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Comment: Re:Factions within the party (Score 1) 113

by devincook (#36668612) Attached to: Anti-PowerPoint Party Formed In Switzerland
Prezi is a different story. The awesome thing about it is that it tends to force you to make better presentations, ones that are organized hierarchically and have much better flow generally. It also really lends itself to presentations with lots of pictures and visual aids and fewer walls of text like you often see in power point. I love Prezi, and I've been using it for pretty much all the presentations I have to give nowadays.

I'm not saying that Prezi is enough to save a bad presenter, but in my opinion it helps good presenters make WAY better presentations.

Comment: Re:WHy are you majoring in CS... (Score 1) 606

by devincook (#36209648) Attached to: Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses
This is true. It's amazing what can happen in this field in just 4 years.

I think what a lot of the good CS programs do is teach a fair amount of theory, the basic concepts of programming languages - control structures, functional programming, etc., and then basically try to teach you how to *learn* a programming language. This is much more useful than just "here's VB.NET, we have no idea if it'll still be in use when you graduate."

Comment: Re:Today, the complexity of numbering continues... (Score 2) 207

by devincook (#36032282) Attached to: AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980
I believe the stand-in numbers were originally used to compensate for differences in efficiency. If a chip was clocked slower but more efficient, such that it was essentially on the same level as its competitors, they made up these numbers so that they didn't have to put a lower clock rate than everyone else on the box. Take for example the Athlon 2800s from back in 2003, which ran at about 2 GHz but were supposedly comparable to the 2.8 GHz Pentium chips.

I think it basically just got out of hand and now nobody uses the actual clock rate any more and the numbers don't mean anything.

Comment: just a thought (Score 1) 118

by devincook (#35876886) Attached to: Scientist Creates 3D Scanner App For iPhone
I wonder if there's any way to do this with structured light or one of the other 3D scanning methods. I don't know if it would be possible to do with the iPhone screen, but aren't there phones hitting the market soon with those pico projectors built-in? It's my (limited) understanding that there are a lot of different ways it may be possible to improve the accuracy. Man, the future looks awesome.

Comment: Re:can you hack the iphone / ipad to run windows 8 (Score 1) 348

by devincook (#35802988) Attached to: Windows Already Up and Running On ARM Architecture

Adobe? Why Adobe? Don't they introduce more exploits to a Windows machine than even Microsoft?

AC probably only mentioned Adobe because of the prevalence of Flash... the end users certainly don't care that all the code Adobe writes is full of holes. If they did, they wouldn't keep using it. Obviously the risk is worth the reward of getting to watch youtube videos and play flash games...

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