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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

stg Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.

AFAIK it is all standard stuff - USB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, etc. None of those require you to use Apple accessories.

about three weeks ago

Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

stg Re:Didn't someone do this? (170 comments)

Did it require special equipment on the user side? I have heard of this being done in Brazil, too, but all you needed was to tape the transmission, then load it normally with a tape player on the computer.

about 4 months ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

stg Re:Yes (140 comments)

Are you sure? I am not going to test it out, but there is a tab on their plugin page for the Ultimate Edition with 1083 plugins, and another for the Community Edition (the free one) with 1015 plugins. They might not include their specific plugins for those languages, but it would be very weird to have separate plugin listings and not support plugins at all...

Of course, either way the question I was answering didn't mention that the IDE had to be free. I think IntelliJ is very reasonably priced (US$200 for individual developers, which would be my case), although I didn't have any reason to buy it myself yet.

about 6 months ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

stg Re:Yes (140 comments)

IntelliJ IDEA has a ton of plugins, including their other products that support specific languages. For example, they have products for Python (which I used myself and is very nice), Ruby, Java, PHP, Javacript/HTML etc.
All of these work from IntelliJ IDEA in the form of a plugin (AFAIK, I just used PyCharm).

Plus according to their page they have 1083 plugins. Including several for databases.

So I think that covers all you asked for, doesn't it?

about 6 months ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

stg Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Windows XP mode runs a Windows XP VM on VirtualPC. It is not compatibility mode.

It is not officially available on Windows 8, though, and the problem with being unsupported after April is exactly the same as with the original Windows XP, of course (although if you only run specific programs with no net access in it I imagine the security risk is much reduced).

about 6 months ago

'Wearable Computing Will Be the Norm,' Says Google Glass Team

stg Re:already the norm (196 comments)

I am aware of 3 or 4 car models already with HUDs, including the Camaro. Honda Civic's in the last few years have a big digital speed display above the steering wheel. It is much easier to read and I am always bothered when driving another car with a regular speedometer...

I have also seen speed HUDs for skiers before with special glasses, aren't there any already for bikes?

more than 2 years ago

Online Courses and the $100 Graduate Degree

stg Re:I took his AI class (339 comments)

For CS, there are a number of programming goals that can be graded automatically, and that is used in several courses - both in Udacity, Coursera and the ML course mentioned before.

You just have to make the student respond to an interface - i.e.: setting an object or variable to the answers or outputting them in a particular way.

For example, in the NLP course the first exercise involved using regular expressions to extract e-mails from web pages. You had some starter source code and a set of pages included with the exercise. You just fill in your code, and run it locally to test it against the local set. Then you submit your code, and the grading software runs it against another set of pages, from where it gets your score for true positives, false positives, and misses (it also used the set you already have, but that had a lower percentage, I think).

It is not perfect (you can't easily measure the cleverness of the answer or the quality of the code, just how well it works), but it is very nearly free.

Given the average quality of the CS courses out there, I think that this system is very acceptable, and bound to get better with time.

more than 2 years ago

Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

stg Re:Virtual Light (177 comments)

I have seen them a few years before that on a Charles Sheffield (?) short story in Analog or Asimov (can't find a reference, sorry).

I remember it being mentioned that the glasses cost as much as car. Nice to see that we have surpassed SF in this way again.

more than 2 years ago

Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses

stg Re:AI Class (161 comments)

Third, I like how the homework questions for the other two are presented in a normal web form format (whereas the AI class "homeworks" require you to watch a video of the instructor reading the questions) and also allow multiple submissions.

I am taking the two AI classes, and I find that pretty annoying too. It also takes a lot more time than just reading the notes, and even worse - all the time they have to post corrections and clarification in text below the video, whereas they would just edit the question if it was in text format.

more than 2 years ago

Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses

stg Re:AI Class (161 comments)

In the AI class, both presenters are making video of paper they're writing onto, and constantly waving a pen above the page in the video, making it tricky to find a place the video can be stopped. The videos are embedded YouTube videos, and it takes about 2 seconds for the video to actually stop once the pause button has been pressed, and once it pauses the controls come up and cover up the bottom part of the video.

While I still agree that PDF notes would be much better, any screenshot program that freezes the screen would solve most of your problem. I use Ashampoo Snap, and I still have to wait for the pen to be in a place that doesn't block anything, but it freezes the screen whenever I press the shortcut (then I can clip just what I want).

more than 2 years ago

Solar Breakthrough Could Provide Power Without Solar Cells

stg Re:I've been reading about solar breakthroughs (223 comments)

Might be for Dow, but looking for a couple of minutes on Google shows several companies that sell them.

i.e.: a blog from 2005/2006 and he had solar shingles back then.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Android User Interface Development

stg Re:No e-book? (111 comments)

It is available as an e-book here . US$30.59

Another e-book on the subject (I've started reading it and liked it, but didn't get around to finishing it yet) is Hello Android.

One thing I like about The Pragmatic Bookshelf is that they deliver directly to your Kindle. They are also DRM-free (Packt says they are too).

more than 3 years ago

Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

stg Re:Who's the real winner? (674 comments)

I'd think it was a bit more of a marketing thing than a research thing...

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

stg Re:Pathetic (302 comments)

The largest bank in Brazil has been doing this for years - with a small Java program that at least says it's checking your computer (and takes only a few seconds). I've never tried denying it, but I'm pretty sure you just can't access their online banking without allowing it to run.

I have never heard of anyone complaining about it.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon, Not Developers, Will Set New App Store's Prices

stg Re:Pricing tactics (294 comments)

Then you can't sign with them and Amazon at the same time.

  I was once "invited" to sell my software on a site that had this rule in their contract. I simply declined to do business with them.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

stg Re:Apple getting desperate? (574 comments)

There is a big difference between accepting ads and accepting content about your competition.

I imagine that any Windows developer that hoped to use an iPad for e-books on Windows shouldn't be able to get them, either?

Do you also think that Amazon should refuse to sell any Kindle e-books about iPads next?

more than 3 years ago

Nevercookie Eats Evercookies

stg Re:virtual machines (91 comments)

How does Google disallow Ad Blockers? I've been using AdBlock on Chrome for several months now... (before that I just used a filtering proxy)

I think it's been available since January.

more than 3 years ago

Crytek Dev On Fun vs. Realism In Game Guns

stg Re:Maybe... (324 comments)

I also loved Crysis in stealth mode. However, the alien section was nowhere as good... On both the original and expansion.

I felt the same way about Crytek's first game - Far Cry. I didn't like the monster section at all.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

stg Re:Really? (242 comments)

I have a Nokia N95, which now has free maps and navigation. However, since Nokia wants their installer to communicate with your cell phone (instead of, for example, just giving me the files to copy to the phone), I was unable to install the new version - it simply fails to talk to the phone on my computer.

Also, on my N95 the GPS is sometimes pretty awful and unable to get a signal for LONG times.

more than 4 years ago



Analysis of News sites effects on a blog article

stg stg writes  |  about 7 years ago

stg writes "Andy Brice has an interesting analysis of hits from the article on his Software Awards Scam, experiment, that got featured on Slashdot and several other sites.

It shows the attention span of each site, as well as a comparison of the number of hits between the sites and the hits gained as a consequence to his product's site.

For those that won't read the RTFA, StumpleUpon caused the most hits, followed by Digg. Slashdot was 4th."

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