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Nvidia Shield Tablet Gets Android Lollipop Update, Half Life 2 EP1 and GRID

smithmc Re:Hmmm ... (58 comments)

Whether you like the idea of streaming games or not is immaterial. It's not as though you can't play downloaded games as well, and also, at least IMO, it's a pretty solid tablet regardless of where the games come from.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

smithmc Re:Really? (285 comments)

And what is this perfect Shangri-La utopia from which you hail, that never misbehaves and where everyone is a total genius?

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

smithmc Re:Nothing to see here... (114 comments)

Your tinfoil hat is slipping off again. Make sure to squeeze it on really tight this time. Like, put it in a vise, maybe.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

smithmc Re:Terrible (430 comments)

To me, a traditional marriage is where the partners stay together until death parts them -- gay/straight/otherwise.

So, then, something like 50% of all American marriages are non-traditional.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

smithmc Re:Terrible (430 comments)

Well, except for that one pillar of salt - that was arguably a "what".

about three weeks ago
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The Man With the Golden Blood

smithmc Re:Tell me why I should care. (75 comments)

Then it should have an interesting, well written intro/summary to pull the reader in. I found myself asking the same question: "what is the point of this story"? Ok, it's interesting that the guy has no Rh-group antigens, but so what? What does that mean for medicine, in terms of potential benefits?

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

...especially when it turns out that the majority of people who vote are simply stupid and vote based on emotional appeal and how well the politicians word themselves rather than using the brain a little and investigating what they are voting for objectively.

But not you, of course. You're smarter than all those little sheeple.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

Who commits 90% of the gun crime in the U.S.? Certainly not law abiding citizens.

Well, no, I would suppose not. Kinda obvious.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:gun laws (331 comments)

We don't have to look at Japan. Let's look at Canada. The gun ownership rate in Canada is about 1/3 that of the United States (~30 per 100K people vs. ~90), and its homicide rate is... hm, a little less than 1/3 that of the US (1.44/100K vs. 4.7). How 'bout that.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

Adam Lanza, the Trenchcoat Mafia, etc. obviously didn't care about getting away with it, now, did they?

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

I don't think they have "trigger-happy cops" in Japan, probably because real guns are basically illegal.

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

smithmc Re:wow (571 comments)

It gets used to boil water to make steam to run a generator.

about a month ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

smithmc Contagiousness (475 comments)

AIUI it is only strongly suspected that Ebola Reston is transmissible via aerosol, not definitely proven.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

smithmc Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

There's probably a cheaper car out there somewhere that maybe they should have bought instead. People should not live outside their means.

about 2 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc COBOL (387 comments)

Yeesh. My school taught COBOL and FORTRAN, but only for non-CS majors. ME students had to take FORTRAN IIRC, but CS majors couldn't receive credit for either course. CS majors started with Pascal and went from there into C, C++ and assembly (Java wasn't a thing yet).

about 2 months ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

smithmc Not speed or RAM etc., but... (253 comments)

What matters to me these days is display size and resolution. Ideally, around 4.5-4.7" with at least 720p resolution. Most phones are getting too big, and the display resolutions are getting ridiculous.

about 2 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc Re: Trendy != popular (387 comments)

Indeed. In fact, a lot of the guts of HFT systems are implemented in hardware - TCP/IP stacks implemented in FPGAs and such.

about 2 months ago

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smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm supposed to be headed off this weekend to sunny Narrowsburg, NY for a "canoeing" (read: golf drink golf drink drink drink) trip with a couple hundred of my closest friends, but it's not sunny, it's damp and wet outside and it's supposed to be all weekend. So instead I'll be rebuilding a server and sleeping a lot. Thus the "arrgh" bit.

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Hmm... what's this?

smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm, a Web accessible journal or "blog" thingy, just for logging into /. Could this be useful? More or less useful than, say, a Wiki (which I'd have to host myself, though). Well, anyway.

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