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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

NitsujTPU Selling for parts (112 comments)

Just a quick note. You probably won't make much on the proceeds for a sale for parts. Used tablet parts don't fetch very much on the open market. If the tablet is non-working, there is no guarantee which parts work and which don't. Taking tablets apart is difficult and time-consuming, so there is a lot of labor involved. Also, due to the ways that tablets tend to be assembled (lots of epoxies and thin plastics), it is very easy to damage the parts during disassembly.

2 days ago
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Largest Collection of WW-II Buckminster Fuller Domes

NitsujTPU Fuller Dome (1 comments)

Interesting, though, when one cites a Fuller Dome, people generally expect a geodesic dome, the design for which Buckminster Fuller is better known: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_dome These DDUs are an entirely different design.

about 7 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

NitsujTPU Re:Wow... (206 comments)

They *did* invest in the Kinect 2. The Kinect 2 has also been a major success.

about 8 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

NitsujTPU Re:Wow... (206 comments)

This is actually the opposite of something that's wrong with a company. They used the money that they had in order to fund research in order to produce a better product, and somewhat simply to do new and interesting research. I can't see why you would think that this is a bad thing.

People cite the "nimble" bit when they mean that a company is stuck in its ways or unable to adapt to change. Doing major research and development is the opposite of that. It's where people who are experts in a field use their talents to really thoroughly explore new ideas.

Moreover, your assertion lies on the idea that, somehow, this research isn't paying off. The consequence of that would be that they somehow fail to make money on the XBox One. It's a little early to be calling the XBox One a commercial failure, given that it won't be.

about 8 months ago
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Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

NitsujTPU Re:should slashdot be asking if the U.S. should bo (659 comments)

I agree, and I mean no offense to the admins when I say this. If every tech site tries to be a general news site, there will be no tech sites. Content like this dilutes the technical content of sites like Slashdot. There are plenty of places to talk politics. There should be a place to talk tech.

about a year ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

NitsujTPU Thanks (1521 comments)

Honestly, Slashdot has been one of my favorite websites ever since it was shown to me in high school. Within a year or two after I started reading Slashdot, it became *the* place to become "in the know" with what was going on in technology.

A big part of the direction that Slashdot has moved in has been a product of this. More and more people knew that Slashdot was a place to go to to get "in the know," but the pool of truly enthusiastic, sharp, science and engineering minded people became diluted with people who simply wanted to be associated with that. Everyone wanted to participate, and the signal to noise ratio went down. It's unfortunate, but the thing that initially attracted people here was largely due to your vision and your efforts. I don't believe that your departure is likely to improve the site. I know that I, at times, have been critical of the direction that Slashdot has gone in (and at times you have expressed frustrations with the site yourself, or at least, frustrations with what you should do with it), but this change in direction has largely been a product of the change in readership. It has been your vision that has managed to keep it sane.

What is truly unfortunate is that, looking around the Internet for a site that gives me the same enjoyment that Slashdot did in its heyday, I have come up empty-handed. It really does feel like there is nowhere online for the old-school geek anymore. Everyone wants to be part of that now. In fact, being a "hipster" now involves saying how geeky and quirky you are. It's pretty annoying seeing kids who can't even program move in on my turf like that.

Anyway, thanks for all of the effort that you've put into this site, and I honestly do hope that we meet at an Open Source convention of some sort someday. If we do, I'll buy you a beer.

more than 2 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

NitsujTPU Re:Just to throw this out there (322 comments)

You know, I just shouldn't have chimed in. I'm beginning to regret that I did.

Thank you for speaking down to me. Now, lets get to business.

I get it. I actually understand computational complexity very well. Had you read the follow-up post, which was posted well before your post, you would see that I added the caveat "if P!=NP", long before you had a chance to talk down to me.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

NitsujTPU Re:Just to throw this out there (322 comments)

I actually threw in the caveat in a follow-up post (since I wasn't very atomic about it) that this was if P!=NP. Nothing that I said affects class inclusions once that caveat is thrown in.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

NitsujTPU Re:chess and go aren't np-hard, but they are also (322 comments)

The generalizations of both games are NP-Hard. They're only constant time because of the fixed number of pieces and places for those pieces to go.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

NitsujTPU Re:Just to throw this out there (322 comments)

I should caveat all of this. The "no polynomial-time algorithm" bit is only true if P!=NP. If P=NP, then there is a deterministic polynomial-time algorithm for NP-Complete problems. NP-Hard, however, just means that it's at least as hard as NP, so, it's possible that there's no algorithm for that harder problem. You have to be really really precise when talking about this stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

NitsujTPU Just to throw this out there (322 comments)

Since I had to suffer through at least one professor who didn't understand basic complexity theory last night, and I know that Slashdot generally screws it up to.

NP-Hard means that there's no (deterministic) polynomial-time algorithm to solve the games. Additionally, you always have to generalize these games in order to make that claim. Since computational complexity is defined in terms of the length of the input, and certainly all of these games are being played on an input of fixed length.

However, there are effective approaches to solving NP-Hard problems. There are solvers for known NP-Hard problems. If you Google "sat solver" you'll find at least 5 that you can just download. SAT solvers are used in VLSI validation and other practical things. These solvers use heuristics to improve search performance, generally proposing answers and checking them (for NP-Complete problems).

Also, there are tons of games known to be NP or PSPACE complete. The reductions for those games are kind of a standard problem, since the AI community writes a bunch of these solvers.

more than 4 years ago
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I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

NitsujTPU Corrected Math (256 comments)

I've never originated one, but I've found incorrect mathematics in a few of them and corrected it if time allowed.

more than 4 years ago
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I keep track of my passwords ...

NitsujTPU Re:The toy factory I work at has a cool system (414 comments)

Yeah, but they'll have to sign up on a dating site and go through dinner with me getting me to say all of the words in the passphrase.

more than 4 years ago
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I keep track of my passwords ...

NitsujTPU The toy factory I work at has a cool system (414 comments)

We have keycards, but the best part is where I say, "Hi, name is Werner Brandes. My voice is my passport. Verify Me."

The system totally recognizes my voice and is practically unhackable!!

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst Products of CES 2010

NitsujTPU Re:Cyber Clean (214 comments)

I was about to say something similar, albeit, perhaps less derisively. I haven't tried Cyber Clean, but it seems like a great product. If it's at ThinkGeek, I'll have to throw it in with my next order of energy drinks.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles

NitsujTPU Not stereoscopic (103 comments)

This rig isn't stereoscopic and therefore isn't a pair of "virtual reality goggles" in the classic sense.

more than 4 years ago

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