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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

glwtta Heh, nice poll (152 comments)

So far, these are the words in the question that no one can agree on a definition for:

1. stream
2. media
3. consume
4. percentage

Roughly in descending order of disagreement.

4 days ago

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

glwtta Re:Another giant leap? (91 comments)

That's all well and good, but it's still just talking about whether the Higgs field/boson imparts mass, not how.

about two weeks ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

glwtta "more or less exactly" (347 comments)

That is the stupidest thing I've read today.

The headlines seems needlessly sensationalist (I know, shocking!) since apparently we're saying that photons don't always travel at the speed of light, not that the speed of light needs to be "corrected".

about a month ago

HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

glwtta That's great, but... (257 comments)

Will the output be limited to a single number?

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

glwtta Re:Missing the point (321 comments)

I hadn't heard of Calibre either, before I googled for a way to get non-Amazon content on the Kindle.

Sure, ePub support would be great. The current situation is mildly annoying, but not something that keeps me up at night.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

glwtta Universal Translator? (169 comments)

Why can't "cool new thing X" ever be discussed on its own merits, without insanely hyperbolic comparisons to "sci-fi trope Y" that it's entirely different from?

"3D printer - it's a Replicator!"
"VR headset - Holodeck!"
"Shitty voice input - Artificial Intelligence!"

It gets pretty silly.

about 2 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

glwtta Re:I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

You mean driven the price of "legitimately worth $350" headphones to $500?

Have you seen the Denon line post-AHD2000? I attribute that abomination entirely to the "Us too! Let's be Beats!!!" syndrome.

about 2 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

glwtta Re:Beats Streaming Service has 110K Users? (188 comments)

Beats owns the "high-end fashion accessory" segment of a technology-oriented market - seems like a perfect fit with Apple.

They're making money hand-over-fist (I assume?) selling shitty headphones at silly prices, why should it mean anything more than that to Apple?

about 2 months ago

No, Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

glwtta Re:Why should I believe this information? (142 comments)

No one expects you to take anything as fact.

Those numbers do, on the other hand, sound plausible for a project of that type and size. Including the breakdown between different languages.

Whereas the 500m number is absurd on its face. You're not expected to take away more than that.

about 2 months ago

No, Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

glwtta Re:646 lines of Perl? (142 comments)

One of the experts they hired to fix it, rewrote the entire front end Perl.

So, what's the other 500 lines, then?

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

glwtta Re:Nonsense (321 comments)

I can see how the organization is limited, but yeah, I usually just have a queue of 3-5 unread books. I've only had it for 3 years, though, and that's not a long-enough time frame for me to re-read something.

I haven't found the Kindle to be of much use for tech books and journals: it would need to be at least A4-sized and much sharper (and probably color) for that.

What I would appreciate is better within-book search, and more functional "X-Ray" (that's actually available for more than 1 book in 10).

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

glwtta Re:Disagree - controls matter (321 comments)

Not sure what that glitch refers to, I don't think I've ever experienced it on the touch (4th gen). At most, I hit the menu area instead of turning the page every once in a while.

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

glwtta Re:Missing the point (321 comments)

Odd, I read a lot of non-Amazon content on my Kindle. Must be using it wrong...

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

glwtta Nonsense (321 comments)

It's a book reader, only two things matter: screen quality and the ease of getting books on it.

I would've included battery life, but that's been a solved issue with the Kindle from the beginning.

None of the "killer" features listed would do a damn to improve the reading experience, and some of them would be very annoying. Didn't the whole Siri debacle finally demonstrate that no one wants to yell at their devices?

about 2 months ago

Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

glwtta Prevent "thousands" of infections a year? (118 comments)

Isn't the incidence of new cases in Africa something like over 5,000 a day?

about 3 months ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

glwtta Great name! (89 comments)

Docs and Sheets definitely doesn't sound like a store you would find between Staples and Linens & Things.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

glwtta Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (702 comments)

Bought these speakers when they came out in 1999, still in use, doesn't seem like I'll ever need a new set.

And another vote for Cowon - the X5 was built like a damn tank!

about 3 months ago



How the Berkeley Overmind Won the 2010 StarCraft A

glwtta glwtta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glwtta (532858) writes "StarCraft, one of the most popular games ever made, also serves as the perfect proving ground for artificial intelligence. Here's the inside story of how a Berkeley team won the world's first StarCraft AI competition with code that can beat even pro-level human players."
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