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Cutting Edge Tech Slated For Next Mars Rover

oxide7 Re:Why? (143 comments)

The article said because this weighs multiples of the previous rovers. Also there is a lot more sensitive lab equipment inside, i would imagine

more than 3 years ago
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Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++

oxide7 Re:C++ and Java make for good foundations (878 comments)

I dont agree with that. C and C++ set the foundation to modern computing in my opinion. COBOL and FORTRAN had their run, but they don't add anything to today's conversation IMHO

more than 4 years ago
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Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++

oxide7 C++ and Java make for good foundations (878 comments)

It's been a long time since I've coded in a professional environment but I feel that having learned C++ you can learn any other language. It is complicated and verbose, but its extremely precise. Imagine having to learn how to manage memory with something like PHP. Actually -- because the new generation DOESNT LEARN C++ its why code is getting so sloppy now. There are easier languages sure, and using them can be fine, but if that's all you know, then you don't really know what your code is doing.

more than 4 years ago
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New Material Sets Stage For All-Optical Computing

oxide7 Sure (53 comments)

I would consider 3 factors: "need", "current capacity", and "future capacity". "Need" is always increasing, at a rate to overtake "current capacity," therefore "future capacity" needs to always be developed. If they are predicting 5x faster performance at this early stage, it surely holds more. When BluRay was in it's infancy many people said 'why would i ever need 50GB, thats bigger than my HD'--- but low and behold, now 50gb doesn't seem like enough

more than 4 years ago
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New Material Sets Stage For All-Optical Computing

oxide7 of course (53 comments)

Sure -- its for routers, a basic component of data transmission, and a bit is the most fundamental piece of data. We typically think in "BYTES", but that's really an OS abstraction right? At the lowest level of the network stack it makes sense to talk in bits -- anything above that can interpret it as it will (like a Byte, Word, Long.. etc)

more than 4 years ago
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What's a good programming languange for kids?

oxide7 depends how young (3 comments)

Ok I didn't read your post so I dont know if you addressed it -- but it really depends how young they are. If they're really young, something like BASIC can be good, not necessarily to learn to program, but to just copy code out of the book and watch fun things happen. This will get them interested in programming a little bit -- seeing how what they input actually makes a difference. But I would say if they're old enough to comprehend and think about what they're doing -- like 2nd grade perhaps, I think C/C++ is a great way to go. Its like the foundation to all of today's modern languages -- raw enough to get dirty and to learn things like memory management, etc... but a lot of the hard stuff can be masked with good classes and libs in the beginning. I think that will give them a proper mindset to program well in the future... a good foundation on how code works. Of course I am biased, I learned C++ and now I prefer it, but honestly I think that's the best.

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

oxide7 Re:Something has to be done! (247 comments)

Japan has fast internet but a number of other political and economic problems that are hindering its growth... as a counter-example -- look at Korea. They are like #1 or #2 in broadband adoption and they are thriving. Samsung overtook HP as the #1 tech company in revenue (multiple times ahead of Sony), Hyundai is one of the only car companies to have US growth last year, and ... They just won Gold in Ice Skating

more than 4 years ago
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NVIDIA Shows Off "Optimus" Switchable Graphics For Notebooks

oxide7 this is good in principle (102 comments)

This is good in principle but i doubt nvidia can actually execute it successfully. Even in their chips now they have something called "powermizer" that is suppose to throttle the GPU up and down depending on load... the problem is when it is set to "low" it runs like garbage and it takes too long to change to high -- most likely after you needed it -- like to open a giant window, or drag windows. its garbage really.

more than 4 years ago
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Clearwater Limo Service - STARLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

oxide7 wth (1 comments)

What if this actually made it on the homepage? Gotta give em an E for effort =/

more than 4 years ago
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India Ditches UN Climate Change Group

oxide7 cold and ironic (403 comments)

This doesnt mean they are saying global warming is bad, or desirable. It just means they dont trust the UN panel. Whats funny though, is that they say they dont trust the IPCC because it doesnt do its own science, but they turn around and set up their own IPCC to review science themselves. And speaking of global warming, isn't this this coldest winter on record?

more than 4 years ago
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Climate science dealt blow as India ditches IPCC

oxide7 Re:Deniers flocking to slashdot (3 comments)

I saw a report that 95% of posts are spam... i guess its 96% now

more than 4 years ago
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Cultural Monopoly Via the Internet?

oxide7 cultured (2 comments)

Frankly my dear, i dont give a damn

more than 4 years ago
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Sun boss Schwartz signs off with a strange Tweet

oxide7 no question (1 comments)

There's no question he was asked to leave. I think this was clear from the beginning that Oracle was dumping him and a number of other executives

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks shuts down site

oxide7 Re:Time to donate (2 comments)

that inspiration instead of action is why they're shutting down... though i havent donated either

more than 4 years ago
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Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective

oxide7 Re:Compliance Rates & Hands-Free Use (406 comments)

I agree. I'm not for blanket litigation. Just because someone does it and get in an accident doesnt mean my rights should be taken away also. I was texting on a Nokia like in 2001 when i had a 5 speed... its not so difficult. To be honest though, i liked T9 better than a full qwerty. You can do it mindlessly. But a qwerty i can see how it can be dangerous.

more than 4 years ago
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India Moves To Put Its First Man In Space By 2016

oxide7 Backoffice in space (242 comments)

Once they get this technology up and running we can outsource our space science to them too.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel puts up Solar Installations in 4 States

oxide7 horrible rendering (1 comments)

I think they must have used their own hardware to make that horrible rendering. Perhaps that GPU is solar powered also?

more than 4 years ago
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SSD adoption continues to grow

oxide7 Re:Boom (2 comments)

SDD's are really fast. I've used them in my last laptop. But I'm not sure I can ever get used to the small size. They are getting bigger but they will never catch up to HDDs. Now i have 500GB in my laptop -- can't imagine using, say, 128GB. With BluRay media becoming more prevalent also -- SSD's are just too small. Perhaps a hybrid system would be best. Like those Sony T's use to have

more than 4 years ago
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Blu-Ray DRM compromised by rouge software firm

oxide7 they've done it again (1 comments)

i wish they had post the code in the article... then i can get a new tshirt.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Snaps Striking Images of Earth

oxide7 google owns this space (1 comments)

those are pretty amazing but who needs nasa when google will do just fine

more than 5 years ago

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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a month ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with U.S. foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to Western companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s future that has only gathered force subsequently. Assange describes his encounter with Schmidt and how he came to conclude that it was far from an innocent exchange of views."
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Fake Cell Towers Allow the NSA and Police to Keep Track of You

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about 3 months ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "The Internet is abuzz with reports of mysterious devices sprinkled across America—many of them on military bases—that connect to your phone by mimicking cell phone towers and sucking up your data. There is little public information about these devices, but they are the new favorite toy of government agencies of all stripes; everyone from the National Security Agency to local police forces are using them."
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Techs next big shot in the arm

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a year ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "This is the big secret about Obamacare: It is pushing the health care industry to spend unprecedented money building out shiny new technology that is going to do amazing stuff. We're witnessing the creation of a vast, new nationwide digital health information platform, for which entrepreneurs can develop entirely new kinds of applications. "The consumer apps are literally a game-changer," says Len Nichols, a health economist at George Mason University. He and others believe we're heading into an epochal health tech boom that will ripple through society."
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Banker offers $1M to solve Beal Conjecture

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "A Texas banker with a knack for numbers has offered $1 million for anyone who can solve a complex math equation that has stumped mathematicians since the 1980s. The Beal Conjecture states that the only solutions to the equation A^x + B^y = C^z, when A, B and C are positive integers, and x, y and z are positive integers greater than two, are those in which A, B and C have a common factor. Like most number theories, it's “easy to say but extremely difficult to prove.”"
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First 'Bionic' Dog Receives Four Prosthetics After Losing Paws

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "A mixed-breed dog who lost his four paws after being stricken with frostbite has been given a second chance at living a normal life with his new prosthetic paws. Naki'o's surgeries went without a glitch. A medical pioneer, he's believed to be the first "bionic" dog, with prosthetics on all fours."
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Social Isolation Shortens Lifespans Of Loners

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "But in a recent study that collected 6,500 people from the United Kingdom, researchers found that the debilitating emotions from loneliness and infrequent contact with loved ones and friends could shorten a person's lifespan.
"We were thinking that people who were socially isolated but also felt lonely might be at particularly high risk," Andrew Steptoe, lead author and professor of psychology at University College London, told NPR."
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Bloomberg: Survelance Drones Inevitable

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Surveillance drones have many benefits, but privacy isn't one of them. Though the public has grown increasingly concerned with the government's domestic usage of drones, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes the issue is "scary" but inevitable. "You can do it from further away, you can see more, you can do it continuously, you can do it undetected in ways you couldn't before," Bloomberg said. "And al Qaeda can do it too. It's a scary world. Everyone wants their privacy, but I don't know how you're going to maintain it.""
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ZeekRewards, Zeekler Users 'In Shock' as service declared Ponzi Scheme

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Users of ZeekRewards.com and Zeekler.com are searching for answers — and their lost money — after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the sites' owner, Paul Burks, with an alleged $600 million Ponzi scheme.

"I was in shock," said a Zeek member who used the site for five months but asked to not be identified because of the ongoing investigation. "I thought it was going to be a rather simple inquiry and investigation and they would reveal to the attorney general that it was a very profitable business model and that everything was going to be OK.""
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China Has 'Back Door' Access to 80% of World Communications

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "The Chinese government has access to 80 percent of the world's communications, a former pentagon analyst has claimed.

Using equipment supplied by Chinese electronics giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE corporation, the People's Liberation Army and the government have "back door" access to a vast majority of the world's electronic information, including sensitive military and intelligence data"
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Kaspersky warns on growing proliferation of cyberweapons

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "In Israel, where computer hacking has become something of a national sport and young hackers are cultivated to become members of elite army technology units, Eugene Kaspersky, a world-renowned cybervirus sleuth who visited the country last week, got a very warm reception.

But Kaspersky's message was anything but cordial.

"I'm afraid it's just the beginning of the game, and I'm afraid it will be the end of the world as we know it," Kaspersky said during a press conference after speaking at the International CyberSecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University."
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'Stacked' Space Station Photos Highlight Star Trails

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "A scientist aboard the International Space Station took extraordinary photos of the start scape from aboard the vessel, using a special technique that highlights their movement.

"Modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image," Pettit explained.

"To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”"
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Blind Mice Can SeeAfter Scientists Regrow Nerves

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Three blind mice (and a few more) are running a little bit better now, thanks to a group of scientists that were able to coax the nerves in their eyes to regrow.

Larry Benowitz, a professor of surgery and ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, has been working on nerve generation in mice for years. His latest experiment involves mice blinded in one eye after their optic nerves were artificially damaged.

The technique for making the retinal ganglion cells grow again requires three elements. "It's a proof of principle that rewiring the visual system may be possible.""
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Teen Diabetes Rate Soars

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "The number of teens with diabetes and pre-diabetes is soaring, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Between 2000 and 2008 the number rate of diabetes in teens and adolescents increased from 9 percent to 23 percent — an increase researchers said is "concerning."

"To get ahead of this problem, we have to be incredibly aggressive and look at children and adolescents and say you have to make time for physical activity," Larry Deeb, pediatric endocrinologist and former president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association."
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Ancient Female Genitalia Carving Could Be Older Than Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "A one-and-a-half metric ton slab of limestone found at the Abri Castanet site in southwestern France is speckled with tool marks and carvings — including one of female genitalia — that could be the oldest wall art ever discovered. a team of American and French anthropologists say the carvings on the slab, which once formed part of the roof of a rock outcropping that ancient humans used for shelter, appear to have been created about 37,000 years ago."
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QR Codes May Contain Malware

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Scanners beware of the QR code. The wrong code may cause your mobile device, your wallet, or both a considerable amount of agony. Antivirus software maker Kaspersky Lab has reported on the first known instance of QR code tampering. The incident occurred in Russia last month, fooling consumers who thought they were downloading a new Android app called Jimm. Instead, the code forced the phones to send numerous SMS codes to a premium rate number that charged for each message."
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Google Engineer Calls Google Plus a 'Complete Fail

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Steve Yegge, a senior engineer at Google, accidentally and publicly posted a critical analysis about his company's understanding of platforms, calling Google Plus a "complete failure." "Google+ is a prime example of our complete failure to understand platforms from the very highest levels of executive leadership (hi Larry, Sergey, Eric, Vic, howdy howdy) down to the very lowest leaf workers (hey yo)," Yegge wrote. "We all don't get it.""
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Wall Street 'Hacktivism' Exposes Downside of Anony

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "The Anonymous takedown of NYSE Monday, Oct. 10, meant as a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement,has exposed a new understanding of "hacktivism": anonymity can be a curse as well as a blessing. "The NYSE attack proved Anonymous is not unanimous," the man said. "[The attack] was probably not generally supported. I didn't notice mass support in IRC [Internet Relay Chat] either." And therein lies what has been the brilliance and will continue to be one downside of the Anonymous organization: it's not really an organization at all."
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Why Steve Jobs Mattered to Tech

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, he was 56 years old.
Jobs recently quit as CEO of the company he co-founded and made into a world leader is because the end of his life is near. His body is breaking down and, as usual, neither he nor Apple will discuss it. Just because he's gone doesn't mean he's leaving the company bereft."
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Italian Wikipedia Shuts Down Prompted by New Wiret

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Wikipedia's Italian edition homepage has been shut down following the prospect of a new wiretap law from Italy's Prime Minister, forcing the Italian language Web site to be hidden with the possibility to be eventually deleted. The law called "DDL intercettazioni" (Wiretapping Act) from Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlisconi is an attempt to gag bloggers from posting unfavorable remarks."
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Blackberry Playbook Not Abandoned ... Yet

oxide7 oxide7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

oxide7 (1013325) writes "Research in Motion on Thursday rebuffed speculation that it was following HP's footsteps in abandoning its poorly performing Playbook tablet, but the move highlights its difficulties penetrating Apple's dominant market position. The company said assertions that the Touchpad was done were false, after industry checks suggested the manufacturer for the device had laid off dozens of staff."

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