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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

gambit3 Good schooling. (349 comments)

Sounds like good schooling (if by schooling I mean preparing him for the real world).
The same thing would probably happen if he used a company computer to post profanity: the company would probably be within their legal right to fire him.

Their compuer, their rules.

more than 2 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

gambit3 Re:So this is the new Slashdot? (961 comments)

Man, I wish I had mod points. I'd give you all 5.

more than 3 years ago
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Pioneer Anomaly Solved By 1970s Computer Graphics

gambit3 Re:But... Phong is wrong (169 comments)

What does it matter if he does?

He can't be heard if he DOESN'T have a Ph.D in Astrophysics?

Conversely, if he DOES have one, does that make his proposal magically valid?

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

gambit3 All you need to know, from TFA (815 comments)

Rossi and Focardi’s paper on the nuclear reactor has been rejected by peer-reviewed journals, but the scientists aren’t discouraged. They published their paper in the Journal of Nuclear Physics, an online journal founded and run by themselves, which is obviously cause for a great deal of skepticism. They say their paper was rejected because they lack a theory for how the reaction works. According to a press release in Google translate, the scientists say they cannot explain how the cold fusion is triggered, “but the presence of copper and the release of energy are witnesses.”

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Virus Now Biggest Threat To Industry

gambit3 Is this a script? (254 comments)

Why does it always follow the outline:

[INSERT REAL OR IMAGINED DANGER HERE], so the only solution is for [INSERT GOV'T BRANCH HERE] to [INSERT DESIRED ACTION HERE].

"The growing danger, said lawmakers, makes it imperative that Congress move on legislation that would expand government controls and set requirements to make systems safer."

about 4 years ago
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Stieg Larsson Is First Author To Sell 1M E-Books

gambit3 e-book != Kindle (122 comments)

This bothers me in slashdot, of all places. Articles that reference Amazon e-books ONLY COUNT THE NUMBER SOLD ON AMAZON. NOT ALL E-BOOKS!
Just like the earlier misleading story headline that e-books outsold hardcovers for the first time... NO. Amazon KINDLE e-books outsold HARDCOVER books on AMAZON for the first time.

There are plenty other e-book and physical book sellers out there that are NOT amazon. It doesn't emcompass the whole literary universe, so it shouldn't be written as such.

more than 4 years ago
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Lord of the Rings Online To Go Free-To-Play

gambit3 Re:Lifetime subscriptions? (138 comments)

From their FAQ:

# I have a lifetime subscription to LOTRO. What will Free-to-Play mean for me?

As a lifetime subscriber to LOTRO, you will keep all of your membership privileges and are automatically upgraded to VIP status. You will receive 500 Free Turbine Points every month like the other VIPs, but you do not have to pay a monthly fee since you are a lifetime member. All you have to do is keep playing the game and visit the LOTRO Store to spend your free points and enjoy the wealth of new a la carte items and options to enhance your game experience.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

gambit3 Rest in peace. (389 comments)

I'm going to cry. Really.
I had the blessing to meet Mr. Escalante just a few months ago, before he was diagnosed with cancer. What a wonderful, wonderful man.

They should name schools after people like him.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Smith In For Independence Day 2 & 3

gambit3 Plot Spoiler! (464 comments)

In this one, the aliens come back with a different OS, and now running Antivirus!

more than 4 years ago
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

gambit3 Updates (181 comments)

Does it also allow for control over Auto Updates?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

gambit3 Apple owns a patent for screen rotation? (434 comments)

Apparently, it seems to think so. From the complaint:

"The '381 Patent, entitled "List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And
Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display," was duly and legally issued on December 23, 2008 by
the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '381 Patent is attached hereto as
Exhibit D.
40. Apple is the exclusive and current owner of all rights, title, and interest in the
'381 Patent, including the right to bring this suit for injunctive relief and damages."

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista"

gambit3 Threat (273 comments)

You know, that sounds like a threat to me...

more than 5 years ago
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Suggestions For Learning FPGA Development At Home?

gambit3 Re:advice (185 comments)

I second the recommendation for the FOLD book.
I used it in college (also about 15 years ago), and I loved it so much I ended up buying an updated version when I ran across it at a Half-Price books recently.

If you've never done logic design, it will take you from the basics on.

more than 5 years ago
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Most Companies Won't Deploy Windows 7 — Survey

gambit3 Talk about a misleading title (429 comments)

"Have No current Plans" != "Won't Deploy"

Two years ago, my company had "No Current Plans" to move our MS Applications to their 2007 versions, but here we are, with Office/Exchange/Sharepoint all 2007.

"No Current Plans" may just mean just that... they don't have any plans. That's a far stretch from "we won't".

more than 5 years ago
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SQL in a Nutshell

gambit3 Nutshell books (86 comments)

while the "Nutshell" books make great gifts for someone somewhat experienced in a topic, it needs to be pointed out that they're not necessarily the best option for a beginner.

more than 5 years ago
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I Do Most Of My Gaming These Days On My...

gambit3 Guild Wars (191 comments)

mainly, the upfront expense of getting a dedicated gaming box is what keeps me tied to my pc.

that, and Guild Wars.

more than 5 years ago
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Organized Online, Students Storm Gov't. Buildings In Moldova

gambit3 Dilbert (199 comments)

Seriously, am I the only one that thought "isn't that the fictional Dilbert country" when I first read this?

more than 5 years ago

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Want to get dumber? Keep smoking that weed

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 2 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study.
Researchers found persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults.

They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.

Furthermore, those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US."

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AT&T's about-face on 4G

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 2 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "AT&T told regulators a pretty big whopper last year while fighting for its doomed T-Mobile merger. One of the deal's fiercest battle points was 4G access outside major cities. Without T-Mobile, AT&T said it was "very unlikely" that it would expand 4G-LTE service beyond the 80% coverage threshold it already planned to reach by 2013.

Fast-forward 11 months. AT&T says that its $14 billion network investment will allow its 4G service to cover 300 million Americans, the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population, or 96% by 2014."

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Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider lost over the Pacific

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "After approximately 15 seconds of flight, the experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound was unable to maintain control during a test run Tuesday and was lost, the Air Force said in a statement.

The unmanned X-51A WaveRider was expected to reach Mach 6 after it was dropped by a B-52 bomber off the Southern California coast near Point Mugu, but a faulty control fin compromised the flight.

"It is unfortunate that a problem with this subsystem caused a termination before we could light the Scramjet engine," Charlie Brink, the X-51A program manager said in a statement. "All our data showed we had created the right conditions for engine ignition and we were very hopeful to meet our test objectives.""

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Why you can't find an online review of your Real Estate Broker

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "When it comes to critiquing products and services, American consumers are spreading opinions with abandon online. Don't like the lobster bisque at your local seafood place? Air your displeasure on Urbanspoon. Love the way your new leaf blower chases away the neighbor's cats? Rave about it on Amazon.com. Indeed, according to recent surveys, more than one in four adults participates in scoring either services or products on some kind of rating site — all the more remarkable because such forums didn't even exist a decade ago.

But when shoppers turn to real estate, and specifically to the nation's army of nearly 2 million agents, the Web is practically a blank page; in many ways, critics say, it might as well be 1992. If consumers want to know how many homes an agent has sold, how long those homes were on the market, what they sold for versus the asking price and, especially, one agent's performance compared with those of his or her peers, there's no place online to dig up reliable answers. Why?"

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Google to Require Retailers to Pay to be in Google Shopping Results

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "In a move to squeeze more cash out of its lucrative Web-search engine, Google is converting its free product-search service into a paid one.
Online retailers will now have to bid to display their products on Google's Shopping site. Currently, retailers include their products for free by providing Google with certain data about the products. Google then ranks those products, such as cameras, by popularity and price.
"Google Shopping will empower businesses of all sizes to compete effectively—and it will help shoppers turn their intentions into actions lightning fast," wrote Sameer Samat, a Google vice president, in a statement."

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Google Didn't Infringe Oracle Patents for Java, Jury Says

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "In the second phase of the IP phase, the jury, which had been deliberating for some time, has come to a conclusion in the Oracle v. Google trial, determining the Android does not infringe Oracle patents."
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'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface.
Across Africa more than 300 million people are said not to have access to safe drinking water.
Freshwater rivers and lakes are subject to seasonal floods and droughts that can limit their availability for people and for agriculture. At present only 5% of arable land is irrigated."

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Store Umbilical Cord blood, and Where?

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "My wife and I are expecting our first child in 3 months, and one of the decisions we still have to make is whether to store our baby's cord blood. Even if we decide the upfront cost is worth it, there is still the question of using a public bank or a private one (and which one to trust), and whether to also store umbilical cord tissue for stem cells.
Does the slashdot community have any experience and suggestions?"
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Researchers find flaw in FTL Experiment

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "In September, scientists in Geneva made the startling announcement that they had recorded ghostly particles known as neutrinos apparently traveling faster than the speed of light—a finding that challenged Einstein and threatened to upend the entire field of modern particle physics.

It now turns out that a flawed cable could have been responsible for garbling the result."

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Supreme Court: GPS devices equivalent of a search,

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "The Supreme Court says police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.

The court ruled in the case of Washington, D.C., nightclub owner Antoine Jones. A federal appeals court in Washington overturned his drug conspiracy conviction because police did not have a warrant when they installed a GPS device on his vehicle and then tracked his movements for a month."

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First 'mixed embryo' monkeys born in the U.S.

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "For the first time, scientists have produced monkeys composed of cells taken from separate embryos. Chimeras are important for studying embryonic development, but research has largely been restricted to mice. The three rhesus monkeys, named Chimero, Roku and Hex, are said to be normal and healthy. They have tissues made up of a mixture of cells representing as many as six distinct embryos."
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "Like tens of millions of Americans, I have paid money to see Mission: Impossible, which made $130 million in the last two weeks, and I have not paid any money to see Young Adult, which has made less than $10 million over the same span. Nobody is surprised or impressed by the discrepancy. The real question is: If demand is supposed to move prices, why isn't seeing Young Adult much cheaper than seeing Mission: Impossible?"
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Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solv

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 3 years ago

gambit3 writes "An international study has linked an industrial solvent to Parkinson's disease. The researchers from institutes in the US, Canada, Germany and Argentina, wanted to examine the impact of solvent exposure — specifically six solvents including trichloroethylene (TCE). They looked at 99 sets of twins (twins were thought to provide a better control group, reducing the likelihood of spurious results), one twin with Parkinson's, the other without, and found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to TCE."
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Wednesday is 11022011, a very rare eight-digit pal

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 3 years ago

gambit3 writes "Happy Palindrome Day, everyone! You probably woke up knowing it was Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, but to Aziz Anin, a professor of engineering at the University of Portland, today's date looks more like this: 11022011.
That makes it a very rare, eight-digit palindrome day, one of only 12 eight-digit palindrome days this entire century."

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HP to keep its PC Division

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 3 years ago

gambit3 writes "In breaking news today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett Packard will be keeping its PC Division. Under its former and now-fired CEO Leo Apotheker, HP had announced that it would be selling off its PC Division and focus only in software. Today, HP announced it was reversing that decision."
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When Algorithms Control the World

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gambit3 writes "If you were expecting some kind warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again. At last month's TEDGlobal conference, algorithm expert Kevin Slavin warned that the "maths that computers use to decide stuff" was infiltrating every aspect of our lives. "We are writing these things that we can no longer read," warned Mr Slavin. "We've rendered something illegible. And we've lost the sense of what's actually happening in this world we've made.""
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Barrett Brown is "Anonymous"

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gambit3 writes "From a tiny Uptown Dallas apartment, Barrett Brown is organizing a worldwide collective of hackers that brought down HBGary and helped overthrow the government of Tunisia. Anonymous, per se, doesn’t exist. It has no hierarchy, no leadership. So even though Bloomberg and others have called Brown a spokesman for the group (which, again, isn’t a group at all), Brown denies having any position within Anonymous. “Anonymous is a process more than it is a thing,” Brown tells a reporter."
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Iron-Eating Bug Is Gobbling Up the Titanic

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "A newly discovered microbe dubbed Halomonas titanicae is chewing its way through the wreck of the famous ship and leaving little behind except a fine dust, researchers report in today's issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. "In 1995, I was predicting that Titanic had another 30 years," said Henrietta Mann, a civil engineering adjunct professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "It's deteriorating much faster than that now.""
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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 4 years ago

gambit3 writes "The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers. "I think it will be done," US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said on Wednesday morning. "I think the technology is there and I think you're going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones." LaHood is on a self-described "rampage" against distracted driving, and if making it impossible to use a mobile phone while in a car can save lives, he's all for it."
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Emergency Broadcast System Coming to Cell Phones

gambit3 gambit3 writes  |  about 4 years ago

gambit3 (463693) writes "The Emergency Broadcast System that interrupts TV programming in times of crisis is jumping to a new format where it might be able to reach you better — on your cell phone. The communications company Alcatel-Lucent announced Tuesday that it's creating a Broadcast Message Center that will allow government agencies to send cell phone users specific information in the event of a local, state or national emergency. It will be similar to the TV alerts in that the text messages will be geographically targeted for areas where a tornado alert or major road closure, for example, is in effect."
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