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Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

Brucelet December 9-15 (207 comments)

That's a long hour.

about 4 months ago

DARPA's Atlas Walking Over Randomness

Brucelet Impressive (76 comments)

The summary is an impressive bit of (unattributed) quoting from the article, evoking, the deepest fears of comma abuse.

about 5 months ago

Hoax-Proofing the Open Access Journals

Brucelet Re:how about crap-proofing slahsdot? (114 comments)

Complain about Timothy all you want, but Bennett Haselton is a completely different problem.

about 5 months ago

How The NSA Targets Tor

Brucelet Re:Instead of an Arab Spring (234 comments)

The Right tried that, and just ended up with the Tea Party obstructing everything. The Left tried it too and got the Occupy movement which never gained enough traction.

about 6 months ago

Boot To Zork

Brucelet Thanks for that summary (106 comments)

This is going to sound sarcastic, but in all sincerity, thanks, Slashdot, for posting a geeky story full or technical jargon. You used to be able to come here and find tons of stuff like this: obscure notes with enough confusing details to inspire you to go look something up and maybe even learn a thing or two. Good to know that News for Nerds still does occasionally happen.

about 7 months ago

John Scalzi's Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel

Brucelet Re:I have the book but haven't read it yet. (112 comments)

I thought it was a fun read, but I wouldn't have guessed at it winning the Hugo. That said, I'm not well-read enough to put forth an alternative.

about 7 months ago

Notch Shelves Space Game 0x10c, Cites Pressure, Desire To Work On Small Projects

Brucelet Re:Define "finished" (178 comments)

That might be true in enterprise, but it certainly isn't in gaming.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?

Brucelet Re:I call bull (274 comments)

Also, who's ever heard of a small business defense contractor?

about 9 months ago

J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

Brucelet I'd like to advocate something similar... (128 comments)

Perhaps Bennett Haselton should use an anonymous blog instead of Slashdot to pour out all his half-baked novel-length thoughts. That might be a better way to see how much luck plays a role in determining whether anyone cares what he's blathering about.

about 9 months ago

Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

Brucelet Re:Random university does random program (217 comments)


Random small universities always seem to have more money than those more prestigious ones.

is very different from this:

Well at least they seem to have more money on this kind of random programs.

about 9 months ago

PayPal Spaces Out With Paypal Galactic

Brucelet I don't understand (60 comments)

I have no idea what this is doing once you strip out all the buzzwords

about 10 months ago

Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

Brucelet Re:Fragmentation has nothing to do with selling ph (419 comments)

The PC market has hardware fragmentation, but you know what operating system you'll be running on. Mobile OSs change much more quickly.

about 10 months ago

NSA's Role In Terror Cases Concealed From Defense Lawyers

Brucelet 60-page reply brief (172 comments)

I always find it funny how legal briefs are typically anything but.

about 10 months ago

Verizon Accused of Intentionally Slowing Netflix Video Streaming

Brucelet Re:Backfire? (202 comments)

Well most of us don't need to drive very far to find the URL bar.

about 10 months ago

First Particle Comprising Four Quarks Discovered

Brucelet Re:Continues to confirm current theories (111 comments)

I've never quite been comfortable with the idea that we should be disappointed with detailed confirmation of the standard model. Yes there's obviously a more fundamental theory at work that we don't understand yet, but there's no reason that it has to be visible at human-accessible energy scales when the natural (Planck) energy scale of the universe is 16 orders of magnitude larger than the collision energy of the LHC. It's easy to theorize new physics at those energies, but when you don't see anything that shouldn't take away from our wonder at the accuracy of the existing model, which is still behaving nearly flawlessly after almost 50 years.

about 9 months ago

First Particle Comprising Four Quarks Discovered

Brucelet Re:Fractional charges? (111 comments)

Color charge is easy: anti-quarks have anti-color, so the right combination of quarks and anti-quarks will still balance the color charge of the composite particle. This is well-known in two-quark particles so why wouldn't it work for four?

about 9 months ago


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