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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Translation Error Re: freemium model?? (121 comments)

That's because you didn't pay to get the premium portion of the article.

5 days ago

Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

Translation Error Official Bags (110 comments)

HP Poland gave the government official bags filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash

What are 'official bags'? Are those the ones with a big dollar sign on the side?

5 days ago

UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

Translation Error Re:Are they crazy? (82 comments)

Personally, I live in dread of the day when we're overrun by immortal fruit flies and cancer-immune mice.

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Translation Error Re:2nd phone (363 comments)

Nothing. But if they're caught circumventing a court order, expect the judge to come down on them like a ton of bricks.

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Translation Error Re:difference between driver and passenger? (363 comments)

I'd expect a device (RFID?) that's active when the car is in operation would be installed in the owner's car, and the phone would have an app that's paired to the device check for its signal. Depending on the range, it may or may not reach passenger seats, but this would only be an issue when the person is a passenger in their own car.

about a week ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Translation Error Re:Le sigh.... (166 comments)

Well, if you'd quoted a bit more of the text, it might seem a bit more reasonable (emphasis mine):

"For any agricultural plant, having a genome is a prerequisite for any sort of high technology breeding or molecular modification. Without a genome, we couldn't do any real advanced research on coffee that would allow us to improve it — not in this day and age."

So, yes, you can do selective breeding without having the genome sequenced, and you can try to determine over the course of generations which plants have or may produce the desired traits, but if you do have the genome, you can greatly speed up the process by genetically checking the qualities of the plants and basing your choices on that.

about two weeks ago

Privacy Vulnerabilities In Coursera, Including Exposed Student Email Addresses

Translation Error Re:Can they gain access to my courses? (31 comments)

"I'm sorry, professor, but Coursera encrypted my homework."

about two weeks ago

MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

Translation Error Re:This was not done by Sundance Vacations ... (116 comments)

It is awfully entertaining to picture the entire company, from the CEO down to the poor bewildered intern frantically protesting that she's not even a real employee, being dragged off in handcuffs to jail, though...

about two weeks ago

Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Translation Error Re:begs FFS (186 comments)


about a month ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Translation Error Re:why STOP in telegrams? (144 comments)

Hey Slashdot, does anyone knows why telegrams are peppered with the word 'STOP'? Was there no punctuation mark to use a period?

Apparently, when telegrams were in widespread use, four letter words were free but punctuation cost extra.

about a month ago

Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

Translation Error Re:The same thigns was said about.... (310 comments)

Hell, I'm a grown man with a good job and here I am arguing on the Internet in the middle of the night, I've got the defenses to fight this to a greater extent and I even struggle with it.

Now, that's just silly. You should be arguing on the Internet while you're at work, like the rest of us.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

Translation Error Re:Comming from someone with ADHD... (561 comments)

Just make sure you're listening with headphones, or you'll constantly have (often stoned) people coming in and going, "Oh, man, someone's got classic Mario Bros.! Can I play too?"

about a year and a half ago

Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

Translation Error Re:can someone please explain (111 comments)

Well, why don't we go to our resident expert on the matter--Mr. Article.

Munger also reported the problems with the connector pins, which Oak Ridge Today's John Huotari noted was due to too much gold mixed in with the solder. Gold is used for connectors because it does not oxidize quickly, and because of its high electrical conductivity; however, when mixed with solder that contains tin, the gold and tin can combine, making the combination brittle under certain conditions. Cray is reportedly replacing the connectors to alleviate the problem.

Seriously, if you want more information badly enough to go into the comments and create a post asking for answers, is it really too much effort for you to click on the link in the summary?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

Translation Error Re:Personal Information (770 comments)

Simple. Trash your own credit rating. You can have lots of fun doing it while guaranteeing that your personal information will be completely useless.

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

Translation Error Re:Illusory superiority (240 comments)

According to one survey quoted in the wikipedia article, 93 % of US drivers think they are above average drivers.

That's because they're taking the entire world into account. You wouldn't believe how many people in other countries don't even drive on the correct side of the road!

about a year and a half ago

Valve Sued In Germany Over Game Ownership

Translation Error Re:First Post! (384 comments)

Great, that's just what we need... Chinese first post farmers.

about a year and a half ago

Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

Translation Error Conversely (432 comments)

"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization." -Gerald Weinberg

about a year and a half ago

Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

Translation Error Re:Educating the US (689 comments)

Yeah, but your point isn't in the vein of the slightly zenophobic summary

Zenophobia--that's the fear or hatred of Greek philosophers, right?


about a year and a half ago

Asteroid Resources Could Make Science Fiction Dreams and Nightmares a Reality

Translation Error Re:Summary... (223 comments)

I don't know, they may have something there... The US public has already petitioned its government to build one.

about a year and a half ago



Google Loses Street View Suit , Forced to Pay $1

Translation Error Translation Error writes  |  more than 3 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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