Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu
labeling a box with 16:9 aspect ratio a "developer edition" should be a crime
There Would Be No Iranian Nuclear Talks If Not For Fracking
the sanctions on iran have artificially raised the price of crude, transferring trillions of dollars from consumers to producers
Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers
i've been doing t-mobile prepaid for the last several years with google voice being my primary number. when i started with t-mobile they allowed a la carte data, but have since switched to a $2 per day (or $3 for 3g) plan, and the coverage seems to have gotten worse (living in northern ohio). i need data but in very small doses - primarily for google voice to sync sms (voice calls go thru the cell network) - have wifi at the house/office/bar
i just switched to airvoice, an at&t mvno - data is $0.33 per MB, and the coverage has been much better. phone is a nexus s, which has the t-mobile 3g freqs, so i'm limited to 2g on at&t. thinking that my costs will end up being on the order of $3-10 per month, but has the potential to blow up if i don't keep track of when i'm using mobile data
ridiculous to be paying $300 per GB, but with so little competition for the low end it's the best that i could do
Epic Online Space Battle
not sure what an "entity" is, but it's 4000 humans acting in a coordinated manner. wouldn't be shocked if the military manages the same with war games, but doubt that it's an order of magnitude more than that (couldn't find any numbers for omni fusion). i don't play the game, but the organizational structure for these coalitions is extensive
Epic Online Space Battle
guessing that they just picked the most "prestigious" source. there's been a lot written about the technical aspects of the battle on reddit - here's the best that i can find at the moment:
the technology and organization outside of the game is also interesting - thousands of people acting in a coordinated manner to achieve a real-time goal using technology (mumble, jabber, irc) is news - even if the goal is (much) less impressive than hacking the linux kernel
Epic Online Space Battle
i don't play eve (or any other MMO), but have been following it for a year. this is "stuff that matters" for 2 reasons
first is the server load. ccp swapped out the node that normally hosts the home world and used it for this battle, they slowed things down in a planned way (time dilation), and there was lag beyond that. so this battle was the limit of their technology. if ccp is able to handle battles like this, the battles will get bigger, so what comes next, from a server and software standpoint, should be interesting
but maybe the more interesting aspect is that outside of the game, the 2 coalitions have built up technology infrastructure for organizing and coordinating the players. prior to the battle there was a huge push to motivate players to log on similar to the promotional blitz for a new game or a movie. and during the battle much of the communication happens outside the game itself - multiple channels of mumble, jabber and the web
it's news when twitter enables the arab spring. and it's news (to me) when 4000 geeks get together using online tools and coordinate their actions to achieve some goal (however useless that goal might be)
as for the game itself, i played for a few hours and found it boring. it's nominally played in a huge 3d world, but the locations are largely limited to small regions around a 2d "grid". the number of ships and weapons is mind-boggling and complicated, and the actions all more or less amount to selecting an from a menu, eg you don't aim at a target, you select it from a list. so after a few hours i found myself wishing it had a command line interface and quit
The Last GUADEC?
i always hoped that someone would strip out the language-agnostic support and make a pure c library. but nobody seemed excited about the prospect
another problem was that gtk et al attempted to be incredibly generic. the language-agnostic support is one example. another is that i proposed a key binding that would break focus and guarantee that alt-f would activate the file menu and was told that there was "nothing special about the menubar" in the context of gtk. and then gnome was at the other extreme - attempting to be very minimal and rigid. in between was a vast no man's land
Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming
i totally agree with you wrt the value of a REPL. i've done a fair amount of work in matlab, and i would mock up a method and work in the command line interface while stopped in the debugger until i got something working and then paste it back into the editor
beanshell2 for java isn't bad, but it's not integrated into the debugger so it doesn't help much. i use netbeans as my IDE and the "evaluate expression" debugger tool is decent for java, as is gdb for c. but all 3 pale in comparison to the matlab environment. someday, i aspire to have the time to make a command line repl plugin for netbeans ...
So I'm wondering what else can one get with the new approach that is substantially better than a REPL-based development environment.
the only thing new that i see McDirmid proposing is that the output is continuously updated as you edit. that doesn't sound very useful. i'd prefer a REPL that's integrated with the debugger
Non-Volatile DIMMs To Ship This Year
the article isn't loading for me, so it's possible that this is discussed there ...
but what i'd really like is a block of nand that's accessed directly. SSDs present a block interface and translate the writes to the nand. presumably these dimms continue to present the RAM model to the computer and do some behind the scenes translation
nand has a performance characteristic that is quite different from both RAM and block devices, and shoehorning it to look like one or the other is limiting it's usefulness. eg, SSDs only let you do a single write to a block before erasing it, but you can actually continue to update a block - it's just that the bits are additive. for some algorithms this would be useful and would dramatically extend the write endurance. but since the SSD interface doesn't expose that capability we're left brute-forcing the nand
tl;dr: i want raw nand
Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood
nothing he said in there was anything worse than what linus posts, or many open source projects. you could have said "scott - i choose not to make the changes that you'd like. you're free to fork things". instead, you're talking out of both sides of your mouth - claiming that you were being accommodating and then stonewalling him, kicking him when he called you on it, and pretending that he's a bad egg for forking things
if you're going to bad-mouth someone for forking, then you're just playing politics
Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime
a slab of concrete has been found with an uptime of 3737 years
maybe the sysadmins liked them but as a developer i hated solaris boxen. the libraries were always years old, nothing modern would compile, the cli tools were slightly incompatible with linux scripts, ...
Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
power corrupts. absolute power corrupts absolutely
Opus — the Codec To End All Codecs
"one codec to *stream* them all"
Use Google's Nexus 7 Tablet As a VoIP Phone, For Free
wow - lots of negativity in the comments so far. yes, on one level this is obvious, but in reality i've found this difficult
i use google voice as my primary number and most days i don't buy prepaid service (i'm spending $100 per year for the last 2 years) - so i'm wifi only. when i'm on a linux box (with a hardwired ethernet) i use the gmail to make calls. but i haven't found a great solution for my phone - google nexus s. what i'm doing is have google voice forward the call to ipkall (free pots to sip gateway) and then answer the call on my phone with csipsimple (seemed better than builtin, though i haven't tried the builtin sip since i upgraded to ICS). for testing, i do the same thing on my linux box using sflphone. the quality using gmail is much better than what i've gotten from either csipsimple or sflphone (i'm on a 1Mbit dsl connection)
so an android app that talks directly to GV seems incredibly useful to me. anyone know how this works - eg, are they just running a pots-to-sip gateway or have they actually implemented the GV protocol (i think it's jingle with some extensions). any other apps that are doing something similar, especially one that's Free ? or linux programs (on my laptop, leaving gmail open eats my battery) ? anybody else using GV + wifi as their primary means of communication ? how does the voice quality compare with gmail ?
yes, the article isn't great. but the idea is 100% geek - embrace it. in the meantime i'm going to go investigate GIPL and see if anyone else is implementing the GV protocol
The Cost To 'Promote' a Facebook Post: $200 To $500
i'm an idiot ... the article says they show up with a "sponsored" tag
The Cost To 'Promote' a Facebook Post: $200 To $500
not sure if i've ever seen one of these sponsored posts ... does facebook have to disclose that the post is a paid advertisement ?
Proposed Chinese Copyright Changes Would Encourage Re-Use
in semi-communist china the music copyrights you
Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released
wow ... won't fix. portrait mode is getting harder and harder to use. between 16:9 aspect ratios (1080 wide) and this "design decision" to *fix* the panel to the left side, you've probably only got 1024 useable pixels - cutting edge when XGA came out back in 1991
guess i'll try it on my laptop and see what i think. but on the desktop, it sounds brutal for anyone that prefers portrait mode - you get almost twice as many lines of code on the screen in portrait as you do in landscape, but those horizontal pixels become precious. i splurged and went 1920x1200, so i'm not in terrible shape - though the viewing angle is so bad, i have to keep the lcd turned 5 degrees
Proposal For Gnome To Become Linux-Only
GNOME / Linux
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