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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

kootsoop Re: dmv (205 comments)

It did! It was called the Department of Manure Vehicles (AKA horses) then.

about 2 months ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Has Already Become a Best-Seller

kootsoop Re:FUCK BETA! (129 comments)

You've been hitting the "of beta" button. That means you become one with beta. Try something else if you want a different effect.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

kootsoop Use more dots.... (388 comments)

GMail allows all sorts of variations on your email address. Suppose it is j.m.smith@gmail.com. Then j.m.s.m.i.t.h@gmail.com or jmsmith@gmail.com are also valid versions and will come to your inbox. You can also add a + and any text after it: j.m.smith+no_spam_please@gmail.com will also work. Note that many places see "+" as an invalid email character, which means this isn't as useful as it might be.

about 8 months ago
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Why US Mileage Ratings Are So Inaccurate

kootsoop Re:Simple explanation (374 comments)

The quote was "75-mph truth". I think the OP means "reality". Here in Connecticut, the freeway speed is usually either 55mph or 65mph... but if you go at that speed, you'll be passed by 80% of the traffic. The "normal" speed seems to be about 75mph. I've been traveling at that speed with a cop car behind me (and lots of other traffic around doing the same speed) and wasn't pulled over.

about a year ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

kootsoop Re:Let me be the first (maybe) to say: (427 comments)

Slashdot is not the place for speculation.

You're new here, aren't you?

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy

kootsoop Re:Ban the Transistor! (275 comments)

Certainly: evil is in the mind of the beholder.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

kootsoop Re:Jobs (526 comments)

Is that you, Invisible Steve?!?!

about 2 years ago
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Hotel Keycard Lock Hack Gets Real In Texas

kootsoop Re:And a normal locksmith will also charge (132 comments)

Actually, housekeeping staff keys are often set to expire on a daily basis. The first thing a housekeeper needs to do in the morning is to revalidate their card. If the card isn't revalidated in time, it needs to human intervention (other than the housekeeper) to be reactivates. Source: I used to work for Onity's parent company (UTC Fire & Security, as it was then), and I worked requirements for some of Onity's newer products.

about 2 years ago
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A (Mostly) 3-D Printed Race Car Hits 140 Km/h

kootsoop Re:MF Ratio (94 comments)

My sister is a lecturer (professor) in composite materials in Australia. Yes, they do!

about 2 years ago
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Google Employees Find 60 Security Holes In Adobe Reader

kootsoop And in other news... (164 comments)

Google announces a new initiative: Google Document Format, for all your document sharing needs.

more than 2 years ago
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Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

kootsoop Retracted: News story (205 comments)

Click on the link in the story. It's been retracted. Nothing to see here, please move along.

more than 3 years ago
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Data Retention Should Last One Year, US Gov't Tells Australia

kootsoop Re:This is bullshit (98 comments)

Vote parent up! The AC is right: voting IS mandatory in Australia, unless you are resident overseas.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding

kootsoop Re:2004 (304 comments)

Before we get a million "Adobe does this!" comments RTFA: "Microsoft applied for the patent titled "Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit" in October 2004"

Far as I know no one was doing this in 2004

Still not enough information. Patent claims can change between the original filing and the version that gets granted by amending the patent application. It's done by trolls...

The practice of submarine patents was ended a few years ago, at least in the US. Check out Submarine patents on Wikipedia . The most famous of these were the machine vision Lemelson patents, which were thrown out in 2005.

more than 3 years ago

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Benford's Law

kootsoop kootsoop writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kootsoop writes "Steve Smith over at DSPRelated has a neat article about a strange property of numbers: Benford's Law. This law says that, contrary to our intuition, the leading digit [1-9] of any given number is not uniformly distributed (i.e. the likelihood of a "1" as the leading digit is not 1/9 th; it's more likely to be 30.1%)."
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kootsoop kootsoop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Things have now livened up. I just wish things weren't so BIPOLAR. Nothing to do one minute, too many calamities to deal with the next.

For my next trick, I'll pull a rabbit out of a hat.

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kootsoop kootsoop writes  |  more than 9 years ago Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored.

I'm bored.

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kootsoop kootsoop writes  |  more than 9 years ago Slashdot seems to go in waves. Sometimes there's interesting topics every few stories... somtimes it's bland... sometimes it's full-on good. Or maybe it's just me. :-)

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