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Comment: Oh frameworks... (Score 5, Insightful) 452

by razathorn (#46485221) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Let us not forget that almost every framework you "should use" started out as a framework that "shouldn't be written." Only after enough people changed their mind, did the original author(s) become visionaries instead of "people who reinvented the wheel." I find that the tendency to "don't write that, it's already been written!" has been greatly blown out of proportion and people are allergic to actual software engineering. In other words, if they do more than extend / implement a predefined interface or glorified configuration on a single class instance... like heaven forbid they define an interface, base class, or object model with multiple things that derive it, then by god, they've gone too far! There is a time and place for frameworks, and realizing that the time and place isn't "every freak'n time" is just as important as not constantly reinventing the wheel.

Comment: PC gamer != power user (Score 2) 673

by razathorn (#41064147) Attached to: Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

Don't confuse "pc gamer" with "power user." I hear a lot of people call themselves power users, but the real truth is their only "power" is their ability to constantly upgrade their pc every 3 months to play the latest game. I know this all too well being a seasoned software engineer that used to host huge 100+ person rented facility lan parties on a regular basis. Macbooks are extremely popular with developers and actual power users in a plethora of professions from graphics design, server development (c, c++, java), publishing, mobile development, etc. I hear this analogy from many games who think themselves hackers.

Comment: Neutrino and photons and gravity... (Score 2) 412

by razathorn (#37515910) Attached to: Faster-Than-Light Particle Results To Be Re-Tested

I'm not even remotely qualified to comment on this, but I seem to remember light being affected by gravity and thus the mass around it, where as neutrinos are virtually unaffected by normal matter. What this says to me is the neutrinos are showing us what the actual speed limit of the universe is compared to what we think it should be as an observer sitting on a giant ball of gravity rich mass. Basically, in space, they go the same speed, which is why the neutrinos and photons from a distant stellar event show up here at the same time, but on earth, the results might be slightly different.

My gut tells me that this will end up shoring up special relativity and perhaps adding a new understanding of our universe without shattering everything as so many are saying.

Comment: You guys are really missing the point (Score 1) 1348

by razathorn (#33932532) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

Some of you are really missing the point and calling this a troll / flamebait. The article has some very good points. It's not the linux desktop itself that is dead, it's the dream of being a major player like OSX or Windows is dead. Linux never WAS a major player, and its opportunities to become such have passed, or at least appear to have for the time being.

I gave up on a linux desktop a long time ago. I fought the good fight. I was there for FVWM, FVWM2, Afterstep, WindowMaker, Blackbox, Original Gnome and Original KDE, Gnome with Nautilus, KDE2, and KDE3. I was there for Netscape navigator gold, dosemu, wine, communicator, star office, openoffice, openoffice.org, mozilla, firefox, thunderbird, gcalc, gimp. Now I use my favorite apps from linux on windows or mac.

Why? Because I simply don't have time to futz with my desktop anymore. I'm an adult. I have a wife that needs attention. I have a house that needs attention. I have a son that needs attention. I have a full time job that takes most of my time. I have one, perhaps two hobbies that get any remaining time and screwing with my desktop to try and make it work at least sorta as good as OSX or windows is literally the very last thing I would ever do with my time now days. I suspect that there are others in this boat. I really never realized how much time I wasted on my *desktop* until I just started using XP or OSX -- oh, you mean I'm done -- awesome, now I can go do something I really care about.

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The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-stiff-12-pack dept.
ElectricSteve writes "Most of the world's beer has between 4% and 6% alcohol by volume (ABV). The strength of beer achieved by traditional fermentation brewing methods has limits, but a well-crafted beer that is repeatedly 'freeze distilled' can achieve exquisite qualities and much higher alcohol concentrations. An escalation in the use of this relatively new methodology over the last 12 months has seen man's favorite beverage suddenly move into the 40+% ABV realm of spirits such as gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, and vodka, creating a new category of extreme beer. The world's strongest beer was 27% ABV, but amidst an informal contest to claim the title of the world's strongest beer, the top beer has jumped in strength dramatically. This week Gizmag spoke to the brewers at the center of the escalating competition. New contestants are gathering, and the race is now on to break 50% alcohol by volume."

Comment: I seem to remember... (Score 2, Insightful) 117

by razathorn (#32245828) Attached to: Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked

...stopping reading the blurb on slashdot last week about the new position based system being secure because the people who previously said it wasn't secure changed their mind and said it was provably secure and then proceeded to use the words "cannot easily" to justify it being secure. Now, this week I see a commercial system that has been cracked because some how thresholds of likely hood were once again used. Anyone else see a trend?

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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession 804

Posted by samzenpus
from the step-away-from-the-candy dept.
theodp writes "A third-grader in a small Texas school district received a week's detention for merely possessing a Jolly Rancher. Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice. But school officials are defending the sentence, saying the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned 'minimal nutrition' foods. 'Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules,' said school superintendent Jack Ellis."

Comment: Re:"overclocking" machines vulnerable (Score 1) 173

by razathorn (#31364780) Attached to: Researchers Find Way To Zap RSA Algorithm

Perhaps we need to think less about how they implemented the hardware faults to prove the concept and how an attacker may, in the future, implement the faults. There are technologies like strong EMP that we know disrupt electronic devices. Perhaps something with strong em/rf fields could aid in this. Perhaps somebody just takes up residence next door and plugs in a device that adds precision loads to the power distribution system that both buildings use. We've all seen the lights dim or go bright when a transformer pops down the street. There are many attack vectors for causing faults like this yet to be discovered too. There are already devices that cause computer based slot machines to pay out or alter the odds supposedly.

Comment: Re:Why haven't we moved to lifepo4 yet? (Score 1) 77

by razathorn (#29536213) Attached to: Making Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries

Cost and the fact that lipos are entrenched now with chargers everywhere. Classic first to market issues - the first product kind of sucks but gets an install base and the later ones have trouble making it in.

But that's for RC. What about phones and laptops? The switch from nicd to nimh to li wasn't that hard for them. They make new models all the time with whatever charger and battery they want. It's not like they are focusing on backwards compatibility with laptop batteries or have to contend with people saying "well, I've got 5 of these dell nimh batteries for this old laptop, I won't buy this new laptop with 5 times my old laptop's battery life because I'd be wasting these old nimh batteries" -- every laptop I've ever had basically had a totally new battery profile and if they changed chemistry on me I wouldn't care one bit.

Comment: Re:Why haven't we moved to lifepo4 yet? (Score 1) 77

by razathorn (#29536189) Attached to: Making Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries

Because it's not AC -- it's DC. There's already voltage stepping in the ESC that provides a lower (6 volts) voltage DC to the radio, servo, etc, but at a much lower current requirement. The drive motors operate, at times, at 120 amps @ 7.2 volts or more, especially in the larger classes such as 1/8 electric. We're talking 800 - 2000 watts. Good luck :)

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