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Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

Xacid Re:Plea bargain (89 comments)

What kind of mad utopia is this? How will anyone ever be deterred from criming it all up all over the place?

But really - sounds like a great concept. No sure how it'd scale in a place like The States given culture and population, however.

about a month and a half ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

Xacid Plea bargain (89 comments)

Sounds like a plea bargain.

about a month and a half ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

Xacid Looks like (64 comments)

Looks like a sea pansy. I wonder how much it differs.

about 3 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Xacid For starters, their magazine format is terrible (213 comments)

I can't speak for programmers as I'm more on the sysadmin side of things but joined initially when I came across some really interesting articles on virtualization from their magazine. Then I started to get the magazine regularly and it was a horrible, horrible read. It's not designed for effective data transmission. It just felt like a way to allow fellow-nerds to get published. I'm able to gain more information from an issue of Wired than I was from an ACM mag. But that could just be me and my background. Their digital library, however, is a little easier to digest since you're only looking for specific things and was nice to have when writing academic papers. But again, if you're casually browsing - it's awful.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: A 'Mavis Beacon' For Teaching Smartphone and Tablet Typing?

Xacid Practice. (55 comments)

I can't tell if this is a serious article or not. Practice really is the hardest part of learning to type quickly. I don't think I've seen a kid with a cellphone who couldn't type furiously at it because it's all they've known and they all pretty much have a mobile device these days. Is there really such a demand for such a thing? I really don't see it. What I think the limitation is now is more of an interface problem than a user problem. Consider a good implementation of a swype-like interface versus a touch interface - I can type substantially faster on the swype-like interface after about 2 weeks of practice.

about 6 months ago
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Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

Xacid Good times, good times (187 comments)

Strangely, the classes I remember the most were in those trailers. Those teachers seemed to have a lot more autonomy and utilized it. "The whole class is looking tired - let's go for a walk around the trailers to get some fresh air while I continue the discussion." It's also plausible that it's entirely psychological in that I only remember them more because it was that different of an environment. I do seem to recall, however, the teachers who had those wanted to be out there and made the most of it.

As for the air quality - I know this isnt practical for all climates but we often simply...left the doors open and enjoyed the weather. I wonder if doing that periodically solves this whole "toxic air" problem.

about 7 months ago
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Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht's Next Court Date Set For November

Xacid Re:paste this to cut the BETA (77 comments)

"Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention." ...we already got their attention. Why is everyone still beating the dead horse after our concerned have been acknowledged. I'm fairly certain the point has been made - and clearly. Now it's the people doing all the "fuckbeta" nonsense continuously that's pushing me away from this site - not beta itself.

about 10 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Xacid Am I the only one who disagrees? (533 comments)

"Grimm says, 'I love code. I dream of code. I enjoy code. I find writing high quality code deeply satisfying. I feel the same way about helping others write code they can feel proud of."

How is that not passionate?

Anywho, I feel like everyone who is bashing on the desire for passion has just become so jaded in a Dilbert-world that it's just ripped that passion out of them.

Here's my stance though - I'm a huge fan of the passion criteria. It's not the only thing we're looking for but it's a major component. Why? Because we can always train technical skills. Personalities we can't really tweak too much. We need tinkerers, people who like solving problems, who can be geeks like the rest of us. This focus has created a really awesome culture here where innovation is more than some corporate buzzword for more money. We actually just want to make cool shit because we think it's cool. We're all compensated just fine for our efforts. What's awesome is being able to say "what if we..." and being able to find someone who can get as excited to work on this as you are. Now, this is a quality we all look for within our teams so it's not JUST some management demand - and maybe this is what the difference is?

about a year ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

Xacid Re:Affects all engineers... (462 comments)

Got a link to any current job postings for such?

about a year ago
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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

Xacid Re:Crime does pay (111 comments)

And this is why we can't have nice things.

about a year ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

Xacid Marketing (559 comments)

Marketing is where they failed horribly with the Wii U. I wasn't even entirely clear on if the Wii U was a brand new system or some new add-on up until recently. The idea of *why* anyone needs this in their home is being entirely ignored it seems. I love the Nintendo brand and I'd hate to see them go the way of Sega. However....that time seems to be quickly approaching.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Xacid Re:Don't go to college, it's clearly not for you (384 comments)

I would LOVE to be able to write exams on a computer. Never occurred to me to even ask for that as an option. I always just kind of assumed they'd tell me to shove it.

about a year ago
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CIA Pays AT&T Millions To Voluntarily Provide Call Data

Xacid Re:What does AT&T get in return? (107 comments)

I've actually seen Verizon in much higher usage in that realm than AT&T. I'm sure there's a similar arrangement with them.

about a year ago
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Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Xacid "They were bound to fail" (375 comments)

Kids bypassing security is a total failure for this program? Come onnnn. If anything it's giving them a reason to want to use them more and learn a little something about technology and security. But I guess they're not satisfied unless they have properly trained obedient creatures, not humans with the ability to think for themselves.

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

Xacid Re:... Keyboard shortcuts are news? (506 comments)

I want to shake my fist in frustration over the quality control here but I find myself thinking "damn, how did I go this long without knowing that?".

So thanks and all but...damn. Someone go build a Beowulf cluster out of gameboys so we can get some good news back.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

Xacid Re:Assume worst case scenarios (273 comments)

And yeah, definitely encrypt your drives. Pretend your thief is as nerdy as any of us.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

Xacid Re:Assume worst case scenarios (273 comments)

With that said - check out Prey if you haven't heard of it already: http://preyproject.com/

Pretty handy stuff for handling a situation where your gear gets stolen.

about a year and a half ago
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Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

Xacid Re:I'm tired of these articles (335 comments)

I wont lie...I was in that boat until reading this post. I haven't really been following the console market and from what I have seen it looked like the WiiU was actually some new controller for the Wii.

about a year and a half ago

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Blockbuster aims to fill Netflix/Qwikster void

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""On a 1 p.m. press conference on Friday afternoon, Dish Networks is expected to announce a new Blockbuster-branded streaming video service to compete with Netflix. This shouldn't come as a big surprise. Dish bought Blockbuster out of bankruptcy back in April and has undoubtedly been waiting for the right time to bring the brick-and-mortar brand back into the fray. With Netflix flailing in its efforts to quell a customer rebellion and spin off its DVD-by-mail business into the confusingly rebranded Qwikster service, that time is definitely now. Though the details about how exactly a Dish/Blockbuster service will work remain blurry, everyone has their own speculative ideas about how to beat Netflix while its down. "

Well, that didn't take long, did it?"

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Julian Assange back in court to fight extradition

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes "An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought on Tuesday to block his extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, arguing that Swedish authorities' case is flawed.
Defense attorney Ben Emmerson said that Assange's case rests on several points — among them that the European arrest warrant issued against him inaccurately described what happened and that, given that the 40-year-old Australian is only wanted for questioning, extraditing him would be disproportionate."

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Air Force Launches New Tactical Military Satellite

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""The United States Air Force successfully launched a new battlefield reconnaissance satellite Wednesday night (June 29), a spacecraft designed to deliver fast and accurate images and information to American soldiers on the ground.

The ORS-1 satellite blasted off atop a Minotaur 1 rocket at 11:09 p.m. EDT (0309 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va. The rocket launch lit up the late-night sky, with reports of skywatchers seeing the Minotaur 1 rocket from hundreds of miles away, including sightings from New York City and Washington, D.C.""

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AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The combined customer base of this upcoming behemoth will be 130 million humans, though the agreed deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it'll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy — if they get through, the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States — but we don't have to wait that long to start discussing life with only three major US carriers. AT&T envisions it as a rosy garden of "straightforward synergies" thanks to a set of "complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations.""

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps this wont be welcomed with open arms to the Slashdot crowd. Personally, I'm a bit disappointed as I was just recently considering switching to T-Mobile to get away from AT&T. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, I suppose."

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"The silver lining of Japan’s earthquake"

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""No one – least of all someone like myself who has experienced the existential terror of California’s regular tremors and knows the big one is coming here next – would minimize the grief, suffering, and disruption caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

But if one can look past the devastation, there is a silver lining. The need to rebuild a large swath of Japan will create huge opportunities for domestic economic growth, particularly in energy-efficient technologies, while also stimulating global demand and hastening the integration of East Asia.""

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Apple moves to stop kids racking up iTunes bills

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""Apple Inc. has changed how purchases inside iPhone and iPad games are authorized after customers complained that their kids were racking up hundreds of dollars worth of charges.
The issue was that after a user entered his or her iTunes password on a device, the device didn't prompt for the password again for 15 minutes. Any purchases, whether in the iTunes store or inside kid-friendly games such as "The Smurf's Village," went through without a new password prompt.
This meant that parents who handed over their iPhones or iPads to their kids were sometimes shocked by large purchases of "Smurfberries" and other virtual bling.""

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Foxconn iWonder Android tablet to sell for $100

Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xacid (560407) writes ""Looking to spend some quality time with Google Android, but don’t feel like plunking down the cash for a smartphone and then shelling out more money each month for a data plan? I already told you about one relatively affordable option this week: The Archos 5 Internet tablet which starts at just $250. But Taiwanese PC maker Foxconn has an Android-powered tablet that cuts that price in half twice."

Interesting competitor to the iPad. Definitely not a prize fighter, but certainly a viable option for those looking for a similar device on a budget.

More details on the gadget here:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/18/iwonder-why-the-logo-is-upside-down/
http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/02/iwonder-tablet.html"

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Xacid Xacid writes  |  more than 12 years ago ...needs more support from software makers instead of depending on emulators. Also needs more user friendly features for dealing with file structure...

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