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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

proslack Re:Asimov (352 comments)

Psychohistory: It's pretty much sociology with some regressions thrown in, isn't it?

about a year ago
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Break Microsoft Up

proslack Get away from the hardware (355 comments)

They should focus on their core competency: software. Expand existing business-oriented product-lines to iOS, Android, and Linux, in addition to Windows. There-in lies the revenue. Trying to compete with entrenched hardware manufacturers like Sony and Samsung is a loser's game.

about a year ago
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Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

proslack Re:So basically surfing net while taking notes (313 comments)

Or maybe Pit Bulls are just more dangerous:

As a result of a perceived increase in pit bull injuries, all children who presented to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during 1989 for evaluation of dog bite injuries were prospectively studied...Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%, P http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

about a year ago
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Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

proslack Re:Ah, no... (274 comments)

Student Presidents of large public universities draw salary, typically between $15,000 and $30,000 annually. They are employed by the state. The payroll check comes from the state of California. That makes this crime more than "nothing".

about a year ago
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For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0

proslack Re:when software was fast... (176 comments)

Loading "Pirate Adventure" onto an Atari 800 from a cassette drive in 1980 was neither quick nor instantaneous. Plugging in the Star Raiders ROM, on the other hand, was.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

proslack Re:*confused (1719 comments)

The high muzzle velocity (nearly 1000 m/s) is what contributes most to the lethality.

about 2 years ago
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Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

proslack Gosh-durned technology (686 comments)

Rockefeller and his blasted oil wells are threatening the survival of my horse-fodder supply store! I'm calling my solicitor!

about 2 years ago
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The World Falls Back In Love With Coal

proslack Re:So why did that prick lay off miners? (341 comments)

China and the US have similar reserves of coal (about a quarter of the world's supply each.) Coal is a PITA to transport compared to natural gas (weight vs. energy). There's lot's of natural gas in the Arctic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_exploration_in_the_Arctic, which is probably why China is building icebreakers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Xue_Long. When their second one is built, they will have as many active as the U.S., which *is* an Arctic nation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council with corresponding mineral rights http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On Xbox TV Device

proslack Re:Problem with set top boxes... (104 comments)

It seems like this will compete for the Wii / casual gamer crowd (or Apple TV), especially if it isn't restricted to just games but allows any Windows 8 apps to run.

about a year ago
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Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force

proslack Re:Aerospace (457 comments)

A good friend of mine wound up with an aerospace engineering degree from Auburn ('88). He wound up programming at a .com in the 90s and cashed in his options around '98 (a couple million). He still works (software development) on projects that interest him but at his own pace and when he wants too. I find that people tend pigeonhole science and engineering degrees too much. I'm a geologist but I've managed projects, coded (exclusively) back in the 90s, worked as a geographer/GIS analyst/cartographer, worked in labs, worked in the field, SCUBA dive (for work), and have supervised subordinates and subcontractors. Studying a STEM field prepares you for a myriad of future options, especially if you prepare by taking a few classes outside your immediate major (e.g. a couple extra chemistry, programming, language, accounting, or statistics classes if you normally aren't expected to). I took a bunch of programming, logic, and business classes in addition to my geology curriculum...definitely paid off for me. Studying "difficult" STEM subjects instills discipline, builds confidence, teaches problem-solving, hones critical-thinking skills, and prepares you for an amorphous future.

about 2 years ago
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Has the Mars Rover Sniffed Methane?

proslack Actually, it hasn't (119 comments)

If you read the article, you will find that "NASA's Curiosity rover is poised to settle the question as early as this week." No findings have been released as no data has been acquired (at least nothing acknowledged in the article). In any case, the presence of methane is of less interest than the concentration; it is found in interstellar space http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1991ApJ...376..556L

about 2 years ago
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Trouble For Microsoft Developers With the Windows Store

proslack He wants MS to do his QC (232 comments)

I read the article and it sounds like this guy is debugging and QCing by submission. He sounds like a sloppy programmer. Microsoft rejected his app and gave him the technical reasons why. He failed two more resubmissions. The first two comments on his blog sum it up nicely:

"We had the opposite experience. We ported a complex WP7 XNA game to Windows 8. We got invited to the App Excellence Lab. We won an early access token. We submitted to the store in July and passed on the first try. To date we've submitted to the store 3 times and passed all three times."

"Makes me wonder if his code is very inefficient"

Personally, I'm glad they are rejecting apps that don't work or perform as required.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

proslack Re:Can a society with no religion exist? (1142 comments)

Of course. At least until the priests of the temple of Syrinx take over a week later.

about 2 years ago

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Videogame success not reliant on plot or graphics

proslack proslack writes  |  more than 5 years ago

proslack writes "In a study presented at the Human-Computer Interaction conference in Cambridge, England, British researchers Beale and Bond found that plot and graphics are not critical to the success of video games; price and the inclusion of social aspects (e.g. multiplayer or chat) were found to be more important."
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What if the Apollo program had continued?

proslack proslack writes  |  more than 5 years ago

proslack (797189) writes "The die had been cast years before Apollo 11 had even reached the moon. In the late 1960s, the Vietnam war was straining US finances. A fatal fire on the Apollo launch pad in January 1967 had blotted NASA's copybook. The Soviet moon effort seemed to be going nowhere. In the budget debates during the summer of 1967, Congress refused NASA's request to fund an extended moon programme. What if things had been different that summer? Suppose Congress had granted NASA's wish, then fast-forward 40-odd years...""
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