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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

blueshift_1 It begins again (158 comments)

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

yesterday
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

blueshift_1 Definitely Users (111 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.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

blueshift_1 So what are you paying for? (321 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).

yesterday
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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.

2 days 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... (394 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"

2 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

blueshift_1 Apparently I'm one of the sheeple... (234 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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

blueshift_1 Unintended Consquences (55 comments)

What a cute way of saying loss of campaign financing...

3 days ago
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

blueshift_1 M$ keeping it cutting edge (46 comments)

Glad to know those guys are staying on the fringe of tech.

about a week ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

blueshift_1 ... things just become more competative (229 comments)

This seems to make the implication that the android market isn't full of crap too. I feel like a lot of this is due to people who could make a lot more money for a lot less effort. The mobile market has become saturated. Just as in the software market for normal applications, it'll only continue to be harder to make money.

What it comes down to, as long as there are people in using the marketplace, there will be people trying to make money off of those people. If iOS continues to dwindle and doesn't stabilize then it'll continue to lose developers. If it manages to maintain a reasoanble percentage of the market, people will stay to harvest the money available.

about two weeks ago
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Prosthetic Hand Capable of Delivering Texture Sensations

blueshift_1 In hindsight (30 comments)

This is one of those obvious things that makes more sense afterward. Clearly the nerves have had years of constant input and you just take that away... it make sense that system would create false/phantom input as an assumption that it should be receiving some sort of signal. By increasing the amount of input, it creates a more normal state for the body... the more you knooooow.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

blueshift_1 Just grep around (102 comments)

$ grep -v flag ctf.txt

about two weeks ago
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Reverse Engineering the Oculus Rift DK2's Positional Tracking Tech

blueshift_1 Re:Article barely mentions me... (26 comments)

Welcome to the internet where the facts are made up and citations don't matter...

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

blueshift_1 You've got to draw the line somewhere... (389 comments)

At some point you somehow have to say yes or no. There is no perfect grading system, and that's why many schools look at SAT - GPA combination scores so that you can have a weaker SAT (or ACT) score as long as you have a stonger GPA and vice versa. I guess I just feel like the more complex the system, the easier it is to play the subtleties of the system. When it's cut and dry - it just makes things more straight forward.

about two weeks ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

blueshift_1 Block by block (137 comments)

Sounds like it'll just be a very pixelated ender's game.

about three weeks ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

blueshift_1 Re:More worrying implication of devaluation (69 comments)

As App development and programming becomes simpler and more dumbed down it has the effect of increasing the number of people who are capable of producing a non-complex App. That drives down the value of an App developer.

While I agree this is true on the surface, it'll only really effect the short term. It's basically the same as the dotcom bubble when anyone that could spell java could get a job... but all bubbles burst and the people with the depth of knowledge will last in positions.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

blueshift_1 Not suprrising really (427 comments)

Of course there are the usual complaints of "This is my device and I only what I want." However, I feel like it's naturally in their best interest to provide a standard user experience across multiple platforms. Since much of the mobile debate is with regard to OS instead of actual device, it's just a standard PR move.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

blueshift_1 Simple fix. (269 comments)

Yeah, this seems like a pretty easy fix. Just a little message on the radio or clear sticker on the instrument panel. Done.

about a month ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

blueshift_1 The real truth about photorealistic games. (134 comments)

So as well all know... the better it looks, the worse the gameplay will be - and the storyline will be even worse.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

blueshift_1 Notebook + Teacher = success (191 comments)

I'd say keeping the list in the last page of a notebook or binder should be sufficient... and I feel like it's pretty reasonable for the teacher to have a copy of the students passwords in case they lose/forget the notebook.

about a month ago

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