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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

"I'd never copy code".

"I'd use that exact library".

Those are mighty fine hairs to split.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

I think you're using very negative words for a very normal part of the coding process.

For example, about 20 minutes ago I needed a function to measure password strength. Could I have written it from scratch? Of course. Did I? Hell, no. That would be a needless waste of time. I used the Interwebs and had a choice of 3 or 4 perfectly good functions within about a minute.

That's how coding works today. And if you're not making use of other people's code you're not doing it right.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

popo Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Just out of curiosity are there any professional programmers out there who don't regularly copy functions from the Internet?

Part of being a contemporary coder is making use of available code. Libraries of functions are "other people's code". Languages are other people's code. Etc. it's all about other people's code.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Demonstrate Electrically Activated Micro-Muscles

popo Not particularly useful (19 comments)

The field of artificial muscles already has multiple competing technologies which are superior to this.

For one, the amount of force generated here is problematically low. Secondly, gold? That's going to be a problem for obvious reasons.

The future is in a combination of electroactive polymers and/or electro/thermally-activated shape-memory alloys -- both of which are cheap light and flexible.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

popo Re:Destiny ? (183 comments)

The term PC was invented by IBM to describe the original IBM-PC.

Windows PC's are the descendants of the IBM-PC. Macs aren't. Which is why "PC" implies "Windows PC" everywhere and always in the software business unless it is prefixed by "Linux" or "Chrome".

The logic of what "PC" should or shouldn't mean is irrelevant. Language is a system of practice, not logic.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Vsenn Emerges From Stealth With Project Ara Modular Phone Competitor

popo Something we don't really need (30 comments)

The entire argument in favor of modular phones is highly questionable IMHO. I see little evidence that this will represent a cost savings for consumers, that modular phones offer any serious advantages -- or that this is even something consumers want. It is also highly likely that modular phones will be larger, as modularity implies a component system that is by-definition less space-efficient than factory assembled.

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

We're in 100% agreement. You're misreading the position of my comment ;)

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Anyone not woowoo pro-globalization (usually being historically-ignorant, and pro-socialist dictatorships) has already established:

1. There are massive profit incentives in the hundreds of billions of dollars for establishing a worldwide treatise system of carbon credits, which in turn will require a common, goal-seeked understanding of global warming and anthropogenic causality.

2. This doesn't mean that the world's about to end, but we aren't doing enough to prevent profound harm to your civil rights.

Carry on. ( Non-free thinkers usually do. )

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Re:Let's talk about the Sun... And Mars too (695 comments)

Exactly. Some will say the sun's energy is indeed variable but the effect on Earth is basically invariable -- thereby calling the sun's energy a constant while pretending to account for variance.

Bad science.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

popo Let's talk about the Sun... And Mars too (695 comments)

How do you explain the matching ice-cap depletion on Mars?

Why, in a supposedly scientific study of warning is the source of warming (ie: the Sun) ignored and/or considered a constant in every study?

about three weeks ago
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Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)

popo Seems like a bad way to do it (44 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier to have a video stream which contains the full sphere of video data at all times, and use the client-headset position to display a subset of that data?

That would allow infinite numbers of people to share the same virtual experience rather than create a silly 1-to-1 mechanized connection.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

popo Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

Men and women are interested in different things. The feminists are beginning to look both silly and desperate in their efforts to come up with social explanations while ignoring the obvious truth: male and female brains are different.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p...

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

popo Women prefer male bosses (399 comments)

No really. Before you mod this flamebait, check the studies. It's 100% true. Statistically speaking (well, at least according to several large surveys), most women actually do prefer male authority in the work-place.

http://www.businessweek.com/ar...

And there are thousands of nightmare tales about all female workplaces...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem...

Of course such statistics and stories will forever be dismissed by social justice warriors... And there are many here on Slashdot.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

popo Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

Oh please. I say this is a massive publicity stunt. How many celebs leaked "sex tapes" back in the day, expressing outrage right up until the months of careful planning and PR were revealed.

Secondly, "sex crime"? Good lord. Women today want everything to be classified as a sex crime. Give me a break.

about a month and a half ago
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

popo Re: Who wants it? (55 comments)

I especially liked the introduction / explanation by Yoda.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

popo Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem isn't just "expense" as the summary pretends. It's that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Scaling the reactor is like the old joke about "losing money on every sale, but making up for it on volume."

about a month and a half ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

popo Will they also ban passengers? (208 comments)

Because I'm pretty sure that talking to one's significant other is equally distracting.

about a month and a half ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

popo No collection happens until examination (126 comments)

So if I download lots of copyrighted music and films, but never listen to them -- then I'm apparently okay right?

about 2 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

popo Re:isnt ice less dense? (232 comments)

But help me out here. the water is still in the oceans of the Earth. So what causes the net gravitational change? The change in density from less-dense ice to more-dense water?

I would guess that results in a gravitational increase. Where is the net loss coming from?

about 2 months ago

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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