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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Punto What about Dennis Ritchie? (184 comments)

He died the same year, and was way more important than Steve Jobs.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Punto Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

>UX research and (more importantly) user expectations continue to evolve

Do you have any source for these statements?

about 3 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

Punto SIM card on the 3ds (559 comments)

Or even better, build a phone on top of a decent controller, even the old NES was good enough. Mobile gaming will never have any depth until there's a good controller available, the touchscreen is no enough. They can bring Mario to phones all they want, but it'll be pointless without a good controller.

about 3 months ago

NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

Punto Non US data is removed? (287 comments)

I thought the NSA was covering their ass by saying they're not spying on american citizens, only foreign threats, now they're saying they _only_ spy on US communications? which is it?

about 3 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Punto That can't be right (511 comments)

or if it is, it's pretty irrelevant. Don't Android devices outsell iOS like 4 to 1? If those numbers for PC sales are correct, we should be hearing news about how Android outsold PCs long ago. Who cares about Apple?

about 3 months ago

Programmer Privilege

Punto I don't get it, is he advocating for impostors? (353 comments)

I'm for equality and all that, but this guy seems to be asking for equal tratment of impostors of all minorities? If you're not qualified, get the fuck out, no matter what you look like.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Punto wtf do "young people" have to do with this? (1431 comments)

Victim was in his 40s, shooter was in his 70s. Why are we talking about "young people" again? I supposed videogames are next?

about 3 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Punto "what to do?" send a robot of your own? (514 comments)

If one side is sending robots to war, the other side will send their own robots against them. Has anyone figured out the game theory behind a war where both sides send robots instead of humans? It seems like it could be better than what we have now. I don't understand why we're so against the idea.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

Punto Why not have them figure it out? (365 comments)

While an interesting question (I didn't even know hardware manufacturers were in the habit of converting software into hardware), why don't they figure it out themselves? They must have the tools/people to do it. Are you afraid they'll "steal your algorithm" if you give them the source? (that's much less interesting)

about 3 months ago

Alan Turing Pardoned

Punto was this redacted by Yoda? (415 comments)

by the grace of god, of the united kindom, the queen, pardoned Alan Turing has, hmmm?

about 4 months ago

Playstation 4 Vs Xbox One: Which Shares Better?

Punto Twitch, and probably Youtube (174 comments)

The PS4 can share to twitch.tv, which is the equivalent of uploading a video clip to the "Sky drive", except the upload is done in real time. Also, I suspect Youtube opened up their live streaming feature because of the release of the consoles (especially PS4); now that everyone can share their gameplay, they want to be a viable option.

about 4 months ago

How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

Punto Re:Ahem... Meritocracy (211 comments)

Unless your boss hired you to delegate a task he can't or won't do.

about 6 months ago

Soldiers Looking For Hookups On Craigslist Are Being Warned of a Military Sting

Punto I'm not surprised there's a Craigslist for Bagdag (335 comments)

I'm more surprised by the fact that having sex is illegal? And the military police has jurisdiction over this crime? wtf

about 8 months ago

Bitcoins Seized In Drug Bust

Punto The first of its kind (198 comments)

>11.02 Bitcoins worth $814

In a case believed to be the first of its kind, the reported "street value" of the Bitcoins seems pretty accurate.

about 10 months ago

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

Punto When you're innocent. (768 comments)

>recisely defined scenario, where the Fifth Amendment makes a positive difference.

When you're innocent. In that case, you don't have to give your password to anyone, and you don't have to cooperate with the investigation, because you're innocent, and the burden of proof is not on you. It's an extension of the law principle of "presumption of innocence", one of the cornerstones of modern (western) law (there's probably a latin name for it, ask a lawyer). The "positive difference" it makes is that you don't have to have some idiot going through your mail, because you're innocent.

about a year ago

BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

Punto Re:BBC cannot win (487 comments)

You only get the server time once, then use the local clock to "advance" it. It'll only be off by a few milliseconds (however long it takes for the request to make it back). If you wanna get fancy, use their IP address to determine the timezone, everybody from porn sites to DNS servers are doing it nowadays.

about a year ago

UN Debates Rules Surrounding Killer Robots

Punto Re:robots can't kill people (215 comments)

Actually they are kinda doing that, which is pretty puzzling. If you can't send a robot to "destroy that bridge", you have to send a human, who could get killed. And if you start sending robots, then the other side will send their own robots, so the robots will kill each other. I don't know how the game theory works out in that case, but it seems like it's preferable to humans killing each other. I'm fine with advanced AIs having their own rights eventually, but what's up protecting these robots from combat now, which are just mindless hardware?

about a year ago

Google Unable To Keep Paying App Developers In Argentina

Punto What does currency exchange have to do with this? (169 comments)

While I love bashing the govenment and their stupid monetary policy as much as the next guy (I honestly don't think the president understands how money works), currency exchange policies have nothing to do with this particular situation. Google pays the local developers in local currency, and there's no restrictions to exchange USD to Pesos, you can just walk into any bank with foreign currency, and they'll exchange it for you (at a shitty rate, but again, that's not Google's problem, they're just paying the developers in compliance with the local laws). Money is coming into the country, not going out, the govenment has no problem with that.

If I had to guess (which I do because there's no information about this so far) I'd say it's not worth it for them to keep offices here to deal with paying the local developers, since they're not allowed to take their profits from other services out of the country (due to the exchange restrictions), so there's no point in having local operations.

about a year ago

Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

Punto What the fuck is ERP? (178 comments)

Would it kill you to at least use the full phrase once in the summary so we know what it's about?

about a year ago


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