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Affordably Aggregating ISP Connections?

hcetSJ Re:You can't do what you want to do (180 comments)

a fucking book on how routing works

Now there's a fetish you'll only run across on Slashdot.

more than 4 years ago
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Voting Drops 83 Percent In All-Digital Election

hcetSJ The worst news . . . (156 comments)

was that those 7,300 votes were all cast by the same person.

more than 4 years ago
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Understanding Addiction-Based Game Design

hcetSJ Addictive design (308 comments)

Are there specific elements of the design that can be pulled out, distilled, and used at will to give a game drug-like properties? Is it wrong to do so?

Might as well be asking:

Are there specific compounds in cigarettes that can be used to make them addictive? Is it wrong to do so?

The fact of the matter is that cigarette companies (and computer game companies) have no one to answer to but their customers and share holders, and both will be happiest when they produce the most addictive product possible. 'Right' or 'wrong' is irrelevant to them, only 'legal' and 'illegal,' so if we want to prevent the creation of addictive games, our only recourse is legislation.

Further reading: Supercapitalism by Robert Reich

more than 5 years ago
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NASA's Kepler Telescope Launched Successfully

hcetSJ Re:obvious but worth saying (82 comments)

This is true, but the "uninhabitable zone" would be much greater. Astronomically greater, I think is the appropriate way of stating it.

more than 5 years ago
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Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?

hcetSJ "e": The Story of A Number (630 comments)

by Eli Maor. ISBN: 0691141347 I read this book the summer before taking calculus, and I learned the core concepts of calculus from it (limit, derivative, integral, fundamental theorem). I still had to learn the specifics in class, but having that conceptual foundation made everything easier. The book is full of interesting historical tidbits. For instance, did you know that the inventor/discoverer of the logarithm was excommunicated from the Catholic Church? I don't remember the circumstances now--I suppose Google could help, but I know it's in this book.

more than 5 years ago
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Inside India's CAPTCHA Solving Economy

hcetSJ Re:Captchas need to evolve (167 comments)

Um, they speak English in India. At least, it's relatively common there compared to other parts of Asia (comes with the former-English-colony territory).

I've also seen a prediction that in some small number of years (like 10), China will become the world's largest English-speaking nation.

more than 5 years ago
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Language May Have Evolved Earlier Than Supposed

hcetSJ Language before thinking? (240 comments)

language ability may have developed earlier than we thought.

My first thought was, how could we speak before we could think? But that was before I read the comments . . .

about 6 years ago

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