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Cyprus University Accepts Bitcoin For Tuition Fee Payments

cornface Re:Tuition Costs (157 comments)

There are ~12 million bitcoins in existence. 1 million of those belong to a single entity, with another large chunk divided among a few related entities.

It seems ridiculous to expect stability when a single person has the ability to destroy the entire bitcoin economy, probably multiple times over.

about a year ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

cornface Missed opportunity (427 comments)

They should have just went with the non-digital rights management that the original SimCity used.

That annoying piece of red paper with barely legible blue ink with the symbols on it that you had to squint at.

about a year and a half ago
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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

cornface Re:Seriously. (128 comments)

It is only abused if there is no easy way to quote text you are replying to, or if the edited post doesn't include some indication it was edited.

Shockingly, those two features exist on basically every other web forum and large blog in existence.

These problems are long solved.

more than 2 years ago
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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

cornface Re:Seriously. (128 comments)

Yeah, I know. I've been posting here under various accounts for 10+ years.

It seems like the general slashdot method of operation is to turn accidental success into intentional failure.

I imagine they will port it to Drupal eventually, but we need a really strong 10/10 book on it first and Packt hasn't released it yet.

more than 2 years ago
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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

cornface Seriously. (128 comments)

Are there a lot of people out there who have just been chomping at the bit to change the slashdot logo?

How about fixing some of the horribly out of date and broken website code instead? Just for one day. In October!

Maybe make a mobile version of the site that is more than barely functional? For one day! In October!

Shameful.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

cornface It depends (347 comments)

If you work in a cubicle area, do not use a standup desk. There was always some chucklehead who would stand up while working and it annoyed everybody.

It is like having someone standing behind your chair all day.

If you have your own office, having the option of standing is probably nice.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Drupal For Designers

cornface Typo (77 comments)

The reviewer accidentally typed O'Reilly in the spot where Packt should go. Otherwise another solid 8/10 Drupal review.

more than 2 years ago
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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Illustrates Nintendo's Greatest Problem

cornface Re:This is barely even a review (146 comments)

The specific parts I disagreed with are the parts where the title says the article is going to be a review of a video game, and the content of the article is actually meandering pseudo-intellectual musings on Nintendo's game release strategy by some random guy on the internet.

I thought that was pretty clear from my original post.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Sandbox To Deal With Spambots?

cornface Reddit (167 comments)

Reddit does something like this.

more than 2 years ago
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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Illustrates Nintendo's Greatest Problem

cornface This is barely even a review (146 comments)

90% of it is just some random dork from the internet armchair quarterbacking Nintendo's release strategy. I'm sure they are furiously taking notes at Nintendo HQ.

more than 2 years ago
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New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

cornface biggest problem (491 comments)

Is that instead of encouraging increasing efficiency, agile encourages increasingly inflated estimates.

There are certain types of projects where it makes sense, but they are few and far between.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built

cornface Re:Tube to spaceballs (625 comments)

It is more efficient to build a giant robot maid to attach an equally gigantic vacuum cleaner to the outer atmosphere and suck the air out.

Suck...suck...suck.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Head First Python

cornface 6/10. (72 comments)

If only it had the +2 bonus modifier than Packt books get, it would be the standard slashdot "this books sucks! 8/10" score.

more than 2 years ago
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Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

cornface Re:Sad (129 comments)

If you can't see a difference in the ease of entry into programming and consumer robotics today vs. 30 years ago, you are insane.

more than 2 years ago
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Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

cornface Re:Sad (129 comments)

There are all kinds of tube amp plans and kits available from other sources.

It is a niche market that has taken off in the last couple of years. Look around.

more than 2 years ago
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Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

cornface Re:Sad (129 comments)

A record number of amateur radio operators...in 40 years the population of amateur radio operators has increased from ~.15% of the population to ~.23% of the population, and the vast majority of that growth was 20 years ago.

The 90's saw 189,000 new licenses added. The next decade the number dropped to 17,000 new licenses.

It is a dying hobby. I'm sorry if that upsets you, but with the constant shrinking of non-user servicability of nearly all of the modern electronics that youth might be interested in, it is only going to drop more.

more than 2 years ago
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Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good

cornface Re:Sad (129 comments)

I think it is less that "people" aren't interested in how things work, anymore, and more that nobody cares about amateur radio or clunky robots.

The modern generation of people who would have been building Heathkit things years ago are building weird stuff out of Lego robotics or writing software, or any number of other outlets for inquisitiveness and ingenuity that didn't exist 30 years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

cornface no. (648 comments)

This doesn't make cable subscriptions more attractive.

All it does is make hulu less attractive than it already is.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

cornface Re:Oh heavens (481 comments)

If you gave Uwe Boll the kind of money and backing that gets thrown at Michael Bay, they would be essentially the same person.

Kurt Sutter is basically the same guy, too.

more than 2 years ago
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PSVita Released In the USA and Europe

cornface Re:Released Today? (225 comments)

Here is a novel idea. Play the games you bought for the original PSP on the original PSP that you still own.

So crazy it just might work...

more than 2 years ago

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