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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

drooling-dog Re:Fine (291 comments)

By that desire, the Hotel has the right to block all Cellphone services, after all they put phones in your room (and charge you ridiculous amounts of money to make calls on them).

That's actually happened. Back in the 90s, before cell phones were widespread, you typically made calls using a phone card. The hotel I was staying at (in San Diego) would block these calls, trying to force guests to pay their insane long-distance fees instead. They released the block the first time I complained, but when it happened again the next day I packed my bags and changed hotels. A hassle for sure, but the new hotel was cheaper and nicer (right on Pacific Beach), and didn't block my calls.

4 days ago

Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

drooling-dog Re:Not a measure of quality (138 comments)

Also, a lot of highly-cited papers are methodological in nature, and the "Big 3" tend not to publish many of those.

4 days ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

drooling-dog Cancer (175 comments)

It seems that wrinkling may be the price we pay for clearing potentially cancerous UV-damaged cells from the skin. It might be a bargain.

about two weeks ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

drooling-dog Re:Win hearts and minds (295 comments)

Oh, yes, causing massive traffic snarls is a sure way to with the hearts and minds of the public.

Whether you're sympathetic or not, this is an act of civil disobedience to protest what they consider to be a mortal threat to their livelihood. Civil disobedience has never been about getting people to like you; it's about getting in the public's collective face to the point where you can't be ignored.

about two weeks ago

Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

drooling-dog Re:Or... (244 comments)

"Wrapped up like a douche and then I'll roll her in the night" - Drove me nuts for years. I couldn't hear it any other way.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

drooling-dog Re:use your own cable modem (291 comments)

I did that a few weeks ago, after being bugged to upgrade from my old DOCSIS2 modem. I wasn't about to pay $8/mo. for $60 modem (and I wanted control over the router), so I bought my own, a Motorola SB6121 listed as compatible on their website. I spent an entire evening on the phone with three different reps, none of whom could activate it (despite a lot of time spent trying) because of some problem with the "provisioning department". Finally, I was told I'd have to physically take the modem to a customer service center. I did that the next morning, took a number, and patiently waited behind about 40 people waiting for 3 service reps. About an hour later it was my turn, and the rep just scanned the box with a barcode reader and I was done.

I don't know if my experience was typical, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way to make the process easy.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

drooling-dog Re: First and foremost (176 comments)

It's always a good idea to have a rough map of where you think you're going, but be careful about getting too carried away with formal business plans. You'll meet lots of people educated in business who will tell you that you need to sweat blood over a comprehensive plan - to the neglect of everything else - and then tour the country with a finely polished road show pitching it to potential investors. They tell you this because it shines the spotlight on their own training and talents. In reality, successful software business development almost never works this way, unless you have a stellar track record with several big hits behind you already (in which case they're investing more in you than the specifics of your plan). As others here have pointed out, what matters most is your rapidly growing list of happy, paying customers. Don't let your focus get diverted too far from that.

about a month ago

The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

drooling-dog The essential tension (176 comments)

The essential tension of adolescence through young adulthood (and maybe some old adulthood too) is between the need for acceptance (i.e., to "fit in") and the competing need to distinguish oneself (to be seen as special or unique in some way). It explains a lot of what goes on during those years.

about a month and a half ago

New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

drooling-dog The ice cream method (167 comments)

To divide ice cream equally between two kids, have one dish it out and the other choose. My parents did this with my brother and me, and there was never anything to fight about afterwards. You'll never see more precise measurement in your life, though.

about 2 months ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

drooling-dog Re:Gore to the Rescue (553 comments)

You can tell a lot about a person (or political party) by whom they choose to ridicule, and why. Gore never said he invented the Internet, but rather that he was instrumental in its creation. And it was quite true. This is what Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf had to say about the matter:

Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development... No one person or even small group of persons exclusively "invented" the Internet. It is the result of many years of ongoing collaboration among people in government and the university community. But as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore's contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.

So the kids in the back of the class are laughing and shooting spitballs at the smart kid. It's Junior High all over again.

about 2 months ago

U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

drooling-dog New frontiers in narcissism (165 comments)

How the hell is this considered a "selfie"?

Because this will be its biggest consumer market. Just imagine: I can surround myself with icons of the glorious figure that is me, and they will make great gifts (suitable for worship) for all of my friends and followers as well. And who on this Earth wouldn't be interested in an ultra-realistic 3-D model of what I ate for lunch? You could almost recreate the experience of what it is like to be me, looking at my lunch.

about 2 months ago

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

drooling-dog Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

It's not just regulation and consumer acceptance that limits the pace of technological change: it's also the need to amortize development costs over shorter and shorter product lifecycles (before being leapfrogged by competition). Does this imply that technology-driven markets will increasingly become "natural monopolies"? Not because of patent laws as we all fear, but because a monopolistic company can set the pace of innovation in its market such that a desired minimum ROI is achieved.

about 2 months ago

US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

drooling-dog Re:DAESH, not ISIL (478 comments)

I know very little about them or where they came from, but I do know that the continued flow of hundreds of billions of dollars per year to who-knows-who depends on the inability of the US to extricate itself from this quagmire. And so now we have these public decapitations, clearly designed to inflame the public and create a political environment guaranteeing that the torrent of war money continues for years to come. And when that finally starts to slow, who doubts that some other convenient outrage will be perpetrated to start the cycle all over again?

about 3 months ago

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

drooling-dog Re:A for effort (182 comments)

I'd argue that the capacity to become interested in a subject to the point where you're motivated to spend a lot of time learning the hell out of it is a big part of what "intelligence" is all about. And yes, the top schools do select people who have this fire.

about 3 months ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

drooling-dog Re:academic achievement as a proxy for intelligenc (269 comments)

My first thought, exactly. Who would have thought that academics would equate intelligence (and other admirable traits, as well?) with academic achievement? Are there other ways in which this innate component of intelligence can manifest? Might cultural and socioeconomic factors - among other things - muddy the association?

about 4 months ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

drooling-dog Or, use a big hosts file (436 comments)

I don't use Adblock, but I've been using this for years. I rarely see an ad unless it's served directly from the site I'm visiting, and it blocks a lot of malware as well. It has something like 16,000 entries, but doesn't seem to slow things down at all.

about 5 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

drooling-dog Ummm.... (330 comments)

It's not like CO2 is some unwanted and avoidable by-product of burning hydrocarbons in oxygen. It's the main product of combustion, along with water. So the only real way to reduce CO2 emissions per mile is get more miles per gallon of fuel. Is that what they're promising?

about 9 months ago

Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

drooling-dog Re:Paul Krugman, 1998 (187 comments)

So... A nationwide broadband monopoly is okey-dokey, then?

about 10 months ago

Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

drooling-dog Q values (124 comments)

At least in bioiniformatics, the correction of p-values for multiple comparisons ("q-values") has been standard practice for quite a while now.

about 10 months ago

NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

drooling-dog Re:NASA? (251 comments)

They don't and they know it, but science fiction fans are an important part of the public support that keeps their funding flowing, and this is just the kind of thing that appeals to that demographic.

about a year ago


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