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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Vyse of Arcadia Maker Studios (465 comments)

I would like to point out how buzzword-y the Maker Studios website is.

Maker is a talent first, technology-driven media company. Entertainment is changing. Millennials are living a mobile, social, on-demand life.

about two weeks ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Existing programs (529 comments)

Teachers aren't allowed to teach any more. They are babysitters, and they're told exactly which storybooks to read and how to read them.

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

Maybe some states don't have a gifted program, but before we all go tilting at windmills, maybe we should realize this is a state-level problem, one that does not apply to Virginia, and may not apply to your state either.

Maybe the federal government should be putting pressure on states that don't have good gifted programs.

For that matter, what about the kids in Virginia that slip through the cracks? What happens to gifted Bobby McPoorkid whose parents bring home less than $20k in Nowhere, VA? You know, the county with the school that got their federal funding cut because not a high enough percentage of kids graduate. Does he get scholarships to go to a boarding school? What if his parents can't afford to get by without his help? Will the state government pay for the entire McPoorkid family just so their brightest might be something someday?

about a month ago
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Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Failing as a math teacher (114 comments)

This is how definitions work. Definitions would get absurdly long and difficult to read if we defined everything in terms of first principles. I could concisely describe a solvable group as a group having a subnormal serious whose factor groups are all abelian. If I have to go back and explain group and subnormal series and factor groups and abelian it ballloons to a page in length, and those are all concepts that are useful elsewhere is well.

Presumably that author wasn't just defining things cyclically and had defined cardinality elsewhere. You'd just have to go back and look it up.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

Vyse of Arcadia AndySort (195 comments)

I sort things into what's known as a stack, or a pile, and then I put them in the freezer.

about a month and a half ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Bad Assumption (139 comments)

I think it was just bad wording. Maybe "identify" would be better than "picture."

about 2 months ago
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FLOSS 2013: the Survey For Open Source Contributors, a Decade Later

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Not enough application success stories (27 comments)

At the risk of getting flak, I always found it such a waste to have both KDE and GNOME desktop and overlapping related apps projects. Both are of course rather succesful, but imagine what the current status would be if people had stayed with one project instead.

Well, the reason there's both KDE and GNOME needs a little historical context. KDE relied (and still does) heavily on the then-closed Qt toolkit. The authors of GNOME wanted to build something basically like KDE, except with entirely free software components. Naturally, they also needed to write replacements for KDE applications too, because they also relied on Qt.

Of course years later Trolltech relicensed Qt under the LGPL so there was no longer any fear of Qt vanishing and KDE having to scramble to find a replacement. But by then, KDE and GNOME had taken different paths, KDE focusing on extreme configurability, GNOME focusing on user-friendliness. And then there were all those people who didn't like either desktop and decided to roll their own to fit their own needs better, and that's fine too.

about 4 months ago
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For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Signalling (728 comments)

That means you make about $25,000 a year so I assume you are a doing unskilled labor.

Please don't make that assumption. I make $20,000 a year studying to get my PhD. Low pay does not mean unskilled.

about a year ago
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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

Vyse of Arcadia Students (180 comments)

I tell my students over and over every semester that a good night's sleep is just as important as studying. Not that they listen, but I still tell them.

about a year ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

No, no, a thousand times NO. You cannot judge somebody by the contents of their pants. Ok?

My pants contain an inhaler, a cell phone, my wallet, and a handheld game console. I'm not sure what conclusions you could draw from this.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

Vyse of Arcadia I don't feel bad about AdBlock (716 comments)

I'm bombarded by advertisements every which way I turn. I can't even enjoy the horizon without some gigantic billboard for divorce lawyers ruining the view. I don't think it's so much to ask that I have one outlet that's ad free.

about a year and a half ago
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"Severe Abnormalities" Found In Fukushima Butterflies

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Dumbasses (189 comments)

Listen, buddy. It is never going to be cured. It's bad. There's not a fucking thing we can do about it. So we may as well get a laugh out of it. Unless you have a magical solution that for some reason doesn't work in the presence of humor, howsabout you take the stick out of your ass, grab a beer, and relax a little? All your fuming isn't improving the situation either.

Also, some of the other comments make me think you don't know what you're talking about.

about a year and a half ago
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Entangled Particles Break Classical Law of Thermodynamics, Say Physicists

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Information to Energy (222 comments)

An information bomb? A science fiction author by the name of Nick Harkaway answered that question in his book The Gone-Away World. It's probably my favorite book that I've read in the last five years (and I read a lot of books.) You should go read it.

about a year and a half ago
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Critics Blast Apple's Cheesy New Ad Campaign

Vyse of Arcadia Why not? (244 comments)

They've already completely captured the hipster, coffee-shop, pseudo-intellectual market with their past advertising campaigns. Might as well go for a different demographic that didn't buy in to their weird-and-kinda-snobby aesthetic.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Vyse of Arcadia Re:lots of channels are missing (263 comments)

One of the things I've learned about kids is that up until a certain age, let's say 5ish, they're perfectly content to watch the same thing over and over and over and over. Netflix, or better yet just a couple of well-chosen DVDs, is perfectly sufficient until they hit that age. And even afterwards, what's wrong with Netflix again? Do your kids really need a constant stream of content interspersed with advertisements? Just imagine just how much money you'd save if your kids didn't have the most expensive new toys beamed into their eyeballs every five minutes.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Nokia, why you troll us so? (105 comments)

Hmm. I'd say it's closer to a virus. Or at least the GPL-licensed stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Viacom and DirecTV Reach New Agreement

Vyse of Arcadia Re:two quick points... (139 comments)

I think it's somewhat analogous to video game consoles. If all you want to do is play games, you don't need both a Wii and an XBox. But if you want to play certain exclusive games that only come out on one or the other, then you need both.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista

Vyse of Arcadia Re:And that's how specs should be done (711 comments)

It's also not very demanding. 16GB of RAM is all of $90 these days. I have 16GB in my laptop just because why not? It bumped the cost hardly at all over 8GB.

On the other hand, I don't have 16GB of RAM because with 4GB of RAM I almost never hit swap space. Hell, my netbook has 2GB of RAM, and I still hit swap space very infrequently. (And I run KDE! No lightweight WM trickery here.)

I've been wondering for a while now what it is people do that they need so much RAM. And don't say gaming. I play loads of games on my 4GB box.

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls (video)

Vyse of Arcadia Re:Text transcription? (139 comments)

I read faster than I can watch a video interview, and the same goes for most of the people I know.

about a year and a half ago

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Handley Gets to 6 Months for 'Obscene' Manga

Vyse of Arcadia Vyse of Arcadia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vyse of Arcadia (1220278) writes "Christopher Handley, the Iowa man on trial for possessing manga "drawings of children being sexually abused," was sentenced on Thursday to six months in prison. Following this sentence, Handley must serve three years of supervised release and five years of probation. Both of these terms will start upon his release from prison and will run concurrently. Handley also agreed to forfeit all seized materials, including his computer. During Handley's supervised release and probation, Handley must also "participate in a treatment program, to include psychological testing and a polygraph examination, as directed by the U. S. Probation Officer." According to earlier court documents, this last provision is "intended to provide [Handley] with diagnosis and treatment for sexually and/or gender identity or other mental health issues.""
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