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Comment: Re:I never thought I'd live to see the day... (Score 0) 386

by bitfarmer (#46833669) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

> I think within the next few years, you'll see a 10" or 11" device that replaces the low-end Macbook Air, but has a form more resembling the iPad, with the ability to run full desktop apps.

That's already happened. You misspelled "iPad" however--the correct spelling is "Samsung Galaxy Tab"

Comment: Re:what if there are a lot of these? a heck of a l (Score 2) 97

by bitfarmer (#35443776) Attached to: Brown Dwarf Hits Record Low

This question has lingered in the back of my mind for many years. How do we know there aren't 10^(some huge fucking number) planet-sized objects just floating out there in interstellar space? Assuming they're out there, then it would follow maybe there are 10^(some slightly smaller number) objects out there with a temperature/composition/etc. that's conducive to life of some kind.

If the numbers are right, maybe those candidates outnumber the candidates that orbit stars?

Comment: Re:Pleasure Sensitive (Score 1) 212

by bitfarmer (#28991135) Attached to: Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

I honestly read the summary title as "Microsoft Hardware Demos Pleasure Sensitive Keyboard".

Needless to say I was very disturbed...

I read it with the correct words, but with different emphasis as in "Sensitive Keyboard feels pressure from Microsoft Hardware Demos." I'm positive if I were a keyboard, sensitive or not, I would feel pressure from all those horrible Hardware Demos that Microsoft does, too.

Comment: Have something "broken" before quittin' time (Score 1) 601

by bitfarmer (#28484371) Attached to: How To Get Out of Developer's Block?
I don't see it anywhere here yet so I'll throw it in...

I forget where I read this a few years ago -- maybe on Slashdot. It's been enormously helpful to me whenever I get "programmer's block"

Idea is to deliberately leave something "broken" at the end of the day: a line of CSS that isn't quite right, a SQL query that doesn't work, etc. Then when you start up the following day, you have something to work on and you're not struggling to find something to do, at least not at the start.

This works for me in two ways:

1) I'm starting off my day feeling productive and engaged, and I find the process of troubleshooting something causes a cascade effect in my mind when I'm coming up with other things to fix, modify, etc. Voila, I'm unstuck!

2) I find myself thinking overnight sometimes about that "broken" thing I have waiting for me in the morning. I'm consciously and unconsciously turning things over in my head, planning ahead to how I'll solve my problem. I'll oftentimes get to work charged up and ready to go because I've got this cool approach or something I want to try out. Sometimes I'll even have more plans queued up in my head, ready for me to tackle. Voila, sometimes I'm unstuck before I even get to work!

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov