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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

menkhaura The good thing about standards... (309 comments)

The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

menkhaura Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

lynx doesn't save your cookie settings when the program exits, but links does.

Yeah, mutt + fetchmail + procmail rocks big time.

about a year and a half ago
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Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

menkhaura Re:Blogspam (118 comments)

Did I have too much beer or Slashdot all of a sudden start to support UTF-8? Lessee... "Não entendo patavina de dinamarquÃs, mas gostaria da traduÃão".

Well, it's more than 10 years... UTF-8 should be mature enough by now. Bless ya!

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

menkhaura Re:And that will also mark (378 comments)

Eight gigs should be enough for anyone. Actually my DE of choice is KDE, since 0.x and proprietary Qt. I've dabbled with GNOME, XFCE, WindowMaker in its time, AfterStep in its time, but none of them gets nearly as close as KDE.

On amnesiac machines, I just run fluxbox (and hope Firefox doesn't thrash too much).

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Re:Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

I loved his "First Landing", even though the end isn't as appealing as it could be. The novel is about a "what if" his Mars Direct plan were done in the present.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Re:Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

Well, I confess I'm not a conoisseur of these subjects, but the technology he proposes is one we've had (not really "we", but you Americans) since the 60's: Saturn V launchers, habitation modules akin to the Lunar Module AND the ISS etc. Maybe I'm too easily influenced, maybe I'm too hopeful, but I'm inclined to believe what he said.

As for the amortized costs, what you said is true if we consider "one mission" two, four, six or another even number of lauches as a whole (to put a crew on Mars, Zubrin proposes one uncrewed launch which will prepare the terrain for a follow-up manned launch), but the greatest expenditure will be the design and implementation of this first pair of launches.

He also argues that the proposal for utopical launches, "Battlestar Galactica" style ships (as he words it), which can be postponed to the future until "adequate technology" is developed, is of interest to government contractors, but not to our own wish of sending humans to Mars ASAP.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

I've just read an excellent book by aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin, called "The Case for Mars", in which he argues in great detail for the possibility of puting humans on Mars in our own generation. His project is called "Mars Direct", and involves basically a Saturn V class launcher, which can take, on a first mission, an habitat which would be used to generate supplies (fuel, oxygen, water etc.) from Mars natural resources, and on a second mission, a crew of four Earthlings. The idea is that when the crew arrives, the factory from the first mission has generated enough fuel, water &c. for the return trip, as well as to power rovers ando other equipment.

His project is very credible, and he estimates a cost of 30 billion USD (which is peanuts when compared to other manned Mars missions projects [vide "90-day report", on the order of 450 billion USD]) for the first launch, with costs amortized over multiple launches.

Mr. Zubrin also argues that going to the Moon is pretty much useless, because it has nearly no natural resources to be explored and exploited, and almost as costly as going to Mars.

If you will, his site is at http://www.marssociety.org/ . The book is great reading too, and inspiring as it gives me the hope to see one of my own species walking over the Red Planet.

about a year and a half ago
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Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

menkhaura Re:A device that helps find lost kids (610 comments)

Looks very Brazilian to me. That's about the tale of a typical mid-to-upper class family around here. Now that I'm 31, my kid with 2 years 8 months calls his grandma on his own and even "hacks" our computer (login == password) by matching the letters at the screen with poking at the keyboard. Yet I remember the 486, nearly 20 years ago (who didn't covet an IBM PS/2 in mid '90s?), as if it were yesterday.

about a year and a half ago
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The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed

menkhaura Re:How many more? (409 comments)

I don't see as hatred, but rather as pity for a once great company crumbling down right before our eyes because of wrong decisions. If there is any hatred, it's for Elop.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

menkhaura Resolution (513 comments)

I, for one, despise the 1366x768 resolution that has plagued our net/notebooks and ultrabooks. Where I live I cannot find a higher resolution notebook for a decent price; to get some decent resolution I must hook (who'd have thought just ten years ago?!) my TV to the notebook. Apple products at least have good resolution, but they still are overpriced and underspecced.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

menkhaura Re:Wii one handers or racing (221 comments)

Wii... single-handed... hehehe... whole new meaning for "playing with Wii"

about 2 years ago
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Older Means Wiser To Computer Security

menkhaura Let me be the first to say... (181 comments)

Let me be the first to say that old age and treachery overcomes youth and skill.

That's not to say a thing about dumbing down of the newer generations, bla bla bla get off my lawn!

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.3 Released

menkhaura Re:Which distributions? (314 comments)

It already is. I've just updated my Arch and it came with the new kernel.

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

menkhaura Education (651 comments)

Education: mine, my kids and my wife. Spent about half my income on education (live in Brazil).

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

menkhaura Linker? (753 comments)

What about fixing TF compiler/linker?

more than 2 years ago
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Vim Turns 20

menkhaura Re:still using it for remote admin (271 comments)

I use vim for programming, tweaking, both locally and remotely. Don't quite like its GUI, I prefer to use it on konsole, xterm or whatever terminal emulator is at hand, even though I use KDE. Nothing beats vim for programming, with its syntax highlighting, fast navigation within a file and among files, reindenting, searching and replacing, window splitting and many, many other features, all available in a couple or two of keystrokes. I consider myself a long time vim user, but I know I've barely skimmed over the surface of its ocean of features. I'm very grateful to Bram Moolenaar and the hordes of brave but anonymous vim contributors.

Hope vim lives on at least another twenty years.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

menkhaura Re:Or just maybe... (798 comments)

Ah, an old timer whose UID belies the time standing among us. Well remembered, brother!

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Roslyn: Reinventing the Compiler As We Know It

menkhaura EUREKA! (195 comments)

They found a way to shove XML into the compiler! Kudos to MS!

(see sig)

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

menkhaura Re:Goodbye (725 comments)

Matey, my heart feels heavy, and this news have actually brought tears to my eyes (and I'm not some teenager, I'm a 29er, father of two). I didn't know dmr personally (I live in another country), yet I love my field of study and work deeply, and knowing that such a great representative of this body of knowledge is no more brings sorrow to my heart, even though rationally I know there's no reason for such. As you said, it's irrational, but we, human beings, are emotional critters, even though we like to pretend otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

menkhaura Re:Goodbye (725 comments)

I'm 29, yet I feel old. Our Western culture seems to gather a cult for the new, for the shiney, for the immediate, for the right now. We've been losing the respect for our elders. Even though neither dmr was my relative (I live in an un-American country) nor I had the pleasure of knowing him personally, I, as a programmer (yes, Programmer, not "developer", not "analyst", not "software engineer" or such BS), consider him one of my alma paters, my inspiration, be it for his crystal clear explanations, be it by his simple, yet elegant and powerful creations. This man is (because his works live on) great among the greatest, his accomplishments were huge, far beyond those of those who say "anyone could have done it", or "it would have come up eventually" or whatever. In our field (Computer Science, Information Technology &c.), dmr, along with Dijkstra, Knuth (may God, if God exists, preserve his health, at least until he completes TAOCP), rms, ken, bwk, Turing, Chomsky are all essential and irreplaceable pieces of this great body of knowledge (nota bene: Knowledge, not fucking Marketing, not fucking Business), without whom we wouldn't be where we are. So, again, Goodbye, dmr, and Thank You for all the code.

more than 2 years ago

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menkhaura menkhaura writes  |  more than 6 years ago

menkhaura writes "The Register carries a history about AMD being accused of patent infringement for the second time in less than a month. Having found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from intellectual property holder Opti earlier this month, AMD was this week threatened by MicroUnity Systems Engineering."

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