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British CS Majors Doing Badly In the Jobs Market

Poobar Re:It's an old scam (349 comments)

Welcome to Slashdot!

more than 3 years ago
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UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email

Poobar Re:Bad Slashdot summary (555 comments)

"Bedfordshire police, who then visited Luke, said the e-mail was full of abusive and threatening language." In the 3rd paragraph of the tiny article.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawmakers Want a Space Shuttle In New York City

Poobar Re:Get a book to see the Mona Lisa (246 comments)

We went on a Sunday morning in Winter. There was just us, a guard, and a guy cleaning the floors in the room.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Adds Timestamps To WoW Armory

Poobar Cyber Stalking - Really an issue? (318 comments)

Situation: I am being "cyber-stalked".

Solution: Log off WOW.

Solution 2 (If you really need your MMORPG fix): Switch to a different character.

Why would a person knowing where you are in a fictional landscape ever be a problem anyway? Surely there's some kind of ignore button in WOW (correct me if I'm wrong, I only played the free trial before getting bored), so even if they knew where you were, they could... what?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Apps Not the DC Success Many Believe?

Poobar Re:Don't be a girlie man, flip the switch (139 comments)

Not sure what holds companies back from making the change. I've heard the arguments, they don't hold up to reality. Google doesn't spy on our email and if it's something really sensitive we can add a password to the document or encrypt the content. I've done that exactly once in the last year.

"Hmm, wonder which one of his emails holds the Top Secret Data...".

"Maybe the one that's encypted?"

"Nah, it's probably one of the others!"

Seriously though, if you need to rarely send sensitive data, isn't it far more secure if you encrypt everything you send, and for very little extra effort?

more than 5 years ago
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Google Apps Not the DC Success Many Believe?

Poobar Re:Apps (139 comments)

Anyway, wouldn't the camera breaking be more of a hardware problem?

Sorry, to clarify I meant that the phone froze while trying to take the photo, possibly because the lighting was bad. It also takes a bloody age to autofocus and then take the picture. Maybe the combination of my horrible nerd face and the rictus grin you get after 5 seconds of waiting for a photo to be taken was too much for the poor software? I'd still probably buy one though, as for everything else (apart from the wifi connection problem) it's top notch so far.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Apps Not the DC Success Many Believe?

Poobar Re:Apps (139 comments)

Playing with my girlfriend's new Android we managed to freeze it utterly within a minute of playing with the piss-poor camera*, and after connecting to my wifi once successfully it won't do it anymore, for no reason we can see.

The rest of the phone is shaping up to be awesome (especially when available on such cheap contracts and with google apps fully intergrated), but it needs some improvement to get the non-geek majority away from thier shiney iPhones.

*(The camera broke when trying to take a photo of my face, so it might not be an issue with the phone...)

more than 5 years ago
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Top 10 list of geeky math comics/webcomics

Poobar Thank you! (1 comments)

Thanks, didn't know most of these!

more than 5 years ago
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Thanks For the ... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex

Poobar Re:Divorce? (633 comments)

Don't toss the TV and don't toss the internet, unless you're willing to toss booze, drugs and gambling too. She doesn't have marriage troubles, she has addiction troubles!

People who sit in front of the TV or internet for hours don't need the TV or internet *taken away*, they just need willpower or help to fix the underlying problems.

more than 5 years ago
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Rest In Print, Gaming Journalism

Poobar Switched to GamesTM (65 comments)

I used to read PC Gamer until I got sick of it getting thinner and thinner, while the price went up and up and the amount of crap on the coverdisc multiplied. Now I read GamesTM (UK mag) and it's pretty good- it feels like it's written for adults, which is bloody refreshing in a games mag.

(No, I don't work for them, just pointing out that it's not all as bad as PC Gamer!)

more than 5 years ago
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Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

Poobar Re:Moonquakes (151 comments)

Check out Moonlite, a (hopefully) upcoming British mission to do just that.

Good for science, good for the comedy value of saying "penetrator" and giggling a lot.

more than 5 years ago
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Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

Poobar Re:Really? REALLY? (151 comments)

I think it'd be even cooler if they went somewhere else on the moon and did some actual science, rather than an attention seeking stunt. It's a damn shame, and a waste of a brilliant machine.

more than 5 years ago
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Buzz Aldrin's Radical Plan For NASA

Poobar Re:Good ideas. (519 comments)

It would be a hell of a lot easier and cheaper and more quickly accomplishable to build an asteroid detection and intercept system than to create a self-sustaining population of humans off the earth that can be the entire future of the species.

Please quote your financial figures here! Asteroid detection is notoriously hard, and most Armageddon style interception fantasy is flawed by basic physics. The best chance we have of deflecting rocks are to spot them very, very far away and attach rockets, ion drives, big fat nukes to one side and gently nudge them until they just miss us- we need much better technology and infrastructure for the detectors, the launch vehicles and the deflectors.

On the other hand, we have the technology, right now, and the money, right now, to start a base on the moon. Not much at first, just a basic Antartica style base, with a focus on expansion- ripping magnesium, aluminium and titanium from the lunar surface. The first settlers should be geologist and engineers, and expand the base. By sending up people as and when the base is expanded to take them, we could have a colony with enough people to start breeding within 2 or 3 decades, for less than the price of buying a couple of aircraft carriers.

I'm not saying this is what we should do exclusively, but it's easy, and cheap. Why not set up the very first asteroid detection status as part of that moonbase? Use the low gravity well of Luna as a base for our fancy new interception missions? We can can do both- save the people down here, and establish settlements up there, and in fact they reinforce one another.

more than 5 years ago
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Understanding Addiction-Based Game Design

Poobar Subscription based addiction (308 comments)

If a game has me hooked, addicted, and I play it for hours at a time for weeks on end- fine. I'm getting enjoyment, the developers get money, everybody wins. But it seems to me that the games that pull me in the most are those I buy outright, not the WOW-alikes that are subscription based. Surely if you're paying monthly there's always going to be a pressure on Devs to create addictive play? If I'm addicted to a bought-outright game, it's because it's a good game. That can't always be said for pay monthly games- the grind, the acheivements, the high-level horsie you just have to own- do they really add to the game, or do they just feed your addiction?

more than 5 years ago
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No Museum Status For UK Home of Enigma Machine

Poobar Re:So what? (101 comments)

No-one will ever disregard the machine itself- you don't even have to RTFA to see that "devices such as Enigma have been restored". The government are dragging their collective feet over whether to provide funding to restore the *site*, a collection of 70 year old ramshackle huts. The Enigma will live on, in some machine or other. Maybe it'd even be better in another museum- I imagine that the environment of the Science Museum (for instance) is better suited to keeping it in good tradition than a leaky hut in Bletchley.

more than 5 years ago
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I Do Most Of My Gaming These Days On My...

Poobar Re:First! (191 comments)

My DS is quickly becoming my most-used. Nothing beats being able to play games while watching TV, and coupled with my addiction to Lost in Blue 2 it's got me hooked. Clever touch/microphone features too.

more than 5 years ago
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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues To Primate Evolution

Poobar Igniting a non-existant debate? (311 comments)

Interesting New Scientist blog: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/05/is-ida-a-pop-star-fossil-or-po.html They seem to make two main points- firstly that the whole thing is degenerating into hype, but more interestingly that there wasn't a big debate here anyway. Yes, it's a missing link, but it's one that all rational people knew must have existed somewhere. It hasn't ignited debate between creationists and evolutionists, for the reason that they don't really debate each other anymore- at least not in scientific circles.

more than 5 years ago

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Moonzoo - Crowdsourcing a map of the Moon

Poobar Poobar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Poobar (1558627) writes "Moonzoo is a crowdsourcing effort to map the Moon using NASA's latest data from Lunar Reconnaissance Oribiter's LROC camera, and is built by the same people behind Galaxy Zoo. Users can explore beautifully high resolution images of the lunar surface, map out craters, boulder fields, and look for bits of spacecraft wreckage. All in the name of Science!"
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STFC recommended funding cuts announced

Poobar Poobar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Poobar (1558627) writes "The UK's Science & Technologies Facilities Council (a major UK research funding council) have posted the results of a "major science prioritisation exercise". Weeding though the nonsense-talk paints a bleak picture: reduction in grant money, studentships, recommended cuts to a whole host of experiments and space-missions, and 15-20% cuts even for those that don't get axed. A PDF showing the classification, and hence chance of being funded, of your favourite research project is here : http://www.stfc.ac.uk/resources/pdf/PPANNews161209.pdf"
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