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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jader3rd We can't help but overreact (512 comments)

Nothing else would feed the 24 hour news cycle.

yesterday
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

jader3rd Re:Crap (409 comments)

opportunists will take incredible advantage of the situation.

That's a good thing. If someone is self motivated enough to be an 'opportunists', it's a good thing that their exerting their energy to make the best of a situation.

2 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

jader3rd I liked being in class with preprared students (305 comments)

I knew nothing in my intro to programming class, but there were some guys in the class who were already programmers, and I liked having them there. They were helpful and I could see where the class might take me. My brother-in-law on the other hand had the opposite experience. He felt like he was constantly getting left behind because everyone else in the class could go further, faster.

Sounds like it's time to allow for students to test out of CS classes.

4 days ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

jader3rd Re:Free Enterprise (184 comments)

I view piracy as a form of civil disobedience protesting inflated prices.

But if it's the price the market will bare, how can it be inflated?

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

jader3rd Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

Our Exchange 2010 install which I did last year will be our last one.

Because you're migrating to O365?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

jader3rd Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

There is no large scale .NET app I know of

Microsoft Exchange is written in C#.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

jader3rd Re:I want something simpler. (247 comments)

Nobody's going to go to the effort of copying an RFID tag just to get on a system as a child user.

Until somebody does.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

jader3rd Re:This would be a great idea if... (186 comments)

So, I'm not sure what problem this technology is supposed to solve.

It solves the problem of dining with my brother. Who on more than one occasion finally decides what he wants after everyone has given up on him, given the waiter our orders, and had our meals served to us. It's not like he's picking his final meal or anything. I would love it if the max ordering time was 5 sec, when I'm with family.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

jader3rd What's wrong about the 18th century (446 comments)

I like the idea that well written laws will apply to anytime.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:What replaces cursive signatures? (523 comments)

I'm ambivalent about keeping or dropping cursive writing, but what will we use to replace cursive signatures on hard-copy legal documents?

Legibly written names, just as they were originally intended to be.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:quick notes? (523 comments)

Bullshit. Cursive is several times faster than printing.

Not for someone who has to think about how it's supposed to look in cursive. Plus it's not faster to read cursive.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:Fantastic! (523 comments)

I understand it's not necessary like it used to be,... but I think it should still be taught.

I believe that's the same argument for teaching Latin.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:Is technology making us dumber not smarter? (523 comments)

Except, of course, that it makes you smarter, increases your work ethic and provides a quite useful skill.

How does learning another way, to write the same word in the same language make one smarter, or provide a useful skill? I would say it's useful if anyone ever tried to communicate with me in cursive script, but no one does. There's a reason why the font used for this website is not in a cursive script. I find that learning two ways to write the same characters confuses my hands muscle memory. Once I made an intentional effort to stop writing the cursive I noticed that my block letter hand writing clarity increased.

Time in school is a limited resource. Do you think that any other subject/skill could be taught in school which also "instills in young minds the need of work hard to reach the desired results and while doing so, exercises the brain", and will in addition will also be used outside of school?

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:Is technology making us dumber not smarter? (523 comments)

I seem to be seeing a trend of technology making people dumber, lazier, and more unskilled than ever before, and it really disturbs me.

Given that cursive writing doesn't make any smarter, increase their work ethic, or provide them with useful skills I don't think that this trend is all that disturbing.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

jader3rd Re:Dumps, you say? From the anus? (523 comments)

Historical records in many countries are written in cursive, and not just English wring ones. Only a complete idiot would want to sever children from their past.

It's not when they grow up that they won't be carrying around devices in their pockets that have camera's that can see the cursive documents and translate them. Plus, how many historical documents wouldn't have typed out versions sitting right next to them?

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

jader3rd Security Experts (165 comments)

... believe that this new fire thing will kill someone
... believe that this new talking thing will kill someone
... believe that this new reading thing will kill someone

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

jader3rd Re:Native MKV, about time! (313 comments)

People have been messing about with Media Player for years with Codec packs and various other add ons for years trying to make it more useful than MS will let it be. Crazy.

You're right; Microsoft is really crazy for developing a platform that lets anyone create plugins/addons so that the user can customize their experience. Microsoft should have been less crazy and not let any non-MS software run on, or plug into, any of its platforms.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

jader3rd Re:Even so... (313 comments)

I'm still going to uninstall Media Player as soon as I buy a new Windows box or upgrade to 10.

Why bother uninstalling it?

about three weeks ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jader3rd But what about the API's? (171 comments)

I know in Windows 8.1, if you query for the version number you get back the version for Windows 8, unless you're executable lists the GUID for 8.1 in the app manifest. So in Windows 10, with no app manifest, do you still get back the version number for 8?

about a month ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jader3rd Re:Great. (171 comments)

Every time they overhaul things, they break stuff right and left. Why can't they leave things alone that are working properly?

Because it's never quite worked properly. So far it's just worked good enough, but all those who work on it know that it can work better.

about a month ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 6 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year 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 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  about 3 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 3 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 3 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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