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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

bityz when developers talk to product managers? (89 comments)

Should measure the interaction between developers and product managers before coding even starts - see how the developer responds to impossible requests, contradictory requirements, and meaningless buzzword filled descriptions...

about 3 months ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

bityz Obligatory Car Analogy (284 comments)

No need to devise the obligatory car analogy, the article comes with its own!:

"I would liken it to a car," he says. "A car on the road has many parts that facilitate its movement - the gas, the transmission, the engine - but there's only one spot where you turn the key and it all switches on and works together. So while consciousness is a complicated process created via many structures and networks - we may have found the key."

about 3 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

bityz Re:I believe it (1010 comments)

Please provide a link to the other version of this article if you are going to use it as the basis of your point.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Could Actually Be Group From Europe

bityz lets ask Snowdon (186 comments)

the NSA must know, therefore Snowdon must know, therefore we will know QED.

about 10 months ago
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Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday

bityz Re:Install what? (90 comments)

I'm watching it fine 3.11.0-14-generic #21-Ubuntu SMP Tue Nov 12 17:04:55 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Firefox 25.0.1 I do have some browser plugins installed including VLC, Divx, shockwave

about 10 months ago
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Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

bityz Re:What are they really saying? (207 comments)

I concede the point. The multi object argument is compelling. However, I am frightened by how this could go wrong, and hope that the strong goal in the system is to not hit anything.

about 10 months ago
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Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday

bityz Mod Up Parent (90 comments)

+informative

about 10 months ago
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'Darkness Ray' Beams Invisibility From a Distance

bityz Re:Please move on. There is nothing to see here ;- (86 comments)

...objects that could be as much as 8 wavelengths of that monochromatic light

not 8 wavelengths, but "8 orders of magnitude bigger than the wavelength of light used in the imaging process" (from the linked article)

about 10 months ago
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Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

bityz Re:What are they really saying? (207 comments)

Bag: Should be avoided. Baby: Should be avoided.

Bag: May involve gently changing direction, do not brake erratically, do not disturb flow of traffic. Baby: May involve driving into the ditch, other traffic, making full use brakes, honking horn, etc.

And a bag with a baby in it?

You are missing the point - the system should not be trying to model the value of the thing on the road - at best it should model things for their expected behavior. Is it stationary or not? Is it likely to move or not?

about 10 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

bityz Mod Up Parent (275 comments)

Mod Up Parent +Informative

about 10 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

bityz Re:WD et al. (537 comments)

Bitcoins are not infinitely divisible. They can be divided down to a satoshi.

If you have enough information to satisfactorily "report your lost Bitcoin", then you have the bitcoin itself.

For a bad analogy, think about a 20 dollar bill. You can't go into a bank and say "I a 20 dollar bill, can I have another 20?" and expect success. If you go into the bank and say "I lost a 20 dollar bill and I remember the serial number, can I have another 20?" you still won't succeed. If you could somehow go into the bank and say "I lost a 20 dollar bill and I remember the serial number, and I can prove that it is mine, and I can prove that I haven't already spent it, and that no-one else can spend it" then maybe you'd have a chance.

Once you can do all of that, you have enough information to "report your bitcoin lost"... but that means that you have enough information to rebuild your bitcoin.

about a year ago
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Nissan's Autonomous Car Now Road Legal In Japan

bityz Re:Impressed by the most unimpressive aspect (205 comments)

That's nothing. Actual AI is seeing that the light has gone red, knowing that you should stop, but feeling that you don't really want to, and hoping that if you time it right you can kill the guy sitting inside you without damaging your own mind.

1 year,25 days
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Lenovo "Rips and Flips" the ThinkPad With New Convertible Helix Design

bityz Re:sarcastic reception (143 comments)

didn't microsoft learn its lesson yet about ambiguating the desktop and tablet market spaces with its metrosexual user interface?

Was it any more successful for Ubuntu when they went to Unity?

about a year ago
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German IT Firm Seeks Autistic Workers

bityz Re:So... (172 comments)

Perhaps you mean that you'd "guess that already 95% of people working in the IT field are autistic". (or is that observation too obsessively detail oriented?) (you have no idea how long I struggled with where to put "already"... )

about a year and a half ago
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LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You (Video)

bityz Re:Lazy Morals (190 comments)

Great. And thanks for the response. I think its great that you are mentoring Ethan through this and I wish you success.

about a year and a half ago
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LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You (Video)

bityz Lazy Morals (190 comments)

okay Ethan's Dad, it's time to give your kid some guidance:

from the transcript

one of our next app is Bargument which allows you to create a Wikipedia page that is completely fake, to prove arguments at bars, so that you are right and the other person is wrong

making it easier to add crap to Wikipedia is not being a good netizen.

about a year and a half ago
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Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

bityz are the dna synthesisers regulated? (149 comments)

from the article:

Once satisfied with the results, a scientist can save her invention to a file, click the order button and ship the virtual creature’s specs to a DNA synthesizing lab such as GenScript or GeneArt, which can assemble actual physical DNA based on the specs. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/02/27/programming-life-with-click-mouse/#ixzz2M8XF9cfu

So my question is: are the DNA synthesizing labs regulated? Will they just synthesize anything that is submitted, or is there some scrutiny? And what is the risk if they do synthesize something bad? What is the amount of effort needed to weaponize even dangerous DNA? If it is relatively easy, then regulation of the synthesizing labs is well advised.

about a year and a half ago
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Spintronics Used To Create 3D Microchip

bityz Re:Sputtering is experimental? (28 comments)

perhaps making chips by sputtering is experimental?

about a year and a half ago
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When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

bityz Re:The Devil is in the Details... (329 comments)

Bravo! Much more detailed, but similar to what I was wondering... when does "landline" begin? If I were on a cellphone with someone else on a landline, would that count? If both ends were cellphones, would that count because of the infrastructure between? If it is a plugged in phone, but VoIP, does that count? Do I have to be using a radio with another radio to answer "never"?

about a year ago

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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Consumer Router with Default Configuration

bityz bityz writes  |  about 8 months ago

bityz (2011656) writes "What is the most secure consumer router when it is used with the least possible configuration (i.e.as your average consumer would do)?"
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Oral Sex Implicated in Oral Cancer Rates

bityz bityz writes  |  about 3 years ago

bityz (2011656) writes "A study published in yesterday's Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that as many as 72 percent of throat tumors in men may be linked to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. The researchers hypothesize that the virus spreads predominately via oral sex, and that it may already account for more cases of throat cancer than smoking."
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Ask Slashdot: financial structural changes?

bityz bityz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bityz (2011656) writes "The IMF is calling for "bold" "coordinated" economic action. The financial meltdown was caused in part by regulatory weaknesses. Some people are saying that deeper structural problems (e.g. fractional reserve banking) are also to blame.

What structural or regulatory changes have been made to our worldwide financial systems in response to the financial meltdown?"

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Debut of the First Practical 'Artificial Leaf'

bityz bityz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bityz (2011656) writes "ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) Scientists have claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy."
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