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India's $35 7-Inch Android Tablet To Hit In January

wayward_bruce Re:2GB Ram? (205 comments)

Thanks for clarifying and setting me straight on the meaning of "random" in RAM.

more than 4 years ago
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India's $35 7-Inch Android Tablet To Hit In January

wayward_bruce Re:2GB Ram? (205 comments)

RAM means "random access memory" and thus your Flash, sir, is RAM.

more than 4 years ago
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Artist Photoshops Scenes From WWII Into Present Day

wayward_bruce Retouching (150 comments)

It should be worth noting that the "photoshopping" means using Adobe Photoshop. Retouching is the word for a general process of photo modification regardless of the software used. In short, every time someone says "photoshopped", they are advertising Adobe Photoshop for no compensation. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Poor Vision? There's an App For That

wayward_bruce Re:Not just great for developing countries (146 comments)

I'm not quite sure what connection exists between Eastern Europe and "developing world with no experienced opticians nor diagnostic equipment", but I'll let it pass.

more than 4 years ago
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The Sopranos Meet H-1B In New Jersey

wayward_bruce Re:Unacceptable (324 comments)

(borked the preview) ...attributed to individuals, or in the worst case, companies. You may rest now knowing that people like you elsewhere will now think of the U.S. business in general doing this sort of thing.

more than 4 years ago
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The Sopranos Meet H-1B In New Jersey

wayward_bruce Re:Unacceptable (324 comments)

Those things happen in other places, perpetrated by similarly shady characters, but people like you only bother to note the name of the country. Whereas things happening in the U.S. are

more than 4 years ago
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Why Linux Is Not Attracting Young Developers

wayward_bruce Linux is but a piece of the puzzle (742 comments)

Let's not forget that Linux is just a component of the entire GNU/Linux (I know, I know) system. The accompanying software has grown considerably: GNOME, KDE, browsers, various programming languages and environments, utilities, networking tools, etc. all siphon the interest of a young developer into other areas. Linux is, for all its good and bad sides, stable and feature-full. It's not very tasty to hack on unless you have specific interest in OS internals. So while Linux might be losing the influx of fresh blood, there's still lots of energy around it.

more than 4 years ago
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HTTP Intermediary Layer From Google Could Dramatically Speed Up the Web

wayward_bruce Naysayers be naysaying (406 comments)

I love it how the know-it-alls jump and say "no, CSS/ads/JavaScript/AJAX/ is guilty". Timothy's post claims an observed twofold increase in speed in practice. Unless you want to flat-out say that he is lying, your arguments are invalid.

more than 4 years ago
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Cheap, Cross-Platform Electronic Circuit Simulation Software?

wayward_bruce A cool toy (211 comments)

I like to use this, please don't laugh, I am an electronics novice. http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ It may be too simplistic to warrant being mentioned along the likes of OrCad, Spice, etc. but boy, does it help build intuition!

more than 5 years ago
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Dot-Communism Is Already Here

wayward_bruce Re:Communal Behavior != Communism (554 comments)

Pardon me, there is private property in communism. Name one country in the past or present where you don't own the bread you eat (once you were given it). Similarly, in capitalism, you don't own your salary until you've received your paycheck, so try to find your way around that.

P.S. If you do, I'm your loyal worshipper :)

more than 5 years ago
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Dot-Communism Is Already Here

wayward_bruce It humors me... (554 comments)

It humors me greatly to see the amount of energy and the number of words people in the States need to spend in order to mention anything that has to do with "communism" while not bashing it at the same time.

more than 5 years ago
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Netbook-Run Dice Robot Can Rack Up 1.3 Million Rolls a Day

wayward_bruce Practical randomness (280 comments)

If you want good randomness: buy a cheap microcontroller, one thermistor, one photoresistor, hook it all up to the charger of your old cell phone (or power from USB but then there's not much noise) and sample away. Or alternatively just grab that Brownian motion detector.

more than 5 years ago
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Were Neanderthals Devoured By Humans?

wayward_bruce ARCHAIC (502 comments)

Cannibalism. Homosexuality. Abortion. Incest. Animals do it, humans do it; those are Mother Nature's inventions, and who are we to try and remove them from the natural order of things? I call for an international effort to form ARCHAIC (Advisory and Regulatory body for the Conservation of Homosexuality, Abortion, Incest and Cannibalism)!

Srsly now, you guys in funny skirts, let's stop pretending like you are above the Nature and stop destroying its fine inventions. =)

more than 5 years ago
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Dealing With Fairness and Balance In Video Games

wayward_bruce I don't understand the point. (192 comments)

Video games are subject to a number of balance issues from which traditional games have largely stayed free. It can be hard finding players of comparable skill-level to create even match-ups, [...]

Author obviously never played basketball with his friends.

[...] diverse gameplay options can quickly become irrelevant if someone finds a broken feature that beats everything else [...]

You mean this?

[...] and some online games make your ability to play competitively a question of how much time and money you've invested in a game, rather than the skill you possess.

Time spent training is a large factor, if not the largest, in attaining a high level of skill. Good equipment helps in real-life games and sports, too. Some even insist that shell and slate stones make them play better go. Go figure. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Post

wayward_bruce Did anyone else misread... (138 comments)

Many in the security industry praised him as a smart pick, [...]

Did anyone else misread this as "smart prick"?

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Communications While At Sea?

wayward_bruce procmail is your friend (504 comments)

You can set up a *NIX box as your mail server with procmail handling the mail to a dedicated user account. Set up a procmail rule to act on the messages with the subject, say, "Simon says *insert_your_verification_token_here*" and sender's e-mail address matching that of yours. The body can be fed to anything, including bash, and results e-mailed back to you. But keep in mind that this solution isn't the most secure thing in the world :)

more than 5 years ago
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Any Suggestions For a Meaningful Geeky Wedding Band?

wayward_bruce Before she accepts... (755 comments)

Iridium is extremely rare on Earth, and the high concentration of it at the K-T boundary in the Earth's crust is what suggests a meteor took out the dinosaurs. I am positive that the symbolism of the permanence of Iridium, the reminder that we are star-stuff, and the fact that the ring would be one-of-a-kind would really strike a chord with my girlfriend.

Marry me!

more than 6 years ago

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