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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

Glires And if you believe that... (221 comments)

The last two weeks we've been too busy to play video games and, look at what we did. There's been drama, action, romance... I mean honestly you guys, do we need video games to play? Maybe we started to rely on Microsoft and Sony so much that we forgot that all we need to play are the simplest things. Like, like this. [grabs a stick from the ground] We could just play with this. Screw video games, dude! Who needs them?!

about 10 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

Glires Misinformation Demolition Derby (390 comments)

So all I have to do is alter my car so that it tells the other cars that I am approaching from behind at 120 mph when I'm really only driving 60 mph and the cars in front of me will automatically swerve out of my way! Awesome!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Glires This is why poeple call their jobs "work" (308 comments)

Your description sounds exactly like the only thing that I've ever been paid to do in my entire career. My job is to fix broken things and make them work. It sounds like that's your job, too. If everything were working perfectly, they wouldn't have needed to hire you in the first place. If fixing the project is beyond your skill, then perhaps moving on to a different employer is a good idea.

about a year ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Glires Re:The example is flawed (312 comments)

A problem with that line of thinking is that if those five values are the whole population of interest then you cannot establish that it is a normal distribution, which is a fundamental prerequisite for even considering the existence of a "standard deviation". Even for samples, normal-curve statistics are designed for large sample sizes (n>30). If your sample size isn't large enough to derive a normal distribution curve, then your RMS values are not measuring from the normal peak, but rather from a meaningless arbitrary value. Robotically plugging a small sample size into a large-sample statistical formula doesn't produce a valid statistical result any more than plugging your body weight into "C x 9/5 + 32 = F" would tell you your body temperature.

about a year ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Glires The example is flawed (312 comments)

The example in the article isn't even an example of a standard deviation. He may have plugged his five values into the RMS formula, but what it produced isn't an actual standard deviation because five values is too small of a sample size.
This article is really a demonstration of why people should stop misusing the term "standard deviation" than it is an argument of why people should stop using standard deviation.

about a year ago
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Facebook May Dislike the Social Fixer Extension, but Many Users Love It (Video)

Glires "Moo"ving off-topic (176 comments)

Well, with the automated milking systems used on precision dairy farms the cows do get to choose how they get milked. Not that it has anything to do with the Facebook discussion other than to suggest that Facebook treats its users with less respect than the average dairy cow.

about a year ago
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How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

Glires Who would know to stop updating? (259 comments)

So how would the oblivious tech guy in charge of updating the message know to stop updating the message if the senior executive who knows about the contact and is under the gag order isn't allowed to tell the tech guy to stop updating the message?

about a year ago
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Skype: Has Microsoft's $8.5B Spending Paid Off Yet? Can It Ever?

Glires Maybe if they actually integrated it... (147 comments)

Of course Microsoft isn't going to make any profit on Skype if they don't actually use it in any of their products.
Sure it's in Office365, but it's not in Office 2012.
I guess it will be in the not-yet-released XBox One, but it isn't in the currently-available XBox 360.
They didn't give me the option of merging my Skype friends with the Xbox friends, or my Outlook contacts with the Skype contacts, only my MSN contacts (by now I had forgotten I even had any MSN contacts).
Some idealist in the Microsoft management probably thinks that Skype will be some sort of hook that makes people buy products and should therefore be limited to the products that most badly need marketing help. But in reality all they have done is put Skype on track to be obsolete before they even finish integrating it with any of their products. In a few years, Microsoft will have killed Skype like they killed Groove.

about a year ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

Glires But will the car be compatible with my street? (662 comments)

I'd sure hate to buy a Google car and then find out that my town is having all of the streets automated by Microsoft. I wouldn't be able to get my car past the driveway!

about a year ago
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Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

Glires Re:Doesn't need to be multi-tasking (313 comments)

I completely agree. Not just in school but I've also found it true in business meetings. The only notes worth taking have drawings, charts, annotations, margin notes, circled words, arrows, non-roman characters, etc. If the information is something that is easy to type on a laptop, then chances are that nobody needed it to be written down in the first place.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

Glires The private key is locked in a vault... (399 comments)

If you are sending an email to a large corporation, then the public key is useless to you because whomever is receiving your email doesn't have permission to use the company's private key to decrypt the email.

about a year ago
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Brown vs. Startup Over a Sandwich

Glires How is this bad news? (119 comments)

So the university that "really encourages entrepreneurship" has managed to get the entrepreneur free national publicity by threatening (but not actually filing, to date) a lawsuit. I feel like a tool just for having read the article.

about a year and a half ago
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The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself

Glires Responsibility, what's that? (215 comments)

This sounds like an overly complicated way for someone to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions and decisions.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

Glires It depends on how critical the product is (182 comments)

Sometimes all of those meetings and paperwork serve a useful purpose when an application is critical. If a one-day build of instagram doesn't work, then the only consequence is that there are fewer grainy photographs of someone's cat. If a one-day build of a power distribution system doesn't work, then an entire city loses electricity.

more than 2 years ago
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The Case Against Net Neutrality

Glires Free-Market Mad-Libs (702 comments)

Hmmm... this line of thought sounds familiar for some reason.

If the government regulates [mortgages], policies for [mortgages] are set by one entity: the [FTC]. However, if the government stays out, each company will set its own policies. If you don't like the [FTC]'s policies, you are stuck with them unless you leave the United States. If you don't like your [mortgage banker]'s policies, you can simply switch to another one. So which model sounds better to you?

more than 4 years ago
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Where Is The Innovation?

Glires The author obviously doesn't listen to music... (203 comments)

Did he forget about the MP3??
I'd say that was a pretty big innovation that's crept into everyone's life and even changed how we think about intellectual property.
Sure, you could argue that it's just an incremental improvement on previous compressions, but then again, the graphical browser is basically just an incremental improvement on the text-browsers that we've had since the 60's.

But on another note, I really don't think that a technology that hasn't even made it's first half-century should be prematurely lumped into the same category as millenially old innovations as wheels and mechanizing warfare.

Why doesn't someone find some real news to post instead of just picking these abstract arguments? I'd call that an innovation.

more than 13 years ago

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