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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.

Comment: Re:Oh goody (Score 1) 264

by smallfries (#46908261) Attached to: SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

That's interesting, thinking of scenarios where there is no adversary (other than "dumb luck") would a usage pattern like the following degrade the life of the drive:

Random access to live data: e.g. using the drive as a cache or hosting a database on it that contains live data. (in both cases assuming the size of the cache/database was filling the drive).

Or, to put it another way: what is the probability that a (uniformly?) random-access pattern on a drive-filling file would trigger the worst-case behaviour?

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir