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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

jamessnell Re:Seems legit (335 comments)

+1: Perfect!

about a year ago
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Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults

jamessnell Reveals a problem (256 comments)

This outcome is because early successes build confidence and lower resistance to learning new things in our education systems. The discovery a strong correlation here is a symptom of our flawed education systems. I struggled massively as a child and after two hard-fought degrees, I have become a successful engineer. The correlation certainly isn't a law.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

jamessnell Nooo!!! (614 comments)

(*Bursts in to tears*). To even mention IE6. It has ruined my self-esteem as an open source web app developer, trying to serve up modern solutions to a non-tech company. IE6. You are my nemesis.

about a year ago
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Automated System Developed To Grade Student Essays

jamessnell Turing?? (253 comments)

Since I doubt this thing can pass the Turing Test, I'm skeptical. A cool notion and significant effort. But still, seems pretty far fetched. I hope it works well.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

jamessnell Reader (383 comments)

I use Google Reader OFTEN. Multiple times per day. I used it to bring me to this article. I also used Google Notebook heavily. When they retired it, it wasn't so bad, because they'd then started Google Docs (AKA Google Drive). However, Reader isn't being replaced, it's just being stabbed in the face and thrown in the dead-pile. I don't overly blame Google, as it probably doesn't pay for itself nor would I be willing to pay for it if they asked me to, I'd just spool up my own private web app, which I'm in the process of doing, btw. Still, I'm saddened by this attitude of optimizing margins and catering to the biggest level of user literacy. At least we still have Open Source software and the like.

about a year ago
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Jammie Thomas Denied Supreme Court Appeal

jamessnell What an insult (347 comments)

$200K+ for sharing 24 songs? Those profound douche-baggery. I'm so glad that newer methods are emerging to kill off the record label. This is an example of the industry that we call "The legal system", milking the life-force out of lady justice and then ripping her corpse apart and devouring it without a napkin. There's no measure of justice involved at all. Was there REALLY $222K in damage? Hell no, she helped advertise a brand, of sorts. What a disgusting farce. Glad I don't live in the states.

about a year ago
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Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

jamessnell True (418 comments)

I use stack exchange often. It's very very helpful.

about a year ago
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Japan Plans to Restart Most of Their Nuclear Reactors

jamessnell Feeling Validated (255 comments)

I'm feeling validated to see this. When I heard they said they were coming off nuclear power, I laughed pretty hard. That's because it's a massive population in a tiny area. They use large amounts of power and don't have oil resources. I figure their only option at all is to run on nuclear power. I think they'll want to obviously heavily beef-up their safety regulations. They should also really seriously consider LFTR reactors as an alternative, since they seem very viable and a lot safer (and more productive). I hope Japan's paid their debts when it comes to atomic-based nightmares. Nuclear power has it's problems, but it does also have its merits. And there are no comparable alternatives, despite what "green" types will claim.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

jamessnell Rad (786 comments)

Well said Linus.. I think.. lol

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

jamessnell Hang in there (347 comments)

I have CS degree and develop web apps. I've worked on web apps since before starting university too, so it's something I do because I enjoy it. I suggest you stick it out. I was fairly jaded many times in the content of my CS program, as I expected a lot more. Since graduating a few years ago, I'm realizing that there was more value than I thought in those courses. Often it wasn't entirely captured in the technical details of the course, but rather the process of getting stuff done in that field. Web apps are continuing to gain traction and unless you want to work on "brosure" websites, you'll probably end up using fairly extensive CS concepts to make your web apps awesome. That said, if you love something, a formal education isn't always necessary. However, if you want to get WORK in that subject, you may find customers/employers bizarrely more receptive to the degree. It's stupid. It's reality. Take care friend!

about a year and a half ago
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Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?

jamessnell It worked on my P4 (159 comments)

In 2010, I put a then-modern PCIE video card in my P4 3GHz HT box. Suffice to say, Starcraft II ran on Ultimate settings just fine. I think the big difference between my beater and a much newer machine was load times, but once the core game was up and running, it kept up really really well. I think it probably helped that the video card had a fair bit of memory. Perhaps if I wanted to revive that machine further, I could also throw in SSDs, which would probably only offer limited benefit, but would certainly reduce any potential for disk io in the actual drives from being a choke-point. lol.

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Goes JavaScript

jamessnell Sweet! (387 comments)

As a software developer, I must vote that this is a very very interesting idea. I think there's great potential in this sort of move. Of course, the elegance of the actual implementation will likely make or break it. Javascript is full of potential. Great idea!

about a year and a half ago
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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

jamessnell This has been my experience (180 comments)

From ages 14-25 I consistently slept anywhere from 4-7 hours a night, the average being about 6 hours. I struggled through high school and university. Towards the end of my University tenure, I finally put serious stock in the old notion that sleep was essential to mental function. After a couple weeks of always getting at least 8hrs/night, I found my memory capabilities (which had always sucked) were vastly improved. So was my ability to focus my full attention. It's now been about 4 years since I started sleeping properly and it's made a big difference. Further, sleep deprivation will cause weight gain has something to do with hormones. My short sleeps wasn't a disorder, I think. Rather, it was lack of satisfaction with the day, I wanted to feel like I lived more, so I'd stay up late reading, programming, playing video games, talking with friends, etc.

about a year and a half ago
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New Study Suggests Wind Farms Can Cause Climate Change

jamessnell Not new (384 comments)

As far as I know, this was first studied and published about 10 years ago by a group led by Dr. David Keith. This isn't news. No power is "free", everything action has a reaction. Anyway, whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Convicted For Helping Thousands Steal Internet Access

jamessnell Lucky he's not in Iran (378 comments)

If he were convicted of this in Iran, they'd probably sentence him to having to murder all his friends and family with a belt-sander... Followed up by his own demise induced by stoning. Their gov't is nuts. Which sucks, cause there's some great people over there. Oh, yeah, by the way don't steal stuff. Helping people communicate while not paying others for enabling it is WRONG. And as such, you should be isolated and psychologically assaulted... You know.. For the greater good.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

jamessnell Agreed (1276 comments)

Due to shitty news reporting and general broad-spectrum moronity, I totally agree Democracy is broken. Granted, it remains relatively fair. The key question is how do we get people's heads outta their asses and out of social-politics? We have the communication technology for everyone to contribute to decisions. How do we facilitate that? How do we reduce trolling? I'd start by ignoring any input originating from IE users. ^_^

more than 2 years ago
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Electric Rockets Set To Transform Space Flight

jamessnell Cool, but huh? (114 comments)

This is about Ion drives right? Sounds like it.. There are probes/satellites out there that have ion drives - they were conceived of in something like the 1960s. Not exactly news, but indeed it is awesome. Though Ion drives don't produce the necessary thrust to be used for atomopheric travel. But one can hope.

more than 2 years ago

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Apple's OSX 10.5.3 has landed!

jamessnell jamessnell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jaymus of dawning writes "Apple has just released the latest major revision of OS X. The update yields improvements to tons of system components and applications including the Software Update system, Address Book, AirPort, Automater, iCal, iChat, Mail, Parental Controls, Spaces, Time Machine and VoiceOver. This release contains 200 bug fixes from 10.5.2. See Apple's release page for all the delicious details."
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Underwater Windmills coming to a river near you?

jamessnell jamessnell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jamessnell writes "From the CBC article: "The St. Lawrence River at Cornwall, Ont., is to be the proving ground for a Canadian company's underwater turbine technology that promises to generate a constant source of electricity from the fast-flowing current." Go gravity!"
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Macbooks cost about 15% more if you're Canadian

jamessnell jamessnell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jaymus of Snell writes "According to the Bank of Canada $1CDN is presently worth $1.0704USD (closing of Nov 2nd). On the Canadian version of Apple's website, Macbooks are listed at start at $1249.00 while on the US site they start at $1099. So IF the exchange rate was 1:1 then Canadians would still be charged an extra $150, though when you factor in the current rates, it's even more offensive. The base Macbook Pro costs ~$200 more and Mac Pros are ~$300 more for Canadians."
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Apple Releases Updated Macbooks

jamessnell jamessnell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jaymus of Snell writes "Apple has released an updated version of their staple macbooks. Unlike recent past updates, the video system has been overhauled sporting a shiney new Intel X3100 which they report will allow a max of 144MB shared system memory, 80MB more than with the recently replaced GMA 950. Of course the machines look the exact same on the outside. Get the full specs here."

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