Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin
I do not understand why some people believe these instruments have something so powerful it cannot be replicated. If Antonio can do it, so can a good modern human.
We are all human and what one human can do, so can another. We need to look at our generation as no worse than generations past, and in some ways better.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I remember watching Kuro5hin collapse and die because of some pig-headed decisions. I never imagined slashdot's blaze would be this much more fiery.
I have been on slashdot for almost 15 years (was anonymous the first few years). It has been a fun ride.
The initial silence of Dice, and then the market-speak of "Timothy" has been astounding. It's truly tragic what I have witnessed over the last two days.
This has convinced me that my hours can be better spent elsewhere. With this final message I bid farewell to my favorite website for the last 15 years.
I make a prediction, and I hope I'm wrong: with the Dice/Timothy attitude, in 6 months slashdot will be no more.
Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas
I am angered and saddened by what companies like Infosys have done to the US immigration system. I remember having to fight really hard to get my first H1B in the US because of those companies (I got my US higher ed paid by the NSF yet I'm not American, and I'm not a programmer).
After they have completely wrecked the H1B system they are now going to wreck the visitor visa system.
I am angry because they destroyed the reputation of the H1B system, one of the few legal ways to become a citizen. I am saddened because Americans are have a stupid immigration debate on fundamentally illegals, yet leave such monsters prowling the halls of congress.
Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks
What does Romney know about political advice?
Chinese Censors Accidentally Block Shanghai Index
Does China use the MM/DD/YY system? For some reason I thought this was exclusive to the US only.
Slashdot Coming Attractions
Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed
Looks like you did not read the article, but this is slashdot after all.
He talks about teamwork. Individuals contribute, but group dynamics are very important, and perhaps a deserve larger share of the success than any individual.
By picking someone out as the hero you are committing the same errors as in the past.
Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did
I tried to by Britannica CD in 90s. They were charging almost as much as paper edition. It was only in early 2000s when they realized the error of their ways.
They could have sewn up the encyclopedia market but their high price was unjustifiable in the light of substantially cheaper offerings such as Encarta.
Sure, Encarta is not as good as Britannica but it's good enough for most kids. This is the key point: good enough is the enemy of perfect.
Playbook OS 2.0 Released
second last sentence should be "You cannot play....". Sorry rage got in the way
Playbook OS 2.0 Released
I have the 64Gig playbook and I've been playing with the new OS. Here is my opinion.
RIM still has a lot of work to do. Their device still needs a lot of polish to just be on par with the iPad. Then they need to provide some earth-shattering software to make it worth buying.
One critical failure they have is that they do not have software "showing off" their hardware. Rumors have it that the Playbook has a GPS, compass etc. I have no way of knowing that. They have an impressive spreadsheet and word-processor. It doesn't matter because most tablets are consumption devices. They need to have a very good pdf reader. What they included is barely passable.
They need to improve their music player. I could rant all day about this but here are a few points. You can't upload by album. You can't list by album. You can play music on external bluetooth speakers.
I'm seething now. Let me stop
Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft
Here is what bothers me: if you're black and you make a mistake it's because you're black.
This is not fair both to the black person because he can make mistakes like any other (white) person, and to black people because they are suddenly set to impossibly high standards.
The Computer Labs That Created the Digital World
It's practically unreadable on my mobile device. Is there a simple page without acrobatics?
FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype
Unlocked iPhones in US For $649
So will AT&T unlock our iPhones like thry do ther phones. I think the reason they had is now gone.
What Does IQ Really Measure?
It measures IQ of course!
Your IQ must be in the (Celcius) room temperature range.
It's World Backup Day
To make sure the tire treads really stick?
Inside a Verizon Wireless Superswitch
"While finite numbers were unavailable," WTF does that mean?
Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?
I am not prepared.
Potentially Great Sci-fi Films Still Due In 2011
I think you saw a different I Robot than the one I saw.
No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone
Has this become the official iPhone gossip site?
Every too often an article like this comes which has no substance. It's not news for nerds, it doesn't matter.
Just as a friendly heads up, you're forgetting to log out in the UGA science library. Kinda odd to see "Have you meta-moderated recently?" when you're trying to just look at Slashdot anonymously. >.>
P.S.: Don't worry, I'm logging you out, and I'm not touching anything other than your journal.