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Comment: They seem to have learnt the right lessons. (Score 1) 373

which will run on both ARM- and Intel-based phones and provide an experience very much like the desktop.

See? They can learn. After fully understanding it is stupid to slap a phone UI paradigm on desktops they have decided the right thing to do is cram the desktop UI on to the phone. Way to go Microsoft. Way to go.

Comment: Well, that is one less thing to worry about. (Score 1) 94

There was always that off beat chance the battleship is hiding in some isolated bay, continuing the war, not knowing the war had ended, like some soldiers of the Imperial Army in that part of the world. . This discovery will put many people at ease.

Comment: Re:prevention is better than a cure (Score 2) 127

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49179787) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality
Car talk guys had an interesting observation. The average extra "lifespan" you get by exercising seems to equal the time spent exercising. Something like: Exercising 30 minutes a day works out to some 1.6 years spent exercising over 76 years and that seems to be the extra lifespan you get by exercising 30 minutes a day.

Comment: Re:So let's give a number scail so we can't self t (Score 2) 127

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49179763) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

I really hate it when people don't use percentage as a decimal, but it still beets the IRS "Combine" algebraic operator.

I get 73 from a recent stress test. Who hoo, Still Alive! Wife still kicks my ass with a 130 though.

For a guy who hates mistakes in number formats, you seem to have a very relaxed attitude towards spelling homonyms correctly.

Comment: What is the goal? (Score 1) 391

Why do you want to learn a classic object oriented compiled language?

If you are planning a career switch, C++. No question.

Just to teach something to you to do some hobby work? Pick something and go. You are over thinking it. You don't need the best in class, no pun intended, just anything will do.

If you are planning to create a course to offer to some college students, go with Java or something

If all you want is to troll the slashdotters to argue endlessly, congratulations, you have done it. Let me add my contribution too, emacs man! Use emacs. vi sucks.

Comment: Seen it b4. But not meh. (Score 2) 127

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49167417) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave
I have seen these images so many times before. Standing waves, traveling waves, plane polarized wave entering a ferrite core and its plane of polarization turning and twisting, all in glorious 24 bit color. But all those images and animations came from Ansoft High Frequency Structure Simulator software. Not actual experimental physically observed phenomena. And not at light frequencies. Microwave wavelengths mostly. So seen it so many times before, but definitely not meh.

Comment: Seen it before, but not meh, definitely not meh. (Score -1, Offtopic) 38

I have seen these images so many times before. Standing waves, traveling waves, plane polarized wave entering a ferrite core and its plane of polarization turning and twisting, all in glorious 24 bit color.

But all those images and animations came from Ansoft High Frequency Structure Simulator software. Not actual experimental physically observed phenomena. And not at light frequencies. Microwave wavelengths mostly.

So seen it so many times before, but definitely not meh.

Comment: All you need is just lemon juice (Score 1) 150

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49164513) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
It is very well known that if you smear face with lemon juice the security camera can not record your face. Don't believe it? Have you done the invisible writing trick when you were a kid using lemon juice. Same principle. Many well known crooks have used this method. Big universities are studying the method.

More citations:

http://awesci.com/the-astonish...

http://gagne.homedns.org/~tgag...

Comment: Re: Let me guess the name of the line (Score 1) 95

I have put together IKEA like furniture a lot, took them apart and reassembled it.

The most important thing to remember is the back cardboard thing that closed the shelves and stuff is not a purely decorative item. It is not for aestherics. This provides the torsional rigidity needed to keep the shelf square. Make sure it is maintained right. The nails go into the soft exposed particle board and comes loose. Make sure it is nailed back in.

Get some 1inch x 1 inch steel L clams and lots of M5 or M6 nuts and washers too. Stress concentration is murder on particle boards, so use washers to spread the load around the clamps. Shake the furniture, find which parts shake and "give", add a few L clamps judiciously, the furniture will feel a lot more solid.

Comment: It is not a bank or brokerage account. (Score 2) 230

It is one of those mail-in-rebate houses. I am surprised there are people who still use them. The whole idea is a scam. To help them advertise a low low price, but small print reveals mail-in rebate to get the advertised price. I stopped using them long ago. They rely on consumers not bothering to send in the rebate coupons. Looks like now they allow the mail-in rebate to be claimed over the net, and the proof of purchase could be credit card statements.

It is a security hole and all the dire warnings by others are true. Most of these companies are run by people with no IT or computer expertise. The top man is going to haul the IT dept on the carpet and demand an explanation. You think the IT chief is going to admit that he/she was running a moronic system? No, she/he is going to shift blame and find some convenient scape goat. Given the top honchos don't know much about anything other than their bonus calculation, IT chief is going to claim, "It is a hack! That guys hacked into my super secure site". Then the PHBs running the company would call in the lawyers and make a mess out of the situation.

One thing the anonymous guy can do is to call the company that issued the mail-in-rebate and tell them, the outfit they had out sourced their rebate processing has holes in the system. Now it is the very big company that issued the rebate coupons run by PHBs fighting a smaller company that got the rebate processing contract run by PHBs. And quietly withdraw without drawing too much attention.

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