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Comment: Re:Worthless submission (Score 1) 390

by MuValas (#38226602) Attached to: NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks

First of all, should that really be a surprise that a brand new, quad core chip can beat a 9 month old, slower, dual core?

One of the reasons I always buy Apple is because when they come out with a new piece of hardware they always say, "We'd compare the specs to an existing device, but since our device is new, that wouldn't be fair."

They also never compared the App Store to the Android Market, in terms of # of apps, because the App Store had a 1+ year head start!

Comment: Re:Good example of AGW 'scientific' thinking (Score 2) 420

by MuValas (#37713520) Attached to: Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

Not only did you not read the article, you haven't even read any of the posts about the article clarifying things.

It goes like this:
1. European Explorers get to America
2. Disease wipes out tens of millions of natives
3. Forests that the natives were cultivating grow back
4. Carbon sucked out of the atmosphere in massive reforestation.

Comment: Re:Nope, it's a few things. (Score 1) 413

by MuValas (#37119252) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft</em> Finally Loses Subscribers

Likewise, the 5 man Zul'Gurub is literally nothing like the Vanilla Zul'Gurub raid. Zul'aman is pretty much the same though. However, these two instances were patched into the game. The 4 instances added in WoLK after the expansion's release weren't exactly shining examples of creativity, either. Before that? In TBC and Vanilla you simply did not get new 5 man instances patched into the game.

Except for, you know, Maraudon and Dire Maul, two 5 man instances patched into Vanilla. In addition to the raids Blackwing Lair, Zul'Gurub, An'Qiraj, and Naxx. Burning Crusade had Sunwell, in addition to its raids.

Comment: Re:Is it me or is the article a load of bollocks (Score 3, Insightful) 244

by MuValas (#37043672) Attached to: Why The US Will Lose a Cyber War

Is it me or is the article a load of bollocks? "The Chinese will win because the I Ching teaches them synchronicity"!

Agreed. I got to the end and the author just loses it: The "West" will lose because we're the West and the Chinese have a superior way of thinking. There was almost nothing of substance in the article except the very end: "

The decision to call cyberspace a domain was based on organizational necessity. That’s how the Defence Department is set up. It’s how budgets are created and funds distributed. It’s how contracts get assigned. Simply put, it’s how things get done at the Pentagon. This is why the United States will lose a war fought in cyberspace. A strategic doctrine built upon a flawed vision can’t yield a victory against an adversary whose knowledge of the battle space is superior to our own."

If he would've just expanded on that idea instead, it would have been much more informative. Pulling a "the chinese have a mystical way of thinking that we can not replicate!" is just dumb.

Comment: Re:The Road Not Taken (Score 1) 594

by MuValas (#36972518) Attached to: The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

You're ignoring the rest of the poem and focusing on the last two lines. You are overlaying your own beliefs onto the poem, and saying that one path was more traveled than the other. In fact, the poem states:
"Then took the other, as just as fair",
and "Though as for that the passing there / Had worn them really about the same"
and "And both that morning equally lay / In leaves no step had trodden black."
There is not one path that is "taken by most of those around us." In fact, the only indication that they are different is that one is talked about as having undergrowth, whereas the other was a bit "grassy". In other words, he actually took the one that seemed slightly nicer, which is pretty much the opposite what people state the poem is about.

The poem is all about rationalizing your choices, something we are very good at doing, and why not? It's nearly impossible in most cases to figure out what choice was the best one in hindsight.

Comment: Users vs IT (Score 1) 538

by MuValas (#36476016) Attached to: Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

IT people are a complete pain in the ass with terrible attitudes and unrealistic expectations.

Unless you've been on both sides of the fence, and then suddenly IT makes sense.

"Waaaah! I *need* a bigger monitor to be more effective, and you have to open a hole in the firewall for my Dropbox account! Oh, and since you wouldn't give me a copy of Matlab to play with, I grabbed one from a file sharing site and installed it. But now my computer is all slow and acting weird ... fix it!!!!"

Comment: Re:Step 1 (Score 1) 480

by MuValas (#36047180) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

Because it almost never is. Rather it's the programmer that plugged in a wifi router to his hub because he "just had to have wifi for this project", except he kept the default settings on the router resulting in it thinking it was the DHCP server. Or the programmer that was writing network code, had a bug, and didn't realize he was flooding the network with UDP packets - here's a hint, when developing networked software use a f'ing isolated network! Or maybe learn little things like time-to-live.

At least 90% of the network issues are caused by programmers or other users, and nothing to do with the infrastructure itself.

And no, I'm not an admin, just a developer like you that's f'ed up the network from time to time. It's just I learn from my mistakes and am not a frigging prima donna with entitlement issues. *insert image of dog going "WARGLBRLARGLRLLLG" at a sprinkler here*

Comment: Re:XKCD was right (Score 1) 457

by MuValas (#33188034) Attached to: Claimed Proof That P != NP

Chris Lomont came up with the specific number, and he works three doors down, and he's too damn smart to be such a cool guy :) Unrelated, amusing anecdote. We've developed a "pre-interview questionnaire" for potential hires that have a bunch of (what we consider) easy computer questions. The first one has a singleton pattern in pseudo-code and has 4 possible answers. One of them is the "Lomont Twist", a mythical pattern I through in there for kicks. I'd say around 10% of respondents select that one! We're thinking of creating a wikipedia page for it with some strange content so hopefully one day we catch someone using Google instead of their brains when we ask why they picked Lomont Twist.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Real World (Score 2, Insightful) 422

by MuValas (#33030092) Attached to: Frustration and Unhappiness In the Games Industry

I can see that yes, in a perfect world, every father would like 6 months off to help raise their newborn, but what happens if that father is an engineer in a critical position 3 months before the launch of a new smartphone? Do you just say "sorry guys, we'll release the phone next year after Jens gets back from paternity leave"?

Clearly the rational approach is to say, "Sorry honey, I can't help you with the new life you brought into the world, I have to ship a telephone."

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 443

by MuValas (#32758354) Attached to: The State of iPad Satisfaction

For a significantly larger screen. The resolution improvement is far better than simply looking at the screen pixel counts would suggest.

Comparing my HTC Evo to my friend's iPhone 4, I like my larger screen better - the iPhone screen is pretty, but too small for my eyes.

Dont forget the superior optics in the iPhone, the second front facing camera in the iPhone, or the gyroscope in the iPhone. Don't forget the iPhone is smaller in all dimensions, and lighter too. Don't forget the iPhone has videoconferencing. Don't forget the iPhone offers tap-to-focus for both stills and video. etc.

The HTC Evo has a higher rez camera, I'll have to compare pix to my friend's iPhone to see which one producing better. HTC Evo already had a front-facing camera before the iPhone, so iPhone is playing catchup there. Gyroscope is new, and nifty, agreed. iPhone being smaller is a negative for me, as I've mentioned. Videoconferencing is already there on Android. Tap-to-focus is arguable, but brings up an important point: iPhone users are dependent on Apple for innovation, and if Apple doesn't want it there, it won't be there. My HTC Evo has HDMI and USB - that crushes iPhone. I can treat the Evo as a USB drive, that crushes iPhone. The GUI (Sense) is better than iPhone. It had multi-tasking before iPhone.

The single only place where I envy iPhone users is the app store. Android's is adequate, but iPhone, given the closed model, is superior, and not just in number of apps. The apt comparison is an iPhone is a game console, and Android is a PC. Since I use my smartphone for non-game-console things, I'm very, very happy with the Android. Particularly with the Evo, it is simply better than iPhone 4, for me, and makes the 3GS look ancient.

Comment: Re:Here's your roundup (Score 1) 568

by MuValas (#32682532) Attached to: iPhone 4 News Roundup

But what if I'm a NASCAR driver and perfectly capable of handling my car at 200 MPH? Why should I be restricted just because a bunch of old lady drivers can't be bothered to learn how to go more than 155?.

A better analogy is a car capped at 70 mph, because, well, it's illegal anywhere in the US (I think) to go over 70, so you don't need that functionality! Would you buy that car then? And then of course there's the fact that you can't open any of the windows more than half way, because that's dangerous. And the steering wheel is permanently tilted to the angle the manufacturer believes is the perfect angle. Same with the mirrors, they've determined the optical angle for people. Are you over 6' or under 5'6"? Sorry, you'll just have to duck or crane your neck to see through them correctly. Oh, and it has no glove compartment because it is so easy to drive, there is no manual, and no reason for a glove compartment. Let's not mention it only gets one channel on the radio...

Huh, that analogy is much more fertile than I expected it was going to be!

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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