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Comment: Why I suck at development time estimates (Score 1) 297

by cdxta (#43563843) Attached to: Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates
- Trying to remember what method is best to use in some newfangled language I’m using. - Thinking I’m programming back in high school where programs were faster, more efficient, and not 10 clicks and menus to do everything. Now everything is just slow and clunky it seems.

Comment: Re:My action on adds (Score 1) 132

by cdxta (#42212877) Attached to: Advertising May Soon Follow You From One Device To the Next
Same here, all ads make me think is that a portion of my purchase price is going towards the ad instead of a better product. I tells me that their product does not have enough merit on its own that they have to advertize it to you instead of informed buyers choosing their product based on its ability alone.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 295

by cdxta (#41460355) Attached to: Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines
$70,000 / 0.0076kwh (cost per kwh) ~=921052Kwh
2.7 seconds ~= (~0.3 seconds less than time of fastest car to get to 60mph)
921052Kwh * (3600 seconds) ~= 3315789474 kws(seconds)
3315789474 kws / 2.7 seconds ~= 1228070176 watts ~= 1.21 Gigawatts
Yeah, I see what you’re really doing there Google ...
Those three days were spent umm, filling a capacitor of some kind I think...

Comment: Re:Methinks people don't appreciate the scales her (Score 1) 299

by cdxta (#41243385) Attached to: Bill Clinton Backs 100 Year Starship

Shit, I don't even think we have the MATH to travel those kind of distances.

"Shit, I don't even think we have the MATH to travel those kind of distances." Sure we do: "thirty-nine digits are sufficient to perform most cosmological calculations, because that is the accuracy necessary to calculate the volume of the known universe with a precision of one atom." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi#Motivations_for_computing_.CF.80 Humans know over a trillion digit.

Comment: Interesting (Score 2) 86

by cdxta (#39610341) Attached to: Scientists Release Working Prototype Of CAPTCHA-Based Password Assistant
It seems like all this would do is just decrease the brute force speed since you would have to do image analysis (assuming you could write a decent CAPTCHA solver). How would this be different than passing a password through an algorithm 1000’s of times? Also it seems like it might decrease password security. Depending on what is known about the encrypted data, an attacker may not have any way to check if the password is correct. With the CAPTCHA, I would think it would be quite easy to detect the characters that are out of the norm of randomness even if you can’t tell the letters and pass it to a human or deeper scan. That is unless there are false positive CAPTCHA outputs?

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Comment: My reasons (Score 1) 879

by cdxta (#38581158) Attached to: What's Keeping You On XP?
After having to use windows 7 at work, here are some reasons I still use XP at home: Familiar and stable Lower memory footprint More responsive By far, the windows XP exploere.exe shell The control panel, everything is sorted across and down so if the windows resize everything moved around. The add remove programs is way at the bottom The login, in XP you could login very quickly and not even have to look up from the keyboard. Now in windows 7 you have to press ctrl+alt+del then wait, then press enter, then type your password. Makes me hate win 7 every time I logon Here are a few things I can just recall off the top of my head that I dislike about the explore shell in windows 7: No longer can drag and drop the very top left corner of folders to create a shortcut. The address bar format in a folder browser. The auto resorting or folder when you rename stuff. The hiding of the + and – icons next to folder in the explore tree, saves no space just hides information until you hover over it. The tree view always seems to jump to the wrong position than where I want. The folder and sub folder that always expands in tree view. The only places I want go is c:\ or Desktop the user file The extra backwards compatibility folders that you always get access denied on when you’re thinking XP. The fact that the Users folder starts with U so it’s always at the bottom, instead of Documents and settings towards the top. The start menu, The recent programs and files is nice but every time I try and use it, it never has the recent file or app I’m looking for. Useless if it’s not consistent. Don’t get me started with the windows search I’m sure there is some way to do some of the following but it’s not inherent. o Make it faster, even with no index XP search is way faster after the first search. o Open containing folder in new window without stopping the search. o Search for more than one thing at a time.(Ex *.jpg *.gif) o Search by size, date, etc, without having to know some weird text logic. o The title bar fills with a garbage text URL string, very unprofessional. About the only feature that I have found that makes me want to go to windows 7 at home is the nice GPU statistics you can now get in Process Explore that only shows up in windows 7. I don’t know if that’s because of a core difference or if the Process Explorer team just decided to alienate XP users.

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