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Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 365

I have to second you on the choice of Ada. A most robust and controlled/secure development platform for general purpose use, I have been developing in Ada for as long as I have owned TAOCP (got my copy in the early 80's). Every one of the exercises were implementable in Ada.

As for reading the books ... I've read through them over a dozen times in the past 30+ years ... can't say I completely understand all of it but my comprehension grows every year. :D

Comment Re:"Not at men's expense" (Score 1) 266

I read something a while back that the NRA is removing the gender-specific categories for shooting competitions since the men and women were scoring so closely to each other that there was no discernible difference in performance by gender.

Not sure if they still are or what the current status is but it's a step in the right direction. For all those things where gender should be irrelevant ... it will be.

Comment Re:HAHA !! FUNNY JOKE !! (Score 2) 99

Not quite. It's retarded admins that use password authentication on public facing SSH services. I have had a public facing SSH server for over 5 years now and it ONLY permits key-based authentication. I have NEVER had an unauthorized login. But them I'm an unpublished no-name IT guy who only follows those "best practices" that the so-called experts keep railing on about but don't seem to follow themselves.

I am certain you can also have a secure Windows server that has a public facing connection on the internet ... I've just never had the patience to try it.

Android

Submission + - SPAM: Mayan Calendar Apps - Get Them While They Last!

An anonymous reader writes: Will the apps disappear after Dec 21st, 2012? I Don't know.

But wait — seriously — there are a few that cost money. Talk about opportunistic. It seems that developers feel iPhone and iPad users are willing to drop money because I haven't found any free iOS apps. However the Android apps are free. Well at least one iOS app has a "price drop" just ten days before . . .

Remember all of the who-ha over Y2K? Seems like yesterday. Hmmmm, I wonder if my computer was set to the Mayan calendar and is set to go poof?

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Graphics

Submission + - Vector vengeance: British claim they can kill the pixel within five years (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "The humble pixel — the 2D picture element that has formed the foundation of just about every kind of digital media for the last 50 years — may soon meet its maker. Believe it or not, if a team of British are to be believed, the pixel, within five short years, will be replaced with vectors. If you know about computer graphics, or if you’ve ever edited or drawn an image on your computer, you know that there are two primary ways of storing image data: As a bitmap, or as vectors. A bitmap is quite simply a giant grid of pixels, with the arrangement and color of the pixels dictating what the image looks like. Vectors are an entirely different beast: In vector graphics, the image is described as a series of mathematical equations. To draw a bitmap shape you just color in a block of pixels; with vector graphics, you would describe the shape in terms of height, width, radius, and so on. At the moment, bitmaps are used almost exclusively in the realm of digital media — but that isn't to say they don't have their flaws. As display (and camera and cinema) resolution increases, so does the number of pixels. The obvious problem with this is that larger bitmaps are computationally more expensive to process, resulting in a slower (or more expensive) workflow. Pixel bitmaps don’t scale very gracefully; reduction is okay, but enlargement is a no-no. There is always the issue of a master format, too: With pixel bitmaps, conversions from one format to another, or changing frame rates, is messy, lossy business. Which finally leads us back to the innovation at hand: Philip Willis and John Patterson of the University of Bath in England have devised a video codec that replaces pixel bitmaps with vectors."
Security

Submission + - IT Pros Get Rowdiest At Company Holiday Parties? (channelweb.co.uk)

ericatcw writes: According to ChannelWeb UK, IT guys (and gals) are the most likely "to embarrass themselves" at Christmas and holiday parties this season. Nearly 40% of the 2,000 workers surveyed by Avaya — admittedly, in the UK — admitted to drinking too much while 27% said they "snogged" (kissed) their boss during holiday gatherings.
The Military

Submission + - No One Is Totally Sure How North Korea Sent a Rocket to Space (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "How did North Korea take a rocket design that failed just 90 seconds into launch and turn it into something that works in only eight months? As Robert Beckhusen noted at Wired, "Still, rocketry is an extraordinarily difficult engineering task. It’s not uncommon for developed countries with advanced rocket programs to fail at it."

According to rocketry experts, North Korea's program is based on reverse-engineering old Soviet technology, which isn't exactly the most reliable place to start. But for such an impoverished country, it's easier than starting from scratch. On Monday, David Wright at All Things Nuclear wrote a an excellent post explaining why it didn't seem realistic for North Korea to finish engineering a working rocket in just eight months, noting that the U.S. and Japan were still crunching telemetry data to figure out why the April rocket failed at least into October. If it took those two countries at least that long to figure out what went wrong, Wright argues, then a December launch seemed too soon to be realistic."

Space

Submission + - North Korea Is The Newest Power In Space (forbes.com)

utherdoul writes: North Korea has been trying since 1998 to put a satellite into orbit: On December 12th, they finally succeeded. Officials described the launch as a “peaceful project,” and said the rocket carried a weather satellite; other countries have condemned the mission as a step towards launching ballistic missiles at targets across the globe. From the article:

The Unha-3 rocket blasted off at around 10 AM local time from a space center in the village of Tongchang-ri on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, flew over the East China Sea, the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, and then past the Philippines. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirms that the rocket’s payload achieved earth orbit.

Games

Submission + - Frame latency spikes plague Radeon graphics cards (techreport.com)

crookedvulture writes: "AMD is bundling a stack of the latest games with graphics cards like its Radeon HD 7950. One might expect the Radeon to perform well in those games, and it does. Sort of. The Radeon posts high FPS numbers, the metric commonly used to measure graphics performance. However, it doesn't feel quite as smooth as the competing Nvidia solution, which actually scores lower on the FPS scale. This comparison of the Radeon HD 7950 and GeForce 660 Ti takes a closer look at individual frame latencies to explain why. Turns out the Radeon suffers from frequent, measurable latency spikes that noticeably disrupt the smoothness of animation without lowering the FPS average substantially. This trait spans multiple games, cards, and operating systems, and it's "raised some alarms" internally at AMD. Looks like Radeons may have problems with smooth frame delivery in new games despite boasting competitive FPS averages."

Comment Re:Mists of Dailyquestia (Score 1) 204

I agree completely. As a casual MMO-gamer I find the work/reward system to be the most enjoyable part of WoW. The fact that there is always SO much to do in this huge landscape is what keeps me coming back.

Have a bad day at work where you feel you have been "grinding" for 8-10 hours and accomplished nothing? Hit a raid or daily and, poof, you just did something useful with your day (emotionally at least by comparison).

Some days I just like to sit around and fish for that damn turtle mount ... doesn't matter that I haven't gotten it yet. It was the same for the TLPD. Until you happen upon it by chance and you get really excited because you haven't actually seen it in 2 years of playing the game.

So, personally, I love the new content. Have always enjoyed the background music for many of the zones (even bought the soundtrack a few years back). The back stories are engaging and the characters/NPC's you meet are often hilarious.

And speaking of grinding ... go for Insane in the Membrane and THEN complain to me about grinding... sure, it's easier now that the Shen'dralar are gone ... not.

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