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Java 8 Officially Released

Dster76 Re:Fanboy Glee (302 comments)

I wonder why Oracle's own page describing the Ask.com toolbar doesn't describe a single benefit -- that is, unless the end user already thinks that "[searching] the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from the browser" is a benefit.

https://www.java.com/en/downlo...

about 4 months ago
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Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

Dster76 Re:WTF - she DID get the job. (489 comments)

Nope. She is a "visiting assistant professor", which is code for exactly the type of jobs listed in the description. Non-tenured track, low pay, no perks/office, higher teaching workload than the the tenure track/tenured.

about a year ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

Dster76 In-class interaction (372 comments)

The reason we invented www.netclick.me is precisely because Professors won't use a new technology for teaching unless it is extremely easy, doesn't require new preparation, and actually benefits students.

about a year and a half ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

Dster76 Re:It is a TEA (party) tax (1239 comments)

That is to say, the Republicans have a majority in the House. So the only way they could have rendered Tea Party congressmen irrelevant was with the cooperation of non-Tea Party Republicans. But any Republicans who defected from Tea Party positions would be "primaried". So none of the non-Tea Party congressmen (House members) were willing to defect. So, why blame Democrats?

more than 2 years ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

Dster76 Re:It is a TEA (party) tax (1239 comments)

If they were Republicans, then they chose not to out of fear of extremely well funded primary opposition.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Takes On Microsoft Role In E-book Market

Dster76 pssst... the drm is easily breakable (161 comments)

Folks, the Adobe DRM for eBooks is laughably easy to break. Please, guys, keep all this quiet. Adobe DRMed books can be easily turned into non-DRMed ePubs that are reflowable, portable, and in OPEN STANDARDS format.

Please, don't make too much noise that might change my favorite ebook store's (shortcovers) mind about using a DRM format that's easy to break into something nice.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows Mobile 6.5 Launched, Panned

Dster76 Re:It's a secret plot, and they succeeded! (202 comments)

Hey, let's play a game.

If you have x third party pieces of software, how many configurations must you test to find 1 piece of software causing crashes?

If you have x third party pieces of software, how many configurations must you test to find 2 pieces of software causing crashes?

Yeah, WinMo 6.1 is it for me. No more.

Let's all be honest: the only reason people have ever used WinMo at all is a lack of choice.

In fact, right now I'm using a WinMo 6.1 gadget, but instead of syncing my desktop Outlook appointments with it using Activesync, I let Google be the middleman.

After how many years, and Activesync is still unstable requiring weekly reinstalls? Changing timezone still turns whole day appointments into monstrosities that are time sensitive and cross multiple days? Duplicates still randomly pop up?

WinMo is over. The end. Goodbye.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Wikipedia Sell Advertising?

Dster76 Re:obviously they should sell advertising (317 comments)

Hi, I'm one of the professors who fails* students for using Wikipedia as a cited source.

The reason I do so is in the second paragraph of your own post. It's not a good primary source (i.e. something that can legitimately appear in a bibliography), but a great place to start from to look for primary sources.

In fact, I encourage my students to use wikipedia -- when starting their papers. But I explain to them that they can't finish their research there.

All that said, I'd love to see universities get involved in some sort of distributed funding mechanism for Wikipedia.

*that is, I fail them on the portion of the assignment where they had to do some research. Asterisks seem very popular on slashdot today.

more than 6 years ago

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The Case of the Copyrighted Detective: The Saga Continues

Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "Slashdot has discussed the tangle involving Sherlock Holmes and Copyright before. Well, they're at it again.

A new wrinkle has emerged: a 'Sherlock Holmes scholar' has filed for a declaratory judgement that all of the Sherlock Holmes writings are in the public domain. But the estate has responded — with hilarious arguments.

If this goes in favour of the Conan Doyle Estate, then it's hard to see how copyright is about expressions and not ideas."
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Shortcovers service: Kindle killer?

Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "Up in Canada, we can't yet buy the Kindle or use Amazon's service for electronic books. In a couple of days, one of our book chains, Indigo, will launch an electronic book and periodical service that they claim has distinct advantages over the Kindle. From a few of the company's blog posts, it is apparent that the most popular Ebook reader competitor will not be supported. (See comment #4. Apparently, the product manager doesn't do "alot" of reading himself). Is the future of Ebooks on non-E-ink devices? Can a service succeed by expecting you to read full length novels, or even magazines and newspapers on cellphones and laptops? Is there a future for Kindle and Sony's Book Reader?"
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The Free Food Definition

Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "A colleague of mine has painstakingly mapped Richard Stallman's definition of free software to a new definition for free food. Here is a taste (ouch!):

In this freedom, it is the diner's purpose that matters, not the cook's purpose; you as a diner are free to make a recipe for your purposes, and if you distribute it to someone else, she is then free to make it for her purposes, but you are not entitled to impose your purposes on her.
Should food be free, not as in beer, but as in free speech?"
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The Free Food Definition

Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "A colleague of mine has painstakingly mapped Richard Stallman's definition of free software to a new definition for free food. Here is a taste (ouch!):

In this freedom, it is the diner's purpose that matters, not the cook's purpose; you as a diner are free to make a recipe for your purposes, and if you distribute it to someone else, she is then free to make it for her purposes, but you are not entitled to impose your purposes on her.
Should food be free, not as in beer, but as in free speech?"
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Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "A former graduate student at my school spammed a bunch of us insisting that his email wasn't spam. He wanted to tell us about Agloco, brought to us by the same Stanford grads who brought us AllAdvantage.

Will the model be sustainable this time? According to the front page, here's how it works (sorry, none of the steps are described as "???"):
  1. You use the Internet
  2. Companies make money
  3. Companies pay AGLOCO
  4. AGLOCO pays you
The search bar that will make this all possible, the "Viewbar", is apparently still in beta testing. Should I email the graduate student back and tell him he's a moron for getting sucked in to this?"
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Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "A startup, Eneco, has invented a "'solid state energy conversion/generation chip' that will convert heat directly into electricity or alternatively refrigerate down to -200 degrees celsius when electricity is applied". The company also claims to have high profile manufacturers interested in applying their technology to computer manufacturing:

"The company says it is already in talks with both Dell and Apple about how the chips could be used in their devices. Initial talks have focused on integrating the heat conversion chips into the device so it can harness the heat generated by processors and turn it into electricity to power fans or other cooling technologies. By harnessing this power the devices, be they initially laptops and handhelds, or later even servers and PCs, should see improved energy efficiency, extended battery life and enhanced performance."

Is such a device really possible? Could it revolutionize computer design?"
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Dster76 Dster76 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dster76 (877693) writes "Reuters is reporting that format wars, in addition to underwhelming performance, may leave Hi-Def DVDs dead on arrival. FTFA:

"Neither format is selling well or at the level I had expected. I had expected early adopters to step up and other retailers have had the same experience," said Bjorn Dybdahl, president of San Antonio, Texas-based specialty store Bjorn's. "High expectations were set. At every meeting with Sony, every demonstration was spectacular," Dybdahl said. "Then along comes the first Blu-ray player from Samsung and that's when my expectations were hurt. When we put the disc in, all the sales people looked around and said it doesn't look much better than a standard DVD," he said."

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