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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

blueshift_1 Once every page and a half... (291 comments)

Over 100, so lets say there are 150. That's only one every 600 words for a 90,000 word book; basically it's only once every page and a half that it even occurs. Is it really that big of a deal? Not to mention fantasy tends to used the hyphen pretty regularly in names/places. It really just seems an odd thing to attack and try to minimize by the distributor. My guess is that they had one issue and now is just creating other issues. Silly amazon being silly as usual.

4 days ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

blueshift_1 Only viable a secondary option. (207 comments)

I would say this would be an optional secondary method would be neat. However, I could see people forgetting about their physical copies (and then losing them) that could naturally lead to issues when the batteries died or they travelled out of state - where they might not accept electronic copies.

And this would be a concern about phone privacy. Because by handing it unlocked with the intent to let them view content, you're basically handing them keys to the castle for any information on you phone. Which is why I'd see this only ever being a secondary option for the forseeable future.

Also, I'd like to see how this could handle when the car was being operated by not the owner. Some sort of temporary driving permission would be pretty cool.

It's definitely a neat idea, but the legal implications are definitely an issue

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

blueshift_1 The extra one (567 comments)

I've always thought that it's great to have an extra monitor be portrait. But I'm just too old school to commit my primary monitor to it (also I deal with a lot of tables/spread sheets of many columns. I'd prefer to see an entire entry than a few columns of many entires. But in the end it's all on what you do and how you do it.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

blueshift_1 Re:Definitely a neat little board. (140 comments)

Most of what I've done with the Pi tends to have at least some sort of basic audio output. It's rather nice to just push it out of the 1/8" rather than convert from the HDMI. I guess I should have put a disclaimer in there -> [for my needs]

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

blueshift_1 Definitely a neat little board. (140 comments)

I'm torn over forcing audio out of HDMI. Though to keep the cost down, you have cut some things to add others. This is definitely a neat little board and would be great for a mini test cluster. But I feel like Pi still has that prototyping advantage. But I definitely am glad to see some similar priced alternatives in the market.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

blueshift_1 At least have a buy option. (415 comments)

I feel like the subscription make sense with with high cost, high upgrade products. For example, the Adobe Create suite was brilliant to go to subscripotion. The master collection is a couple thousand dollars and is really only worth buying when it first comes out, because when they upgarde versions you stuck with the old stuff. However a subscription lets you get a for 50/month and you always have the latest goods.

But with a core operating system, I could just seeing it being a major problem. Though even if they do it, at least provide a rent or buy option.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

blueshift_1 Re:shouldn't this apply to software too? (129 comments)

Typically, you're buying the license to use it, not the actual software itself. Buying an entire piece of software is a much more costly proposition.

about three weeks ago
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Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

blueshift_1 Re:The real question is (52 comments)

That's going to be a serious problem. I don't know about other jurisdictions, but here it's illegal to target advertising to young kids.

I see where you're coming from, but it'd be better than the political and weird stuff that comes up. I see it as there's no real difference between which commercials show up on Cartoon Network or any other kids oriented network. Just playing to the primary demographic.

about three weeks ago
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Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

blueshift_1 Kids are a challenge. Especially with software. (52 comments)

I'm really glad Google are taking this on. This is just a challenging age group because so much mental/cognative development occurs in this time. Something that is increadibly informative for a 7 year old can quite uninteresting to a 10 year old. Finding a way to make it instructive, intuitive, and generally usefull without alienating age groups will be challenging. I'm curious what they come up with.

about three weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

blueshift_1 Re:Not COBOL? (277 comments)

The problem with COBOL is that while there is definitely need, it's still a niche market. I feel like this article was more focused on what popular languages could make you money. The reason COBOL is valuable is because it isn't popular.

about three weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

blueshift_1 Data is data (446 comments)

I mean once they have the encrypted data... it has everything they need. It's not the Apple or Google's fault that the police can't comprehend encrypted data.

about three weeks ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

blueshift_1 More of a proof of concept. (82 comments)

In essence, it's just inventory control. There are quite a few companies that make systems like this (my company uses a few for small tooling parts). I see this being relevant for small fab shops or similar who don't have the capital to invest in the larger, more unified system - but still have an issue with misplaced tools. So they make DIY system using a prototype board and some basic sensors. In the end, this is a very basic prototype that is more of a proof of concept than a practical prototype. And definitely using a bunch of tablets could be a hassle in many places (though I'm sure Intel has them sort of just lying about for everyone). So a badge RFID/barcode scan or keypad would probably do nicely for entry and some sort of automatic unlocking/locking mechanism is naturally required. Also, I could definitely fool some silly little optical sensor with dark tape or a small piece of paper - so I think in the long run, you'd have to improve on that. But all in all, it's a clever little solution.

about a month ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

blueshift_1 Hindsight, Hindsight, Hindsight. (183 comments)

In the end, this is just trying to blame hindsight. "Now that [insert horric event] has occured, we've found evidence that [insert person doing horrific event] was doing things that now appear obvioius that he would do terrible things." However, just because people want to do horrible things, it doesn't make them a criminal. If we were punished for every malicious thought we had, then many people would never see the light of day again.

about a month ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

blueshift_1 Change of scenery. (189 comments)

Our algorithms analyzed the tones of your status updates and thought you might like a change of scenery. You're welcome

about a month ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

blueshift_1 For the novelty! (153 comments)

Anything obtained will be overpriced and just a general novelty for quite a few years. I could see asteroid mining to be relevant for rare-metals once we improve the cost-effectiveness of venturing into space. But for now, the price point is just too high. And what are these "companies" even doing in the meantime? Hmmm...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

blueshift_1 If she likes it, stick with it (107 comments)

You could continue to use minecraft to teach her to servers work as well as use eclipse to create server plugins and use APIs. I mean I'm all about riding the train of what people are already interested in. And Java skills are pretty applicable to a variety of languages. Naturally MC servers can have... questionable people on them, but I'm sure she could make a server with friends (and just whitelist). It could be a really interesting project for sure!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions

blueshift_1 Interesting. (15 comments)

I'm more of a passive comic book guy, but I thought this was one of the better /. interviews as of late. A decently interesting mix of questions and some detailed, personal, and interesting answers. Very nice.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

blueshift_1 Sample accuracy Sample size (246 comments)

Even a large sample can be bad is the sample doesn't represent the population as a whole. Sample size only goes so far when you have a skewed sample based on the demographics of the population as a whole.

about a month ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

blueshift_1 Wait.. HALF THE WORLD?!? (48 comments)

World population is about 7.1 Billion (give or take a few). How did HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION travel across China around a small time period. I feel like they may need to check a few number and make a move a few decimals.

about a month and a half ago

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Facebook offers solution to end drunken posts

blueshift_1 blueshift_1 writes  |  about two weeks ago

blueshift_1 (3692407) writes "Remember that photo that you posted to Facebook sophmore year of college when you thought there was nothing more important than partying and letting everyone you knew how hard you partied? Well facebook is now trying to buzzkill every one of those moments. With their upcoming feature, they'll be using photo analysis algorithms to detect how intoxicated you were in the photo and suggest that you not post it. Which in the end, is probably for the best... though now we are moving from being friends without our mothers to facebook being our mother."
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