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Comment: Re:News to me (Score 1) 672

by Samus (#39125249) Attached to: Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

Agreed, I got 225K miles and 15 years out of my SL1 before I gave it up. I probably could still be driving it today if I would have sunk some cash into fixing some of the things that had started going wrong with it. I figured after 15 years it had done its duty and it was ok to splurge on a new car. Plus I wanted a radio with a CD player in it.

Comment: Re:Housing! (Score 4, Insightful) 651

by Samus (#39033535) Attached to: Last year, I spent the most on ...

Its hard for us US citizens to grasp the numbers that the Greeks are being asked to swallow as we don't have a great frame of reference. One story on NPR threw out some interesting numbers. The minimum wage measure will cut the Greek minimum wage to less than half of what it is in the US. The percentage in government job cuts would be the same as the US government cutting 300,000 jobs. I'm not saying whether or not the measures are needed. This just helps to put a pretty sobering perspective on the issue.

Comment: Re:And in other -- er, actually, the same -- news. (Score 1) 183

by Samus (#37976550) Attached to: B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire

Android screens are rendered widget by widget, pixel by pixel for every screen modification (scroll, zoom, item state changed, etc.) and that means a lot of work is being done for every frame. This is a legacy of the original spec not requiring a dedicated gpu. Modern devices are getting them but the acceleration is sort of hacked into that gpuless model. iOS on the other hand didn't start with such a limiting assumption and paints everything to an open gl surface with a fixed camera. Most screen modifications like scroll and zoom are just basic gl transformations that don't require a re-rendering event. That's why it looks so smooth.

Comment: Re:He does have some good points (Score 1) 645

by Samus (#37775424) Attached to: Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

As far as I am aware, win32 which much of the .Net sdk is a thin shim over, is not going to be ported to ARM. The only part of windows that is going to be on the tablets is the new WinRT. .Net programs that use WinRT or don't depend on any part of the sdk that depends on win32 will work across both but that won't be as large of a number as you might think.

Comment: Re:Could be really cool in about 5 years or so. (Score 1) 219

by Samus (#37666520) Attached to: Google Starts to Detail Dart

That's partially true. In fact you can write JS style coffeescript and the js output of the compiler is just about as long as cs input. However coffeescript adds some nice syntax sugar that can translate into more complicated javascript. List comprehensions is a good example of this. The generated code isn't very complex and you could write it yourself with a little bit of effort but you don't have to. That's the main selling point of coffeescript. It takes a simpler syntax and translates it to the code you would have written yourself (if you are of any decent skill level). What it does not do abstract you away from all of the odd parts of javascript like 'this' being context based. It does help some like taking away the ability to use == and forcing everything to be ===. If you're going to do a lot of javascript I would still recommend doing it in coffeescript. If you get tired of coffeescript mid way through just switch over to using the last bit of compiled output and go from there.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 181

by Samus (#37210412) Attached to: Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

The Touchpad won't. The card ui is nice but I haven't found much else innovative about it so far. HP failed to generate hype around it, they failed to generate much of dev community and they failed to put out hardware as good as the ipad and priced it at the same amount. At $200 dollars less than the ipad it would have been a compelling proposition because I could take the money and pop it into apps and accessories.

Comment: Re:We all know what happens when stories like this (Score 1) 144

by Samus (#36350224) Attached to: New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People

H2O is regulated. The government sets standards for its purity levels somewhat based on scientific studies. They set regulations on things like just how much arsenic in the water is safe to drink. I'm rather glad they don't take a Libertarian/Tea Party stance and leave it up to industry/big business to decide that for me. I for one am happy that for the most part I don't have to worry about my kids drinking tap water.

Comment: Re:MBP (Score 1) 349

by Samus (#33886898) Attached to: 'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

My friend bought the 17 inch model back then and ended up returning it because of that issue. I think it was resolved on those models but I'm not sure. He and I both bought the April model and are enjoying them. The two of us had previously had the original core duo (not core 2) version so the upgrade has been worth it. I recently put in 8 gigs of ram (much cheaper after market) and the thing flies even while running a couple vms. The only things I don't like is that I opted for the 7200 RPM drive which seems to eat the battery. The other thing is that the dumbest programs will kick the nvidia chipset on while on battery causing battery life to dwindle even faster. Why does Evernote need high end rendering?

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Samus (1382) writes "Blockbuster Inc., the world’s biggest movie-rental company, filed for bankruptcy after failing to adapt its storefront model to online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.

The company listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion on a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The company said it reached a deal with a group of bondholders on a plan of reorganization and secured a $125 million loan to finance operations."

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