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Comment: Re:That's ADMIRAL Grace Hopper (Score 1) 137

by Electrawn (#47037563) Attached to: Grace Hopper, UNIVAC, and the First Programming Language

Whoosh. (You guys are +5ing bad facts again). The point the AC is trying to make is that Admiral Grace Hopper has a title, and it should be used to honor her career.

Also, the Commodore to Rear Admiral changed occurred in 1985, and Admiral Hopper was involuntarily retired in 1986.

Comment: Re:Solution - Face-saving way out (Score 3, Informative) 482

by Electrawn (#46400417) Attached to: Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

Compelled vaccination would fall under implied power. Random fact of the day: ICE's jurisdiction is an implied power.

Here are the relevant parts of the constitution:
"Implied powers are which can reasonably be assumed to flow from express powers, though not explicitly mentioned. The legitimacy of these powers flows from the "General Welfare" clause in the Preamble, the "Necessary & Proper Clause", and the "Commerce Clause." " (Quote from Wikipedia)

Comment: I have left companies over coffee... (Score 1) 769

by Electrawn (#46390881) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

One company I worked at had a Flavia machine. Flavia is expensive as hell but the packages always work. Then they got rid of it for regular coffee. I left. (One of many reasons).

The next company had regular coffee and then "upgraded" to a Keurig machine. Every other day the machine would overflow is some spectacular fashion. I left.

My current company had regular coffee,was acquired and a perk of the new megacorp is Flavia machines in every office. Happy bee.

The patent on the Keurig has run out, so they are going to try and borrow the playbook from HP/Lexmark/et all? Hahaha. Sell short.

Comment: Re:Rock and a hard place (Score 5, Insightful) 216

by Electrawn (#44555753) Attached to: Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Quite simply, the main feature Microsoft has been touting to advertisers is the ability to detect who is in the room and target ads accordingly. The gold mine is not in Kinect for games, its for the TV/Video/Music/Netflix/Hulu consumption and the "big data" of being to tell that there is a 30-35 white male (recognized and tracked via Bing), 30-35 white female (Not logged in but we know her profile), and another 25-30 female guest that we have an 90% confidence is person Y who has a bing account. Lets target Ad X, Y and not Z.

MS will put Nielsen to shame with all that mineable data. There will be still be people who leave the MS eye on all the time, at least now you have the option to unplug it.

Comment: This is an embeded library database (Score 1) 219

by Electrawn (#44196751) Attached to: Oracle Quietly Switches BerkeleyDB To AGPL

Why is this not LGPL? (Keep the "viral" self contained to the library), or GPL (Application level viral-ability). AGPL? That "infects" everything (Airborne meta-viral!)

Either the developers/lawyers at Oracle don't understand their own product ... or worse that they are nefariously trying to end of life BDB.

Comment: MUDs are far from gone! (Score 1) 99

by nsxdavid (#43949177) Attached to: Gaming Roots: MUD and the Birth of MMOs

FULL DISCLOSURE: These are products I created and operated by my company. But very relevant.

The term MUD tends to harken back to an earlier time before 'puters had graphical horsepower of any note. But the reality is, online text-based games come in all varieties, and the one's we operate are in a league all their own. More significantly, they are still serious ongoing commercial efforts. If you want to see what a MUD can be when it's been in continuous development, expansion for decades, then check out:

GemStone IV, which began its life as a sequel to GemStone ][ (then called GemStone III just to confuse everyone) first came to existence on the online service GEnie. Eventually it moved to CompuServe, AOL, Prodigy and others. When online services went the way of the doodoo bird, we moved them to the internet machine. DragonRealms is somewhat younger than GemStone, but same sort of history. I began work on it shortly before forming my company Simutronics, something like 27 years ago.

Despite having worked on lots of other types of games, such as mobile titles, and working on other PC/Mac/Linux games of a much more graphical variety now... these text based games remain the corner stone of Simutronics.

Comment: I already have a 4K monitor on my computer (Score 2) 286

by nsxdavid (#43882075) Attached to: 4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

I got the SEIKI 4K TV from TigerDirect not long ago. I hooked it up as a 4th (!) monitor. It dwarfs the 3 30" dells I have next to it since, well... it's frikin 50"!

Despite being a lot bigger the pixel density is roughly the same as the 30" Dells which are only 2560x1600. The SEIKI 4K is rocking, obviously the 4K resolution of 3840x2160.

So is it cool?

Kinda of.

The fundamental problem, of course, is that the refresh rate is only 30 hertz. This is driven by the fact that current 1.4 HDMI spec can't push faster than that. So the screen has a soft pulsing. It also tears badly on fast moving things, but this may be a separate issue not related to the TV, not sure. Been messing with my video card to try and solve that. VSync doesn't seem to help, so maybe it is the TV.

Color reproduction is just ... meh. You have to switch modes to get things to look right depending on what you are doing... say work vs. play. Games do look spectacular at the high resolution and the big size. I have the monitor at a normal seated distance, so it's ... immersive. Much like the Rift in that way, but without the nausea and fatbits.

The bottom line is, don't get this TV unless you are a crazy early adopter who just likes cool toys and throws money away to do it. Wait until next year when HDMI 2.0 comes out and more monitor-class 4K units come onto the market. Then, yes... if you are a resolution junkie like I am, get one! Because even in this early form, the promise is quite clear.

Oh, and it impresses friends. Very important point. :)

"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre