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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

gurps_npc Problem was underinvestment (358 comments)

Up until recently, the US weather prediction was SIGNIFICANTLY inferior to European. They talked about the American Model vs the European Model, and the European Model was consistently correct.

People have finally begun to realize this problem, and created a new American Model. The predictions of large NYC and Philly snowfalls came from the Old American Model. The new American Model, along with the European Model, both correctly predicted the snowfalls.

The New American Model requires significantly more computer power to use. It has not been thoroughly tested. But expect to see it being used more often after this success.

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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

gurps_npc Re:Crash-testing & strength? (126 comments)

Most of the plastics used in 3d printing are high strength.

Remember, you can print a gun now - so it is roughly equivelent to metal.

You may have to make certain arts slightly thicker, but I don't see any problem with crash-testing and safety standards.

What I do see a problem is COST. Usually 3d printing is very expensive when compared to mass produced. Not only are materials more expensive, but the time of the 3d printer is worth money. It takes time and effort to 3d print, rather than pour stuff into molds. There is a reason Ford adopted the Assembly line.

I see this kind of thing being a rich man's toy, not a real person's car.

That said, I can see replacement parts being made this way. Cheaper to store 10 lbs of print stock and 1,000 designs, than 1,000 parts each weighing 0.16 oz.

4 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

gurps_npc There is no shortage, but (512 comments)

the problem is all about money. Similarly, the solution is all about money. Currently foreign workers tend to earn about 20% less than actual citizens

What we should do is simple - let anyone and EVERYONE in that wants a short 6 month work visa. Charge them a fee, around $1,000 for the visa. Also, don't let pregnant women purchase the visa. Require any business hiring them to pay all standard US taxes plus an additional 20% foreign worker tax. Finally, have the foreign workers list all jobs they took during the period, offering them a sizable bounty if the employer turns out not to have paid the tax.

Businesses can now get the people they really truly need - but have to pay the same amount of money.

Foreigners that are desperate can enter and work here - without the US having to worry about work visas being used to obtain citizenship for kids.

The government gets a boost of information and far fewer criminals would bother trying to sneak into the US just for work. Lets us concentrate on the terrorists and drug smugglers instead.

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

gurps_npc The ominous humm.... (808 comments)

As Sgt. Schlock says, "I like the soothing sounds I get out of this one.

Who are we to take them away?

Of course, by the same argument, do you really have to make it a requirement? Better to make it an option so that those of us that don't want the extra noise don't have to pay you extra to get it.

Which is the real point of course - stop charging me for things you think I want, without getting my specific permission. This clearly should be an add-on option, not a requirement.

5 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

gurps_npc Correction (263 comments)

One correction, I meant to say that people with a partial college education do better than people that just graduated High School.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

gurps_npc Re:Result of the Glengary Speech . (263 comments)

Incorrect.

Your basic problem is you don't understand how the world works. You live in a black and white world where there is either success or failure, nothing in between. The real world has grays and colors.

The real word DOES pay off on a good try. It does so all the time. People go to college and fail out. Yet they still do FAR better with the partial education they got then people that graduated:

In the real word, people get married have children, and then divorced. Their marriage failed. but ask them if they wish they had never got married - and never had those children - and they will say HELL NO. Not to mention the fact that they learn from their failures.

The same applies to businesses. The far majority of small businesses are outright failures by pretty much any meaning of the word. How do they keep on going? Simple - the owner works a shit ton of overtime and barely manages to pay his bills. People that could work for someone else making $200,000+ a year, struggle on an effective salary of $50,000, all because they would rather work for themselves than be a cog in someone else's machine.

Same applies to art - see Vincent Van Gogh. Just read his life story, it's clear that trying does pay off. The world, his friends, his family all paid off for his good try at being an artist, even though he clearly failed and committed suicide because of his failure.

The real world routinely and consistently pays off on a good try. That applies to survival, business, relationships, art, and pretty much everything else.

Yes, a perfect win does pay off better than a good try. But you live in fantasy world if you think that a "good try" doesn't pay off.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

gurps_npc Vote on how many digits in pie (666 comments)

Next they will follow Indiana's example on vote on the true value of pi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill)

How about we vote on whether or not Congress is a hoax?

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

gurps_npc KILL THE CAMERA, KILL THE NERDYNESS (324 comments)

1) If you point a camera at everything, you are just an paparazzi douchebag begging to be punched. It doesn't matter that cameras have become de-rigeur on other technology, this isn't other technology.

2) Make it look like a REGULAR pair of glasses. Don't try to make it all Apple-chiq. There is a difference between a signature piece of technology that you take out to be cool, and something you are wearing all/most of the time. The first wearable tech should be unassuming and blend in, not stick out like a sore thumb.

Now for the stuff you should add in that only a face worn PDA can/should have. A) Project to both eyes for real 3D displays

B) Monitor your eyes. Not only should blinking be a command, but a solid camera pointed at your eyeball should be able to detect health issues.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

gurps_npc Schools? No. Cops, yes? (322 comments)

Schools are not law enforcement agencies. Worse, they have repeatedly proven they are not trustworthy - even worse than cops. They are VERY easy for rather small minded, viscous people to take over, as repeatedly shown in Texas and other states. School boards are elected, not appointed, in small elections where most people simply don't care. This lets highly motivated fanatics take them over.

A prime example is how many school boards illegally try to harass black students in the 60s and homosexual students today.

Schools jobs are education, not law enforcement.

They can in no way be trusted with passwords.

The real problem is that people expect the schools to deal with the bullying. NO. Bullying is a criminal matter and the cops need to get involved. If the child in question is a severe bully, arrest and charge him.

If not, have social workers take over - and let the social worker assigned to the case have access to the password, not some school board.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

gurps_npc Result of the Glengary Speech . (263 comments)

If you haven't seen it, Alec Baldwin gives an incredible good performance in a one shot scene in Glengary Glen Ross. The speech itself is just an incredible mastery of art. Too bad it's also evil. The key line is "Coffee is for closers." which means that only winners get perks.

In that scene, he effectively preaches what I call "douchebag capitalism". The heart of his speech is that people should only be rewarded for success, not for trying. It is based on the false belief that success is entirely based on your innate nature, rather than on the tools you are given or the environment you are in.

So if you are a "Coffee is for Closers" person, then you fire all the people that are not closers. Then you hire a bunch of new people, hoping to get at least one 'closer'. Repeat Ad Nauseum.

The problem is it is based on a false world view. In reality, success is far more often built on the work of others. Whether any individual does well is usually mostly dependent on three things:

1) Have you been given the powers and tools necessary to do your job in your current environment (i.e. has your boss screwed up? - are you trying to sell gold plated crap in a recession? )

2) Your social skills. Can you make friends with your fellow employees and customers? Do they like AND trust you?

3) How hard you tried.

As proof, I will tell you what every HR person in the world knows - when you advertise most jobs you are generally flooded with resumes of people - all of whom on paper are competent to do the job. You are not looking for the one person that can do the job, but instead the person that fits into your corporate culture the best. Someone you will get along with, not someone that will miraculously solve all your problems.

Finally, and most importantly - how hard you tried is often determined on whether you are properly incentived for things BESIDES total success. It's not enough to give coffee to the winners, you also have to give it to the second placers.

Frankly, if an employee has not tried hard enough that usually means the BOSS has screwed up, not the employee.

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

gurps_npc Re:And? (197 comments)

I bet you my slashdot password vs your slashdot password that the passwords are protecting crap.

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

gurps_npc Definitely needs help (238 comments)

I called my mail order pharmacy today to deal with two separate issues:

1)My prescription had not arrived. When I asked why, they said my insurance company told them my service was 'term" as in terminated. I have no idea why the customer service person felt it was important to tell me the status code for terminated was "term", but she did. But I wasn't terminated. Had to call up the insurance company and get them to tell the pharmacy division (same company, but they can't talk to each other) that I had insurances. Apparently there was some kind of major problem and lots of people had the same issue, but most were fixed before they realized the problem existed.

2) I owed them $7. Apparently my insurance back in August only paid them partially for a prescription. But when they sent me a bill, they just said I owed them $7, rather than telling me what it was for. As I am not an idiot, I don't send money to people unless they tell me why I owe them. They promised to send me an itemized bill.

Clearly, the insurance industry (and the pharmacy division) are run by extremely competent monkeys. Or by extremely incompetent people. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.

about a week ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

gurps_npc Punish those that do not readily condemn?!?! (219 comments)

That sounds like a clear abuse of power.

"Yes, you called the terrorists evil, damn, evil S.O.B.S. But you paused before you said evil. Take him away BOYS."

It's bad enough to punish those that use their freedom of speech to praise criminals, but to go that far pushes you beyond the bar of reason and into tyranny.

If we used this in America, I think Obama could arrest the entire cast of Fox News for praising Putin. That is just plain wrong. Fox news should be laughed at, not arrested.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

gurps_npc There are certain appliances that this works for (172 comments)

Chief among them are the Dish washer and laundry machine.

But to be honest, 90% of the time, a simple mechanical clock works better than the crap they suggest.

Yes, you can save a small percentage by setting certain equipment, including your heater and refrigerator to switch to low power mode when power is expensive. Basically this expands the range by a couple of degrees. But the amount of money saved is not worth the HUGE invasion of privacy.

Especially not when simply improving your insulation will save your more money.

about two weeks ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

gurps_npc Re:Walking dead??? (148 comments)

1) Watching your whole world die is not that bad. People come out it mentally intact all the time. Talk to Holocaust survivors. Survival is not a psychosis, it is the natural state of all living creatures. 2) Anyone that get's trapped by a horde of zombie is a fool. Zombies are easy to kill. All you have to do is arrange the environment so that they come at you one at a time. See every single anti-zombie plan ever created by any geek. In the wild with an appropriate number of zombies for a no building situation? Build a spear and climb a tree. When zombies get too close spear their brains out. Repeat until none are left. If it takes you more than day, you don't know how to use a spear. Similar plans work for all but the most ridiculous situations. But that's assuming the zombies get a start. Ever notice how the zombie movies tend to skip over the point from one zombie to millions? Because any single adult human being that is aware of them should be able to kill at least 3 zombies, and humans should become aware of zombies before they outnumber you. End results, humans should always outnumber the zombies.

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

gurps_npc Instead of fixing the law, let's sweep it under (157 comments)

Yes, instead of realizing that we went WAY WAY overboard on sex crime laws - lets hide the evidence. That will solve the problem.

1) Most actual offenses are committed by kids being kids.

2) Most arrested for sex crimes do NOT re-offend (while people arrested for theft, drug related or violent crimes DO re-offend).

3) Most places have huge double standards punishing men more than women, boys more than girls.

4) States do their best to ensure that anyone that committed one sex crime gets screwed over entirely - no job, no place to live, no friends, all under the banner of "protect the children", when in reality they endanger the children by encouraging the offenders to break ridiculous laws instead of getting involved in normal social activity like attending church.

5) The rules are set up to the worst first time offenders - family and close friends - while making everyone else paranoid about strangers.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

gurps_npc Re:An example. (179 comments)

1) They can themselves create a wifi account with that name, and should be able to boost it it's strength. They can do this without blocking ALL wifi signals.

2) Send Hotel Security to track them down using a directional wifi sniffer. Then either disconnect the device and give it to the cops, or if they are quick enough to catch the person, hold them and call the police. That's what you do when you find someone committing a crime on your hotel property.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

gurps_npc Re:It's Mariott, not Mariot (179 comments)

It was my mistake, not theirs. Put the blame where it belongs.

about two weeks ago
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Cyber Attacks Demonstrated On Autonomous Ground Vehicles

gurps_npc Re:Sounds like concentrated bullshit.... (52 comments)

No there does not need to be iphone software that tweaks the car. That itself would be a stupid idea.

I predict that the cars in question will have no wireless connection from the controlling computer. There will be a wired plug, just like in current cars.

Because adding wireless capacity to the part of the car that controls fuel injection is a moronic idea - as you pointed out.

about two weeks ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

gurps_npc Walking dead??? (148 comments)

I mean get real.

The people in Walking Dead all act like sociopaths - even the good guys. They totally fail to create a working society to defend themselves and attack their enemies, something that even lunatic killers like ISIS can do.

None of them have any idea how to protect themselves from lets face - the stupidest human beings in the world that only have numbers going for them.

The main reason every geek in the world has an anti-zombie plan is that it is so freaking easy to create a working anti-zombie plan.

The other shows have superheros and magic. Both of those are FAR more believable and realistic than Walking Dumb and living Dumber.

about two weeks ago

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Holder Severely limits Civil Forfeiture

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about two weeks ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "As most people know, the US has for quite some time let police steal pretty much anything they wanted to, forcing you to (expensively) go to court to get back your stuff. Most of the problems came about because the Federal government let the local cops keep most of what they took.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has changed the rules of that program, making it more difficult for the police to do it under the federal program. They can still use local state programs, but that accounts for only about 57% of the cash taken. Note he did not end the program entirely, he left in some excepts that amounted to about 1% of the current federal program. Still with this action he will have struck a serious blow to a despicable practice that serious newspapers and comedy TV shows decried as nothing more than legalized theft."

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Marriot decides to obey wireless laws

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about two weeks ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "Marriot Hotels had been illegally blocking Wifi hotspots in Nashville. They thought they owned the airwaves inside their hotel and wanted to charge guests for using them. They claimed to be 'surprised' they were breaking the law. Other hotels have complained to the FCC, asking for permission to do it legally.

The FCC had fined Marriot $600,000 for their actions, among other things.

They have stopped their illegal blockage, in part because of public backlash and in part because the government told them they were criminals."

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How to convince my company to stop using passwords.

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 2 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "People hate passwords more than 4chan hates, well everything. Any password policy sufficiently complex to be secure is too complex to remember so people write them down. Worse, company policy is to leave a message on your answering machine describing it — when the software uses a 6 number password to get your 8 letter/symbol/number/capital/no dupes (ever) real password.



I want to suggest a better method. I want to go with a two factor system — either token based or phone based (LaunchKey, Clef, Nok Nok). Does anyone have any advice on specific systems — or points I should bring up? Or alternatives such as graphical based passwords?"
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Man fired for posting pictures to Facebook

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 2 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "As per this CNN article a US Navy veteran working for the Drury hotel was fired when his boss discovered that he had posted pictures of a large number of police cars marked "Homeland Security" parked near Ferguson. His boss called the navy veteran a terrorist.

Unlike the Hotel chain, Homeland Security is not attempting to hide their presence — having admitted it, using marked cars, and have even issued bulletins telling people to be on alert."
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Unpowered Navy Exoskeleton being tested

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 3 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "A very interesting article about an unpowered exoskeleton system called Fortis. Unlike the more famous TALOS system, this exoskeleton uses zero electricity, so it does not need batteries or an extension cord. Power requirements have always been the problem with powered exoskeletons, as batteries are heavy.

The system consists of lightweight aluminum and heavy tools connect directly to it. The weight of the tools is supported by the exoskeleton, so your arms, back and legs don't have to carry it. You only need to use muscle to move the tool, not simply carry it.

The exoskeletong does not make you stronger. Instead it effectively increases your stamina by relieving fatigue caused by carry the heavy tool."

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How Google has been implenting "Forget Me" requests.

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 3 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "CNN Money has a short, interesting piece on the results of Google's implementing Europe's "Right to be Forgotten".

They are denying most requests, particularly those made by convicted criminals, but are honoring the requests to remove salacious information — such as when a rape victim requested the article mentioning her by name be removed from searches for her name.

All in all, they seem to be doing a good job of respecting privacy, the law, and free speech."

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Great Ted Talk about Privacy

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 4 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "Glenn Greenwald gave a great TED talk about why privacy matters.

The basic argument he gave against the standard "Only bad people need to worry about privacy", is that we don't live in a black and white world, there are shades of gray. The absence of privacy forces everyone to avoid the gray area, resulting in a society conforming to it's culturally accepted behavior. Not only does this prevent totally legal actions that are too close to the gray line (i.e. taking pictures of your own children wearing bathing suits), but that it also prevents society from evolving and growing. That is, no one tries marijuana out of fear of getting caught, so no one ever realizes it is harmless and in fact has health benefits.

He points out that because shades of gray exist, EVERYONE has something to hide and requests you give him all your email addresses if you think you don't have something to hide. No one has ever taken him up on the offer.

Finally, he talks a bit about Snowden, providing some great thoughts on the controversy."

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Secret App poorly designed

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 5 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "The app "Secret" is supposed to let you tell your friends secrets, without them ever knowing it was your secret. Basically, you sign up, connect at least 6 friends, and post a secret. Your secret does not get sent to people unless they have at least 7 friends that have posted secrets and then it does not identify which friend posted which secret.

This has an obvious problem that a child could figure out. Your "friend" (and I use this term loosely) could sign up themselves and also create six other fake accounts, all posting six fake secrets, and only connect to one real person — you. If your friend does this, then they know that any secret they don't post comes from you.

The real silly thing, is that anyone slightly intelligent could have solved this problem, simply by having the app send secrets to two levels out, not one. That is, my secret is told to both my friend and my friend's friends. That way, even if you only have one 'real' friend', you don't know who the secret came from."

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New way for Spys to listen in on us

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 6 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "Sound is just vibrating air. When it hits glass, it vibrates the glass and it is well established that a laser aimed at the glass can detect those vibrations and computers can turn it back into sound. Now, we don't need the glass or the laser. Researchers at MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have shown that by analyzing a video that contains something vibrating — say a bag of chips — a computer program can work figure out what noise caused those vibrations, even to the point of reconstructing speech."
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Is there an app that ignores stupid headlines

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 6 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "You know the ones I mean "This one trick...", "You won't believe...", ANY headline that asks a question (and you know the answer is 'no' because it always is), anything headline that tells you to 'never' do something, any headline that describes someone that invented something using a family word (dad, mother, son, etc.)

Yes, we know that humans are attracted to these headlines and pay attention to them.

Similarly, we pay attention when someone yells "FIRE" in our face. That doesn't mean it is ever appropriate to do so.

If we can't outlaw the idiots using this 'one genius trick — that I never believe', is there an addon that blocks these crap-lines from google news and other aggregators?"
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FBI concerned about criminals using driverless cars

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 6 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "As per the Guardian, The FBI is concerned about dirverless cars. It discussed such issues as letting criminals shoot while the car drives (silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command), the use of such vehicles as guided bullet, (safeties again should stop this), and loading it with explosives and using it as a guided missile. This last concern is the only one that I considered a real issue, but even that is not significantly more dangerous than loading up a regular van full of explosives with a timer, then setting the timer to explode before you leave the vehicle next to a school, etc."
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Untrackable cellphone?

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 10 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "We all know how easy it is for the NSA to bug and track your cellphone.

Does anyone sell a cellphone with:

1) Hard wired bright light that always comes on when the cellphone has power.

2) With a physical power on/off that connects and disconnects the battery?"
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US miltiary base in Ukraine?

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 10 months ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "There is a petition to ask the Ukraine to lease land near Crimea to the US as a naval/air base.
Assuming it gets created, If this happens, it would be an ideal location for electronic espionage. No longer would the US have to send submarines secretly off the coast of Russia, we could have them openly sitting within yards of Russian controlled waters."

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Best Idea for a Universal Translator (FreeSpeech tm)

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about a year ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "An Indian company developed an all picture based software to help speech impaired (autistic, mute, etc.) children communicate fully formed ideas. Then he developed translator engines to convert the all picture based system into English — and other verbal languages. The interesting part is that his system consists of 2-dimensional pictures, not 1-dimensional sound. This makes it much simpler and intuitive grammatically and therefore be much simpler to translate into any language. It is just as easy to convert his pictures into English as it is to convert it into Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, whatever. It gets rid of most of the problems that plague Google and similar computer based translation programs. Note the solution is one way, from his pictures to all other languages, because other languages do not have the exactness offered by the 2-dimensional advantage of his software (FreeSpeech)

In effect, he has created a far superior core translation engine for a Universal Translator. Their web site includes a link to his TED talk."

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Looking for a good holster.

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "I have seen several technology holsters. There are a lot of good ones for cell phones, but I am looking for something larger — for a tablet (Nook/Kindle/Nexus/Ipad).

There is however a direct trade off between discrete and carrying capacity. Anyone found an ideal balance?

I would love to hear from people with direct experience. Do you look like the worst kind of geek hipster wearing it? Any feature I should look for?

I found one from a company called techslinger, but it looks a bit too geeky for me, (double sided makes it really stand out)."

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Cancer Ray terrorist plot foiled

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gurps_npc (621217) writes "Two radical pro-Israel terrorists were caught in upstate NY when they tried to solicit money from various honorable Jewish organizations to build a truck based x-ray machine. They intended to drive the truck around and then turn on the x-ray machine, focusing on enemies of Israel.

But the Jewish organizations they tried to solicit money from refused to participate. Instead they called the FBI, who promptly set up a sting.

They caught and arrested the terrorists before the machine was in working order."

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Nanocoating finally lives up to it's promise

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 2 years ago

gurps_npc writes "A company called UltraTech has created a new nano-coating. They sell you two chemicals, which you spray on (in the right order) practically anything. Once you do this, as the attached vidoe shows, water considers the coated area to be something akin to a rabid lion infected with AIDS. It literally can not get wet — and that includes all water based liquids. Mud? No problem. Water based paint? Flees like a coward. The coating lasts about a year indoors (half that time outdoors). Note, you can buy it from amazonsupply.com — though ti costs about $500 for a gallon of the stuff."
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Replace teachers with computers? Or just add them!

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  about 2 years ago

gurps_npc writes "Recently there was a poorly designed study that claimed computers don't help teaching. Here with the opposite point of view is Sugata Mitra's TED talk. He went to a tiny village in India, put a computer there with software — in English even though they did not speak or read English — about DNA replication. When he came back months later they said "We don't understand anything — except that mistakes in DNA replication cause diseases."

At heart, his argument is that the old style of teaching derives from Victorian England's need for bureaucrats so it creates minimally competent people that know how to read, write, and do math in their head. He wants to update our teaching methods with more creative and technological solutions."

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Company planning on mining asteroids, public announcement at 10:30 PDT

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gurps_npc writes "Th Bad Astronomer wrote today about a press conference happening at 10:30 AM Pacific time. He thinks the company Planetary Resources is going to announce at that they will be mining asteroids. They have the money (James Cameron, Google), the science (Ex-NASA people,including engineers and astronauts). The first step would be setting up depots. That is mine the stuff and keep the materials in space for delivery in space. It is far cheaper to go get water from an asteroid and give it to a space station than it is to lift it out of Earth's gravity well."
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Florida thinks their students are too stupid to know the right answers.

gurps_npc gurps_npc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gurps_npc writes "Robert Krampf, who runs the web site "The Happy Scientist" recently wrote in his blog about problems with Florida's Science FCAT. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is an attempt to measure how smart the students are. Where other states have teachers cheating to help students, Florida decided to grade correct answers as wrong.

Mr. Krampf, examined the state's science answers and found several that clearly listed right answers as wrong. One question had 3 out of 4 answers that were scientifically true. So he wrote to Florida's Department of Education' Test Development center.

They admitted he was right about the answers, but said that they don't expect 5th graders to realize they were right. For this reason they marked them wrong. As such, they were not changing the tests.

Note, they wouldn't let him examine real tests, just the practice tests given out. So we have no idea if FCAT is simply to lazy to provide good practice questions, or too stupid to be allowed to test our children."

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