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Preventing Cheating At Hackathons

bigspring Easy Fix (104 comments)

I think when this sort of event is for pride, then whatever, but when cash prizes get involved I can see why the people giving the prizes would want the rules followed. I feel like the obvious way to do this is to have each participant use software that does regular screen captures that can be reviewed by judges if they feel like there was anything goofy going on. I know that privacy is a concern, but in that case participants could feel free to turn it off while not working or at least commit to not producing any work in other screens.

about a year ago
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Small Devs Attacked Over In-App Purchase Button Patent

bigspring Re:Libertarians != Republicans (229 comments)

Barry Goldwater, what a guy, they don't make them like him anymore. It's such a damned shame that politicians these days aren't more interested in promoting racism between attempts at killing everyone on the planet in a fiery nuclear apocalypse. We miss you, Barry.

more than 3 years ago
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Moscow Has Eyes On WikiLeaks, Too

bigspring Re:In Soviet Russia... (579 comments)

At least you got a reason for the down votes. I guess there just isn't a "not that funny" category for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Moscow Has Eyes On WikiLeaks, Too

bigspring Re:Assange (579 comments)

I'm not sure why you got down-voted for trolling. You bring up an excellent point.

more than 3 years ago
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Moscow Has Eyes On WikiLeaks, Too

bigspring In Soviet Russia... (579 comments)

... Wiki leaks you. I guess?

more than 3 years ago
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Pluto Might Be Bigger Than Eris

bigspring Re:No. (257 comments)

I wasn't arguing how arbitrary it was. I was arguing that the people who created the definition were smart enough to define it in such a way that the classification can be determined on a case-by-case basis. A basis that won't be substantively changed by comparative measurements. Discovering anything about any new planetary body will not change Pluto's classification because the discoveries will not be about Pluto.

more than 3 years ago
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Pluto Might Be Bigger Than Eris

bigspring No. (257 comments)

The argument for calling Pluto a Dwarf planet is on perfectly firm ground. It had nothing to do with size. Do some research before you ask stupid questions, please.

more than 3 years ago
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Serious Security Bugs Found In Android Kernel

bigspring *gasp* (230 comments)

This number clearly differs from that of equivalent closed source systems! It's a shame that there's no current method for the community at large to help address these issues!

more than 3 years ago
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Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

bigspring Re:get a lawsuit (761 comments)

Nah, just use it against them. If it's legal for them to place the bug on your car with no legal processes, it's also legal for you to take it and put it on someone else's. Slap it on a shipping truck or a train, or hell, a boat heading to international waters. After burning hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing nothing watch them make it illegal.

about 4 years ago
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Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'

bigspring Tsk tsk! (465 comments)

What a flip-flopper! This guy would make an awful president. Bush/Cheney 2004!

about 4 years ago
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Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

bigspring Re:Alright! (485 comments)

Agreed. If you carefully read the Maryland laws in question (which my IRC channel did, accompanied with a good deal of argument) it becomes clear that this the correct decision. It could only have been considered interception ("wiretapping") if the person recording the interaction was not a participant and did not have the consent of either of the parties to distribute the recording. Since Garber was the one who had the gun pulled on him and he was also the one who willingly posted the video, he is not in violation of the laws in question.

about 4 years ago
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Conroy Still Hell-Bent On Internet Filter

bigspring Re:Maybe you should have held a 'conscience vote' (254 comments)

Machine guns, repeating rifles, giant mortars, spotting aircraft, submarines, armored warships, siege warfare, total war, concentration camps for prisoners, the Civil War had it all.

Wait... what?

more than 4 years ago
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25 Years of Super Mario Bros.

bigspring By a Large Margin (190 comments)

The answer to your question is: Wii Sports.

more than 4 years ago
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The Map of Critical Thinking and Modern Science

bigspring Hrm (150 comments)

While I'm sure it was difficult to compile and put this together, I find some of the very basic omissions of this work surprising. Einstein wasn't a major contributor to astronomy? Really?

more than 4 years ago
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

bigspring Re:This question (362 comments)

I have a fairly solid physics background and I understand that there is a physical limit for a reliable transistor. The problem is that it's not the same thing as the theoretical limit we currently have, nor is it the same as the physical limit for the size of a usable transistor. Our understanding of the science continues to progress and as we learn more and more about the principles we discover reasons why the the theory is wrong. Additionally, there are some very clever engineers working on the project who prove over and over again that they can improve on their current techniques, fabrication tools, and materials to push the theoretical limit. Then, where these things fail, there are even more folks standing by with ever more sophisticated error correction techniques to efficiently and consistently use transistors that are not physically reliable. Don't get me wrong, there will be a time when the our current transistor model will stop advancing. What I'm saying is that until the point where advances have actually ground to a halt, or hell, markedly slowed down, I don't want science and tech writers cramming stories down my throat about how we'll never see another significant advance in computing power.

more than 4 years ago
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

bigspring This question (362 comments)

I think there has been a major article asking this question every six months for the last decade. Then: surprise surprise, there's a new tech development that improves the technology. We've been "almost at the physical limit" for transistor size since the birth of the computer, why will it be any different this time?

more than 4 years ago
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Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

bigspring Re:5 years? (762 comments)

The standard hybrid components warranty is 8 years/100k mile(160k km) from most OEMs.

more than 4 years ago
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Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

bigspring Poorly chosen time parameter (762 comments)

Why would they choose 5 years when the standard warranty length for hybrid components from most OEMs is eight years?

more than 4 years ago
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Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

bigspring Re:Costs for what? (420 comments)

You've sussed out 1/3 of one month's costs. Now... where does the other 3.5 million dollars a year go?

more than 4 years ago
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Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

bigspring Well... (690 comments)

You know how those wacky developers are with their marijuana!

more than 4 years ago

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