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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

polymeris Re:JavaScript Sucks, Rant [Re:Node.js] (536 comments)

>Most developers only use JavaScript because it's their only realistic option on the client side for web-based applications

Every day that passes that becomes less true, though. Apparently, C compiled to asm.js (or one of the alternatives -- I forget) is already faster than handcoded JS. Just a matter of time before a nicer ecosystem becomes available.

I, for one, am happy about that. While I don't dislike JS as much as you, having choices is good.

about 6 months ago
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3D Printer Lays Down Functioning Circuitry Alongside Thermoplastic

polymeris Re:Add some stock parts and this is good to go (62 comments)

At least resistors should be able to be printed directly: just vary the thickness of the layer of resistant material. Not sure about inductors/capacitors, yet alone active components.

about 8 months ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

polymeris Re:Dump kernel to serial printer (175 comments)

There is only so much information you can store in a couple square cm, if you want it to be able to be reliably retrieved by a camera, qr code or not. Your comment.

about 9 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

polymeris If you want to hoard bits... (983 comments)

> It's not like you could just plug in an external drive [...]
Why not? Maybe not one, but 10 or 20 of them.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

polymeris Europa Universalis (669 comments)

Paradox finally decided to support Linux. It sometimes lags a bit behind in bugfixes compared to the Windows version, but overall a pretty good experience.
Add in a bit of Crusader Kings II and Kerbal Space Program: I don't see myself wanting new games in a good while.

about 10 months ago
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Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

polymeris Because ubuntu users don't already have a desktop (267 comments)

Yes, exactly what we need: Another poorly built gadget for people who already own 2 or 3 smartphones, plus at least one desktop and laptop, and want a new overpriced piece of silicon to, after a week or so of post-adquisition rush, collect dust on their shelves and end up in a landfill a year later.  Woohoo!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Most Painless Intro To GPU Programming?

polymeris Re:XNA or Unity (198 comments)

<quote>... and it's a language the asker is familiar with.</quote>

The asker is familiar with HLSL?

about a year and a half ago
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Seismic Data Set Could Improve Earthquake Forecasting

polymeris Re:So, where can you download it from? (32 comments)

Here: http://colossus.iris.washington.edu/iscgem/download/isc-gem-cat.zip

That's just the last 100 years, though. And be aware that the completness magnitude changes over time.

about a year and a half ago
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The IRS vs. Open Source

polymeris Re:Open source equates to freedom. (356 comments)

Just curious... which one do you consider "pinkier"? Canada? Just in case Switzerland != Sweden.

about a year and a half ago
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Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

polymeris Re:I learned C when I was a kid. (185 comments)

When a kid wants to know how to solve a particular problem, they're going to learn the maths necessary.

Indeed. That was my experience with my younger brother, around 10 at the time. I showed him a simple reversi (aka Othello) game I had coded in python, with just a simple text representation of the board, fully expecting him, accustomed to 3D games with colorful graphics and all that, to dismiss it inmediately. Not the case. He was so amazed that you could do that, and intrigued by the how, he didn't care for the trivial UI or the English keywords (which he barely understands) in the non-graphical code.

So my advice to the OP would be to focus less on the tools, but more on the content: What would motivate your daughter or other kids to try and understand what makes a computer tick?

about a year and a half ago
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Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

polymeris Re:(YouTube) footage? (223 comments)

Thanks. Not the AC, but was in the same situation.

Nomen est omen. Of course Segura finds a way to be safe.

about a year and a half ago
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A Piezoelectric Pacemaker That Is Powered By Your Heartbeat

polymeris Re:Before somebody asks . . . (84 comments)

Seriously? Your comparing this to an UPS the one time a car analogy would actually have made sense?

more than 2 years ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

polymeris Re:Skeu (484 comments)

Some good stuff there. The worst offenders, though, still are VST plugin developers.

more than 2 years ago
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Huge Diamond Deposits Revealed In Russia

polymeris Re:And how will this (243 comments)

Not that much, I think. I am not an expert, but if those are impact metamorphism diamonds, they are probably polycrystalline (composed of lots of small grains of different size and orientation) and not well suited for jewelry.

more than 2 years ago
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TextMate 2 Released As Open Source

polymeris I am too lazy to try and install it. (193 comments)

So can someone explain what makes this text editor so popular? Is it features, feel, performance, configurability? A careful balance of all of these?

How does it compare to some of Linux' standard GUI text editors? Say gEdit, kate, geany?

more than 2 years ago
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Contest To Crack William Gibson Poem Agrippa

polymeris Re:Well , I looked at it twice... (102 comments)

Weird. From here I couldn't even see the decrypted version once. Just see undecyphrable verses.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?

polymeris Re:ID (234 comments)

...John Carmack goes through to add comments, clean up code, ...

That should be part of the deal. Or maybe it's a reason why we don't see more open sourced commercial software?

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Morrowind Version 0.16.0 Released

polymeris Re:D to C++? (98 comments)

Probably. Or to put it in kinder words: To appeal to a larger set of potential contributors.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Morrowind Version 0.16.0 Released

polymeris Re:No. (98 comments)

Some games that have, IMO, succeeded in the polish department, have done so because they by design don't require many assets or they can "borrow" from another game (commercial or not), to get them started while new content is generated . If I was to start an amateur OSS game project, I'd try to keep that in mind. A good example of the former is naev, and of the latter, openTTD.

more than 2 years ago
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New Mineral Found In Meteorite

polymeris Re:I'm actually trying to be nice when I say this. (85 comments)

Panguite (IMA 2010-057), (Ti4+,Sc,Al,Mg,Zr,Ca)1.8O3, is a new titania, occurring as fine-grained crystals with Ti-rich davisite in an ultra-refractory inclusion within an amoeboid olivine inclusion from the Allende CV3 carbonaceous chondrite.

A titanium-bearing mineral has been accepted into the International Mineralogical Asoc.'s catalgoue. Chondrites are a class of meteorites, the important part being that they are supposed to have formed as such and were not part of a larger body. (No evidence of impact or melting).
Some carbonaceous meteorites have large (several mm diameter) grains of material which were formed in vacuum, in particular those of the CV subtype. This particular meteorite's chrondrules (that's what those grains are called) contain refractory (i.e. heat-resistant) material in the amoeboid (rounded, irregular shape) olvine inclusions. Olivine is a basic ( = low silica content) mineral series common in celestial bodies (also the inner earth) and very suceptible to weathering, that is, exposure to water. Altered olivine has been found in fragments of meteorites from mars, which is the reason it is believed that there once was a water on that planet. But that's another story.

more than 2 years ago

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