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How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

VeryLargeNumber NO NEED FOR PETSCII (438 comments)

10 PRINT CHR$ (47+45*INT(RND (1)+0.5));: GOTO 10 : REM USES ASCII

about a year and a half ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

VeryLargeNumber Star Wars re-remastered 3D edtition (339 comments)

...what else? With a new Cantina scene including Lady Gaga appearing as an alien (or vice versa).

about 3 years ago
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Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long

VeryLargeNumber Gamers are losing patience [[citation needed]] (342 comments)

How does he know if "gamers" are losing patience? Did he do any survey, or is he extrapolating from own opinion?

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

VeryLargeNumber Meanwhile, in Finland... (432 comments)

...my University has its own Linux distro. While I am not very familiar with Linux, at least half of the workstations are running that. And actually, as I hear from my fellow researchers, the support for Linux workstations is better than for the windows ones. I had to do some work on a Linux server (updating the webpages of the department) and support excellent. I mean, I was asking Root some basic questions by email, and got detailed answer in 30 mins.
OTOH, there are some Linux specific problems that I dont have in Win7, so I don't judge which OS is better. They are just different OSes for different people. What I want to say is that Linux support in the campus is great.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed

VeryLargeNumber kindle disguised as book? (375 comments)

How about a kindle sleeve disguising it as a (non e) book?:)

more than 3 years ago
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Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

VeryLargeNumber Education system is broken, obviously (804 comments)

I am working as researcher/post-grad student, and computer is the number one research tool. Like is hammer for a blacksmith. No surprises there.
When in the same place I work should "forbid" the major research tool in the classrooms, this is an obvious sight that the teaching system I-speak-and-you-listen-and-take-notes is broken. Or at least obsolete.
For most of the time I have been good student, and I am writing a doctoral dissertation now. One would expect I like lectures. Still, most of them are boring as hell. I didn't have smart phone/netbook when I was in high school (and I envy the nowadays students so much for having them), and guess what - when I got bored, I always find a way to distract myself. And the others. Chatting with a schoolmate during class is less distracting that launching a paper airplane, IMHO.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

VeryLargeNumber End of the world, anyone?` (337 comments)

What? No obligatory jokes about 2012, Mayan calendars, end of the world and stuff? Come on Slashdot, you can do better!

more than 3 years ago
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The Mouse Vanishes

VeryLargeNumber nails scratching the wood (292 comments)

Exactly. When I "cup my palm" and start moving it on the table, my nails make the sound of... well, the sound of scratching wood with nails. Uffffff....

about 4 years ago
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How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

VeryLargeNumber Stagecast and Alice (799 comments)

I know two programming environments, designed specially for children. One is Stagecast Creator http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagecast_Creator, which is created in Apple, and was known as Cocoa before Apple reused the name for the Cocoa API. The other is Alice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_(software), created in Carnegie Mellon, by a group led by the late Randy Pausch (you might have seen "The last lecture" by Randy Pausch).
Stagecast creator is a programming tutorial, disguised as a 2D game designer, and Alice is a programming tutorial disguised as 3D scene creator. I, being a keen NES gamer, tend to like Stagecast better.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"

VeryLargeNumber I am a dinosaur (708 comments)

who doesn't see anything good having come from mammals.

more than 5 years ago
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The Future Might Be BIOS and Browsers

VeryLargeNumber When electricity network is down (350 comments)

all bets are off too. A lighting storm is all it takes to send cmdrtaco off to buy power generator.

more than 5 years ago
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Hacker Destroys Avsim.com, Along With Its Backups

VeryLargeNumber overwritten once CAN be recovered (780 comments)

> I'd like to see you recover something that has been overwritten once.

You can't do it at home, but professional data recovery service can. Usually you can guess the previous data by precisely measuring the magnetic levels. The old values will influence the resulting intensity. Roughly (I'm not expert!) works like this:

was -- now -- result
0 -- 1 -- 0.9
1 -- 0 -- 0.1
1 -- 1 -- 1.1
0 -- 0 -- 0

That is why you should have MULTIPLE overwrites with RANDOM data.

more than 5 years ago
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Would You Pay For YouTube Videos?

VeryLargeNumber draw users away (475 comments)

"will this draw viewers away to other video sites?"

You mean if other sites provide the same content for free, will I stay on youtube just because it is... pretty?

On contrary, if every second movie I click on leads me to a "not available in your country" text, I will eventually get bored and go to other site even if youtube provides the same content for free.

more than 5 years ago
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Cameron's Avatar a 3D Drug Trip?

VeryLargeNumber Re:And when.. (215 comments)

You should try a website called 3d6.org (clever name). I have tried the images there with sharp AL3DU stereoscopic laptop. They look quite nice.

more than 5 years ago
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Analyzing YouTube's Audio Fingerprinter

VeryLargeNumber Re:Slashdot brainstorm here (116 comments)

Even better - upload the video backwards.
Someone should make backward youtube plugin for firefox. It even might autodetect backward songs and play them properly.

more than 5 years ago

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RIAA roll

VeryLargeNumber VeryLargeNumber writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VeryLargeNumber (1394367) writes "We all know what a RickRoll is. Recently, exploiting the fact that many celebrities passed away, in their typical tactless manner, 4chan users launched a RIProll attack, spreading the hoax that 80s pop star Rick Astley has died. Despite the fact that Rick Astley is actually alive and feels well, the rumor of his death got massively replicated on twitter.

This is where I come. Since I browse from Finland, most of the links I clicked were leading to "This video is not available in your country" message, and I could not get the joke. The RIProll turned into RIAAroll.

I think this becomes a cultural issue. Do I have the right to be properly rickrolled, what do you think?"
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New meme born out of bad viral marketing

VeryLargeNumber VeryLargeNumber writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VeryLargeNumber writes "An article on BoingBoing uncovers a case, in which comments left on the site remind of a (not very well thought out) viral marketing attempt by Motorla. Googling around reveals BoingBoing was by far not the only target. In the comments of the article, seems like a new internet meme is born — "Ever since I started working with..."."

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