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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

johncadengo Re:Silk Browser (521 comments)

Yeah, that's pretty amazing stuff! How come no one else is impressed with this? How well does it perform? Is it all it's cut out to be? Could this change the mobile web browsing game as we know it?

more than 2 years ago

AMD Rejects SYSmark Benchmark

johncadengo Re:Maybe AMD should get off their butts (118 comments)

Did you notice that this compiler is linux only?

The reason why Intel compiled programs are so prevalent is because of Windows.

more than 3 years ago

School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

johncadengo Re:Not the school's place to provide those things (505 comments)

What a narrow argument. Let's see how it looks reversed.

Do you know what prisons are for? They're for punishment. If criminals don't have a roof over their head, they shouldn't have gotten convicted. If they don't get three meals, they shouldn't have gone to prison. If they don't have access to a fitness center, they should've hired better lawyers. Want to earn a degree? Stay out of prison! Books and computers? Should've thought of that before landing themselves in trouble.

Besides, public schools were never intended to educate.

more than 3 years ago

Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?

johncadengo Re:Educational standards (741 comments)

The smartest person of that era would look like a total idiot today just trying to get by with what we take for granted -- driving a car, using a cell phone, browsing the internet, etc.

Yes, but I'm sure it wouldn't take them long to learn...

more than 3 years ago

Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

johncadengo Re:big loss (1251 comments)

Remember Turing's Halting problem? Given a description of a program, figure out if it finishes or it runs forever? You can't provide a general solution, but you can provide a specific one.

Creationism is a falsifiable theory - it just takes a really long time.

One day, either we'll all be dead, or Jesus will return.

more than 2 years ago

17-Year-Old Wins Intel's $100K Science Prize

johncadengo The equation itself? (271 comments)

Where is the actual equation itself? I'd like to see the problems these kids are solving..

more than 3 years ago

3TB Hard Drives Square Off Against Everything Else

johncadengo Re:Does anyone make a reliable drive now? (160 comments)

I have a pair of the 1tb spinpoint f3 samsungs, they've worked reliably and beautifully for me for the past several months now. they're relatively cheap, not too loud or hot, and they're fast.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Could We Reconnect Eastern Libya?

johncadengo Re:Beyond my tech skills... (290 comments)

Yes, please. Someone set up an effort, and a site, and some transparency/accountability, and let's do it!

more than 3 years ago

All-Analog DIY Segway Project

johncadengo Re:Females?! (141 comments)

At least one of those was a man.

And the project an excuse to impress women with their apparent skill in awkwardly balancing, slowly scooting, and... badly jousting.

more than 3 years ago

People With University Degree Fear Death Less

johncadengo Basis in reality? (473 comments)

How much of the fear of death measured in this study has a basis in reality?

What I mean is, if someone has reason to fear death (because of circumstance, or illness, etc.) then they probably have bigger things to worry about than getting college degrees?

more than 3 years ago

Stuxnet Was Designed To Subtly Interfere With Uranium Enrichment

johncadengo Too good to be true. (334 comments)

Can't wait for the movie adaptation. I heard they got a book in the works too???

more than 3 years ago

China To Build Its Own Large Jetliner

johncadengo Gold for salt. (332 comments)

I remember learning in school that West Africans would trade gold for salt, pound for pound, with people from Northern Africa and abroad because they didn't know how to make their own salt and they needed it to survive. It always made me wonder why they didn't just pay gold, even if it was an incredible amount, for the knowledge to secure their own salt. Producing salt wasn't all that difficult, if I remember correctly, the salt traders would just evaporate seawater in little holes in the ground and scrap up the leftovers.

more than 3 years ago

NSA Says Its Secure Dev Methods Are Publicly Known

johncadengo Tin foil hat time. (114 comments)

And thats exactly what they want you to think...

more than 3 years ago

Man Loses Millions In Bizarre Virus-Protection Scam

johncadengo Re:And... (366 comments)

I believe we shouldn't punish a person for being born poor. No one has a choice about who their parents would be.

But by that same token we shouldn't punish someone for being born rich either.

more than 3 years ago

Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

johncadengo Re:I live in Seattle. (650 comments)

This would only work if everyone all started out with the same amount of cash, like in the board game Monopoly.

But we all know how that game ends...

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time Holograms Beam Closer To Reality

johncadengo documentary (79 comments)

I'm not sure if these two forms of holograph are related, but I watched an interesting documentary about holographs recently.

Doctor Laser: Inside the Wondrous Lab of One of the World's Last Holographers.

Learn some neat facts about this lost/dying art.

more than 3 years ago

Are Games Getting Easier?

johncadengo Re:More players = More money (854 comments)

Reminds me of the 80/20 rule. Perhaps game developers realized that the returns on improving single player would account for less sales than just dropping it and marketing multiplayer.

more than 3 years ago

Excitement about U.S. mid-term elections:

johncadengo Re:I chose negative (750 comments)

Former President Jimmy Carter was interviewed by Tavis Smiley recently and expressed an interesting (hint hint!) theory about all the negative ads.

He said that in his era when he was running against people like Former President Ronald Reagan they had nothing but mutual respect for each other and would refer to each other as "my distinguished opponent." But noted that the recent Supreme Court ruling, which he referred to as 'stupid', was to blame for all the negative ads and that dirty money was closely related to dirty tactics.

He was also quick to bring up the relation of negative ads to the near standstill in Congress in that once the Republicans and Democrats make it to Congress they all but hate each other. And to make matters worse, the Republican party's non-cooperation with Obama, even when he tries to push for what they had asked for months prior, has nearly succeeded in ruining Obama's popularity by blaming him for all their stubborn inactivity.

more than 3 years ago

The Case For Apple Buying Facebook

johncadengo apples and oranges (255 comments)

You can't really compare the two.

As indicated by the images themselves, one was based on an estimate of the size of membership, and the other based on an estimate of the volume of daily social activity.

more than 3 years ago



Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linke

johncadengo johncadengo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

johncadengo (940343) writes "Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds. Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans' evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them."
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General Motors Selling Saab to Spyker Cars.

johncadengo johncadengo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

johncadengo (940343) writes "General Motors said Tuesday that it had struck a preliminary deal to sell Saab to Spyker Cars, a tiny Dutch maker of high-end sports cars, saving the Swedish automaker from what seemed like certain extinction after previous bids for it collapsed. A previous bid from Spyker was rejected by G.M. in late December because G.M. was uncomfortable with Spyker’s Russian backers. The biggest investor in Spyker is the Russian bank Convers Group, which is controlled by Alexander Antonov. In March, Mr. Antonov was shot seven times and reportedly lost a finger in an attempt on his life in Moscow. No arrests have been made. His son Vladimir, 34, is a top executive at Convers and the chairman of Spyker."
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Fake online 'friend' led to girl's suicide

johncadengo johncadengo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

johncadengo (940343) writes "Where is justice when no law exists? Megan Meier thought she had made a friend through the social networking web site MySpace. Megan, a 13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with 'Josh' for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel. The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan's. Now Megan's parents hope the people who made the fraudulent profile on the social networking web site will be prosecuted, and they are seeking legal changes to safeguard children on the Internet."
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johncadengo johncadengo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

johncadengo (940343) writes "According to "The United States now has preliminary evidence of radioactivity from North Korea's nuclear test ground, indicating it did indeed carry out a test, a U.S. official tells CNN." There is no story yet, it is just a breaking news headline."


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