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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

martinX Re:Colors of computer science (612 comments)

If you want to be a scientist, I really don't think you're going to be led away from that by a sociology degree.

I did a test tube shaking, microscope squinting, bug hunting degree and if someone had tried to recruit me to sociology, I would have thought they were retarded. Incidentally, 80% of my class were women. In the mid-80s.

Engineering was, I noted, overwhelmingly male. I think that has something to do with the beer drinking requirements.

about a year ago
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Huge Pool of Ice-Free Water Discovered Under Greenland Ice

martinX Re:Technolog (135 comments)

You should pop on over to a 'Clarity Clarence' meme generator with that one.

about a year ago
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Camels May Transmit New Middle Eastern Virus

martinX Re:Um.... (163 comments)

Until you read that Saddam et al were trying to weaponize camel pox. That virus was chosen because it was assumed that the local (middle eastern) population would have been exposed and thus largely immune to it. Never know, they might have been able to get it to work.
http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iraq/bw/program.htm

about a year ago
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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

martinX Re:Smart move (117 comments)

Or $30 from Apple. At least it'll fit the bloody socket. I could understand if the mini DP end was iffy, but the VGA..?

about a year ago
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First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

martinX PowerBook 1400 (155 comments)

Apple's PowerBook 1400 had a removable book cover style lid so you could put in pretty pictures etc. A company called Keep It Simple Systems made a solar panel that slipped right in. (TidBITS article here). Here's a quote from MacFormat magazine describing it (source):

The PowerCover is especially neat because it fits into the BookCover slot on PowerBook 1400s, so you can leave it on more or less permanently. This will extend the battery life by around 35% (the PowerCover is, after all, a bit smaller than the Mercury II). KISS claims you can expect its products to give you up to 20 years of free energy. An extreme example of these devices’ usefulness is that of Ralph Harvey, a research scientist who uses a solar charger on his PowerBook in the Antarctic where power’s clearly at a premium. [...]

about a year ago
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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

martinX Re:Smart move (117 comments)

A couple of people have died as a result of cheap knock-off chargers so what you think Apple may be implying -- "third-party hardware is real junk compared to ours" -- is probably on the money.

As for me, I tried to save a few dollars on a mini display port to VGA cable. Result: the VGA plug's shield is just a little too big for the VGA port it's meant to go into. It fits into some others a little better, but there's no getting around the fact that it's not-quite-right. Yep, a VGA plug - the type that's been around for 30 years. Some company has managed to screw that up.

Live and learn.

about a year ago
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13-Inch Haswell-Powered MacBook Air With PCIe SSD Tested

martinX Re:Unloved Thunderbolt (224 comments)

They are not incompatible alternatives that can't exist together. My iMac has an SDXC card slot, four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt ports (one's connected to another monitor) and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The MacBook Pro I just bought (refurb) has a Gigabit Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 3 ports, 1 Thunderbolt port and an SDXC card slot.

about a year ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

martinX Re:WTF? (382 comments)

In my country, we would then have a Royal Commission into wells, with broad terms of reference, headed by an eminent QC or ex-judge and who would report to Parliament in 3 years.

about a year ago
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Voyager 1 Finds Unexpected Wrinkles At the Edge Of the Solar System

martinX Re:Maybe its the HARDWARE (164 comments)

"?Hardware failure" was my first thought, too. It's done well, but everything decays eventually. Maybe it has reached its 'eventually' point.

about a year ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

martinX Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

Well, it is hard to have "sheep" and "Romance" in the same sentence. Unless you're from New Zealand.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Launches 3200x1800 Pixel ATIV Book 9 Plus Laptop

martinX Re:Proprietary ports? (397 comments)

While micro HDMI and mini VGA might not be proprietary, if you expect to plug them into anyone else's displays and you aren't carrying an adapter cable, you're going to be disappointed. Samsung should have put in a Thunderbolt port and sold adapters.

about a year and a half ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

martinX Re:Tldr (406 comments)

Love it. That belongs on a t-shirt.

about a year and a half ago
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WeVideo Helps You Edit Your Videos Online (Video)

martinX Re:Its a false choice (48 comments)

Lightworks has some happy customers. (Windows, Linux). It is free-ish, but there is a cost associated with the use of some codecs.
iMovie (Mac) and Windows Movie Maker are also available.

These should fill the need for "casual video production", or the "want to try editing a video or two but have no idea if you're going to be good enough that it will be worth spending money on video editing software" scenario. Given that the free version of WeVideo drops a watermark on any exports, someone who just wants to have a go at this stuff could alternatively download a trial version of Premiere Elements, FCP X or something from Corel if they want a more professional system that won't watermark their videos.

In addition, some video cameras come with rudimentary video editing software.

Others may be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_video_editing_software

about a year and a half ago
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

martinX Creatives! (808 comments)

I think we're all going to be amateur videographers/photographers/indie musicians looking to break into the pro market.

about a year and a half ago
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Records Labels Prepare Massive 'Pirate Site' Domain Blocking Blitz

martinX Re:Youtube? (110 comments)

That's what I was thinking. Full albums all over the place. 3 hour compilations. I was looking for Tull's 'Thick As A Brick' the other day, and there was the whole thing and it was a crystal clear rip of the original vinyl. Perfect.

about a year and a half ago
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Records Labels Prepare Massive 'Pirate Site' Domain Blocking Blitz

martinX Re:Good luck with that (110 comments)

A Swedish VPN once bit my sister ...

    No realli! She was Karving her initials on the Swedish VPN
    with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given
    her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Stockholm dentist and
    star of many Swedish møvies: "The Høt Hands of a Stockholm
    Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst
    Nordfink".

about a year and a half ago
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iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

martinX Re:Purposeful (519 comments)

Must be to compete with Microsoft. Their Office for Mac is a piece of junk

Absolutely it is. Office on a low end PC is OK and the interface is usable. Office on a Mac takes forever just to start, takes forever to save, always seems to be converting something to something else and just generally gets in the way. It's just terrible stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

martinX Re:Yawn (367 comments)

Climate scientists on the other hand have not consistently said it's only once you get to periods exceeding 30 years that weather variability gives way to climate.

about a year and a half ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

martinX Re:Yawn (367 comments)

"The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more, suggesting that an observed absence of warming of this duration is needed to create a discrepancy with the expected present-day warming rate."

  "In order to separate human-caused global warming from the "noise" of purely natural climate fluctuations, temperature records must be at least 17 years long, according to climate scientists."

about a year and a half ago

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