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The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

blackfrancis75 Re:Cooling (139 comments)

Err, from TFH:

The Wii Mini Is Real, Arrives December 7 — In Canada

Cooling won't be a problem..

about 2 years ago
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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

blackfrancis75 Re:Sounds improbable (513 comments)

The importance of the lighter is that it was sold during the time of the rape

How would one purchase a lighter while committing rape?
*ducks*
Too poor taste?

about 2 years ago
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Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)

blackfrancis75 Re:TCO? (117 comments)

Heh.. but if it were legal - the value would plummet

more than 2 years ago
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Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)

blackfrancis75 TCO? (117 comments)

I'm sure this kind of scheme would give the owner some warm fuzzy feelings, knowing that they did it themselves, and that in principle they're 'saving the planet' by growing without pesticides...
But really, you'd have to voluntarily ignore the total financial AND environmental costs.
How many veggies do you need to grow and eat before you break-even on the cost of the setup?
How many to grow & eat before the reduced pesticide use makes up for the energy-costs and pollution associated with fabrication, distribution and eventual safe disposal of the hardware?

I know that's not 'the' point, but it does need to be considered int eh context of the 'cool' factor

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Scientists Produce Element 113

blackfrancis75 nature? (150 comments)

Such elements do not occur in nature

the stars beg to differ

more than 2 years ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

blackfrancis75 it's news! (484 comments)

you're doing pretty well if, the day that designers criticize your UI, it makes headline news in the geek world.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

blackfrancis75 not impressed? (1052 comments)

just FYI the "I'm not impressed with the iPhone 5" people are being just as histrionic as the fanbois this time around.

more than 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake

blackfrancis75 didn't do their homework? (290 comments)

Why would a billion dollar company bet on anything in this manner?
If there was technical uncertainty before they embarked on the HTML5 route - why wouldn't they have done extensive feasibility testing before commencing? Lord knows they have the resources.
FB isn't developed by dumb or naive people - unless there's a realistic answer to this, I guess we can only assume he's bad-mouthing HTML5 for his own (nefarious) purposes.

more than 2 years ago
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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

blackfrancis75 It's a TRAP! (487 comments)

These days, sadly, /. is increasingly regurgitating any bullshit article they know is going to get developers/IT staff/geeks 'inflamed' with righteous indignation.
It's perfect because they get all the site traffic without being seen to be agreeing with the opinions of the author.
Feel free to Reply with your righteously indignant refutal of the BS article.

more than 2 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake

blackfrancis75 Re:Reality bites (418 comments)

Stock markets... pppfftttt, more like legalized gambling.

Is gambling illegal where you are? Sheesh.. talk about draconian ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Ex-Sun Employees Are Taking Java To iOS

blackfrancis75 Re:Java Stack Traces (115 comments)

The fact that iDevice users in general aren't accustomed to error messages whatsoever brings up a philosophical question..
If an App falls over and no one sees an error message, did it really fail?

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal

blackfrancis75 Re:porn party? (183 comments)

what the hell; are you really seeking to equate the Australian Sex Party with a hypothetical 'Child Porn Party'?
Are you saying those who oppose this think no line should be drawn anywhere?
Get a grip dude.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal

blackfrancis75 Re:porn party? (183 comments)

you should rename yourself 'inappropriate analogy guy'

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

blackfrancis75 Re:Degree (190 comments)

Massively online open courses aren't just YouTube videos. They are far more interactive. As people like myself who took part in the Standford courses can testify; it's no joke to understand and complete the tests and exercises that accompany the video content. Sure, it may be easier to cheat online than in a real classroom, but implying that all you have to show after these courses for your comprehension is a 'video history' is naive and/or ignorant.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Defines Good Developer Culture?

blackfrancis75 hacker time (239 comments)

the #1 thing in my view is to have a period set aside, so that Developers can work on/learn/develop something new, which may or may not be directly applicable to the project at hand. - it should (preferably) at least have some relationship to software development - it doesn't have to be a lot of time - even say an hour a week, or one Friday afternoon a month. At Google, employees get 20% of their time to work on whatever they want. - the developer has to report back his findings to the rest of the group

more than 2 years ago
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Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

blackfrancis75 Re:It *should* be part of the marketing (326 comments)

That's not "a little more", that's "nobody will buy it because it costs three times as much".

or, two times more.
FTFY.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

blackfrancis75 Re:Funny (712 comments)

How about waiting until the product is actually launched before starting to say how it can never match the iPad?

How about waiting till the product is actually available before unveiling it? As someone else said - this is one thing Apple does that makes their announcements really mean something. There's no evidence given the vague specs that MS can ever match the iPad, and given that they're at least 3 generations behind, it's a fair comment until MS give us some concrete reason to think otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Afghan School Poisoned — 160 Girls Hospitalized

blackfrancis75 Re:Islam strikes again! (474 comments)

'The Point' is that any sect of Christianity that takes the Old Testament literally is as misguided as the Taliban.
We're saying Sharia Law is looney - we're not making exceptions for people think Leviticus was or is a template for our society either.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Traffic Falls In the U.S.

blackfrancis75 P2P traffic is legal! (129 comments)

high P2P traffic shares.' In the U.S. legal content delivery has flourished...

Please, let's not buy into this bullshit that P2P traffic is not and cannot also be used for legal content delivery
That's called aiding and abetting RIAA's theft of technical terminology.

more than 2 years ago
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Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence

blackfrancis75 unnecessary (107 comments)

Upon completion of either game, each 'brain' produced 'offspring' asexually

You don't say...

more than 2 years ago

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Canadian teenager arrested for photographing Mall takedown

blackfrancis75 blackfrancis75 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blackfrancis75 (911664) writes "The erosion of civil rights is on the rise, as well documented on Slashdot. It seems that the picture north of the US border is also getting more bleak. This time an aspiring teenage journalist in B.C who witnessed a Mall takedown and decided to photograph it (using a real-film camera), was told to 'delete' the photo by Security guards. He (quite legally) refused to do so, and when local police arrived they assisted Mall security in pushing him to the ground, handcuffing him, cutting off his backpack with a utility knife and searching it. Whoever thought Canada was less likely to become a Police State than their U.S. counterparts will be disillusioned by this story."
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Ask Slashdot - Who has been sued by RIAA, and for what

blackfrancis75 blackfrancis75 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blackfrancis75 (911664) writes "We keep hearing different figures quoting the thousands of people who've been sued by RIAA for illegally downloading online music, but I don't know anyone personally to whom it's happened. Infact it seems no-one I know knows anyone to whom it happened. Do you know anyone who was sued for 'piracy', or were you sued yourself? What was your experience?"
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Kevin Costner's amazing oil skimmer

blackfrancis75 blackfrancis75 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackfrancis75 (911664) writes "A newly designed oil skimmer, backed by Kevin Costner, is scheduled for deployment in the Gulf of Mexico. The system was built in 10 days, and has numerous advantages over existing skimmers. For example, the skimmer has it's own onboard centrifuge for separating oil from water at sea. Normally, the oily water has to be taken to a receiving point for separation."
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Google & Facebook rush out Farsi support for I

blackfrancis75 blackfrancis75 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blackfrancis75 (911664) writes "The Times Online is reporting that Google and Facebook rushed out Farsi versions of their websites and services today, emphasising the importance of internet based social networking in geopolitics, especially where oppressive regimes are involved. "The internet has played a key role in allowing many Iranians to communicate since last week's disputed presidential elections, and the international media has used web services like Twitter and YouTube in their reporting of the protests. Recognising the web's crucial role on events in Iran, Google added a Fasri dictionary to Google Translate, its online translation service.""
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