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MIT To Make All Faculty Publications Open Access

drix Re:Hats of for MIT (164 comments)

We get about 300 days of sun a year in the Bay Area. If you choose Stanford there is a non-negligible chance that you will become significantly less interested in algorithms, and much more interested in things like hiking, cycling, partying, etc. Stanford has a much greater "normal person" component (athletes, dumb rich kids) than MIT. Consequently, you will wind up a little more normal as well. Based on the people I know who went to MIT, if you choose that route almost the exact opposite will occur. You will exit a significantly better engineer at the expense of learning social niceties and basic grooming. Both skills (engineering & people) can take you far in life. You can't neglect either.

BTW, something tells me you know your USACO score by heart. :-)

more than 5 years ago
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MIT To Make All Faculty Publications Open Access

drix Re:Hats of for MIT (164 comments)

Yeah, I have to say I was pretty on the fence between MIT and Walla Walla Community College (go Warriors!). But this has really sealed the deal.

more than 5 years ago
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What Has Fox Got Against Its Own Sci-Fi Shows?

drix Isn't is obvious (753 comments)

Anybody who is nerdy enough to write in to Slashdot bemoaning the probable demise of these shows is going to have no problem clearing up their busy Friday night social schedule in order to watch them.

more than 5 years ago
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Batteries To Store Wind Energy

drix Re:Store the energy in a massive weight (275 comments)

Who's objecting? There's a difference between naysaying and simply pointing out the downsides, as well as the upsides, of some potential solutions.

Ignorance is what got us into this predicament in the first place, sheesh.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

drix Re:Spreadsheet (437 comments)

That is definitely the CW, but I wonder about it. It seems like it was much more the case before Adobe came along and started crushing QuarkXPress into oblivion. The UI for Mac and Win InDesign is practically identical now. What's the argument for spending extra money for a Mac as a publisher or designer nowadays?

about 6 years ago
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Apple Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar

drix Re:LOUD, Crazy Loud (606 comments)

I thought the same thing, but then wondered why MSFT would be so stupid as to put cheap Macs into the hands of users. I mean let's be honest, the Apple tax is the only thing keeping an additional like 25% of the Windows user base from switching.

I therefore posit that Steve Jobs is actually financing PsyStar. Although he would never be down with such a retarded name.

about 6 years ago
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Google Chrome Tops Browser Speed Tests

drix Re:Interesting, but nothing really new (371 comments)

People who take the time to search out and install ad-blocking software are not interested in clicking on banner ads anyways. I can probably count on my right hand the number of times I've (purposely) clicked on ad in the 15 years I've been surfing the web. Anyone who is annoyed at the mere act of having to look at a banner ad is highly unlikely to click on one. Thus the marginal impact on ad revenue is probably low.

And, just like every discussion ever about torrenting, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference what anyone thinks about it, because the practice will continue regardless :-) Moreso for ad blockers since they are 100% legal. So might as well stop crying.

about 6 years ago
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Real Name For Open Source Development?

drix Re:Embed your real name in your fake (262 comments)

I think "little effort" overstates things a bit. Real names seem like a large-enough keyspace if you go outside of middle America and take the entire world into account. The name of a famous world leader, properly capitalized, hashes to 82f028fc9a88d87445a91190400a5516c55e8973. If anybody can identify it, I'd be fascinated to hear how they did it. And to save you the trouble no this hash is not found in Google :-)

more than 6 years ago
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Real Name For Open Source Development?

drix Embed your real name in your fake (262 comments)

Contribute using the SHA1 hash of your real name as your anonymous nickname. If you ever want to be identified you can verify that it was you who made the contributions.

more than 6 years ago
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Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

drix Re:Be a teacher (564 comments)

As someone who is starting a math grad program next year and got an 800 on the GRE verbal, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear you say that :-) Boasting aside, I have always felt that people miss out on the distinction between mathematics and computation. Performing mathematical operations sequentially to arrive at an answer, a la a computer, is what you do on the SAT (and I assume the ACT as well.) This is a very different feat from sitting down with a math book and trying to wrap your ahead around a theoretical concept. To me, writing a proof has always felt like far more of a right-brained activity
than a left-brained one. When I'm thinking deeply about something mathematical, the feeling I get is akin to what I experience when playing music or drawing--completely different from performing addition and subtraction. I theorize that this is why a lot of math professors are crummy arithmeticians.

more than 6 years ago
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Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

drix Re:Pyrolysis may be more useful (618 comments)

We have way more arable land than we do water to irrigate it. It takes 50x as much fresh water to grow a pound of beef as a pound of rice or soy beans. The fresh water constraint will bind long, long before we ever run out of places to grow or graze--in fact it's already being reached in the developing world. In your terms, we could stretch this planet a lot further as vegetarians than as omnivores.

more than 6 years ago
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Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

drix Re:Slow down... (618 comments)

I hate to be that guy on /. who can't take a joke, but... brine shrimp have a really important niche role in the food chain. This is a bit of an oversimplification, but basically without brine shrimp and things like it, there would be none of the larger tasty fish that we like so much to eat so much. This is why it drives conservationists nuts when people bitch and moan about environmental regulations aimed at protecting something which seems insignificant to the layperson. You fail to see the interconnectedness of it all.

more than 6 years ago
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FBI Says Dark Market Sting Netted 56 Arrests

drix Re:agent identities (130 comments)

No kidding, I thought the same thing. Hope that guy has Lifelock.

more than 6 years ago
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Ubuntu To Pay for Upgrades To the Free Software User Experience

drix Re:Gnome + KDE (546 comments)

Ubuntu (i.e. Kubuntu) would already rule the desktop.

I assume you mean the Linux part of the desktop. Because nothing I have seen in the FOSS world approaches even OS X Puma in terms of usability, aesthetics or intuitiveness. There's something fundamental missing from the equation in Gnome and KDE, and that something is artists. I'm not just talking about making pretty desktops with lots of gradients and plasticky buttons. Use any Apple product for five minutes and you instantly realize that some seriously right-brained shit goes into developing these things. There's very little of that going on in the Gnome or KDE camps, and what little there is seems is mostly derivative of something Mac or, worse, Windows, already did. Please understand that I'm not trying to belittle anyone or, in particular, the tens of thousands of hours of donated hard work that has gone into these projects, both of which I use and am impressed with. But it's time we stopped clicking our heels waiting for Linux to "finally" overtake OS X. Why? Because the open source culture of giving away your hard work, so prevalent in the software world, simply has no equivalent in the artistic world. Apropos the post, it appears someone finally realized this and is throwing down some cash to address things like UI design and documentation, but I remain extremely skeptical how worthwhile this will be given Apple's decade-long lead.

Actually, a great example of what I'm talking about will be comparing Android, which I'm guessing was designed by a bunch of CS grads, with the iPhone. If the Gnome or KDE guys had to build a cell phone, they could have built Android. No one except Apple could have made the iPhone.

more than 6 years ago

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