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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!

5 days 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 week ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

blueshift_1 Sample accuracy Sample size (243 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 week 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 two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

blueshift_1 Re:The dark net (86 comments)

I agree Evolution is a lame choice in names. I was thinking more like Black Hydra.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

blueshift_1 Re:Overdue (136 comments)

The issue is when it sends a message to a person who was formerly iOS, but has since moved to android. It default to attempt to iMessage, however it doesn't truly fault out so that it then sends a text message. They just sit out on the apple iMessage servers. The only real work around was to constantly turn iMessage off, send message, turn iMessage back on. Just a hassle.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

blueshift_1 Overdue (136 comments)

While I'm still on iOS myself, this was a long overdue issue. It's incredibly frustrating to have to switch on/off imessage to send messages to people who have moved over to android. iMessage was/is a great idea, but it took a bit too long for this bug fix to be resolved.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

blueshift_1 Tsk tsk. (231 comments)

I feel like the drivers and marriage licenses are not that relevant here. A drivers license is mainly used to show that are at least reasonably competant drivers (though we all know that doesn't mean that much) and a marriage license is more of a way to formalize the legal agreement so that you can file taxes and whatnot as married. The internet is a tool of communication and you can definitely use a pay phone, send a letter, or even buy cellphone without a license of any sort. Just have the cash and pay for the service. Just looking for the easy button on determining who did what on the internet.

and on a side note, the US uses marriage licenses/laws (in some states) to limit who can get it. Imagine the damage this could cause with the government limited who could use the internet... like dangling fruit over our head to make sure were good little kiddies and never did anything bad on the net.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

blueshift_1 Interesting (183 comments)

It definitely has a TF2 look (and absolutely some copied aspects), though I also see some almsot LOL style strategy play (assuming the balance it properly). I agree the gameplay trailer made most characters seem a bit overpowered, but it was made in a way that is more like a trailer than actual game play. I'm intrigued but certainly not sold. I'd like to see how they plan to allow match development. All in all, it looks nice, and if blizzard can get the mechanics solid it could be a very interesting game.

about two weeks ago
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Pacific Northwest Lab's Sensor-Packed Fish Gauges Hydropower Facilities

blueshift_1 Air Pressure vs Force (28 comments)

At least it's not the force required to throw them to the top of Everest in the blink of an eye. Basically it's all relative.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

blueshift_1 Re:In laymen's terms... (138 comments)

B) so invisibility cloak anyone?

It'd probably be more like... invisible clothes. Just let it all hang out!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

blueshift_1 Seriously? (168 comments)

Please hold off on any Google haters, that's a different discussion for a different forum.

clearly they don't know slashdot comments...

about three weeks ago
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

blueshift_1 Import scanning is what we really need. (46 comments)

I don't see that much benefit in the direct replication (short of finally achiving Banarch-Tarski?), however being able to import the scanned item into [insert you favorite cad/3d design tool] and be able to manipulate it from there would be fabulous. It'd certainly help with reducing the prototyping timeframe - especially when you are only trying to make a replacement part of a broken item (assuming you didn't already have the design implemented).

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

blueshift_1 It begins again (173 comments)

... now we get to see comments everywhere flooded with "Can I haz invite code, plz. user@genericdomain.com kthx"

about a month ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

blueshift_1 Definitely Users (114 comments)

Yeah, you defflinitely have "allow" it. But most people don't read half the messages excel or powerpoint throw at them. Just accept, accept, open, enable, install, install. Why do we even make botnets... I'm sure the users would do it on their own if they were prompted.

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

blueshift_1 So what are you paying for? (324 comments)

How interesting, you're paying initially for the opportunity to use the internet at a cretain bandwidth and then actually paying for the content you're using. Sort of like paying the capital cost for the infrastructure and then paying for the usage. Like paying for the sewer pipes each month then paying for water. While this isn't ideal, I don't consider it a terrible way to look at things. Maybe if you had a reduced subscription so everything balanced out (though we all know that won't happen).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

blueshift_1 Oh the vagueness! (104 comments)

The vagueness of this made my eyes hurt - oh and the traditional, "How did this make it to the front page?" Now that's out of the way, if you honestly can find a great product that harnesses all your needs with only a reasonable amount of customization then I'm sure they would be intrigued by it. But as in anything, you need to make a convincing argument. Lots of analysis about the cost/time/training savings that this "out of the box" system would use. However, there's a reason completely custom software exists. It matches the way the business runs not forcing the business to run how some generic software forces them to. I'd be more specific, but your context doesn't allow it.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

blueshift_1 That's how the adage goes... (399 comments)

I guess it's time to update the adage of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" to "Women go to Mars, Men chill out and drink beer on Earth"

about a month ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

blueshift_1 Apparently I'm one of the sheeple... (238 comments)

I keep seeing the poll out of the corner of my eye and wonder... what's the werid trick? I guess I'm the fish they are trying to bait. sigh.

about a month ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

blueshift_1 And? (79 comments)

Is this a suprise? I felt like this is a pretty obvious one. I mean, a newsworthy article would be that Apple would then use this data to induce mass climate change and natural disasters where there is a low density of Apple users to increase their market share.

about a month ago

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