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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

UnknownSoldier Re:Confused. (208 comments)

Same logic by all the men complaining that they can't carry a baby to full term ...

oh wait ...

*crickets*

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

UnknownSoldier Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (378 comments)

Exactly, apparently the parent never heard the word: Intra.

Inter-net in contradistinction to Intra-net.

One means connects to outside, the other means connects to inside, respectively.

3 days ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

UnknownSoldier Re:No way, not for me (545 comments)

Ha! Best comment on /. today.

Very nice.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

UnknownSoldier Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

You are confused about the context.

PS2: Plays DVD out of the box
XBox: Required the remote control.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

UnknownSoldier Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

> unlike the PS2 wouldn't play video DVDs out of the box--you had to buy the special controller

FALSE. You _could_ use the gamepad to play videos. I know because I was doing this back in 2002.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

UnknownSoldier Standard 3 phases (111 comments)

From Gandhi

1. First they ignore you
2. Then they laugh / try to discredit you
3. Then they get a clue and join you

about two weeks ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

UnknownSoldier Re:1.5GIG for facebook? (67 comments)

Although it is hard to justify where an use of JS _isn't_ abuse. ;-) /me ducks

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

UnknownSoldier Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

Ironically, this technique of Name & Shame works for other drugs too ... but everyone seems to ignore its effectiveness! /sarcasm Why use something that costs almost nothing when police officers could be spending their budgets buying over priced weapons, tanks, etc.

http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

How America Lost the War on Drugs
7. The Harvard Man

For the cops on the front lines of the War on Drugs, the federal government's fixation with marijuana was deeply perplexing. As they saw it, the problem wasn't pot but the drug-related violence that accompanied cocaine and other hard drugs. After the crack epidemic in the late 1980s, police commissioners around the country, like Lee Brown in Houston, began adding more officers and developing computer mapping to target neighborhoods where crime was on the rise. The crime rate dropped. But by the mid-1990s, police in some cities were beginning to realize there was a certain level that they couldn't get crime below. Mass jailings weren't doing the trick: Only fifteen percent of those convicted of federal drug crimes were actual traffickers; the rest were nothing but street-level dealers and mules, who could always be replaced.

Police in Boston, concerned about violence between youth drug gangs, turned for assistance to a group of academics. Among them was a Harvard criminologist named David Kennedy. Working together, the academics and members of the department's anti-gang unit came up with what Kennedy calls a "quirky" strategy and convinced senior police commanders to give it a try. The result, which began in 1995, was the Boston Gun Project, a collaborative effort among ministers and community leaders and the police to try to break the link between the drug trade and violent crime. First, the project tracked a particular drug-dealing gang, mapping out its membership and operations in detail. Then, in an effort called Operation Ceasefire, the dealers were called into a meeting with preachers and parents and social-service providers, and offered a deal: Stop the violence, or the police will crack down with a vengeance. "We know the seventeen guys you run with," the gangbangers were told. "If anyone in your group shoots somebody, we'll arrest every last one of you." The project also extended drug treatment and other assistance to anyone who wanted it.

The effort worked: The rates of homiÂcide and violence among young men in Boston dropped by two-thirds. Drug dealing didn't stop â" "people continued what they were doing," Kennedy concedes, "but they put their guns down." As Kennedy reflected on the success of the Boston project, which ran for five years, he wondered if he had discovered a deeper truth about drug-related violence. If the murders weren't a necessary component of the drug trade â" if it was possible to separate the two â" perhaps cities could find a way to reduce the violence, even if they could do nothing about the drugs.

In 2001, Kennedy got a call from the mayor of San Francisco that gave him a chance to examine his theories in a new setting. The city had experienced a recent spike in its murder rate, much of it caused by an ongoing feud between two drug-dealing gangs â" Big Block and West Mob â" that had resulted in dozens of murders over the years. Could Kennedy, the mayor asked, help police figure out how to stop the killings?

Kennedy flew out to San Francisco and met with police. But as he researched the history of the violence, it seemed to confirm his findings in Boston. Though both Big Block and West Mob were involved in dealing drugs, the shootings were not really drug-related â" the two groups occupied different territories and were not battling over turf. "The feud had started over who would perform next at a neighborhood rap event," says Kennedy, now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "They had been killing each other ever since."

Such evidence suggested that drug enforcement needed to focus more narrowly on those responsible for the violence. "Seventy percent of the violence in these hot neighborhoods comes back to drugs," Kennedy says. "But one of the profound myths is that these homicides are about the drug trade. The violence is driven by these crews â" but they're not killing each other over business." The real spark igniting the murders, he realized, was peer pressure, a kind of primordial male goad that drove young gang members to kill each other even in instances when they weren't sure they wanted to.

Given that police departments had already locked up every drug dealer in sight and were still having problems with violence, Kennedy thought a new approach was worth a try. "There's a difference between saying, 'I'm watching this, and you should stop,' and putting someone in federal lockup," he says. "The violence is not about the drug business â" but that's a very hard thing for people to understand."

But in the early days of the Bush administration, police departments were in no hurry to experiment with an approach that focused on drug-related murders and mostly ignored users who weren't committing violence. Kennedy's efforts proved to be yet another missed opportunity in the War on Drugs â" an experience that made clear how difficult it is for science to influence the nation's drug policy.

"If ten years ago the medical community had figured out a way to reduce the deaths from breast cancer by two-thirds, every cancer clinic in the country would have been using those techniques a year later," Kennedy says. "But when it comes to drugs and violence, there's been nothing like that."

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-coders, why aren't you contributing to open source?

UnknownSoldier I contribue to one open source ... (4 comments)

I work on an open source emulator. W'ere pretty open to people commenting (code, bugs, documentation.) Now that we've moved to GitHub early in the year we are getting much better feedback because GitHub makes the barrier for entry way lower. It is trivial to create a bug report.

However, on other open source projects I see devs with an arrogant attitude towards users -- basically a "STFU, RTFM, noob"

How are we supposed to pass feedback on "The manual doesn't describe X" ... when the devs aren't interested in fixing bugs about poor UI, let alone listen to users?? GIMP and Firefox are probably some of the worst for ignoring user feedback, and bugs.

If more open source projects understood that if you provide a healthy community -- one where the perspective that users are _helping_ you to make a better product -- then I would imagine that more people would get involved.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

UnknownSoldier Re:Simple (720 comments)

Indeed.

/sarcasm Quick! Some one tell the wife that we can no longer play co-op The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing -- apparently I'm not "edumacated" even though this degree says otherwise in spite of her coming to me with new games for us to play together! :-)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

UnknownSoldier Re:Simple (720 comments)

> Every second you spend enjoying a selfish pleasure could be used learn a programming language and contribute to open sources.

Who says I'm _not_ already doing those things?

I contribute to a small open source emulator, work on my open source game, AND play games with my online buddies when I want a break. Thoough these days my gaming is usually limited to a few hours researching Minecraft & Terraria to see what they _didn't_ do. :-)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

UnknownSoldier Re:Simple (720 comments)

As opposed to say sports?

Why is it OK to watch men beat each other up, or tackle one another, yet a (video) game is not OK? Do board games have your blessing??

How about you Grow The Fuck Up.

The _medium_ of entertainment is NOT the issue.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

UnknownSoldier Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

/Oblg.George Shaw quote ...

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
"

about three weeks ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

UnknownSoldier Re:Any reason? (67 comments)

Each web tab runs in its own process; you can see the CPU, Memory, per tab. Use: More tools > Task Manager

Looks like Chrome removed the FPS column

about a month ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

UnknownSoldier Re:Slashdot (62 comments)

There are still a few of us left ... ... although with that the shitty UI Beta I wonder how long before it drives the rest of us away for good.

Reddit? Please. While it has some fantastic sub-reddits, Reddit is the Dig of Slashdot. The majority is full of whiny emo teens who down vote anything "Just Because". It's moderation system sucks -- it provides no context for why something was up/down voted.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

UnknownSoldier Re:Enough already (57 comments)

As an OpenGL and UI/UX expert "Preaching to the choir!"
Fads go in ~20 year cycles. Hopefully the latest UI fad to flatten everything will start to change. /Oblg. Windows 1 vs Windows 8.
http://charlie.amigaspirit.hu/...

about a month ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

UnknownSoldier Re:How?? (105 comments)

Your fallacy is assuming consciousness is dependent on a physical body.

about a month ago

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Quantum Levivation

UnknownSoldier UnknownSoldier writes  |  more than 3 years ago

UnknownSoldier (67820) writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can "lock" a magnetic field into place with a semiconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might someday we see high speed trains that will be "impossible" to tip over or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
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