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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

XxtraLarGe Re:Bad comparaison (126 comments)

They are comparing a global economy (Apps) to a local US market.

If you want to make an Apples to apples comparison (pun intended) when talking about jobs, you'd have to take into account all of the jobs created by European, Bollywood, etc. film industry.

yesterday
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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

XxtraLarGe Re:Passes what? (69 comments)

Wind? Seriously, what's wrong with the word "dies"?

He was eaten by wolves. He was delicious.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

XxtraLarGe Re:It'll never happen (131 comments)

Sufficiently intelligent beings who have learned to travel faster than the speed of light would be totally uninterested in visiting low life forms such as humans.

How do you know that? Maybe they'd be interested in us the same way anthropologists are interested in "less developed" cultures. Perhaps they would be interested in seeing the path we have taken to arrive at our current technological state to see how it compares to their own. Or maybe they'd just want to collect some of us for their intergalactic zoo.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

XxtraLarGe Re:Who is Hugh? (257 comments)

And how does he know what Steve Jobs was expecting?

Easy. He summoned Jobs using a Ouija Board.

yesterday
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

XxtraLarGe Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (232 comments)

Ummm. Are you saying that the peoples' will is to keep the skies over the White House open to drones of all sorts? Really?

Anything Schumer brews up won't be limited to White House airspace. It'll probably make it so you have to get a license from the FAA in order to fly a quadcopter in your yard. And in order to get a license, you'll need 20+ hours of training from a certified training facility, pass an FBI background check, etc.

2 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

XxtraLarGe Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (232 comments)

I really hate politicians. They never seem to actually think about what they are doing, before proposing then doing it.

Trust me, Chuck Schumer knows exactly what he's doing. He never passes up an opportunity to restrict freedom.

2 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

XxtraLarGe Re:Bad economics leads to bad policy (151 comments)

This move by the AG office shows a complete lack of understanding of basic economics.

Have you ever considered the AG office understands exactly what they're doing, and prefer the negative consequences?

2 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

XxtraLarGe Re:Jurassic Park (130 comments)

Unless they're continually supplied with lysine by us, they'll slip into a coma and die.

Life finds a way...

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

XxtraLarGe Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (809 comments)

Same for the Ecoboost. It purrs at idle, but put your foot in it and you hear the horsepower.

I just got a 2015 Ford Explorer, and that's exactly right. I was actually shocked at how quiet it is when it's idling, and how throaty it gets when I hit the gas to pass someone.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

XxtraLarGe Re:Your analogy doesn't hold up (200 comments)

You are comparing students who clearly are there just to get the credit for whatever reason and not pursuing CompSci as a degree to students who are majoring in it. Presumably people who want to learn to code are not just there to show up and retain their Pell grants. I am reading this as a false equivalence logical fallacy. It's also a very negative perspective on the untapped potential of today's youth.

Nobody takes my Java course who *isn't* a Computer Science or Computer Information System major. I don't have business or English lit majors taking my courses. I know this because I have them fill out a survey on the first day, so no, it's not a false equivalence fallacy. But if I were you, I'd have a look at a different fallacy before constructing my arguments.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

XxtraLarGe Re:Here's why this is a bad idea (200 comments)

So if I understand your argument correctly. We would be better off firing you to save money because you are incapable of stimulating or teaching 5/6th of your class to do better?

No, you don't understand my argument at all. Rather it sounds like you're purposely being obtuse about the whole matter, and your opinions are tainted by class envy rather than concern for the individuals. You aren't doing anyone a favor trying to force them to be something they don't want to be simply because it makes you feel good.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

XxtraLarGe Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

Any articles about religion. Will be marked false from the atheists.
Any articles against religion. Will be marked false from all the religious.
The Right will mark false everything that is left leaning.
The Left will mark false everything that is right leaning.

This gives a new meaning to "false flag" operations! :-D

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

XxtraLarGe Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

Slashdot doesn't have a "False" moderation... and it could use one.

Wait, you don't have that option when you moderate? I use it all the time. It works just like overrated & underrated.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

XxtraLarGe Here's why this is a bad idea (200 comments)

I teach Computer Information Systems at a community college, which includes some programming courses (C++, Java, JavaScript & PHP w/MySQL, etc.), and some non-programming courses on general computer use. When I teach a programming course, I teach it with the idea that the students I have need to be competent in order to succeed when they move on to a 4 year college. What ends up happening is about 1/3 will stop coming to class after about the first few weeks of school--just long enough to not have their Pell Grants and other financial taken away. Then they go off to party/play video games/whatever. About another 1/2 will struggle, complain that there's too much homework, that the homework is too hard, but they either don't post messages on the course message board, or they do it the evening before the homework's due. They also tend to skip class if they didn't get the homework done. Then about 1/6 excel in the course. They show up every time, do most of the homework, and try to assist other students who are struggling.

I've been teaching for 5 years now and this has been a consistent pattern. The first & last groups are typically composed of traditional students, and the middle one is mostly non-traditional students. I think the reason why NT students struggle so much is because they're shuttled into CS/CIS but have no technical background. They're told "go into computers, that's where all the jobs are", then they take the classes & struggle. I try to accommodate them as best I can, but there's only so much hand-holding you can do.

So basically from my anecdotal experience, you're going to be pissing away money on about 5/6ths of the students you're sending into the field. The number of successes may increase when this program kicks into gear, but that's not really going to be a good indication. "Why's that?" you ask. The answer is simple: There will be more smart students at community colleges who probably would have gone to a better 4-year school if community college wasn't "free".

I want to see everyone have as much success as possible, but the truth is, some students would be better suited for going straight into the job market rather than go to college. Most of the students in the lower 1/3 I mentioned previously either lack the intelligence, (but mostly) the maturity, or both.

about a week ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

XxtraLarGe Re:Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

I think if the government needs to fine itself, they should refund the money back to the tax payers for services failed to render.

Laws are for other people. When the government does it, it's different. If you think this is bad, just wait until they nationalize the internet under the guise of "net neutrality".

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

XxtraLarGe Re:low requirements (647 comments)

You don't even need a text editor if you use a site such as CodePen.

Who has access to a computer that doesn't have a text editor?!? Even if the default ones that come with Windows or Mac OS X are pretty much throw-aways, there are plenty of free text editors for either one, including NotePad++ for Windows or TextWrangler for the Mac, and Sublime which is available on both.

about a week ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

XxtraLarGe Wife likes Gotham & Walking Dead (148 comments)

It's great when you can share something like shows based on comics with your wife. We watch Agents of Shield and Peggy Carter, which are all pretty good, but my wife could take or leave them. She really likes Gotham & The Walking Dead, which made me happy. It took her several episodes of Walking Dead to get her into it, but she liked Gotham right from the first episode. I tried to get her into Green Arrow & Flash, but she didn't care for them.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

XxtraLarGe Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

"The market" cannot work because of laws that have been pushed by politicians who have been basically bought by lobbyists. Lobbying is just another word for bribery. This used to be illegal and I'm not sure how or why it became legal in the first place.

It's called the 1st Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

about two weeks ago

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Senate Republicans are getting ready to declare war on patent trolls

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  about 2 months ago

XxtraLarGe (551297) writes "Regardless of party affiliation, I think this is probably one thing most of us on Slashdot can applaud:

Republicans are about to take control of the US Senate. And when they do, one of the big items on their agenda will be the fight against patent trolls.

In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined a proposal to stop abusive patent lawsuits. "Patent trolls – which are often shell companies that do not make or sell anything – are crippling innovation and growth across all sectors of our economy," Hatch said.

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John McAfee Wanted for Murder

XxtraLarGe XxtraLarGe writes  |  more than 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  |  more than 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 3 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 3 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  |  about 7 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  |  about 8 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 8 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 7 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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