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Comment: Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (Score 1) 186

by 7bit (#47736625) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

They were hosting full episodes. If the guy had taken them down, the forum could have gone on, but people mostly went there for the episodes, so that would have killed the site.

Also, 25000 users is "huge"?

I am a little confused; Isn't all material on the BBC public property in Britain since it's paid for with taxes?

Comment: Re:Regrets (Score 1) 186

by 7bit (#47736619) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

I suspect those in charge of the Dr Who franchise will end up wishing they could go back in time and reverse this stupid decision.. Especially once they see that the extermination order was signed by "The Master"...

Nevermind, if the site really was actually hosting full episodes then it really was only a matter of time before they were taken down. Though I am a little confused; Isn't all material on the BBC public property in Britain since it's paid for with taxes?

Comment: Bebop Bytes Back (Score 1) 155

by 7bit (#47293271) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Computational thinking, or to use an older term, procedural literacy, is the idea that people should understand how to think in terms of processes, procedures, etc. Rather than teaching programming, which often (especially at introductory levels) focuses a lot on the mechanics of a programming language's syntax and other idiosyncracies, the idea is to teach people how to even think about the basic idea of a machine that can execute programs.

Many people can't do that: even leaving aside that they don't know C or Java or Lisp, they also don't really understand what an algorithm or a computer program is conceptually, and have absolute no idea what kinds of things can be computed and what kinds can't, or which are easy or harder to compute. They lack the ability to interact meaningfully with non-code representations of computation and algorithms as well, like flow charts or (natural-language) instruction sequences.

Google might do better to just buy a bunch of kids/people copies of the brilliant book:

Bebop Bytes Back: An Unconventional Guide to Computers '.

I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to actually understand exactly what interactions occur in a cpu etc and how they result in what you experience. The book actually makes it fun! At least for people like me. ;)

Comment: Miner Wars 2081 (Score 1) 251

by 7bit (#47071151) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return

"Perhaps the influences of Red Faction and Minecraft could also come into play as you bored your own shortcuts through layers of destructible sediment."

You have described the multiplayer game [Miner Wars 2081]. In every way it is the game that the submitter described. It has the full Descent style navigation though asteroids as well as a customizable voxel universe. Seriously, check out the videos.

Miner Wars 2081

Comment: Re:ZFS for Windows? (Score 1) 297

by 7bit (#44882491) Attached to: OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

How about a version of ZFS for Windows that doesn't need to be usable for a boot drive but can be used just for separate data drives?

Then Windows could do it's own thing with the boot drive and NTFS and it's cache etc, and ZFS would keep all your other data nice and safe.

I'd pay for even that much ZFS capability in Windows!

Comment: Re:5 1/4 HD's (Score 1) 195

by 7bit (#44816775) Attached to: Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

Keep in mind that this is someone who used the wrong spelling of "hear." It was a bit much to expect him to be able to do simple math.

LOL! And I'll keep in mind Mr. Coward that it was too much for you to notice the obvious fact that his equation missed the greater depth of 5.25 inch bays, meaning the figure is incorrect since it doesn't account for enough platters. :P It's fun making fun of people instead of actually being constructive isn't it?

Comment: Re:5 1/4 HD's (Score 1) 195

by 7bit (#44816751) Attached to: Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

Here me out. Now that they are up to 1TB per platter with current tech on 3.5 inch drives just imagine what they could fit into a 5 1/4 inch drive now!!

Umm, around 9.1 TB? ((Simply did 5.25" drive area / 3.5" drive area) * 4 TB)

Nice. That plus however many more platters you could fit into it considering the 5.25 bay is deeper than a 3.5 inch HD.

Also, thanks for not making an issue of my misspelling one word. I'd been up since the previous day working and am also not feeling well, so I'm not going to feel bad about one obvious misspelling. ;)

Comment: 5 1/4 HD's (Score 2) 195

by 7bit (#44814803) Attached to: Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

This is all well and good, but couldn't just one manufacturer afford to set aside one measly manufacturing line for making 5 1/4 inch Hard Drives again?

Here me out. Now that they are up to 1TB per platter with current tech on 3.5 inch drives just imagine what they could fit into a 5 1/4 inch drive now!!

I know I wouldn't be the only one willing to shell out bux for one of those, providing they used all that space intelligently: With Data Spaces that large it would pretty much be a requirement to include built in internal Mirroring RAID of some sort between the platters, or at least provide the option, for data integrity and protection and longevity of the unit.

I've been salivating over that dream for years now.

Comment: Re:Master Password (Thuderbird+Firefox) (Score 1) 482

by 7bit (#44502783) Attached to: Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

For those who insist on saying that chrome's security method is good enough consider this: How many people use separate log-in's for the "Family" computer that stays on most of the time? Not very many I'd imagine, just too much trouble for most to deal with.

And that's exactly why Chrome didn't add this feature. Nobody wants to log out and log in again just to get into Facebook to check their status, which is exactly what you have to do if you want the browser to remember your facebook password, but don't have the Firefox password for the main Windows/Mac/Unix profile.

Seriously? Seriously? That's why they don't "allow" the "option" of a separate master password like Thunderbird has? Really?

If someone is going to be super-unsecure in how they do things, then fine, that's them. But to then mandate that as the standard and not even "allow" better security practices? I'm scratching my head really hard trying to understand this point of view of "crappy-security = best-security" newspeak that some people including the chrome dev keep trying to defend...

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