top Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?
"..and it begs the question: should drones be regulated?"
No it does not beg the question.
top J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm
Exactly. One only needs to browse the frontpages of reddit and digg (does anyone still read digg?) for even more examples.
top "Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy
If you can root your license plate, does it affect your wanted level?
top Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year
Definitely something for the atypical slashdotter, but if Apple can bring something to the market which combines iOS, the
Nike+t, the Fit Bit, and/or the Suunto Core they could potentially capture a good portion of the exercise watch / band market. Current options aren't truly versatile (e.g. hiking, running, backpacking, daily activity), but combine this with Apple's UI and they could produce a very interesting product that I'm likely to try.
Yes, I've looked at Motorola's GPS watches and was far from impressed.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
Sounds like a course for easy credits, so insert your own assumptions here and please be nice.
I finished my post-grad about a year ago at a highly ranked public university for my specific scientific field. The third/fourth year courses I taught had exceptionally bright students, where said courses were not easy credits. I would disagree with the premise of your statement based on experience, but I'm also distanced from public high schools. You may be seeing the effect of poor preparation at that level.
top Wireless Carriers Put On Notice About Providing Regular Android Security Updates
If the carriers were what most of us want, i.e. dumb pipes, then we could possibly own our phones and upgrade them in a much easier fashion (so long as the hardware manufacturer is still providing updates).
Verizon's treatment of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been an eye opening experience and I'm still trying to figure out an alternative solution.
top How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works
What about HBO content (or similar offerings for that matter)?
top CES: IN WIN Displays Costly but Beautiful Computer Cases (Video)
Exactly. I've had a Thermaltake Armor for the past 6-7 years and have had multiple components swapped out. Though the case is a bit on the heavy side, the reusable dust filters, easy to access drive bays, and spaciousness have made it worthwhile.
top World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced
"It's the year of the linux desktop...BECAUSE I SAY SO!"
top Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam
Because having the freedom to choose is good.
Disclaimer: I avidly use Steam on OSX, but I'm constantly frustrated with it's buggy state. If the linux client proves to be better over time (with a good offering of games) I'll be upgrading my linux box and going that route.
top Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time
No, check out
Air Rights. I would be careful if a military / police drone was flying high enough above your property, in regards to the OP.
top Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program
Profit > The Environment
top Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need For Software Patents
Right, because more government control = less evil and well maintained. Just look at the US's current infrastructure and areas of oversight (e.g. the FCC).
top Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
Thanks for sharing. My father read The Hobbit to me when I was about the same age as your son (~5 years old). I absolutely loved it and, when I was older, read LOTR on my own (still remember being mad that Bilbo wasn't the main character anymore), which started a long and interesting journey throughout the fantasy genre.
I'm sure the Harry Potter series would serve as a great starting point as well.
top Where's HAL 9000?
I would argue that placing emphasis only on the Turing test itself is a distraction from the broad field of AI. For example, there is a ton of really cool work coming from various labs (
http://www.ias.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/ , http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~pabbeel/video_highlights.html).
There are many achievements met and progress made, e.g. Peters group's ping pong robot, just not the ones researchers promised many years ago.
top Game Theory, Antivirus Improvements Explain Rise In Mac Malware
We all know it's due to momentary lapse in prayers to the Almighty Jobs.
top 12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word
When I need to make a presentation, I use Powerpoint. I should figure out how to use LaTeX instead.
Check out the
Beemer class; it's handy but not exactly pretty. However, you can find some decent templates floating around the net.
top Testing AI Methods With
One of the best comments on this article so far. Algorithmic development and optimization is not a trivial subset of problems in active robotics research.
top GNU/Linux Running On An 8-Bit Processor
You can ask the same of most hobbies. I would assume it's mainly for personal enjoyment.
top Does Higher Health Care Spending Lead To Better Patient Outcomes?
Well, don't forget about fraud here in the US.
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