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Google Gets US Approval To Buy and Sell Energy

nicknamenotavailable Woohoo GOOGLE! (218 comments)

All the power to you!

You're working on fiber to the home.

Now you're working on Power.
Perhaps someday soon your name will appear on my utility bills as well.

So-far everything is good. But I'm afraid.
You control my email, you control my web searches, you pay me for ads on my site.
You say don't be evil. And I believe you.

But I'm still afraid.
I'm afraid that if I will ever wrong you,
if you're ever displeased with what I say about you,
I will dissapp#~s8 -`15ht@#&fge LOST CARRIER ...

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Gets Go-Ahead From EU, US DoJ

nicknamenotavailable More choices? wtf? (113 comments)

FTA

"I believe that together, Microsoft and Yahoo will promote more choice, better value and greater innovation to our customers, as well as to advertisers and publishers."

Wait, Two companies combining forces, eliminating the better search engine(IMHO) and then we're told this will result in "more choice"?

I really don't understand how this could be, but I won't use Yahoo (a mediocre SE. at best) anymore. For me it means less choice.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Gets Go-Ahead From EU, US DoJ

nicknamenotavailable Who will suffer? (113 comments)

So will this make Yahoo suck like Bing, or Bing actually find pages (I'm interested in) just like Yahoo?

Every time I've used Bing, I've been disappointed.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Press Secretary's Tweets Archived

nicknamenotavailable Presidential tweets (63 comments)

I, for one, am glad that twitter wasn't around when Clinton was president.

tmi about Clinton already, what happens at the next scandal?

more than 4 years ago
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The 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

nicknamenotavailable Just outsource. (534 comments)

Outsource security and programming to those countries responsible for the attacks.

Right away the system will have fewer vulnerabilities and there will be fewer attacks.

more than 4 years ago
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Advanced Social Skills For Humanoid Robots

nicknamenotavailable Re:Wait ... you mean ... (92 comments)

Only if they are loaded with oxytocin.

That doesn't make sense.
Robots don't have nipples.

more than 4 years ago
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Breaking the Squid Barrier

nicknamenotavailable Only live prey? (126 comments)

eat only live prey

So what do they plan to feed them once they become "giant" ?

chickens?
goats?
cows?

Just stand back from the pool, will ya?

more than 4 years ago
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New Interactive Black Hole Simulation Published

nicknamenotavailable Re:Yes, but... (107 comments)

I'm sure physics geeks will be heartily debating the THEORETICAL correctness any minute now. After all, what else would they be doing on a Saturday night.

Stargate Marathon!!! YEaaaaah....

more than 4 years ago
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IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be

nicknamenotavailable Re:But what did Apple want? (401 comments)

Source please? Last figures I saw were about a mere 40 million.

Anyhow, you do realise that the market for mobile phones is about a billion every year? Of course, you probably don't, since you're an Apple fan. Yes, I'm sure Apple can make some money in their niche market, but it's nothing particularly notable.

The 75 million figure is for "iPhone" OS devices from a slide that Jobs showed at the iPad event. This figure includes iPod touch devices, not just phones(I had to double-check).

I'm not a Apple fan, but I do think OS X is much better than Windows. One of the reasons I tell people to get a Mac is cause then I end up helping them with their computer once a year at most, not every month.

more than 4 years ago
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IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be

nicknamenotavailable Re:But what did Apple want? (401 comments)

If we go by market figures, less than 5%

Yes, a whole 75 million iPhones.

New way? What new way is this?

Jobs is better at explaining it than I. Just watch the keynote.

more than 4 years ago
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Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

nicknamenotavailable Re:Step 1: Find a very large wall (532 comments)

Yes, you're right. If you figure out the links by hand, it will take alot longer, but you will learn alot more.
I was concentrating on the 'UML' part and the 'PROFIT!' part.

more than 4 years ago
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IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be

nicknamenotavailable Re:But what did Apple want? (401 comments)

How may of those friends have an iPhone?

3. But 2 of those are work phones, which were provided with heavy subsidy.
Only one friend outright bought the iPhone, and he waited until the 3GS model.

Alright, so those friends do know what the iPad will be about.

I have 3 friends with iPhones who like them and 2 friends who got rid of theirs.
I personally dislike the iPhone, but I probably will get an iPad sooner or later.
It all depends on how much tinkering and development will be allowed without
Apple's blessing.

I'm impressed by the iPad, not because of its specs or software. I'm impressed
because it is a work of art with microchips inside of it.

more than 4 years ago
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Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones

nicknamenotavailable Re:dumb question (175 comments)

I know, I thought about it right after I posted.

I have my own version of cat, so I have a bad habit of using it even when I don't need to.

more than 4 years ago
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Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster

nicknamenotavailable Gyroscopic effect? (197 comments)

Flywheels have been used to store energy for ages, but do they change the handling of the car at all?
Boats can have gyroscopic roll stabilizers, but what effect does this flywheel have?

more than 4 years ago
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Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

nicknamenotavailable Re:Step 1: Find a very large wall (532 comments)

Step 1: Find a very large wall
Step 2: Print out allthe code (in very small font) and paste the code up on the wall
Step 3: Identify all the classes, functions, DBs, etc.
Step 4: Create a visual map (on a white board) of how they're all linked together.
Step 5: PROFIT!

6: Write a program that does all these steps automatically.
7: PROFIT! (or get sued by the people who patented the process).

But seriously, isn't there a program that can do all this?

more than 4 years ago
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Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

nicknamenotavailable Dear Sir (532 comments)

Dear Sir,

We have recently been placed in charge of inheritance of 40,000 loc, I have the
privilege to request your assistance to maintain the henceforth mentioned sum.
The above sum resulted from a contract, executed, commissioned and written five
years (5) ago by a foreign contractor. This action was however intentional and
since then the source has been in a suspended terminal awaiting the fg command.

We are now ready to transfer the source overseas and that is where you come in.
It is important to inform you that as outsourced servants, we are forbidden to
debug foreign code; that is why we require your assistance. You will be required
to debug and analyze the code and transfer the bug free code to our central
repository after which we will reimburse you for your time with post it notes
and slightly dated coffee creamer.

We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit absolute
confidentiality from you in this transaction. Please acknowledge receipt of
this letter, using the above Telefax number for more details regarding this
transaction. Also endeavor to send the requested information.

more than 4 years ago
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Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete

nicknamenotavailable Re:THIS is how you get "infinite" battery life (96 comments)

Batteries have a limiting lifespan.

If they used a capacitor instead, this device would run virtually forever.

Place this in a solid glass marble, and it might last forever too.

more than 4 years ago
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Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete

nicknamenotavailable beowulf (96 comments)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these.

Forget that.

Imagine a Beowulf Swarm of these.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Plagiarism In Literature Just Sampling?

nicknamenotavailable The Strawminator (449 comments)

I'm going to inter-splice book pages of the Terminator and the wizard of Oz.
A bit of tape, and I will be famous!

Would this be my creation or that of Cameron and Baum?
What if I paraphrase the sources?
What if I rewrite everything in another language?
What if I don't tell anyone what my sources are?

The limits of what we view as original work are shifting, why would that which is applicable to music or other media, not be applicable to books?

If I paint Leonardo painting the last supper and his canvas covers most of my canvas, then at what point does this cease to be my painting and become a copy of his?
What about art not in the public domain?
Would Disney be upset if I painted one of their artists creating Mickey mouse?

The girls book has won numerous awards. I don't know how much of her book really is just a "copy" of someones work, and if these are in the public domain. But her book must be interesting, otherwise this debate would not exist. To me this would qualify as 'sampling' other art to create something unique.

If I drew an illustration and someone used a part of it without my permission, at what point would I be upset? I think I would be upset if the new work decreases the value of my own work.

There are so many what if's that would be answered differently depending on culture or century, - that I find it unreasonable to think that our view should be static.

Did she copy stuff? Yes
Did she combine it into a new and unique work? Yes
Did it negatively influence any of the (non-public domain yet) copyright holders? I highly doubt it.

more than 4 years ago

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Bill Gates responds to the iPad.

nicknamenotavailable nicknamenotavailable writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nicknamenotavailable (1730990) writes "Brent Schlender had a chance to talk to Bill Gates about the iPad.

"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard — in other words a netbook — will be the mainstream on that," he said. "So, it's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, `Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough.' It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, `Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'""

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Gates unimpressed by iPad

nicknamenotavailable nicknamenotavailable writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nicknamenotavailable (1730990) writes "Recently Brent Schlender had a chance to ask Bill Gates about the iPad.

'I wasn't sure what to expect when I asked Jobs' longtime rival, Bill Gates, what he thought of the iPad. After all, Gates has been a proponent of tablet computers for years, and he was in awe of the iPhone when it first came out. But the iPad? Gates told me he isn't sold.'

"You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard — in other words a netbook — will be the mainstream on that," he said. "So, it's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, `Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough.' It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, `Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'""

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