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Favorite clickbait hook?

itchybrain for sake of being charitable (238 comments)

Sometimes I would just click on a link to support a website. Oh, I don't know - maybe on Slashdot.

about a week ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

itchybrain creativity and learning (149 comments)

There are two modes of thinking: focus and diffuse. To be creative, the brain needs to be in a relaxed state, i.e., to be able to form new pathways to new ideas. There are methods to induce diffuse thinking. One of them, as the article suggests, is to do mundane chores, such as clearing out old files.

In the Coursera course, Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, there are anecdotes of how famous people (Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali) trigger their subconscious minds to do their biddings.

about a week ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

itchybrain this may just be convoluted logic (150 comments)

Let me get this straight.

The stock price of a company is reflected in its market cap.

The company has assets (AliBaba and Yahoo Japan) that exceeds its market cap

Shouldn't the proper conclusion drawn be that the company is undervalued, and its stock price is cheap? To label its core holding as worthless is just not helpful.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

itchybrain down to a "T" (737 comments)

This is why I practise my procreation skills every day. I could be the last man on Earth.

about 7 months ago
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3D Display Uses Misted Water

itchybrain oh my (65 comments)

It is a movie aficionado's wet dream come true

about 7 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

itchybrain Re:Funny host (193 comments)

It could still bomb.

As I understand it, Colbert will have to don on a new persona for the Late Show gig.

about 7 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

itchybrain so a mobile Oculus (172 comments)

Imagine, not having to see the boring interior of the car, but in essence, speeding along in open space like on a motorcycle, only with better protection. I can buy into this idea if done properly.

about 7 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

itchybrain Yes but ... (519 comments)

Yes but what does common sense say?

about 8 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

itchybrain elementary (100 comments)

Maybe those experts Apple hired were not to oversee the development of iWatch but to diagnose a mass disorder that had hit its employees hard.

Hey, think differently, after all.

about 9 months ago
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53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year

itchybrain so these books are banned (360 comments)

This is just a minor setback. Any concerned parents could essentially bought their children these banned books for them to read at home. Even if children are deprived of great literature in their early lives do not mean that they cannot enjoy them at a later time.

about 10 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

itchybrain size matters (501 comments)

I noticed that all the top posts highlight the issue of price versus performance.

Wouldn't a fairer comparison include the form factor of the computer as well? It is arguably possible to build a better computer than the next person, with extra ports, compute power, etc. when size is no limitation.

about 10 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

itchybrain wait a sec (554 comments)

I watched this on CBC. Dr. Peter Lin made two good points:

(1) The study was carried out on healthy subjects. Thus the impact is minimal.

(2) Vegetarians, pregnant moms and people who are selective in their diets (college students) can benefit from supplements.

I could not find the transcript but the video is available here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Health/ID/2424891913/

ps: just fast-forward to 2:03

about 10 months ago
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Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

itchybrain Re:Overrated (218 comments)

Thank you.

Your summaries are way better than Coles Notes.

I am going to ace my Literature exam tomorrow.

about a year ago
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FCC To Consider Cellphone Use On Planes

itchybrain brave new world (183 comments)

1970s: "Would you like smoking or non-smoking?"

2010s: "Would you like quiet or non-quiet?"

2090s:"Would you like stasis or non-stasis?"

about a year ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

itchybrain Re:Loved It (233 comments)

You never even catch a glimpse of Kat Dennings' assets. She's wearing heavy clothing the whole movie.

Ahem. That's because you are not Clark Kent.

about a year ago
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No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

itchybrain Re:Cookies (285 comments)

"Imaging if you took a hit of Oreos, got high, then got the munchies, ate Oreos, got high, then got the munchies, ate Oreos.... etc."

You should learn how to use recursion :).

1 year,13 days
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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years

itchybrain Re:Good (491 comments)

Also, be sure to check out Stanley Milgram's famous "obedience to authority" experiment

The point of his experiment was to see at what length an ordinary person would go to commit harm to another under influence of an authoritative figure. Don't miss the chance if you ever get to see the original footage of the experiment.

about a year ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

itchybrain Re:A prime example (506 comments)

Neil deGrasse Tyson shares your viewpoint.

According to him:

""I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth," Tyson said in a recent interview with Business Insider "

about a year ago
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The Dangers of Beating Your Kickstarter Goal

itchybrain here's how you will raise the funds, Tim (168 comments)

Take the lead from Ben (Throttle) Reuben and race in The Corley Motors Smash-A-Torium Amateur Driver Ultimate Destruction Maximum Carnage Marathon.

Good luck and don't lick the dumpster.

about a year ago

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more free courses coming to www.udacity.com

itchybrain itchybrain writes  |  more than 2 years ago

itchybrain (2538928) writes "Professor Sebastian Thrun's newly minted online university will offer more CS courses soon. Current list includes: Theory of Computation, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Distributed Systems Computer Security, Algorithms & Data Structures, Software Engineering Practices and finally (phew) Building Web Applications.

Probably old news to many but I thought it was still noteworthy to share to those who may have missed this."

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