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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

jader3rd Re:*sigh* (350 comments)

they probably lack the communication skills to get reach me in an interview.

Doesn't everybody?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

jader3rd Re:Yawn. (86 comments)

It's hard to understand why, after all these years, local and state governments STILL haven't figured out why it's pointless to spend one thin dime of tax incentives on projects like this.

Because they can point to a single structure and say "I helped make this happen." Even if it's a losing proposition most voters will still feel that at least the politician is doing something. It's a lot harder to keep tax laws equal for all and point to the gains which get spread around to everybody and in a re-election campaign say that the small growth everyone is realizing is due to your policies.

4 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jader3rd Re:Besides the manipulation issue (355 comments)

And couldn't it be solved by giving the kids Google Glasses to prompt them while they're doing the play?

Professionals use Teleprompters.

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jader3rd Re:Besides the manipulation issue (355 comments)

the other sentence in the article that worried me was the mention that kids now have trouble memorizing even simple lines for a play, since they are used to information being easily always available so they aren't putting in the effort of learning it.

Isn't that the same argument for not allowing calculators in school?

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jader3rd Re:Parents fault (355 comments)

I gave my daughter a earfull having my granddaughter use the ipad at 2 to keep her entertained.

I'm sure after she appreciated how that information is now helping her manage your granddaughter. Did she show you her appreciation by handing you an iPad?

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jader3rd Re:Relevant Skills (355 comments)

If you can't get a couple of blocks to snap together, how are you going to deal with tying your shoes?

Fair point. Children have never had an issue learning how to tie shoes.

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

jader3rd Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 comments)

or provide any meaningful distinction between "good" technologies like verbal language and "bad" technologies like iPads.

Definition: Technology: Anything that was invented after I was born.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jader3rd Re:mental illness is the problem (1614 comments)

The elephant in the room is that mental health services have been slashed for decades and even when people are identified as being unstable there is little that is or can be done to help them before they become violent.

That's because Hollywood loves portraying society's attempts at dealing with this difficult situation as nothing but mass screw-ups (think One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest). As a result, since no option is popular enough, the states have been forced to slowly back away from the problem and ignore it at all costs. A legislative body will get a little bit of flack for ignoring the problem, but receive a whole lot of damage if a nearly perfect system has a dramatizable misstep.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jader3rd Re:recent spate of mass killings? (1614 comments)

Homicide rates in the United States have been dropping and are the lowest since 1906 or so.

There's a difference between homicides and mass killings. Think frequency and magnitude.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jader3rd Re:dumb idea (1614 comments)

guns dont cause mass shootings

True, but they sure are catalysts for them. It would be really difficult to pull off a mass shooting without any guns.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jader3rd Re:It's crap (1614 comments)

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

Yes, but then there wouldn't be a tax base to supply the Aircraft carries. Once a large group of tax payers show up with weapons and say "We're willing to fight over this", policies start changing.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

jader3rd Re:But what is a militia? (1614 comments)

All a state would have to do is amend their constitution to proclaim that all their able bodied citizens are members of the state militia for defense of their lives, property, and the state if mustered into action. What can the feds do then?

Take away the guns from households where people have classifiable mental conditions, and aren't able bodied.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jader3rd There's a school that emphasis academics? (797 comments)

I didn't think those existed anymore. While the bullying is wrong, and the prosecution of gathering evidence is wrong, having a school that's about academics is not.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

jader3rd Can't we let cultures die off? (510 comments)

I still don't see what's inherently wrong with letting a culture die off. If people don't want to live a certain way, stop forcing them to do so. If people are finding a better way of life, let them live it. Perhaps one day as we as humans become more and more in contact with all humans across the globe will find less, and less reasons to fight each other because we'll see more similarities than differences. Let the differences die off!

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

jader3rd Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

Everyone running old specfialized hardware which is not compatible with windows 7 or later feel the pain of the XP end of life.

Hopefully those people will learn to get contract support for continued drivers, as part of future purchases, or since it's needed for the hardware, won't use that computer for 'normal' computer things, ie save personal data on it, or browse the web with it.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

jader3rd That sounds like a whole lot of work (641 comments)

Given all of the hoops that the users in the article describe what they have to do to stay on XP, that sounds like a whole lot of work. If you want real security on any computer, don't run as the Administrator.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

jader3rd Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

So the maker of a product is allowed to tell me just how long I may use his product?

The maker can say how long he's going to give a crap about how long he's going to care about you using his product. Once that time passes it will be considered 'end of life', not because it stops functioning at that second, but because it's just a matter of time until it stops functioning. Manufacturers say how long a warranty is: ie, the amount of time they'll work to ensure that the product behaves as advertised. Once that time passes they don't care any more.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

jader3rd Re:Already gone to Linux Mint Cinnamon... (245 comments)

I'm not saying that Windows has more capability than Windows, what I'm saying is that there's a different expectation of a baseline. One just expects certain things to be part of every installation of Windows. Even though things can be added later, the majority of users expect anything from any SKU to be there whenever they sit down at a Windows machine and tries to do something. I'm sure you saw the whoop and holler that happened when they announced that Windows 8 wouldn't come with DVD software. Even if the vast majority of Windows installs didn't use it, and it's available as a paid add-on, it still causes much consternation to many people thinking that something might not be there.
I don't know if you ever sat down at somebody else computer that had a starter or home edition of Windows, tried to do something, only to find that it didn't exist in that SKU. You probably muttered under your breath and shook your fist towards Redmond because of they created the SKU that existed on that computer, in Microsofts attempt to reduce the 'bloat' of specific Windows installs.

about two weeks ago

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 3 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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