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Comment: Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 223

by MacGyver2210 (#44775811) Attached to: Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

Which, in my experience, means it's the same thing but less polished and stable.

My first experience with Chromium was running it on a fresh install of Ubuntu, and getting the window *STUCK* on my mouse pointer when I tried to drag it around. No matter what keys or clicks, it wouldn't stop following the mouse. Even after restarting X, it wouldn't go away.

Ended up having to reboot, then when it happened a second time, uninstall Chromium.

Comment: Re:This Was News Yesterday (Score 4, Insightful) 479

by MacGyver2210 (#44775695) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

There probably are procedures, at least minimal, CYA procedures for model aircraft too. That he wasn't following them is why he killed himself. Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Except that helicopter was many feet away from him for most of its use, and it was intended to be used exactly as he used it. It's sometimes not possible to be aware of exactly how far away and high up a model is just by looking, as models are small and depth perception is weak in our species.

There is only ONE 'CYA' rule for model aircraft: Try not to hit anything. Most of the time when you operate an R/C aircraft, it's something smaller and softer, where if it did hit a person, it might give them a small cut from the prop but is otherwise like getting hit by a big Nerf dart. This guy was using the metalized pro model, which was a bit more dangerous.

It sounds like he was doing some simple ground effect tricks, and the heli got too close and clipped him. It's actually a hobby and a sport, in which many hundreds of people participate. If you think doing tricks with model helis is 'documented reckless behavior', then I have nothing to say but "You must be a ton of fun at parties.."

Comment: Re:Another marginal perf iteration of Core (Score 1) 180

by MacGyver2210 (#44746389) Attached to: Intel Launches Core I7-4960X Flagship CPU

I have an i7 3660, and with 8 threads, I still have only found a single program that would thread onto more than four of the cores: VLC Media Player. It seems only the super techy, data-intensive, community-built software can keep up with the core wars? Am I just playing the wrong games?

Comment: Re:not that kind of device (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by MacGyver2210 (#44724593) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer—should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think. -Steve Jobs

-Creates the most closed-walled operating system, and charges to program for it.

-Uses obscure and illogical languages for his walled garden's standard

-Perpetually disrespects other platforms and options which are open-source and available to 'teach people to think'.

Comment: Re:So, use an emulator... (Score 2) 340

by MacGyver2210 (#44724561) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

What I don't understand is why, when schools are facing record-low budgets(thanks, war-profiteering asshole politicians), are they buying the most expensive option for tablets?

Why do they not have a pile of the HP TouchPads (super cheap, around $200US) and just run Android on them? They are large, the screen looks fantastic, it's cheap as dirt, and it runs the most popular mobile OS.

Comment: Re:They shouldn't be using IPad or TI (Score 1) 340

by MacGyver2210 (#44724441) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

Making it easy to learn is the complete opposite of the point here. We WANT it to be a challenge to learn, and to have good documentation for them to look things up in. That makes them learn HOW to program, as well as HOW to look up things they may not know yet. If it's just "Oh, click this blue button, then this red button, and suddenly I have a 'class' object I can drag around..." then you're not really teaching them anything useful.

I vividly remember how much fun it was to write chat or game programs for the TI- series, and I even once went as far as to write a chat program and later build a wireless(IR) connector system to 'pass notes' with friends in class. In all honesty, I believe that TI was the first computer I ever owned that was 100% mine.

It came with a basic-like language to program in(my new one accepts ASM as well), which is perfect for beginners, and the owner's manual was a 100-page tome of useful information on commands, programming, graphing, variables and data, etc. I think I learned more about math from that calculator and manual than from any of the nonsense homework the teachers gave.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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