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San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds

toxonix Re:Since I was a child, I've always wanted... (241 comments)

Agreed. I get bored unless I'm the one lighting them. Even then I'd rather see them go off all at one time in one big massive fireball.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

toxonix Good qweschun finally! (479 comments)

Here's an ask /. question that doesn't suck! I can tell you the NOT answer: Netflix or Hulu on PS3. PS3 might be OK for games. But Netflix sucks on PS3, and the PlayStation Network requires signing in to use it, which means you have to get the MANDATORY PS3 updates when Sony decides to release a few minor features, which nobody really wants (move multiple data files at a time? did I need to do that?). Then you're stuck waiting for Sony to give you the entire OS, re-install, reboot, sign in again, etc. By this time your date is bored, dissatisfied, and not interested in making out, because you've chosen the wrong system for watching movies or doing anything but gaming. Unless she's into gaming, in which case you've got a winner. I'd like to try a Roku BTW. Or just an HTPC with dual boot and some good graphics hardware.

more than 2 years ago

SSD Prices Down 46% Since 2011

toxonix Why Thailand? (292 comments)

Hot wet islands full of hookers might be an interesting place to have an office, but manufacturing sensitive hard drives seems like it would want an arid climate. Why are there so many HD makers in Thailand then? Besides the obvious.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?

toxonix Re:Impossible ethical standards (559 comments)

I think of the things you mention, film effects will probably be the most competitive, but also the most rewarding. I've also worked a bit on CUDA and nvidia specific stuff, which is fun, but I can't find a way to apply it where I collect a paycheck. There is HPC and data intensive work here, but it's mostly Java/Hadoop and R, nothing extremely high performance. I've never tried applying to JPL/NASA, so I can't speak to that. I'm sure a competent, professional and experienced engineer can find a place there and get paid decently. The work done around high energy particle physics and cosmology seems to be mostly done by PhDs and reams upon reams of grad students working their way up in the world of academics. But there are/must be engineers there too. Scientists can't be bothered to do ALL the programming, so often the details need to be handled by engineers. But physics is under the realm of the DOE in the US. So eventually in many interesting fields you find yourself working basically under grants from the DOE or DARPA. Nothing wrong with that from my perspective. I live in Chicago, and I've told the recruiters "No web or financial stuff", because I'm bored to the point of distraction by web/finance. There's basically nothing else here unless I go to the DOE at Argonne, if I'm qualified. I'd look into film effects, physical/environmental modeling, alternative energy, private space/aero companies, CAD software development. Especially if you want to do more with CUDA. A couple of interesting interactive demos using Processing or CUDA would get the film people interested.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

toxonix Dislike both (818 comments)

KDE is retarded. kmplayer, kwallet, Konsole, Kmail, Kontact.. it just gets annoying. Gnome is also retarded. You'd think by now that User Experience would be down to a science. Maybe they're just doing the science wrong. No reason to upgrade to Gnome3 yet.

more than 2 years ago

Intel Unveils Tiny Next Unit of Computing To Match Raspberry Pi

toxonix Doesn't look stackable (194 comments)

FTFA: "The use of the word “unit” is particularly interesting — it suggests that the NUC might be stackable, in much the same way as my imaginary.."

The fan location suggests otherwise. Stack them and they will be drawing heat from their brethren.

more than 2 years ago

Apple and Google Face Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

toxonix Cold calls are annoying, but (402 comments)

I can understand the 'no cold calls' policy, taking it literally to mean "Don't have recruiters cold call our engineers and offer them more money". I disconnected my office phone a few years ago, and have kept it that way. Two or three calls a day from headhunters is a huge distraction, especially if they're pushy and indiscreet. Co-workers have adopted the same strategy, so we effectively have no phones here. So I'm all for a literal no cold-call policy. They're a waste of worker's time.

more than 2 years ago

Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free

toxonix Re:Good answer (393 comments)

I have the special purpose-built JVM on a chip that was given out at some Java conference a few years ago. I imagine it was just a gimmick, but I've always wanted to see if it works. No idea what its supposed to do, as it has no IO except the conductivity of the ring itself. I think it may just be an empty magic ring.

more than 2 years ago

British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

toxonix Are you sure? (255 comments)

Your about to look at boobies. Are you sure you want to see boobies? y/N: y Are you really sure? y/N: Y Absolutely, positively sure? y/N: YES GIVE ME TEH BOOBS ALREADY Please answer Yes or No. y/N: DIE IN A FIRE COCK

more than 2 years ago

British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

toxonix Re:Think of the Civil Libeties! (255 comments)

Speed cameras! Wait till you get thousands of those on all your motorways.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

toxonix Re:Contractual obligations (247 comments)

Agreed. A startup team or individual has no assets, no 'good will' value and no product yet, so putting the capital in escrow and borrowing on it is the best way to protect the investors. There will be interest of course, because the bank... But at least the funding from Kickstarter will allow a company with no assets to borrow capital. As an investor, you still stand the chance of losing it, but the bank will pursue the now criminals for skipping out on the loan.

more than 2 years ago

Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"

toxonix Re:The pitch for his product is wrong. (166 comments)

Well, the marketing and product people are either way behind the engineering dept, out for drinks, incompetent, or completely out of ideas. It's likely that all 4 are in effect, possibly more. Most advances in technology now are weakly pushed by either an advertising or social media based application.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Partners Up With LG To Combat Apple and Google

toxonix Re:Well, there's a new marketplace (163 comments)

Stand the shit back I think you've got something there. A META-Marketplace! I'm filing a paaaatent as I type this

more than 2 years ago

The correct number of shoes to own:

toxonix many different kinds (502 comments)

5 pairs various hand made ropers boots
1 pair Double H Ranch Wellingtons
2 desert combat boots
1 pair black Magnum combat boots for colder weather
2 pair forest/olive combat boots for cold weather
1 pair Redhead extremely cold weather hunting boots
1 pair general purpose mountaineering/hiking boots
1 pair Madrock climbing shoes
1 pair Scarpa climbing shoes
1 pair Asics indoor sneaker
1 pair ZEMGear neoprene exercise shoe
1 pair Puma driving sneakers
1 pair Asics indoor/outdoor running shoe
1 pair brown patent leather dress shoe
1 pair black patent leather dress shoe
1 pair black imitation alligator dress shoe
1 pair Salomon leather 'casual sneaker'
Shoes are something that must be specialized. The wrong shoes in any given situation will easily become a liability. There are no general purpose shoes except for the ones you wear while doing nothing, in which case you should be wearing none at all.

more than 2 years ago

The correct number of shoes to own:

toxonix Re:It's easy for men (502 comments)

you must be white and live on the west coast!

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only

toxonix Re:Linux Falsh support has allways been shitty (404 comments)

Actually I don't think it was Flash that was shitty. It was the way in which Mozilla failed to detect that it was installed that annoyed me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

toxonix Commercial clients don't crack (635 comments)

You have to sell software to commercial customers. In order to do that it has to be competitive with comparable offerings, but be better overall. It also needs a large user base, so that it becomes an industry standard piece of equipment. Music, design and video editing folks at the low end of the industry are notorious for pirating software. But who cares? It's not like they can afford it in the first place. They're not making any money. They're not customers, but potentially later on their ability to work fluently with the software might help them get a job with one of your commercial customers. $10k software doesn't just sell itself. You need a sales and marketing staff to get the commercial interest. the pirating part is just free crack for potential users.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Boy Claims To Have Cat-Like Night Vision

toxonix Calling BS (171 comments)

Scientifically not likely. A working tapetum lucidum doesn't just appear in a mutation. I think those are contacts anyhow.

more than 2 years ago

Google Starts Scanning Android Apps

toxonix I suggest a few simple scanning rules (172 comments)

Was the app developed in the Republic of China? Reject. That solves most of the problem. I have my own filter for apps, one that is based on cultural bias and animosity towards Chinese software mills: If the description is written by an idiot, or the obvious result of machine translation: reject If the 'reviews' are spam or are the typical 'ITS SO ADDICTING!': reject

more than 2 years ago

Google Starts Scanning Android Apps

toxonix Re:Scan for quality? (172 comments)

If the list is the last reference to those objects, yes, for the most part. Once an object is de-scoped or de-referenced, it becomes a candidate for GC. If the GC gets around to it, the memory allocated to the de-referenced objects will be freed.

more than 2 years ago



What is the best software for authors?

toxonix toxonix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

toxonix (1793960) writes "Authors have very specific needs when it comes to text editing and formatting. MS Word has been the default program for working with formatted text, but it has its limitations and pitfalls. I think Open Office Writer is ideal for any writer, and some writers and editors are using it exclusively. I've suggested writers learn to use Vim+plugins and some simple scripting for text manipulation, but Vim and Emacs may be too involved for those who have an affinity for mice and GUIs. Version control and safe keeping of manuscripts is also something I've seen writers do poorly. So, what software is available to writers that works the way writers want?"


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