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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Racemaniac Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (391 comments)

i'm wondering, can there be anything in there that justifies this cost?
most of the hardware isn't stellar (the software is android, probably not the fastest chip, some decent batteries and screen on it, some audiodecoding software that is probably already available for all android devices)
So all that is left is the hardware for actually creating the audio signal, which should be worth a lot in this thing, is there really hardware that is so suberb in quality that it's worth this price?

about three weeks ago
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"Disco Clam" Lights Up To Scare Predators Away

Racemaniac Clickbait (49 comments)

Do we really need clickbait titles like "disco clam" on slashdot...

about three weeks ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Racemaniac Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

I just have to wonder if it's not just a PR stunt.
These kind of threats from hackers does indeed sound unbelievable. Hacking a pc and setting up a terrorist strike are quite different skill sets.
Am i the only one wondering if this is just a hoax from Sony/the authorities to make people change their stance on the hacks? In the beginning everybody was like "serves them right". Now everybody is like "Omg, poor Sony, i would watch the movie if i could".

These threats seem like the best thing that could happen to them after the hack. I'm kind of wondering if it isn't a bit too convenient.

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Racemaniac Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

And if you don't want people to be able to use your site in different ways than you intended, don't put it on the internet. it's that simple :p.

It's always easy to say don't use something if you don't agree with it, but a lot of things are just too big to ignore and if you can just work around the issues and enjoy it how you want it, why the hell not?

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Racemaniac Re:OMG! (561 comments)

no, he means a CEO :)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Racemaniac Re: RIP Java! (525 comments)

Can you explain? what part of the .net collections would be lacking?
If you see comparisons between .net and java, it's usually that the past 10 years .net has evolved and java sometimes catches up a tiny bit.
I always thought that java collections were weaker since in .net even an array is also still a collection, they have collections for just about anything you need, and with LINQ you've got an incredibly powerful way of manipulating/creating/accessing collections.

about 3 months ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Racemaniac Re:News? (320 comments)

Okay, and suppose you took this course and created your own roman numeral reader. How sure are you that they won't find something on the internet that is "too similar"?
I agree it's important they learn to do their own work, but i would be wondering how high the odds are for false positives...

about 3 months ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Racemaniac Re:News? (320 comments)

It's probably that students are unsure where the line is drawn.
As mentioned in the article if you're working on a programming problem, it's natural these days that you look online when you're stuck on a problem, is this cheating?
Also, there are only so many ways you can solve a problem (certainly small programming problems in courses). How sure are you that your solution isn't too similar to something someone put online somewhere, or another student who thought the same way you did?
Even if you didn't actively cheat, depending on how this would be tested, a student should almost consider "confessing" just to be sure not to get expelled if similar code is found somewhere (and the internet is big...)

about 3 months ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

Racemaniac Re:Anyone has a link to a patent app? (47 comments)

and if it's patented, i doubt the dirt cheap claim will become true anytime soon.
why would they offer it dirt cheap if they can just make it a bit cheaper than current solutions and get a lot of profit

about 3 months ago
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LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

Racemaniac universe-altering information? (99 comments)

you mean how we see the universe? because i doubt the universe cares much about the data we generate....

about 3 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg And John Doerr Donate $1M To Expand The Hour Of Code Campaign

Racemaniac Does that mean (24 comments)

it will be 2 hours now?

about 3 months ago
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Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

Racemaniac Re:Article meets Advert in Slashdot Mash-up Junk (50 comments)

yup, and makes it seems as if they have something new.
there are war plugins for minecraft, so it's not as if the real minecraft doesn't support this yet
and if you want somewhat modern graphics instead of the wolfenstein 3D level of graphics, play shootmania or so. It also allows you to create your own FPS maps, and has normal graphics.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Racemaniac Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

but you forgot, it's authorized. they clearly stated it in their EULA!

what do you mean you didn't read it?

about 3 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Racemaniac Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

your only mistake is that the bittorrent user doesn't affect one other user, but all of the people on the public wifi.
So it's one idiot ruining it for the entire cafe, vs one vigilante shutting him up.
Yes it's a dirty trick, but it shouldn't be needed...

about 4 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Racemaniac Re:I have very little sympathy (487 comments)

One situation that opened my eyes is what i heard from friends studying to be a doctor. When dealing with cancer patients, they get training in handling them. And it means looking at their record how the patient wants to be handled. And one of the options is the patient being in denial. They'll come to their appointments and have done what needs to be done, but the word cancer won't be mentioned, and they'll be there as if it's about the flu.

And personally, i've become self confident enough to not fall into this kind of denial, but if people are very insecure, they just shut themselves in on such moments, i would expect a lot of people on slashdot being like that. I know i used to, an threatening me would just shut me in more, and making it criminal even more. You're just getting such people stuck in a downward spiral out of which they don't see any escape.

If you think they don't give a fuck, i'm sure there are also people like that. But i find it a very easy stab at sometimes very insecure people. And making them feel bad just makes the situation worse (that's probably how it started in the first place).

about 4 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Racemaniac Re:I have very little sympathy (487 comments)

i find it strange that people seem to think that even if he knew, he must be doing it on purpose.
some people just go into denial if something like that (that is likely to kill you) happens
others just completely get blocked mentally and don't dare to tell the truth because they know what will then happen.

We're not talking about robots that just without emotions can say yes or no you know.
people don't always lie because they're evil masterminds bent on infecting the world.

about 4 months ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Racemaniac Re:They don't really last that long (243 comments)

yup, that's the big issue. People need to consume, so a led lamp that lives forever is just totally stupid to make
better put some poor electronics behind it that'll burn out a bit after the warranty expires.

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

Racemaniac Re:Good luck with that. (124 comments)

How sure are you? If you can execute the program, that still doesn't mean you can predict exactly what it does and understand everything it could possibly do.
A simple example of checking a password: you can see that the program hashes it and checks it against the hash it should be, doesn't mean you know what the right password is to get beyond it.
Even if you can execute the program, triggering every possible machine state to analyze it is impossible for non trivial programs. And i'm wondering what they could come up with to obfuscate the program logic that would make it computationally very hard to look into the program :).

about 4 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Racemaniac Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 comments)

No kidding.
While there are some good points (certainly on the relation between politics & science, and how political & policy decisions get made using questionable science as grounds)
A lot of this article/rant is just terrible 0_o.
Certainly the religion part is just unbelievable. The statistical wizardry & magic is obviously preposterous, but the religious affairs are obviously beyond the realms of science, and are no obstacle in the quest for truth and understanding.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Racemaniac Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

If they post on a proper science website (talking about the age of the earth or not) - Troll. Science sites are not the right place to talk about any deity.

I find this a difficult point. I agree it's annoying and not productive etc... but... is it trolling? They've got a viewpoint, and are trying to get it across to you...

Imo trolling is something bad you do on purpose. Being convinced that you're helping people by telling them about [deity] doesn't sound like trolling to me. But it can be very annoying on a science forum if you keep getting such on your science forum...

I agree that it's probably not their place to be (or very rarely, maybe some theological discussion could from time to time happen on a science forum, why not). But saying they are trolls is going too far imo. And maybe even banning is going too far, don't know...

Just shutting up people you don't agree with and calling them trolls won't make the situation any better (and will just make both sides more determined...)

about 5 months ago

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