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Dumbing Down Programming?

j1mmy programming cannot be dumbed down (578 comments)

regardless of the language in use, programming still requires the ability to think logically to develop a solution to whatever problem the programmer is trying to solve.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

j1mmy i bet the supercomputer (428 comments)

is nowhere near as cuddly as the real thing

more than 4 years ago

What Computer Science Can Teach Economics

j1mmy Re:The problem is not an efficient algorithm (421 comments)

actually, it has nothing to do with reaction time. you hinted at the correct issue: desirability

you can program a computer to model desirability within an economic actor, but it will never be more than a simplified model of the real thing. the possibility for tangential expansion of error is enormous.

more than 4 years ago

Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?

j1mmy get an ipod (438 comments)

now you're got music in an infinite number of rooms

more than 4 years ago

Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

j1mmy those stickers are edible (475 comments)

they don't taste that bad, really.

more than 4 years ago

Comcast's New Throttling Plan Uses Trigger Conditions, Not Silent Blocking

j1mmy Re:Laws (698 comments)

there's no law at work here. only the contract between comcast and the customer.

more than 4 years ago

Rise of the Robot Squadrons

j1mmy Easier to reprimand, really. (245 comments)

You turn it off and replace the code. Try doing the same with a human soldier, pilot, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Towards a Permission-Based Web

j1mmy Re:we care (230 comments)

The people running stores choose what gets sold in them. It has nothing to do with public or private owners.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Plan

j1mmy why look at anyone? (387 comments)

i wasn't aware it was the responsibility of the federal government to deal in internet access

more than 4 years ago

Universal Phone Charger Approved By UN Body

j1mmy how about outlets? (220 comments)

could we at least get an international standard outlet? same prongs? same voltage?

more than 4 years ago

Democrats, Minority Groups Question Net Neutrality Push

j1mmy Re:Net Neutrality must be forced on companies (200 comments)

slashdot is owned and opreated by SourceForge Inc., a business. if you really think the net would be better off without any businesses, stop posting here or any other websites that aren't run by non-profits or government departments.

more than 4 years ago

Democrats, Minority Groups Question Net Neutrality Push

j1mmy i still don't understand the push for this (200 comments)

government regulations have a long history of unintended consequences. it's good to see that these lawmakers recognize that.

furthermore, the internet has done exceptionally well so far without such rules. i think we're better off without them, in spite of the few incidences of filtering and blocking some providers have tried.

more than 4 years ago

10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

j1mmy Re:Sucks to be missing any fingers.. (344 comments)

alternatively, there could be keyboard shortcuts for many of these actions.

more than 4 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

j1mmy Re:DNS (620 comments)

how would his second form work with subdomains? the name of a server is a distinct piece of information from the path to some piece of data on that server. if everything's a slash, there's no obvious way to distinguish between the two. "com/example/foo/bar" could mean either "" or "", both of which are perfectly valid.

more than 4 years ago

New Motorcycle World Speed Record, 367.382 mph

j1mmy that's not a motorcycle (253 comments)

it's twenty feet long and fully enclosed. calling it a motorcycle because it has two wheels it really stretching the definition of the term.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Tax Dodge At Issue In Washington State

j1mmy Re:Dodgy statesmen (681 comments)

State resources like ...?

more than 4 years ago

Rome, Built In a Day

j1mmy Re:Sure it does (107 comments)

Most university research groups do not have funds to buy bits of computing time here and there. For a project like this, the research group more likely has a dedicated computing cluster bought with grant money or sponsor money.

more than 4 years ago

Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

j1mmy Re:Some people fear guns like they fear bugs (746 comments)

Symbolic speech is all well and good, but the trigger-happy cop who mistakes you for a rifle-toting terrorist is going to shoot first and ask questions later. There's no reason to put yourself at risk by openly carrying around something that resembles a weapon unless you intend to use it.

about 5 years ago




why so many games stories?

j1mmy j1mmy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

thanks to the new inline story display, we get to see every story that gets posted on the site, not just the front-page stuff. what amazed me is the sheer volume of articles in the games section.

8 of the 21 stories listed on the front page (as of right now) are games articles. science comes in second with 4 articles. my experience over the last week has been that many of the articles are in the game section.

why is the games section so prolific compared to the others? does zonk have a lower bar for story acceptance? do more game stories get submitted? what's the deal?


saturday morning haiku

j1mmy j1mmy writes  |  more than 11 years ago

sitting in my chair
no shoes, no shirt, no pants too
i contemplate warmth

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