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Comment: Re:A truly smart person ... (Score 1) 391

by PitaBred (#47656211) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Sometimes. Confidence combined with deference and recognition of that which you don't know is a different sort of confidence than brazen overconfidence like this "Scorpion" guy. If you can admit what you don't know easily, I'm more likely to believe you when you say you actually do know something. But it takes confidence to know the difference.

Comment: Re: Much needed feature (Score 2) 89

by Trinn (#47289109) Attached to: Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

I think the answer is obvious from the parent post. Without a dedicated receiver to route signals, hdmi all goes to one place, and many people prefer other speakers than their display has. I should also point out that the digital pcm streams in hdmi are easy to rip if hdcp is not active on the link, so your assumption is off. On the other hand I believe drm schemes only hurt the customer and the artist, only serving to enrich the content distribution cartels.

Comment: Re:Wind chill on a space suit? (Score 1) 110

by JabberWokky (#47242735) Attached to: There's No Wind Chill On Mars

It is likely that Arthur C. Clarke, the co-author of Space Odyssey, was the one who was right on the science for that bit of plot. Since he also did things like invent the idea for communication satellites and was a member of the British Interplanetary Society, it was likely on his capable shoulders that making the scene realistic fell. It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall as that scene came together, with a great cinematic genius working with somebody explaining the harsh realities of microgravity, explosive decompression (and the velocity that causes Bowman to bounce around), and the very limited window of time in which the human body could get back into the airlock and survive. Then scripting, filming, and editing it together to convey that committed step leading to frantic, chaotic urgency.

The whole movie is a great example of collaboration. It sure wound up as one of the more memorable scenes in a movie packed with memorable scenes.

Comment: Re: What is the Dell CEO supposed to say? (Score 2) 173

by Trinn (#47235839) Attached to: Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

Its called mmio, mmap() specifically. Linux already has xip support on some platforms as well. This is all under the hood too, the libc could be redesigned, or insert your favorite language here. I agree that writing code optimized for it might be a bit different but its not that different than writing for an all-sram platform like say the old palm.

Comment: Re:Tegra? 4 Lbs? (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by JabberWokky (#47143931) Attached to: HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

I doubt it is just the patents. Add in the price point and the fact that this is a relatively minor product, so there are no fancy retooled factories and a minimum of custom components are going into this, as opposed to in a flagship product. Plus a dozen other little issues that fall under those or add to them. It's basically using cheap components for a cheap price point. The Air uses the absolute latest and best to get to the minimum weight and size, but at a high price point. Sony did that for years as well, and had a similarly high price point relative to the general market of the time.

It is quite a bit underwhelming compared to even higher end Android tablets like the $650 Galaxy Note 12, but the killer feature is probably intended to be what will likely be a $300 and change street price with the ease of Android (for those who already have an Android phone). It's comparable to their Pavillion 14" laptop:

Comment: Re:KDE 3 (Score 4, Interesting) 94

by JabberWokky (#47000635) Attached to: KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

I love KDE4. I use it every day. I can, however, see one issue. My biggest fault with KDE4 was that DCOP in KDE3 was a joy to use from a script (bash script, etc). DBUS is a pain in the butt. It's not only much saltier (in terms of syntactical salt) but it also tends to change much more often. Calls that work in one version don't work after an update. DCOP was more simple, had a great interface, and -- most importantly -- the app interfaces tended to stay stable.

I'm really hoping that the Qt5 and QML combo makes up for this, allowing easy scripting and simple use of internals. I used to say that KDE was like the *nix command line, only GUI: a bunch of small apps that exposed a ton of tiny options that you could link together. KDE4 clearly continued that philosophy with DBUS, but I think it was far less successful in that aspect.

+ - L-Cheapo Home Laser Cutting/Engraving On the Cheap

Submitted by Trinn
Trinn (523103) writes "Everybody's seen the $10,000 CO2 laser systems that cut and engrave various materials to CNC spec. Many of you already have a 3D printer at home. The L-Cheapo can turn any 3D printer or CNC mill into a laser powered acrylic/wood/leather/whatever mangler for $200 and about 2 hours time investment to set it up. The 2W laser diode is pretty powerful, it can handle many materials and can be used to help turn your ideas into reality, artistic and technical both.

This is really the next logical step in the home manufacturing/prototyping market, with the success of 3D printers, lasers were not far behind. The L-Cheapo helps bring the capabilities of the corporate giant back home. The possibilities are quite significant, as the device can be used to precision cut, engrave and ablate many materials to exacting specification, as accurate as your 3D printer happens to be. Finally you can print those gears and struts you needed for that gadget you've been working on forever, all you need is a scrap of 1/8" acrylic.

Just as the cheap home 3D printer ushered in the era of rapid prototyping of whatever the cat dragged in, the L-Cheapo will help bring about a sort of popular evolution in capability. Once upon a time everyone had a toolbox and that was it. Then came the computer and such. Obviously this requires a bit more specialist knowledge than either, but as long as you wear your goggles and don't look into the laser with your remaining eye, the L-Cheapo should help you make an interesting future."

Comment: Re:The best recognition.. (Score 5, Interesting) 99

by JabberWokky (#46845053) Attached to: Gary Kildall, Father of the PC OS, Finally Gets His Due

To tie them all together, I used a computer for many years that was designed by Woz, marketed by Jobs, with a expanded processor and memory made by Gates' company to run Kildall's OS (and a few others). An Apple ][+ with the Microsoft Z-80 SoftCard card, running CP/M. And I'm sure I wasn't the only one. A world capable of inventing, manufacturing, and garnering capital and sales to see that innovation become available to people requires all of them.

I know I'd rather have lunch with the likes of Wozniak and Kildall, however. Add Ritchie and Kernighan, and that would be one heck of a table.

Staff meeting in the conference room in 3 minutes.