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Raunchy Dance Routine a PR Nightmare For Microsoft

Genrou Re:Any bigger PR nightmare? (322 comments)

In Brazil, there is a door manufacturer called "Fuck". This is their page, but they seemed to have changed their name by adding SA to the end (which, in Brazil, means a private limited company). They have nice door models -- every single one of them with women names -- Catarina, Cecilia, Polyanna, etc.. So, when you want to buy a door, you just ask to "Fuck Catarina", or something like that. I'm pretty sure it's intentional.

more than 2 years ago
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One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

Genrou Re:What are the chances (337 comments)

One in a million. We're doomed.

more than 2 years ago
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Rosette Wins Loebner Prize 2011

Genrou Re:A test. (57 comments)

Here is mine:

Rosette: I'm a little busy at the moment. Could you wait a bit?

You: Sure, why not.

Rosette: I'm a little busy at the moment. Could you wait a bit?

Just like every other woman with whom I chatted before. Sounds perfectly human to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

Genrou Re:re steve (988 comments)

I'm going to fucking kill Google. I've done it before and I will do it again.

And then he threw a chair.

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Galaxy Spin Reveals Universe Might Be Left-Handed

Genrou So, it IS an accident? (171 comments)

"Longo says that the chance that it could be a cosmic accident is something like one in a million.

So, it IS an accident?

more than 2 years ago
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Man Becomes Artist When He Sleeps

Genrou Re:Reminds Me... (130 comments)

Reminds me of the excellent art book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" - which talks about how we have to turn off some of the analytical features of our mind to become better artists.

I have this book. When I was trying to learn to draw, I used to read it every day. The author describes a kind of a "zen state of mind", where you lose your ability to think rationally and even talk. I spent a lot of time trying to achieve this state of mind. Never could. There are parts of this book that makes sense: the way you described, for example, that what we know about the world affects how we interpret what we see. But that magical state where you turn into a fantastic drawer, like the pictures shown in the book, I don't think make a lot of sense. In fact, today we know that you cannot dissociate left and right sides of the brain when interpreting or imagining images.

The book, however, helped me with the section that was called, I think, "letting the left side help", where the author describes how to measure and stablish proportions. Turns out, however, that this is not related to left or right side of the brain: any book on drawing I read later had the exact same techniques. I learned how to draw using them, and turns out that what you need is actually a lot of practice and knowledge. She presents a nice technique for copying pictures and nothing else. In the time I got more knowledge about sciences, all that book said sounded incredibly pseudo-scientific to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Research Credibility In the Video Game Violence Debate

Genrou Re:The Solution is Simple... (154 comments)

The main point in the article, is how almost none of the few published papers by the people signing to "video games don't cause violence" brief were published in respectable psychological journals.

The reasoning is flawed anyways: no matter how much people repeat something that is wrong, it doesn't become right. It just doesn't follow -- if the studies were all biased and badly conducted, no matter how many of them exist, their conclusions are wrong.

Following their reasoning: respectable (to astrologers) astrology journals have published much much more studies on the relevance of astrology than respectable psychologists published on video game violence. Thus, according to their arguments, astrology must be right. Same for every pseudoscience out there. And, here is one thing to think about: there is a lot of criticism on how research is conducted on psychology -- many people consider it borderline pseudoscientific.

more than 3 years ago
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Purdue Claims World Record Goldberg Machine

Genrou And in the end... (79 comments)

... the answer was 42.

more than 3 years ago
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Temporary Brain Changes Lead to Accelerated Learning

Genrou Re:Heh. (140 comments)

What could possibly go wrong with accellerating brain function in rats.

I for one welcome our new super intelligent rat overlords.

Don't worry. Rats are already the most intelligent species on Earth. Followed by dolphins, and then humans.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hobbit Finally Starts Shooting

Genrou Re:Soundtrack by Randy Newman (233 comments)

No, no. This one is already done. Nimoy is rumoured to play Smaug, anyway. Wouldn't it be nice if Smaug sang this when he is having his talkings with Bilbo?

more than 3 years ago
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The Hobbit Finally Starts Shooting

Genrou Re:Characters (233 comments)

This sucks. Don't get me wrong, I loved how they portrayed their respective characters in the LOTR movie (except, maybe, Elijah Wood couldn't convince me as Frodo, but, then again, he could never convince me as any character in any movie). What I wanted to see was some diversity -- different people with different acting, different characterization. When I was younger, I would like the unified choice, but these days, I think that difference in portrayals could only enhance the appreciation of both the movies and the books. Having the same actors and the same director is basically the same as having only one artist making illustrations of the book.

more than 3 years ago
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Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels Happening

Genrou Re:What ???? (334 comments)

There can be only one.

There should have been only one.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks, Internet Nominees For Nobel Peace Prize

Genrou Re:The nomination of Wikileaks (202 comments)

will leave the United States government in an interesting quandry if it proceeds to success.

While I agree, wouldn't it look even worse to, say, Sweden?

more than 3 years ago
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Super Mario Coming To the 3DS

Genrou Re:10 INPUT "Flogging a dead horse: ", U$ (83 comments)

I can see your points, and I agree with some of them. Cecil's character really looks weird, but it gets a lot better when he turns into a paladin. The voice acting is horrible, I'd rather they remained silent. I agree that, if you can't get past the first three hours, you probably won't have fun playing the game. But, then again, these were not enough for me to put the game aside. I really liked to see characters in 3D, the remade cutscenes and scenarios. That's why I think I would like to see a remake of FFVI. Thanks for the nice chat, hope you have fun playing games (Square/Enix released recently an new old-school FF for the DS, 4 Warriors of Light. I couldn't play it yet, but I expect it to be good).

more than 3 years ago
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Super Mario Coming To the 3DS

Genrou Re:10 INPUT "Flogging a dead horse: ", U$ (83 comments)

I agree that it is a matter of opinion. I just finished playing both versions of FFIV (Advance for the GameBoy and the remake for the DS) and the games are nearly identical. The DS version has a few additions that can be ignored if you don't want to deal with them, and while damages and powers have changed, I found both versions to be equally balanced. I had fun with both. While I couldn't play FFIII in paralel with the old version (I played it sometime ago, though), I thought that the DS version was fun, and a little stronger on the history side. Granted, the newer versions don't have the same impact that the older had -- they were new games at the time. So, this is an honest question, not flaming or trolling: why do you think they're bad games?

more than 3 years ago
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Super Mario Coming To the 3DS

Genrou Re:10 INPUT "Flogging a dead horse: ", U$ (83 comments)

The game industry is in a point where remakes can add a lot to the fun factor. Square/Enix did a great job in the remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV. If they release a version of Final Fantasy VI and/or Final Fantasy VII for the 3DS, I will sleep on the line to buy one.

more than 3 years ago
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8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

Genrou Re:Emily Rosa (174 comments)

That's very interesting. I didn't know that. I admire them deeply, all of them. Emily Rosa was born in 1987, according to the Wikipedia article, which makes her 23 now. I don't think she reads Slashdot, though. I would be delightfully surprised if so.

more than 3 years ago
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8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

Genrou Emily Rosa (174 comments)

Very nice to find that there are kids who are being taught about science. Before them, Emily Rosa was the youngest to publish a peer-reviewed paper. Her paper was an amazing experiment to refute terapeutic touch in a very well conducted study. Kudos to them

more than 3 years ago
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String Theory Tested, Fails Black Hole Predictions

Genrou Re:Dangerous Ground! (307 comments)

This reminds me of the luminiferous aether and the Michelson-Morley experiment. A lot of physicists at the time were certain that luminiferous aether existed, but no experiment was able to prove it -- even with the proposed adjustments that are also cited here. Then Einstein, from the work of others, came with relativity theory. I always thought that string theory was weird (not that the universe should care about what I think, anyway), but maybe scientists are looking in the wrong direction. It would be really exciting if a completely different theory appears.

more than 3 years ago

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John McCarthy, Pioneer of AI, Dies

Genrou Genrou writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Genrou (600910) writes "It is a sad month for computer sciences in the world. After Jobs and Ritchie, yesterday, October 23rd, John McCarthy died. He was a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence and creator of the LISP language."
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Toshiba to iPad: You're Flashy, But You're Lame

Genrou Genrou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Genrou (600910) writes "This article on CNET talks about the new strategy Toshiba adopted to grab a slice of the tablet market: there are ways of telling a rival that you don't respect them. You can shun them. You can rise above them. You can even steal their lover. Toshiba, however, has decided on a slightly different strategy when it comes to Apple. In a move redolent of the New Zealand haka war dance, Toshiba has decided to stick out its tongue, widen its eyes, and tell Apple that the iPad is, as they say in certain English quarters, pants. When you go to this sturdy site and happen to employ a device that isn't Flash-friendly — say an iPad or iPhone — Toshiba welcomes you with the words: "Such a shame." The tablet doesn't even have a name yet, though the Toshiba Taunter is surely high up on the list, as is the Toshiba Flashiba."
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