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'Smart' Vending Machines Triple Sales

mafian911 Wow factor (234 comments)

Am I the only one pessimistic enough to think that the only reason this machine tripled sales is because of its gimmick? Considering that the machine offers you a drink based on your appearance, can we really ignore the novelty of that?

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

mafian911 Re:Most Hated (675 comments)

"Larry, I have Bob Kotick on the line. He wants to meet over tea and crumpets. He mentioned that Adolf will be coming this time."

more than 3 years ago
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Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

mafian911 Not a real problem (386 comments)

Hey all. I don't really see a problem with the fragmentation. I developed Cubes, a game that largely depends on device hardware and capabilities. I have over 36k active users, and the only real complaint I get is that it runs a little choppy on some of the underpowered models. The real trick is the same for PC: Don't code to specific hardware. Poll the system for capabilities. Implement logic for resizing/rearranging the UI. Android is not meant to be like iOS, where the hardware is strictly controlled. Android is successful because it can target hundreds of device profiles. Because of that, you have to write your apps a little smarter.

more than 3 years ago
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Harry Potter Theme Park Supersizes Rides

mafian911 Not the solution (3 comments)

This just in: America is getting fatter, with no signs of slimming down.

more than 3 years ago
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Victorian Star Wars Paintings *NSFW*

mafian911 NSFW? (5 comments)

Why was this labeled NSFW? To my disappointment, I didn't find anything inappropriate.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

mafian911 Re:I'm confused... (335 comments)

I don't think this post is flamebait. Ok, well, "dumb" is harsh, but I do think the iPhone is targeted toward people who really just don't know any better. That's why the phone is so easy to use, bc hell, a baby can figure it out.

Android allows you to do more, but at the cost of a little extra complexity. I think an average user can handle it, I know a lot of people with average intelligence that have no problem with it. It's the users that aren't so smart that may have a hard time with it. Those users may want to consider an iPhone.

about 4 years ago
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How Smart Are You?

mafian911 Re:Real Graph (584 comments)

Agreed. Intelligence is almost impossible to represent as a single factor. There are many types of tasks that individuals can perform either poorly or very well. There are high level analytical tasks and minimization/maximization problems, and there are low level tasks like arithmetic ability and spatial reasoning. With all the ways one brain can excel over another in certain situations, it would be very hard to classify one person as "smart" or "stupid" (unless they suck at all of them ;)

more than 4 years ago
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How Smart Are You?

mafian911 Re:Real Graph (584 comments)

If I had mod points, you would get them. Good find. As for the "spike", yes they collapsed the upper part of the graph. Use your imagination. It makes it more difficult to understand the trend, but not impossible.

more than 4 years ago
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Of the options below, I'd most like to learn more ...

mafian911 Re:I'd like to learn Psychology (515 comments)

1) Perform extremely accurate real time image recognition

2) Attach recognized objects into deeper concepts, filled with meaning that can be used in thoughtful conversation

3) Wonder what/who they are, where they came from, and explore these concepts

4) Form complex bonds with others like itself, emulating kinship, loyalty, jealously, betrayal, etc

5) Hope and dream

more than 4 years ago
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Of the options below, I'd most like to learn more ...

mafian911 Re:I'd like to learn Psychology (515 comments)

If I had mod points, they would be yours. This is very insightful.

Imagine being born deaf, blind, unable to smell, taste or feel. No stimuli, whatsoever.

What would it like to be a brain in a machine, fed with zero stimuli? Or stimuli that makes no sense? Could you even form a "self"? How could you even believe you exist?

I read in a study that used rat neurons to "train" a robot to dodge walls. I remember reading that any cell culture that had been given too much time to develop before being used for the robot was worthless. The neurons, without any stimuli, were in an "unusable" state. Perhaps jokingly, the authors referred to them as "insane".

Clearly, with zero stimuli, the brain would become useless. Making trivial connections everywhere, with no heuristic to determine the most valuable connections. That brain would absolutely be worthless for psychological study.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Finds That Video Games Hinder Learning In Young Boys

mafian911 Re:It's true (278 comments)

No I think he had it right. As long as we are working with unsigned bytes, 255 + 1 rolls over to 0, so 255 + 5 should be 4.

A standard C compiler will not throw an error as long as the types you are using are the same.

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Commercially Available Jetpack

mafian911 Re:even better than jetlev (303 comments)

You're right. That looks way more fun, and much less intimidating. How is it $175k though? Did I calculate that currency conversion right? I mean, it seems like the technology isn't incredibly sophisticated... just a high power water hose. Im surprised its more than 2x expensive than the jetpack in the article.

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Commercially Available Jetpack

mafian911 How many other people... (303 comments)

... were thinking of that scene from Iron Man at the end of the video. In the moment he was hovering, getting ready to land, I was kinda hoping he'd say "Kill power." and go crashing through the floor.

more than 4 years ago
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Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:

mafian911 Re:Uhh.. a bit over 15,000 (465 comments)

Agreed. I think I am relatively close to my workplace, being only 20 miles away. And yet I am forced to pick the very last bucket option?

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins

mafian911 My wife's on fire (268 comments)

Or was it my life for A'jur?

more than 4 years ago
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Neurons Created Directly From Skin Cells

mafian911 So... how long... (231 comments)

...until this technology can be used to regrow luscious locks of hair for balding people? Just asking... for a friend... .

more than 4 years ago
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Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases

mafian911 Is "EMP" the correct term? (4 comments)

Correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that EMPs, understood as an electronic device scrambling wave, are only able to be generated by nuclear explosions.

Now, perhaps they have developed a wave that can destroy a very specific circuit, such as the kind found in a car's computer. Finding the electromagnetic resonant frequency of a particular circuit is not new, but can this be classified as a true "EMP"?

Then again, I may be confusing an actual EMP with something from science fiction. For some reason I consider an actual EMP blast to knock out everything from iPods to car computers to telephone wires.

more than 4 years ago
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Hand Written Clock

mafian911 Re:I could do it in half the time (86 comments)

Looks nice? Art doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing to be called art. Art is creativity. Art is about making you think. This is not only a very creative piece of work, but it also required quite a bit of dedication to complete.

If anything, the theme of this very piece may be dedication. Or it could be monotony. Or tedium. Or simplicity, given the featureless form of the clock, and the apparent lack of mechanical parts (which, obviously, is only an illusion).

The rationale for this piece could be one or all of these, and that is what makes it art.

more than 4 years ago
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AbleGamers Reviews Games From a Disability Standpoint

mafian911 Auunngghh Murph! (125 comments)

That would explain that easily-fraggable player I met last night in Halo. xX_Hellen_Killer_Xx just kept spinning around looking skyward while filling the mic channel with mad mumbling noises.

more than 4 years ago

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