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Comment: Bubbles in Mineral Oil cooling (Score 2) 114

by thatkid_2002 (#48638497) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles
People have inadvertently found while trying to make their computers look like aquariums that introducing bubbles (via a normal aquarium pump) reduced temperatures. The theory is that some of the heat is transferred into the air which rises to the top and allows it to escape the system faster.

Comment: Expect a Neck-beard at the age of 13 (Score 1) 120

by thatkid_2002 (#48638459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

The good news is that there's an actual university degree for his interest - greating games and game mechanics, as opposed to just playing them. Games design deals with creating game mechanics (among other things, probably of some interest to him). I used to live with some game designers and both have been employed for the last 5 year so I guess they've had success with the career so far.

Is there possibly any open course-ware for Games Design floating around?

Comment: Cartesian? Na mate, not reliable. (Score 2) 55

by thatkid_2002 (#48382983) Attached to: HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

A cartesian (like RepRap Mendel or this HYREL) based design always rattles itself apart and has very high stress on parts which increases as print speed increases. A SCARA (RepRap Morgan) or Delta (RepRap Rostock) have far lower stresses involved and shock from head movement is shared among multiple axis which decreases resistance/absorption problems and allows for higher print speeds.

They go on about design, and yet they failed to analyze what was the root cause of the faiures and opted to apply bandaids instead.

Comment: Why a full PC? (Score 1) 238

by thatkid_2002 (#47905297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Why not get just a router (I've been contemplating a Netgear WNDR-4300) and load it with OpenWRT or even DD-WRT?

If OP wanted to do video transcoding/HTPC duties I could see the use for a full PC but otherwise it is just a nuisence compared to a small, efficient, embedded system.

The main advantage of OpenWRT over $OTHER is it's packaging system and ability to install updates without reflashing. It has good documentation and a great community too.

Comment: Re:Lie (Score 2) 170

by thatkid_2002 (#47851827) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

It's not rewriting parted. Parted can't handle all modern storage technologies as it only deals with partitions which are only one part (pun intended) of the picture. In the [your favourite distro here] installer the UI calls out a *suite* of tools just like Blivet-GUI does. Previously in Fedora this was all piled into Anaconda - but now it is split out into this "Blivet-GUI" thing.

If you bothered to read the articles or browse the source you'd know that it depended on Blivet and subprocess calls to normal system utilities. Blivet has been around for at least two years already and has matured through its use in Anaconda. Anaconda has been around for many years and has always (AFAIK) depended on Python. Nearly every Linux distro (and other Unixes, OSX and even Haiku) come with Python by default. Most installation environments can use whatever they please without impacting the resulting system so even if you didn't want to install Python (or the more concerning GTK, IMO) you don't have to. This person was not engaging in NIH - they were simply writing a new GUI to an existing tool to allow for better integration, easier modification and fewer dependencies... Shock horror! OMG WHAT AN IDIOT RITE???

This mindless Red Hat bashing has really gone too far.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.