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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Zelig Re:You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200 (447 comments)

My suggestion was two kegs, two pigs, and have a block party. That'd get big and cheap. Let the relatives know in advance, and they can bring sides and dessert. :)

about 3 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Zelig Re:Hedge (238 comments)

why would they then turn around and be hypocrites by ruining the very reason they're moving intro infrastucture to begin with?

Run like a reformer. Rule like an incumbent.

Not saying that's what they've got in mind, but that's why you'd betray the principles you espoused while trying to gain power.

about 8 months ago

Our Education System Is Failing IT

Zelig Heck yes... (306 comments)

Most of the folks in IT are Operators of Interfaces.

about 9 months ago

Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

Zelig No images anywhere? (408 comments)

This thread is useless without pics.

about a year ago

Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Zelig He states some risks well... (537 comments)

Hadas most trenchant point is that governments will oppose Bitcoin if it becomes successful. He's correct, and his analysis is isomorphic with "The neighborhood thugs will rough you up if you conduct business without paying them protection".

This is an important concern; but not a reason to stop.

about a year ago

Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

Zelig Well, we're on to stage 3... (394 comments)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you. Then they fight you, then you win.

about a year ago

One-Time Pad From Caltech Offers Uncrackable Cryptography

Zelig Shades of WarGames... (192 comments)


about a year and a half ago

Assembling Your Own 3D Printer

Zelig Re:3D printers suck (129 comments)

1) You can't get something CNC for that.

2) Harbor freight (1.5K mill linked to below) doesn't sell tools, they sell tool _kits_. If you're not prepared to disassemble, align, and otherwise fix all the stuff they busted, you're screwed. I'm a half-owner of one, I know.

3) Tool pathing is still expensive / highly skilled. At your price point, you can't just turn a 3D model into a path that a mill can make.

4) Design constraints are different for the two. You can't mill internal voids.

None of which is to say I think the current batch of filament deposition printers are adequate... I've got one of them too, at our Hackerspace in Gainesville. Once they get the plastic printers sufficiently precise that they can turn out e.g. kitchen appliance replacement parts, we'll have gotten somewhere serious.

But your combo requires a bunch of skill to operate, and skill-less object production is kind of the point.

more than 2 years ago

From Austria, the World's Smallest 3D Printer

Zelig Re:Hmmm... Makerbot? (120 comments)

Makerbot's got way worse resolution, and is a bloody bear to calibrate.

The newer version appears to be better than the one we bought and built, but so far all the depositional printers I've messed with seem good for building other printer parts and little toys.

This laser-based one has far better precision and resolution.

more than 3 years ago

Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

Zelig Means other than chemical... (542 comments)

The author of the original article is presumedly no dummy, and I agree with his analysis as far as it goes. But he makes no attempt to discuss travel powered by something other than chemical rockets you bring along.

VASIMIR is one alternative, which will indeed gain efficiencies from Moore's law (extremely rapid adjustments to optmiize magnetic field?).

The juice to run that can come from nukes or solar...

Chemical fuels are a barrier to chemical propulsion, that's all.

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

Zelig What about anti-elitism? (385 comments)

A founding principle of Wikipedia is the specific rejection of established credentialing.


Unless the wikipedians explicitly reject this principle, and somehow translate "real world" credentials into sway in the wiki, I don't see why any academic would bother.

more than 3 years ago

Things Get Worse at Fukushima

Zelig Remote Extensionals? (1122 comments)

I've been wondering, as we watch this problem evolve, why they didn't insert robotic remote hands ASAP. This is Japan, after all. What am I missing?

more than 3 years ago

Biotech Company Making Fossil Fuels With a 'Library' of Bacteria

Zelig Sadly, no progress since last year? (386 comments)

They were saying, in July 2009, http://gigaom.com/cleantech/the-solar-biofuel-hybrid-joule-biotechnologies-launches/ that they were going to build a pilot plant in 2010, and have the initial commercial-scale plant up in 2012.

All through 2010, their press releases talk about awards and management, funding and P.R. I would have expected "Pilot plant ground broken", "Pilot plant going online", "Pilot plant now giving free diesel to all plant employees, outside customers can pay $1.00 per gallon at plant filling station...".

What a work bennie that would be!

about 4 years ago

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

Zelig Re:What's that old saw? (390 comments)



That's what you're remembering.

about 5 years ago

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

Zelig Re:Terrorism (779 comments)

Since they demonstrate the tactical capacity to put a bunch of people in a place, at a time, without law enforcement getting a sniff of it beforehand.

Don't think of it as terrorism per se: think of it as a people-organizing toolset, and it ought to terrify any police state who's paying attention. To the extent the US behaves like a police state, this is a threat.

Take a look at Improv Everywhere's Cell Phone Symphony. Heck, much of what IE does is militarily relevant. It says, "We're a bunch of peaceful clowns. But if we'd wanted to get you, you'd have been got". It says "Your security theater is irrelevant".

more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

Zelig Re:Hit the nail on the head (1127 comments)

You're conflating a 'customer-support' interaction with the criticism role. I won't dispute that lots of linuxy and open-sourcey communities are not safe for tenderfeet: you're absolutely right.

But it's a different topic.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

Zelig Maybe Linux needs more trolling journalists? (1127 comments)

From mailing lists and public bug trackers, my sense is that there are plenty of critics, and they are frequently able to find the right place to criticize.

I think that the extent of criticism within the system reduces the need for lobbying in the press to get your pet peeve addressed.

more than 5 years ago

Getting Paid To Abandon an Open Source Project?

Zelig Re:The dark side (tm) (654 comments)

A non-compete in perpetuity is really really cheap for them; they pay you for ... how long? and you're taken out of the game permanently? No deal. Offer exclusive rights to your project-Q time, for as long as they pay you $whatever weekly, plus a six-month grace period.

more than 6 years ago

Nominations Open For "Most Likely to be Shut Down By Government"

Zelig Software radio... (629 comments)

The GNU software radio project


is a good candidate. It proposes to let you make electromagnetic waves in a manner not subject to prior restraint by the FCC, and without the back-doors intelligence agencies have on many current means of communications.

This is naughty.

more than 6 years ago


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