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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

mvdw Serial to Ethernet converter... (245 comments)

Have you looked into a serial-to-ethernet converter, like the ones made by Moxa?

about two weeks ago

Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

mvdw Re:Really? (640 comments)

alternative medicine for medicine etc.

Reminds me of the Tim Minchin line: "You know what they call alternative medicine that's been proven to work? Medicine."

about 6 months ago

I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

mvdw Re: I only go... (415 comments)

The best way to reduce overpopulation on the planet is, rather surprisingly, to educate and provide clean water for the third world. See Hans Rosler on TED.com.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?

mvdw Re:Fortran + Python = F2PY (465 comments)

OTOH, exactly how many hands do you have??

about 6 months ago

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

mvdw Re:But.... (740 comments)

In Soviet Russia, first post gets you.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

mvdw Re:Presume no notice will be given (892 comments)

It's often more telling what is not on the reference than what is on there. Similarly, it's often more pertinent what is omitted in a reference than what is actually said.

about 8 months ago

If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

mvdw Re:The switch! (591 comments)

Remove the bleepin' WiFi radio switch. You'd cut user-error service calls ("It was working fine yesterday but today I can't get to Facebook!") in 1/2.

...Except that you need the wifi switch to be able to use the laptop on most flights.

1 year,20 days

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

mvdw Re:Reset back to when I was younger (456 comments)

I recently had my eyes tested, and still have 'better' than 20/20 vision, something like 20/16 or so. The doc said that we don't lose our long vision as we get older, but we do lose our close up vision, so I may need glasses to read as I age further (I am just about 40), but should still retain that long vision for as long as I can still see.

about a year ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

mvdw Re:100% (586 comments)

You enjoy pumping out those getters/setters, writing that boilerplate main class rubbish, etc... then? These things simply are not needed, and can be avoided by giving the programmer the right language features.

I don't write java, but I have a standard set of bash scripts I use to generate boilerplate for a new set of c,h files from a template. Writing boilerplate in any language is just plain dumb, if it can be scripted (it often can IME).

about a year and a half ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

mvdw Re:Word (586 comments)

By lengthening the round trip time from coding to compiling you're decreasing the rate of repetition (and success).

I would argue that by lengthening the round trip time you're encouraging them to think about what they're doing rather than just try random things and see if it works.

about a year and a half ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

mvdw Re:Word (586 comments)

Falling back to windows textual find tools is a bit painful.

That's where cygwin is useful. find, grep, sed, awk all there on your windows box - makes navigating projects or library codebases much easier.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's Lost Decade

mvdw Re:The problem is Ballmer (407 comments)

Sure he does. Nearly as much as Bill Gates, I hear.

about a year and a half ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

mvdw Re:Missing Option (250 comments)

"I am my own ISP" is not incompatible with any of the given choices.

about a year and a half ago

MIPS Technologies Porting Android 4.1 to MIPS Architecture

mvdw Re:In case you're wondering (100 comments)

"IT'S AN ARM-KILLING TABLET WITH 1 MIPS PROCESSOR!!1!1!one!!" Some more text to get over Slashdot lameness filter for all caps. That was kind of the point, and now the joke's been ruined.

about 2 years ago

LinuxQuestions Interviews Slackware Founder Patrick Volkerding

mvdw Re:Fond memories (58 comments)

Somewhat perversely, my linux experience goes something like red hat -> mandrake (big mistake!) -> slackware -> gentoo (another mistake) -> slackware -> ubuntu. Thinking about going back to slackware; loved the init scripts and the way I could hold (most of) the system in my head at once. Still use slackware whenever I have to build a 'small' system, mostly because it's easy to remove what I don't want.

about 2 years ago

% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

mvdw Re:by mass or volume? (280 comments)

Clearly it's by volume. Those old, heavy low-capacity hard drives sure do take up a lot of space.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

mvdw Re:Missing the point (142 comments)

Have you looked at Reach LCDs? Not sure if they are to your budget, but they have nicely housed touch-screen LCDs driven by an allegedly simple serial protocol. http://reachtech.com/

about a year ago

DDR4 May Replace Mobile Memory For Less

mvdw Re:It's the way chip power is talked about (145 comments)

No, it still doesn'e make sense. The outcome may be the same, but the terminology used is incorrect. From the summary:

"Today, mobile devices use low-power DDR (LPDDR) memory, the current iteration of which uses 1.2v of power. While the next generation of mobile memory, LPDDR3, will further reduce that power consumption (probably by 35% to 40%)"

Which would be much better stated as:

"Today, mobile devices use low-power DDR (LPDDR) memory, the current iteration of which runs at 1.2V. The next generation of mobile memory, LPDDR3, will reduce the operating voltage, and hence the power used by up to 35 to 40%."

about 2 years ago

DDR4 May Replace Mobile Memory For Less

mvdw Re:1.2V of power? (145 comments)

That is all true, but the units for power are "watts", not "volts". You wouldn't say your car goes 33mpg fast, would you?

about 2 years ago


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