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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Sez Zero Tufte (137 comments)

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, because you'll probably to do it eventually.

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tuf...

5 hours ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Sez Zero Re:Probably Williams F1 Tech. (262 comments)

Williams F1 has been working on this technology for quite awhile now. It's definitely fascinating. This video shows the technology applications.

Porsche also used the same Williams tech for their endurance 911 GT3R.

Nothing really new to see here; another instance of racing tech trickling down to production vehicles.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Resupply Mission To Launch March 30

Sez Zero Junk in the Trunk (48 comments)

Paraphrasing: Dragon has junk in the trunk; we're all still ready to launch.

Proof that everyone loves a little junk in the trunk.

about 1 month ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Sez Zero Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (459 comments)

"lots of carbohydrates" doesn't mean "lots of bread, grains and pasta" - fruits and vegetables are a source of carbohydrates.

But what about donuts? Mmmmmmmmm... donuts.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Sez Zero Re:Maps not a mature product, inaccurate, dangerou (264 comments)

Computer data not always update, news at 11.

The big advantage of this system is getting rid of the GPS DVDs, which guarantee your data will be out of date (or expensive to replace).

about 2 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Sez Zero Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

Don't forget, you also have a front yard so you can yell at the kids from the porch, "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

about a month ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Sez Zero Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I would rather the campus be located away from urban area. Less traffic, less driving...

Exactly! And living in the suburbs gives me the opportunity to tell kids to get off my damn lawn. The only lawn in Manhattan is the astroturf people bring out to let their dogs poop on.

about a month ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Sez Zero Not fracking, a water tower (317 comments)

So there's a link, but it is a little disingenuous to say he's suing to stop fracking. His suit (linked from TFA) is about the water tower. He doesn't want a high-rise water tower across the street.
He's actually ok with a low-rise water tower that he can't really see from his ranch.
So, over-react much, headline writer?

about 2 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

Sez Zero Re:Beta-ized Summary (193 comments)

"That raises the possibility that the shrinking readership would eventually meet the expanding Beta suckitude, which emerges with a sudden blast of "fuck beta" comments. That black would allow any insightful commentary trapped in the black hole to escape, solving the infamous -1 Insightful paradox."

about 3 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

Sez Zero Re: why not? (303 comments)

The evidence of that is the "all sites" graph which shows IIS's share increasing vs. the "active sites" graph which shows IIS's share plummeting.

I think the most interesting graph is the last: 1 million busiest sites. The downtick of Apache looks a lot like the opposite of the uptick for nginx. For busy sites, it seems nginx is separating from Google and IIS, but at the expense of Apache.

about 3 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

Sez Zero Re:CmdrTaco's Trove? (221 comments)

No inline summaries. Less linkability than pinterest. Lame.

After reading about a "taco trove" I'm left disappointed. And hungry.

about 3 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

Sez Zero Re:Big honkin' 10 inch SNT (201 comments)

...German equatorial mount...

Along which latitude does the German equator run?

about 3 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

Sez Zero Re:Here's the sad part (692 comments)

When you are older and have a resume, they don't bother with the stupid questions. They just ask you about code and projects.

I can't tell if it is true, or if I just don't tolerate stupid questions now that I'm older.

about 3 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Sez Zero Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Which car company do you work for?

A major one.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Science Agencies Get Some Relief In 2014 Budget

Sez Zero Re:Raise Taxes! (83 comments)

At first I thought you wrote "Raze Texas" and was thinking, Republic of NASA?

about 3 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Sez Zero Re:This is already being done (271 comments)

From the opening statements, Congress allocates about $3 billion to STEM education already.

about 3 months ago
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Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Sez Zero Re:Holy journalistic spin, Batman! (271 comments)

Ok, I read the testimony.

You are right, Kamen specifically didn't ask for more visas. Instead, he asked that the visa fees, at least in part, be directed to his program, FIRST. TL;DR: Give me money.

Partovi barely mentions visas, but also wants part of the fees to go to a new STEM education fund and wants changes to E-Rate (internet/telecomm to school libraries). He's got his fingers in a lot of pies, so skeptically I'm assuming one of them would benefit from unspecified E-Rate "changes".

Jona, a prof at Northwestern, basically wants more scientists to be involved in teaching STEM. No visa mention.

Cornwall, an ME, writes like an ME and doesn't mention visas; instead focuses on education.

So, yes, there's a lot of spin in the headline. Because headline.

about 3 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

Sez Zero Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Who's left ? :)

Anonymous Cowards.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft Pulls iPhone YouTube videos

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 7 months ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Phone team posted today a rather cringe-worthy Windows Phone video on YouTube that mocks Apple and its recent iPhone announcement. Titled “A fly on the wall in Cupertino?”, it depicts what some might believe to be Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive in separate meetings to go over the various color options and other features for the iPhone 5c and 5s.

The nearly two minute clip doesn’t follow the same style Windows Phone typically does when making fun of iOS and Android phones. All you see are two “employees” poke fun at the decisions that Cook and Ive make about the next generation iPhone. What makes things awkward is that although you can only see the back of the actors’ head, it appears that Microsoft has got the wrong image of who Cook is — or is it supposed to be Steve Jobs?"

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Boxee to join Samsung

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 10 months ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.

We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.

Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.

We are excited about the next chapter for our team."

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Curiosity uses Brush; almost Hammer Time!

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has used its brush tool for the first time to sweep dust off the surface of a rock. Brushing away the dust gives the robot's survey instruments a clearer view of the texture and chemistry of the underlying rock.

Curiosity is building towards using its hammer-drill, the last major tool yet to be deployed on the mission."

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm Ltd; new Star Wars in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Not only did the news break today that the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, but the studio press release also announces that a Star Wars: Episode VII feature film is targeted for a 2015 release! Yes, 2015 will give us The Avengers 2, Justice League of America and now a new Star Wars movie!"
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Software Engineer is 2012 Best Job, according to CareerCast

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "CareerCast gathered mounds of data and sorted through all of the factors to break each element into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook. Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th.

Which one came out on top? A job this crowd might be familiar with..."

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Study Shows Alcohol Buzz Prompts Intuitive Insights

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "A moderate alcoholic high loosens a person’s focus of attention, making it easier to find connections among remotely related ideas, Andrew Jarosz of the University of Illinois at Chicago and his colleagues propose online January 28 in Consciousness and Cognition.

On average, participants at peak intoxication solved about nine problems correctly, versus approximately six winners for the sober crowd. It took an average of 11.5 seconds for intoxicated men to generate a correct solution, compared with 15.2 seconds for sober men."

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7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost rivals and the iPad with a $199-249 price tag. The fruits of the partnership, whispered to the runes readers at DigiTimes by industry sources, will take on the NOOK Tablet and the Kindle Fire, with ASUS selected for its willingness to flex to Google’s requirements."
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Debit Card Outrage Takes Down BofA Site

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "

Bank of America Corp plans to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases a $5 monthly fee beginning early next year, joining other banks scrambling for new sources of revenue. Senator Richard Durbin, architect of debit card interchange fee reform, bashed the proposed monthly fee. "Bank of America is trying to find new ways to pad their profits by sticking it to its customers," he said in a statement. It's overt, unfair, and I hope their customers have the final say."

This morning, it looks like Bank of America's website is down."
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Russian space freighter lost

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency has confirmed the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on the robotic freighters to keep the station supplied."

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Workless

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fifteen moderator points. Well, I'm not getting any work done today, I've got read Slashdot all day.

It's a moral imperative!

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