight For Flash

lethargic8 Re:Why make the leap in the first place? (388 comments)

Just get the command line flex compiler from adobe, which is completely free and get FlashDevelop 3, which is also free. In other words, Google it.

more than 5 years ago
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Ad Block Plus Filter Maintainer "rick752" Dies At 56

lethargic8 Re:Ditch MS Windows and set up an IP filter list (385 comments)

I love that you think blocking adds on biggest and most successful attempt to bring content directly and legally to the internet is something people should be proud of. Don't be retarded, ad revenue is the only way Hulu will stay alive.

more than 5 years ago
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Data Center Raid About Unpaid Telco Fees

lethargic8 Re:Looking forward to more inflammatory articles (174 comments)

yea seriously, anyone who has studied the criminal justice system for more then 5 minutes knows how huge a role police discretion plays in the enforcement of laws. It is one of the huge variables in the system that people not familiar with the topic tend to ignore.

more than 5 years ago
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Believing In Medical Treatments That Don't Work

lethargic8 Re:And next up (467 comments)

I would love to see some evidence of this ridiculous assertion. Moore's law does not apply to every field in life and there is a huge difference between doubling the number of transistors and creating a new treatment, then going through rigorous test to ensure the new treatment doesn't kill people.

Just because this is /. doesn't mean Moore is god.

more than 5 years ago
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Believing In Medical Treatments That Don't Work

lethargic8 Re:And next up (467 comments)

Yes you are right, we already are footing the bill when poor people wait till the they are sick enough that it is against the law for the ER to deny them care.

It has been empirically proven that preventative treatment is phenomenally cheaper then curative treatment. Having a system where the poor could get health care before their health degrades into a medical nightmare will save us money in the long run. Sometimes doing the right thing is also the fiscally responsible choice.

more than 5 years ago
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Strip-Search Case Tests Limits of 4th Amendment

lethargic8 Re:Been following this for awhile. (1240 comments)

If I had found out that some school official strip searched my kid, regardless of age or sex; the officials involved would never have made it to trial.

For those that didn't RTFA:
After she had stripped to her underwear, "they asked me to pull out my bra and move it from side to side," she said. "They made me open my legs and pull out my underwear."

School is supposed to be a place where kids are safe. When the solution is worse then the crime you have a system out of control.

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook Scrambles To Contain ToS Fallout

lethargic8 Re:The biggest problem == no exit strategy (409 comments)

maybe not but google does let you download your email via imap, thereby exporting all of your data stored in gmail.

more than 5 years ago
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Linus Switches From KDE To Gnome

lethargic8 Re:A reasoned analysis? That's good. (869 comments)

how is it Apple is able to include a pdf reader in os x without getting in trouble? Is that simply because they are not nearly the large target that microsoft is?

more than 5 years ago
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Here Comes iPhone Nano, But Not In the US

lethargic8 Re:Hmm... (177 comments)

I guess this writer never heard of Occam's Razor

more than 5 years ago
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Review of 'MacHeads' Documentary

lethargic8 Re:Fanboys (277 comments)

That is interesting as I recently purchase my first mac when the new macbook pros came out as well. I've owned good, ie not cheap, laptops before (thinkpads, dell xps, and an assortment of other less expensive machines). None of them come close to touching the new macbook pro. It is vastly more stable, goes into and out of sleep mode faster and more reliably then any other laptop I have owned, and in general feels more responsive then any windows machine I have used (including the brand new quad core dell xps I was given at work) I am not saying its perfect, I have had it completely lock up on me twice and had to force quit a few applications, but having 3rd party applications lock up is unavoidable. In the case where an application does lock up, force quit always worked immediately. As for your bitching about the laptop not having vga connectors, it is a standard apple practice not to include outdated ports/tech. Maybe you should have completely researched the machine before dropping that much money on it rather then blame someone else for your own mistake?

more than 5 years ago
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Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

lethargic8 Re:Amazing! They've invented... (438 comments)

Yea probably not and like others have said, there are cheaper methods of getting water from humid air.

more than 5 years ago
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Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

lethargic8 Re:Amazing! They've invented... (438 comments)

While you are right that that a humid environment means there is probably water, but that does not mean there is drinkable water. There is a crapload of water in the developing world that simply is not healthy to drink. It is why diarrhea is one of the biggest killers in many developing nations.

more than 5 years ago

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