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J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

getto man d Re:quality vs popularity (128 comments)

Exactly. One only needs to browse the frontpages of reddit and digg (does anyone still read digg?) for even more examples.

about a year ago
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"Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy

getto man d Root your license plate? (262 comments)

If you can root your license plate, does it affect your wanted level?

about a year ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

getto man d Exercise Watch Potential (327 comments)

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
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

getto man d Easy Credit Course? (605 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago
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Wireless Carriers Put On Notice About Providing Regular Android Security Updates

getto man d The carriers don't care. (171 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago
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CES: IN WIN Displays Costly but Beautiful Computer Cases (Video)

getto man d Re:Reusable... (141 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago
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World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced

getto man d Year of the Linux Desktop (272 comments)

"It's the year of the linux desktop...BECAUSE I SAY SO!"

about 2 years ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

getto man d Why game on anything other than Windows? (332 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago
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Activists' Drone Shot Out of the Sky For Fourth Time

getto man d Re:Over private property? (733 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program

getto man d No Surprise There (405 comments)

Profit > The Environment

more than 2 years ago
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Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need For Software Patents

getto man d Re:Oblig: TED Talk (372 comments)

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).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

getto man d Re:Tolkien, of course (726 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Where's HAL 9000?

getto man d Too Narrow (269 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Game Theory, Antivirus Improvements Explain Rise In Mac Malware

getto man d Hogwash (319 comments)

We all know it's due to momentary lapse in prayers to the Almighty Jobs.

more than 2 years ago
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12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word

getto man d Beemer (642 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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Testing AI Methods With FlightGear

getto man d Mod Parent Up (66 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago
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GNU/Linux Running On An 8-Bit Processor

getto man d Re:I'm almost scared to ask (361 comments)

You can ask the same of most hobbies. I would assume it's mainly for personal enjoyment.

more than 2 years ago

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