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Comment: probably less relevant (Score 2) 557

by awollabe (#40613075) Attached to: Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

as more robust, built-in voice-to-text is disseminating so rapidly now on phones and tablets, and Dextr appears to target those devices. For those of us who already type quickly, I can't see why we'd want to learn a new format. For those just learning to type, I could see wanting to do something better than QWERTY (Dvorak).

Comment: just mount it in Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 298

by awollabe (#40598181) Attached to: Criminals Distribute Infected USB Sticks In Parking Lot

and laugh at the windows auto-loader files they tried to get you with.

Seriously, I found a "trick" USB stick in my work mailbox once, which turned out to be a test from our IT department that, if you loaded it (in Windows), would direct you to an obligatory computer security training program. After I called them about it, they let me keep it.

Comment: "sufficiently accurate proton detector" (Score 0) 17

Why is it hard to accurately detect high energy protons? They're charged; they must leave a huge wake of ionized particles behind them. Is it just that they are so energetic the detectors have to be huge? I'm sure the neutron detectors are actually detecting secondary (charged) particles from neutron interactions, meaning the polar detectors are "tertiary" (protons --> neutrons --> more charged particles).

Comment: good (or too late) timing for C++ 2011 standard? (Score 0) 594

by awollabe (#40586681) Attached to: Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One

Arguably, the new 2011 standard could push C++ back to number 1, as it addresses a lot of the usual weaknesses of C++ (better memory management, type inference, threading, etc.). But I suppose it depends on how many people are willing to learn and code to the new standard.

Comment: new basis for probe? (Score 0) 209

by awollabe (#38423170) Attached to: Comet Lovejoy Plunges Into the Sun and Survives

Any chance we could do something similar with a probe and get a little bottle of the sun's gas to look at? It looks like we already plan on crashing a probe into the sun in a decaying orbit: http://solarprobe.jhuapl.edu/ , but I don't think anyone considered the possibility of its survival. We could still take magnetic measurements on the way in, and maybe an initial layer of ice could help boost it back out, too...

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.