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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

XxtraLarGe Re:beta tester now? (185 comments)

I wasn't all that happy with Lion, to the point that I rolled back to 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion was useable.

I completely skipped over Lion, and only had Mountain Lion because it came on the new iMac I got via AppleCare when my old iMac died. I've since upgraded to Mavericks on both the iMac and my MacBook pro, and it's been pretty solid. In fact, my iMac now runs better since upgrading, which isn't what I was expecting. I bought an old MacBook for my mom which I will be loading with Snow Leopard, which should be good enough for her.

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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

XxtraLarGe Ignore the man behind the curtain! (95 comments)

Nicholas Carr argues that such data-based social engineering 'will tend to perpetuate existing social structures and dynamics' and 'encourage us to optimize the status quo rather than challenge it.'

That's the goal. As long as there's enough bread and circuses to go around, the social engineers can make the masses dance to their tune.

2 days ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

XxtraLarGe Re:Its not about saftey (250 comments)

Funny how the media always leave the informative bit for the last paragraph.

They know most people don't read the articles all the way to the end. Just like corrections and retractions of articles aren't put on the front page.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

XxtraLarGe Re:Lobbying aside (421 comments)

While that sounds nice in theory but for most people it doesn't make any different. For example say you get back $2,000 from your tax return. If you intend on saving you could keep in your weekly check that money and put it in an interest barring account and come out ahead. but when your saving account is paying 0.1% interest you are making less then $2 by doing so. $2 a year for most people isn't even worth time time to figure out the proper withholding. And don't tell me about the stock market or similar where i am putting my money at risk. so until interest rates go to a sane level its just not worth it.

Unless of course you're one of the unwashed masses that has an abundance of credit card debt. Using that extra money to pay off your debts more quickly can give you a great return, at least in the sense that you'd LOSE less money.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

XxtraLarGe Re:Lobbying aside (421 comments)

On the one hand, filing Return-free filing would be a nice option...on the other, I like that people have to take the time to notice how much money Uncle Sam is taking.

Most of them only look at how much they're getting back, which is the majority of people. If you really wanted it to sink in, you'd need to end paycheck income tax withholding and actually have them write a check on April 15.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

XxtraLarGe Re:I think he's right... (292 comments)

Silly - there is plenty of things to discover - but you only get a peak at it after your rocket lands on Alpha Centauri!

Glad somebody caught the reference. I was worried there for a moment somebody would take me seriously! ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

XxtraLarGe I think he's right... (292 comments)

After all, the only thing left to discover after Nanotechnology & Nuclear Fusion is Future Technology. Then what?

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

XxtraLarGe Re:Wearable device feasibility (180 comments)

There are many people I know who dislike bluetooth headphones just because after a while they get tired from sychronising them with the device, finding the proper frequency, there is noise and interference and whatever have you.

What bluetooth headphones are these people using? I've only had to pair mine once with each device I use it with, and never had to mess with changing frequencies. I have to charge it once a week for like 2 hours, but that's a fair trade-off for not having a wire attached.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

XxtraLarGe Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

That's Slashdot's angle this year. Post studies that seem too stupid to be true but actually are. What better way to fool everyone? :-D

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

XxtraLarGe Re:13 deaths? (518 comments)

These busy bodies are just thinking too small.

A lot of the world's problems could be solved by banning busybodies. ;-)

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

XxtraLarGe Re:How about (285 comments)

Anyone who eats a pepper based just on how chemically hot it feels is an idiot, or in their twenties, but I repeat myself.

Or maybe they just enjoy the endorphin rush...

about a month ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

XxtraLarGe Sriracha (285 comments)

I grew curious about Sriracha sauce after seeing it mentioned in several places, so I bought some a few weeks back after trying the Sriracha sauce on a Subway sub.

My wife & I have been getting Smart Ones because a) they're cheap and b) we're trying to lose weight. The big down side is that they are pretty bland for the most part, so I've been dousing them with Sriracha.

It's nice & spicy, without being overwhelming. The other thing I like about it is that it's not runny like other hot sauces. It has a thicker consistency, like ketchup. I was a little surprised though to find out that it's only between 1000-2500 on the Scoville scale.

about a month ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

XxtraLarGe Re:Wales full response (517 comments)

Personally, my father is a professor researching the effectiveness of 'alternative medicine', specifically massage & chiropractic techniques for back pain versus pain killers. His research has shown it's effective for back pain, but it's still called alternative medicine right now. What it won't do is cure cancer.

I go to a chiropractor for neck & back issues. I typically go once or twice a month, though I haven't been for a couple of months due to working extra jobs. It does wonders for getting kinks out & un-pinching nerves. I have some trouble spots that feel much better after an adjustment. I think where chiropractic gets into trouble is with some of their other claims, like helping allergies, etc. I have allergies too, and as far as I can tell, chiropractic has never done anything to help them. I think they should stick to the neck & back claims, because really that should be enough.

about a month ago
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How 3D Printer Maker Aleph Objects Pushes the Open Source Envelope

XxtraLarGe Wouldn't it be smarter... (51 comments)

To patent and then just openly license? It would prevent others from trying to sue then if their patents were already established, rather than having to go through the process of fighting off a patent troll and attempting to establish prior art.

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

XxtraLarGe Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

I have missed the two #12 over #5 upsets. I should have went ahead and picked the 12 seeds based on historical performance of that seed, but that was not part of my algorithm. Looking back it should have been. Maybe next year I get the Billion!

I have an office pool, and I'm currently 15/16 (though soon to be 15/17 if Mercer pulls the upset). Unfortunately, I decided to get a little cute in the Billion Dollar Brackets and pick WMU to take Syracuse, and Ohio State to beat Dayton. :-/

about a month ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

XxtraLarGe Re:Thieves (227 comments)

Thieves often place stolen goods nearby so they can retrieve them later

But is it really theft if they didn't actually "take" it? If you're at the store, and you take a jar of peanut butter and later place it on the shelf of the produce aisle, did you shoplift?

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

XxtraLarGe Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

Tell that to Nate Silver.

Nate Silver is already out of the running. He picked Ohio State and has them going to the Sweet 16.

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

XxtraLarGe Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

I'm a methematician

Is that what they're calling cooks these days?

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

XxtraLarGe Very timely... (76 comments)

Great to post this now, since the deadline for entering was 3/20/2014 @ 1 AM. :-/

about a month ago

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John McAfee Wanted for Murder

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about a year and a half ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye."
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Codecademy Now Offering Python

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about a year and a half ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "I received this e-mail from Codecademy yesterday:

Today, we're pleased to announce the arrival of a new programming language: Python!

Python is a great language with applications in many different fields. Its clean, readable syntax makes it a favorite for beginning programmers – say goodbye to all of those braces and semicolons.

Python is currently in use at places like Google, NASA, and Disney Animation. Also, it has an active community of developers and offers great module support — this means you can easily use code that others have written to accomplish all kinds of tasks!

Codecademy originally started out by offering JavaScript. I wonder if this is a move to try and become a serious competitor to Udacity?"

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Playing Video Games Makes Kids More Creative

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "A study by Michigan State University finds that kids who play video games are more creative. FTA: "Not only are (video games) not all bad, there's some 'intellectual' good to be found in playing them," says the project's lead investigator Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology at Michigan State. "We are the first to look at creativity and technology use, finding that no other technologies except video games was positively related to creativity.""
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Al Gore confirms new iPhones in October

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apparently there will be an iPhone 5 and a cheaper iPhone 4s, which will be Apple's budget offering to compete with cheaper Android phones. Al Gore was quick to note that this was a plug. FTA:

"Adding heavy weight to the rumors that Apple plans to release more than one new iPhone model this year, former Vice President Al Gore, a member of Apple’s board of directors, said today that Apple has “new iPhones” due for an October release, reports The Next Web. Gore’s statement, which confirms long-standing rumors of multiple iPhone models set to come out this year, was made today during the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit (DILS) in South Africa."

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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Apple released a security update yesterday (May 31) designed to rid Macs of the menacing MacDefender malware that has plagued users for nearly a month. But mere hours after the update, cybercriminals released a new variant of the malware that easily defeated Apple's belated security efforts.

That didn't take long..."

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Configuring a MacBook for a High School Grad?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "My stepson just graduated high school last week, and for his graduation gift we're buying him a MacBook. We plan to buy him the 2.13 GHz model. He will be studying computer animation & graphic design next Fall, and they use Macs in many of his classes. I need some advice on RAM, HD & setting up Boot Camp, and setting up user accounts.
  • RAM: This model comes with 2 1GB SO-DIMMs. Will this be sufficient, or do I need to upgrade? I know Apple's RAM is pretty expensive ($90 for 2 2GB SO-DIMMs), but I haven't found any deals on RAM that were a lot cheaper. I'm thinking it will just be more convenient to have it shipped with 4 GB unless I can save some money.
  • HD & Boot Camp: This model comes with a 160 GB HD. I plan to install Vista, I'd like him to have the Windows option if he has any classes that require windows specific hardware. Will this HD be sufficient for 2 OS's, or should I drop another $45 to get a 250 GB HD? How big of a partition should I give it for Vista & MS Office?
  • User Accounts: Should I create 2 user accounts (one admin & one standard user), or should I just set his normal account as the Admin. The only experience he has is on computers where he's a standard user and doesn't have any admin rights. I don't want him accidentally installing any Trojans, etc.
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Apple's iPhone emerges as gaming platform

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 5 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Could the iPhone and iPod Touch pose a real threat to the DS & PSP? From the article: "Some say the iPhone's unique features — GPS capability, connectivity, a touch screen — and sheer variety of content gives it an edge over its more established handheld console competition, Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP." I found a few games I already own for the DS for the iPhone & iPod Touch on the iTunes store for about $5 versus the minimum $20 that you'd pay for the DS. After seeing this, I've decided to sell my DS and use my iPod Touch as my mobile gaming device of choice."
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Will Web 2.0 efforts help candidates in Iowa?

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "How much impact will the internet have in tonight's Iowa caucuses? According to ComputerWorld:

"Some candidates — most notably Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — are using the Internet effectively to translate grass-roots support into successful fundraising. But Paul and most of the other candidates (with the possible exception of Obama) have failed to translate online interest in social networks like MySpace and Facebook into offline efforts to gain votes."
The question is, how can they say this before any actual results have been reported?"

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Apple, AT&T unveil monthly iPhone plans

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "Apple and AT & T have unveiled pricing for the iPhone, and it seems very reasonable. $59.99 gets you 450 minutes, 5000 night & weekend minutes, plus includes Unlimited data, Visual Voice Mail, 200 SMS text messages, Rollover minutes and unlimited Mobile to Mobile. Other plans are $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1350 minutes. A nice chart can be seen here."
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As both a technician for my college's Distance Learning program and as an avid gamer, I have been tasked with investigating Second Life as a possible way for us to extend and enhance our online classes. I've done a lot of research, reading about what other schools have done. While I personally think it is a really cool idea, I am somewhat skeptical of the actual practicality and value of what seems to be a glorified chat room. I'd like to hear from other Slashdotters about their education experience in Second Life particularly if you've been involved in setting up any online classes or taken any online classes. What sort of training would be required for faculty, etc., and is it really worth it?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "As if coffee wasn't enough, now it seems that we can look forward to caffeinated doughnuts and bagles. According to the AP "Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee." Dr. Bohannon claims it took a while to come up with flavors that would mask the bitter taste from caffeine. Now he has a placeholder web site trying to hock it off to chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme & Starbucks. Would you really want a "buzzed" doughnut to go with your double espresso in the morning?"
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XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XxtraLarGe writes "According to Reuters: Yale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in several languages, in an effort to make the elite private school more accessible. The 18-month pilot project will provide videos, syllabi and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year. They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of Physics" and "Introduction to Political Philosophy." The courses won't be for credit, but still it's a pretty good show of support for distance learning as the wave of the future."

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Ron Paul conspicuous by his absence on Slashdot

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 6 years ago The guy raises $6.1 million in a single day on the Internet. His campaign is based largely on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, and Meetup. I realize Slashdot doesn't want to turn into Digg or Reddit, but when somebody does something this monumental, why isn't it reported? If a presidential candidate running a campaign largely on the internet breaks a single day fundraising record isn't "News For Nerds" then I don't know what is.

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