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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Dthief MAN CAVE (720 comments)

get one

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Dthief Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

THIS...better worded than my original comment

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Dthief Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

how about make the algorithm.......use it in a predictive manner after making it....THEN REPORT IT.....

what they have done here is taken a data set and made algorithms until one of them matched well. If I have a model that predicts traffic patterns or weather patterns in the past, its only useful if it is then applied after the fact and is still comparably accurate to when it was developed.

about 4 months ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Dthief biased algorith (177 comments)

I (read: anyone) can make an algorithm that fits any previous data (even only using data that precedes the "prediction")......testing future predictability is the only way this means anything.

about 4 months ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

Dthief Stra-gettery (51 comments)

In a Bush voice

about 5 months ago
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'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

Dthief Re:meet the new Bus, same as the old bus (51 comments)

But when I get on a bus, i know where its going. These buses may decide my destination is not worthwhile, and take me far from where I expected. Flexible routes are nice and all, but will cause trouble for tons of people.

about 6 months ago
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'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

Dthief Re:Special sauce? (51 comments)

get a bike.... 10 min commute, and your schedule is yours to control

about 6 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Dthief Barbara..... (370 comments)

Streissand

about 7 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Dthief Re:Some questions (491 comments)

i think they saved it BECAUSE the plane was lost, and probably they keep things for like 24 hrs in case there is some issue with the flight.

since its a method they dont normally use maybe they didnt think to use it until 2 weeks past? and also I saw some mention of them passing the info on March 12th, but maybe that was less exact.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Dthief iWaze (264 comments)

sounds like waze, except the integration vs using speaker phone

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Dthief Re:Not from the car? (329 comments)

yes, i guess other things could cause it besides what was ruled out. but there seems to be no supporting evidence (i didnt RTFA to be fair, just the summary) that it WAS from the car is my point.

And I would assume the car would need to be on for the radio to short circuit?

about 10 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Dthief Re:Go back .... (326 comments)

posting because mistakenly marked as flamebait....stupid laptop mouse

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

Dthief Not from the car? (329 comments)

Why are they assuming it was started by the car?

"In fact, the Toronto fire department says the fire didn't originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or electrical receptacle since all of those components weren't touched by the fire"

maybe the fire was cause by something in the garage adjacent to the car?

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Dthief Do as you like (2219 comments)

its your site. update it as you like, but dont feed everyone the "we hear you" BS

man up and say we think this is better, and you will too once you start to use it, as has happened anytime hundreds of sites has upgraded.

if people really still dont like it, they'll go somewhere else and someone will make a new website that does what /. used to

about 10 months ago
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Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

Dthief Re:entrapment (94 comments)

But its at the end....do you really expect people to read the WHOLE summary

about 10 months ago
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Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

Dthief Like =/= like (189 comments)

there is no dislike option, there is no funny option.

people dont use the "Like" to mean i like that. people have "Like" 'd people dying or getting injured.

commenting on something or "Like"-ing it is not the same as endorsing the product, idea, object, etc.

that being said no one is forced to use facebook, so as long as they are clear about what they do (which they arent) then I think they should be able to use "Likes" in this way. Maybe the best solution is to change "Like" to "Acknowledge"

about a year ago
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Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

Dthief Re: In other words ... (147 comments)

because it reduces allergies AND causes memory loss

1 year,2 days

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MIT researchers can listen to your conversation by watching your potato chip bag

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about 5 months ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "The results are certainly impressive (and a little scary). In one example shown in a compilation video, a bag of chips is filmed from 15 feet away, through sound-proof glass. The reconstructed audio of someone reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the same room as the chips isn’t crystal clear. But the words being said are possible to decipher.

In most cases, a high-speed camera is necessary to accomplish the feat. Still, at 2,000 to 6,000 frames per second, the camera used by the researchers is nothing compared to the best available on the market, which can surpass 100,000 frames per second. And the researchers found that even cheaper cameras could be used."

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Russia spying on USA, and others at G-20

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about a year ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "Crafty Russian operatives gave goodie bags to world powers at the G-20 summit with USB drives and phone chargers — but they were “Trojan Horses” designed to download info and send it back to the motherland."
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FAA uses common sense

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about a year ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight — and not just above a certain altitude — the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday in a long-anticipated announcement."
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Google Glass Expanding

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about a year ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "Google announced that it’s expanding its Glass Explorer program, allowing more people to try out the high-tech glasses. While this isn’t the first time Google has allowed Explorers to invite friends, new users no longer have to be located in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles:"
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White castle booths too small says one man

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "This is the most important civil rights case to date:

Martin Kessman, 64, filed a lawsuit against the fast-food giant last week in Manhattan federal court, claiming that the uncomfortable booths violate the civil rights of fat people.

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Double Amputee to run in 2012 Olympics?

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter, was able to do on a muggy night in Lignano, Italy, on July 19 is the sort of mind-blowing achievement that shouldn't be unfairly derailed by this unsettled debate. He thought he had already navigated it once, but now it's likely to trail the 24-year-old South African all the way to next year's Olympic Summer Games."
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No Splot

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "I purchased Humble Bundle #3 yesterday (having enjoyed the previous ones), and decided to check up on Splot again. How do people feel about the lack of a final Splot game after so much time in the demo phase — indeed long enough for HB to put together another bundle."
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Russians close to "reaching Mars"

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "

The all-male crew of three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian-Colombian has been inside windowless capsules at a Moscow research center since June. Their mission aims to help real space crews in the future cope with the confinement and stress of interplanetary travel. The six men are due to "land" on Mars on Feb. 12 and spend two days researching the planet. They then begin the months-long return flight to Earth, expected to be the most challenging part of the mission. In an effort to reproduce the conditions of space travel, with exception of weightlessness, the crew has living quarters the size of a bus connected with several other modules for experiments and exercise. A separate built-in imitator of the Red Planet's surface is attached for the mock landing.

Have they learned anything from this?"
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Solar Power.....at night

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "Something new is headed for the Southwest desert: solar power plants that can make electricity whether or not the sun is shining.

The Solana plant will be able to meet winter heating and lighting needs by putting electricity on the grid early in the morning—before the sun is shining—and help satisfy summer cooling demand by producing power after sundown. The plant, which can power up to 70,000 houses, has signed a 30-year agreement to sell electricity to utility company Arizona Public Service.

Mark Mehos, a solar program manager for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., said such molten salt storage systems add about 20% to the construction cost of solar plants but more than make up for it by boosting a plant's flexibility and productivity.

Electricity from solar plants is expensive, especially at a time when natural-gas prices have plunged, making gas-generated electricity cheap by comparison. Utilities, which are under state mandates to buy more clean power, say solar power may look more economical in the future if fossil fuel prices rise or if a tax is imposed on carbon emissions by power plants."

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Woman claims to own sun, lawsuits to come

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about 4 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "From the article: After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added. There seems a push to sue her in a class action lawsuit for damages caused (skin cancer, sun burns, global warming, satellite damage due to solar flares, etc)"
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US Govt begins seizures of websites

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about 4 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "From the article:

This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain. ½Â½ÂoeMy domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning. side from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.

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facebook to own the word "face"

Dthief Dthief writes  |  about 4 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent Facebook a Notice of Allowance, which means it will grant the “Face” trademark to the popular social networking site.

Facebook now has three months to pay an issue fee before they officially own the word."

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Airports begin to go private, opt-out of TSA

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "

Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening. "All of our due diligence shows it's the way to go," said Larry Dale, the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. "You're going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service."

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Bill Clinton bans Twitter, Facebook, etc at speech

Dthief Dthief writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dthief (1700318) writes "

Bill Clinton has called for a ban on the use of Twitter, Facebook updates and any live blogging during his keynote at the Dreamforce Cloud Computing conference in San Francisco next month.

Considering tweets coming during Obama's state of the union address is this an unfair request in the least. Shouldn't people be given respect when they give a talk, its not like a phone call would be socially acceptable."
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