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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

islisis Out with a bang (180 comments)

If this keeps up, at least Slashdot will die in a fashion faithful to the old days.

about 8 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

islisis Re:Ergonomic 'Split' Keyboards! :D (459 comments)

Like some other commenters I would say those like the author are not aware what they are asking for when calling for the protection of this one standard. Please offer a laptop/mobile keyboard with column and not staggered keys. And more thumbs keys while you are at it.

about 8 months ago
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How To Play Quake III On iPad

islisis Wrong section (54 comments)

Please mark this bullshit as apple where it belongs

about 8 months ago
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Winamp Purchased By Radionomy

islisis Re:I'm still using version 5 (188 comments)

I agree the plugin system has made Winamp versatile enough to have lived without major updates.

I would like to know how you are implementing the playlist autoexpand on hover, unless you mean docking... could not seem to find info on the Moon Glade skin

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

islisis Think of it as (224 comments)

Profit: Free Trial

about a year ago
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D-Wave Quantum Computing Solution Raises More Questions

islisis Too much noise, all right (143 comments)

In the longterm of things, all proprietory systems will be just noise

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

islisis answer: every time you're forcing one to exist (397 comments)

How about stop trying to mold your users, remove your head from the cloud and help reverse a numbifying trend by thinking about something concrete - UI design instead?
Design a UI which teaches users, and let them create the only experience which matters, their own, thank you very much

about a year ago
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One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

islisis Who will investigate the investigators (1109 comments)

It seems that there might almost be a natural scaling law for multiple sources invoked in a given investigation. With a traditional, established core number of sources, there is more established review of the merits of their reporting. For multiple unestablished or anonymous sources, a certain amount of manpower needed to verify each bias would begin to counter the potential efficiency of crowdsourcing methods. At a certain point, the net gain might cease to scale favourably with numbers, barring emergence of self-organisational practices. How all of this should be taken into consideration when interpreting crowdsourced reports will surely require generations to become known.

about a year and a half ago
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LyX Joins the Google Summer of Code 2013

islisis Re:CAS integration (70 comments)

Texmacs is great, I have used it and it performs the features I described better than LyX.
I am coming from a perspective of how LyX handles input, however, and while admittedly that too is similar I think LyX is far more polished, customisable and holds a bright future =)

I think Sage will ultimately serve projects where CAS integration is more vital and soluble - my reference to 'notebook' is closer to the traditional kind, but with greater readability by strangers :) LyX and Sage are likely to forever serve different paths which is why I think improving features in both would be quite interesting. I use the example of Maxima over other CAS languages because it is probably easier to integrate in more environments.

about a year and a half ago
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LyX Joins the Google Summer of Code 2013

islisis CAS integration (70 comments)

LyX is the fastest interface I have come across for mathematical syntax, due to the great foundations and comprehensive input mapping. It would be lovely to be able to use generally as a notebook, especially if there were some upgrades to the rudimentary CAS (computer algebra system) support included up to V2.

One feature fundamental to this goal is the parsing of respective CAS languages, obviously, in particular multi-line expressions. In the case of Maxima, I experimented with LyX -> LaTeX -> Maxima conversion in manual steps, playing with SnuggleTeX, but apart from requiring generous amounts of scripting being a java library this is not the most straightforward way to interact with LyX or Maxima.

If someone were to start a project to improve on LyX's CAS integration this would interest me greatly and I would look forward to contributing. The idea of ultimately converging to plain-readable interactive scientific documents together with projects like Sage to me is truly exciting, and I hope that LyX's interface can be part of it.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

islisis Re:DDoS == lots of people scrambling to sell and b (605 comments)

> I'm treating this like a game and I hope everyone else is too.

So, in other words, you exist to devalue an object. This is regardless of what intrinsic properties it might otherwise hold.
Do you always actively put yourself in the company of pure investors, marketers and thrillseekers?

If people want to debunk the value of bitcoin, they can be right, and at the same time primarily debunk the value of humanity while optionally using themself as the example.

about a year and a half ago
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LucasArts Employees Hold Wake & Eulogy; Vader Still Roams

islisis Re:The Dice Angle (170 comments)

Agreed, the issue here is transparency however. Whatever happened to the SourceForge style "link goes to site owned by our corporate overlords" disclaimer? At the very least, acknowledge your potential conflict of interests, Slashdot.

about a year and a half ago
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

islisis Re:Not a technological issue (307 comments)

To be clear, in this particular case the hardware shouldn't be illegal, the service (as imagined in various posts here) should be. Google is endangering more technology than they believe they can buy.

about a year and a half ago
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

islisis Not a technological issue (307 comments)

It's a social/legal one. Consider the far SF future where people start to campaign for robot rights. Without knowing what is being processed inside their head, can you trust a pair or two of walking eyes to be roaming the streets with human beings? Or should that right be automatically denied...

More likely, with time the according awareness and judgement of technology should bring along regulations for socially governing their use. Passive, ubiquitous technology can't be punished, only the makers/users. This will be the only deterrent against this type of dystopia, and debate crucial for its progress.

about a year and a half ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

islisis What is received more important than what is paid (248 comments)

There will never be a shortage of sites/services which you'd enjoy spreading contributions over, but information on which ones are affected by contributions the most is unfortunately a lot harder to find. Nobody wants to overpay for a service, but those against sponsorship models would like reward honesty and transparency in an organisation's dealings. Donations must be able to fight deceit, not aide it. Websites should make transaction statistics clearer, along with a breakdown of exactly what those funds will be necessary for. Just a simple red/black indicator would be a effective way to empower the visitor's choice of how and when they should donate.

At the current time, making one signficant contribution to a website in need is more efficient than a spread of blind microtransactions with higher brokerage fees. As witnessed through the rise of Kickstarter, better transparency and response will drive an effective display of will from self-organised masses.

about a year and a half ago
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Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

islisis Re:Does it do anything at all? (178 comments)

What about a chair? Outside of Redmond that is...

about a year and a half ago
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Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

islisis Re:OS that doesn't do anything isn't cracked.. (178 comments)

Maybe because some of us are still proponents of 'computers', not content-sipping machines. Awareness of computing means more than getting work done or being entertained, it also involves some learning about the nature of how we do these things can and should change over time. Combined with ideas of open access this is important issue; we should all at least be aware of our ability to govern our processing needs, whether we enjoy the idea or not.

about a year and a half ago

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islisis writes "What would the world have been like if Microsoft had adopted a GNU policy for all of it's existing software at the height of it's period?"

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