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Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela

sgnn7 Re:More RAM (71 comments)

As hinted by the interview (and from some other sources), next model is in the works with better specs than Model A/B.

about a year and a half ago

Gnome Goes JavaScript

sgnn7 Re:Before someone starts pulling out hair (387 comments)

I've met and talked to Jon McCann about GNOME3 and he's got a pretty good head on his shoulders about usability and if the rest of their crew is similar, the project is for sure moving forward. Sure, the icons won't be in the same place nor will your resource meter stay docked in a taskbar but you trade that change off with a cleaner design, more screen real-estate, and pretty snazzy but subtle effects. Once you have the presentation layer in JS with the help of debugging tools like lg (similar to Firebug) you can rapidly modify/develop/iterate over new UI designs without much time spent handling memory allocations, de-referencing null pointers, nor adding metric tons of boilerplate code. Not to disagree with other knee-jerk reaction commenters, JS can be used for evil but when used carefully it can be a very powerful RAD tool.

about 2 years ago

BLAKE2 Claims Faster Hashing Than SHA-3, SHA-2 and MD5

sgnn7 Faster? (134 comments)

Increased speed of hashing is usually a bad thing since passwords stored many times use a one-way hash function. With a faster hashing speed those passwords will be faster to crack. Personally, I'd opt for the highest-enthropy, slowest-speed, and lowest collision ration hashing function.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Use For an Old Smartphone?

sgnn7 Try this: (301 comments)

For Android, install Debian Linux in parallel using LinuxInstaller (not on the market but I'm sure you can track it down using google) and run whatever the heck you want on it.

PS: I'm working on reimplementing the functionality of that app at https://github.com/sgnn7/Android2Linux which can help you figure out how to do it manually if you can't find it.

more than 2 years ago

Groupon Deal Costs Photographer a Year's Free Work

sgnn7 Not quite right (209 comments)

While it may seem that he will run on red for a year, you have to realize that:

  • Large number of people will not redeem the coupon (forgetting, unavailability, etc)
  • Repeat business will increase
  • Influx of money now is better than later for a business (to buy better mass-production equipement, etc)

I would venture to guess that he will do fine

more than 3 years ago


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