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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

XxtraLarGe Is this a rhetorical question? (267 comments)

It's about control. Why else would the government mandate it?

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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

XxtraLarGe My coworker had a bad experience (550 comments)

He had Lasik and they messed up, but it was partly due to a pre-existing issue he had with his eyes. Now he has to take some medicine & eye drops every day.

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

XxtraLarGe Re:The war on drugs failed only.... (474 comments)

...if its goal was to prevent drug usage.

It's been a rousing success for the law enforcement and prison industries though!

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

XxtraLarGe Finally! (474 comments)

This is one of the most messed-up issues in the history of humanity. Hopefully we'll see an end to the insane war on drugs in our lifetime! Drugs are made more dangerous by being illegal, I don't know why so few of us in the United States didn't learn the lesson from alcohol prohibition.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

XxtraLarGe Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

But I took nothing past Calculus (and have never professionally used even Trigonometry), and I'm a successful programmer, so I think math is unnecessary.

What sort of programming do you do? You can write code without doing any trig or calc, but I don't think you can do anything REALLY interesting without *some* math.

about a month ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

XxtraLarGe Tesla is soooo yesterday! (78 comments)

I'm going to visit the museum in an Elio!

Yes Slashdot, I even left your gclid in the URL so you get another ad credit for each click. :-P

about a month ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

XxtraLarGe Re:Python for learning? Good choice. (415 comments)

I'm a C++ programmer by trade but there's no way I'd wish that language on a student

Agreed. Its not a learning language.

I learned to program with C++, you insensitive clod! And we had to write our own stacks, heaps and vectors without using the standard library, and that's the way we liked it!

about a month and a half ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

XxtraLarGe Re:$300 for a GPU (210 comments)

Meanhile, the end result doesn't look THAT much better than the PS3, with its measly GeForce 7900 series.

I actually bought it for my PS3, and the graphic quality seems pretty good to me. Of course, I'm more about the game play than anything else.

It's pretty fun, but a lot more driving & gunplay than I was expecting, and there's no real feeling of consequence.

It's easy to get good karma simply by catching criminals, and if you accidentally kill a bystander, it's a minor hit to your karma. I'd expect it to tank, but it doesn't. Hacking people's bank accounts seems to not have any effect, which seems like it should. It would be nice if they had offered a white hat/black hat path that you could take.

Also, if you want, it's pretty easy to level up right away by simply doing the criminal detections and hacking everyone in site in order to buy 5-star weapons from the get go. There doesn't seem to be an XP cap on the criminal investigations, and they're always worth the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

XxtraLarGe Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

Something seems really, really off kilter if so many of us see the federal government's law enforcement agencies as the enemy.

Floods can help to irrigate land and forest fires clear away deadfalls, but I don't think many would say the positives outweigh the negatives.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

XxtraLarGe Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

Yes, yes it was. It was an accident of circumstance and genetics.

Guess what? ABG's right, you're wrong. I'm fat, and it's my fault. I'm a victim of my own decisions, not a victim of circumstance and genetics. I drink too much pop/energy drinks, eat too much fast food, and don't exercise enough. But that's my fault, not anybody else's.

No matter what your genetics -OR- your circumstances are, you are ultimately in control of what kinds of food you shovel into your mouth and what kinds of activities you do. Making obesity a disability is only going to encourage more people to become fat so they can get on the gravy train. If you want to truly see an obesity epidemic, this is a great way to cause one.

about 2 months ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

XxtraLarGe They're missing the root cause of the root cause (209 comments)

Instead of trying to get rid of the money causing the corruption, why not get rid of the power that attracts the money that causes the corruption?

about 2 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

XxtraLarGe Re:Overthinking it. (199 comments)

It seems to be broken at the moment. I've unchecked it and re-checked it, and still get ads showing up.

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

XxtraLarGe Re:They're nuts but right (1374 comments)

We already have proximity keys on automobiles. How often do they let people down? How often are people locked out of their car because the key doesn't work? Not often enough for it to be an issue. But then car owners aren't nearly so hysterical as gun nuts.

You're missing the bigger picture. After all new guns are "smart" guns, the next step is a remote kill switch.

about 4 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

XxtraLarGe Re:A failure... (251 comments)

...of our corporate-controlled government. I'm sure the insurance companies have it set up so they make out like bandits no matter what happens.

All the better reason to not force people to buy insurance from them.

about 4 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

XxtraLarGe Re:beta tester now? (201 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.

about 4 months ago

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John McAfee Wanted for Murder

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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 5 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  |  more than 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 7 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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