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Comment: Re:Mod parent up! (Score 1) 139

by tpwch (#33331420) Attached to: Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900
Nokia has in fact stated that this is more of a research project currently. According to what they posted years ago they plan generation 5 of the device to be ready for mass usage by everyone. The 770 being gen 1, N800 gen 2, not sure if N810 is gen 3 or just counts as a "2.5" since it was just a few small improvments over N800, which makes N900 either gen 3 or gen 4. That doesn't mean that the N900 isn't worth getting however, its an amazing device.

Comment: Re:N900 without phone? (Score 1) 139

by tpwch (#33331376) Attached to: Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900
I have an N800 and I think its the best thing I ever bought. I use it for hours every day and have for almost 3 years. I'm just sad that its battery is starting to die and I can't afford to replace it at the moment.

I don't see why you couldn't get a N900 and just not use the phone feature. Unless you live somewhere where you have to buy a phone plan to buy a phone (read: The U.S., the only country I know where you can't buy all phones separately without a subscription from any phone stores. And even there you might be able to import one without a subscription.).

Comment: Re:Debian? (Score 3, Informative) 202

by tpwch (#33169928) Attached to: Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen
Most of the time when ubuntu needs to update a package they first check if debian has an updated version, and most of the time it has. And if you compare the package count of the distros debians is higher. It happens, but is pretty rare, that ubuntu adds some package that debian doesn't have for some reason. You've probably come across a few of those. You shouldn't be running experimental. Things that gets put in experimental are things that are known to be very likely to break stuff. Its mean for debian developers and people who want to help test things and report bugs only. And even they don't install all of experimental, just the packages they want to test. Chances are you didn't run experimental unless you know a lot about how the package system works, as you have to specifically specify that you want stuff from experimental when you install or update a package, just adding it to the repos doesn't do it. Its pretty unlikely that you got a system working with no problems if you really did install all of experimental.

Comment: Re:Debian? (Score 4, Informative) 202

by tpwch (#33169862) Attached to: Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen
Compared to a few years ago, yes, debian is a lot more up to date. I'd recommend running testing, or unstable if you know what you're doing. Stable doesn't get updated after release except for critical fixes like security updates (which is the way its supposed to be, so you can throw it on a server and not have to worry about a future update breaking things), but debians testing and unstable quality is higher than the stable of most distros.

Comment: Re:Make the switch from Dual Booting (Score 1) 427

by tpwch (#32935476) Attached to: Wine 1.2 Released
Vent has worked in wine for years. I'm using it right now. You just need to download the audio codec since that doesn't come with vent. Just google for msgsm32.acm and put that file in the system32 folder in your wine installation. Getting push-to-talk takes a bit more work, but its doable, just google and you'll find it.

Comment: Re:How many KiloCalories if you burn a human? (Score 3, Informative) 183

by tpwch (#32927360) Attached to: DARPA To Turn Humans Into Batteries
Its a pretty easy calculation. According to google an average non-overweight human is about 15% fat and 18% protein (the protein number varies a bit depending on the source, but lets use 18% for this calculation).

A gram of fat is 9 kcal and a gram of protein is 4 kcal for a person. Not sure if there is anything else in the human body that would store energy, the carbohydate amount is small enough that its neglegible.

So a person weighing 75 kilos would have 155 250 kcal in his body. I imagine that when burning that however a lot of the energy would be lost to evaporating the water in the human body.

Comment: Re:More details and downloadable archive (Score 1) 578

by tpwch (#32873006) Attached to: Claimed Proof That UNIX Code Was Copied Into Linux
Interesting. I just figured that it was because i was short for iterator, and if you needed more than one you went with the next letter. Maybe thats part of it as well. I've just always done it since the example code I first looked at when I learned my first language did it that way.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"