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Comment: Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

by smprather (#44257409) Attached to: Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

Yes, because "we" demand zero-defect terrorism policies.

The people are demanding that. The politicians are claiming that the people are demanding that. The distinction isnt subtle.

Citation? The same could be requested of me. Has anyone even asked this question. Google doesn't turn up much on the topic amazing.

Comment: Algorithms instead of languages? (Score 1) 183

by smprather (#42825289) Attached to: Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?
https://www.coursera.org/course/algo About the Course In this course you will learn several fundamental principles of algorithm design. You'll learn the divide-and-conquer design paradigm, with applications to fast sorting, searching, and multiplication. You'll learn several blazingly fast primitives for computing on graphs, such as how to compute connectivity information and shortest paths. Finally, we'll study how allowing the computer to "flip coins" can lead to elegant and practical algorithms and data structures. Learn the answers to questions such as: How do data structures like heaps, hash tables, bloom filters, and balanced search trees actually work, anyway? How come QuickSort runs so fast? What can graph algorithms tell us about the structure of the Web and social networks? Did my 3rd-grade teacher explain only a suboptimal algorithm for multiplying two numbers?

Comment: Koss PortaPro (Score 1) 448

by smprather (#40305265) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
There's only one answer to this question: Koss PortaPro. I have owned many different over the ear headphones (I have hearing aids). I have $200 Beyerdynaics, I have $80 Grados, I have $90 Sennsheisers (two different kinds), I've had some crappy Pioneers. And more not worth mentioning. The PortaPro's are absolutely incredible for the size and price. And they're highly sensitive so you can get good volume on an airplane from a low powered portable device. The only problem is *zero* noise isolation. But that's good for me since I run 40 miles per week with them. They also have a lifetime warranty. My sweat blows out a phone about every 2 months. I send them, and $9 back to Koss and get a new pair. I have two pair so I can have one working while waiting for the other. I'm a lifetimer for PortaPros. Just get them.

Comment: HTPC, AnyDVD-HD (Score 1) 1880

by smprather (#38025514) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?
My "Desktop" is connected to my TV/HiFi. The only way to rip blu-rays to hard disk and play them back is on a Windows XP/Vista/7 platform. SlySoft has expressly stated that there will never be a Linux version (weird). So I run either Cygwin, or Linux in a VM for the cases where the mood hits me (Ruby scripting, etc).

Comment: Streaming quality is awful compared to BluRay (Score 1) 345

by smprather (#36851360) Attached to: Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?
BluRay has ~40GB of audio/video pleasure. Streaming a movie get you something like 2 or 3GB total audio/video pleasure. I will happily accept 3 day latency for the extra content. Anyone who says you can't tell the difference between Blu and DVD are either blind or under-equipped (1080p or viewing angle too small). And the video quality difference between streaming and Blu, or DVD for that matter, is incomparable. And why aren't people ranting/raving about the horrible 2ch audio? Am I the only person with an awesome 5.1ch system that refuses to not use it? Streaming is great for my kid or anything where I'm 99% interested in intellectual content (documentaries, etc). Or maybe old TV shows with quality lower than the stream.

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