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Best Cube?

ctrl-alt-canc Re:No SOMA cube? (265 comments)

Well, since it was inspired by Heisenberg, SOMA cube might be on the list...
I too was going to post about it, since I built one while at the university. I found it some weeks ago hidden in a box where I packed some stuff of my young age, together with some pics and agendas, and now my son is playing with it! If I remeber correctly the SOMA cube was described in one of Marting Gardner's books.

about a week ago

Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

ctrl-alt-canc It would be much more interesting... (65 comments)

...to zap smartphones with a beam of light whenever they are not properly silenced.

about a week ago

TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews

ctrl-alt-canc I live in Italy and... (88 comments)

...my experience with site reviewing restaurants is awful. I use them just as search engines to find a list of restaurants close to my location, then I ask to friends if they visited them. To my experience sites like Tripadvisor are just too much infested by fake reviews, either positive or negative. Among the reviews, last month I found on Tripadvisor a nice gem: a very positive comment about a restaurant very close to where I live. The restaurant was indeed excellent and reasonably cheap, but it was shut down more than two years ago, and the review was posted last month...draw your own conclusions.

about a month ago

The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

ctrl-alt-canc Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

Government agencies like CIA and NSA use Signetics 25120 to store very sensitive information. After writing the data, the original source is then destroyed...

about a month ago

Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

ctrl-alt-canc Re:How? (61 comments)

They made the assumption that if a disease is spreading somewhere, there people start looking for information about the disease on wikipedia.
This implicitly makes some big assumptions, among which the facts that people are aware of the disease and that they have internet access.

You can easily understand why their approach is of very limited usefulness, and scientifically questionable. I think that it is not by chance that their method fails to work when analyzing data for Uganda (where internet usage probably isn't widespread) and does not score well for China (where censorships both limits information about disease outbreaks and internet access).

They also state in their paper: "With these constraints in mind, we used our professional judgement to select diseases and countries.", and this raised my eyebrows a lot...

I would like to put at chance their approach by sifting wikipedia access data looking for Ebola keyword in slovenian language, and then forecast the diffusion of Ebola in Slovenia (equal to nil up to now...), but I try to use my time for testing methods that are better-posed.

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

about 2 months ago

I'm most interested in robots that will...

ctrl-alt-canc ...post on Slashdot for me. (307 comments)

But I wonder if this classifies as "Automate basic jobs so I don't have to talk to humans" or as "Fight other people for my amusement"

about 2 months ago

Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

ctrl-alt-canc Rather than complaining... (185 comments)

...I think that we should study the algorithm, and adopt behaviours that can deliver us more money from our employer :-)

about 3 months ago

Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

ctrl-alt-canc Re:ObBillGates (253 comments)

Actually, when talking about telephones, he said: "ten keys ought to be enough for anybody".

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

ctrl-alt-canc In a related news... (405 comments)

..Apple sued NFL for having called "Ipad" a Microsoft Surface tablet.

about 4 months ago

AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

ctrl-alt-canc Re:Time to cut prices (98 comments)

They do. AMD will sell you just a core for only $28.625. Isn't it a ripoff ?!?

about 5 months ago

What's After Big Data?

ctrl-alt-canc Big Mac (87 comments)

How do you want it ? Rare, medium or well done ?

about 5 months ago

German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

ctrl-alt-canc Don't know why, but... (170 comments)

...I find the concept of "German intelligence" an oxymoron.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

ctrl-alt-canc Beer! (208 comments)

Remove the unused CPUs and disks, fill the free space with beer bottles, and take advantage of the cooling capabilities of the rack!

about 6 months ago



Yahoo mail users are experiencing password recovery problem.

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  about 2 months ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "If you cannot login to your yahoo mail because either you forgot the password or your account has been hacked you are in troubles. Password recovery system at yahoo is behaving strangely, and the result is that many people are getting angry. This seems to be the result of a security update on yahoo servers.
Yahoo claim that the problem has been fixed, but users do not agree."

Android 4.0 upgrade for Sony Xperia smarphones opens a Pandora box

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "The udpdate to Android ICS offered for free by Sony to the Xperia smarphone users has caused plenty of troubles. Not only the decision by Sony of not updating Xperia Play phones to ICS caused rage among customers, but those who were lucky to get an upgrade for their smartphones discovered that WiFi connection did not work anymore. Up to now, the only suggestion proposed by Sony to fix the problem is to turn off the encryption, and reboot the smartphone and the access point."

Latest XKCD strip stirs up debate at Wikipedia

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "Yesterday the popular XKCD comic strip showed a comic strip about a not so well known neologism, and its corresponding description on Wikipedia. The strip apparently upset several Wikipedia editors, so that the description was promptly dropped from Wikipedia, and there is now a strong debate if to reinstate the entry, or to permanently delete it. Maybe it is time to file a petition for having the definition of malamanteau back on Wikipedia."

Equation for perfectly parking your car found!

ctrl-alt-canc ctrl-alt-canc writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) writes "An english mathematician, Simon R. Blackburn was asked from Vauxhall Motors to study the math beyond car parking. The problem is not new, since some cars appeared on the market years ago with a self-parking option.. Dr. Blackburn recently published a paper that gives a complete solution to the problem of perfect parking. I wonder if his research will bring to more room for cars in our crowded parking lots. Who will write the first Iphone application for perfect parking ?!?"
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