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Comment: Re:Yes, worse (Score 1) 310

by smallfries (#48185117) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I would guess that it is part of a system survey. About this mac takes a snapshot of OS version / point release / software installed / modules active etc. Or it certainly does when you press More Info, but I guess it does it when you trigger the dialog. The cookie sounds like a GUID. Firing off both would allow them to build up a distribution of platforms that Yosemite is running on, similar to the Steam hardware survey. Can be useful for finding out how and where the code is used (i.e. in combination with which hardware / software). Would work better than a periodic push of the data from every machine, and it would bias the sample towards people having problems with their configuration (because that is when most people hit that menu item).

Comment: Re:Einstein's Nobel was for Photo-electric effect (Score 1) 975

You should have a slashbox on the right hand side with your user details and recent messages. I believe it's the default although it is possible that I turned it on long ago and forgot. Every reply to something that you have posted will appear as a message in the box. In particular old messages and new messages are distinguished by your browser colouring in visited links. The messages are in chronological order so you do not need to skim a whole story to check for replies in different branches. Makes things a bit easier.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1) 577

by smallfries (#48044513) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

So basically what your saying is that unix has fixed the OS decay problem by removing the uninstall feature. Well that sounds reasonable :)

The solution to the other problems that you describe is not shrinkwrapped / easy. My latest attempt is a dual install with one partition for stable, one for unstable and a shared home. This allows disk snapshots of the not running system to allow primitive versioning and rollback.

Comment: Re:Thank GOD (Score 1) 96

by smallfries (#47653227) Attached to: Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

Are you sure that you are average? Perhaps you should not entirely discount the idea that you are in the 50% of the population with better than average vision.

I have no trouble seeing the difference between 720p / 1080p on a 55" screen at 5m (15'), what I find strange is that I notice that many other people do. I always thought the figures for average vision must be underestimates, but other people seem to roll with them.

Comment: Re:Xiki Sucks.. (Score 4, Informative) 176

by smallfries (#47339327) Attached to: Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

Also I went through a phase of doing most of this inside vim anyway. It was a time when I was doing a lot of string manipulation in bash with long complex pipelines and I needed to explicitly show the state / track the output of each component.

In vim you just need to keep a :r! at the beginning of each command line, to execute just check that you are in command mode with esc then select the cmd line and middle click to execute, allows piping in results by selecting the input and dropping the r to get :!. There is no support for custom hit regions for the mouse, but in compensation it works everywhere already.

If you already use vim, then having access to vim motions and commands to edit output makes for a surprisingly good shell.

Comment: Re:No Threat To Thunderbolt (Score 1) 355

by smallfries (#46997189) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

So, I'm having trouble understanding this. The OS has a buffer somewhere in memory, and the the host controller has full R/W acess to the entire memory space so that it can try and write into that little buffer? Never mind the security implications, what about reliability? It seems nice and easy to take a system down through some really simple address arithmetic bugs. I really can't see the advantage they were trying for.

Comment: Re:Memories do decay (Score 1) 426

Not strictly true.

Sometimes a particular item can be degraded by the the storage of another item. For example, artificial neural networks store trained stimuli in the weights between nodes. This storage is global in the sense that storing a new pattern causes a shift in all weights and so alters every other stored item slightly. No idea how it works in the human brain, but it seems completely plausible that storing a memory changes all of the others slightly up until saturation at which point they all get erased.

The idea that (in the article) that human memory should be lossless is bizarre and has no basis in any neuroscience whatsoever.

Comment: Re:More or less than bitcoin? (Score 1) 88

by smallfries (#46936939) Attached to: <em>EVE Online's</em> Space Economy Currently Worth $18 Million

There is a little under $6B of bitcoin in circulation, and it has a much wider range of uses. The thing to bare in mind about this story is:

Economist who studies Eve says it is very important and interesting to have economists studying Eve. Srly?

The article contains little or no value (cough, bit like the Eve economy then, cough) and the only vaguely interesting point that he makes is glossed over. Apparent ISK is not a fiat currency because CCP closely control the supply by tying it directly to... *stuff*. Remarkable.

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