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StunRay Incapacitates With a Flash of Light

AscianBound Starcraft... (431 comments)

Now I understand how MC makes sentries such an effective unit...

more than 3 years ago

Flight of the Desktops

AscianBound Two reasons this isn't a problem for desktops (430 comments)

Has anyone considered the other possible reasons for larger sales of laptops? First, laptops tend to wear/break more than desktops (as they are being carried around), leading to more replacements needed. Second, laptops tend to be peoples' personal computers, and desktops are often the computers of their employers. Employer owned desktops get upgraded far less than personal computers. I know this is definitely a fact at my workplace, where many of the computers are several years old. Just because desktops compromise less than half the market, it doesn't mean that they are used less/ultimately doomed. When working long hours on a computer, it is far preferable to have a desktop, and that will probably never change. Even if there are more laptops purchased, I'm sure people spend more time on their desktops, especially work time.

more than 4 years ago

Chatroulette Working On Genital Recognition Algorithm

AscianBound Recognition? (364 comments)

...and you thought fingerprinting was an invasion of privacy...

more than 4 years ago

Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories"

AscianBound Re:False Flag (412 comments)

massive Chinese factories with below-average suicide rates

Wait... that doesn't seem to fit. Or maybe you're saying that keeping Chinese workers alive is a problem. In which case, you've got a point...

more than 4 years ago

Doctors Reverse With Drugs Autism-Linked Fragile X Syndrome In Mice

AscianBound Misleading headline, "mapped"=/="reversed" (63 comments)

Both the /. and original news headline claim that scientists have found a way to "reverse" the fragile-x syndrome, but the study simply says that they have "mapped" the defective connections. That doesn't mean they know how to fix them yet...

more than 4 years ago

Company Uses DMCA To Take Down Second-Hand Software

AscianBound Re:Autodesk will lose (488 comments)

I applaud your use of "may" to avoid a false dichotomy while addressing his false trichotomy.

more than 5 years ago

Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

AscianBound Re:Actually... (380 comments)

That's nothing. Once I had to read six "that's nothing" posts in a row. And then I had to read the "that's nothing" post that pointed out the lameness of those six posts. And then I had to read my own "that's nothing" post about the---


more than 5 years ago

What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

AscianBound Re:"What color m&ms do you prefer?" (569 comments)

What if the answer is an overly active sex life and a lack of commitment to one particular women?

Obviously, the only reason this was modded funny was the ridiculousness of the suggestion that anyone on slashdot could possibly have a sex life, let alone an overly active one.

more than 5 years ago

Stock Market Manipulation By Millisecond Trading

AscianBound Re:Great future (624 comments)

And then you have the wall street leeches who juggle numbers around and suck millions out of... what exactly? The world is not richer for them in any material sense.

This is at least theoretically untrue. The idea behind investment in general is to control the flow of capital to allow "the people that actually produce stuff" to work as efficiently as possible and to produce the stuff that society wants the most. As previous posts have stated, the supposed social benefit of this specific high-speed trading is to increase liquidity and thus increase the ability of investing to carry out its purpose.

Now, how that actually works out the in real world can be debated, and there is good evidence for both sides (quantative finance being good for society or quantative finance being bad for society). But there is at least a theoretical argument (and a lot more than a theoretical argument) that they DO make the world richer in a material sense.

more than 5 years ago

Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?

AscianBound Re:MJ Factor, plus, it is summer (575 comments)

I doubt this school effect is really as significant as you claim (with no support). And even then, probably a decent portion of school computers use alternatives to IE. As equally anecdotal counter-evidence to your claim that summer decreases IE usage, I'd like to point out that the browser I am forced to use at my summer workplace is IE. There is no reason to believe that changes in user habits during summer will only move away from IE. And finally, has this kind of change away from IE been seen before during the summer? I do not keep up with broswer shares, but if this was normal for summer, I doubt people would be pointing it out or checking their numbers.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Files Patent On "Any-Object" Motion Control

AscianBound First thought... (69 comments)

Was anybody else's first thought......using your own penis as a joystick?

No? I must have something wrong with me.....

more than 5 years ago

First Light Images From Herschel Satellite Released

AscianBound Spin rate... (35 comments)

Though I've looked around a bit, nobody seems to have pointed out something that appears quite interesting in those pictures. The two arms of the galaxy take a sharp turn at mirror points. This seems to imply that the speed of rotation of the galaxy increased significantly suddenly. I'm no astronomer, but this seems important. Does anyone who knows more than me care to shed some light on the matter?

more than 5 years ago

AMD Employee Charged With Stealing Intel Secrets

AscianBound Usefulness? (212 comments)

I really have to wonder how significant the information that Intel could get out of these documents is. It seems to me that a few CAD designs and some "confidential" documentation wouldn't be enough to actually give AMD an edge in the market. Even if this information did include Intel "secrets" would they really be things that AMD could implement?

The guy says he copied of the documents "out of curiosity", which doesn't actually strike me as that implausible. I know I have copies of software packages being licensed for $500,000+ to my previous employer. It's not like I'm going to try to use it to make a profit, I just find it interesting stuff and want to be able to keep it.

more than 6 years ago

Unholy Matrimony? Microsoft and Cray

AscianBound Microsoft and Cray. (358 comments)

Microsoft and Cray: never has your computer crashed so fast.

more than 6 years ago

Scribbling On Digital Photos

AscianBound Re:Already exists. (134 comments)

Seriously, we need to have people that grant patents with some experience in the field they're granting patents.

It hasn't been granted yet. It has simply been applied for, according to the summary. Patents do get denied sometimes (though definitely not as often as they should).

more than 6 years ago

3M Launches First Pocket Projector

AscianBound Put it in a laptop? (187 comments)

Interesting... it actually seems like it's small enough that you could fit it in a laptop. That way you wouldn't even have to have mess with carrying around two separate objects (and be bothered to set them up). Though of course the question of how licensing would work comes to mind.

It'd be a nice laptop feature to have though, once the technology matures a little bit.

more than 6 years ago

Phoenix Lander Photographs Martian Whirlwinds

AscianBound Re:Redundant Story (92 comments)

several dust devils danced across the arctic plain this week and [NASA's martian lander] sensed a dip in air pressure as one passed near the lander.

-1 redundant. Anyone with any knowledge of meteorology could have told you that the center of hurricanes, tornadoes and of course dust devils have low pressure.


more than 6 years ago



Lehman Brothers Failure

AscianBound AscianBound writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AscianBound (1359727) writes "Lehman Brothers has just declared bankrupcy. The Motley Fool writes about why this is actually a good thing for the credit crisis in the long term:

At the very least, the sale of Lehman's $600 billion in assets will be a milestone in the cleanup of the rot that has been paralyzing Wall Street. Even if it is conducted in an orderly manner, the sale will put pressure on the prices of LBO loans, commercial real estate, and real estate securities. This may force other banks to take further writedowns on their assets and/or sell some of their own underperforming assets.

In the short term, this means more pain for the financial services industry, including broker-dealers, commercial banks, and insurance companies. But it's the kind of pain that comes from cleaning a wound, and it will ultimately move the industry toward the end of the current crisis.


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