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Comment Re:Wishing him well (Score 1) 471

Wozniack has made objective reports that he is a "terrible" person. Really? Terrible?

I've seen reports (and no report made on the character of another person is truly objective) he's a taskmaster, a jerk who wants things his way. I wouldn't call them terrible people. I don't see him getting accused of racism or sexual harrasment.

Being in tech support I interact with people like that all the time. No reason to wish them ill health.

Comment Re:Investing in the Future won't get you votes tod (Score 1) 760

if public sector research developed something, how can you prove that private companies WOULD have done it for less? Unless they both happen to develop simultaneously, without knowledge of the other (so no cross contamination of work) you can't prove it. You also can't prove that if the private sector developed something that the public sector would have for far less (or more).

Data Storage

WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide 56

J. Dzhugashvili writes "New SSDs just keep coming out from all corners of the market, and keeping track of all of them isn't the easiest job in the world. Good thing SSD roundups pop up every once in a while. This time, Western Digital's recently launched SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive has been compared against new entrants from Corsair, Kingston, and Plextor. The newcomers faced off against not just each other, but also Intel's famous X25-M G2, WD's new VelociRaptor VR200M mechanical hard drive, and a plain-old WD Caviar Black 2TB thrown in for good measure. Who came out on top? Priced at about the same level, the WD and Plextor drives each seem to have deal-breaking performance weaknesses. The Kingston drive is more affordable than the rest, but it yielded poor IOMeter results. In the end, the winner appeared to be Corsair's Nova V128, which had similar all-around performance as Intel's 160GB X25-M G2 but with a slightly lower capacity and a more attractive price." Thanks to that summary, you might not need to wade through all 10 of the pages into which the linked article's been split.

Comment Re:Science or Religion? (Score 1) 1136

Yes. Either:

a) Provide, with evidence, a measurable alternative other than man-made greenhouse gases to the increased energy in the atmosphere (remember no solar increases have been measured in 50 years but temperatures have continued going up.)

b) The measured global temperature declines for enough years for it to be an obvious trend. One year ain't cutting it, and cherry picking your start dates to show a decline is also not going to work.

there are probably others, but either of these cases would falisfy the current theory. You'll have to do actual work to prove it, not sit around on the internet spouting the same tired crap as everyone else, but that's science how science works.

Comment fighting the wrong fragmentation (Score 4, Interesting) 178

They're fighting the wrong fragmentation. The fragmentation is in the number of handset form factors, chipsets and OSes. Apple, Google, and now even Microsoft are fighting this fragmentation. Apple with total control over all form factors and OSes they use. Google with a standard OS, but less standardized form factors. And with Win Phone microsoft said they'll be vetting manufacturers more than in the past and won't allow UI skinning.

Write once, run everywhere doesn't work when the basic functionality of each device varies so much.

Comment Re:Notes? (Score 1) 569

writing focuses me on the subject and forces me to listen, think about it, then write. just "listening, and thinking" means thinking about girls, at least for me. I remember something I wrote far more than something i just listened to.

If students are writing everything the teacher says, like a stenographer, then they're doing it wrong.

If the teachers slides are sufficient notes, then they're doing it wrong.

Comment I learned on an Apple //e too (Score 1) 965

Holy crap this is idiotic.

I learned on an Apple //e. The only language available was Applesoft. It was great I did some neat things with it. But when I wanted to expand and do another language, 6502 Assembler in my case, it was too expensive to get a compiler/editor so I got a pirated one.

For the Mac and iPhone OS Apple now gives away the entire IDE, compilers, simulators, everything FOR FREE.

Sure if I want to load an app I wrote on to my iPod Touch the "official" way I have to pay Apple $99 for the developer membership (there is no need for Apple approval of any app you write to load on your own device.) Or if I can't afford the $99 -- I jailbreak my iPod. Considering the few qualms I had about pirating an Assembler, if i were in a tinkering mood jailbreaking would be a no brainer. Heck, it isn't even stealing like my pirating was.

If anything the tools and capabilties of tinkering with todays devices is WAY cooler than when I was kid. Peek/Poke. Screw that, now you can write Objective-C. And if it turns out really, really cool you can sell it to a world wide audience for only $99.


Game Developers Note Net Neutrality Concerns To FCC 74

eldavojohn writes "A list of notes from game developers (PDF) was sent in a letter to the FCC which represented a net neutrality discussion between the developers and FCC representatives. Game Politics sums it up nicely, but the surprise is that developers are concerned with latency, not bandwidth, unlike the members of many other net neutrality discussions. One concern is that each and every game developer will need to negotiate with each and every ISP to ensure their traffic achieves acceptable levels of latency for users. 'Mr. Dyl of Turbine stated that ISPs sometimes block traffic from online gaming providers, for reasons that are not clear, but they do not necessarily continue those blocks if they are contacted. He recalled Turbine having to call ISPs that had detected the high UDP traffic from Turbine, and had apparently decided to block the traffic and wait to see who complained.' It seems a lot of the net neutrality discussions have only worried about one part of the problem — Netflix, YouTube and P2P — while an equally important source of concern went unnoticed: latency in online games."

Comment Re:Strange question (Score 5, Informative) 302

> an "encryption system" needs to store its key (or a method of obtaining the key) in the source or else the client can't view the content at all.

This is untrue for an "encryption system". It is generally true for a DRM system.

GPG, PGP, many open source projects implementing encryption systems such as AES, DES, etc... have no qualms about their source being public. Because the keys do NOT need to be included in the source.

DRM system such as DVD encryption however requires the player to be able to decode the disc for playback, but they don't want the user to be able to playback on non-certified devices. This means the player has to have a key to decode the files. Keys don't need to be stored in the source, but the source would reveal how the key was used. It would reveal implementation problems that could make breaking the DRM easier.

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