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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

Jason1729 Re:Lesson not learned (331 comments)

Why even have it web-based? Usenet used to fill the niche quite well and wasn't subject to the whims of a single for-profit company.

about 7 months ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

Jason1729 Re:Good and Bad (658 comments)

Except that the $10/month price is for 1 year for people with a prior license. So on the subscription you'd have paid $20/month or $1120 and still counting since Oct 2008 vs a 1 time $700 payment.

I have a legit copy of CS5 and I had no interest in 6, and if my only choice is this subscription crap I'm going to be using CS5 for a long, long, long time before I migrate to a different product.

about a year ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

Jason1729 Re: Earth isn't delicate, (414 comments)

Yes, I'm aware this is slashdot, but not everyone is happy living in their parents basement. For your own sake, try to stay off the internet for a little while and see what the world is really like.

1 year,3 days
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Ask Slashdot:How to protect a text document

Jason1729 Re:Adobe product? (6 comments)

That sounds interesting and even if I can't get it for free I'd be willing to buy the latest version of acrobat (or what's needed) for this. All I see on a quick glance is empty marketing speak, but I'll have to spend some time reading about it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot:How to protect a text document

Jason1729 Re:Make it as annoying as possible (6 comments)

That would make reading it legitimately hard since they'd have to unprotect each file. I don't mind that but I need a solution where they can't go crying back to the judge saying I'm not giving them something useful (based on the original arguement of on screen being easier on than printed).

about a year ago
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$100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

Jason1729 Re:A gazillion dollar prize (324 comments)

Same AC here...

I forgot to add that in Genesis 19:32, that same righteous man tricks is daughters into thinking he's the last man on earth so he can knock up his own daughters.

This is the same Lot that is such a wonderful person god goes out of his way to spare him from the burning of soddom. Yet god kills his wife just for looking back at the city where her friends and relatives are dying and screaming.

Lot is really god's kind of fellow.

more than 2 years ago
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$100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

Jason1729 Re:Proving something negative is impossible (324 comments)

One can prove, without leaving room for doubt, that the halting problem is undecidable,

A really ignorant programming teacher at a local community collage her has found a way to decide the halting problem. A student asked her what sort of things you could validate with an asp.net validator. She said anything. He gave an example of a halting problem and she said yes.

In the words of one of her colleagues, "she's as dumb as a brick", so if she can decide the halting problem, can't someone smarter come up with a general solution?

more than 2 years ago
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Pac-Man Is NP-Hard

Jason1729 Re:What does the hell does NP Hard mean? (195 comments)

Mostly wrong, and even the parts that a right, you make far more confusing than the need to be. I think you're using your maze example to try and represent branching within the algorithm and only confusing yourself. How would the maze for multiplying two numbers together (a P algorithm) look different from the maze for the satisfiability problem (an NP-complete algorithm)? I really can't picture your maze for either of them.

As far as your nondeterminism allowing you to simultaneously try each path, make copies of yourself, etc. It's just confusing, it makes NP harder to understand, and really clouds what's actually going on. Look at it this way. Nondeterminism allows you to always choose the correct path. Every branch you come to, you have the magic ability to pick the correct path on the first try. I call it a magic ability, you call it a super power. Forget about trying to understand how you're trying all paths; the whole concept is a mathematical model, so why inflate it with bloat trying to explain something that need not be explained?

more than 2 years ago
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Pac-Man Is NP-Hard

Jason1729 Re:What does the hell does NP Hard mean? (195 comments)

Totally wrong. First, as the previous response said NP-hard is a separate set from NP. The intersection of the two sets is called NP-complete. NP-hard are the "hardest" problems in this class is axiomatically wrong because NP-hard is not a subset of NP.

Second, by definition of NP-hard, given a polynomial-time solution to any NP-hard problem, you can solve *every* NP problem in polynomial time, so what you meant to say is The question of "P==NP?" really amounts to "is there a polynomial-time solution to any problem that has been rigorously proven to be NP-hard?

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

Jason1729 Apple is being near-sighted (476 comments)

It's not that the display resolution is too low, it's that Apple's marketing department is near-sighted.

more than 3 years ago
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How To Get 39 Megapixels From a 53-Year-Old Camera

Jason1729 Re:Vinyl records and tube stereos too (347 comments)

That's what I'd prefer. A Nikon coolscan 9000 is *only* about $2000 and should give you about 120 megapixels from a 6x6 frame. IMO that setup gives the best of both worlds and much better image quality than the 39-50 megapixel backs.

more than 3 years ago
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In the past year I've taken [answer below] photos:

Jason1729 Re:Photos (256 comments)

All of that comes under the category of knowing your equipment.

more than 3 years ago
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Home-Built Turing Machine

Jason1729 New Math? (123 comments)

Wow...where can I buy a Turing-complete microcontroller?

about 4 years ago
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Home-Built Turing Machine

Jason1729 Finite State Machine (123 comments)

Until he installs an infitite tape, this is computationaly equivalent to a Finite Automata.

about 4 years ago
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Stargate Props Going Up For Auction

Jason1729 Re:Cheaper Alternative (131 comments)

This is slashdot, why talk to someone when there's a perfectly stupid, immoral, anti-social solution that really shows what a pathetic person you are? Don't you have a tv-b-gone so you can shut someone's TV without having to ask them to turn it down?

more than 4 years ago
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

Jason1729 Re:Monopoly is a horrible game (81 comments)

There's 8 color groups in the game, so unless you're playing a 2-player game (in which case there is no reason to ever trade unless your opponent is making a stupidly bad play), have 3 color groups at all makes your victory a foregone conclusion.

Not to mention, how do you get the first 3 color groups? luck, luck, luck.

more than 4 years ago
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

Jason1729 Re:not a fan (81 comments)

The "good" board games tend to take under an hour to play, and where Monopoly lags for about 2 hours after the winner is a foregone conclusion, the "good" games come to a sudden end just as it becomes clear who will win.

By "good" game, take a look at classics like Catan, Carcassonne and Puerto Rico (which are all about the same complexity as Monopoly yet have a lot more strategy involved than luck) or less well known ones like Power Grid, and Ticket to Ride.

If you want a light little party game with lots of social interaction and bartering, take a look at Bohnaza. And if you like rolling dice, Formula De is hard to beat.

Bright out Monopoly if you want to spoil an evening.

more than 4 years ago
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

Jason1729 Re:Monopoly is a horrible game (81 comments)

If you conservatively play, you just slowly loose your money to the guy with all the buildings!

Actaully...wow that is insightful. Ford "played" conservatively and so had a much smaller but more stable position. GM "played" agressively, was much larger and more powerful -- and unstable. And then when the economy hit a little bump, Ford won -- well actually the "bank" slapped Ford in the face and emptied the coffers in front of GM.

It may mirror real life, but as a game, it's just a horrible design.

more than 4 years ago
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

Jason1729 Re:Monopoly is a horrible game (81 comments)

You say it right in your strategy...you take a chance...you hope you can survive a few rounds.

Why not have everyone roll the dice, whoever rolls highest wins the came. There's an equal amount of strategy and luck in that "variant". (And fwiw, I usually win because I'm more stubborn and people get bored and make stupid trades just to move things along -- what a great game mechanic).

more than 4 years ago

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Ask Slashdot:How to protect a text document

Jason1729 Jason1729 writes  |  about a year ago

Jason1729 (561790) writes "I have been ordered by judge to release a large amount of material in "electronic format". Typically it's only available as paper copies which are sold on copy protected paper. Illegal copying of this material has become rampant and a group of lawyers obtained the court order by claiming it would be easier for them to access the material on a computer screen rather than hard copy. It is fairly clear they intend to print and share the single copy rather than paying for certified copies.

I'm looking for a technological solution that will allow me to distribute the documents (with word processing formatting in tact), in "electronic format", complying with the letter of the court order, but also make it impossible or as difficult as possible to print the documents or share the electronic version.

I'd rather not get into a discussion on the morality of copyright as the cost to produce the material was far greater than the single copy price and had I known I'd be facing this court order, I'd have refused to create it to begin with. Total demand is around 5 copies and getting 20% of that means losing a lot of money."
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Car makers sued for $2.1 billion in Canada

Jason1729 Jason1729 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jason1729 writes "According to The Toronto Star a $2.1 Billion lawsuit was filed yesterday against GM, Honda, Chrysler, and Nissan accusing them of collusion and artificially inflating prices on cars sold between August 2005 and August 2007. The issue is the difference in price on cars in Canada compared to the US, with differences ranging from 25-35%. One Toronto man paid $58,645 for a Jeep Cherokee in Canada, when the same car was advertised for less than $40,000 (U.S.) in the United States, says the statement of claim.

The companies are also punishing American dealers who sell to Canadians and refusing to honor warranties on cars later exported to Canada."

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