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Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

clegrand Re:Don't Blink. (252 comments)

Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.

who said that

about a year and a half ago

Internet Billionaire Creates Huge Physics Prize

clegrand Re:Again, just a few winners (192 comments)

Well.. let's take a look at that .. if the winner is one of the young guys at 47 and we expect him to live into his 80s .. then we have to cover his life for 40 years. The median available 3 bedroom house in Berkeley right now is $1M. Add up 40 years of property tax (~$775K), house insurance (~$120K), health insurance (~$192K), a new Prius every 10 years (~$120K), car insurance (~$48K), food (~$438K), computers (~$24K), communications (~$48K).. and ...well, you know, a life. $3M barely gets you there.

more than 2 years ago

Masten and Armadillo Perform First VTVL Restarts

clegrand Re:Orbital Factories? (94 comments)

Kinda missing the original point of the article.. Armadillo & Masten just demonstrated the ability to do away with dropping things into the ocean. Available reaction mass in orbit notwithstanding, just land them back at the newly expanded inter-modal distribution center.

more than 4 years ago

Air Force Sets Date To Fly Mach-6 Scramjet

clegrand Re:Nuke Engines (252 comments)

We need to find a way to fit nuclear powered engines onto planes if we are to make a leap into next chapter of aviation.

That will happen about the same time as Duke Nukem Forever hits the shelves

more than 4 years ago

Caltech Scientists Film Photons With Electrons

clegrand Re:Let me be the first to say... (46 comments)

heh.. that sounds strange, he must lead a charmed life - which is why I lepton it.

more than 4 years ago

The Dilemma of Level vs. Skill In MMOs

clegrand Re:usage based (463 comments)

One simple change could be to make progression depend on skill, not trivial success and grinding.


Absolutely non-trivial to implement and balance, so it's probably not the end of the idea. But it might be a start.

The Trouble With Trivials ....ummm.. which end are we starting at?

more than 5 years ago

The Dilemma of Level vs. Skill In MMOs

clegrand Re:skill? (463 comments)

I'd have to agree. In the end, general familiarity with a given genre leads to uniform gaming experiences where the only differentiators are the relative coding skills of the programmer responsible for the module your are currently playing. A couple of examples might be: an out of place poly in an FPS can catch your toon or give an unfair advantage; aggro range on mobs in MMORPGs can directly affect the difficulty of an encounter. As skill, or

... intimate knowledge of a game's mechanics ...

increases, you are in effect, playing against the programmer directly. A programmer who is hobbled by the required script.

more than 5 years ago

Verified Identity Pass Shuts Down "Clear" Operations

clegrand Re:Most people won't care, but at Orlando... (171 comments)

... All of their staff signed up for Clear and said it was either unavailable or pretty much worthless everywhere EXCEPT Orlando...

I am disappointed at the news .. I fly out of San Francisco regularly and it was an incredible convenience. Of course, traveling with family who DIDN'T have the card meant I had to walk thru the normal line with them while I stared longingly at the Clear lane.. heh.

more than 5 years ago



Brain to Brain Communication

clegrand clegrand writes  |  1 year,19 days

clegrand (1082829) writes "University of Washington researchers have connected their brains together via the interweb. A neuroscientist at Duke got 2 rats pressing the Pavlovian lever in sync, then Harvard one-upped them by getting a researcher to wag the proverbial rat's tail. But UW put to rest the Steinbeckian dystopia and enabled 2 human brains to interact directly without relying on the outmoded aural interface. Science has given rise to the new meaning of "2nd person shooter"."
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NSA Revelation Leads FTC To Propose "Reclaim Your Name" Initiative

clegrand clegrand writes  |  about a year ago

clegrand (1082829) writes "Ms. Julie Brill, a member of the Federal trade Commission, has proposed a voluntary big data industry initiative to allow consumers access to their personal records and the ability to correct them. She has coined it "Reclaim Your Name". While some big data companies such as Acxiom ( already allow such access, it is not an industry-wide practice. She sees this campaign as a natural extension of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a logical partner for the ongoing effort of the Do Not Track mechanism currently under standardization review with the W3C. The New York Times has a take on it here: Link to full text of her speech is listed below."
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Los Alamos has a functioning Quantum Internet

clegrand clegrand writes  |  about a year ago

clegrand (1082829) writes "Scientists at Los Alamos National Labs have revealed that they have a solution for secure quantum internet communications. For 2 and a half years, they have been using a novel approach where the nodes on the network feed one-time pads via quantum laser links to the hub which provides for secure encryption over the classical network. They have dubbed it "network-centric quantum communications (NQC)". While this solution will become obsolete once someone successfully devises a true quantum router, it works NOW. More info from the The Physics arXiv Blog at MIT Technology Review —"
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Slashdot Users Are 99% Nice

clegrand clegrand writes  |  about 7 years ago

clegrand writes "As found at BBC Online:

A passionate community was as effective at policing content as a central administrator, said Dr Pouwelse. "I was doing research back in 1999 looking at an obscure website called Slashdot," he said. "It was a technology-related news website controlled by volunteers and it actually worked. A few people would post bad things but 99% of users were nice."
The article is in reference to P2P file sharing and how the European Broadcasting Union is considering Tribler as a means to provide IPTv standardization to the EU. The concept is to treat bandwidth as a "currency" where uploads count as positive value and downloads as negative value. Sooo... if I am the 1% 'bad' (-) slashdotter, does that make my (-) downloads count as (+) positive currency? Free I Love Lucy!"

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