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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

glwtta Re:English isn't my native language, but... (133 comments)

English is a naturally ambiguous language

What an odd thing to say. It's not any more or less ambiguous than almost any other language.

You do, however, need to apply a modicum of effort to make sure that whatever word slop you just barfed on the page is readable to others. Slashdot "editors" notoriously refuse to do so, though.

2 days ago
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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

glwtta Re:Doesn't that come with another problem? (94 comments)

Yup, I'm getting 0.06813 mm per frame.

Pretty damn impressive, but then again, that thing apparently can only record 6 frames at a time, making the whole article misleading to the point of being complete bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

glwtta Re:What's a reboot? (252 comments)

Tim Choate who played my favorite character, Zathras

Don't forget he also played my favorite character: Zathras.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

glwtta Re:In breaking news (252 comments)

Just... fuck you.

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

glwtta Re:What debate? (115 comments)

That's what 'arbitrary' means.

about three weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

glwtta This is pretty damn silly (115 comments)

This mission will put a new spotlight on Pluto and its âoedwarf planetâ status, potentially highlighting its current classification as a woefully inadequate description of such a dynamic and interesting binary system.

Ok, so it's a "binary dwarf planet" - can we tone down the prose now?

about three weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

glwtta What debate? (115 comments)

Planet and Dwarf Planet are arbitrary labels defined by the IAU.

How can you "debate" about that?

about three weeks ago
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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.

about a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov 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 3 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov 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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago

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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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