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In an arcade with only the following games ...

ciaohound Spy Hunter (283 comments)

Spy Hunter was great. Driving with forward-firing machine guns, running bad guys off the road or laying down oil slicks, all to the Peter Gunn theme.

about 10 months ago

Scientists Create New "Lightsaber-Like" Form of Matter

ciaohound Use the force, Lukin (175 comments)

Oh yeah.

about a year ago

Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

ciaohound Sounds like great research. (189 comments)

I'd like to obtain a government grant to help me develop it.

about a year and a half ago

Online Loneliness At Google+

ciaohound Re:*PUBLIC* posts (456 comments)

I always thought Slashdot had that honor.

about 2 years ago

Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China

ciaohound You laugh, but... (212 comments)

Consider the poor SOB's who bought the genuine Windows ovens instead.

more than 2 years ago

Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

ciaohound Re:I call bullshit (277 comments)

Taking care of young children really was the most stressful thing I ever went through. I would be cautious about making inferences about sleep patterns or anything else based on that wonderful-yet-frequently-hellish period of my life :)

PS: It got better.

more than 2 years ago

If You're Fat, Broke, and Smoking, Blame Language

ciaohound Huh (297 comments)

I expected this to be about programming languages. I've known a lot of fat, broke, chain-smoking COBOL programmers.

more than 2 years ago

Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley

ciaohound Re:Be more like George (501 comments)

He'll end up being more like George W.

more than 2 years ago

Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley

ciaohound What's left must be the truth (501 comments)

If Romney is in the uncanny valley, let's eliminate the impossible and what's left must be the truth. He clearly is not a corpse, and let's face it, zombies are fictional, so he must have some sort of prosthesis. Not a prosthetic hand, but perhaps a prosthetic forehead.

more than 2 years ago

High School Reunions — Facebook's Newest Victim?

ciaohound Re:I doubt it (168 comments)

"Interfaces", "support", "algorithm", "exceptions", "source" -- sheesh, how many computer-science concepts can you apply to human interactions in one Slashdot post?

more than 2 years ago

DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options

ciaohound Re:Doesn't matter (223 comments)

Occupy deprecated.

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

ciaohound Re:Qt (614 comments)

Three to mod up, Scotty.

more than 2 years ago

Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

ciaohound Re:The Atlantic (910 comments)

I meant it to be complimentary, as he was clearly a smart guy with a talent for communicating.

more than 2 years ago

Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

ciaohound The Atlantic (910 comments)

I remember a reviewer observing that Christopher Hitchens writes books faster than most people read. I suspect that was true.

more than 2 years ago

Should Social Media Affect Your Creditworthiness?

ciaohound Not everyone is so lucky (344 comments)

At least George has Clarence as an angel investor.

more than 2 years ago

Bug With "Singing Penis" Is World's Loudest

ciaohound Re:News for nerds, stuff that... gets hard. (117 comments)

Slashdotters might find it inspirational. If a bug can find a use for its penis, there's hope for the rest of us.

more than 3 years ago



Do slashdotters post pictures of their kids?

ciaohound ciaohound writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ciaohound (118419) writes "I usually scoff at the NYTimes SundayStyles section, but this weekend saw a thought-provoking article on the downside of posting your kid pics on the internet. Your pictures may be co-opted without your permission for all kinds of nefarious, unethical, or just plain disgusting purposes. Experts say abduction by a pedophile as a result of your online photography is "technopanic," but what of the risk that your photos are used in unexpected ways? What do slashdotters suggest?"
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Schooling, homeschooling, and now, "unschoolin

ciaohound ciaohound writes  |  about 5 years ago

ciaohound (118419) writes "The Baltimore Sun has a story about "unschooling," which is like homeschooling except, well, without the schooling. "...unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round. And it assumes that an outing at the park — or even hours spent playing a video game — can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics." If you have ever been forced to sit in a classroom where no learning was taking place, you may understand the appeal. A driving force behind the movement is parents' dissatisfaction with regular schools, and presumably with homeschooling as well. Yet few researchers are even aware of unschooling and little research exists on its effectiveness. Any slashdotters who have experience with "unschooling?""

Nerds and "caves"

ciaohound ciaohound writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ciaohound (118419) writes "My wife and I went to dinner at the home of some friends, both of whom are mathematicians at a certain federal agency that employs lots of mathematicians. The conversation turned to their "cave." They asked me, "Do you have a cave?" I asked what they meant. "You know, a room in the basement where you keep all your computers, musical instruments, and stuff?" My wife (an English major) looked at me as we both realized that, yes, of course I have a cave. We nicknamed it the Ratskeller, but cave will do fine, as will underground lair, or fortress of solitude. We all know the stereotype of slashdotters living in their parents' basements, but do nerds freely choose this fate? Do we have a deep-seated need for a cave, a caving instinct? Or do we just take what we can get for a place to play with our toys?"


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