top Rep. Mike Rogers Dismisses CISPA Opponents "14 Year Old Tweeter On the Internet"
Because I believe I am substantially older than 14 years old and I oppose the CISPA.
about a year and a half ago
top Manga Girls Beware: Extra Large Eyes Caused Neanderthal's Demise
There are some theories that the Neanderthals were actually quite smart, compassionate, and had a sophisticated social system. This is based on burial sites that indicated that they took care of the elderly. Some evidence points to a myth that Neanderthals were hunched over and ape like. It is also interesting that, except for some groups in Africa, most people have traces of Neanderthal DNA indicating that Neanderthals didn't die out, but were interbred with and absorbed into other populations.
I found this story on NPR that talks about one interesting speculation on how this may have happened.
top Call for Questions: Rasterman, Founder of the Enlightenment Project
I would like to know how you managed to convince Intel and Samsung to build yet another mobile framework on a technology that has been really difficult to use, and has a very small share of the UI framework "market?" Is it that Enlightenment is providing UIs of the future, or is everything better encumbered by their ownership or stakeholders?
top Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting
I find this argument as delusional and dangerous, but not insulting. I think Mr Dawkins obfuscates the issues by creating a false belief that those with different views are insulted by his beliefs. I think that is far from the truth.
From my perspective, the main issue lies with the dilution of the education system and not anyone's individual feelings. Teaching creationism is a subject separate from science. Science has a clear method of repetitive observation, hypothesis, evidence, and theory. It is meant to be objective and discourages personal bias. That doesn't mean it discourages opposing views, but those views must also following the scientific method.
Creationism is part of a belief system. It should be taught in the context of that belief system. This is very similar to other "cultural" education (e.g. my wife is from Russia and my daughter attends Russian school.) If fundamentalist Christians are threatened by Science, then it is their problem, not those of the general population.
In the context of an increasingly technical world where jobs are requiring a higher level of skill, replacing technical skills with a cultural belief system is somewhat irresponsible. To put things in Dr Dawkin's words, his ignorance of Baseball will not ill prepare his for the world. It is a cultural knowledge. His ignorance of scientific method will likely stunt his abilities to compete in an increasingly science oriented world.
top A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now
The alarm clock will still be on my wife's side of the bed and will probably be a cheap Timex battery powered unit with buttons that are hard to press and a crappy display and annoying beep for an alarm. She will still the voice that pulls me from my sleep,
We will have the same shower with maybe an upgrade to the shower head. I don't see a need to upgrade our Thermosol shower control as it seems to do a fine job at at temperature control. We will still live on the east coast where water is not so much a valued commodity. We tend to take short showers, so this shouldn't be an issue.
I will still have a phone and a computer. My computer might look more like a tablet and syncing will be faster and easier, but I won't be plopping my phone into a docking station at my office. Dropbox or Google sync seems to give me that functionality today.
I expect to be swiping and typing. I don't think I will be gesturing into the air which seems to require to much energy. I still expect no more than a 30 inch display on my desk, although the screen and tablet computer might be flexible and thin. I doubt the metric system will take hole in the U.S. I will still be driving at 75MPH on roads with a 65MPH speed limit. My car might have more voice controls and a heads up display, but I suspect it will be a hybrid that runs on electricity and natural gas rather than gasoline.
I will still expect a paper or card menu at the restaurant and a live waiter. The card menu could possibly be a flexible computer, but it will have to look and feel like a menu card to be acceptable.
. My kitchen appliances will be very high tech with touch displays, but their function will likely be the same. We might have some unforeseen replacements for microwave ovens, but I doubt it.
In essence, I don't expect things to change dramatically. I expect I will have multiple devices that are all synced together (I have that now, so why would it be different 15 years from now). Siri might actually work and be useful by then, but I will still only use it in the car. I won't want to be shouting out my preferences or requests in public for all to hear.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?
I can't speak for the entire U.S. It seems that carriers focus on different regions of the country. I traveled quite a bit over the past 7 years and here is my experience.
I have the best coverage with Verizon. Speeds were consistent and good. In the New England area, I get 4 or 5 bars where ever I go.
In New England, AT&T just sucks. It sucks on speed and coverage. Drive two miles of the freeway in New Hampshire or Vermont, and signals are spotty. In the metro Boston area, I can't drive 5 miles on the freeway without dropping calls a few times. There was an AT&T billboard in Brighton (part of Boston) that said "More bar in more areas" I think they were describing the taverns and not their coverage.
Sprint was really good in New England. I had a plan that would allow me to roam on the Verizon network outside of Boston. I don't know if they still do that, but I always have coverage. In the 7 years of using a Sprint phone, I never experience a dropped call on my commute from the North West suburbs (Burlington) into Brookline (4 miles from Downtown).
I was getting free phones from Nokia and Microsoft and none of them got more than 2G data speeds on T-Mobile. I understand they offer 3G in the 800Mhz band. None of my phones could use the 3G. If you buy one of their special phones, it works. From what I understand they are rolling out HSPA on more frequencies and are also building out their 4G LTE network.
top Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04
I am not convinced that this is just a linux problem. I have a laptop with a Intel HD Graphics adapter (8086:01116) running Window 7 pro, that experiences similar behavior when coming out of suspend. Some times the screen freezes and the mouse moves, other times the mouse freezes but the screen continues to update (for instance alt-tab navigates windows that still respond to the keyboard).
top The Motivated Rejection of Science
The operative word is ideology which is "the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, etc." Once you subscribe to an ideology, you tend to be close minded to alternatives. Contrast that against the scientific process that uses hypothesis, evidence, and theory to drive belief and action. A true scientist would constantly test existing theories against new evidence and reformulate new hypotheses and theories to support the new evidence.
The free market is one of those funny ideas. Free markets are good at reconciling supply and demand. Unfortunately, free markets can form into oligopolies and cartels which are sub optimal at resolving supply and demand. There is a difference between supporting free markets and having a free market ideology. I support a free market and expect government regulations to keep the market free. I also expect the government to solve social issues that the free market is unable or unwilling to solve.
It's kind of like Darwinism. Scientific evidence supports the theory of natural selection and evolution. I can go in my back yard watch animals behaving in a Darwinian manner. I subscribe to Darwinian theory, but I am not a Darwinian ideologist. I don't believe people have to behave that way. I believe as a society we can do better than that.
Not that scientists don't fall into ideologies around a particular sciences. It sometimes takes a crafty politician (and scientist) to convince a scientific body accept a new theory.
top Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank
By freedom, they mean the right of AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to control the internet any way they want.
top Would You Open Your Home To a Hacker – For Free?
for bootstrapping kansas city's high tech industry
top Saudi Arabia Objects To Proposed
.gay gTLD, Among Others
Gosh, I hope they aren't going to my ".fatuglymisogynistichomophobicsaudidouchebags" gTLD too.
top Scientists Reverse Engineer Animal Brains To Create Bionic Prosthetic Eyes
I think that was actually a agricultural workers wife who took retribution on the poor little blind creatures for giver her such a fright.
top Machine Learning Allows Actors To Create Games That Understand Body Language
No. It means an algorithm which mutates based on the data inputs.
I thought it was a branch of computer scientific concerned with the design and development of algorithms that allow computers to evolve behaviors based on empirical data, This does not imply that the algorithm mutates, though that is one way of allowing the computer to evolve.
top House Representatives Working On NASA Reform Bill
If NASA changed their focus from exploring the Cosmos to searching for God, they would have no trouble getting multi-year funding.
top Machine Learning Allows Actors To Create Games That Understand Body Language
top US Adoption of 10 Mbps+ Broadband Nearly Doubles In a Year
I am in Brookline MA and we share Comcast infrastructure with Boston. I have 22MBs according to my tests, and Comcast promises me even greater speed if I upgrade to a DOCSYS 3 modem. My brother reports the same in New Jersey, and my other brother is getting 12 to 15 MBS from his provider in San Diego. A year ago, my connection was at 7 - 9 MBs, so things have improved greatly. My data bill has stayed the same.
top Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?
Unless you are in marketing which makes no credibility redundant.
top Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia
Lets look at MS challenges:
1) The release of the Surface is saying fuck you to their channel. Acer CEO just reacted to the Surface announcement by saying they would look at alternatives such as Android.
2) All of MS's recent announcements surround Metro UI, ARM tablets, and Cloud services.
.NET and all of the related PC based services will continue to be supported and evolved. MS will not kill off their bread and butter business until people start eating their new cupcakes in mass volume.
top Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia
What?? There was world wide financial collapse??? When did that happen??? Guess it's not important because I didn't know about it.
top War By Remote Control, With Military Robots Set To Self Destruct
I know what you mean. Nothing is more important than a weapon that cleans carpets prior to killing the enemy.
top Windows 7
I have been installing operating systems frequently over the past two years. I need different environments for different projects. While windows is easier to install than Linux, it is still a complete piece of shit. It reboots frequently and comes with NO DRIVERS.
Between Dell and Microsoft, I am going insane.
top Ubuntu 10.04 and the Dell E6410
I installed 10.04 on my new Dell 6410. Here are my observations:
1) I had to go through major contortions to get the installer to work. Whoda thunk that the installer default video wouldn't work with an NVIDIA GPU.
2) Can't turn on the Alps Glide point tap function. It is driving me crazy.
3) Can't turn off the auto dim feature, even when using AC power. My presentation to 25 embedded developers did not do 10.04 service when the screen kept dimming in the middle of the presentation. Someone from the audience asked if I installed Ubuntu 10.04 and then snickered.
4) keyboard focus keeps randomly breaking. I have to switch to another window, start typing, and then switch back to the original window to get focus. Another embarrassment for the Ubuntu community.
5) tomorrow I switch back to fedora 12. Laugh if you must, at least it works.