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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

Mikkeles Losing Literature (55 comments)

It may make more sense to concentrate on those lower in the list. The works of highly rated authors are likely to remain available anyway whereas those of lower rated authors are more likely to be lost.
    Admittedly, the loss may be deserved, but I am willing to bet there are some (if not many) that will be more highly appreciated in a century or so.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Mikkeles Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

'This one [Lindt 99% Excellence]is bitter.'

And wonderfully tasty with a nice Old Malmsey Madeira!

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Mikkeles Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

I doubt that there's enough chocolate in a 3 Musketeers candy bar to boost it much beyond $2; maybe $2.50 if they switch to higher quality chocolate.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Mikkeles Re:What could possibly (316 comments)

Oh, I agree; restricting speech has to be very carefully considered and continually evaluated based to deal with edge conditions and resulting effects. I was merely pointing out consequences of the stated, proposed limitations. (For example, here in Canada, they had to places special exemptions in the hate speech legislation to allow the Bible and Koran.)

If there is speech to be banned, it would be best if it were up to me ;)

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Mikkeles Re:What could possibly (316 comments)

Well, on the good side, this would probably silence religious speech.

about two weeks ago
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SatNOGS Wins the 2014 Hackaday Prize For Satellite Networked Open Ground Station

Mikkeles Re:Lamest One (21 comments)

The sour grapes is strong in this one.

about two weeks ago
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Crowd-Sourced Experiment To Map All Human Skills

Mikkeles Re:Rule 34 (70 comments)

I hope that they include "Le Petomane", who could fart "La Marseillaise" and outdrew Sarah Bernhardt!

about two weeks ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Mikkeles Sure 'Tis (173 comments)

It's too bad I can't mod TFS funny.

about three weeks ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

Mikkeles Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

Drill a hole in the pipe to the showerhead and glue in a digital fever thermometer. On, off, and the right range for a shower!

Or, adhere one of those thermometer strips available for home brewing and wine-making.

about 1 month ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Mikkeles Re: Missing option (219 comments)

However we certainly should take steps to ensure the survival of our species.
Why?
If we don't, then what's the point of evolving to have the capabilities and self-awareness to do so?
Why should there be a point? There's certainly none in evolving.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

Mikkeles Razors (46 comments)

I can see this going the same way as number of shaving blades on a razor with 5 tiered JIT js.

about a month and a half ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Mikkeles Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts.

Except that it wasn't purchased and flagging it as such doesn't make it so.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Mikkeles Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

Maybe the people who would answer this question are still waiting in line to buy one so that they can post to /. while waiting in line?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Mikkeles Re:Old skool (382 comments)

'2. All of Infocom's text adventures.'

Text adventures are still being produced. The Interactive Fiction Archive has many old and new games. Many are very good.

about 2 months ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Mikkeles Re:Oh, really? (261 comments)

Why aren't heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles included?

about 3 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Mikkeles Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

'The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries...'

Name them.

about 3 months ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

Mikkeles Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

True, but this seems to apply to all large scale power generation, whether it's land for hydro or windmills (and screw the people living there who have to put up with it or move) or cash for nuclear. To say nothing of externalizing the environmental costs.

It's called subsidizing (if you disagree with it) or incentivising (if you do).

about 4 months ago

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TSA Doesn't Think Terrorists Are Plotting To Attack Airplanes

Mikkeles Mikkeles writes  |  about a year ago

Mikkeles (698461) writes "Jonathan Corbett has been engaged in a lawsuit against the government concerning the constitutionality of scanners in the course of which, the TSA gave him classified documents. Thus he needed to file two copies of his brief: a public one with classified stuff redacted, and the full brief under seal. Someone over at Infowars noticed that apparently a clerk at the 11th Circuit appeals court forgot to file the document under seal, allowing them to find out what was under the redacts, including: "As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.""
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Sun did'nt cause recent climate change: U.K. study

Mikkeles Mikkeles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mikkeles (698461) writes "The Royal Society has recently published an article (abstract full article(PDF)) written in response to Channel 4's The Great Global Warming Swindle .

There is considerable evidence for solar influence on the Earth's pre-industrial climate and the Sun may well have been a factor in post-industrial climate change in the first half of the last century. Here we show that over the past 20 years, all the trends in the Sun that could have had an influence on the Earth's climate have been in the opposite direction to that required to explain the observed rise in global mean temperatures.
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