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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

Great Big Bird Canada. (24 comments)

If true, please buy something in Canada.

1 hour ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Great Big Bird Re:An excellent book... (86 comments)

Especially the unforseen result of the laws of robotics causing alien worlds to be eradicated because the inhabitants weren't human.

What book did this? I thought I had read them all.

4 days ago
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How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Great Big Bird Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (128 comments)

I don't think "space" will just inspire. It can and has produced significant advances (and thus careers) — although that benefit might not be running on all thrusters anymore.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Great Big Bird Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Actually it is AI. What it isn't is Generalized AI. What most AI research is done now is specific techniques to specific problems.

about three weeks ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Great Big Bird Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

One thing I never got with the "don't talk to the cops" thing is what happens if you actually the kind of help you would generally phone them for — such as your daughter ran away, or somebody just burgled your home, etc?

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Great Big Bird Re:Let's be fair (561 comments)

You insulted my carrot sir!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

Great Big Bird Other similar Efforts (308 comments)

There are other similar efforts, specifically WolfPAC, which aims to reform using a constitutional amendment. Do you feel that these other efforts are complimentary or just duplication of effort?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Great Big Bird Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

I have looked at the language, and although I am an 'Apple Guy', I haven't done much with it yet. The language itself looks like a really really nice language for some of this sort of thing, but I mainly would want it for general purpose — so I agree with your parent that for this application s/he shouldn't look at it. However, if it becomes freely available as a compiler and multiplatform (with libraries) it would be worth a serious look at.

about a month and a half ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

Great Big Bird Not Anticipated (139 comments)

Is it possible they were so high in their walled garden that they couldn't perceive or predict possible backlash?

about 2 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Great Big Bird Re:Corporate outsourcing fraud permeates STEM sect (234 comments)

"My grandfathers fought in a war to maintain our standard of living." What a bunch of bullshit. What war could possibly have had anything to do with standard of living? There was never any credible threat of invasion for almost two centuries. The only thing to improve the standard of living was the exporting of goods to other countries fighting in the war, which doesn't require you actually fighting them.

about 2 months ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

Great Big Bird Don't worry (108 comments)

Don't worry, we trust you completely.

about a month ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Great Big Bird Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (361 comments)

If I buy a glorious big boat, and somebody on the high seas steals it, then by any definition that is theft. Further, this sort of theft on the high seas is piracy!

about 3 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

Great Big Bird Re:Stupid headline (157 comments)

I love that: you have to pay for insurance in case they screw up. It should be them paying for that.

about 3 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Great Big Bird Re:Translation (193 comments)

Makes sense. Chromebooks can be okay on the hardware, but I can't see them as very useful especially for real work.

about 4 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Great Big Bird Absolute Percentages? (240 comments)

What is the actual risk of heart attack? 25% sounds like a lot, but if it is a 25% increase on 0.0000001% chance, then it doesn't sound as good for an article.

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

Great Big Bird Re:the latest fashion (391 comments)

I have done some networking in C. It is a royal pain in the ass. After wrapping it up nicer in C++, the interface is much easier to work with.

about 4 months ago
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One Billion Android Devices Open To Privilege Escalation

Great Big Bird Re:Matthew 7:15 (117 comments)

This is oddly appropriate.

about 4 months ago

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