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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

gunner_von_diamond Take that Educators! (61 comments)

And teachers always say not to use Wikipedia for research. "Wikipedia is the devil!" When used correctly Wikipedia is a valuable resource.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

gunner_von_diamond Just had to do this... (136 comments)

I went back to my old iPhone temporarily, but when I switched back to my android I wasn't getting some people's text messages. Thanks to this post, I know why! Went online to deregister my phone number and problem solved. It is a bummer to think how many text messages are now lost floating in cyber space.

about two weeks ago
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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

gunner_von_diamond Re:Perspective. (84 comments)

You're totally right! What have I been doing with my life! These computer things are just a fad, should have went to school to learn how to make flying cars.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

gunner_von_diamond Ebay (46 comments)

Sell it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

gunner_von_diamond $80/month for internet? (170 comments)

Internet service would cost 80 a month to add where she lives

Uhh what? Normally where I'm at paying over $50/month for internet means you're getting ripped off.

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gunner_von_diamond Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

Exactly, at least with Credit/Debit cards you can report your card lost/stolen and almost instantly your described issue would have been resolved. I can see a merchant having fine print saying something like "Use of CurrentC consents automatic withdraws for XYZ service at $9.99 monthly".

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

gunner_von_diamond Don't Need to Memorize/Give Info in Schools (553 comments)

The last thing young people in school need is more information. In seconds someone can lookup almost any information they will ever need on the interwebs. Students need to learn how to analayze and make sense of all the information they have been given. What do people do once they work in the "real world"? Certainly not memorize everything they need to do their jobs. Lookup information, narrow it down to what you need to accomplish a task, and solve the problem. That's what schools should teach.

about a month ago
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

gunner_von_diamond Re:Assumptions... (46 comments)

"Yeah! Science Bitch!" -Jesse Pinkman

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

gunner_von_diamond Re:generic® (405 comments)

Fail.©

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

gunner_von_diamond Re:generic® (405 comments)

which they keep with the band-aids and aspirin

*which they keep wth the band-aids and aleve©

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

gunner_von_diamond Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

I definitely agree with you that

the vast majority of programming jobs require the ability to code, and no further domain specific knowledge

However, the theory of Computer Science and the history of it is still important to teach an aspiring programmer/computer scientist (still don't even know what that really means.) I think that the CS curriculum needs to teach more practical applications of things, including pure programming, but also necessary skills like using a version control system. Or how to download and install packages on different platform or using continuous integration servers/databases and other commonly used technologies. Learning the theory of SQL databases from 50 years ago is certainly not as helpful as learning how to set up and actually run a local database. More practical/hands on work, less theory and reading text books.

about 3 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

gunner_von_diamond Re:My weight loss diet last January (588 comments)

But that means I managed to destroy twenty-two pounds of them in one month

You skipped eating lunch for a month? And only ate 2 meals of 1000 calories, and lost weight? No wonder. In the article it mentioned muscle mass. I would be very skeptical if you told me you lost 22 pounds without sacrificing muscle mass. I personally think that how you look in the mirror is a much better indicator than your actual weight loss. But hey, if you lost 22 pounds and you think you look better, then great!

about 3 months ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

gunner_von_diamond Re:Transcript... (120 comments)

"Retired" and "Unemployed" are two words that may mean the same thing, or may not. If you're unemployed by choice, then you are what most people would refer to as "retired". If you are unemployed not by choice, then that makes people think you're unemployed because you can't find a job.

Oh, and I'm also stupidly wealthy, which is why I haven't had to work since 2000

Obviously you fall into the category of "retired".

about 3 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

gunner_von_diamond It doesn't look anything like iOS (181 comments)

Look at the screenshots! The text is in chinese! It's clearly different!


It just looks like an Android phone with a makeshift iOS theme on it. If that's what the demand is for, why not supply it?

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

gunner_von_diamond Web Friendly (427 comments)

Are there any future plans to gear c++ more towards the increasingly popular web development, or will that depend on 3rd party libraries, etc.?

about 3 months ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

gunner_von_diamond Re:still the same galaxy. dont worry. (220 comments)

It will also still include the ever popular 130 decibel klaxon for informing you of Amber alerts at 5 AM on a saturday.

There's nothing worse than the 130 decibel Amber alerts or "severe weather" alerts during a quiet meeting, and everyone's phone goes off at different times letting everyone know it's raining!

about 3 months ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

gunner_von_diamond Re:Ummm ...what? (142 comments)

"hater"

about 4 months ago
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Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

gunner_von_diamond Re:Only $83,000? (101 comments)

But seriously though. Is the risk worth the reward? $83k is a pretty average annual salary, some would say. Is that really worth going to jail for the rest of your life (if they get caught)?

about 4 months ago

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Would you sell YOUR privacy for $100 a month?

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about 3 months ago

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "In order to use many websites and social networks, you have to forfeit a certain amount of your privacy.
But one San Diego firm is willing to pay you for the privilege of following you around as you browse the web, make searches and use social networks.
For $100 (£60) a month, Luth Research will track your every move online before selling it to the highest bidder, typically companies looking to advertise on the web.
As well as tracking browsing history, web searches, time spent on social networks and the user’s location, participants are also asked to complete survey questions about their behaviour.
This means clients can ask participants follow-up questions about why they choose to visit certain sites, or more details about their movements.
All the information is collected through a virtual private network connection, and the data is securely routed through Luth Research’s servers."

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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 years Later

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about 4 months ago

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "I was just reading a story on ./ from 10 years ago today, about Lasik Eye Surgery. Personally, I've had Lasik done and loved every single part of the surgery. I went from wearing contacts/glasses every day to having 20/15 vision! In the older post, everyone seemed to be cautious about it, waiting for technical advances to get the surgery done. In present day, the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ], takes about 10-15 minutes for the actual surgery, and I recovered from the surgery that same day. So my question is, what is holding everyone else back from being reliant on contacts and/or glasses?"
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights to South Park

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about 4 months ago

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "From the PC Mag Article:
If you're a fan of South Park, you better be a fan of Hulu as well. Specifically, Hulu Plus.
The creators of the funny, foul-mouthed animated TV show have signed a deal with the online streaming service. Valued at more than $80 million, the three-year deal grants Hulu exclusive rights to stream the 240+ episode back catalog of South Park in addition to all new episodes (as soon as they've aired on Comedy Central). "This is a natural partnership for us. We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios," said creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in a statement."

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