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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Rudisaurus Deeply insightful! (80 comments)

"To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine."

Boy, there are some deep lessons and insights here for the Facebook / Twitter / app-for-everything user generation.

Learn how to use the machine -- or the device -- or it will use you.

2 days ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Rudisaurus Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (507 comments)

GrahamCox was being a smartass (and/or trying to be funny) -- but thank you for your patient and informative response! (Wish I had mod points left ...)

about a week ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Rudisaurus Not a significant test ... (224 comments)

I read Hesse's "The Glass Bead Game" long before the Internet even existed, and it was completely fucking opaque even back then.

about two weeks ago

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

Rudisaurus Re:Bad Management (387 comments)

A lot of the blame for Win8 can be shouldered on Steven Sinofsky, who by all accounts thought himself as a cross between Steve Jobs and Napoleon. He was given free reign over Win8 due to his perceived success with MS Office (and the ribbon interface).

Yeah, everyone loves that.

about two weeks ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Rudisaurus Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

As is always said in these situations, find at least one scientifically rigorous study showing any alternative medicine works.

Nope. You have to find at least two such studies, the one reproducing the results of the other to a high degree of similarity. Otherwise it's not scientifically rigorous.

about three weeks ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

Rudisaurus Re:In mice (144 comments)

Wait! You're right! The study is seriously flawed! Mice already stay up all night; they're nocturnal by nature. So how could pulling "all-nighters" cause demonstrable brain damage in animals that have a natural predilection for so doing?

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Rudisaurus Re:To be fair... (653 comments)

Totally agree. What's more, you can't be in the multimeter business and NOT be aware of Fluke; they've been prominent players and frontrunners in that business for literally decades. Sparkfun had to be aware of Fluke's product line, but they went ahead and chose a yellowish-orange border colour anyway. "Army of consultants or attorneys" indeed! Serves 'em right.

about a month ago

Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

Rudisaurus clarification (182 comments)

'It sounded like I was involved before with bitcoin and looked like I'm not involved now. That's not what I meant. I want to clarify that,' he said.

So ... you meant that you are still involved now? I think I see what you're saying, Satoshi/Dorian ...

about a month ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Rudisaurus Quit smoking ... (401 comments)

... live longer and prosper.

about 2 months ago

NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

Rudisaurus Re:Effects on all Americans overseas, not just NZ (134 comments)

In short, I am forced to obtain citizenship in my country of residency, and give up my citizenship in the United States.

Not so fast, Round-Eyes. Before you can renounce your US citizenship, you must sign an oath to that effect at an embassy or consulate outside the US, pay a fee of $450 and settle up with the IRS first! Only when the latter have agreed that you have nothing outstanding may you no longer call yourself an American. Otherwise, sorry, Bud -- you're still in!

about 2 months ago

Ballmer To Retire

Rudisaurus Whew! (633 comments)

"Ballmer To Retire"

Furniture at Microsoft HQ heaves a sigh of relief!

about 8 months ago

Aerovelo's Human-Powered Helicopter Wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Rudisaurus Re:Intent of the Prize Criteria? (58 comments)

The AHS publication of the Sikorsky prize regulations, Flight Requirements 4.4.3, states that "a reference point on the non-rotating part of the machine will be established as a means whereby the observers can judge that the machine stayed within the confines of the 10-meter square", thereby clearly indicating that one point on the machine must remain within a 10 m x 10 m square, not the entire machine.

about 9 months ago

Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

Rudisaurus Re:Communication is the key (313 comments)

Your memorial site for Sue is a thing of beauty. It brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sue was as lucky to have you in her life as you were to have her in yours.

about 10 months ago

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges

Rudisaurus Plus ça change ... (491 comments)

... plus c'est la meme chose.

Wasn't there a case something like this one back in the 19th century? Spurious accusations, suppression of evidence, unjust convictions. Some guy named Dreyfus, I think ...

I wonder if our collective social conscience is as responsive as it was back then, so long ago.

about a year ago

Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

Rudisaurus So -- the terrorists win in the end (149 comments)

And how long will it be until extremists design and assemble a lethal and unstoppable virus this way and trigger a global epidemic that wipes out humanity in the name of Allah? Nice work, Omri; you've just handed them the tools.

about a year ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Rudisaurus Re:Coercion (626 comments)

Switzerland: 722 years and counting.

about a year ago

The IIPA Copyright Demands For Canada and Spain

Rudisaurus From Canada ... (113 comments)

Dear IIPA,

Go fuck yourself. Thank you.

Sincerely, Canada

about a year ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Rudisaurus Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

I tried Kingsoft Office and was fairly impressed with how closely (cleverly) they'd cloned the Office 2007 interface. Quite useable for the few things I played with (mostly the Word, Excel and Powerpoint equivalents).

One caveat: it's from a Chinese publisher.

about a year ago

Canadian ISP Fights Back Against Copyright Trolls

Rudisaurus Re:Why only target the small ISPs (66 comments)

Roger's has officially rolled over and plays ball with the troll's. They have a system where they will automatically forward a legal letter or something.

Scurrilous behaviour, and I'd be changing ISPs if I were a Rogers customer and had confirmation of this. Not that I infringe; I just think it's no part of an ISPs business to actively aid and abet in the extortion of its own customers. Of course, Rogers has never sided with its own customers.

about a year ago

DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

Rudisaurus Re:How about the US-Canadian/US-Mexico border? (597 comments)

I wonder what fraction of the US population lives within 100 miles of the national border. I'd guess it's well over 50%, but I don't see any easy way to find the number.

I'm just glad it doesn't extend 100 miles beyond the border. Easily 90% of the population of Canada lives along a 100 mile-wide strip of the Canada-US border -- including me.

about a year ago



Amazon remote-wipes user's Kindle with no real explanation

Rudisaurus Rudisaurus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Rudisaurus writes "Think those e-books on your Kindle are yours? Think again! Amazon has reached out over the web and remote-wiped a user's Kindle. When asked why, Amazon's only explanation is that they somehow associated the user's account with another which they had deemed involved in nefarious activity. Further requests for details were simply stonewalled. Nice!"
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