top AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us
Self-interest is a consequence of every kind of evolution, simply because a non self-interested being tends to die (i.e. stop working) very soon.
about a month and a half ago
top Dell Demos 5K Display
Sadly all (or almost all) 2560*1440 monitors are 27". That's too big for my tastes; I find I have to move my head (and my neck) to look around the screen, and that is NOT good.
24" would be MUCH better.
top Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"
Don't you talk with viruses when you catch a cold? I do, they're nice guys!
top Harold Ramis Dies At 69
Same here. When I was a kid, I wanted to be like Egon.
top King James Programming
Not novel indeed, I saw this more than twenty years ago on The Practice of Computer programming by Kernighan and Pike. Still funny, though.
top King James Programming
This has always been one of my favorite algorithms. Saw it the first time many years ago on The Practice of Programming, by Kernighan and Pike. Always makes me laugh. You can use it to generate phrases or even psuedo-words that "sound like" any given real language. I use it to generate passwords that are easy to remember but cannot be found in any dictionary, of "fantasy names" for games. Have fun and plose some stilture on your cince!
top Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords
Title says it all. You have to remember your password, so you probably won't use a password like "afi9blm#20niv8__q4i".
Pseudo-words - i.e. words that you can read but are in no dictionary - are probably slightly better, but I wouldn't rely on passwords at all in the first place.
BTW if somwone is interested,
this tool CAN generate readable pseudo-words like "foliticalling", "uppet" or "furvicially".
top Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?
Subject says it all.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
After reading this horror story I arrived to the conclusion that SSDs are not for me. I wonder if it's still true.
Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days
OCZ Vertex 1 250 GB SSD, failed after 512 days G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 251 days G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 276 days Crucial 64 GB SSD, failed after 350 days OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD, failed after 72 days Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 15 days Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 206 days
top A Turing Machine Built With Lego, And a Place To Put It
The only reason it's "simple" is that one of its parts is a full computing device.
I'd have preferred a "hardware" implementation...
top Mozilla Ponders Major Firefox UI Refresh
Well' I'm still waiting for tabs in the title bar on linux/gtk
top Tizen Reaches 1.0
They reach 1.0 and they don't bother to post even a single screenshot? Now, that's Meego successor for sure
top Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion
Quite surprising their mobile department is quite open. They published many driver source code and also they published an alpha and beta version of android ICS for some models. I guess the mobile department is still more Ericsson than Sony
top What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?
Even if it's somehow outdated (and no longer in print), every single program we write today is highly influenced by "Structured Programming" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, C. A. R. Hoare and Ole-Johan Dahl. Before this book, programs used to be a mess of spaghetti code and the familiar constructs like if-then-else or while loops did not exist.
top Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance
"Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices"
Yes, but they also say this:
top Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod
Simply because different phone models only differ in their software. Android is a big PITA for all the marketing guys, because it makes all phones the same.
top BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal
Well, they are remaking the same exact game since Knight of the Old Republic. Take a look at KOTOR, Jade Empire, Mass Effect. Always the same mechanics, always the same basic plot. While they are very good at it, they are not very "creative".
top Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?
No, actually pretty
everyone in the world is better than native english speakers at spelling, because they learn English mostly by reading it, instead of learning it by listening and speaking it...
top Photoshop CS5's Showpiece — Content-Aware Fill
This is pretty old stuff, see http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69211/siggraph05_0265_final.pdf for example (but I'm sure I've read older articles on similar techniques).
At one point there was even a gimp plugin that worked decently well. Here: http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer/removal
top Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering
It should be said that their SDK and their documentation are *very good*, especially the documentation, and especially if you compare them to what windows or linux have to offer...
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