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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

AltGrendel And this is why.... (164 comments)

...I don't use Facebook. I'd keep away from it all if I could, but it's hard to be in the tech industry these days and have no/minimal online presence.

about 3 months ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

AltGrendel Insanity.... (230 comments)

...is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result - A. Einstein.

about 4 months ago
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Dorian Nakamoto Officially Denies That He Created Bitcoin

AltGrendel Evidence? (102 comments)

As I recall, Ms. Goodman had no real research beyond the facts that the name was similar and he happened to do some security work under contract.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

AltGrendel I'm not suprised. (144 comments)

I consider playing the game without doing in-game purchases part of the game. It's a good challenge and if you work it right, you can use it to teach children about economics. No, I'm not kidding. It's all about allocation of resources and also setting goals and priorities (and sticking to them). You just need to show them how to do it properly in the game.

about 5 months ago
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Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

AltGrendel Well, it's something. (308 comments)

I imagine that this will work until the child abusers find a way around it.

about 8 months ago
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How Google Glass Is Evolving As It Heads For Release To Developers

AltGrendel Good one. (140 comments)

My favorite question / answer pair: "IEEE Spectrum: What kind of business model is associated with Google Glass? Babak Parviz: This is still being worked on, but we are quite interested in providing the hardware."

Probably my favorite non-answer answer of 2012.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

AltGrendel Re: Hmm... (200 comments)

Yes, it did. The 9th Doctor saved us, didn't you know that?

about a year and a half ago
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The Underground Economy of Social Networks

AltGrendel Re:I wonder .. (84 comments)

you're presuming that people will actually use Google+.

about 2 years ago
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NSA Mimics Google, Angers Senate

AltGrendel Huh. (193 comments)

Why should we get something for free when we can pay for it? Wait a minute....

about 2 years ago
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Faulty Patch Freezes Millions of UK Bank Accounts

AltGrendel food! (155 comments)

I hate it when I can't food. We all need to food sometime.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone

AltGrendel Re:New technology, old mindsets (559 comments)

True but at least it gives them the drive to solve a knotty problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade

AltGrendel Huh. (535 comments)

And here I thought it'd be porn, not drugs that would get bitcoin going.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

AltGrendel Re:Just don't need one. (618 comments)

Exactly. If the data plans didn't cost and arm and a leg, and you KNOW they'll never lower the pricing, I'd consider it.

more than 3 years ago
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Dissecting the Neural Circuitry of Fear

AltGrendel Autism? (123 comments)

I wonder if they'll try the same techniques to study Autism?

more than 3 years ago
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Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

AltGrendel Re:While I agree it's not as good as... (609 comments)

I'm sorry, but that has got to be one of the sillier things I've read here on /. There's nothing special about this other than the fact that it's a Microsoft product. In the current smart phone market, more is expected of a product than that.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Unveils Fastest Microprocessor Ever

AltGrendel True, true. For now. (292 comments)

But it will be obsolete by the end of the month.

more than 3 years ago
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Graphene Transistors 10x Faster Than Silicon

AltGrendel Just remember. (170 comments)

The first patent for transistors was filed in 1925.
Look where they are now.

more than 4 years ago
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Telco Sues City For Plan To Roll Out Own Broadband

AltGrendel That'll learn 'em. (681 comments)

Next time the town should be more careful about granting exclusive contracts.

more than 4 years ago

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WWII code 'may never be cracked'

AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  about a year ago

AltGrendel writes "The BBC reports that experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago. But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera"
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Jack Thompson to debate at gaming convention.

AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AltGrendel writes "Screw Attack Has announced a debate at their upcoming convention:

We are extremely excited to announce the addition of one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in all of gaming to SGC's stellar line up of guests- Jack Thompson. Mr. Thompson will be making an exclusive one day only appearance on Saturday July 4th, in which he will participate in a live debate with Joystiq.com legal columnist, Mark Methenitis on the topic of video game restrictions.

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AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AltGrendel writes "Jonathan Fildes of the BBC wrote that 'In 1987, Ronald Reagan declared that the US was about to enter an incredible new era of technology. Levitating high-speed trains, super-efficient power generators and ultra-powerful supercomputers would become commonplace thanks to a new breed of materials known as high temperature superconductors (HTSC). "The breakthroughs in superconductivity bring us to the threshold of a new age," said the president. "It's our task to herald in that new age with a rush."

But 20 years on, the new world does not seem to have arrived. So what happened?'

He shares what he found in this article."
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AltGrendel AltGrendel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AltGrendel writes "The BBC reports that a team from Edinburgh have designed and built a molecule, known as a rotaxane, that can move and sort particles. It took three years of painstaking work to find a molecular form that could do this job." Powered by light, it acts as a one way gate. It also allows the device to act as a nanomachine sized motor."

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