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Comment: The Surface design flaw (Score 1) 365

I've recently started school and shopped around for a small device that would allow me to take notes in class. It came down to the Mac Book Air and the Surface Pro 2. Ultimately, I realized that there was no way the Surface would balance on those half desks in the lecture halls of my school. I decided I needed a keyboard that would support the screen. The Surface just can't do that. The designers assume you will be sitting a full desk.

Comment: The Simple Answer (Score 1) 716

by codefungus (#46224955) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

If the builder didn't use mortar to hold the bricks together, he's going to be done faster, spending less time, than had he used it. So imagine if the wall was built correctly. We'll say that this represents 100% of the needed programming time. If I throw some crappy wall together quickly, most likely because my boss is saying, "Don't worry, you can come back and put the mortar in later once we are keeping the bears out", I've saved myself, say, 30% of those coding hours. Now the wall is falling apart, bears are all over the place, and someone is saying it was a poorly built wall with bugs. In reality, it was a poorly built wall on the cheap.
Of course now you have the job of sticking mortar into a built wall which sucks and is gonna cost you a lot more.
Best solution, fire that guy, hire someone else who is going to come in, tell you the last guy sucked and he's going to do it right and will just build another wall around the existing wall.

Comment: Why I use it (Score 1) 470

I've used Linux for a very very long time. I've suffered through hardware compatibility issues, sudden changes in software stacks, everything we've all gone through. Then Ubuntu came out and things seemed to stabilize. I was a happy camper. Then they decided to replace the gui with something I didn't like and all. KDE is really ugly and I don't like it either. I hate that stupid wallet. Well, I got a new laptop and of course, step number 1 was to wipe the drive and put on some distro. But I didn't burn it yet and put it off. It's been a year now and I have to say, evilness aside, Windows 8.1 is fine. I just work. Netbeans, mysql workbench, putty they work fine, no problems. (I'm a LAMP developer).
I get the whole Windows sucks thing, I just think that if the Linux world is going back to the days of big uncertainty, I'll take a little stability.

Comment: The beginning (Score 1) 175

by codefungus (#30390584) Attached to: Samsung Enters Smartphone Wars With Bada OS

This trend of supplying every person with a programmable device packed full of sensors could very well be the beginnings of mainstream robotics. I mean sure, an iphone or samsung that sports bada may not look like Asimo, but it's certainly gaining the environmental sensing capabilities. Imagine one day driving up to a restaurant, docking your phone, and having it valet your car. Dock into your lawn mower and have it cut your grass... Plug it into a multi-purpose robotic platform and have it make you tea. With the sensing and computational power that's increasing in sophistication, we are watching robot brains grow in our pants pockets.

Comment: Both feet, you say? (Score 5, Interesting) 739

by codefungus (#27711545) Attached to: What Did You Do First With Linux?

First time was kind of mandated by moneyless employer. With my own Windows Compaq laptop in hand, I flew to Atlanta and was greeted by a bunch of old Unix hippies. I was to write PHP/miniSQL code for them but had only one computer to do it on, mine. Problem was that I had windows and they wanted me to run RH. So, I totally wiped my machine and installed RH. Even at that time (years ago), I had no problem getting Red Hat installed (5.2?) on my presario.
Ever since then my tolerance of Windows has been in nothing but decline.

Long live The Penguin!!

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Adds Virtual XP Mode to Windows 7->

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suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Technology, dubbed Windows XP Mode (XPM, formerly Virtual XP), dramatically changes the compatibility story for Windows 7 and, we believe, has serious implications for Windows development going forward.

XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site. (That is, it will not be included in the box with Windows 7, but is considered an out-of-band update, like Windows Live Essentials.)

XPM works much like today's Virtual PC products, but with one important exception: As with the enterprise-based MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) product, XPM does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. (With shortcuts placed in the Start Menu.)

For Windows 7 specifically, XPM is a huge convenience, especially for Microsoft's corporate customers, who can of course control XPM behavior via standard Microsoft administration and management technologies like Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP).

TidBITS : http://db.tidbits.com/article/10241

Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite : http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/04/24/secret-no-more-revealing-virtual-windows-xp-for-windows-7.aspx"

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Robotics

+ - Teens help Clovis police; build a robot camera->

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Degrees writes "From the Fresno Bee: Clovis police needed a camera to spy on SWAT scenes, and two high school students looking for a senior project were able to build just the thing. Brannon Vidmar, 18, and his friend Dennis Ngo, 17, built a remote-controlled device capable of seeing inside a home with a closed-circuit camera. One student's grandfather gave seed money for the project and Pelco offered camera equipment and expertise. The project cost between $25,000 and $30,000, money that Clovis taxpayers did not have to pay. The SWAT camera project is similar to a robot and trailer that Clovis police built in 2004 for disabling explosives."
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