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Comment: always bet on greed (Score 1) 544

50,000 people have already answered, but here's my two cents, too..

Even as someone who perfers a slide out keyboard (Droid 4, here. Probably the last of the good slideout keyboards) it probably comes down to manufacturing costs..

it costs less for softkey phones, less moving parts, infinitely remappable keys, et al..

i rely on my hardware keyboard, cuz SSH. I mean, not losing screen real estate just to get a terminal is worth it..

i realize this is a minority reason for a good hardware keyboard, but yea.. i can type without looking, i can type FASTER..

softkeyboards only exist to make all typists equally crappy typers.. but because the problem is money, you can bet hardware keyboards will never come back.

Comment: gravity simulation question (Score 1) 58

If gravity is such a necessary force on our physiology, why haven't we (or maybe, what's the problem with the feasability of) simulated it with centrifugal force? You know, like having structures rotating at a sufficient velocity in space to test out if the illusion of the gravity is sufficient?

Since generating artificial gravity is science fiction, simulated gravity with centrifugal force seems testable. Wouldn't knowing this help solve a big part of the problem with long-term space habitation and construction?


Comment: why not just introduce LibreOffice in schools? (Score 1) 226

by Victor Tramp (#46685285) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

It's way more hackable than MS office, the kids aren't only learning how to work for one company, and they can learn to actually make their own choices. Who cares if it's actually BETTER than MSOffice or not, it's not exactly BAD software. The one thing that really can be said which stands out as superior to MSOffice is that LibreOffice is free for the kids (and parents, and teachers) to use and hack.

If you're a parent, and your're tech savvy, and you're NOT involved in your children's school's tech, then sure.. expect Microsoft will try to buy your children's futures and never expose them to the idea that they can learn their own way, with whatever tool they want.

It is now, and has always been Microsoft's way or the highway. If, in the spirit of any opensource project, you yourself don't get involved in your own kids' school, and what they use and what they can teach with, sure.. Microsoft will gladly teach your children their way only, and America will -continue- to lag behind the rest of the world technically.

Nobody gets paid to post articles about that though, Everybody's-Own-Good Corp. doesn't exist to fund this message. So alas, another comment explaining the obvious fault with this whole /. article goes unconsidered.


Comment: OWNCLOUD (Score 1) 146

by Victor Tramp (#46230895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

it's been said a couple times by now i'm sure.. but i use an instance of owncloud to host/backup/share my

contacts - via CardDav
calendar - via CalDav
pictures/files - via webDav
browser history/bookmarks/addons/prefs - via mozilla_sync (an own cloud app)

i host it on my own hardware, it's basically php+apache (could be nginx or whatever, i happen to be using apache) postgres (could be mysql, whatever else)..

i sync it with thunderbird/lightning (but it'll sync with anything really)

I can't understand why most people aren't doing it.

i don't rely on google, motocast, or any third party for hosting/storing/sharing my data. it's mine own. on my own cloud.

and hell, that's only about a quarter of the functionailty.. owncloud also replaces dropbox, sharepoint, and is slowly replacing googledocs

you can also link owncloud to dropbox/ubuntuone/otherclouddiskprovider and transfer all your junk outta their servers int your servers. you can even link it to other ownCloud instances.

and if you REALLY wanna get fancy, you can even use openswift (the OpenStack storage backend) as your storage underneath..

and since the whole thing's GPL'd i don't feel like a corporate shill for pimping it so hard.


Comment: Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (Score 1) 520

by Victor Tramp (#33347796) Attached to: Steam Not Coming To Linux

or, WINE.

I consider myself an avid gamer, and have been so since the 80s.. I haven't had a windows box in a dozen years.. When I see it, people using it, or god-forbid, have to use it myself, i'm reminded WHY i don't use windows..

I've been playing TF2 since it came out, under linux, no problems..

No, it's not better than the native awesome it could be if ported.. (hell, it runs on Mac now, half the job's already done)

I realize I'm in the vast minority of people who consider themselves a "gamer" while using linux exclusively.. but we wouldn't be so rare if Valve had the balls to actually produce a linux client.

As for that fraction of linux users who are all free software uber alles; they're the reason the term "open source" was coined. While Free Software and Open Source Software philosophies differ, Open Source Software's philosophy that "it makes sense for some software to be paid for", and that more penguins in general would be inclined to buy games for linux anyway, is all the more reason to make Steam available for linux..

but whatever.. it hurts just the same. =(

Comment: Re:Wouldn't Valve rather you spend you money on ga (Score 1) 520

by Victor Tramp (#33347650) Attached to: Steam Not Coming To Linux

seriously.. walmart??

WALMART is your argument against linux on the shelf in stores?

Walmart failed because they sell crap, and lots of it.

For instance: what brand of PC was linux in walmart running on? Dell? somehow I think not.

So an off-brand no-name chinese OEM, with an unheardof, untested, unusable distribution of linux fails to sell in the most god-awful place to shop ever invented by man, and this is your proof linux is unsellable?

seriously, wat?


Artificial Brain '10 Years Away' 539

Posted by samzenpus
from the batteries-not-included dept.
SpuriousLogic writes "A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed. Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already built elements of a rat brain. He told the TED global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses. Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said. 'It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years,' he said."

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.