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Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

NotSoHeavyD3 Wow that's amazing (86 comments)

First I hear they can write Shakespeare and now math? They're more teachable than the average high school student

2 days ago

Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

NotSoHeavyD3 I can believe this (102 comments)

I mean isn't there a saying in the physics world "if you haven't made a big discovery by the age of 30 you never will." I think there's been a lot of research that basically says people peak in their mid to late 20's on most things.

about a week ago

It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

NotSoHeavyD3 Don't forget anti-vaxers (470 comments)

Since there's people both on the left and right that are against vaccination.(RFK jr is an example of one on the left and there's various religious groups that oppose vaccination.)

about three weeks ago

Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

NotSoHeavyD3 We can get right on that (163 comments)

Right after people learn to break up their code into actual functions instead of the standard multi-thousand line long garbage. Oh and of course give everything meaningful names. Can't forget to tell people to actually check their warnings ETC. (I'm sure everyone here that's a programmer/SE/developer can easily expand on all the crazy shit they've seen people do which would come way before this.)

about three weeks ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

NotSoHeavyD3 So is shadow copy still gone (387 comments)

Or will they bring that back as well?

about three weeks ago

Toward Better Programming

NotSoHeavyD3 Re:Programming is hard... (391 comments)

The post essentially points in the direction of the various failed 4GL attempts of yore. Programming in complex symbolism to make things "easy" is essentially giving visual basic to someone without the knowledge enough to avoid O(n^2) algorithms.

What worse about this is that person will probably be the first one to say their code runs in linear time and then say to get people a faster machine if the speed bothers them. (I say that from experience.)

about a month ago

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

NotSoHeavyD3 Well there's another important thing they can do (278 comments)

Make sure they don't have a fucking crazy teacher who terrorizes them all day.(I had one that actually hated, I'm not making this up, smart kids. I only realized this years afterwards when I noticed my friends, who were the smart kids in that class, would individual say that she hated them. She hated me too and she hates every single one of the smart kids. Wait a minute, she didn't hate me, she just hates smart kids. She's a fucking kook.) If I ever have kids I'm definitely keeping my eye on them so that does not happen. (Guess I should be glad I didn't have the teacher who would regularly attack the 4th graders in her class. She only got fired because she attacked one of the good kids and didn't realize the superintendent was watching her through the window on the door. Kind of hard to explain that one when you do it right in front of him.)

about a month ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NotSoHeavyD3 Why the hell did I type RNC? (667 comments)

Gah, yes you're right. Not all protestants are biblical literalists. What I was getting at is at least here in the US the creationist movement is pretty much Protestant. (Although admittedly you can find the occasional Roman Catholic that's one. The priest at my church when I was growing was one.) Yes, I meant the RCC as a religion tend to be control freaks.(You know, they did execute William Tyndale for translating the bible.) Anyway can't say I disagree with you on the RNC either though.(Then again I think pretty much the same of the DNC but then again I don't like politicians much.)

about a month ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NotSoHeavyD3 Re:Well the church did have a reason not to believ (667 comments)

No, the issue was the only one of the pieces of evidence Galileo provided that absolutely required heliocentrism(IE a moving earth) was his explanation of the tides. (You can have the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus with either the Tychonic or Copernican models. BTW those 2 are mathematically equivalent.) Basically he said the tides were caused because the earth moves around the sun and that causes the water to slosh around. The problem was that the model he gave ends up not matching reality.(Like I wrote it basically gets every observable fact about tides wrong except there are tides. This was apparently noticed at the time.) This is kind of odd given that Galileo is pretty much presented as the guy that "followed what the evidence told him" and "the father of science" stuff.(Since given the evidence at the time you literally couldn't determine which one was right, Tychonic or Copernican.) Of course once you have Newtonian mechanics and optics you have no hope of keeping Tychonic. Then again most of the stories you hear in school about Galileo don't mention the whole "G and the pope were old college buddies" or that he was basically playing politics in the late 14 early 15 hundreds. Of course the REALLY stupid thing about this portrayal is the Church has never been biblical literalists. That's the protestans.(How people get that confused is beyond me.) The RNC are control freaks, as long as they give you the thumbs up everything is ok. Do it one second before that and you have a problem.(Don't eat fish on Friday, time for mass, father says sit, father says kneel, father says stand.)

about a month ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NotSoHeavyD3 I was going to blame Bill Nye (667 comments)

You know, for giving them attention with that "debate" earlier this year. But let's be honest, they're going to do this shit no matter what.

about a month ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

NotSoHeavyD3 Well the church did have a reason not to believe G (667 comments)

Since the big proof that Galileo had that the Earth moved was his theory of the tides. Unfortunately it predicts there's one tide a day, it's at the same time every day, and it's the same height.(IE It gets pretty much every observable fact about tides wrong.)

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

NotSoHeavyD3 Unfortunately the guys making the hiring decisions (197 comments)

Will for some reason think the new hot thing is totally different than what's come before. (Oh no, we're looking for someone with more experience in C#/Java and not over a decades worth of experience. Of course we don't understand that those languages were expressly designed so C++ developers can easily move over to them and the fact you get inheritance, polymorphism, and templates don't count because you only know the C++ version.)

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

NotSoHeavyD3 Don't they use extra hardware for this? (253 comments)

So my cousin got Comcast internet at the business he owns. To do that Comcast wireless stuff they basically brought some piece of hardware that was separate from the cable modem and router for his business and stuck it in a closet near where the cable wire first came in the building. I'm guessing for homes they're going to do the same thing, have that extra box in your house somewhere but your cable connection wouldn't use it. (Admittedly the thing does use some of my cousin's electricity to run so it's not free for him.)

about a month and a half ago

The Spy In Our Living Room

NotSoHeavyD3 Well arguably it can't see in the dark (148 comments)

Last I checked the way kinect works is it basically shines an infrared light that you can't see but the cameras can. It uses this light to illuminate things. BTW, your cell phone's camera can also see in infrared. (As can the sensor on the Wii.)

about 2 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

NotSoHeavyD3 One thing that gets overlooked (318 comments)

Besides how much the car costs how much does it cost to get your electrical installation in your house upgraded to support charging the car? (My house was built in the 50s and it can barely handle the load of a modern house. I'm thinking I'd need to upgrade it if I want to have a tesla. I know I have to upgrade it if I wanted to add central air.)

about 2 months ago

The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

NotSoHeavyD3 I found they were for me (161 comments)

Since in college I was hopeless in my foreign language class when listening/speaking were stressed. (And failed those classes multiple times.) When all I had to do was read it(at the same 4th semester level) I passed it the first time and I wasn't even close to failing. (Yes, I realize this is an anecdote but I wouldn't be surprised if there were a difference between reading and listening.)

about 2 months ago

Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

NotSoHeavyD3 They really need to make a horror movie with this (53 comments)

I mean it would be really scary if you felt like you were right in the middle of a bunch of college kids who are about to be murdered.

about 2 months ago



Avast having problems with false positives

NotSoHeavyD3 NotSoHeavyD3 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) writes "So just today Avast anti-virus is going nuts claiming I have win32:delf-mzg [trj] infecting pretty much everything. I should have googled it first before going nuts scanning everything but it looks like this is actually a false positive that pretty much cripples my machine. At this point apparently there isn't much to do but disable avast and wait for a fix to come out. Anyway hopefully this can prevent other Slashdot'ers from trying to clean out their entire machine of viruses that don't actually exist."


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