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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

VorpalRodent Re:A matter of love (123 comments)

It's just different grammar than you're used to.

Apple and Blackberry at Tanagra. Darmok and Jalad, their cellphones wide.

yesterday
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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

VorpalRodent Diseases? (42 comments)

Does it also simulate how viruses propagate amongst passengers? Can you simulate the scenario where all the toilets clog and the decks are awash with filth?

I demand realism from my simulators!

4 days ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

VorpalRodent Re:Moot argument (417 comments)

Which is exactly why Batman would win.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

VorpalRodent Hmm... (417 comments)

I call conspiracy. This all sounds like what the intelligent computer overlords would want us to think.

I for one welcome them.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

VorpalRodent Re:soo.... (327 comments)

This may not be what you intended, but I really like the idea of a modular solar farm. I pay up front for one or more solar panels to be installed in a desert somewhere, managed by a third party, then get dividends from the power that is produced and sold. I'm not directly affecting my local power bill, but I'm contributing to a solution and offsetting my bill from the power generated. It would work a whole lot better than trying to capture sunlight during my 6 months of winter (or fighting the neighborhood covenant that believes all solar power is an eyesore).

about two weeks ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

VorpalRodent Re:there is an end to the halting problem (335 comments)

Notably, depending upon how HCF is implemented on any given hardware, this also addresses the underlying question of whether the robot could decide to kill the human. In this case, we apparently default to true.

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

VorpalRodent Where's Bennett? (55 comments)

Based on his prolific works on Slashdot, I'm wondering where frequent contributor Bennett Haselton is on the list?

about a month ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

VorpalRodent Recipe for Success (107 comments)

1. Make bad game
2. Add landfill waste
3. Simmer on low heat for 30 years
4. ???
5. Excavate and sell to collectors (Profit!)

about a month and a half ago
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Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive

VorpalRodent Nifty Overview (37 comments)

Questions about government overreach and whatnot aside, the analyst's manual is quite a nice read on how mundane intelligence analysis can be. They've apparently got a very nice application for establishing persons of interest and automatically creating a directed graph of who knows whom based on address books / calendars, but the rest is still human analysis. I particularly liked the pictures which clearly showed location information as being "somewhere in this two block radius".

about 1 month ago
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

VorpalRodent Old Physics Joke (144 comments)

So, the punchline is now reality? "Assume a spherical driver."

about 1 month ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

VorpalRodent So...? (168 comments)

I don't see the need for a tinfoil hat here. If my phone is actively searching for a network, and the airport is using that information in a way that doesn't identify me, doesn't make my phone think it should be sending any other data, and generally makes my experience better, I don't see a problem. They're even letting me know that they do it.

I love my privacy, but this use seems perfectly sane. Yes, they could hire a Walmart greeter to sit on a stool and watch the line, periodically holding up a chalk board with an estimated wait time. But then we'd be decrying the creepy guy who keeps staring at us in line.

How about we actually see how some innovations play out before deciding that the airport is going to stalk us?

about 2 months ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

VorpalRodent Re:Bell Curve anyone? (154 comments)

Without information as to which race you're representing with the poodle, I can't ascertain exactly how offended I'm supposed to be.

about 2 months ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

VorpalRodent Re:Intelligence (154 comments)

You must be new here. We use car analogies, not luge analogies.

about 2 months ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

VorpalRodent Delorean (151 comments)

Delorean, along with a flux capacitor, please.

about 2 months ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

VorpalRodent Delorean (151 comments)

Along with a flux capacitor, please.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

VorpalRodent Re:Better call it Windows 11 (644 comments)

It's the alphanumeric ones that suck.

I'm holding out for Windows !

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

VorpalRodent Re:Tight pants (730 comments)

My Sony smartwatch does that, though perhaps not intentionally. It buzzes when it loses bluetooth connectivity to the phone. It's great, except for when I intentionally set my phone down and then wander around right at the edge of where it can connect.

about 3 months ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

VorpalRodent Re:Better Idea (64 comments)

But you can't then just leave the printed document in the tray. That's not secure. You need to have a shredding module attached so that after the email is sent the original can be destroyed.

about 4 months ago

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VorpalRodent VorpalRodent writes  |  more than 8 years ago

VorpalRodent (964940) writes "Some of you may remember when ionic air filtration systems were modified to be used as system cooling. Well, InventGeek has done it again. The plans for the Ion Cooler 2.0 have been released.

As an added bonus, the system is significantly cheaper and easier to set up."

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