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Comment: Re:Not that simple (Score 1) 105

by Hans Lehmann (#45171675) Attached to: Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev
I don't necessarily agree. If you're designing the chips, then designing high speed devices today (what with all of the simulation & layout tools available) isn't really any more difficult than it was for the guys that designed the 6502. Likewise, if you're designed a product that uses those chips, you have enough tools at your disposal to make sure the design somewhat works at the first iteration, compared to back then when you might spend weeks wire wrapping and reworking a prototype board before you could think of paying someone to lay out a PCB with tape and mylar. Myself, i went the other way. Started out as mostly a hardware designer with 8080's and analog video gear, now I'm mostly software and write CUDA programs to do the same thing.

Comment: Let the advertisers know. (Score 1) 353

by Hans Lehmann (#44784085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?
If you're an average user that mostly uses just a web browser on the Internet, install an ad-blocker of your choice if you haven't done so already. All those ad popups, flash, etc., are consuming bandwidth that count against your monthly cap. When some web site says "Oh please won't you turn off your ad-blocker" tell them to take it up with their advertisers. ISP's will listen to advertisers more than they will to the average customer scum.

Comment: Re:Text, but why? (Score 5, Insightful) 329

by Hans Lehmann (#44210837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Store Data In Hard Copy?
How many accounts can anyone have that they actually need to have bar codes or some other such nonsense to be able to regain entry to them? Print out you account information, user names, passwords, etc., and put the printout in your fire-resistant safe. If your house burns down, or some other calamity happens, and you need to regain access to all of your accounts, then you'll just re-enter tha passwords for each one. This can't possibly be more complicated than setting up some OCR / Barcode / Rube Goldberg solution.

Comment: Re:So a bunch of junk I don't want in an RSS reade (Score 1) 78

This is what I loved about Google Reader that nothing else I've looked at seems to have. With Google, you add a shortcut to your browser to http://www.google.com/reader/next?go=nextauto... Every time you click on it it takes you to the next new page in one of your subscribed feeds. If there are no more unread pages, it takes you to some end-of-the-internet page. That's all it does, and that's all I want it to do. i don't want extra crap, I don't want to be forced to install a plug in, and I certainly don't want even more facebook , et. al, icons. Just provide me with a quick and simple way to view all the sites I've subscribed to.

Comment: Re:The result of funding cuts for observatories (Score 2) 409

by Hans Lehmann (#42909105) Attached to: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured
It would also provide a viable basis for sending up a rocket with a few tons of mass to break up an asteroid into.... That would like firing a gun into the sky, hoping to hit a bullet that was also fired into the sky moments before someone else a mile away, except much harder. At the distance at which you would need to intercept these projectiles they give off no heat, so you can't even use heat seeking space rockets (which don't exist anyway). Real life isn't a Bruce Willis movie.

Comment: Re:Great Deal (Score 2) 308

by Hans Lehmann (#42447607) Attached to: A Subscription-Based Movie Theater
It probably wouldn't work for cinemas in most cities because yes, people would just go down the street to another theater. In a one stop-light town like Oakhurst, however, it could make sense. The closest option for them to go to the movies is to drive all the way to Fresno, and face it, who wants to go to Fresno unless you absolutely have to. And as far as seeing more movies with this plan, think of it like the Netflixs business model. Our family subscribes to Netflixs, and we wind up watching many obscure movies that we would never see if we had to go out of our way to go to a theater that was screening them.

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