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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

gwstuff Re:But where did they go? (83 comments)

> Why didn't we ever hear anything from them after the escape?

Now why isn't this upvoted to 5 (Funny)

yesterday
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

gwstuff Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

The point I made (conservative Christians, comparable surveys etc.) was in response to the statement "a large fraction of practicing muslims have opinions contrary to the principles of modern society", which in turn was somebody's rebuttal to the point "a minuscule fraction of muslims are violent, the vast majority are non-violent".

The surveys did not conclude that the large fraction -- 40% or whatever were violent suicide bombers. This is NOT about the few fuck ups who kill and destroy. It's about the overwhelming majority that doesn't.

You conflated the two and extrapolated my message to sound like I was comparing violent suicide bombers with people who disagree with gay marriage or abortion laws. NO - if you have trouble grasping logical statements with multiple clauses -- AGAIN, I was comparing peaceful muslims who are influenced by their religion with conservative [christians, jews, hindus, ...].

Of course, there's a good chance that you do understand this but would rather not acknowledge it, preferring to wriggle into a nook of defective logic to spread your message of hatred.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

gwstuff Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

Can you find and post comparable surveys for other religions? Or if they aren't any, then what meaning do surveys of this type have? If you carried out a survey amongst practicing Christians, "Jesus or Nation" then is it not conceivable that many would pick the former?

Oh, and by the way, such conservative Christians not only wish for Christian law, they lobby and work for it to be applied and are frequently successful. Anti-abortion laws, and anti-gay marriage, and the fact that these issues are highly politicized are outcomes of such thinking.

Religion, and letting religion govern how you think is the problem, not any specific religion. The reason Islam shows up on the radar with terrorism so often is because it happens to be the religion mixing badly with explosive geopolitical crises around the world.

4 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

gwstuff Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Nice! Now you're stuck in a room with Osama and Hitler pissed off at you because their cable TV doesn't work.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

gwstuff Amazing... BUT (89 comments)

...how can a publicly traded company possibly justify such investments to stockholders?

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

gwstuff What goes around comes around... (438 comments)

These kids, and other kids around the world who cheat or otherwise beat the system are only damaging their own careers. University diplomas don't have the face value they used to -- it's what they do to you, how smart, capable and competent they make you that matters. If you're incapable then it doesn't matter if you have a diploma from MIT (or the Indian equivalent) you're not getting hired. Or fired unceremoniously soon after getting hired.

With online courseware growing at the rate it is, some day, exams are likely going to become a form of self-evaluation. You work hard to get the scores that convince you that you know enough, and then you take the plunge into real life and see how convincing you are.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

gwstuff So fucked up... (485 comments)

Small businesses in which entrepreneurs put their sweat, blood and devotion into their work continue to get sued by patent trolls... just because the attorneys who get a commission in such cases pass it on to a guy in a position of power in the form of donations.

How can people be so pettily selfish, while realizing that there are others out there willing to take bullets so that their countrymen can continue to live comfortably.

about a month and a half ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

gwstuff It's not a bug, it's a feature!! (131 comments)

To do targeted advertising, you have to collect data about people, say by processing the messages that have accumulated in their mailboxes over time. In this case though, SnapChat *CANT* do that - by definition - messages aren't supposed to lie around, they vanish when they are read. So the inability to deliver targeted ads is a fundamental shortcoming of the service.

It's amazing how they're trying to market it like they're doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. That's just... creepy.

about 2 months ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

gwstuff Interference (127 comments)

Since the makers of the series have access to this model (their PR department probably scans slashdot) and maybe they don't want to seem particularly predictable, a model of this type has extremely low odds of being accurate and popular simultaneously.

about 3 months ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

gwstuff This is stupid... (84 comments)

We should all pool our efforts together and build on each other's success, rather than treating space exploration in the same way as world cup soccer.

about 3 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

gwstuff Re:The traditional response (277 comments)

Interesting that my post was downvoted :-)

about 3 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

gwstuff Re:The traditional response (277 comments)

Yes, by playing to Apple's tune, they get invited to Apple's special events, get test devices, get insider information before everyone else, and sometimes even get their articles featured on Apple's website and in their presentations... all of this contributes to the overarching metric of a journalist's performance - pageviews.

You rightly pointed out that Android reviewers have similar tie ups with Android manufacturers, so it's not the Apple bias that is to be lamented. It is only cited often because of the amount of Apple news in the press. What is to be lamented is how the 'free press' can be rounded up like a lot of sheep.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

gwstuff Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

Exactly. That's the thought I started watching the iWatch presentation with. But it was addressed by the ability to monitor your pulse, and to calculate the calories you consume. This kicks all existing heart rate monitors out of the picture, as they usually require you to wear a strap or belt around your chest, which is hugely inconvenient, and certainly not something you do all the time.

In short, I think the health platform combined with 3rd party apps will make this product (and probably comparable Android smartwatches) a success.

about 3 months ago
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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

gwstuff Re:Non profit, bah, design by committee, ... (47 comments)

s,high profit non profits,high profile non profits ...although the mistyped version has some amusement and juice to it...

about 3 months ago
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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

gwstuff Non profit, bah, design by committee, ... (47 comments)

One of the reasons that OpenStack is such a mess is because it is a conglomeration of 1000 vested interests pulling it in a 1000 different directions. The same goes for numerous high profit non profits out there. The good thing about Docker Inc. running Docker is that it is a small team with a vision and one that knows what it wants.

There's also the thing that 'non profits' that are established at an early stage to run a project aren't really non profits, because they are funded and consequently influenced by for profit companies. This leads to the *worst* case of design by committee possible. Remember that when the Linux Foundation took over Linux, Linux was a mature project with well defined governance and structure.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

gwstuff One gem of a notes app (167 comments)

I've been using this note taking app on my iPhone since 2009. It's just like having a little pad in your pocket that you can scribble into. I use it more than any other app.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

gwstuff On iPhone... (382 comments)

Here's a listing of some of the most popular multiplayer games on iPhone. I've enjoyed playing all of these in groups.

about 4 months ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

gwstuff Here's a dumb question... (267 comments)

Why would the market not correct the inflated value of alt currencies, eventually? Aren't heavy fluctuation and scams a feature of immature markets? And doesn't outside interface inhibit correction?

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

gwstuff War zones, 3rd world, disaster struck regions... (419 comments)

Ask someone, anyone, who has been to a region in which people fight to survive, and has to the smallest extent, even by simply talking to those people, shared their experiences. Unfailingly, the person will tell you that the experience changed his or her perspective, and that since then he is better, larger, more generous.

If you starve for a few days for the lack of food, a spoonful of plain, white, unsalted rice will taste better than the richest gourmet meal. My memory of the bowl of rice I had after 4 days of hunger is a calming, delicious memory. It was not the relief of having got food - but my whole body rejoicing from the taste of the soft, wholesome, starchy taste filling up in my mouth - a taste that I had not recognized until then.

We in the west are shielded from the harsh realities of life, little do we know that we are not exempt of them, we only ignore them, until one day it becomes impossible to do so. But if you have to face such realities then the perverse suffering caused by banalities - Internet connection going down, personal relationship problems simply dither away into insignificance.

I think it would be beneficial to society as a whole if every education included such encounters which teach people that life cannot be compared to the boom and splat of video games.

about 4 months ago

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AnandTech founder's "retirement" is a job at Apple Inc.

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about 4 months ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "Anand Lal Shimpi, the legendary hardware reviewer who founded and led AnandTech recently announced that he would retire from the tech writing business. On the heels of the announcement comes the news that he has joined Apple Inc. Unsurprisingly, the details of his new role in the company are unknown, with a typical "confirm, but won't provide details" statement from Apple."
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Apple Loses Motion against Lodsys

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "In 2011, iOS developers everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when Apple sued Lodsys in response to the company's patent lawsuits against individual developers. Now seemingly well in time for Halloween, a Texas court has rejected Apple's motion presumably re-exposing devs to the front lines of the legal battle. Is it time for devs to suck it up and resign to the ugly one, or is there still hope that Martha Stewart will succeed where Apple failed and save the day? As a developer myself I find it bizarre and sad that a company can use the legal system to enforce patents that it itself does not use in any of its own products."
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Dotless domain names prohibited, ICANN tells Google

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "Last year, Google had filed applications for about 100 top level domains. These included .app, .cloud and .lol, but perhaps most prominently .search, which they had requested to operate as a "dotless" domain. Today, ICANN gave their verdict on the idea that would make this URL valid : NO. Here is the formal announcement from earlier today, and a related Slashdot story from last year.

So that's that. But it may still be granted the rights for remaining 100. Is prime .COM real estate going to become a thing of the past?"
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MIT researchers use Wifi to see through walls

gwstuff gwstuff writes  |  about a year ago

gwstuff (2067112) writes "In this year's ACM SIGCOMM conference two MIT researchers present a paper describing WiVi, a wireless technology that uses WiFi signals to detect and observe human movement through walls. From the paper, "In contrast to previous systems, which are targeted for the military, Wi-Vi enables small cheap see-through-wall devices that operate in the ISM band, rendering them feasible to the general public. Wi-Vi also establishes a communication channel between itself and a human behind a wall, allowing him/her to communicate directly with Wi-Vi without carrying any transmitting device." Other highlights from the conference include a slew of papers on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Larry Peterson's keynote acceptance of the SIGCOMM lifetime award, whose previous awardees include Bob Kahn, Jon Postel, and Van Jacobson."

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