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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

able1234au Re:The Economist (282 comments)

Actually while Reddit has a lot of rubbish, it also has a lot of good content and good intelligent contributors. Also the ranking system that puts good answers to the top does usually work and while the linear approach of slashdot has some merit, in slashdot we end up with "frist post" rubbish up the top and you have to wade through content to get to the good stuff. So i miss Usenet too, but usenet was about the contributors, and they are on Reddit.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

able1234au Re:The Economist (282 comments)

Tablets are great for simple browsing. Most of my use of my iPad is casual browsing the web and reading books. It goes in the toilet with me but i guess i should steralise it a bit more often. The reading experience is different to a laptop. You would think it would be the same but it is not. Form and function i guess.

2 days ago
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Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

able1234au Re:Dwarf-like? (63 comments)

Not really news? Guess that is why you are not a journalist. Once they discover the many other dwarf planets then it will stop being news but a finding like this is a big deal. The other dwarf planets are not confirmed. Until then, this is newsworthy as it is confirmation of that hypothesis.

We keep finding more comets and they are relatively common but most of them are news and there are multiple newsworthy comets a year reported (and many other little ones not reported).

about three weeks ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

able1234au Re:get real (320 comments)

and then the text is searchable, which the audio is not. If someone uses certain keywords then up the priority and keep the raw audio for them.

How much processing is required to do the speech->text? A fair bit i assume, and having heard many calls where i can't understand the other person then speech->text won't work.

about 1 month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

able1234au Re: How about... Malaysia? (320 comments)

perhaps with the lost Malaysian flight they know where it is but can't say so they don't reveal the capability. or.. they don't know.

about 1 month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

able1234au 3D support? (170 comments)

What about 3D screen support for VLC? I haven't been able to get that working. I am using Windows 8.1 and NVIDIA with a shutter style glasses and 120MHz screen.

about a month ago
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New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

able1234au They have 20 years (109 comments)

...to fix it.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Internet of Things Is More 1876 Than 1995

able1234au Re:2014 won't be the year of Internet of Things (142 comments)

I think the main value will be in the interface. My dishwasher, washing machine etc have rudimentary interfaces. Just as TV's used to have controls which moved to the remotes (some TVs do not operate without a remote), the same thing will happen to devices. Those interfaces on the device are expensive so there is a saving there.

The other, perhaps more useful thing, is to make them better at power saving. The smarter the device, the easier it is to intelligently reduce power consumption. That is something that could pay for itself.

In our house we have light bulbs controllable from an iphone because.... well, i dunno. But as we start to do this stuff, people will come up with ideas on how things can work together more intelligently, eg, letting the airconditioner know i am home and adjust accordingly. It could be like 3D TV or it could not. Sometimes you work out the full use after you build it.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Seeks the Holy Grail of Search Engines

able1234au Re: Why invest so much money in this... (78 comments)

Agree with that. The other concern i have is that i want results only after 2011, for example chasing up statistics/surveys and looking for relevant ones, I constant find results from, say 2005. But because the site it is on refreshes the container for the content, it looks like new content. Note an easy thing to solve but perhaps google can hash the content, excluding the framework, and work out the true age of the content.

This issue was not a problem when everything googled was new, but after ten years we are getting the old and new mixed in together. Give it another ten years and the problem will be much worse.

Refining searches, as you detail above, is something that not everyone needs but when you DO need it, it is frustrating not to be able to be exact.

about 2 months ago
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Fiction Bestsellers

able1234au Re:can it explain... (146 comments)

I get that, but 50 shades is badly written sex. There is no shortage of better written books that will steam up your glasses.

about 3 months ago
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Fiction Bestsellers

able1234au Re:can it explain... (146 comments)

What Snyder did for screenplays was fine. He helped writers understand a structure. The problem was management being risk averse and insisting that all movies follow the Cat even in some cases to the exact minute. Management not knowing their industry and so constraining script writers from doing what they do best. It is the same problem where one successfully movie comes out and suddenly there are lots of copies in the same genre simply because that is lower risk. None of this is Snyder's fault. One reason i do not watch many Hollywood movies. I find foreign language movies and indie movies much more interesting, unpredictable and refreshing.

about 3 months ago
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Fiction Bestsellers

able1234au Re:can it explain... (146 comments)

That's classic. I would prefer to read the book on the marketing campaign. It is original, brilliantly executed and delivered results. Forget the original book.

about 3 months ago
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Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

able1234au Re:Some more explaination (73 comments)

requires some rare post-supernova event to supply the neutron star with stellar-mass quantities of fresh gas.

Such as a binary star where one goes supernova and somehow the binary is not destroyed? Perhaps a binary with a long period? Though imagine that the binary pair would be destroyed or ejected. What is another example that might do this?

about 3 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

able1234au Re:Revisionism much? (123 comments)

I stand corrected on Korea. According to various sources including http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Division_of_Korea it was

> On August 10, 1945 two young colonels, Dean Rusk and Charles Bonesteel, supervised by Brigadier General George Lincoln, working on extremely short notice, proposed the 38th parallel as the administrative line for the two armies.

So 5 days before the end of the war. The soviets had troops in Korea and the U.S. did not. While the detail of Korea's split was not done at Yalta it seems in line with the split of Germany, Austria and in line with what Stalin wanted for Japan. Is there any evidence the U.S. expected to occupy all of Korea or that Korea was even much on its mind at the time of Yalta? ...and what point are you trying to make? Other than being obnoxious?

about 4 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

able1234au Re:Revisionism much? (123 comments)

The agreements to split Korea and Germany were made well in advance. The zones were planned. In Germany the allies had to evacuate certain areas as they were in the Soviet zone. The only reason the frontline resembled the final zones was because Eisenhower did not want to waste energy taking areas that they would not be administering later on. This is why he had no interest in taking Berlin, though Churchill saw it as a potential bargaining chip.

about 4 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

able1234au Re:Captured at the end of the War (123 comments)

Read up on the Okinawa campaign and how costly that was. There was no indication that the Japanese would have surrendered without the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the invasion of Japan would create a much higher potential loss of military and civilians on both sides. Morally there is no difference between a nuclear bomb and conventional bombing. Dead is dead.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had the effect of saving the Japanese from themselves. They were preparing to have civilians attack the invaders with pitchforks, spears and machetes. Imagine how that would have gone. The "they would have surrendered without the bomb" argument is a more recent one. The U.S. expected to be fighting into 1946 and so did the Japanese. The loss due to starvation would probably have exceeded military losses.

The moral issues on the bomb came up after the war. Particularly when we realised there were enough bombs to wipe out humanity, and still are. Also, there has been a lot of whitewashing of the Japanese since the war. If you read up on their actions in China and the Pacific you will probably feel a lot less sorry for them. Their humanity was severely lacking. Luckily it is a different story today. But the Japanese do not fully acknowledge what they did in the war and a lot of the history is not taught to the young. This contrasts with Germany which basically acknowledged what was done and set about purging it from society. That is not the Japanese way, though.

about 4 months ago
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How Heroin Addicts Helped Scientists Link Pesticides and Parkinson's

able1234au One example (109 comments)

My stepfather was a banana farmer and exposed to some nasty chemicals. He has parkinsons and blames the pesticides. So reading this seems to support his belief. Just one data point and proves nothing, but personally interesting.

about 5 months ago
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Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

able1234au Re:A link between DPR and an early Bitcoiner (172 comments)

Not really. It is an imaginary currency mainly set up by crooks. I see no need for it and no trust in it.

about 5 months ago
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Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

able1234au Re:A link between DPR and an early Bitcoiner (172 comments)

Bitcoin is far too small a currency to have any affect on the U.S. dollar. Astroturfers on Slashdot keep posting these stories as if Bitcoin matters. It is a scam and once the governments shut down the illegal transactions it will disappear.

about 5 months ago

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