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One Step Toward a Babel Fish: Real-Time Voice Translation For Phones

Eponymous Hero Re:Sounds like a step backwards to me (131 comments)

also agree. try jewish and israeli culture. there are words and phrases in hebrew that have no translation to anything in english. this ac is hopelessly clueless. also, what kind of interest do you think you have in a culture when you don't care to learn the language? if you love japanese culture you don't just read manga and play jrpgs.

my sister loves the japanese culture and besides learning to draw anime she took kendo sword fighting classes, japanese history classes, learned to speak japanese (and speaks it around her house, even though she knows you can't understand her), learned to write kanji and katakana, and is saving up for a trip to visit. she has a real interest, not a fleeting ADD version of "ooh shiny culture, what's tha-- oooh shiny culture over here too"

about 2 years ago
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Airlines Face Acute Pilot Shortage

Eponymous Hero what's the problem? (421 comments)

we have a bunch of trained pilots sitting on their ass in guantanamo. they just need to finish their landing training. i don't think they need 6 figures either, i bet 73 virgins would do it.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taming a Wild, One-Man Codebase?

Eponymous Hero test motivations (151 comments)

and now a versioning system would mean going through proper deployment/rollback in order to get real feedback.

not true. using a versioning system does not necessitate testing. just to be clear, testing is always necessary, and not enforced by any versioning system. you can use svn or git or cvs to keep versions of your files so when you do your testing on the production environment (shame on you) you won't have a stack of the same files with extensions like .bak, .bak.bak, .old, .delete, .undo, etc. sitting on your server.

test because it's the right thing, the proper thing, to do. not because you think some tech you choose to use is forcing you. you should be forcing you.

more than 2 years ago
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Art School's Expensive Art History Textbook Contains No Actual Art

Eponymous Hero Re:Copyright KILLS! (371 comments)

fair use includes educational purposes. why doesn't that apply here? because the school is private?

more than 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Eponymous Hero Re:Probably (761 comments)

i think the root of the problem is forgiveness. let's take that mass murderer in norway. anyone feel like he deserves forgiveness? do a majority? is there hope for reform? do we believe in the salvation of his soul and attribute value to that in our corporeal society, or his he ultimately dead weight? it doesn't really do any good (objectively) to have the death penalty, we've studied that and learned from it. but we feel like they deserve it, right? a guy rapes and kills a dozen kids, you don't let that guy live, right? who forgives? that's why we have the death penalty. there are some things most of us can't forgive. the death penalty is legalized vengeance.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?

Eponymous Hero Re:Silly (388 comments)

what? come on. kids drink lots of soda, kids get fat, it's obviously the bpa lining the can. after all, we never did obesity studies during the time before we added bpa to the can, sooo ... wait a second ... i know what makes kids fat! it's the obesity studies! like quantum mechanics, just stop observing the kids get fat and they'll stop being fat. i'm going to start ignoring the obese for a healthier world in which we all can live (in a van, down by the river).

more than 2 years ago
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xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic

Eponymous Hero Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (193 comments)

so i could go to the click and drag episode, find your mario bros tile, look up the png name in the developer toolbar, then take the png and drag it into a google image search and presto, there you are.

more than 2 years ago
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Switching Tasks Changes Worker Bee DNA

Eponymous Hero Re:Can't post - watching Revolution (82 comments)

don't mark that guy a troll, i would totally do flo too. god, she is hot in a really weird way that i can't quite describe. put a gun in her hand and it's porn.

more than 2 years ago
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Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal

Eponymous Hero Re:Let's Just Hope They Leave Well Enough Alone (466 comments)

like if they start enforcing RTFA through cookies and google analytics event tracking. there'd be a worldwide riot

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

Eponymous Hero Re:still a lot of energy (867 comments)

right, i misread your post as an implication that the football reference was to its size. i understand your example though.

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

Eponymous Hero Re:still a lot of energy (867 comments)

it never said football-sized. it said football-shaped. like stewie or hey arnold. there's not enough information in the article to make any useful assumptions about how much energy it would take.

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

Eponymous Hero Re:I'll believe it when I see... (867 comments)

i think they mean the space-time outside the craft's bubble. you could travel through space by pulling the fabric of time around you toward you -- but space is inseparable from time, so you could theoretically pull yourself toward the past or (relatively) distant future.

more than 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Eponymous Hero Re:This is partly true, but is it news? (342 comments)

i'm afraid my chinese import tablet will be made with lead-coated buttons covered in cyanide powder, or i'd buy one. natch.

more than 2 years ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

Eponymous Hero Re:Nope (342 comments)

it looks like lemmings <> china

more than 2 years ago
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The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

Eponymous Hero if i were the author (278 comments)

i would help my naive little coworker out. first, there'd be none of this "but..but.. you're his girlfriend..." she'd get exactly what she asked for (and a lot more) and i'd get pictures (video if she lets me, and she probably will). then i'd show poor jerry and say "your girlfriend's a slut, so i did you a favor. now you can get the upper hand and dump her." and if he's a friend worth keeping, he'll get over it.

friends don't let friends get strung along for weeks or months by sluts. the author never learned this, but the manager, chuck, did.

oh, and pics or it didn't happen. it's sad when a code geek turns to harlequin fantasies to prop up his need to feel wanted.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Attempts To Predict Scientists' Career Success

Eponymous Hero Re:Why is publishing useful? (64 comments)

and soon they'll determine your potential success metric in the womb based on how many papers your parents published and just abort you if you (they) don't measure up. "papers! where are your papers?"

more than 2 years ago

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Guinness Deep Sea Bar

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "Everyone's favorite brewery (ok, my favorite brewery), St. James' Gate, has commissioned Jump Studios to construct an underwater bar inside a submarine, as part of their grand prize offering for their 250th anniversary Guinness Sea Experience competition.

"The project involved fitting an object almost exactly the size of the submarine inside it – via two small hatches. The components were made at the Nicholas Alexander workshop in London (after exact measurements were taken of the submarine from its base in Sweden) before being driven out to Sweden and assembled in sub-zero temperatures.""

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Every black hole contains a new universe

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "Quantum gravity explained! Well, maybe not. But the "torsion" theory is interesting to say the least. You can tell it's gonna be a great one because, like all the greats, it raises more questions than it answers and it answers a lot of questions. The article is layman-friendly and gets us started:

'For example, what do we know about the parent universe and the black hole inside which our own universe resides? How many layers of parent universes would we have? How can we test that our universe lives in a black hole?'"

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Get a love match with a job

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes ""A new company says it will match you with a job that you’ll love. Think eHarmony for your career."

Path.To (www.path.to) is very much like a dating site approach for job search, but the really intriguing aspect is how it uses your "social graph" to match you up with the perfect job. It not only gleans your interests and specialties from Twitter and Facebook (your public-only info), but professional communities like Github as well."

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Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "Heads up, developers, you may soon have a new browser platform variation for testing your site: IE9 on the Xbox 360. No word yet on whether it will have a unique vendor CSS prefix, seeing as it is a "modified" version of the browser. It's also still unclear how developers will be able to leverage the Kinect's features with the web browsing experience.

Microsoft may be late to the game (pun intended) as far as web browsers on the console — Playstation and Wii have offered this feature for quite some time — but with game consoles taking over the living room as entertainment centers, this may mark the first time a game console becomes a target platform for testing."

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A boost for quantum reality

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "FTA: "The philosophical status of the wavefunction — the entity that determines the probability of different outcomes of measurements on quantum-mechanical particles — would seem to be an unlikely subject for emotional debate. Yet online discussion of a paper claiming to show mathematically that the wavefunction is real has ranged from ardently star-struck to downright vitriolic since the article was first released as a preprint in November 2011.""
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Survey finds no hint of dark matter near Solar System--no hint of a clue, either

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "Does dark matter exist or doesn't it? It seems these results don't shed as much light as we'd hoped.

"Moni Bidin says he’s not sure whether dark matter exists or not. But he says that his team’s survey is the most comprehensive of its type ever done, and the puzzling results must be reckoned with. 'We don’t have a good comprehension of what is going on,' he says."

This has the smell of a Neutrinogate scandal, but at least we've been warned about the shoulder shrugging.

"As an example, Newberg notes that the researchers assumed that the group of stars they examined were smoothly distributed above and below the plane of the Milky Way. But if the distribution turns out to be lumpier, as is the case for stars in the outer parts of the galaxy, then the resulting calculations of dark matter density could be incorrect.

Flynn agrees that there are a number of ways that the method employed by Moni Bidin and his co-authors 'could get it wrong.'""

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Google Glasses Announced

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "The Geordi La Forge in all of us rejoices as Google announces Google Glasses, the augmented reality glasses that will no doubt spy on everything you look at and target you with porn ads at that crucial moment. The only question left begging is how soon can we merge them with bionic eye implants [http://www.tomsguide.com/us/FDA-Medicine-Medical-Technology-Vision-Care-cyborg,news-7401.html]?"
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From the Mr. Fusion III Dept.

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "As anyone can tell you, humanity's number one priority is making the technology in the Back To The Future trilogy a reality. And we're closer again. This time rather than using microorganisms to ferment organic garbage, a combustion technique is used to create natural gas. No reading involved, it's a quick video less than two minutes long."
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Sunlight Foundation Announces 'Sarah's Inbox'

Eponymous Hero Eponymous Hero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Eponymous Hero (2090636) writes "In a sequel to elenasinbox.com, the publicly released emails of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, Sunlight Foundation has unveiled sarahsinbox.com to offer you easy access and search to Sarah Palin's recently released emails. If that doesn't flip your bits, have a gander at some of the tools Sunlight Foundation offers relating to government watchdogging, like Poligraft, or Inbox Influencer."
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