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Japan's MagLev Gets Go Ahead

ElMiguel No (159 comments)

No, they're magnetic, not electric.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

ElMiguel Career longevity (122 comments)

Are you worried that at some point you won't be able to support your family by writing (and performing) music? Do you have any plans for that situation?

more than 3 years ago

One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible

ElMiguel Re:Really necessary? (177 comments)

... or they could just install speakers inside the baby rooms.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

ElMiguel Medical advice (1307 comments)

The fact that you were "taken aback" by a request to follow policy indicates that you most likely view this as a dick waving contest. It is not. Your dick will not shrink if you allow the computer professionals to audit your work and comply with hospital policy and the law.

Now who's the doctor here?

more than 3 years ago

Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

ElMiguel Re:Holy Old Story! (260 comments)

I'm thinking 9/9/99 isn't the article's real date.

more than 3 years ago

NYPD Anti-Terrorism Cameras Used For Much More

ElMiguel Choice of denomination (400 comments)

Obviously, conventional crime is far more common than terrorism, so it is not surprising that they would have benefits, more frequently, in conventional crime fighting than in terrorism.

So obviously, calling them 'anti-terrorism cameras' is a lie.

more than 3 years ago

Accidental Find May Lead To a Cure For Baldness

ElMiguel What I want to know (404 comments)

Man! Maybe now we'll find out what color Bruce Willis' hair is.

more than 3 years ago

White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown

ElMiguel Freedom of speech is probably safe (652 comments)

Pretty soon just disagreeing with the government position will be a felony

That's the one thing I'm pretty sure they won't do. Speaking as a non-American, my observation is that Americans have it pretty much imprinted in their heads that freedom of speech equals freedom. As long as he can criticise the government, the President, the "clowns in Washington", etc, to his heart's content, it will never occur to the average American citizen that he's not free even if, say, the incarceration rate for the USA is the highest in the world by some significant margin.

And there's really no point in curtailing freedom of speech. Establishment-friendly mass media shape discourse very effectively. A person or a hundred thousand complaining their hearts out in the Internet or whatever make no difference at all.

more than 3 years ago

Hard Disk Sector Consolidates Amid Uncertain Future

ElMiguel Re:Punny! (237 comments)

Well, I thought that the hard disk sector was finally consolidating into a cylinder.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%

ElMiguel Re:How many by choice? (366 comments)

Really? Is that in the US? I would have thought Microsoft would be a little bit more careful after the antitrust suit.

more than 3 years ago

Dual-core Smartphone Runs Android and Ubuntu

ElMiguel Anathem (148 comments)

I just want a universal computing device that fits in my pocket and has an always-on Internet connection!

That's a jeejah.

more than 3 years ago

What Exactly Is a Galaxy?

ElMiguel Re:Doesn't matter (225 comments)

Oh, so you're a taxonomy opposer. How typical.

more than 3 years ago

Word Lens — Augmented Reality Translation

ElMiguel Re:No, it's not generally ungrammatical. (203 comments)

Thanks for the interesting explanation.

To be honest after thinking a bit about it I realised that although "lo traduce el texto" sounded definitely ungrammatical to me, it wasn't just because of the double direct object; word order also came into it. "El texto lo traduce" would be acceptable in the dialects I'm familiar with (from Spain), but its meaning would be more like "as for the text, it translates it" i.e. emphasising a contrast with something already mentioned.

more than 2 years ago

Word Lens — Augmented Reality Translation

ElMiguel Re:Not quite (203 comments)

"Lo traduce el texto" is definitely not grammatical in standard Spanish, because it has two direct objects: "lo" and "el texto". It might be acceptable in some dialect I haven't come across.

more than 3 years ago

Word Lens — Augmented Reality Translation

ElMiguel Re:They are cheating from the start (203 comments)

As far as I can see it's translating each word separately without considering the context or re-ordering when appropriate. Of course this is going to result in terrible translations, so they have to cheat.

more than 3 years ago

Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

ElMiguel Re:It's theater... (342 comments)

Why can't it be both? And it's certainly about security theater, at least in part. The government needs to be seen as doing something. For some reason, saying "get over it; you are at a greater risk of being lethally run over when crossing the street than you're from a terrorist bombing your plane" doesn't seem to reassure people.

more than 3 years ago

Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

ElMiguel Re:Milimeter wave RF scanners too? (342 comments)

surely the difference between sound and RF energy is not too hard for a TSA agent to understand.

You overestimate how much the average person knows about science, never mind a TSA agent.

And don't call me Shirley.

more than 3 years ago

SHA-3 Finalist Candidates Known

ElMiguel Re:"password" (194 comments)

The greater noobishness here would be storing the unsalted hash in plaintext.

more than 3 years ago


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