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A Tale of Two Countries

usul294 Misleading summary (518 comments)

The central theme of the article is whether or not tech companies should continue try to grow their business, or should they decide to not compete with established industries. A specific cited example is that Apple created a net job loss through iTunes by ruining Tower Records. The summary makes it sound like the article is asking whether or not tech companies should feel bad for the fact people play Farmville rather than look for a job.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S To Serve As Brain For 3 Robots Aboard the ISS

usul294 Re:well ok (82 comments)

Seeing as they aren't mission-critical, and just an experiment, they don't need to be rad-hard. If one of these guys fail, its not the a big deal. The life-support system computer needs to be hardened, on the other hand.

more than 3 years ago
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World's Most Powerful Rocket Ready In 2012, SpaceX Says

usul294 Re:Leave it Fox.. (251 comments)

I don't see how it's Fox's fault, all TFA said was that Elon Musk said the craft could be used to complete the Mars mission. Summary was way off from reality, but the article seemed to be done without hyperbole or bias.

more than 3 years ago
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US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement

usul294 Re:I'm an American... (394 comments)

A good representative works for the people he represent's best interest, not necessarily what they want.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

usul294 Re:Rotational Velocidensity (550 comments)

I've heard these can prevent the digital dust menace, though only for a short while.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

usul294 Re:A question about Android (161 comments)

The UI changes to the homescreen would be bad on a screen smaller than 7". Multiple windows, side menus, physical buttons replaced by software buttons, size of buttons relative to the screen, this sort of thing. Essentially with the bigger screen, screen space can be taken up by secondary needs (launcher, menus, options, etc), whereas on the small screen, 95% of the screen is dedicated to the user's immediate content, and things are relatively big to improve the user experience. In Honeycomb, UI elements are smaller, and screen area can be dedicated to not just a primary task, but useful information and quick access to facets of the program formerly hidden behind the menu button.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Says Honeycomb Will Not Come To Smartphones

usul294 Re:Fragmentation (193 comments)

From Android Development's Website:


Android 3.0 brings a new UI designed for tablets and other larger screen devices, but it also is fully compatible with applications developed for earlier versions of the platform, or for smaller screen sizes. Existing applications can seamlessly participate in the new holographic UI theme without code changes, by adding a single attribute in their manifest files. The platform emulates the Menu key, which is replaced by the overflow menu in the Action Bar in the new UI. Developers wanting to take fuller advantage of larger screen sizes can also create dedicated layouts and assets for larger screens and add them to their existing applications.

So, to sum up, old apps work fine, a small tweak will make the UI look right, and you can add a custom tablet UI to existing software.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Says Honeycomb Will Not Come To Smartphones

usul294 Re:Fragmentation (193 comments)

Supposedly there is a 2.4 Ice Cream as the next smartphone iteration of Android. I'm not sure what the numbers mean exactly. I think this fragmentation might be good because you want apps that are written explicitly for tablets, and take advantage of the screen size, that don't have to work on small screens. Also, 2.x apps are going to be able to run on Honeycomb according to Google. From what I've seen of the Honeycomb SDK, the changes are to interact with the new UI, the hardware API's seem unchanged.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

usul294 What my driving instructor said (220 comments)

Back when I was doing driver's ed, my instructor asked me if I played video games. He said that he had noticed that people who played video games tend to grasp the visual feedback quicker than most people. So that most 15 year olds see a straight road and don't steer, gamers would constantly make corrections based on visual feedback, because that was already a natural thing to do.

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular

usul294 Re:Remarkable stability! (320 comments)

Really, I thought it was because geek culture is a marginally stable system. Poles right on j-omega axis/unit circle depending on your analog/digital preference.

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular

usul294 The circle of geekdom (320 comments)

Geeks pick up stuff early, the best of it filters into mainstream, then geeks pick up something new.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Kill Switch Back On the US Legislative Agenda

usul294 Not your average senator (376 comments)

Susan Collins is considered a "moderate", rather then wanting to expand government when her party is in power, she's always in favor of it.

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

usul294 Re:How about these... (760 comments)

"Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something.
Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let’s play that over again, too. Who decides?" - Robert Heinlein

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

usul294 Re:Better Idea (760 comments)

What in defense spending isn't really defense: paying troops, operations, maintenance, basic research, system development, or building new stuff? Or do you just object to having it called defense as a whole?

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

usul294 Re:Obscene (760 comments)

None of those came from NSF though, modern medicine is NIH, Internet was DARPA, Lasers were Bell Labs. None possible without the US Government spending money (or providing a Sherman Act exemption), but not through NSF. In my experience NSF is there to give money to Bill Nye the Science Guy and keep my professors doing research in crazy things that have big promise, but little chance of success.

more than 3 years ago
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China's Politburo Behind Google Cyber-Attack?

usul294 Re:wikileaks (142 comments)

While the diplomats are (if they are doing their job) working to benefit the US, if they are doing their jobs competently, the information disclosed in working communications should represent their perception of reality more so than publicly disclosed information, which would obviously be said in a way to make the US look good. Hopefully the diplomats have a fairly accurate perception of reality.

more than 3 years ago
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MATLAB Can't Manipulate 64-Bit Integers

usul294 Not that big a deal (334 comments)

MATLAB does most everything with doubles, int and float formats are really only there when dealing with input/output to files. If i put A = 1 into a command line, its put in memory as a double. I use MATLAB most of my working day for signal processing algorithim design, and I don't think I've ever needed the precision of a 64 bit integer. Numbers bigger than a 32 bit integer can handle pop up from time to time, but never with more precision than a double provides.

more than 4 years ago

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