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Comment: Re:More and more powerful... (Score 1) 238

by gerglion (#28947363) Attached to: 11.6" Netbooks Face Off
A 12" 'netbook' is a bit of a stretch. I'd say it is a small laptop, but whatever. Haven't seen the Lenovo one, but I have a Samsung NC20 with a Via Nano in it... So far it is fairly decent, does what I need for a portable computer.

The only problem is that linux on it isn't exactly supported out of the box, though the work to get it up and running isn't terrible compared to some other hardware.

Comment: Re:The Administration modded this guy troll too! (Score 3, Insightful) 1057

by gerglion (#28499443) Attached to: EPA Quashed Report Skeptical of Global Warming

Putting tons of hybrid cars on the ground (with the included extra huge batteries and short life spans such batteries dictate) is not the answer. Cows that burp less (WTF?) is not the answer.

True. The real solution is to have less cars on the road in general and to raise fewer cows.

Reduce,Reuse,Recycle... In that order. Global warming or not, reduction of everything that polutes and/or excessively consumes resources should be the goal.

Comment: Re:I for one welcome our robotic overlords (Score 1) 240

by gerglion (#28369529) Attached to: Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan
Which is why some are designing AI that is for warfare to have the ability to refuse commands it deems to be unlawful. Something like it cannot violate rules of war, etc... Not that I'd want robot warriors really to begin with, as cool as it sounds, as it just seems to really sound like a bad idea.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution (Score 1) 500

by gerglion (#27934243) Attached to: McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating
I think that before that, The Omnivores Dilemma and In Defense of Food should be read. Also, watch Super Size Me. I can honestly say that I don't like the idea of ingesting chemicals that are designed to fool my sense of taste, something that has been honed over thousands of years to identify food my body needs...

Comment: Re:There's a simple solution (Score 3, Informative) 455

by gerglion (#27921415) Attached to: Square Enix Shuts Down Fan-Made <em>Chrono Trigger</em> Sequel

Assuming they did not rip off too much, they should just rename the game, characters, locations, redraw the character sprites so they bare no resemblance and then release like that. If they are still not happy and are feeling daring, they can later "leak" a patch which changes everything back to as it was originally intended.

It was a Chrono Trigger rom hack. Removing all Square-Enix IP would be starting from scratch, thus not really a viable option.

Comment: Re:WTF EU (Score 2, Insightful) 280

by gerglion (#27776427) Attached to: Intel Faces $1.3B Fine In Europe
It wasn't just 'dumping' that they are being investigated for. They were preventing AMD from entering markets through condition-based incentives; i.e. 'I will give you {discounts,rebates} if you don't sell product from {AMD,other competition}.' It is fairly hard to compete in a market that refuses to let you in.

Comment: Re:Some, not all... (Score 4, Insightful) 731

by gerglion (#27771437) Attached to: Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss
You are mixing up 'programmer' and 'computer scientist'. They aren't necessarily one and the same. Computer science is largely the mathematics of computing, it just so happens that to physically show it often one has to write code to do it. This doesn't mean that everyone who writes code automatically is a CS major/graduate.

As an aside, you could also argue that programmers should have a good grasp on design patterns, requirements, planning, etc... Which seems to fall under the title of software engineer now. My CS department to date has required me to take a single SE course since I've been here and it'll be the only one I'll take.

'Programmer' is too vague a description, as it is just one who programs, regardless of how they learned, why they are programming, what they are programming, etc... It could be someone writing Lisp for their Masters/PhD research, some web designer writing javascript for their new website, or a CE/EE writing assembler for a new driver/BIOS for hardware.

Comment: Re:Merit (Score 1) 417

by gerglion (#27759743) Attached to: US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet
This was a city looking at what was best for the residents. It went asked area ISPs for upgrades, due to many residents complaining of high prices and poor service. What do you suggest they should have done instead? "Sorry, not our problem?" They view internet connectivity as being nearly as important as water and electricity, and that sitting on their hands is doing a disservice to their residents. So they built up their own ISP. Do they have advantages due to being a city? Sure. Does TW and Embarq have advantages due to having near-monopolies and are already entrenched? Sure. The bean counting of the ISPs has cost them a city and hopefully they will learn from it.

Comment: Problem Blending (Score 1) 159

by gerglion (#27759217) Attached to: Bandwidth Fines Bad, But Not Net Neutrality Issue
So net neutrality and bandwidth caps/metering are both bad, but separate problems. I can buy that.

However, could the argument be made that Time Warner is attempting to meter/cap bandwidth in order to encourage customers to use TW cable vs. Hulu/Youtube/BT/etc... By enacting a price barrier, isn't TW indirectly prioritizing data? Wouldn't this now sort of be considered a Net Neutrality issue?

Please, correct me if I'm wrong, there is still more blood than Steaz in my system at this point.

Comment: Re:Who needs to hunt down textbooks in Finland? (Score 1) 356

by gerglion (#27685835) Attached to: Copyright Lobby Targets "Pirate Bay For Books"
If they are never used in the course, why buy them in the first place? I usually refrain from purchasing any textbooks until the ... second week or so once I know what I actually need. Some courses actually require a textbook (in class work, homework) and others don't really need it at all. The number of computer science books I have bought in the last 3 years is fairly small compared to the number of computer science classes I've taken.

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