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Comment: damned multi-page (Score 2, Informative) 279

by danbob999 (#47407169) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers
Jon Skeet Main claim to fame: Legendary Stack Overflow contributor
Gennady Korotkevich Main claim to fame: Competitive programming prodigy
Linus Torvalds Main claim to fame: Creator of Linux
Jeff Dean Main claim to fame: The brains behind Google search indexing
John Carmack Main claim to fame: Creator of Doom
Richard Stallman Main claim to fame: Creator of Emacs, GCC
Petr Mitrechev Main claim to fame: One of the top competitive programmers of all time
Fabrice Bellard Main claim to fame: Creator of QEMU
Doug Cutting Main claim to fame: Creator of Lucene
Donald Knuth Main claim to fame: Author of The Art of Computer Programming
Anders Hejlsberg Main claim to fame: Creator of Turbo Pascal
Ken Thompson Main claim to fame: Creator of Unix
Adam D'Angelo Main claim to fame: Co-founder of Quora
Sanjay Ghemawat Main claim to fame: Key Google architect

Comment: Re:Resolution is 1280x720 (Score 1) 192

by danbob999 (#47266811) Attached to: Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'
That's because no benchmark is using any significant amount of RAM. Any benchmark using just 1.5GB RAM would make the iPhone rank near the bottom. Most CPU benchmarks are actually javascript benchmarks and tells more about the software (javascript engine) than the performance of the CPU. Also, there is nothing wrong with releasing a phone with low specs. But the price should be lower. The Moto G is an excellent phone for the price. The Fire Phone shouldn't be more expensive than the Nexus 5 to begin with.

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 1) 932

by danbob999 (#47223913) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary
Even if every citizen of Virginia was a member of the Slashdot Party, and we were leading in the polls, the state of Vriginia still wouldn't organize a primary for us. Primaries are only organized for parties, and a party is defined as such:

"Party" or "political party" means an organization of citizens of the Commonwealth which, at either of the two preceding statewide general elections, received at least 10 percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election.

It's pretty much impossible to get 10% of the vote without being a party. And you can't be a party if you didn't receive 10% of the vote. Typical chicken-egg problem to enforce that there will never be more than two parties.

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 3, Interesting) 932

by danbob999 (#47214611) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary
What's wrong is to have state-sponsored open primaries. That's fundamentally anti-democratic. Why should the state organize primaries for only 2 parties? There are dozens of small parties out there which would like to receive the same treatment. Parties should organize primaries themselves.

Comment: Re:Russia (Score 4, Informative) 417

by danbob999 (#47178155) Attached to: Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs
Canada's number one rival in the North isn't Russia. It's another country called the USA. There is a conflict over a part of the sea near the boundary between Alaska and Yukon. Canada's number two rival isn't Russia either. It's Denmark. Canada and Denmark both claim a tiny island which is on the border between the two countries. Russia does not claim any territory claimed by Canada.

Comment: Free peering (Score 1) 238

by danbob999 (#47068579) Attached to: Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes
Peering/Transit is a complex economic topic but it is never free. You have to pay for the hardware. I can say that everyone is free to peer with me for free. They *only* have to bring a Gigabit Ethernet cable to my basement. By the way, I live on a tiny island away from the civilization. Also, if my 8 ports switch is full, they have to buy me another switch.

Comment: Re:A decent machine (Score 1) 316

by danbob999 (#47050077) Attached to: Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside
The base model with only 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is pretty much useless instead to be used as an expensive tablet. To replace a laptop, MS knows most people would need 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage... but such option doesn't exist so they are forced to get the $1300 tablet, and then buy a keyboard cover. We are talking about $1400-1500 to replace both a laptop and a tablet. Great device for portability, screen resolution, but expensive.

Comment: Re:Winner determined by new sales? (Score 1) 197

by danbob999 (#46993001) Attached to: 7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated
I understand it's the metric for TelCos, because they care about the amount of paying customers, no matter what phone they use. It's even better for them to have customers paying for a SIM card and not even using it in a phone. However, to know who's winning the smartphone platform war, we can't rely on that, just like we can't rely on the number of Internet connections to ISPs to determine who's winning the desktop operating system war.

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