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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

TimeZone Model M Keyboard FTW (702 comments)

These things are awesome. The ones I've got were built in the mid 90s and still clicking.
TZ

about 5 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

TimeZone Continuous adjustment? (545 comments)

I know a lot of people hate what may seem to them to be random adjustments of the time. Personally, I like the way the time ends up aligning with daylight better after the adjustment, but I hate the way it's a big jump, all at once, twice a year. I would really like to see continuous adjustment of the time, such that noon is always the time at which the sun is at the highest point in the sky. Yes, this would be a pain for people who still wear watches, but I'd think we could manage it for all the core infrastructure (i.e. networks and stuff). TZ

about 10 months ago
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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

TimeZone anthropic principle (694 comments)

You're looking for it [cheating] more often!

This is very similar to finding bugs in QA phase of software (or hardware) testing. The only way you're going to stop finding bugs is if you stop looking for them...

TZ

more than 4 years ago
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$1M Prize For Finding Cause of Unintended Acceleration

TimeZone Verification Skills (690 comments)

I think part of the problem is that these companies really don't have expertise in computer systems. For ages, they've been building mechanical doo-hickeys, and I think they've got a pretty good idea how to build and test mechanical doo-hickeys. But now they're throwing computer systems on everything and just going with it (like the bulk of other software companies). Guess what. Computer systems (we're talking here a combination of hardware and software) require testing. Lots and LOTS of testing. I believe they don't have the expertise they need for that. I remember when I graduated from college (2001), I stopped at the Honda booth at the career fair and tried to talk to them. "Oh, we're looking for mechanical engineers, we don't really need computer engineers." "Really? With the increased computer control you're building into your vehicles, you don't need computer engineers? ok, then..." And this is what you get when you have mechanical engineers throw together software to control your vehicles.

TZ

more than 4 years ago
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Team Aims To Create Pure Evil AI

TimeZone Re:At what point... (527 comments)

This was done at RPI. The ratio was about 5:1 (male:female) while I was there. They have no experience with women.

TZ

(ECSE 2001)

more than 5 years ago
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Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

TimeZone Just because the author writes informally (501 comments)

Doesn't make it Gonzo. Gonzo is when the journalist becomes personally invested in, and part of, the story itself. Gonzo would be if Junod let Roth "gork" him. The article was a pretty good read though.

TZ

more than 5 years ago

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Reality Distortion Field Exists!

TimeZone TimeZone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TimeZone (658837) writes "Apparently, even subliminal exposure to the Apple logo can make you "think different". Researchers subjected participants to subliminal images of the iconic Apple and IBM logos (during a supposed visual acuity test), and those who were shown the Apple logo generated more creative ideas after the test than did those who were shown the IBM logo."

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