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Comment: Re:Notified and ignored? (Score 1) 105

by jafiwam (#47805975) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Someone invariably says something to the effect of "Well, you'd have to be an idiot to have your window shrunk down to that size! It's their own fault for being stupid!"

<rant> I get plenty of that here too, but It's not the user who is being stupid, it's the moron who tries to cover his design flaws with such a remark. Web content should adjust itself to match the user's display and window, not the other way around.

I'm so fed up with all those websites that show their content as a 10 cm (or 4 inch if you prefer) vertical band in the middle of the window, that my browser window is set to accomodate not much more than that by default. Wider sites should reflow to fit that. If they don't, they're even more wrongheaded than those that insist on turning your screen estate into 80% empty space if you dare to run your browser full screen. </rant>

Don't be such a short-sighted idiot.

The tools to do that are only a year or two old. It takes time to cycle through old tech and use new tech into a web site. There are ALWAYS some new thing that newer browsers will do that you can't use because it's brand new, and requires a rebuild of the site. Like, every week there is something new. For many years, people were waiting for IE8 to die out with XP.

Rebuilding a site is expensive, especially if it's a commercial site and the company isn't big enough to have an expert on staff.

Again, don't be an idiot. Or, grow up.

.... stupid millenials....

Comment: Re:Why. (Score 1) 165

by julesh (#47796985) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

I dont care about Broadcom's politics. I cant change them and the Pi has been incredibly useful to me in learning and teaching electronics. I would love for the whole thing to be open, but its just not happening, so we must accept that the net gain from the PI is still a benefit to humanity, no matter how slightly 'impure' the ideology. Most of the device is 'open'.

Yes, but for some reason I find hard to fathom it attracts attention away from other products that would be just as good at fulfilling the same goals and *are* completely open. I have no doubt that if, say, Olimex's OLinuxIno sold in similar quantities to the RPi it would be available at about the same price, rather than a slightly higher for a much better board, as it is currently.

Comment: Re:Broadcom... (Score 1) 165

by julesh (#47796917) Attached to: Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Would you mind tell me who are the competitors? I am pretty interested in alternative products if any at a competitive price.

I'm personally a fan of Olimex's boards. They're open hardware, and tend to have superior boards to the RPi at only slightly higher prices. E.g. their entry level board (details here) is £28 versus about £20 for a RPi model A. It has a much faster processor (1GHz superscalar Cortex A8 vs 700MHz previous-generation single-dispatch ARM11, so probably about twice as fast), more GPIOs (74 pins vs RPi's 26), USB-OTG, audio-in, RTC, plus uses a processor that does not rely on an undocumented proprietary DSP to boot. And did I mention it's open hardware, so you could build your own if wanted to?

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 3, Informative) 215

by anagama (#47796091) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Why is the parent post moderated flamebait?

The comment is statistically accurate if a bit understated. Lots of charts:

There are countless articles anyone on /. should be competent to find on their own, such as this:

The punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. Blacks make up 50 percent of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes. Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white ones -- even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

As for the "war on black people" comment, see the book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness":

Once a person is convicted of a felony, like for having an ounce of pot or whatever, huge swaths of civil and privacy rights are just taken away for life, finding employment becomes very hard, and they end up never being financially capable of escaping the ghetto. This is just as effective as "whites only" laws.

Comment: Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (Score 1) 260

I'm a Christian. I was raised Christian but ended up becoming an agnostic. Then I saw a Nova about the Shroud of Turin, and started researching it. It turns out the information on the shroud is a 2D hologram of 3D information. It is encoded onto the cloth, but the cloth is not painted. Something turned the cloth a different color without the use of pigments. Fast forward through all the options and it turns out the most logical explanation is a burst of radiation. And tracing back the path of that radiation, you'd have to conclude the radiation came from within the body that was covered by the shroud. So what was the source of the radiation? I believe it was the energy from the resurrection.

The essence of being a Christian is that you have to believe that a guy died on a cross, was stone cold dead, not sleeping, not in "suspended animation", not hibernating, but dead dead dead. And then 3 days later, he came back to life. According to Jesus, it's best if you just accept it on faith. But as an engineer, I needed the proof... so even though I'm a doubting Thomas, I have come to believe that he is risen. And I have a much higher than normal IQ, and am not easily impressed with magic tricks, tarot cards, and psychics...

+ - Research Shows RISC vs CISC Doesn't Matter 1

Submitted by fsterman
fsterman (519061) writes "The power advantages brought by the RISC instruction sets used in Power and ARM chips is often pitted against the X86's efficiencies of scale. It's difficult to asses how much the difference between instruction sets matter because teasing out the theoretical efficiency of an ISA from the proficiency of a chip's design team, technical expertise of its manufacturer, and support for architecture-specific optimizations in compilers is nearly impossible . However, new research examining the performance of a variety of ARM, MIPS, and X86 processors gives weight to Intel's conclusion: the benefits of a given ISA to the power envelope of a chip are minute."

Comment: Re:The moment of truth (Score 1) 126

by julesh (#47772369) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

But currently renting a movie on Vu is $6.00. Would $6.00 be very reasonable for owning unless I'm miss understanding the DRM Free concept.

$6 is very high for renting a movie. I can rent a physical copy locally for $3-$5, depending on how new the title is, or I could get a netflix subscription for less than $10 per month (as I watch about 5-10 movies per month, this works out at $1-$2 each).

Comment: Re:math err? Re:Beyond what humans can do (Score 1) 544

by FireFury03 (#47770049) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Oh yeah, I'll also point out that the original poster's numbers stuck out like a sore thumb before I even looked up the figures: Petrol is lighter than water, so its immediately obvious that 4.75 tons is going to be over 4750 litres (at current forecourt prices, about £6000) and I know I don't buy anywhere close to that amount of petrol each year. Doncha just love the metric system for making such things so obvious. :)

Comment: Re:math err? Re:Beyond what humans can do (Score 1) 544

by FireFury03 (#47769999) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

The numerator above seems off: what is 6445 ?

4.75 tons of petrol is 6445 litres. Since petrol is 85% carbon, we can divide the 6445 litres by 0.85 and we get 7582 litres of petrol containing 4.75 tons of carbon.

For the weight of a big tub of petroleum containing 4.75t carbon, I think you'd have:
4.75 tons of carbon / .85 = 5.938 tons of petroleum.

Your answer is wrong: 4750 Kg of carbon / 0.85 = 5588 Kg of petrol. It looks like you divided by 0.80 instead of 0.85?

5588 Kg of petrol / 0.737 = 7582 litres of petrol.

+ - Scientists take picture of quantum cat->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "These images of a cardboard cutout of a cat were made with light that never touched the object. The technique works a bit like holography, in which a light beam that shines through an object overlaps and interferes with an identical one that passes by it, and that interference is used to encode a 3D image. Besides being really cool, the technique makes it possible to make an image of an object using a color of light that would normally pass through the thing."
Link to Original Source

+ - The DOT wants to know where you are 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "What could go wrong? The DOT has proposed that all new cars be required to broadcast their location and speed.

They claim that this data could be used to provide drivers with a warning if their vehicle might be getting too close to another vehicle. It will also be necessary to make driverless cars more reliable.

I wonder what other uses this information could have."

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 335

by FireFury03 (#47766611) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Secondly why would anybody pay for broadband internet, and only use it like ISDN or DSL?

Ok, I have a home connection that does 40Mbps down and 20Mbps up. It is capped to 100GB/month during the day (no cap at night, and this is when I run off-site backups and such). I never come close to exceeding that cap - the speed is useful for downloading the odd film, watching streaming HDTV, uploading photos, etc. for short periods. If I need to download a new Linux distro or something, I can do it in 10 minutes - doing this stuff over ISDN would be either very painful (requiring planning a download a long time in advance of actually needing it) or just plain impossible impossible. ADSL, again, would be rather a pain for the occasional large download.

On the other hand, if I were running bittorrent 24/7 I would be able to blow through 15TB of bandwidth in a month, were it not for the cap. But I'm not interested in doing this, so I don't understand why those people who are interested in shifting 2-3 orders of magnitude more data than me should expect me to pay more in order to subsidise the build-out cost of the ISP upgrading their network to support them.

The bittorrent crowd would characterise my 100GB monthly cap as terrible because, at full speed, I could blow through it in 5 hours. The thing that they completely fail to understand is that I never have any interest in blowing through it - I like a fast connection because it lets me do things quickly, not because I can download lots.

+ - GOG Making Inroads to DRM-Free Movie Distribution

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Good Old Games is prepping to bring another medium into its trademark DRM-free digital distribution platform: movies! To get things rolling, the shop is already serving a couple of dozen indie films as we speak. Currently the bigger studios are waiting for someone else gnaw on the rock and prove that selling DRM-free movies works. "Their reaction was kind of funny because ... they know that DRM doesn't work because every single movie is on torrent sites or illegal places at launch or even before," Marcin Iwinski, CD Projekt RED and GOG joint-CEO reminds us. GOG plans to bring more movie titles on a weekly basis."

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian