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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

ArAgost Finally (332 comments)

Not a day too soon. Flash needs to go the way of the Dodo ASAP, with its one-platform-or-you're-SOL approach.

more than 2 years ago
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Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

ArAgost Re:Need Moar Dissenters! (963 comments)

I wish I had mod points. This. Exactly because this an issue of scientific method, dissenters should be (almost) welcome.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

ArAgost Not just a typo, it seems (288 comments)

Maybe if you bought one you would know at least how to spell its name. It's “Britannica”, for your information.

more than 2 years ago
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Higgs Signal Gains Strength

ArAgost Re:Eh? (189 comments)

4.3 sigma corresponds to a confidence level of 99,998292% (credit to Wolfram|alpha). This is about as certain as death and taxes if compared to “everyday” events, but maybe it's not enough for theoretical physicists (I'm not one).

more than 2 years ago
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The RMS Tour Rider

ArAgost Re:Strangely inspirational (373 comments)

What about “no trains because they spy me” but he's ok with planes?

more than 2 years ago
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Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

ArAgost Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

While that may save your life in such a circumstance, if the cruise control fails to disengage, he won't be happy with the speed decreasing; I hope their feedback control is saner than the rest of the software, but you might end having the machine revving up like crazy by itself, still not good.

more than 2 years ago
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Android ICS Will Require 16GB RAM To Compile

ArAgost Good news! (357 comments)

Does this mean they'll be releasing the source code?

more than 2 years ago
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BlackBerry Outage Spreads To North America

ArAgost Re:Oblig. (272 comments)

The funny thing is, nobody with a Blackberry will get this joke.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Learn About Game Theory and AI?

ArAgost Re:Russell and Norvig (152 comments)

You do raise a very interesting point, which would be worth discussing far more than my limited attention span and the hostility to long form writing of this input box allow me to.
I do think that the interest of OP goes beyond the superficial coverage of these topics we often see in press and politics, and this is already made evident by the fact he came here to ask. Moreover, even a cursory read of the Russel-Norvig brings no risk of misrepresentation - that's exactly why I loved that book: clear language, and only good information. I do think that a full-fledged, graduate level AI or game theory of soft computing course would be much more beneficial, but if he cannot invest that kind of resource, we can probably agree that he's better off with a great book than with some random snippets on wikipedia.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Learn About Game Theory and AI?

ArAgost Re:Russell and Norvig (152 comments)

Seconded. There's everything you need, and it's also well written. No wonder it's a de facto standard in universities everywhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Researcher Cracks OS X Lion Passwords

ArAgost Re:Not really cracking the passwords. (165 comments)

What TFA forgot to mention is that the attacker can change the password without breaking a sweat. So while still not straightforward (you have to get the user to execute your applet), there is no need to brute force.

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers

ArAgost Falsehood (284 comments)

Apple OS X Lion shipped with new NVidia video drivers that are causing anyone with a mid 2010 Macbook Pro to get a kernel panic every 5-10 minutes.

Uh, what? I've yet to see a MBP with Lion getting a KP. Do editors really fall for this obvious linkbaiting?

about 3 years ago
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Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

ArAgost Re:Outrage (230 comments)

The traffic being unencrypted does not mean it was “broadcast” (as in: intended for everybody), and the fact that they had to use passive mode confirms it. Visible light and acoustic wave come out of my house all the time, but it's not great practice to acquire them for business purpose without asking me.

about 3 years ago
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Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

ArAgost Re:Outrage (230 comments)

I guess they shouldn't obscure faces and license plates too, then?

about 3 years ago
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Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

ArAgost Re:Outrage (230 comments)

Actually it's not similar, it's way worse. Apple cached information about the user location on the user's terminal, for performance purposes (although it wasn't stored in the safest way possible). Google grabbed this info from the street, without asking permission, and used that information for business purpose (and not a very fair one, see the Skyhook vs. Google lawsuit). Plus, the notion that a company can collect data “accidentally” is laughable, especially considering the process in which it was acquired.

about 3 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

ArAgost Re:Wow. That's good. isnt it ? (410 comments)

[...] japan is 100 million (and you HAVE to have advanced gadgetry there - cellular phones that cannot display tv broadcasts dont sell - that includes apple's iphones http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/02/why-the-iphone/ )

You might want to check your sources: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/02/28/japanese_hate_for_iphone_all_a_big_mistake.html http://mashable.com/2009/07/04/iphone-japan/

or is it some marketing hype in order to make the stocks in nasdaq move ?

I don't think AAPL really needs this kind of help. Selling a crapload of high-profit stuff seems to work well enough for them.

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Human-Robot Love

ArAgost Re:Love? (137 comments)

...fourth stage: profit!

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

ArAgost Re:Penis Spaceship ? (279 comments)

Please articulate how a torus-shaped building reminds you of a penis in any state of turgidness.

more than 3 years ago
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RSA Admits SecurID Tokens Have Been Compromised

ArAgost Cyber intrusions (219 comments)

1992 called, they wanted the adjective “cyber” back.

more than 3 years ago

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