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Video Games Lead To Quick Thinking Skills

quercus.aeternam Re:hmmm (174 comments)

Unfortunately, the summary cannot be trusted further than you can throw it.

Which is of course to say, not at all.

more than 4 years ago

How Good Software Makes Us Stupid

quercus.aeternam Re:Hardly Stupid (385 comments)

Sorry for the long answer to a fairly obvious statement, but it's written, and it's going out:

True, but to me there is a difference between memorizing (learning verbatim/rote) and just remembering something useful. I haven't memorized the size of the known universe, I just remember it. I didn't memorize the size of bears, I just remember it - and when I go to use something I haven't recalled in a while I may notice that it is a little foggy. I can place bounds on the values and possibly remember specific values after dredging it from the depths of memory, but I can definitely recognize the need for a refresh.

Anyway, the more you have to look something up, the better you will remember it. If it's something that you need to use frequently, your recollection of it it will become more and more solid with every lookup - though if it is complex enough, you will likely notice that it is hard to remember, and keep the reference extremely handy.

more than 4 years ago

2010 May Be the First Year YouTube Turns a Profit

quercus.aeternam Re:Music (89 comments)

The first -and last- time I got music from amazon, I discovered that it used a special windows client.

The situation may have changed, but unless it has, amazon is not in the running.

more than 4 years ago

No More Need To Reboot Fedora w/ Ksplice

quercus.aeternam Re:Now this is even more applicable (262 comments)

kexec restarts the entire software stack while leaving hardware running.

From what I can tell, ksplice does not require a software restart or hardware restart. This isn't explicitly stated, but it is implied by the usage instructions: http://www.ksplice.com/uptrack/using

more than 4 years ago

Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month

quercus.aeternam Re:Open Source != Free Software (273 comments)

This is both Open and Free, just not quite as free as Stallman would like.

CDDL licensed code can be freely distributed and modified, so long as it is compiled with a compatible license.

This is why BSD has no issues with including ZFS. The BSD license is less restrictive than the GPL.

more than 4 years ago

Drunken Employee Shoots Server

quercus.aeternam Re:Hmm (309 comments)

Utah is a CCW state. You would think that if he didn't have a permit, they would have thrown that charge at him as well. I guess the housing market is a lot scarier than I thought.

In Utah, CFPs are only required for concealed carry. Open carry requires no permit, though it must be at least two actions away from firing (ie. two trigger pulls or slide+trigger).

Oh, and Utah is the only state with a brady score of 0, something many people consider to be a good thing.

more than 4 years ago

How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?

quercus.aeternam Re:I know this is a silly question before I ask it (674 comments)


30 to 50% of the students at my university are bilingual, and +30% are actively enrolled in courses that teach one of 50-85 foreign languages.

That's just us Mormons, though.

more than 4 years ago

How Big Is Your Primary Display?

quercus.aeternam Re:More is better (375 comments)

I hate saying this, but I've had the most success using xrandr - as a specific example, 'xrandr --output DVI-0 --auto --right-of DVI-1'.

This is in my .xinitrc file before my wm (I'm not using a graphical login), though you should be able to add it somewhere else to get it to work in a gui-only environment.

It seems that if there is anything that should be consistent, it should be the configuration system - but oss being what it is, I don't think that that will ever really happen - not for end users. Using the lower level utilities (like directly using xorg's functions) is sometimes the easiest way to configure a system - if only because you only have to learn it once.

more than 4 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

quercus.aeternam Re:1 vote / 100% (375 comments)

I'm not sure that ctime is the best option, I used mtime.

find -iname "*" -printf "%TY/%Tm/%Td\t%p\n" | sort | less

I actually piped it to a file so I could examine the output while waiting for the command to finish, but it's pretty much the same.

I'm still looking for the first entry that I created - (interpreting creation as having personally modified the content of, not created by copying - otherwise old dos executables and such would be my oldest files...)

more than 4 years ago

Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?

quercus.aeternam Re:Beware University Wifi (289 comments)

I've been using my N800 for a while as a phone substitute (I don't recommend getting one for this btw, the battery life isn't great plus it's speakerphone only (bluetooth kind of works, but the cpu has more issues keeping up with doing both, esp. with skype - regular sip is better)), and my university does have a required web login - however, I installed devicescape which works great. I did have to save the login page and send it to them, but it was fast and painless.

I'm just saying - there are solutions to that particular issue.

more than 4 years ago

How To Destroy a Black Hole

quercus.aeternam Re:Something I was wondering (364 comments)

It seems to me that in order for an established orbit to exist on the event horizon, the orbiting matter would have to be going at the speed of light. I would further presume that any matter orbiting within the event horizon would have to be /exceeding/ the speed of light.

To my knowledge, matter cannot travel at or beyond the speed of light.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Chrome OS To Launch In Fall

quercus.aeternam Re:What I want (375 comments)

For firefox, look at the weave plugin.

more than 4 years ago

The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse

quercus.aeternam Re:Blind Faith != Religion (892 comments)

There exists a large space for personal interpretation in most religions.

more than 4 years ago

Symantec Finds Server Containing 44 Million Stolen Gaming Credentials

quercus.aeternam Re:Hey you guys (146 comments)

Did you know that by clicking on your username, I can see what posts you have recently made?

more than 4 years ago

Flash Destroyer Tests Limit of Solid State Storage

quercus.aeternam Re:Interesting! (229 comments)

I vaguely recall reading that the more writes flash has, the less likely it is to remember what is written to it over time - kind of like volatile storage, but with the length of time the data lasts being inversely related to the number of writes.

Given what I know about flash, I'm not quite sure how this could happen physically. I believe this was mentioned when I was looking into ssd caches for zfs, where this type of failure would be insignificant. It could be completely incorrect, too.

If it is correct, this sort of test alone will not be definitive. Instead, a batch of chips would have to be written to different levels, and then periodically verified.

more than 4 years ago

Secure Communication Comes To Android

quercus.aeternam Re:"Encrypted call" is misleading (150 comments)

Trying to re-assemble information after being passed through a lossy pipe is hard. I wouldn't want to tackle it - it has too many variables, and it would be too easy to detect and shut down.

Successfully solving these problems would be revolutionary - but also advanced enough that it could be considered magical.

more than 4 years ago

The Pirate Bay Sinks And Swims

quercus.aeternam Re:Press release in english (347 comments)

If there were a yearly storage fee in the facility, it would definitely provide an incentive to let go of no longer profitable materials.

I am no economist, and I'm not sure that a rate could be set that would be high enough to deter hoarding of media, and yet be reasonable for independent artists.

more than 4 years ago

I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

quercus.aeternam Re:Duno why floppies never improved (505 comments)

Superdisk drives (LS-120s) could read 3.5" floppies, and later ones could even reformat them to have a 30-40 meg capacity.

more than 3 years ago


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