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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

notsoanonymouscoward Re:where's the money?! (213 comments)

I was a long time member and then realized... I just wasn't getting any value out of it (personally). I'm sure many people do. But it didn't seem relevant to what I was doing nor to my interests. Sure here and there were interesting things but in general... I'd rather drop that coin elsewhere.

about 2 months ago
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China: The Next Space Superpower

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Current Space Superpower (250 comments)

Utter nonsense. A US company (spaceX) could do it this week if it were truly required. Pull the Thaicom-6 off the falcon 9, put on a dragon with a seat (or seats), some oxygen candles and a CO2 scrubber, and press the button. Do not mistake the hampering of bureaucratic red tape and with lack of capability.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX (208 comments)

That is so laughably insane. It must be true =) Tilting a windmills indeed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX (208 comments)

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I'm using them myself, to wrap / webify Unix commands, wrap / webify Windows PowerShell commands

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Be veeeery careful about that input validation. Yikes.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Marketing babble galore (208 comments)

And I suddenly feel bad I have no more mod points to share. Excellent commentary and advice all around.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Marketing babble galore (208 comments)

But because I've been working in Ruby on Rails I see way too much "omg you gotta switch to this cool new tech which is a little more obscure and slightly less functional and certainly less reliable than what it replaces, but wow, it's new!!!!"

Been seeing a good bit of that in the python world. *oh shiny*

about a year ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

notsoanonymouscoward Re:You clearly didn't review the charts given. (609 comments)

"the conclusions of the original report -- that the car performs poorly in cold weather, that it takes longer to fill up and that much more careful planning is needed driving it -- stand."

Why the need to lie about it then?

about a year and a half ago
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Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

notsoanonymouscoward Re:First sentence is a doozy. (334 comments)

In other news, guy with no qualifications makes unqualified statements...

But the issue is controversial and his opinions and standing are questioned by Dorothy Bishop, professor of developmental neuropsychology at Oxford University who says that although this is an important topic, Sigman's paper is not "an impartial expert review of evidence for effects on health and child development". "Aric Sigman does not appear to have any academic or clinical position, or to have done any original research on this topic," she said. "His comments about impact of screen time on brain development and empathy seem speculative in my opinion, and the arguments that he makes could equally well be used to conclude that children should not read books."

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Whats the problem? (272 comments)

Care to update the wiki page? At least according to that....

ATV capable of 7,667kg to orbit.
Dragon capable of 3,310 kg pressurized ( + another 3,310 non pressurized)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_space_station_cargo_vehicles

Who knows... maybe just maybe NASA is paying for token payloads until SpaceX gets their flight rate up (and thus some notion of improved reliability).

about 2 years ago
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Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat

notsoanonymouscoward Re:More important... (242 comments)

No its ridiculous (and yet another example of the idiotic entitlement mentality destroying this once great nation) to think that somehow the US deserves seats on the Soyuz because we helped build the ISS. We (the US) had a ride to space. It was our own pimped out space taxi. We no longer have that ride... by choice, by design, by policy, yada yada. It's not Russia's job to drive us to work just because we decided to scrap our old ride BEFORE building a new one. You want to do something (possibly) productive? Write to your representatives in .gov and tell them NASA needs more $.

about 2 years ago
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How the Critics of the Apollo Program Were Proven Wrong

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Critics of the Indian space program... (421 comments)

The same way everyone else has... trial and error. Have you seen the montages? For example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qeX98tAS8

Also building cars doesn't really give you all that much expertise in building rockets.

about 2 years ago
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Nature: Global Temperatures Are a Falling Trend

notsoanonymouscoward Re:This will mean nothing... (786 comments)

Oblig...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FFgVayrWjs

more than 2 years ago
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Neil Armstrong Gives Rare Interview

notsoanonymouscoward Re:What's the problem with building self-sustainin (248 comments)

Isn't that reason enough? What happened to ambition, curiosity, and doing things "because it's there?"

Actually Mr "because its there" died on Everest. Don't get me wrong in many ways George Mallory was an incredible individual. However, following in his footsteps is not the path to a positive outcome.

more than 2 years ago
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8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Where is the energy coming from? (937 comments)

First we have to deal with "abundant rare earth" elements, and now we have to listen to "silent beeping"? The future... it is so confusing.

more than 3 years ago
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SpaceX Dragon As Mars Science Lander?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Design Reuse (146 comments)

The next generation rover Curiosity is launching around the end of November 2011. It makes the existing rovers look like rc cars. Having said that, I agree that along with bigger / better Curiosity, they should have considered a half dozen Spirit clones with different science packages. Though the issue isn't the cost of the rover, but delivering it. Its not cheap. I'd rather see the funding after Curiosity put towards a sample return mission.

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Good (272 comments)

I'm sure at that level of income, the Gov't will be more than happy to provide you with numerous subsidies to ensure your quality of life and continued pursuit of the American Dream.

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

notsoanonymouscoward Re:No, I loved Enterprise (272 comments)

Read the books that follow if you haven't. They figured out how to pull that fail from the fire and move on.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Missing TFP (1486 comments)

They could rig the experiments, fudge the numbers, etc. and your average person would not be in a position to know it.

This is part of a sci-fi story... which one I can't remember... where the "friendly" aliens tell the people that the human scientists have been lying to them, hiding all kinds of technological breakthroughs, etc... to demonize the scientific community... who of course end up being the very folks who save humanity from alien annihilation!"

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Build Pocket Robot-Cellphone Hybrid

notsoanonymouscoward Re:Something odd (81 comments)

Yeah them chess stories sound awfully fishy. Also, as someone who lived in Tokyo for a year, I gotta say there is much variation in the microcosm that is Tokyo. Its not like a vast uniform wasteland of pachinko and soap parlors =)

I've been around Hokkaido, Kyoto, Okinawa, and more. The most "Japanese" experience to my mind at least... was exploring the Izu Hanto, just a day's train ride from the bustle of Tokyo. Your mileage may vary. To bfl, I would suggest that if you do go (and you should!)... go with as few expectations as possible. You'll enjoy it more. Even buying a loaf of bread can be an adventure sometimes.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

notsoanonymouscoward Re:It failed in its mission (778 comments)

Adding other repositories to your package manager / software sources is really that difficult? Might want to try a few searches and check out a howto or two...

more than 3 years ago

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Search engine

notsoanonymouscoward notsoanonymouscoward writes  |  more than 11 years ago

With all the news about search engines that slashdot posts, you'd think they'ed have an SE section by now. After all, the net is all about communication, the finding and transference of information.

But ya, so I've posted stories about netnose twice, and both summarily rejected. Even crap front ends for google like whittlebit are making the main page. (yes this is a rant, deal with it!) Netnose is actually new, unique, and we build that bad boy line by line ourselves.

Why do I think we're so special?

What do search engines do? They find information. Users enter keywords that correspond to the topic area (or even extremely specific subject matter they're looking for). Everyone's busy rating/scoring the content. We think the other search engines have it wrong... well at least, not quite right. The important thing is figuring out how people FIND that bit of content. Which words are the best words for describing a particular site, and how good are they at doing it? Its basically rating the meta data, rather than the data itself. Make sense? Good, Now go rate.

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