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Robot Snake Can Climb Trees

allknowingfrog On the one hand... (90 comments)

the idea of constructing robots from modular parts is really cool. On the other hand, I've never found myself in a situation that called for a tree-climbing robot-snake.

more than 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

allknowingfrog Re:Awesome! (355 comments)

True. It's not possible to copyright a fact. However, the question at hand was whether whole articles can be "borrowed." In order to cite facts, someone must be willing to write those facts into a new article. On the other hand, most of these topics are probably covered already in Wikipedia, so maybe a quick citation wouldn't be such a problem after all.

more than 4 years ago
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The Surreal World of Chatroulette

allknowingfrog Is this really that revolutionary? (151 comments)

Is anyone really surprised someone finally offers this service? It's basically omegle with webcams. It's not a real stretch to go from anonymous chatroom to random chatroom to random webchat.

more than 4 years ago
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Yale Switching To Gmail, Not Without Opposition

allknowingfrog Re:Having gone there... (439 comments)

My college actually switched to Gmail recently. The only real problem I've had is that Google confuses my college Gmail calendar with my regular Gmail account. I still haven't figured out how that's even possible.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Console Gaming Dying?

allknowingfrog Re:LAN party (496 comments)

LAN parties are great, but only if you plan to make a day of it. If I could have four computers permanently set up and ready to go, that would definitely beat out a console. Even so, portability is another plus on a console. It's easier to bring the entire party in console form than to bring one computer to the LAN party.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Console Gaming Dying?

allknowingfrog Re:Never Liked Consoles (496 comments)

I think there's something to be said for a tool that's designed for the job though. What I like about the Wii, for example, is the ability to play games with three of my friends and feel like I'm playing with real people. Fraging a guy who's half-way around the world just isn't the same.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

allknowingfrog Re:Live Report (338 comments)

On an engineering feat of this scale, you're bound to encounter some serious obstacles. If Windows 7 suffers a debilitating break-down every other week, will we assume the future is trying to prevent Microsoft from destroying the world? Well...maybe that's a bad example.

more than 4 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

allknowingfrog Re:That's funny, expecting her share? (666 comments)

Pirate: I'd like to borrow some money.
Banker: For what?
Pirate: I'm planning a bank robbery. The return on your investment will be considerable.
Banker: That sounds reasonable...

more than 4 years ago
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NASA, European Space Agency Want To Go To Mars

allknowingfrog Why? (129 comments)

Obviously space exploration has fueled a great deal of technological advancement in the U.S., but are there any other reasons to go to Mars? I know we like to explore and whatnot, but space exploration is an expensive pass-time. If technological advancement is the only practical benefit, let's just spend money directly on technological research instead of touting it as a positive side-effect.

more than 4 years ago
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"Road Trains" Ready To Roll

allknowingfrog Re:road trains are stupid. (318 comments)

If you actually read the article, they explain that the goal of this program is cost-effectiveness, and that implementing the network you just described would be too expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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Test of 16 Anti-Virus Products Says None Rates "Very Good"

allknowingfrog Somewhat vague... (344 comments)

The article doesn't say much about what "good" means. If they tested what I assume are the 16 most popular products and none of them achieved "very good," by what standard do they judge? A ranked list would have been more useful for me.

Also, I find it ironic that "average" is one of the scores. "Good" and "poor" imply an objective scoring system, but "average" would imply that the score is relative to the rest of the group. : )

more than 4 years ago
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KDE Founder Receives Highest German Honor

allknowingfrog Re:It stands to reason (142 comments)

That was my first thought too. Maybe they meant that it is one of the most prestigious awards and that it is the only general award, not that it is the most prestigious, general award.

more than 4 years ago
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Maryland Town Tests New Cryptographic Voting System

allknowingfrog Interesting, but... (227 comments)

This is an interesting idea, but I wonder what additional cost and labor is involved? I know the Florida ballot count debacle wasn't all that long ago, but are we that concerned about votes not being counted?

more than 4 years ago
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Find DARPA's Balloons, Win $40K

allknowingfrog Finally (252 comments)

All of those red weather balloons I've been saving will come in handy.

Seriously though, how long until a bunch of assholes with red weather balloons start causing problems? Do the balloons at least say DARPA on them or something?

more than 4 years ago
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Controlling Games and Apps Through Muscle Sensors

allknowingfrog Physical Passwords (47 comments)

A couple of people have mentioned this already, but unintentional activation seems to be a likely problem. Maybe opening your trunk should require a series of motions, like a physical password of sorts, to make sure you're doing it intentionally.

"Let's see...right foot in, right foot out, right foot in, shake it all about..."

more than 4 years ago
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How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

allknowingfrog Side Effects (279 comments)

I was amused by the summary's mundane description of the horrible side effects.

"We're sure it's perfectly safe, but in certain circumstances it might unzip your DNA."

That sounds like a bad thing...

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces DSi XL

allknowingfrog Nintendo's Niche (179 comments)

Nintendo's niche isn't making things bigger, faster and stronger. They make things that are new and different. The Wii has been hugely successful, not because it pushes boundaries in graphics and processing speed, but because it is a brand new idea. Taking the same old DS and making the screen bigger isn't going to boost sales the way that going in a new direction would.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Plan

allknowingfrog Sharing (387 comments)

It seems to me that America is largely founded on the principle of figuring things our for ourselves and believing that everything we have or do is the best. Also, we believe that sharing is for the weak...and communists.

more than 4 years ago

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Slashdot Vigilante Justice

allknowingfrog allknowingfrog writes  |  more than 4 years ago I was recently the victim of a drive-by down-modding attack. As a new member of Slashdot, I wasn't sure what to do about it. It turns out, the answer is basically "just put up with it."

Anyway, I posted about it in an unrelated story, and someone was kind enough to review the inappropriate mods and undo them. A big thank you to the anonymous crime-fighter, and to the Slashdot community. I'll try not to cause a public scene next time I have a problem.

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