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Should Inventions Be Automatically Owned By Your Employer?

Niobe Re:The I.P. clause (291 comments)

So I should first negotiate to keep the rights (and by that I assume copyright?) to any existing work when I move jobs?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

Niobe tozzle (165 comments)

Tozzle on the apple store was a hit with my daughter at 1 and 2, possibly a lot bit basic for a 3 year old but try it out. If nothing else she will master it in a couple of weeks and move on to something else. Apart from that my almost 4 yo is onto Angry Birds!

about 2 years ago
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

Niobe Land of freedom? (743 comments)

The old USA continues to get scarier and scarier

about 2 years ago
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New WiFi Protocol Boosts Congested Wireless Network Throughput By 700%

Niobe congestion control (130 comments)

My guess, this will be another scheme where the network driver on the client has to respond to congestion control/back-off style requests from the AP, staying off the air for a (random?) amount of time. The AP will just be slightly more sophisticated about who it tells to back-off. Even NTP has this feature.

more than 2 years ago
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Supersymmetry Theory Dealt a Blow

Niobe Re:And? (143 comments)

> Nobody remembers that there was 300 years between Newton and Einstein, and that people 300 years ago were just as smart and just as capable as people today, And less distracted by slashdot, facebook, twitter and other interweb stuff that detracts from serious thought

more than 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

Niobe 100% (298 comments)

If you can't code, you're probably a Windows admin.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

Niobe By the decade (700 comments)

1st Decade: The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins by Dr Suess
2nd Decade: Dune by Frank Herbert
3rd Decade: A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
4th Decade: To be determined..

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

Niobe the question is flawed (262 comments)

No single position is best. Movement is required.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

Niobe PHEW! (310 comments)

85-90 is ok, but 90-100? Why that would have been.. outrageous! Criminal!

more than 2 years ago
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Why Distributing Music As 24-bit/192kHz Downloads Is Pointless

Niobe One point of disagreement.. (841 comments)

"It's true enough that a properly encoded Ogg file (or MP3, or AAC file) will be indistinguishable from the original at a moderate bitrate." Rubbish. Any lossy format but particularly mp3 sounds GRUESOME to anyone with a trained ear. And untrained ears can certainly tell the difference once it's pointed out, usually on a good system. If you want to know how to get 11:1 compression ratio on a pseudorandom source like sound, it's simple - they throw away most of the information ,particularly spatial information in the upper frequency ranges. You can't "hear" some of those frequencies, but you can certainly perceive when they are absent. I personally cannot stand mp3s and never use them. FLAC all the way.

more than 2 years ago
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Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em

Niobe Pack of bludgers.. mostly (356 comments)

A definite bias in the comments towards supporting academics. My views, based on firsthand experience, are the opposite. Firstly universities are places where the fruitless, unproductive and unrealistic go to wallow in low-demand jobs. Most academics have little experience of the private sector and are not even aware of this concept of personal productivity (yes even in Economics departments!). However universities ARE a massive and sometimes useful pyramid scheme where you take a bunch of students, incline them towards doing Phds, employ most of them, and hope that a handful of them earn your university some respect, and even that one or two may win a Nobel or and bring actual prestige. This is the real cycle of the university business - promote itself, buy in productive academics, publish more (not better) papers, grow funding, get more students, review rankings and repeat. Good "science" (not an all encompassing term for the areas of research at universities) is as rare as good government. A thorough de-weeding once in a while can only be a good thing, and a handy wake up call for those that remain. Good riddance. No one any good will be losing their jobs - not a one.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

Niobe Re:That's nothing! (162 comments)

I spent some time trying to find them myself in the Wollomi. Bloody awesome national park - apart from the dog packs.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

Niobe Re:What happened? (162 comments)

..but it's always been at least 90% stupid

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

Niobe What happened? (162 comments)

The world got stupider my friend, hadn't you noticed?

more than 2 years ago
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The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

Niobe Science again disagrees with reality (409 comments)

Climbers who visit the Himalaya annually are constantly adding to their series of slides showing the decline in ice conditions on Himalayan peaks over the last 20 years. This is particularly noticeable on 6000m peaks. Google for Mera or Island peak for example. By my own experience the same is true of New Zealand. Once upon a time you could climb there in January February - no longer. The ice is slushy, downright muddy over most of the glaciers and the crevassing is constant.

more than 2 years ago
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Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers

Niobe Re:Those audiotechies killed dynamic range (468 comments)

The loudnesswar has killed virtually anything on a digital medium, resulting in a worse quality masters. /quote> Easily fixed - don't listen to modern music.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Software Allows Queries On Encrypted Databases

Niobe Re:Why? (68 comments)

Reasons I can surmise:
1 no decryption operation required on server
2 the data can stay encrypted in transit
1+2 = more security than on-disk encryption

more than 2 years ago
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Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity

Niobe Re:What a shame... (214 comments)

Have thought this so many times. If only Wolfram would turn his mind to economics rather than Grand Unified Theory which he is apparently now working on, I think it would bear a lot more fruit a lot more quickly.

about 3 years ago

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