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Comment Re:MSIE (Score 1) 736

My favorite terrible progress bar was Internet Explorer, back in its early days of essentially being a renamed version of NCSA Mosaic. When attempting to load a site that wasn't available, the progress bar would slowly creep towards complete, despite the server being completely unresponsive. Then after a long while the browser would give up and stop the progress bar. Why on earth would the progress bar move if the server is completely unresponsive? Who programmed this? I would hope that they, like the inventor of Clippy, suffered a terrible death by fire.

Early versions of Netscape had an issue where if a download was getting slow, the speed would creep down and down, until it hit a divide by zero error and crashed the browser.

Comment Samsung CLP-510 (Score 1) 266

It was less than $200 for a color laser printer with duplexing. I paid an extra $40 or so for a network card for it. I've had it for about 3 years and never even changed the toner cartridges yet. The only drawbacks, it's really heavy and loud, and takes a while to warm up, but for as little as I print, it's great.

Comment Re:Therewhile ... (Score 1) 322

Water transportation is about 10-30% of the cost of rail or truck, so there's just no impetus to build high speed rail.

So at the end of the day, when planes are faster for passenger movement, water transportation is already available and vastly cheaper for goods movement, why on earth would anyone in the US build high speed rail? What's the advantage?

However, water transportation is vulnerable to droughts, as witnessed by the current problems with barge traffic on the Mississippi River.

Comment none, but... (Score 1) 111

I can't juggle, but I taught my brother how to. I learned from a book (Juggling for the Complete Klutz, which I highly recommend, btw), but didn't have the patience to actually develop the muscle memory. Meanwhile, my brother was wanting to learn, so I taught him!

Comment Wasted Talent (Score 1) 321

Wasted Talent is about an girl getting through engineering school and then in the real world. It's great art and really funny! My personal favorite is hugo-nominated Schlock Mercenary, which I consider the best overall. It's been around a while, and is always funny, and always updates (no missed comics in over 12 years, even when his datacenter exploded). For best artwork, and a great story, I agree with many other posters in saying that multiple-Hugo-winning Girl Genius wins hands down. I do love xkcd, and most of the other ones mentioned. I should also mention Foxtrot, which is not strictly a webcomic (it's also in newspaper syndication). I also read Sluggy Freelance, another really long-running webcomic. Lastly, I like Free Fall, a little less well-known comic about a genetically modified wolf who gets a job as an engineer for a petty crook, and tries to stop the robot apocalypse.

Comment Re:So copyright is not just who can copy? (Score 1) 338

Where do you think all those period cars come from in old films?

If they are truly old films, the cars were contemporary. If they are modern films set in old times, the cars can be CG pretty easily. Even if using practical effects, it's not hard to find an old junker that won't run and put paint on the cleanest side so that side can face the camera as background scenery.

Comment Re:interesting (Score 1) 71

Not a lot of offerings in Linux game engines so far, so this would be a nice addition. Afaik, the only real options are various derivative of older open-sourced Id Software engines, and Ogre3d. Plus Unity recently added the ability to export builds to Linux, but not to develop on Linux.

I suppose Cube counts.

Comment Re:How is this different? (Score 1) 530

> Rather, the study determined three factors — reasoning, short-term memory and verbal ability — that combined to create human intelligence or “cognitive profile.”

And IQ tests test 2 of those factors... reasoning (through math), and verbal (through written). They've just discovered that "memory" is important to "cognitive ability."

Saying that IQ is a myth is hyperbole. They've identified that it exists and that it has 3 (instead of 2) components.

When I took an IQ test, there was a memory component.

Comment ESD / PulseAudio / etc. (Score 4, Interesting) 124

When Enlightenment came out, it also included ESD, the Enlightened Sound Daemon. Window events could cause sounds, which was nice, but ESD was also a sound multiplexing and remote sound protocol that was way ahead of its time. Now, there are PulseAudio, Jack, Yiff, Phonon, etc. and many people say the whole thing's a big mess. What's your opinion on the current state of sound / mixing on Linux desktops.

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