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Kickstarter Technology Projects Ship

Kingrames I wonder which of the sites will end up on top (100 comments)

It's an interesting bit, seeing this happen. wonderful news all around.

But I'm more interested in seeing which of the crowdfunding websites ends up being more reputable, for projects like this. In terms of delivering their product, doing so on time, etc.

Some are certainly more important than others...

But purely from an intellectual standpoint, it'll be interesting seeing which of the sites end up on top. And why.

more than 2 years ago

Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends

Kingrames Holy Crap (566 comments)

Somewhere out there is a geek with enough skill that he got the government to try and get him a girlfriend.
He's so good at hacking he got a girlfriend.
That... is probably the best hacking skill of all time.

more than 2 years ago

London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

Kingrames Re:It's not hacking... (202 comments)

"cheating" is what losers call winning.

more than 2 years ago

Kindle Fire Grabs Over Half of the U.S. Android Tablet Market

Kingrames No... (134 comments)

I think it's just the right size. I imagine that most of the customers wanted something its size to begin with.

more than 2 years ago

Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

Kingrames Re:Few to admit it, but a lot of parents teach thi (1208 comments)

Dude it's not racism. This is the internet. The person posting the comment claiming to be a white guy in a black neighborhod could just as easily be an albino lesbian cockerspaniel. Treating them like a dick because they're acting like it isn't "reverse racism", it's treating someone like a dick cause they're acting like one. That's not even hypocrisy, it's just fair.

more than 2 years ago

Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

Kingrames Re:A bad idea that "sounds good". (531 comments)

I give up. Which major city on the moon are you thinking of because I'm drawing a blank.

more than 2 years ago

If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

Kingrames Pah. (423 comments)

Complete Bullshit. We still pay full price for good, new games.
The availability of old games I had to pass up because I couldn't afford them on my allowance at the time doesn't change that.

more than 2 years ago

See-Through 3D Computer With Gesture Controls Gives Us a Glimpse of the Future

Kingrames Re:Pointless... (63 comments)

Tactile feedback.

Hitting something with a hammer, you FEEL how hard you hit it and how far you've driven the nail in.

touching the screen doesn't give you that.
If a 3d display can fix THIS, then it'll be the new thing. But right now, keyboard and mouse offer tactile feedback, and the touchscreen does not. a 3d space where you wave your arms around? If it's anything like the Kinect I tried, it won't do.

more than 2 years ago

"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

Kingrames Learn a new language, get a job. (688 comments)

"learn to code, get a job" is functionally identical to "Learn a new language, get a job." We call our programming languages languages because that's what they are. it's a new way to communicate.

People who only know how to communicate in one language never really understand how easy it is to figure out how to solve translation problems. Learning a new language is incredibly easy and it's probably one of the most valuable tools that you can get as a human being. Why? Because communication is key to human advancement.

It's true that learning how to code will make you a more valuable worker. But it's not the only way and it's not a fire and forget solution. If you don't learn how to code, and you don't learn another language, you're holding yourself back in ways you'll never be able to understand.

about 3 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

Kingrames Level Up (885 comments)

Any drone that kills a named enemy NPC should be given an official name, a badge, and the opportunity to share a beer with the President.

Welcome to level 2.

more than 3 years ago

CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Kingrames Quickly! (1088 comments)

We have to find Zephram Cochrane! Before they get here!

more than 3 years ago

The Hidden Evil of the Microtransaction

Kingrames In more recent news (147 comments)

When APB came back and went free to play, I was looking forward to it, but one of the things that bothered me was that they did away with the previous (very solid) microtransaction method. Now, you can purchase temporary weapons using in game or real cash, but the kicker is that they have limited-time-offer weapons for sale, alternatives to weapons in game, no better, no worse, which are permanent. And these weapons will set you back SIXTY BUCKS of real world cash.

Yes, it's almost enough to make you want to do a price comparison at an actual Republican convention.

Some tidbits here: That's $60, for one gun, on one character, on one server, you still have to buy ammo for it, and if the game goes under (again) you're up shit creek without an MP5. And there doesn't seem to be a way to reach the developers to tell them that this is moronic.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Watson To Replace Salespeople and Cold-Callers

Kingrames Huzzah! (316 comments)

Now those jobs stolen by Indians can be given back to Americans! (American robots, but hey.)

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Put an End To Smelly Socks

Kingrames Re:Phenomenal! (238 comments)

The words "Permanently germ-free" should never be promised on anything larger than an atom. You show me a germ-free surface, I'll show you a lazy germ.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Put an End To Smelly Socks

Kingrames Phenomenal! (238 comments)

Scientists have created a thing, made out of atoms, that can PERMANENTLY eliminate any possibility of other atoms being arranged in such a fashion as to inconvenience me? Huzzah! An infinite number of solutions posted to problems seemingly thought to be unsolvable in polynomial time! Mathematics has been defeated! Long live ...US SCIENTISTS!


more than 3 years ago

Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?

Kingrames Blame? (213 comments)

It takes a special kind of person, who, when presented with lots of free time and the tools to do amazing things, says: "I think I'm going to horribly violate the entire online world today."

Perhaps I should be thankful that I'm turning my talents to more productive ends. But I doubt I'll be hired before these assclowns find work.

If you want to blame someone, we could blame Obama, whose administration has practically continued the war on hackers and then wondered "why are we so short on competent programmers?" or we could blame wall street and its "rape the economy and then blame those that tried to stop us" philosophy, or we could blame industries that engaged in military action against america, deliberately using their racketeering scheme to attack children and college students, knowingly and willfully attacking our country's supply of future skilled labor - something they did for over a decade prior to "the crash", or there's china and india who are or at least were doing so well in spite of our country's failures, or there's our own prior administration who spent countless times more money than we had or would ever have to wage war against iraq, an enemy of the terrorists that bombed us on 9/11, or there's the new fascists of america who are using the words "liberal" and "homosexual" instead of "undesirable" and "jew", or there's global climate change, or those that deny it, or sick and twisted people in power in every position they could be in...

Fuck it. When the world runs out of victims and points in my direction I'll be happily enjoying life on Mars, in my secret volcano lair at Olympus Mons, with my consciousness-infused computer "phylactery" keeping me immortal, enjoying the ability to do in the real world what we do online now.

more than 3 years ago

Steam Now Offering Free-To-Play Games

Kingrames Re:Turkish Delight (Remember Narnia!) (152 comments)

I'm not seeing it.
Having Steam for these games (which are freely available elsewhere) is like putting all your tools in one toolbox.
But what if someone steals your toolbox?!?
Then you kill them and get your toolbox back.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

Kingrames hahaha (223 comments)


Lemme get this straight:
You expect teachers to TEACH, from home, to students who can't even behave themselves in a normal classroom, while said students are effectively at home lounging around surrounded by stuff to distract them. It only takes one student being naked/topless/whatever for said teacher to suddenly be a felon. It only takes one student playing starcraft in the background to create enough of a distraction to negate the lecture. It only takes one absent student in the web conference to create a snowball effect.


more than 3 years ago



Traveling Salesman in Polynomial Time?

Kingrames Kingrames writes  |  more than 4 years ago

James (858416) writes "Kingrames, a regular Slashdotter, has recently posted his second of two solutions to the Traveling Salesman problem, both of which are done in Polynomial time. He's asking for fellow mathematicians and computer scientists to lend a hand in proving and disproving his theories, and welcomes all feedback. If this discovery turns out to be true, it calls into question the idea that there are no polynomial-time solutions to these "hard" problems, and that would be very significant. If you have the time, and the inclination, please consider lending your helping hand."
Link to Original Source

Kingrames Kingrames writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Kingrames (858416) writes "Straight from the e-mail...

Personal data of TWU students in Denton, Dallas and Houston exposed

Texas Woman's University is notifying approximately 15,000 students that
their personal data has been exposed to potential identity theft.

The personal data of all students who were enrolled at TWU in the
calendar year 2005 was exposed. The personal data includes names,
addresses and Social Security Numbers. This exposure affects the
university's three campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

University officials discovered earlier this week that IRS 1098-T
Tuition Statement data for 2005 was transmitted to an outside vendor via
a non-secure connection. The data was briefly exposed only during
transmission and is now secure.

At this time TWU has no indication that this data has been accessed or
used by anyone. However, the university recognizes the seriousness of
this exposure and the need to inform the affected students as quickly as

"Texas Woman's University deeply regrets that this personal information
was inadvertently exposed to potential identity theft," TWU Chancellor
Ann Stuart said. "We are notifying all the affected students by letter
and by email. We also have established a Data Exposure Response website
and hotline, and provided information to students that will help them
protect their personal information."

Students can visit www.twu.edu and click on the "Data Exposure Response"
link for more information. Those without access to the Internet may
call the TWU Data Exposure Response Hotline at 940-898-3840,
940-898-3841 or 940-898-3842. Calls will be returned from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, Dec. 26 (excluding New
Year's Day)."


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