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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

MLBs Re:Really? (182 comments)

In the case of Lindows, Microsoft sued, lost in court and in the end settled by buying the name Lindows for $20M. Doesn't sound like a bad deal for the other company.


New Object Recognition Algorithm Learns On the Fly

MLBs Re:I could be wrong... (100 comments)

The features part is really the tricky part. You could supply a set of pictures of aircraft and the algorithm would need to determine what is common to all those examples.
With regards to training, It is possible to perform this learning task without direct supervised (tagged data) training.
Imagine the following:
Take a trillions of images from the web, and use unsupervised, clustering methods to group images into groups of equivalence, given that you have great features that allow you to do that.
Then, given a cluster of millions of examples, take the surrounding text around the images source and try to find common denominators in the text. It's not far fetched to think that similar objects in the images will have similar words in the text.

Such "Big Data" research is now being done in various research facilities around the world.

1 year,5 days

Molecule In Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose

MLBs The Food Industry (134 comments)

The last paragraph gave me the following thought.
Given how much the food industry is "concerned" with providing us with the best quality,
is it potentially possible that they can use this molecule to block our ability to sense some bad stuff that is in their products?

about a year ago

Korean 'Armadillo' Electric Car Folds Up, Parks, Controlled By Your Smartphone

MLBs What happens if folded when a person is inside (124 comments)

From the video, I guess that no harm would come to them other than the fact that if the unfolding breaks, they may not be able to get out.

about a year and a half ago

NASA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip

MLBs Sun has PMS (127 comments)

And as usual, innocent men have to suffer.

about a year and a half ago

PCWorld Magazine Is No More

MLBs Re:No worries (164 comments)

I was thinking more like TabletWorld, if you follow the analysts of the PC market.

about a year and a half ago

GitHub Back Online After Service Outage

MLBs I know we like to sleep late (55 comments)

But describing 14:00 as morning is a bit too much.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

MLBs Math and CS (656 comments)

For the past 20 years, I have been doing a wide variety of projects, and though some of the university math has been very useful (e.g. Linear algebra), I can honestly say I have never needed to use any of the differential equations techniques in the form taught in school.
At best, I had to use a system that can be described by a differential equation, but in discrete form and with simple functions that numerically solve the problem.

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

MLBs Re:Microsoft has a majority market share (267 comments)

Not in my house it doesn't. 1 Win 7 laptop 1 MacBook Pro 1 Chrome Book 3 Raspberry PIs running Raspbian 1 Android tablet 1 Android phone 1 blackberry playbook 1 Apple TV Looks like Linux wins, with Android a close second. The best part is that this is all for one person living alone. :)

Perhaps I'm reading this wrong, but it seems that they're saying that in 2004, MS had a majority, but this is now changing and thus the bug can be closed. With your enumeration you simply give anecdotal evidence to this.

about a year and a half ago

Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

MLBs Reminds me of an old joke (368 comments)

A plumber goes to a doctor's house to fix a leak.
He works for 15 minutes and then asks the doctor for $200
The doctor says "I don't even make close to that!!"
The plumber replies: "When I was a doctor, I didn't either"

about a year and a half ago

Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

MLBs Re:The real question is (117 comments)

Ok, then my new real question is Did Intel refuse because they didn't think the iPhone would be good business for them,
or because they insisted on making it an x86, due to IP pride and such,
which conflicted with Apple's vision.

about a year and a half ago

Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

MLBs The real question is (117 comments)

Would the iPhone still be a success with an Intel processor, given the power consumption of their chips at the time.

about a year and a half ago

(Highly Divided) Federal Circuit Opinion Finds Many Software Patents Ineligible

MLBs As an inventor of many patents (116 comments)

Most of which are forced by my employer as means to "protect our IP"
I agree that a lot of patents filed and issued I would not consider a legitimate invention.

about a year and a half ago

Why Your New Car's Technology Is Four Years Old

MLBs It's all about the money (455 comments)

The manufacturers have a higher margin from replacement parts than from the car itself. If they make standardized interchangeable components, then after market competition would slash those margins.
They simply like things the way they are now.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Company's Marketing-to-Engineering Ratio?

MLBs Anecdotal Data (202 comments)

I don't know about company (large) numbers, but in a recent project that involves a few engineers, when the company was going to publish a press release, the team size on the email chain has quadrupled overnight.

about a year and a half ago

Canada Revenue Agency To Tax BitCoin Transactions

MLBs Hard core Bitcoin adopters (297 comments)

Can they pay the tax with Bitcoin?

about a year and a half ago

Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

MLBs Not only for games (292 comments)

Games may be the first application that comes to mind.
But, combine this with a virtual presence robot, and companies will be able to save millions on travel to conferences and meetings.
There's a huge market for this, if you can get the user experience right.

about 2 years ago


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