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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Keyboard Rage Re:Transformative Platforms! (179 comments)

  1. Tables
  2. Chairs
  3. Classrooms
  4. Blackboards (the non-electronic kind)
  5. Pedagogy
  6. Pens that don't stain all over the place
  7. Chalk
  8. Rulers
  9. Electric light
  10. Standardised methods that actually were tested in practice
  11. Calculators

Amazingly, despite this old tech, my education turned out alright.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Keyboard Rage Re:Randall Munroe (169 comments)

Hint: Being near-circular in body shape is not the normal human shape. It's called obesity.

Other hint: Being quite thin and have a big, round head is (or should be) the normal condition of at least 50% of the human population (men + prepubescent children). The remaining 40-something % is (or should be) also quite thin with a big, round head, but often includes two lumps on the chest area. Then, for about 50% of the human population, at certain points in their lives they will sport another, smaller thin object with a round head.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Keyboard Rage Re:They could start by not using civilians as shie (369 comments)

Your argument... As opposed to what? Israel just killing Palestinians (terrorists, adults, children, men, women, journalists, doctors, UN personel, whatever), period?

about two weeks ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Keyboard Rage Re:I'm recreating Detroit in my SimCity (103 comments)

Clearly the giant monster and alien attack are merely stand-ins for the damage done by corrupt politicians and idiot bosses (like those at Electronic Arts), respectively. How I wish the first had a single monstrous eye and clawed arms and an omnimuous black finishing in real life, it would make recognising them much easier. However, representing idiot bosses using UFOs was not required - you usually notice right away they are not of this world.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Keyboard Rage In Seismic America... (191 comments)

...Earth shakes You.

Oh, wait.

about three weeks ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Keyboard Rage Re:Simulate this... (173 comments)

Result of bug: Google car intact and still functional, passengers fried to a nice crisp gold-brown color, expected to taste like pork buns.

about three weeks ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Keyboard Rage Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (173 comments)

No. However, unlike a simulation, where the only values taken into account are those put in by the programmers and the car's designers (for stuff like wear-rates of mechanical parts), a test track will at least show values closer to real use, and may reveal unexpected hardware failures.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:legal issues. (391 comments)

Unfortunately the Netherlands have a large amount of people who think it's alright that extreme rightist asshats spew hateful speech, but when a Muslim does it they need to be expelled.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:Seems to be working really well... (391 comments)

According to Dutch media, at least one of them is....British.

Perhaps they are afraid someone will recognize the voices? Why would that be a problem? Or are the people making these videos UK security agency implants?

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re: Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

So did the Scottish.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Keyboard Rage Re:Might makes right ? (391 comments)

Ostrich? Isn't that the local people's name for Austria, which is short for Australia?

about three weeks ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Keyboard Rage Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

For an obvious example of how bad Wikipedia can be, check out their articles on paranormal events. A lot of articles explain things like UFO sightings without any scepticism and present so-called 'facts' in revised historical contexts.

about three weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Raise the bar? (341 comments)

The bar that in Europe is placed much higher than (apparently) in the ole US of A, a concept that Uber appears to have some trouble grasping (not so Uber, eh?). So a business model that might work well in North America due to the abyssimal suckage of 'real' taxis there comes up at the bottom of the barrel at the other side of the Atlantic.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Picking nits.. (341 comments)

Gah, Slashdot doesn't take all Unicode characters properly :/

Read "Europe is not the USA"

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Picking nits.. (341 comments)

Your "possible slacker" would likely not get a taxi license in Europe, first and foremost because his car is not up to standards. Europe USA.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Keyboard Rage Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Uber was (predictably) banned in a couple of Dutch cities for basically the same reason as in Berlin. Taxis here need licenses and have to adhere to strict guidelines due to serious issues with price-fixing and unacceptable behaviour by (not always) unlicensed taxi drivers (including robberies) in the past. Uber's reaction was "The law is obviously wrong and needs to be changed the future. We expect that this change will be made soon.".

This showcases some incredible arrogance and lack of understanding of how things work. A) Those laws and rules are the way they are because of historical reasons; those reasons are very likely to rear their ugly head again when licenses are abolished. B) Exclusive deals (e.g. where Uber would be the only one to be able to provide unlicensed taxis) are against European law. C) A company can't decide for everyone what the law should be; changes to the law will have to be agreed upon by all parties (and taxi unions are powerful). D) Suggesting that a law ought to change 'soon' because it means company X can't use their (obviously flawed) business model might work in a highly corrupt country (or one that does not care about consumer rights); it has no place in a democracy, and considering Uber seems to think it it ought to work that way maybe means Uber should be investigated for possible corruption practices...

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:What a bunch of pansies (409 comments)

So, the worst that could happen is if the poor sod's plane would disintegrate above a populated area, sucking him into one of the engines, and sending his remains downwards on the population in a fine mist?

Sounds like a plan.

about a month and a half ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Keyboard Rage Re:Why do you think that (409 comments)

Of course, it would be quite ironic if a mishandled case of a deadly disease would accidentally wipe out the USA's foremost expertise center on contagious diseases. And embarrassing. And very bad.

about a month and a half ago

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