top Book Review: The Ingenious Engine of Reality
So I got on Amazon and read the first few pages of the prequel to the reviewed book, called "The Trousers of Reality" (link below). I found it so disjoint and jargon-ridden that I came here to ask: Am I missing something? I don't want to bash a book I haven't read fully -- maybe it really is a good book -- but try reading the first few pages for yourself. I belong to the author's target audience, and I can follow the words, but I came away from the chapter on "themes and direction" having very little idea what thoughts the author is trying to communicate.
If anyone here has read it, could you comment if the entire book reads like that, and if this sequel is the same?
http://www.amazon.com/The-Trousers-Reality-Volume-Working/dp/190721500X/ref=cm_rdp_product about a year and a half ago
top In terms of general neatness, I am ...
You might try recruiting some midden workers. The queen should be able to spawn some.
about a year and a half ago
top Crowdsourced Network Planning For Connection-Bridging Startup
Thanks for taking questions. Take business travelers who have a laptop with builtin 802.11, and a 4G card for when they are not around an open access point. With switchboard, they would be able to use the 4G network even when they are connected to the 802.11 and observe increased speeds. That sounds like something a lot of people would use.
Do you consider this to be your target market, or something else?
about a year and a half ago
top Pirates of the Caribbean: the Pirate Bay Moves To Island of Sint Maarten
Give me control of a planet's oxygen supply, and I won't care who runs the banks.
Give me control of the Spice and I'll control the universe.
top FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos
There's a fine line between soliciting public support and encouraging vigilante justice.
Well... the article does seem to make it pretty clear which side of the line they are on...
We considered them to be armed and extremely dangerous. No one should approach them. No one should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement. Let me reiterate that caution. Do not take any action on your own. If you see these men, contact law enforcement.
top Microbes Survive, and Maybe Thrive, High In the Atmosphere
Reminds me of Sagan's "atmospheric beasts", the floaters, sinkers and hunters he imagines in the second episode of Cosmos (see around 53:13) -- though TFA is talking about microorganisms on Earth not postulating life on other planets.
top Forbes 2013 Career List Flamed By University Professors
As a college professor, you have to teach new things to people who already know everything. That does sound really hard to do.
top Ask Slashdot: Software For Learning About Data Transmission?
The clack router is a little old but it's a great idea:
There might be too much abstraction for someone first starting out, though.
top Bruce Perens: The Day I Blundered Into the Nuclear Facility
15 Years of Stuff That Matters -- Phew, glad that's over!
top China's Yangtze River Turns Red
Could someone with a knack for photoshop re-color the water in the picture to a nice blue color, with a caption saying both images are photoshopped? The "original" definitely looks photoshopped, but I admit I wasn't looking for it and I didn't notice until someone pointed it out. To see the the same photo with a sparkling blue river would be a great reminder that we have to keep our skepticism active at all times.
top Stanford Researchers Discover the 'Anternet'
There is also research to suggest that ants connect colonies together using Steiner trees, which are related to minimum cost spanning trees. Network engineers are familiar with these since they're used in the protocol of the same name to prevent layer 2 loops. Now we discover they have a TCP-like throttling mechanism. Next we'll decode a colony as HTTP and figure out they're just playing farmville.
Also: Deborah Gordon (one of the authors of the paper) has an enjoyable book on her harvester ant research called "Ants at work: how an insect society is organized". In it, she talks about other forms of ant communication at a colony level and on an ant-to-ant level. This research isn't in the book since the book is older. Recommended if you have an interest in ants and their colonies and don't know where to start. Check your local library.
top Microsoft Ignores Usability With All-Caps Menu in Visual Studio
If you wanted to put structure into a menu, well how about color? Oh wait, I forgot the design department dumped color in favour of the 'everything-is-grey UI.'
How do you determine if this writer was American or English? (Pause) -- That's correct, it's time for a horse race!
If you wanted to put structure into a menu, well how about color?
They're out of the gates, and "American Author" sprints into an early lead!
Oh wait, I forgot the design department dumped color
Ah, an obstruction in the track! "English Expositor" got its hoof stuck on a sodding large crumpet and is now clomping along alone like a Billy No-Mates! With such a slowdown, it may never catch up, just like the train schedule!
But wait, "American Author" has smelled the crumpet and is circling back to investigate! It looks like the rider is shouting to "American Author" at the top of his lungs that its going the wrong way, but he refuses to use his riding crop or otherwise take action to correct the problem.
Now "European Expositor" is gaining ground fast! A more in-depth genealogy analysis may very well reveal that Bob is, in fact, his uncle!
"European Expositor" has shaken off its handicap and they're on the home stretch! They're neck and neck across the finish line -- it's a tie!
To finish the story, the riders then dismounted and decided to play a tiebreaker match of football. It ended in another tie, one team scoring two touchdowns and the other netting twelve goals.
top Twitter: 'We Promise To Not Be a Patent Troll'
The title of this piece on Slashdot was:
Twitter: 'We Promise To Not Be a Patent Troll'
However, I don't see in any of the three links where twitter made the statement: "We Promise To Not Be a Patent Troll".
It is really not appropriate to use quotation marks when paraphrasing. It's not only unfair to the person you're allegedly quoting, it's also misleading to your readers.
top 13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered
Enjoying the science fiction references in this thread more than the discussion stemming from the article.
top 13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered
Ah, but the whole Asimov universe was rich in the metal that mattered.
top Facebook Asserts Trademark On "Book" In New User Agreement
top Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution
When scientists say "theory" they mean something different than what most other people think of when they use the word. "Theory" is used in the "I'm pretty sure the thing I'm typing on is a keyboard, but I could be hallucinating and giving my cat, Whiskers, a backrub" sense. It's the best information that humans have, but we are humble enough to permit the idea that there is something unknown about the subject that could, if someday discovered by research, invalidate it.
It's correct to call evolution a scientific theory, people just don't understand why the word "theory" is used here and it gets misused into making evolution look less like "the only game in town."
top Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?
> Since we're students, though, no one really has the experience to offer major advice or critiques
See how the other students would feel about internal code or design reviews. They may or may not know what it is and they may take it the wrong way or not like the perceived criticism from peers, depends on your relationship with them.
About none of you having much experience -- maybe not, but part of college is wrestling with challenging questions that you don't know the answer to with people who don't know the answers either. If you're working for the college, even better. It may only lead to marginally better code, but hopefully you would all learn from each other. And it would look good on a resume to say you "improved coding standards and helped foster growth among colleagues by proposing and implementing a peer code review system."
top Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?
Maybe it's too early...
"Speaking of the future of Office, did you ever notice how people use MS-Word to convince people to use Google Docs?"
Could anyone explain what this means, and what the linked-to page is illustrating?
top Did Microsoft Make Google Pay Triple Rate To Mozilla?
The original poster is correct. Google's original business plan was wildly different from auctioned search terms. Believe it or not, it was... well, you can do your own research
From what I remember of reading "Googled" by Ken Auletta when it came out, Larry and Sergey didn't have a business plan initially, even after getting venture funding for Google. They tried to make the best search engine they could and assumed money would somehow follow if they developed a great product. After a couple years, I believe the first idea they had was farming out their search services to places like Yahoo -- which iirc was their first deal. When that didn't keep the VCs happy, they gradually became more advertising oriented and never looked back.
So I don't think they had a plan to make money to start with, which is why I initially took issue with the original post when I read it. But I suppose it's fair to say that their original plan was selling search services to other search providers. Is this what you are referring to? (Am I misremembering part of Google's history?)
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