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iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

AxelBoldt Re:reality distortion field (1010 comments)

That power-consuming proprietary product that will be superseded by HTML 5? Websites relying on Flash aren't powered by them but drained by them.

Remember the target audience for the ipad is idiots. Idiots don't care about technical arguments like that, however true they may be. Idiots want to surf youporn and play flash games on the web. Once they realize that their favorite sites don't work anymore, they won't be happy.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

AxelBoldt The magic of typing (1010 comments)

and experience the magic of using it...

I guess you should ask them again once they have used the ipad to type in twenty email messages or blog comments.

more than 4 years ago

BellKor Wins Netflix $1 Million By 20 Minutes

AxelBoldt Re:The Objective (104 comments)

People's daily moods do affect their movie ratings, and the winning algorithms account for that with parameters that vary by person and day. You can read about it in the winners' algorithm description.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia To Add Video

AxelBoldt Re:Using a monopoly to destroy competing technolog (165 comments)

unless the consistent goal is "always maximise the use of open source and minimise the use of anything else"?

That's indeed one of the goals of the Wikimedia foundation, it's in their charter. They are a 100% open source shop. After all, it's a "free encyclopedia", and the word "free" has many senses, all of which apply here.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia To Add Video

AxelBoldt Re:Rather not. (165 comments)

There is nothing in the idea or structure of a corporation that makes them innately evil.

Maybe not innately evil, but certainly innately amoral. By law, a corporation may only perform actions that directly or indirectly increase profits. It cannot do things just because they are "right" or "good", it must always maximize profits, using all legally available means. Otherwise the shareholders can sue.

more than 5 years ago

Drive-By Download Poisons Google Search Results

AxelBoldt Adobe Reader 9.1.1 not installed by default! (136 comments)

In their security alert, Adobe urges people to upgrade from Adobe Reader 9.1.0 to 9.1.1. If you install Reader from their main download site, they still give you 9.1.0. The 9.1.1 update is available only if you follow the links at the bottom of the security alert. Insecurity through obscurity!

more than 5 years ago

Acquired Characteristics May Be Inheritable

AxelBoldt Re:Interesting... (242 comments)

Lamarck is one of those guys who's name is generally synonymous with bad science (he's about as villified as Darwin is deified).

Let's not forget that Darwin himself believed in Lamarckism; genetics wasn't known at the time.

That being said, the article is rather short in one important area: a suggested mechanism for this sort of inheritance. Without that, it's bound to be mired in controversy for some time.

The whole phenomenon isn't that new; it's called epigenetics and is transmitted most likely by the methylation pattern of the DNA, histone modification, and RNA interference. It's not stable and doesn't last beyond a few generations though, so it won't give a new mechanism for natural selection.

more than 5 years ago

Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics

AxelBoldt Re:I don't get it (219 comments)

I don't remember the article you mean, but I know that the Mizar project set out to formalize all proofs in detail, checked by machine.

more than 5 years ago

Research Suggests Polygamous Men Live Longer

AxelBoldt Re:I would have thought the opposite (483 comments)

Let's make the simplifying assumptions that 1) everybody dies at age 80, 2) there are just as many women as men, 3) women start to marry at age 20 while men start to marry at age 60. Then polygamy works and every man can have two wives, without exception. This has nothing to do with "the sex ratio favoring women". It has to do with the fact that men stay married only 20 years, while women stay married for 40 years.

more than 6 years ago



AxelBoldt AxelBoldt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AxelBoldt writes "CNET reports that a cell phone's microphone can be remotely turned on to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. This works even if the phone is switched off; no physical access is necessary. "Security-conscious corporate executives routinely remove the batteries from their cell phones." The feds are using the technique and apparently it is legal."

AxelBoldt AxelBoldt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AxelBoldt writes "Follow, follow, follow, the yellow brick road all the way to AMD . There's a road being built in the forest in Saratogo County that will lead to AMD's Malta plant - and it's drawing a lot of attention. State and Federal leaders are making a big deal about the road, knowing that it's a road that will bring dollars to the state. "It's the road that's going to bring billions of dollars into this marketplace. Two thousand construction workers will be going on this road. It's an important road to the residents of Malta because we won't be putting traffic down their residential roads," Saratoga Economic Development Corporation President Ken Green explained. AMD could be making computer chips there as soon as 2009.""

AxelBoldt AxelBoldt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AxelBoldt writes "Pamela Samuelson and Mitchell D. Kapor are currently co-teaching a seminar at Berkeley titled Open Source Development and Distribution of Digital Information: Technical, Economic, Social, and Legal Perspectives. So far they have discussed the process, the economics and business models of Open Source and the GPL; upcoming highlights include Open Source Biology and Wikipedia as an Open Source project. Guest speakers are Brian Behlendorf (Apache) and Mark Lentczner (Linden Labs), among others. Video and audio streams are available."


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