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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Hillgiant Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

Do you have any idea how close a tolerance you must have in order to have millions of bricks and have any pair of them mate cleanly, easily, and with sufficient clutch to not immediately fall off? And have multiple "legal" connection locations on each brick? And permit multiple bricks attach with equal spacing and equivalent strength?

We are talking a process capability that rivals, if not vastly exceeds, most aerospace manufacturers. No disrespect to the rocket science guys, but we are talking tight tolerances on small parts.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Hillgiant Re:Hulk hogan could code too (580 comments)

Clearly their first mistake was being born poor.

Seriously kids, don't get born poor. It really stinks.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Hillgiant Re:Hulk hogan could code too (580 comments)

A better way to state the question: half the population has sub-median intelligence

Half the population will always have sub-median intelligence. That is what median means.

That said, I believe that we will have a stronger society if we focus on elevating the lower educated to a higher educated state. I do not want to create a permanent underclass of semi- or un-skilled labor supporting the higher class's state of near permanent leisure.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Setting Up $250,000 Mars Lander Competition

Hillgiant Re:The Slashdot logo says... (44 comments)

Let's be honest. The self respecting nerds left /. years ago.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Hillgiant Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

It's a fraudulent contract. How would that not be a crime?
It's an unlicensed hotel. How would that not be a crime?

White collar crimes are still crimes.

about two weeks ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

Hillgiant False Premise (169 comments)

Slashdot was never good.

about two weeks ago
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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

Hillgiant Catch 22 (150 comments)

You have to be crazy to go. If you are crazy, they won't send you.

about three weeks ago
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Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

Hillgiant Re:Spinning Space stations (113 comments)

Or you could send a robot and save on spinning spacecraft, food, water, air, and fuel to provide/propel all the above.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations

Hillgiant Re:Stupid "battle" (49 comments)

They both have a common goal, to get locked in as the de-facto monopoly.

FTFY.

about three weeks ago
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Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

Hillgiant Re:rm -r * (75 comments)

mv -f * /dev/null

about a month ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Hillgiant No (251 comments)

I have zero need for additional paper weights, door stops, and ash trays. I might be more interested when they (a) provide isotropic materials, (b) provide better precision, and (c) provide (a) and (b) at a lower cost.

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

Hillgiant Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

Spooky. That is exactly the ratio of tau to pi.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Hillgiant Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

Still off by a factor of almost 400 years. If you read the referenced paper, there is no mention of hunting large land animals or of mammoths at all. Sounds like original research (unsupported by facts, no less) on the part of the Wikipedia author.

Furthermore of all the radiocarbon dating, the most ambitious date is 1750 BCE. Still 400 years too early for J. Random Eskimo to stick a harpoon in his side. Do you have anything that suggests earlier humans or later Mammoths?

about a month ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

Hillgiant Re:Hah (60 comments)

Since most solution algorithms are a database attack, I imagine it will kick out as a non-valid position (i.e. not in the database).

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Hillgiant Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

While there appears to be broad agreement that Mammoths did exist on Wrangel as recently as 2000 BCE (4000 years ago), I cannot find any scholarly research to suggest that they co-existed with humans; or if they did, that they were hunted by those humans.

Can you offer more recent research?

about a month ago
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The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics

Hillgiant Re:Mick Jagger of physics (94 comments)

I'm not sure either. I suppose it might be because he can't get no satisfaction. Or perhaps he is a man of wealth and taste. Maybe he wants it painted black. Or all of the above.

about 2 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Hillgiant Re:Employed (712 comments)

Steve... Steve.... The name rings a bell. Wasn't he the guy who earned one dollar a year? What a fantastic counter example you have found. Clearly more companies need to follow this philosophy.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

Hillgiant Re:Maxwell? (110 comments)

Good to the last drop.

about 2 months ago

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