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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

chispito Re:I truly hope not (179 comments)

As an analogous situation, imagine if the creation of (text)books was originally patented. The patent holder would then be able to ensure that any textbooks whose contents disagreed with him do not get published simply by denying a licence to the publisher for that book.

I really don't see how textbooks could be much more expensive or difficult to obtain than they already are.


Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

chispito Re:why? (179 comments)

to even less 'classroom discipline' [kids actually paying attention to the teacher], to the biggest one, chiefly even less social interaction between kids.

Sure, some kids can successfully learn this way, but not a lot.

Isn't most "classroom discipline" quashing all attempts at social interaction? You raise some odd concerns.


Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

chispito Re:Why buy Amazon hardware? (134 comments)

Even their e-paper based Kindles are pretty locked down (my wife has one) and it's relatively awkward to do anything other than buy stuff from Amazon with it.

It's still easier and more pleasant to read on e-ink than LCD.

about a week ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

chispito Re:So what exactly is the market here. (729 comments)

A gigantic set of the population is no longer even used to the concept of wearing a watch, because they have their phone. This device doesn't replace their phone. What exactly is the reason to have this as well, as opposed to pulling your phone out of your pocket?

The phone is big and needs to be unlocked to view texts/emails. I started wearing a watch again after 10 years without because I got tired of pulling my (dumb) phone out of my pocket. It's also a way for people who wish to be seen using Apple products to be seen using Apple products.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

chispito Re:Powershell (725 comments)

Comparing PS and Bash isn't really fair. Your tolerance or affinity for either will probably equal your tolerance or affinity for the OS. If you believe in the Unix philosophy bit about flat text, you're probably not going to be impressed with PS's object orientation (though PS can do flat text just fine).

For my part, I would love to learn bash, but my job doesn't really involve any *nix. PS came easy because I already needed a better way to work in Windows.

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

chispito Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

You must ask yourself honestly : Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

Because they identify with her tormentors.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

chispito Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

But that's no longer trolling.

Evolve, people. At least keep the trolling to a respectable severity.

about three weeks ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

chispito Facebook did not abuse their users (257 comments)

And no, I don't think they abused their "product" either. They did what they always do--show people things selectively to elicit a response. Usually it's called "advertising." In this case called it "research."

about three weeks ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

chispito Expensive little suckers (56 comments)

I remember, as TFA mentions, these wondrous little $14 robots. Except if you're not Harvard, the distributors are charging about $125 for each one, and hundreds more for the programmer and charger.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

chispito Re:Tech Community (262 comments)

try again. not an example. it's barely a real fallacy anyway.

No real fallacy would be caught dead in that argument.

about a month ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

chispito Re:So any net savings (228 comments)

The "Is it worth the time?" comic is illustrative, but I think it's built on false premise. I don't automate parts of my job (just) to save time, I do it because repetitive tasks, that I know can and should be automated, drive me insane. Even if there is no net time savings, I'd rather take the creative route.

about a month ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

chispito Re:Please answer me one question (195 comments)

Selling bitcoin mining rigs is a guaranteed profit.

...assuming a guaranteed buyer.

about a month and a half ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

chispito From an Ops point of view (372 comments)

I have really come to love the creative exercise of scripting my job responsibilities on the operations side of things. I can keep it simple, or make it complex. I can adhere or not adhere to whatever style I wish. I make the cost-benefit analysis as to whether I'm going to write it or not. I can share it with my coworkers as soon as there is an obvious benefit, or keep it on the down-low if it is not yet ready for prime time.

I own my scripted 'products' and I reap the full benefits of them.

about 2 months ago

SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

chispito Re:Why the annoying sound track ? (49 comments)

Not everyone has such a short attention span that they need jangley noise to keep them from moving to another web site.

Because I'm assuming actual audio from the video, if it were recorded, would be useless for PR purposes? Just turn off your sound if the music bothers you.

about 2 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

chispito Re:Pft (962 comments)

Shit, what neighbourhood do you live to have people show at your door with batS?

Seconded. I've never had any of the stuff he describes happen to me. Either he lives in a post apocalyptic dystopia or he's not very discreet at school/work/play.

about 2 months ago

The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

chispito Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

Look at LA's transit history. Or watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Of course, in reality the Judge Dooms of this world won.

about 2 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

chispito Re:Double standards (533 comments)

So it's ok for conservatives to not be open to liberal ideas but it's not ok for liberals to be cool with conservative ideas? Nice double standard you have there.

Okay, fine. Be a conservative and don't even talk about diversity. Or be a liberal and talk about diversity, but mean "people who look different but think the same." Pick your poison.

about a month ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

chispito Re:They're not a corporation (223 comments)

Until they incorporate they're not entitled to free speech or religious exemptions.

Non sequitur.

One is a case involving employer responsibilities for health care, in light of the religious views of the employers. The other is an article about individuals being surveiled for their religious views.

about 2 months ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

chispito Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

I wonder if anyone in the architecture profession has ever proclaimed "Well if you really want to change the world, empower regular people to build skyscrapers."

Well what about building a shed out back so your tools don't rust?

about 2 months ago


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