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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

Cogita Re:I'm on the edge of my seat... (544 comments)

If this turns out to be some organic matter that accidentally made the trip to mars with the rover itself, I'll be very disappointed.

Also, whoever tagged the article with the misspelled "curiousity"... great job.

Now honestly, even if it's organic matter that made it over with the rover, if it's reproducing and surviving on the planet, that's plenty interesting news.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

Cogita Re:Find another job (391 comments)

I would say that if you're not prepared to support your company's product in any reasonable way, you should look for another job anyway.

Well, for any large company, it's possible, indeed likely, that I may be immensely proud of the project I am working on, while simultaneously either being unaware or even actively disliking the product of another department of a company.

more than 2 years ago

Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

Cogita Re:Scary (447 comments)

But they can see that you spent $100 at a mobil station and pretty much guess that you bought about a quarter tank of gas.

What the hell type care are you driving that costs 400 dollars to fill up the tank?

more than 2 years ago

Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

Cogita Re:Logically Logical Logic (510 comments)

Ahh -- yes, I see, so I should write my Apps in Python, except where they need to be rewritten in C/C++ because that will run faster than when written in Python, but Python is not slow when you rewrite portions -- so don't rewrite in a faster language because Pyton is fast enough.

Alrighty then.

Essentially yes, that's it exactly. It's a lot simpler to write a 5000 lines of python and 300 lines of C than it is to write 20,000+ lines of C. Plus Python manages most of the memory management for you so you have less chance of memory leaks. I would argue that the reduction in bugs memory bugs and more maintainable code would justify saying that one should use two languages in this case. It's not a matter of which is better overall, it's that python is easier to read, whereas C is faster. Use both where their benefits are most powerful.

more than 2 years ago

Khan Academy Chooses JavaScript As Intro Language

Cogita Re:Since when is JavaScript an unorthodox choice? (355 comments)

You not having a clue how to code JavaScript doesn't mean JavaScript is a bad language, merely that you are out of your depth with it and simply don't understand how it works.

I agree that javascript is too often spoken poorly of as a programming language, but having the addition operator not be commutative is just twitch inducing. See the Wat video, or try
[] + {}
{} + []
in you're JS console.

more than 2 years ago

How often do you put pen to paper?

Cogita Re:grocery list on the fridge (241 comments)

Sometimes I sketch out an idea. For everything else, no paper.

Dry-erase whiteboards are amazing for this. In an average day at the office, I do far more doodling and scrawling on my giant whiteboard next to my desk than on the notepads lying around me. ...Easier to color-code, too.

I prefer a graph paper notebook. Easier to draw on (for me at least), guide lines for sketching, and I've got a log of every great idea all in one place, no worries of someone coming along and erasing it.

more than 3 years ago

New Video Brings Portal To Life

Cogita Re:That is seven kinds of awesome (137 comments)

OTOH, Valve typically has been very amenable to fan material before. If Valve was approached as a production partner, with limited oversight over production, one might even be able to encourage them to chip in as a publicity event. Keep the same director, writing and special effects designer as the production leads, let some valve employees chip in additional writing and or settings/special effects.

the bigger question in my mind is "Is there enough plot to Portal to tell a full length movie?" for all that the game was amazing, the plot basically is, wake up, get tested, break free, kill GLaDOS, escape. Not a lot of room there for dialogue, plot twists, or character development. This clip worked on the basis of capturing the ambiance of the portal universe, the dystopia and the feel of relentless monotony. not sure that would work for a feature length film.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is "Hacking"

Cogita Re:I have just three letters for this... (317 comments)

I'm sorry, but my inbox will only accept two letters, so I'm afraid you are guilty of hacking.

more than 3 years ago

Earth May Once Have Had Two Moons

Cogita Re:Sadly, it was destroyed (139 comments)

Sadly, it was destroyed during an accidental "mooning" maneuver the Earth was trying to direct at Venus over some perceived sleight from the previous drunken weekend at the Solar System Club*.

*Membership required.

Note: This was unrelated to the events preceding Pluto's expulsion, which was the result of his fraudulent claims to be an only child.

more than 3 years ago

The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

Cogita Re:What utter nonsense (159 comments)

Almost no one does just one thing anymore. The screens won't let us.

The screens won't let us?

Yes they will. Seriously! Just close all the windows you have open to things that distract you. The screens won't open them back up! I promise!

You obviously haven't run into rotating popup adds. Close one and two more open. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

US Patent Regime Is Absurd

Cogita Re:The Economist? (202 comments)

The point of the Economist's article is not that Patents are inherently completely useless. It is that patents, as they currently work, slow innovation. They point out that innovating individuals are no longer able to proceed with their inventions because they are being attacked with patent infringement lawsuits as soon as they prove they have a viable product.

One of the interesting points they bring up is the inherent fallacy in the "defensive patent". Since patents are by definition supposed to be given only for things which take unique insight to develop, if your opponent is infringing on your patent by accident, it did not take unique insight to develop it.

I guess my point is, the Economist is advocating Patent Reform, not abolishment of patents. While I am not associated with them, I believe they would likely advocate Copyright Reform, but not copyright abolishment.

more than 3 years ago

Swede Arrested For Building Nuclear Reactor

Cogita Re:I'l bet... (410 comments)

He wasn't even an Eagle Scout at the time. He earned that later. Can you imagine if he was an Eagle Scout? I bet you he either would have figured out some awesome new method for nuclear power generation or would have died in the process as so many Eagle Scouts seem to do in the name of progress (Roger Chaffee, Ellison Onizuka, William McCool).

I Just had to comment, "William McCool" is a freaking awesome name. Any kid with a name like that will go places.

more than 3 years ago

Archaeologist May Have Found the First Protractor

Cogita Re:Don't worry, we have nuclear weapons ... (78 comments)

... all they have is a protractor.

Now really, this is definitely cause to worry. Everyone knows the overpowered force with the incredible super weapon will be defeated at the last second, usually with that same super weapon.

more than 3 years ago

British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site

Cogita Re:At the ISP's cost? (157 comments)

Relax, people will only pay so much for service from [the ISPs]. Supply and Demand is still in effect.

Supply and demand only works on good which it is possible to give up or replace. Given our societies dependency on the internet, the monopoly or duopoly state of service providers here in the US, and the relative lack of competition or differentiating factors between firms here in the US, it is still concerning. :-\

more than 3 years ago

Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020

Cogita Re:You fail at basic math. (572 comments)

Agreed, my math was terrible. That's what I get for trying to do it in my head.

more than 3 years ago

Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020

Cogita Re:Next stop: Moon (572 comments)

Sure, we'll put it in orbit around the moon. You work out how to get about 6,000 tons of propellent up there and I'll take care of the rest.

Two passes with the Falcon 9 rocket would just about do it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_9

more than 3 years ago

China Mandates Wi-Fi Hotspot Traffic Monitoring

Cogita Re:What's the difference? (83 comments)

I suspect that there are two factors:

2. Ideological: American Exceptionalism is a hell of a drug. By virtue of our status as the Good Guys, what we do is Good until proven evil, and often even Good after being proven evil. The sinister, repressive, communist state of the cunning chinaman, on the other hand...

We've always been at war with Eurasia, perhaps?

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Cogita Computer Simulation, modelling human iteraction? (283 comments)

Ok, so they investigated computer simulations of three different models of communication within a population. Everyone talks to everyone else, special hub people who talk to lots of people, and everyone with equal number of connections. Then they sprinkled in special people who's opinions couldn't be changed, and let them talk.

Couple Questions:
How did they determine whether listening to someone influenced a persons opinion?
Seems likely that in a given population, a minority of committed individuals like this would naturally self segregate, possibly even leaving the population voluntarily.
Did they model the continual rotation of population? Even the luckiest individual is around to spread his/her opinion for 100 years.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces"

Cogita Re:What about the summer season.. (209 comments)

You will just have to...

...open your Windows.

Oww.... That pun was terrible. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Three Arrested For Sony/Egypt Hacks

Cogita Re:i wonder.... (119 comments)

Isn't LOIC one of the preferred tools of Anonymous? It shouldn't be that difficult to track down the developers. The project has both SourceForge and Github accounts.

Isn't it a valid tool for stress testing websites developed by several individuals collectively? Sounds like you want to blame the creator of dynamite because some people use it to blow up bridges. Just because a tool can be used for a wrong purpose doesn't mean we blame the maker. Blame those who use it that way.

more than 3 years ago



Syrian ISPs Taken Down by Govt Order

Cogita Cogita writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cogita (1119237) writes "It appears that In an effort to prevent the uploading of video from protests, the Syrian Government has taken the drastic step of taking down all Internet access in Syria, including landline and 3G. The shutdown started around 0800 GMT this morning."
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Westboro Baptist Church targeted by Anonymous

Cogita Cogita writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cogita (1119237) writes ""Hacker group Anonymous appears to have singled out its next target — the controvesial anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in the US. An open letter, purporting to be from Anonymous, accused the church of bigotry and fanaticism. It warned that Westboro's websites would be attacked if the congregation did not stop its public protests.

In a defiant response, the church said it would not be silenced, and urged Anonymous to "bring it"."

While I can't say I agree with everything Anon does, this couldn't happen to a nicer group of people."

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Spielberg's gaming vision emerges

Cogita Cogita writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cogita (1119237) writes "Does a sucsessful director career a game design guru make? Read on to find out.
Two video games developed with director Steven Spielberg are to be shown off at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. The filmmaker has collaborated with Electronic Arts, the world's largest games publisher, on three titles. The first, codenamed LMNO, is a contemporary action adventure, said Neil Young, general manager of EA's Los Angeles studio. The second, with the codename PQRS, is a puzzle game designed for Nintendo's Wii console.

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