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US Joins Google, Microsoft In "Brain Race"

ddxexex This reminds me of Alpha Centauri (94 comments)

First faction to discover Secrets of the Human Brain gets a free tech!

Stories like this one always make me want to play Alpha Centauri again. It always feels strange how much of the early technology in that game we've already discovered or probably will discover soon.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Long Do We Give an Online Service To Fix Issues?

ddxexex Re:What exactly is this channel? (113 comments)

Probably not. Funimation puts lots of their stuff on different outlets (Netflix,Youtube, Hulu, etc.), but I usually notice that the things other sites are a subset of what they have on their own site.
For the shows Funimation doesn't license, Crunchyroll has a good selection in the states (and actually has some stuff for Europeans to watch). Seeing as you probably already watched most of the (worthwhile) Funimation shows, CR will probably keep you busy for a while, if you don't mind that it's subbed.

about a year and a half ago

Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

ddxexex Re:I love the SimCity series (386 comments)

If you must play this game(and you don't) please pirate it. Please.

I never like it when people suggest pirating software as a form of protest, if you think the DRM is too intrusive, don't buy the game at all. For the bad car analogy, Let's say you don't like On-Star because you think its too intrusive. You see a car you like, but it only comes with On-Star. So to protest On-Star you steal a car. That's not protesting it's an excuse to steal.

If you must play the game, buy it, feel guilty about not sticking to your morals, then attempt to forgive yourself by donating to the EFF or something.

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Achieve Storage Density of 2.2 Petabytes Per Gram of DNA

ddxexex Call me when they can encode video... (136 comments)

I can't wait to see what happens when a video stored on DNA goes viral...


about a year and a half ago

John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For "Real Killers"

ddxexex Easy Profit? (377 comments)

So do we still get the $25,000 if it turns out he was the real killer?

about 2 years ago

Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

ddxexex Re:I'll need to stock up (383 comments)

Well I learn a couple of things today because of this post. 1) A dragée is the name for that metallic decorative ball thing they put on cakes. 2) never accept candy from skipkent.

about 2 years ago

Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims

ddxexex Re:O rly? (109 comments)

"Dressing up a fraud as a lawsuit does not immunize you from prosecution"

Then please explain patent trolls to me?

Well, Manhattan isn't in a certain part of Texas...

about 2 years ago

Goodbye, IQ Tests: Brain Imaging Predicts Intelligence Levels

ddxexex Re:You may have high IQ ... (213 comments)

I assume you haven't heard the adage that goes "A fool learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the fool's mistake"

more than 2 years ago

Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

ddxexex Re:Android (447 comments)

I have to disagree. First, people who buys Nokia are not necessarily the same people who buy Android phones. Additionally, 'anyone' can make a (high end) android phone, so there's quite a bit of competition. From the developer's perspective, Android has the advantage of it being a pre-existing OS where most of the hard work is done already, but Nokia doesn't really need something like that. They already have the windows mobile OS and Symbian. Switching again would mean retraining everyone how to develop for Android. So if Nokia switched to android, they'dhave to learn about the new (but similar) market,they'd have more competition, and there competition will be better acquainted with the technology. Overall, Although switching once was bad, switching again would be even worse.

more than 2 years ago

Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real

ddxexex Why is it always a medical tricorder? (185 comments)

Correct me if 'm horribly wrong, but in Star trek, even though tricorders are multipurpose sensors, there are different types of them. Like engineering tricorders or just regular tricorders. Every story I see that says tricorders seems to only refer to medical tricorders. But really, if I was given a tricorder, I'd use it for determining the spectrum usage, what kind of radiation is around me, interfacing with computers, etc...

more than 2 years ago

SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

ddxexex Why don't we fix SOPA for them? (267 comments)

I know most people here could find a bazillion problems with SOPA, but in order to prevent a repeat of the bill, shouldn't we find a way to reduce piracy online that doesn't destroy the internet and/or or freedoms? That way only the people benefiting from counterfeit goods/blatant copyright infringement are negatively impacted, which I think most people can agree to a certain degree, probably needed to be cracked down on anyways. I don't think the RIAA/MPAA deliberately wants to destroy our freedoms, they just don't want to have people profiting from their work.

more than 2 years ago

Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay

ddxexex Re:Not only domains (168 comments)

But did you use a different credit card as well? A user account for Amazon can easily be filled with fake info, but credit card info is harder to make up, so I wouldn't be surprised if the watermarking was done by credit card or something.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

ddxexex Actual precedent to xmas tree warfare (441 comments)

It was used against rebels in Colombia. And it worked (well somewhat). Suprisingly, North Korea is scared for a valid reason.

And the trees were equipped with motion sensors so when rebels walked by it would... light up.

link here

more than 2 years ago

The Physics of Wine Swirling

ddxexex Re:Before you make fun... (98 comments)

Sorry, this is slashdot. Only car analogies work here. :P Anyone have the car analogy?

more than 2 years ago

Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

ddxexex /etc/shadow (261 comments)

Its encrypted and it's local. So I think a larger should have *technically* picked the 5th option.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

ddxexex Don't forget Candy & Presentation (377 comments)

I've always thought stocking stuffers should usually provide some instant gratification.
Since you're presumably giving these to less-tech literate people, there's a decent chance they won't immediately think the USB drives are awesome and wipe the disk without too much thought. Now if you tie some candy (like a candy cane) around the drive stick on a bow and make pretty, they will treat it more specially and might actually try out the software since they've already associated the USB drive as awesome, they'll see the FOSS on it as awesome too.

more than 2 years ago

Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape

ddxexex Re:Makes sense (420 comments)

Especially for non-character based writing like Chinese.

Saying it's a non-character based language doesn't seem to be the way you want to phrase it. Most kanji have a couple of main pronunciations which you can pretty consistently figure out. The big difference from the Latin writing system and the Chinese writing system is that chinese characters also have a meaning assigned to them. (And words tend to be more compact) You can still write out things fully phonetically in Chinese Characters. But with the Harry Potter books, the translators went to some lengths to not only phonetically copy the names, but to also pick the right hanji to add additional meaning to the names. Eg Voldemort's chinese name includes the character for 'evil' in it, but still sounds similar to the english name (Fudimo).

A detail look at the name translation can be seen here.

more than 2 years ago

French Power Company Fined For Hacking Greenpeace

ddxexex Re:a hefty bill? (196 comments)

Slightly OT, but just for kicks I calculated the deaths/TWh for nuclear if you included Hiroshima and Nagasaki (~250,000 deaths). I ended up with 6 deaths/TWh from the .04 deaths/TWh originally. Oil is 36 deaths/TWh and US Coal is 15. I think that nicely shows just how deadly Oil and Coal are.

more than 2 years ago


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