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Comment Re:I guess I'm old fashioned (Score 1) 439

Hardly true. Unless you're talking of really low level stuff(ie pre-university), most of the time you find yourself with teachers doing exams extremely biased to what they said and not the actual subject.
This means you can be smart, and know the subject fairly well but find yourself not getting good grades because you did not explain it the way the teacher repeated it in class.

Alternatively, it is quite obvious to anyone who actually went to school that those leading their classes are rarely the smartest, but those that worked their ass off.

Intelligence certainly does not give you academic success.

Comment Re:I guess I'm old fashioned (Score 1) 439

Is it? At least for me, most of the work I do I learned out of school. School I only did to get diplomas and degrees to get the job in the first place. It's not so much education anymore as just a way to prove you're smart enough to matter.(and even that part is not so true, since dumb overachievers will do better than lazy smart people most of the time)

Submission + - In THIS house... FTL fields and currents. Really! (scientificamerican.com)

fyngyrz writes: So you think of electrons like dominoes in a wire. Push on the one in the end, the others react one after another. Pretty vanilla physics. Further, because the electrons are moving, you get magnetic effects, radio, etc. Good stuff. So. What if you move all the "dominos" at once? Put your virtual hand on all of them, and push them over. They're not moving sequentially any longer. They move together. At any speed you can make them go. Well, that's what these researchers are doing — "pushing" all along a conductor at once, able to make a signal go — ready? — FTL. Fascinating stuff. And it may explain pulsars.

Submission + - Thailand shuts down 43,000 more websites (bangkokpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bangkok Post reports that the Thai government has now shut down over 43,000 websites deemed defamatory to the royal institution. Thai ISP's are warned to cooperate 'voluntarily' or lose their license. This is in addition to 17,000+ that were recently blocked for 'national security', including both Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Comment Re:My take as an old time firefox user ... (Score 2, Informative) 646

Also, it is true that jemalloc(the memory allocator) of firefox is quite broken under linux. It is however quite good under windows, and there are very few leaks from firefox itself nowadays. Most leaks come from non-updated extensions/a couple known culprits(see firebug/video download helper/menu editor, and a couple others)

Comment My take as an old time firefox user ... (Score 5, Interesting) 646

I think that the problem is actually that the higher firefox devs. seem to be focused on looking like chrome/opera... and keep on introducing new features that break the rest of the browser.
People don't move to chrome because of the ui(well okay, some do, most I know didn't), they moved because it was faster and less buggy.

What firefox needs is optimization/cleaning, not new features.

I will personally stay with the fox until chrome or opera allow for both real gui modification(which both opera and chrome lack) and extensions(chrome has that, or at least starting to pick up).v

Comment Re:NO gig-e low # ports and pci bus for most of th (Score 1) 344

Uh... What about if you want your box to do good 802.11n? That's faster than 100FE. Considering the OP talks of a router to replace his wrt54GL one can safely assume he intends to use wifi devices. And reasonably one can expect ether devices too, possibly on GbE. So sure internet<->router requiring GbE is rare, but device<-GbE ether->router<-wifi->device is hardly uncommon.

Comment Depressing... (Score 4, Insightful) 983

Between apple and sony, the world seems to be going towards lawyer locking of everything as fast as possible.
I'm not sure about other people, but that sanitized future world is kind of really depressing.
Next step is you'll have to spend all your digital money to the 4 big corporations that control and enforce each of their platforms integrity in totalitarian ways.

News... that only come from a couple big media agencies.
Games... that check permanently online they're unmodified, and require trusted platforms banning any form of liberty/homebrew.
Videos&Music... that only come out in DRM form with you-are-only-renting-from-us terms.
Internet connections... where you can only do what the isp deems safe.

Comment Re:I think there's a slight misconception there. (Score 1) 532

Nice troll there. I think YOU have never coded anything complex and graphical in js. I have and it's anything but a nice experience.
Flash is also pretty atrocious, but it has a lot more tools that make it decently usable.
If there's one issue it's whether web content SHOULD have that kind of piece of software embedded.

Comment I think there's a slight misconception there. (Score 1) 532

It seems people are forgetting a lot.
It's not "Flash VS HTML5 Video" it's "Flash Video vs HTML5 Video"...
There is a LOT more to flash than just playing videos.
The thing is that regardless of what most people say, HTML5(with js canvas, css, etc) is hardly convenient to code many things that flash does really well. Currently we only have a couple gizmos and proof of concept games/apps in js... There are thousands of well made apps that work really fine in flash doing all of that.
I personally think that while flash is certainly not ideal, it is serving a purpose that html5 can not fill easily.(And unlike what people think, the flash vm is actually quite fast and efficient)
Obviously for presentation stuff or video, I will agree flash should go away(and probably will).
(Exception set aside of really artistic & filled-with-transitions artistic websites, with little content, where it's fine)

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