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Comment Re:My brother has a doctorate ... (Score 1) 178

No, I admit everything, otherwise I would not post.
Of course I am jealous of him having a doctorate. I am also jealous of him going to Berkeley to study, and of the inflated salary that his degree has given him.

I could also admit that I have always thought of him as somewhat of a buffoon. I have read a few of the papers that my brother have produced, and have concluded that it is of no consequence.

I have thought of his field of study as being mostly junk even before he expressed an interest in it.
Events in recent years and the macroeconomic community's failure to predict the economic downturn have only reinforced my belief in the field as junk science. ("Hey, let's remove banks from our model of the economy and the model will work!")

Comment Re:Questionable List (Score 1) 657

4) Spotify -- well, many people enjoy streaming music, and it's not like Spotify slows your computer down just by being installed there

Spotify is actually using a peer-to-peer file-sharing for distributing music files.
File-sharing music files does not consume that much resources (compared to, say, file-sharing movies...), but saying that it does not consume resources at all is wrong.

Comment My brother has a doctorate ... (Score 1) 178

... but his doctorate is in macroeconomics, so it doesn't count.
Most of macroeconomic theory is junk science anyway. If you are really interested in macroeconomics, you should study statistics, economic history, political science etc. instead. Of course he got a good share of that too, but not enough to do a doctor in my opinion.

My sister went to college for two years studying design but got no degree.
I have a Master's degree in Computer and Systems Sciences.

Therefore, I do consider myself to have better formal education than my siblings. Better than the average of the two of them, anyway.

Comment Time of day ... (Score 3, Interesting) 211

My answer to the poll's question would be different depending on which time of the day that I would be asked:
* I always read the newspaper in the morning while I eat breakfast.
* I often read on-line in-depth articles during the day and evening, either in a trade magazine or online (frequent visitor to Ars Technica.. which a third of Slashdot topics seem to link to anyway)
* I often end the day with a good book (fiction).

And as to the question if visiting Slashdot itself would constitute the answer "Something Online", I would answer: No, not unless you have actually clicked a link in a story and read the article that the story links to.

Comment Re:Good article on how keyboards got flatter. (Score 1) 201

No, you are wrong about rollover. Practically only the best mechanical gaming keyboards these days have unlimited rollover, because of there being a diode for each switch in the matrix.

Most inexpensive keyboards have instead a matrix that is optimized so that keys that are commonly used together don't block each other ..
There are still combinations of keys that do.
Modern cheap gaming keyboards these days have matrices that are optimized so that the keys in and around the WASD cluster can be used together.

One thing that irks me whenever I see the iPad's .. or even most Android keyboards, is that the row staggering is non-standard compared to physical keyboards.

Comment Re:Keyboard evolution stopped with the Model M! (Score 1) 201

No, the PS/2 came with the IBM Model M2 , which was made even cheaper.
All plastic construction. Smaller, cheaper key caps. The stabilizer bars were not even made of metal. No curve to the keyboard. More noisy than the bigger Model M even though it had the same springs and hammers.

A weird side-note, is that the most expensive vintage keyboard on the collector's market: the "ergonomic" IBM Adjustable Keyboard (Model M15) is closer in construction to the M2 than to the old Model M.

Comment Why I like Eclipse (Score 1) 586

While I agree with the author about Java, there are other things why I prefer to use Eclipse (over other editors/IDEs)

* The compare editor. Especially in conjunction with the SVN plugin. Very very useful.

* I can have more than one project open, and edit and compare files in both. I may seem like something trivial, but too many other IDEs are deficient in this regard.

Comment Re:Kitchen advice. (Score 1) 372

I agree completely with this.

Also, look at doors and drawers and different solutions for different areas. A slide-out drawer for pots and pans is much more convenient than a cupboard under the sink that you would have to crouch down to.

Make sure that the doors and drawers have handles that your wife can use without breaking a nail.

Doors that open upwards on a spring-loaded hinge are dangerous. Don't even think about having them unless the cupboard is very very high up.

All doors should have dampeners.

Make sure you have power outlets where you will need them.

Comment Re:Let people code how they like (Score 4, Insightful) 479

Coding style is not just be about making code look pretty (according to someone's personal definition of pretty). The purpose of a coding standard is to make the code more readable and thus, more understandable. Having the code look consistent helps in that regard.
Most of the time as a programmer is not spent on producing code but on skimming through other people's code and trying to figure out how something works, or why something doesn't work. Time is money, and it is better that a code writer spends a few extra seconds on making the code more readable than a code reader spending maybe fifteen minutes on the same piece of code because he misunderstood some detail of it the first time around because it was written in a weird way.

There are some things that are more important than whitespace and braces, that are too often overlooked. A coding style/code standard should also include conventions for code patterns, comments and how to choose reasonable variable names ... and these things can not be changed by a "pretty printer".

Comment Re:Why are graphics awesome on Android? (Score 1) 455

Wayland's protocol is asynchronous, in the same way as X11.

X11 requires a round-trip to the application whenever it needs to redraw a damaged portion of a window. This means that if the application (or the communication to the application) is slow, then redraw is slow.
Compare the redraw of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Chrome redraws fast. Firefox redraws slowly, especially when loading a page.

Wayland, MacOS X Quartz and the Windows 7 compositor avoid this problem by being "compositing window managers". They cache the contents of each window in a local buffer, a so called "backing store" and redraw by copying pixels from the backing store.

You can use the compositing window manager Compiz together with X11 to get faster redraw. Today. Without needing to stop using X. With retained network transparency, etc. With all the X extensions that you need.

To me, Wayland seems like a solution to only one problem: There is some tiny tiny lag in the way that Compiz redraws. Not enough that people will notice it, though.

Comment Re:Physicist here. (Score 1) 190

In the case of 'a', there have been a few studies that have shown that there can be a real effect. You have not looked enough.
One problem is that radiation in different frequency band can have different effects, or none. The science that has been done has been done on 1G and 2G frequencies, while most people that use a mobile phone a lot are using 3G, or even 4G these days.

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