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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Black.Shuck Science in one word... (795 comments)

"Falsifiable."

If there's no way to prove your idea wrong, it's not science.

I think this is by far the most pervasive misunderstanding of science that the general public hold.

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Black.Shuck Wrong. (215 comments)

Retro Game Crunch: http://retrogamecrunch.com/abo...

Sure, not as big-budget, but quite ambitious for a small team. And they delivered.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Black.Shuck Perhaps the iWatch market is the iPod market? (730 comments)

In a few iterations the Apple Watch will be untethered from the phone, have decent storage, and a slimmer form-factor than the monstrosity that was unveiled today.

In a world of tablets, smartphones and smartwatches, dedicated music-players are starting to look rather "quaint".

about 3 months ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Black.Shuck The next generation of MIT? (110 comments)

There's another MIT headline further down the front-page: "MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures"

I'm guessing timothy copy-pasted that headline then deleted everything except the first few characters, but forgot to zap the apostrophe. All to save himself the arduous task of typing "MIT".

Well, I'm just speculating, of course.

about 4 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Black.Shuck Confused. (752 comments)

This is a tragic story, but why is this on Slashdot? This is indeed stuff that matters, but news for nerds? Not so much.

Hopefully the integrity of the site won't be compromised by the sudden outbreak of humanity.

about 4 months ago
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Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

Black.Shuck How do opinions like this still exist... (155 comments)

In the face of the last 17 years of Apple's progress?

Does software write itself? Services? Store-fronts and their employees? How about hedging against future competition or cannibalisation? Against mistakes like MobileMe or exploding batteries? Against patent-wars with similarly well-endowed companies? Will the time come when they don't sell any more kit because everyone is too satisfied to bother upgrading anymore? Was the last WWDC Keynote an absolute firecracker because of the excitement over the new APIs, or a squib because they didn't announce an iWatch or a TV?

You hardware guys are weird.

about 5 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

Black.Shuck Solution: Get rid of steering-mounted air-bags... (186 comments)

...and replace them with bayonets poking out of the steering-column and pointed at the drivers face.

The roads would be full of careful drivers, well prepared for the upcoming wave of hover-vehicles.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Black.Shuck Re:In a related trend: (253 comments)

... all your Google sites determinedly dumping you onto the wrong language and will simply find months of customer discussions of "it's still not fixed". It's even funnier when it turns out that there is a work around but it's in a different thread started some time after the first but with completely unassociated keywords and an explanation which, while correct is clearly incomprehensible to most of their customers.

Erm... Link please?

about 6 months ago
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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

Black.Shuck Re:Religious Relics (48 comments)

... devotees can pay an arm and a leg to be in the same room as the sacred dust motes.

Only if they're suspended in a Sun-beam!

about 8 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Black.Shuck Re:Innovation? (264 comments)

Innovation != Invention

innovate |nvet|
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
  [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.

So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.

about 9 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Black.Shuck Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (184 comments)

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.

about 9 months ago
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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

Black.Shuck A little inaccuracy... (264 comments)

...sometimes saves a ton of explanation.

-Saki

about a year ago
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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

Black.Shuck Re:There's no starship with just an ion drive (589 comments)

... better directional control.

Really? In case of what, exactly? Klingons on the starboard bow?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Gets Driverless License For Nevada Roads

Black.Shuck Re:Google Beta (215 comments)

I wonder who's going to be immortalised as the first person to be killed by a computer-controlled car?

Anyone know the immortal name of the first person to be killed by a person-controlled car?

more than 2 years ago
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New iPad Jailbroken Already

Black.Shuck Re:Jailbreaks (255 comments)

Yes, I know that Apple removed pornographic and political apps from their App Store. It's their store, curated by their staff, running on their servers. I will admit it would have been courteous to have outlined a full set of ToC's before the developers spent time writing their apps (an especially shitty situation since devs have to pay $100 a year to get into the App Store, although Xcode is now a free download) but Apple have apologised for that now, and admit their curation standards are a work-in-progress. It's not a complete answer, but things have progressed beyond the sensational to the mundane.

Anyway, iOS users aren't really denied access to the content you mention, are they? They can still open Safari and browse to whatever they choose. Porn and political japery are mere taps away. You can even fire-up YouTube and watch video replays of RMS eating his own toe-jam in front of dozens of fellow free-software advocates. It's just that Apple offer a curated alternative. It's like apt-get, except with a nice GUI and a bunch of people who try to ensure no malware gets through.

Don't insist that everyone offering goods in a free-market should be forced to follow your ideals -- it smacks of the totalitarian. If what Apple is doing is wrong the people will vote with their feet and go elsewhere. So far, it looks like the iPad's drought of pornographic and political cartoon apps aren't really hurting the user-satisfaction surveys. Or Apple's bank-balance.

more than 2 years ago
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New iPad Jailbroken Already

Black.Shuck Re:Jailbreaks (255 comments)

Just a show of hands: Has anyone here installed an app on their regular computer -- that is to say, a compiled binary that isn't a web-browser -- that allows them to view political cartoons or pornography? If you have, can you vouch for the experience over using a web-browser?

I think it's time for someone to take their tinfoil hat off.

more than 2 years ago

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