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Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

minsk Re:Why just for less academically adept folks? (368 comments)

I'd rather see "more practically adept" going into trades than "less academically adept". But while there's a social stigma attached, it is going to be the people who aren't capable of doing a white-collar job (plus the few who want to do a trade anyway). So the average contractor stays expensive, overworked, and incompetent.

If folks are neither practically adept nor academically adept? No clue. Retail? Unskilled labor until they lose a limb?

about a year ago
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Nokia Builds a Touchscreen Display Made of Ice

minsk Re:What about frosted glass? (66 comments)

Fun :)

And shared experience, so someone else will have a little less tinkering to do when they look at this and go "Hey, I wonder if I could..."

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Builds a Touchscreen Display Made of Ice

minsk Direct link to article (66 comments)

For anyone who doesn't feel like clicking through the slow copy-and-paste blog to get to the actual NewScientist article:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827875.800-worlds-first-ice-touchscreen-virtually-burns.html

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Builds a Touchscreen Display Made of Ice

minsk Re:Congratulations Nokia, you accomplished nothing (66 comments)

Blame the idiotic coverage rather than the folks building the wall. They're well aware it was just a cool (sorry) art piece. And shared their experiences for anyone who wants to build or build on the design.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Builds a Touchscreen Display Made of Ice

minsk More details (66 comments)

That work was just published at the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference, so there is a rather more coherent explanation (and another video) at:
http://www.dfki.de/its2010/papers/sp199.html

(Not affiliated with either group, but ITS was a lot of fun)

more than 3 years ago
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Skyhook Wireless Sues Google Over Anti-Competitive Practices

minsk Re:force (v.) - use of physical power to compel (228 comments)

Google must have "forced" Apple to drop Skyhook as well. Or maybe there were reasons to develop a competitor, rather than continue to deal with Skyhook. Like Apple did.

Seriously, when did "Oh no, we're being forced to compete! Let's sue everyone!" become an acceptable business plan?

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

minsk Re:How secure (491 comments)

At least it is easier to authenticate a physical item, also it is easier to make it difficult to copy.

Digital information is *very* easy to authenticate and *very* hard to forge -- think SSL -- in comparison something like physical bills.

Digital information being easy to copy means that you *detect* the copy, rather than trying to *prevent* it. DRM tries to prevent the copy. All Bitcoin determines is whether you got the oldest copy (and the how is in their tech report).

about 4 years ago
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Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

minsk Re:How secure (491 comments)

Approaches vary but that is far from an obscure threat. Some, like I believe Bitcoin does, do a global check of the current owner of the coin (and yes, handle the obvious race conditions). Others make it relatively expensive to establish a new identity, provide probabilistic discovery of double spending...

about 4 years ago
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Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3

minsk Re:How secure (491 comments)

Money needs to be hard to replicate.

Well, close. Money needs to be hard to replicate _without getting caught_.

Part of the design of digital currencies is making it so that double-spending is likely to be detectable. Bitcoin seems to broadcast all transactions to the network, but I admit I just glanced at their technical paper.

about 4 years ago
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Finding a Research Mentor?

minsk Re:Wrong way to go about it (162 comments)

The other *big* reason to start your inquiry with published papers: Unless your initial e-mail shows that you have read and understood some of the professor's papers, your request is likely going to be ignored. The professors I know get requests every day from random students seeking a graduate supervisor. Many of them are form e-mails. Many more simply show no idea what the professor does. They all get deleted.

Express interest in a part of their work which is interesting to you, and come up with a few questions about their future work.

about 4 years ago
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New Messenger Has Same Old, Gaping Privacy Holes

minsk Re:Err what? (287 comments)

I would LOVE for facebook to have a privacy option "Disable the ability to tag me in any photo"

Like the privacy setting entitled "Photos and videos I'm tagged in", which can be customized to Only Me or blocked from specific people?

I can't swear that it works properly. So test with someone other than your mistress first :)

about 4 years ago
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The $8,500 Gaming Table You Want

minsk Re:Make it cooler (260 comments)

Now make it 6x the size, triple the display resolution, add space for your knees, and a whole whack of custom software...

Except that would be a few hundred thousand dollars. Canned technology is not the solution for all problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Our Low-Tech Tax Code

minsk Re:US Programmer wages? (691 comments)

Yes and no. I don't think $70K with a few years experience is unheard of, but it's also outside the normal distribution.

Many companies are in places with absolutely mind-numbing costs of living. Many also seem to realize that non-professional development experience is still valuable. The combination of the two can make the salaries for some "new" programmers pretty impressive.

more than 4 years ago
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Android and the Linux Kernel Community

minsk Re:One sentence to say it all... (354 comments)

it wouldn't build as there were items Google never released that it was dependent upon.

Are you sure that statement is true? It seems inconsistent with other information posted here, and in the LWN discussion.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

minsk Re:it's not a big ass table, so no (531 comments)

Heck, my take is that even Microsoft's "big ass table" is too small and too low-resolution for complex highly-social board games. And they're the ones that could benefit most from adding a computer into the mix.

Double the size and resolution, then we can talk about board games.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

minsk Not really... (531 comments)

The iPad: If you're too nerdy to attend the chess club in person.

But, seriously, implementing board games well on a computer demands a lot more than a small touch-sensitive display. Simple non-social games are easier, but they work just fine on a traditional PC.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Code Auditing of Open Source Apps Necessary?

minsk Re:Flip the question. (108 comments)

The payment creates an[] obligation.

An obligation to include vicious anti-liability clauses and avoid any admission of wrong-doing?

more than 4 years ago
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EU Accepts Microsoft's Browser Choice Promise

minsk Re:Hurrah? (336 comments)

Sorry, don't get the parallel.

My point is that since Microsoft is a major beneficiary of other government policies, they should be the last ones exempted from the few laws that interfere with the business.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Accepts Microsoft's Browser Choice Promise

minsk Re:Hurrah? (336 comments)

When governments are not a huge customer of Microsoft, there might be some ground to complain about them being subject to anti-trust laws.

For the moment, "Microsoft tax" is far too literal. And your comment far too close to the usual silliness of reducing regulations on government-supported monopolies...

more than 4 years ago

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