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Comment Re:In defiance of Betteridge's law of headline: ye (Score 1) 333

I have an IPad 1 and a Kindle Fire and I still prefer to read on my Motorola Atrix Phone because of the weight. I've dropped a hint to my wife that I'd like a Kindle Paperwhite in 11 days.

The backlight(I like to read in bed) and weight are killer features for me.

Perhaps in a few years we'll have a tablet as thin and light as a Kindle reader with quadruple the power of today's best tablets and a Hybrid display.

Comment Habitable Planets might be rare (Score 5, Insightful) 135

But what about moons?

We have found plenty of Jupiter size planets in the habitable zone.

Imagine a planet larger than Jupiter with 60 moons orbiting in the habitable zone. Many with liquid water.

I just marvel at the amount and diversity of moons in our own solar system. It seems like there would be far more moons in the habitable zone than planets universe wide.

Hopefully in the future we'll build some giant telescope and get a better answer.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 108

I have several email addresses as I am sure many people do.

I have an Email address for my own consulting company.
An Email address with a company whom I do a lot of work for
A personal Email address
A hacker address ;)

The LAST thing I want to do is combine them and possibly make a mistake. I have different clients and web interfaces for each. I know when I am here on this computer that I am taking care of this particular business.

Definitely not needed here.

Comment Re:Water, or some other fluid? (Score 1) 180

THEN zap it with a laser!

They didn't, they moved right along. This is one of the more interesting things I took from the NASA site.

"A long-flowing stream can be a habitable environment," said Grotzinger. "It is not our top choice as an environment for preservation of organics, though. We're still going to Mount Sharp, but this is insurance that we have already found our first potentially habitable environment."

There seems to be many steam beds in an alluvial plain. It's pretty clear that a liquid water river system once flowed there. You would think a river/stream system would be the ultimate place to start searching for life. But they seem to have a better target.

Comment Re:Teaching kids the ability to discern (Score 4, Interesting) 646

What is the "Real World"?

My kid knows right vs. wrong.

He just turned 9 and my wife and I (and our many friends and their children) all fully agree that he has Never lied in his life. We are not worried about Him, we are worried about the INTERNET shoving completely inappropriate things down to him.

It doesn't take a very creative Google search to come up with some fully inappropriate content.

And it's getting Worse!

By the day!!

FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!, AMEN!!, but not to my 9 Year Old.

Comment Re:Net Nanny (Score 1) 646

I'm sorry if that sounded too harsh, this place that we all love has bias towards FREE software. I just saw "FREE" instead of "Low Cost Free". Maybe it should be "Low Cost/Free" in the headline. Net Nanny has worked well for us the past couple of years.

At $40/year I think this is definitely Low Cost.

Definitely check it out and see if it meets your needs.

Comment Rick Riordan (Score 1) 726

My just turned 9 y.o. boy is just finishing one of his series and about to start another. Says it's the best thing he's ever read. He just finished Potter prior to starting this series.

Everything he writes gets pretty good reviews on Amazon.

I haven't read it, but my wife says she enjoyed the Percy Jackson series with some of her 7th graders.


The Games Programmers Play 163

An anonymous reader writes "Cort Stratton, a developer who has worked on graphics code for many first-party PS3 games, wrote an article about the kinds of games that appeal to programmers. He covers coding-friendly games of varying depth, mentioning basics like RoboRally, RoboSport and Frozen Synapse before moving on to more complex options. Quoting: 'On the surface, SpaceChem has nothing to do with programming; it's merely a futuristic puzzle game in which you build factories that convert one or more input molecules into one or more output molecules. Each factory contains a pair of independent molecule manipulators (the game calls them "waldos") which follow a fixed path through the work area. Waldos can grab, drop, and rotate molecules, make and break chemical bonds between atoms, request new input molecules and submit output molecules. ... Don't be fooled! This isn't a game about chemistry; it's actually the closest thing I've ever seen to a low-level SPU programming simulator! Each factory is an SPU running a single task. The two waldos are the SPU's dual execution pipelines. Moving and editing molecules is analogous to reading, writing and operating on data in local store.'"

Comment Re:Group = Social Media? (Score 2) 200

Groupon just doesn't work for me. I live 40 minutes east of Atlanta(which has a very spread out metro area).

90% of their deals are for crap I would never buy(nails, massage, spa, etc.). Occasionally they have a 1/2 price meal deal, but they are all 40-60 miles away. Am I going to drive for 2 hours to save $15-$20 on a meal? Would you?

Maybe it works better for those living in more urban areas.

It's a pretty good idea, but $1 billion IPO. I'm not buying that bubble.

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