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Twitter Launches Political Index

BitHive Blah blah blah (86 comments)

Let's look at this new Twitter site, shall we? The only clickable links I can see are to follow Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. There is no explanation of what the numbers mean or how they're calculated, nothing. I'm not even sure what they were trying to achieve because the page has no information or context on it at all. This is garbage.

about 2 years ago
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Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?

BitHive What? (230 comments)

The solution to network neutrality is to buy up tons of dark fiber in the wake of a bubble and use it to build your own national network? Does anyone else see a problem with this?

more than 2 years ago
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Free Speech For Computers?

BitHive Asinine (228 comments)

Rights are for humans or citizens. This is another case of trying to failing to generate an interesting philosophical question by taking an existing issue and adding 'with a computer'.

If corporations are allowed to be people then surely they, and not their computers, are accountable for what the computers do.

more than 2 years ago
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Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes

BitHive Speaking as an ignorant layperson (467 comments)

Just what makes you all so sure these guys *haven't* figured out a way to screen for racial impurities? Heck, DNA wasn't even thought to be important until recently. Time and time again ivory tower eggheads have turned out to be wrong, despite all their book learning.

more than 2 years ago
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Could Insurance Coverage Hobble Commercial Space Flights?

BitHive One word (169 comments)

Deregulate!

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ignores Usability With All-Caps Menu in Visual Studio

BitHive Re:It's like a retard bomb exploded in Redmond (415 comments)

What? The latest release of OS X is heavily influenced by iOS. Launching applications is now very much like in iOS, they even inverted the default scrolling behavior and started using the skinny transient scroll bars.

more than 2 years ago
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Classroom Clashes Over Science Education

BitHive Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (493 comments)

That's why I said good teachers. I can't think of a single discipline where simply asserting something as unexplainable fact would be an acceptable teaching strategy, except maybe religious indoctrination.

It's perfectly acceptable for the average person to have the impression that the science is settled.

more than 2 years ago
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Classroom Clashes Over Science Education

BitHive Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (493 comments)

But this is exactly the kind of misunderstanding of evolution and selection pressures that science education should correct!

Populations evolve, not individuals. It's not so much that the organism "must first be adapted to the environment", it's that the only mutations which persist are adaptive. I'll grant that it's kind of a strange concept at first, but any inherent contradictions are illusory and most intro biology students (who have good teachers) eventually have the "a ha" moment somewhere in the first semester.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing Hydrogen Powered Drone First Flight

BitHive Great! (160 comments)

Is the facility where these violations of our privacy are orchestrated going to be solar powered?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

BitHive Ouch (445 comments)

I sure hope none of the court costs will be paid by taxes, think of all the jobs those guys could create with the bottom 99% underwriting the government services their business consumes.

more than 2 years ago
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With Mountain Lion's iCloud Integration, Apple Strengthens the Garden Wall

BitHive Either way (376 comments)

This signals the beginning of the end for something.

more than 2 years ago
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Vermont Bans Fracking

BitHive So this is how it ends (278 comments)

America will sputter its last gasp under the alarmist jackboots of enviro-fascists who want us all to live in caves!

Why isn't anyone taking me seriously? Guys?

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Over 60 Miles

BitHive Re:That's nothing (216 comments)

When the arsonists live in the same building as you, putting out the fire may not be fair but neither is letting it all burn.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Over 60 Miles

BitHive Turn in your nerd badges (216 comments)

Queue starry-eyed 500 posts about Ender's game by people whose idea of being a nerd is playing WoW while they wait for "the singularity", FTL communications, and REAL perpetual motion machines.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

BitHive Nope (568 comments)

Your 3-year-old daughter is not setting up VPNs.

The reason your school hasn't gone full-bore with technology is because technology doesn't really revolutionize education.

Plus, it makes no sense to spend time and money implementing RSS for parents unless all the parents will use it.

Paper forms are the lowest common denominator and will be around for a long time.

more than 2 years ago
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A Rant Against Splash Screens

BitHive Be nice guys (477 comments)

This is the kind of embarrassing sophomoric musing that most people would be ashamed to read let alone write. Let's cut this guy some slack, in 5 or 10 years he's going to feel really stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Telephone Companies Pushing For Option To End Basic Service

BitHive Finally (157 comments)

I have long suspected that phone service would be almost free if the government didn't force me to subsidize low-income subscribers.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

BitHive Re:Sony won't be around for much longer (507 comments)

What rubbish, next you'll be telling me that we should teach probability and statistical inference in high school.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Study How Little Exercise You Need

BitHive Sex (437 comments)

It sounds like this regimen could be incorporated into sex, or masturbation if you're creative.

preemptive "slashdot readers don't have sex, lol"

more than 2 years ago

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Quantum Fluid Defies Gravity

BitHive BitHive writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitHive (578094) writes "Researchers have discovered a new type of non-Newtonian fluid which defies gravity when exposed to sound waves. They have a spooky demonstration of the liquid, which has yet to be named, climbing up and out of a speaker resonating in the sub-audible 30kHz range. Does this discovery pave the way for floating automobile tires that never wear out, or perhaps a sequel to Flubber?"
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Microsoft to issue refunds for software licenses

BitHive BitHive writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BitHive writes ""The New York Times reports that The FTC has reached a record $52 million settlement with Microsoft over the company's wrongly charging customers "mystery" licensing fees over the past several years — the largest settlement in FTC history. With the action, Microsoft's total costs associated with false license fees reached $78.9 billion, the largest payout for false business practices in the software industry. 'People shouldn't find mystery fees when they open their computer bills — and they certainly shouldn't have to pay for softwares they didn't want and didn't use,' says FTC Chairman Gene Lewbowski. 'In these rough economic times, every $199 counts.' Microsoft said in a news release that its overcharges were inadvertent. 'We accept responsibility for those errors, and apologize to our customers who received accidental software charges on their bills.'""
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Newegg Employees Claim Abuse

BitHive BitHive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitHive writes "It seems that entrepreneurship and free enterprise are not immune from attack in any industry. Just look at this story from Courthouse News Service:

Newegg, the online computer retailer, violates a slew of labor laws, overworks and abuses immigrant workers and orders employees to hack into competitors' computer systems, three former employees claim in Superior Court. The plaintiffs say Newegg hires a disproportionate number of Chinese tech workers, many with false promises that Newegg would help them get green cards, then forces them to work egregiously long hours without breaks. "These employees were so profoundly overworked that they were frequently seen napping at their work stations," the complaint states.

How long until mandatory naptime becomes another legislated inefficiency forced upon small businesses?"
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