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US Embassy Categorizes Beijing Air Quality As 'Crazy Bad'

jacktherobot HUGE missed opportunity... (270 comments)

to show a picture of mel brooks sniffing a can of air.

more than 3 years ago

Measuring LAMP Competency?

jacktherobot ask to see a server they configured (453 comments)

The answer seems simple. Ask for guest access to a server that they configured. If they don't have something like that you could set up a simple lamp server and have them perform some basic tasks.

about 4 years ago

iOS 4 Releases Today

jacktherobot Re:Unfortunately (702 comments)

Compatibility with all devices would fly in the face of steve's vision! Apple doesn't want cross platform apps. They want developers to take advantage of apple's latest innovations!

more than 4 years ago

Most Useful OS For High-School Science Education?

jacktherobot Re:Teach the kids to learn... (434 comments)

I also think R is a good language to teach students. I used matlab for my engineering degree, but my girlfriend uses R for her science degree.
I still love matlab, and its definately the industry standard, but it costs too much. R is the next best thing and its free!

more than 4 years ago

Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

jacktherobot opera mini is a straw man (284 comments)

I just tried it and it's pretty clear why Apple approved it. Opera Mini is so vastly inferior to the built in safari that all of the non-slashdotites who try it will instantly lose any desire they had for alternative browsers.

Even the nytimes site that is in the default bookmarks is unreadable, and when you try to two-finger zoom in it moves you to some pre-set zoom level that's too far in.

more than 4 years ago

Western Digital Launches First SSD

jacktherobot slashvertize much? (163 comments)

this is a blatant reprint of some corporate press release.

more than 4 years ago

Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

jacktherobot Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (111 comments)

i would rather use a mouse that "just works" than a touch screen that i had to bring in for regular maintenance.

more than 4 years ago

Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

jacktherobot Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (111 comments)

most of the touch screens used in point of sale (i.e. cash register) applications are old resistive touch films. This tech suffers from the drawback that in order for the resistance of the film to change you have to physically deform it to register a touch. This opens you up to all kinds of mechanical fatigue problems like the one you're talking about. Capacative touch systems (like the iphone) which work by sensing the proximity of your finger electrically don't have this problem. The material in the article sounds like an evolution of resistive touch, so it would probably still wear out after a lot of use.

more than 4 years ago

Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

jacktherobot can't say i'm surprised (651 comments)

now that its clear that the attackers were government agents the question is what will the US state department do.

more than 4 years ago

FBI Cracks "Largest Phishing Case Ever"

jacktherobot Re:Is this related to the next story? (132 comments)

The moral of the story is that we can eliminate all spam and phishing by signing Robert Mueller up on every spam list we can find.

more than 4 years ago

Google Buys reCAPTCHA For Better Book Scanning

jacktherobot Re:Won't this eventually defeat the purpose? (138 comments)

in addition to just showing a scanned word, the captcha image is contorted and corrupted. This makes captchas much much harder to solve compared to standard OCR problems. Improving and perfecting OCR is unlikely to have as much of an adverse impact on captchas as spammers hiring poor folks to solve them.

more than 4 years ago

Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

jacktherobot Re:Chemically inert, they mean (237 comments)

It sounds like this might be a bad thing. I'm no mining engineer, but you might be able to flush a mine with water and then use this bacteria to efficiently extract uranium from the resulting water-uranium slurry.

more than 4 years ago

Robotic Mold

jacktherobot Re:overhyped (118 comments)

I'm not trying to knock the guy for getting research money. I'm a researcher myself. I just think that getting funding for research isn't news. Discovering something as a result of your research is.

more than 4 years ago

Robotic Mold

jacktherobot overhyped (118 comments)

this is just another article about someone getting research money.

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard On August 28

jacktherobot Re:Running out of cats? (647 comments)

I can't wait for OSX Lolcat!!

more than 4 years ago


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