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New Technique Promises Much Faster Hard Drive Write Speeds

autophile Hot damn! (148 comments)

OK, my visual cortex is officially due for repair. I read the headline as "New Technique Promises Much Faster Hot Damn Write Speeds"

more than 2 years ago

Delayed Outrage Over A Censored Site; What's a Better Way To Spread News?

autophile Fallacy (214 comments)

Good article, BTW.

The fallacy could be a faulty generalization fallacy, specifically a hasty generalization. That is, given:

If A then Z.
If B then Z.
If C then Z.

A = X and (other things).
B = X and (other things).
C = X and (other things).

We faultily conclude, therefore, that for all D = X and (other things), the statement "D then Z" is true.

more than 2 years ago

Programming Error Doomed Russian Mars Probe

autophile Re:So how much? (276 comments)

For want of a rad-hard chip, the board died.

For want of a board, the software couldn't cope.

For want of good software, the engine start failed.

For want of engine start, the probe died.

For want of a probe, the human race didn't detect the slimy aliens from Phobos and all perished in a hot and somewhat greasy fireball.

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers Planning To Image Milky Way's Central Black Hole

autophile Oh no, Event Horizon! (68 comments)

Libera te tutemet ex inferis!

about 3 years ago

Ask Carl Malamud About Shedding Light On Government Data

autophile Can the rare books collections be digitized? (59 comments)

Three closely related questions about the rare books collections at the Library of Congress:

1. I know there is some kind of effort going on to digitize the rare books collections, but can it be sped up? There are many high-quality low-cost archival book scanners out there (such as the ones developed at diybookscanner.org).

2. It gets really annoying to have to receive paper copies of books when copies are requested. Why not DVDs of high-quality images?

3. Why is there no outreach by the LoC to smaller, cheaper book scanning efforts? The Internet Archive, DIYBookscanner.org, and Decapod all come to mind.

about 3 years ago

On my death, my data ...

autophile My data, my self (201 comments)

If I die before 2045, then the important data (financial, insurance, and so on) will be available to my next of kin by virtue of their being my legal next of kin. The ultimately unimportant data (slashdot, sourceforge, boingboing) will just float around, accumulating bit rot.

If I reach 2045, then most likely I will not die, and my data and my self will be one and the same :)

about 3 years ago

Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer

autophile Re:woah! so jealous. (209 comments)

Correction, I think: T cells focus on protein markers. This is why one of the patients died: the protein marker associated with the cancerous cells also turned out to be present on healthy lung tissue.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Decipher 3-Billion-Year-Old Genomic Fossils

autophile Deciphered! (217 comments)

The introns have also been deciphered:

AGTTACCATGGGA /* Support new standard RFC -3374, Oxygen as Fuel */ GGCTTCAAA....

more than 4 years ago

My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

autophile Makerspace day (162 comments)

Weekends I go to the NextFab makerspace in Philadelphia (US) to work on my project. That's when I feel the most productive, because I'm producing for myself.

Sunday I get to refine all the stuff I did Saturday, so that's why I chose Sunday.

Now, Monday -- Monday is my grumpiest day.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Launches Online Movie Studio

autophile Re:What about the royalties? (68 comments)

Fascinating. My screenplay is released under a Creative Commons license. There's no reason why a movie studio couldn't release a movie based on the screenplay (with my permission)... except that they want exclusive rights? That makes no sense.

more than 4 years ago

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

autophile Re:Sometimes, it is too easy to cheat ... (693 comments)

OMG, that's insane! It's like that Real Genius scene came to life, where the prof teaches the students, then the students get replaced by tape recorders, then the prof gets replaced by a reel-to-reel!

more than 4 years ago

Vans Drive Themselves Across the World

autophile Re:Sponsor (157 comments)

Maybe they got rid of "Who, What, Where, When, How (and in investigative journalism, Why)" since the time I was in school.

more than 4 years ago

Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source

autophile Documentation (283 comments)

I've found that the best way to help an open source project is with documentation. Not necessarily user manuals, but just code commenting. There's plenty of code that has zero explanation about what a particular function does, or how it works. If you've found a project that fits this, then start working on documentation so that (a) you will understand what the code does, (b) everyone else following you will understand what the code does, and (c) the developers themselves will understand what the code does, because sometimes you find bugs just by trying to figure out what the code does. That being said, (warning: personal opinion ahead) I second the opinion that you should stay away from template classes. There are plenty of worthy numerical projects out there that do not rely on a maze of twisty little code fragments, all alike.

more than 4 years ago

Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

autophile Wait, what? (608 comments)

"More than one third (36%) of the 343 respondents to a recent poll said they are looking to move to a new employer in the next six months." Why are they so certain that it will be different with any other employer?

more than 4 years ago

Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?

autophile I don't know! (591 comments)

I don't know, but any submission where half the sentences are questions surely demands answers!

more than 4 years ago

"Pre-Crime" Comes To the HR Dept.

autophile Re:Crap "background checks" (554 comments)


I read somewhere "on the Internet" that when you're given a lie detector test for clearance, they actually expect you to lie at some point, and if you're totally honest, you fail. Do you think that's true?

more than 4 years ago

Martian Meteorite Gets NASA Mars Rover's Attention

autophile Next up... (94 comments)

The Rover makes a sword out of it!

more than 4 years ago



Top Gear Host Goes Into Reverse on Data Theft

autophile autophile writes  |  about 7 years ago

autophile (640621) writes "Idiot Jeremy Clarkson, host of Britain's popular car show Top Gear, had made an ass of himself by claiming that the fuss over the loss in the post of two unencrypted CDs containing the entire database of child benefit claimants, complete with bank account details, was much ado about nothing. He further assified himself by publishing his own bank account numbers in his Sunday Times column to prove no harm was done. Oops. A day later, someone had already taken £500 from his account and donated it to charity. Now he's saying, "Contrary to what I said at the time, we must go after the idiots who lost the discs and stick cocktail sticks in their eyes until they beg for mercy." Who's the idiot now?"
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autophile autophile writes  |  about 8 years ago

autophile writes "It's official: M-Law's 10th Annual Wacky Warning Label Contest is over. First prize has gone to a washing machine label urging not to put people in washers. Started to promote awareness of excessive litigation, the contest highlights common sense warning labels, such as the one that warns not to dry cellphones in microwave ovens. Companies find it necessary to stick crazy warnings on their products because of previous insane lawsuits: "A front loader (washing machine) is just at the right height — speaking now as a mother and not a corporate spokeswoman — for a four-year-old," said Patti Andresen Shew of Alliance Laundry Systems. Personally, I think a four-year-old precocious enough to read and understand all the warning labels hidden all over a product probably doesn't need those labels."


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