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Let Them Eat Khan Academy

havokca Re:Threatened (134 comments)

The Edu Revolution is coming, and it's going to scare the Old Boys network.

Not really. You're making the mistake of thinking that universities actually care about their undergrads. They only care about them insofar as every undergrad is a potential slave^H^H^H^H^H postgrad student waiting-to-happen. The exception to this would likely consist only of those schools which charge upwards of 100k/year/student, as that money would likely surpass grant funding.

In order to revolutionize undergrad programs you'd have to first change the way the peer-review system works and how organizations like DARPA/NSF/etc... hand out grants. While awesome, Khan academy knockoffs aren't going to cut it in that respect.

more than 3 years ago
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The Tablet Debate: 3G Or Wi-Fi?

havokca How about... (395 comments)

a wifi-enabled tablet that, while having 3G, can actually use it to... y'know... make fucking phone calls and such. If you're sitting on a bus using your 3G iPad while wearing headphones equipped with a microphone, it seems rather stupid to have to switch your headphones over (or remove them) so that you can answer your phone.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

havokca Re:It's not mind-boggling at all (643 comments)

Oh wait, is "make it thinner" innovative?

Sure isn't. That's why I just upgrade my original laptop instead of buying new ones with slimmer form factors and bigger screens. I mean... what a fucking scam... upgrading the battery life, thinning down the form factor and increasing the screen size... and then trying to call that "innovation"

The things these arsehole companies try to pawn off on the savvy consumer these days...

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

havokca It's not mind-boggling at all (643 comments)

.. they're tired of playing catch up. So they're doing the logical alternative: innovating^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H resting on their laurels like a bunch of idiots.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

havokca Re:Wow ... (220 comments)

This is slashdot. You take your filthy logic elsewhere!

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

havokca Re:It's only right. (917 comments)

Let's be clear - I think the app was stupid and offensive.

I'm EXTREMELY glad they removed that app. I'm sure I speak for all open-minded, freedom-loving people when I say that I don't want anyone exposed to that kind of material.

~Loyal

... but you do realize you're making those statements in reference to an act of censorship, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

havokca Re:You can remove the gay, but not the FABULOUS! (917 comments)

I think that's his point. That if you *are* gay, the act of *becoming* straight is likely a lie. Subjecting people to massive amounts of peer pressure in an attempt to get them to "see the error of their ways" is only likely to result in marriages that are more dysfunctional than the average, and a person who's playing the part, but is likely very unhappy.

more than 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

havokca Re:Godzilla (1148 comments)

Here's something I don't understand though... you've got a reactor core that was just hit by an earthquake. So, as part of your emergency measures, you drop control rods in, and then, because of a stray tsunami ruining your day, you've got no backup power. This leaves you in a bad spot because the core is still quite hot and it's creating immense amounts of steam, which is building in pressure to a point where something is going to fail - catastrophically, spectacularly and in a way that really fucks with people's day.

So you've got pumps which have no power and all this steam which is building up... if only there were, oh I don't know, a turbine or something that you could funnel that excess steam through, so that you could generate the power to drive the pumps.

I understand that, because of the earthquake and the high potential that something's been damaged, that letting the reactor continue to generate power at full steam would be a Bad Thing. ie. That removing the control rods immediately after the quake is not something considered to be a good idea.

What I don't understand is why it wouldn't have been possible to allow the turbine to continue operating, even at the limited capacity that a "shut down" core would provide? Why could they not have used the "shut down" reactor to power its own pumps?

Obviously it's too late, but I'm still left wondering at what technical glitch prevented that, because I have a hard time believing that it could have simply been an oversight.

more than 3 years ago
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Who Will Win Control of the Web?

havokca The web is still under our control (206 comments)

... for the most part (net-neutrality issues aside).

The companies which end up "controlling" parts of it's evolution only end up doing so because market-share allowed them to. That market-share isn't just some meaningless buzzword! That's *us* ... voting with our wallets.

more than 3 years ago
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Sculptor Gives a Hint For CIA's Kryptos

havokca Re:What's sad/scary about this... (151 comments)

It doesn't give me a lot of confidence that the government could crack anything strong than the ciphers encoded by a Capt'n Crunch decoder wheel...

It's because they don't have to. The spooks have backdoors in most algorithms, there's no need to crack anything when you can simply decode it because it was sent using an algorithm whose creators were strong-armed by you.

Some fun reading if you're the skeptical type:Here and here.

more than 3 years ago
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Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

havokca Re:CGI was exciting at first (295 comments)

Yes, but that would be a case of CGI augmenting the movie, or, rather, allowing the story to be turned into a movie. For LOTR, the story was the movie.. and not the cgi.

more than 3 years ago
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Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

havokca Re:CGI was exciting at first (295 comments)

And hordes of movie execs suddenly cried out in unison:

but... but... THREE DEE MAN!!! THREE DEE!!

On an unrelated note - I heartily agree with your sentiment. The gimmicks should augment the movie.. they shouldn't be the movie.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Minister Backs 'Two-Speed' Internet

havokca Smoke and mirrors... (226 comments)

... pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

It almost seems like the minister thinks that net neutrality is about the single/home user ("power-user" or otherwise) vs. the corporation, and that this is all about ISPs trying to get big companies to pay more than the single/home user for their internet usage. Either that, or he's trying to make the average voter think that that's the crux of the issue. The problem is that abolishing net-neutrality would make perfect sense if that was what was actually going on!

I can't help but wonder if this isn't a bit of misdirection or misinformation directed at the masses for the purposes of getting a bill (likely rife with kickback potential) passed.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Seeks To Trademarks "It's On Like Donkey Kong"

havokca Re:Man... (183 comments)

I think you some words there.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle To Monetize Java VM

havokca Re:I don't get it (641 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't know what a better alternative is. Personally, I try and stick with C (and have recently started to enjoy programming in Objective-C; Crazy, I know). But I would feel terrible for anyone forced to program in that language.

It'd be like forcing everyone to drive an Alfa Romeo... sure, some guys get off on that sort of thing (in the same way that I love C), but most sane people don't... I think...

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle To Monetize Java VM

havokca Re:I don't get it (641 comments)

Killing Java is NOT a war crime... more like a community service.

more than 3 years ago

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