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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

nobdoor Re:Good bye source compatibility (636 comments)

My team has already stopped supporting Mavericks because it apparently does not support GDB. Creating GUI's in OSX is currently problematic because of font issues. With Chrome/Android OS's becoming more popular, I wonder whether this kind of move could a boon for Linux.

about 3 months ago

Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

nobdoor Compute Hours? (135 comments)

"The model uses physics at the one-millimeter rock grain scale to explain how the whole planet behaves."

A 3,000 x 3,000 x 3,000 grid is considered very large for modern scientific models. Assuming they are working on a cartesian grid, and an earth diameter of 12,000 km, their model would be 12,000,000 x 12,000,000 x 12,000,000; twelve orders of magnitude larger than the biggest physical model I've ever heard of.

This cannot be the case.

about 5 months ago

Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

nobdoor Re:Ubuntu? Fedora? (101 comments)

Giving previously discarded windows machines to students? There's no way a school's sysadmin would be able to support anything that's not homogeneous.

These things are a good option because the hardware is decent and dirt cheap. The school district can also install any OS they want to on them, not just ChromeOS. If you can find where to get an x86 processor (that's Haswell no-less), 2GB ram, and 32GB SSD on a laptop for cheaper than $200, I would agree with you. I haven't been able to find anything that beats the Acer C720 at its price point.

about 5 months ago

Time To Rethink the School Desk?

nobdoor Sit on the ground. (405 comments)

I've recently shifted my desk down so that I can sit on the floor and do work, game, and lounge. I've found that it has several benefits. I can stretch my legs. I can shift positions: squat, sit, kneel, as well as many variations between those positions. I have a back support that I can lean on that's designed to be used on the ground.

I suffer from scoliosis, and I decided that this is a better option than sitting in the exact same position all day, every day; which will lead to faster disc degeneration for me. I want to change my position and maintain flexibility instead of slouching in a chair. We evolved sitting on the earth. Chairs have very recently been introduced to our lifestyles, and I believe that they have negative side effects that haven't been scrutinized enough.

Sitting on the ground would also eliminate the cost of chairs, however custom desks would need to be made. But I don't think it would be that hard to make those.

more than 3 years ago

Sit Longer, Die Sooner

nobdoor Re:Tell that to Buddhist Monks! (341 comments)

They're not sitting in office chairs while they do it. Their muscles are engaged in their posture, as opposed to slouching (like what I'm doing right now).

I've been considering taking my desk to a table saw and removing about two feet from its base. This way I would be sitting on the floor instead of my office chair. I think that this would be more healthy because it is more natural, allowing me to squat, sit, lie on my side, and kneel; as opposed to the limited options I have in my office chair.

Think about it. Humans didn't evolve into office chairs. Our resting position has always been on the ground until recently.

about 4 years ago

Nexus One a Failed Experiment In Online Sales

nobdoor Re:False (366 comments)

I use an HTC EVO that I bought outright, along with PagePlus for service. Pageplus is an MVNO that uses Verizon's network. It's considerably cheaper, as I spent $450 on the evo, and $30/mo for 1200txt+1200min+50mb.

I use wireless networks for web access (I'm pretty much always either at school, work, or home), and when I'm in a pinch, the 50mb is there when I really need it.

more than 4 years ago

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

nobdoor Re:N/A? (637 comments)

This is exactly why I wonder if I'll see a revolution in western culture within my lifetime.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Selling Faulty PCs

nobdoor Not Just Desktops (484 comments)

They've been selling faulty laptops as well.

Granted, the issue with several of their laptop models lies with the Nvidia GPU die packaging; Dell still refuses to extend extend warranties on some of the laptops that suffer from this issue.

For example, the XPS M1210 has this exact problem, and suffers from the die package over heading even more than other models because it's the smallest form factor (which means it's harder to keep cool).

I had a personal vendetta with Dell a few years ago because they refused to provide warranty extensions for the M1210. I had spent ~30+ hours on the phone, being handed off to one customer service department after the other like a game of hot potato.

Eventually I found somebody online who managed to somehow get the right tech support at the right time, and had their mobo replaced under warranty extension. I used his case # as a reference, and Dell finally gave in.

I then made a post here: []

This is a listing of M1210's that have been fixed under warranty, and their case numbers. So if anybody here has this problem, reference these numbers and Dell will honor their fuck up.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

nobdoor Re:reasons this may not catch on in the US (533 comments)

No, this is not the concept I'm referring to. There is no such thing as a 4-way yield intersection. Yield means that you have to merge with traffic that has right of way.

There are only two circumstances I can think of when people need to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. 1)while waiting for your turn. If the intersection is congested, then yes, people need to stop and take turns. 2) If you cannot adequately anticipate oncomming traffic without halting.

If there are only two cars across from each other in a 4-way-stop, and they both want to go straight, then what is the point of coming to a full stop? They will both go by without hinderance. Yes, they need to slow down to a crawl like I said earlier, so they can react to anything unexpected.

Do you guys really come to a full stop when it's clear that there's nobody around?

more than 4 years ago

Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

nobdoor Re:reasons this may not catch on in the US (533 comments)

But stop signs are an inefficient method of traffic control when taken literally. I take stop signs to mean slow to a crawl, and take turns passing. Be aware of who is around you, and cooperate to get by. Don't speed off. Be predictable.

It's more complicated than 'come to a full and complete halt'. I think that 'stop' was just the easiest word to describe the task.

Try getting on a bike and going for a ride. You'll get a new respect for momentum once you're providing it and not just pressing a gas pedal.

more than 4 years ago

Massive Solar Updraft Towers Planned For Arizona

nobdoor Re:physics FAIL (572 comments)

I work as a rainfall hydrologist. One of the cooler facts that I've learned in my career is that even large parking lots have been shown to cause convective thunderstorms. It would be incredible to see one of these things pumping water and heat into the atmosphere. These things would literally be storm engines - pouring thunderheads into the east!

more than 4 years ago

Massive Solar Updraft Towers Planned For Arizona

nobdoor Re:physics FAIL (572 comments)

No, it traps solar energy from the sun, that would otherwise be reflected back towards space. I am curious as to what effects this will have on local climate. Although there is no carbon emission from this technology, we are surely dumping excess heat into the upper atmosphere that was not there before.

more than 4 years ago

Taking Showers Can Be Harmful To Your Health

nobdoor Re:CU Boulder (431 comments)

Maybe 40 years ago. Boulder hippies are a dying breed. The county has recently become "californicated" by girls with too-big sunglasses and ugs, and straight-brimmed hat snowboard thugs. If you're looking for the hippies, Bozeman MT is supposed to be closer to what Boulder was 40 years ago.

about 5 years ago

NASA To Team Up With Russia For Future Mars Flight

nobdoor Re:Understanding (318 comments)

This is true. But it also begs the question: If individual Nations should not be entitled to stake claim on celestial bodies, by what right do they claim Earth and its regions? This planet is also a celestial body after all. Perhaps things started going downhill once humans started believing that they 'owned' anything.

about 5 years ago

Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

nobdoor Dawn of War (1120 comments)

This series needs a reboot. The original was a groundbreaking and massively fun RTS that gave us a glimpse of what the genre held for the future. Then Relic released a series of increasingly lackluster expansions, and finally the atrocity of Dawn of War 2.

more than 5 years ago

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

nobdoor Re:BILL BILL BILL (799 comments)

Bill Nye was too much of a straight up dweeb for me. I preferred Beakman's World. The huge rat and weird-girl made a good sidekick duo.

And dudes, don't forget Mr Wizzard!

more than 5 years ago

This Is Your Brain On Magnets — Or Maybe Not

nobdoor Re:Really Useful? (59 comments)

To my understanding, it's not measuring 'differential oxygen uptake' like you explain. It's measuring an impulse response through the axon/neuron/dendrite, which is an electro-chemical signal derived from potassium and some other compound. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's oxygen that gives neurons their charge.

more than 5 years ago

Kilometer-High Waves Flow In Saturn's Rings

nobdoor Weiss is borderline crazy (31 comments)

I had him as my Physics 2 prof during my undergrad years.

One thing I never understood about him was his compulsion to call 'derivatives'...'potatoes'. Take the potato here. Reverse potato here. The solution is the potato. Coupled with his thick european (swiss maybe?) accent, it made for one of the bigger WTF moments in my college career.

more than 5 years ago


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