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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Skidge Re:And? (262 comments)

No mod points today, so just posting to say I appreciated your post. It's good to see things like this with more regularity these days (though still not nearly enough).

about 2 years ago
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Collaborative LaTeX Editor With Preview In Your Web Browser

Skidge Not just this one. (99 comments)

While the summary makes it sound like this is some breakthrough idea, there are several similar sites out there:

https://www.sharelatex.com/

http://spandex.io/

And others, I'm sure. Is the submitter the owner of this particular version? The marketing speak is a bit over-the-top.

I used sharelatex for a group project last semester and it worked fine. Several features were added since then that make it likely I'll use it again.

about 2 years ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

Skidge Re:Whiteboards are critical, you see the mistakes. (372 comments)

I've just gone back to school to work on a PhD. My previous schooling was in the late 90s, before PowerPoint was used regularly in classrooms. This time around, I've had classes with older professors who use the chalkboard and young ones (younger than me) who rely on a presentation. It is vastly easier to follow a proof when it's being written out on the chalk/whiteboard as it's being explained than when it's just sitting on a projection screen being pointed at.

about 2 years ago
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Droughts Linked To Global Warming

Skidge Re:We're not there yet... (535 comments)

(Look it up. You might find more deaths due to tsunamis, but the frequency of tsunamis has been going down since about 1950.)

Tsunamis are geological, not climatological.

more than 3 years ago
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Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

Skidge Re:Can't... (680 comments)

In Germany, people know how to drive. It costs more than $1500 to get your license, which includes many hours of driving lessons and a driver must me 18 or older. It's much more serious business than in the U.S., where you can start driving in some locales when your practically just old enough to see over the steering wheel. American drivers, in general, couldn't handle driving like they were in Germany.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Probably Couldn't Handle a Flu Pandemic

Skidge Re:Wow, just Wow (341 comments)

Twitter makes money?

more than 5 years ago
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"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

Skidge Re:the Discovery channel (600 comments)

Not sure if you get it where you live, but I've found the National Geographic channel has been pretty good lately.

more than 5 years ago
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How to Deal With an Aging Brain?

Skidge Re:By working it (684 comments)

I'm using a similar piece of software to learn German. Anki is actively worked on and regularly updated by the author. You can even write your own plug-ins for it in Python, I believe.

about 6 years ago
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Bones Found Near Crash Site Confirmed Fossett's

Skidge Re:Sad news. (129 comments)

Maybe you should start wearing parachute pants.

more than 6 years ago
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Nintendo DSi Sells Out Quickly, Reviews Coming In

Skidge Re:Hello World already running on DSI (72 comments)

There are summaries? It's more fun to read the title and then skip to the comments to try to figure out what the hell the original article is about in the first place.

more than 6 years ago

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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "Wired is running a piece showing the drastically reduced mileage ratings for hybrids after the upcoming changes in gas mileage calculations by the EPA. While the cars themselves aren't changing, plugging these new numbers in to the equation makes a hybrid much less cost effective: "The two top-selling hybrid vehicles, the Prius and Honda's Civic Hybrid, will lose 12 and 11 miles per gallon respectively from their city driving estimates." The new values come from more realistic testing; the old, over-inflated ratings were higher in part because the cars idled a lot, allowing the hybrids to completely turn off their engines. The new ratings should be more in line with what hybrid drivers are actually seeing."
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "An Alaska couple woke up to strange noises from outside their house. Thinking a bear was rummaging in the garbage, they witnessed a brown bear attack, kill, and eat the heart out of a full-grown moose 20 feet from their home. After getting the family dog safely inside the house, they videotaped the action, which can be seen on YouTube."
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "Wired is running an article on the dangers of online advertising by Jennifer Granick, executive director of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. There's a fine balance between providing "useful" personalized advertising and protecting the privacy of internet users. While an anonymous record of a user's browsing history may seem harmless, oftentimes the information that can be pulled from such a source can be pieced together into a not-so-anonymous picture of the user. Online advertising is here to stay; as the article says, "it's time to consider whether current regulations are adequate to protect consumer interests, while still allowing informative and effective online ad campaigns.""
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "A calf born several days ago on a central Nebraska farm is just as frisky as the rest of the newborns there, only the farmer say, "He's a real freak." That's because it was born with six legs and two sets of sex organs. Likely a product of the fusion of twin embryos, cows born like this are rare and generally suffering from many internal problems. This one seems to be fine so far, however. "I'm curious to see what happens," the farmer said."
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "Pandora, the popular personalized internet radio station, has blocked users outside of the US, UK, & Canada from accessing their music streams. From Pandora blog post, "It's hard to think of anything more anathema to who we are than turning off someone's radio, but the current legal realities leave us no choice. While the DMCA provides us a blanket license in the U.S., there is no equivalent in other countries.""
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "Washington State Department of Transportation has recently deployed a roboflagger to control traffic and protect work crews in conditions that would be unsafe to human traffic flaggers. Says the page: "WSDOT's pioneering use of the automated roboflagger for a Washington State Department of Transportation construction job has wrapped up. Human flaggers working side-by-side with the robotic flaggers give the machines two flags up, a near perfect ten.""
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "The Wall Street Journal has an article about a miracle fruit that hacks the tastes buds and make sour things taste sweet. This fruit contains a protein that binds with the taste buds, making strait lemon juice taste like lemonade. So when life gives you lemons, chew on a miracle fruit first!"
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "Wired's Listening Post has an article about how, with the CD nearing its 25th birthday, sales are falling faster than ever in the first few months of 2007. They're at a point now where an album can reach #1 without sell more than 100,000 copies."
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Skidge Skidge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skidge writes "With the previous story about the power of Google to effectively make your site "cease to exist", here's a story about how Google can direct its gaze to a small site and give a large boost in ad revenue, only to take it away when it decides the site really isn't worth it. From the article, "Google suddenly started sending search traffic to my pages, boosting my ad revenue by a significant amount. Just as suddenly, the search traffic dried up, sending me back into the gutter with the rest of the low-page-rank bums.""

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