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An Open Source Flat Pack Robot Arm That's As Easy To Build As Ikea Furniture

Translation Error Would you... (33 comments)

download an arm?

yesterday
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

Translation Error Re:Drive in theaters? (176 comments)

To bad most of our drive in theaters are gone. I am thinking it would be harder to attack a drive in theater.

Totally. What terrorist activity could someone possibly perform while driving a car into a crowded area?

4 days ago
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Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Translation Error Re:I don't get it (170 comments)

Well, this is just a guess, but maybe Notch kind of likes beautiful, elaborate structures and will derive great pleasure from living in such a place.

5 days ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Translation Error Re:This is getting scary (360 comments)

And from the smoking ruins, Sony emerged triumphant, ruler of this brave new world.

5 days ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Translation Error Less Complicated (196 comments)

Of course! This clears up everything! Now I understand quantum physics completely!

about a week ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Translation Error Re:News at 11.. (718 comments)

I believe that even as we speak, they're busy putting together a massive 'Bun Kittens' advertising campaign.

about a week ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Translation Error Superpower (220 comments)

It was threats of violence that canceled the movie. Saying coding had anything to do with it is like saying you should be able to patent something that people have been doing for ages, because your implementation is 'on the internet'.

about a week ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Translation Error Re:America! (230 comments)

Actually, it was Paramount that pulled Team America.

about a week ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Translation Error Re:What are they going to do? (230 comments)

They're computer crackers. What are they going to do? Why all the fear?

There's always been fear about the 'evil hackers' and the terrible, magical things they can do. From Wikipedia:

Mitnick served five years in prison--four and a half years pre-trial and eight months in solitary confinement--because, according to Mitnick, law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he had the ability to "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone", meaning that law enforcement told the judge that he could somehow dial into the NORAD modem via a payphone from prison and communicate with the modem by whistling to launch nuclear missiles.

about two weeks ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Translation Error Poll purpose (285 comments)

At first I was going to complain about the need to further label, categorize, and qualify people. Then I thought, ok, it's a poll and they want to find out what our opinion is, which is fair enough, but why ask something about something like that? It's not very interesting, it has no real relevance to tech or nerds...

And then I realized there is a way our answers could be interesting to the people running the site--demographics and marketing. Should the ads and tone of this site be aimed toward a younger crowd who thinks 40 is over the hill? Should they cater to an older, more established audience? Maybe they should market to people who expect to live fast and die young.

Am I being overly cynical and just imagining things? Is the question of what people on this site think about the age 40 actually interesting and relevant in some way that I'm missing? Or do other people think this is a play to get some free demographics data?

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

Translation Error Re:I would love... (580 comments)

To hear Sony explain to its shareholders how spending tens of millions of dollars to produce and millions more to promote a movie that they now have no plans to release is a good thing.

"It's win-win. We avoid the risk of bad publicity from someone blowing up a theatre showing the movie, and with all the attention from the threat combined with the fact that it can't be seen in theatres, home media sales will be through the roof! People will be lining up to buy the movie that was 'too dangerous to be shown in theatres' while thumbing their noses at the terrorists who don't want them to see it."

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Translation Error Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

There are far beer trickier images now. There are far beer images it's easy to get hold of that are much harsher in those regards.

Um... would you like a beer, perchance?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Translation Error Dispensing Product (140 comments)

Daleks nothing, those look more like the turrets from Portal to me. Pleeeease let someone at Microsoft load the turret voices onto them.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Translation Error Re:Meet Streisand (307 comments)

I'm pretty sure that if you modify, sign, and return a contract that was given to you, you need to get explicit approval of the changes (generally by having the other party initial them) for them to be binding.

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Translation Error Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

Second, a rising tide raises all boats if you let it.

If you let it. I think the people in this project are concerned about corporations suing the neighbors who 'illegally use' their patented seeds.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Translation Error Re:It's a stupid test (642 comments)

I think it's a pretty good test to use as a guideline, actually--when used appropriately, just like any other tool. First, it obviously can't be used with movies with a tiny cast or one that is constrained for important plot reasons. Is the movie about life inside a male prison or a true event where a plane with 10 men as passengers crashed? Then the test shouldn't be used. If there's very little dialog at all, the test probably doesn't fit either.

But what if the movie doesn't fall into any of those--if it's a movie with a large cast with lots of people talking? What if all the dialog is with men or about them, with no compelling plot reason for it? Does that send a message? Is that a message you want to subject yourself to?

That's up to you, of course. As is whether the movie in question fails the test but has a valid reason. Only an idiot would suggest that this test--which originally appeared as part of a conversation between two characters in a comic strip--should determine whether a movie can be released, though.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Translation Error Value (698 comments)

In the live demonstration, the "gunman" entered the school armed with an assault rifle, opening fire with dummy rounds first in the school library then rampaging through hallways and classrooms. But he had only a few minutes to wreak havoc.

So, for the low cost of $20k-$100k multiplied by the number of schools this is installed in, we can limit a gunman with an assault rifle to only a few minutes of rampaging. While it's true that with many problems, mitigation can be very valuable even if a complete solution can't be found, I can't say that allowing someone minutes to mow down children with an assault rifle is all that much mitigation, especially for the cost to implement it.

about a month and a half ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

Translation Error What? (307 comments)

What? No 'date me' option?

Not that I'm saying that would be my answer...

about a month and a half ago

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Google Loses Street View Suit , Forced to Pay $1

Translation Error Translation Error writes  |  about 4 years ago

Translation Error (1176675) writes "Two and a half years ago, the Borings sued Google for invading their privacy by driving onto their private driveway and taking pictures of their house to display on Google Street View. Now, the case has finally come to a close with the judge ruling in favor of the Borings and awarding them the princely sum of $1. While the judge found the Borings to be in the right, she awarded them only nominal damages, as the fact that they had already made images of their home available on a real estate site and didn't bother to seal the lawsuit to minimize publicity indicated the Borings neither valued their privacy nor had it affected in any great way by Google's actions."

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