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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

raftpeople Better Idea (64 comments)

Why not automatically scan the printed document and email it to the person?

about a month ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

raftpeople Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

Good point, I better print the email reminder and place that in the three ring binder that sits behind my desk.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

raftpeople This is what it means (204 comments)

increase fluidity of information

Apparently the information at MS is not very fluid, so this is a serious attempt at making that information much more fluider

and ideas

This one suspiciously coincides with the legalization of pot in WA state

flatten the organization

I think this is really a statement about facilities, there is a lot of wasted vertical space so most likely they will be installing something like those Japanese "drawer" hotels (where the person lays in what looks like a human sized drawer). They should be able to put a screen and keyboard in there so people can work laying down. I'm guessing they can get 3x more people in each building with this system.

about 3 months ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

raftpeople The most likely content... (95 comments)

"Sirs, I am happily to provide benefit of a unique opportunity. The Bank of Ursa Major has..."

about 3 months ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

raftpeople Things like this rarely work out (180 comments)

There is too much momentum for what is being used today, it's almost impossible to dislodge a de facto standard.

about 3 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

raftpeople Re:Best game programmer (285 comments)

How do you define best? Just because you've heard of someone doesn't mean they are the best. I programmed games back in the 80's and during that time I ran into like-minded people and within that group it's tough to tell, different people have different attributes, It certainly possible to tell who has natural talent, but I don't think "best" even makes sense.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

raftpeople Re:What's next (67 comments)

"but these days they have been surpassed in most areas" - their last CPU outperformed rival phone CPUs.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

raftpeople Re:What's next (67 comments)

They've been hiring CPU and GPU designers for the last few years and their last CPU was their own design and outperformed rival CPU's at the time.

about 3 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

raftpeople Re:Having no idea... (44 comments)

That worm brain is well studied, but they still do not understand how it works. Whenever you see something about someone simulating a human brain, or a cat brain, or a rat brain, just remember that the people working on this stuff realize that even 302 neurons are still too many to understand currently.

about 3 months ago
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First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity

raftpeople Re:Having no idea... (44 comments)

Short answer: yes, different levels.

Longer answer: There is much complexity and the real answer would probably cover a few books. But a few highlights: neurons have their firing rate and their spike levels modulated by a variety of things in the brain. Glial cells (which are 10x more numerous than neurons) inhibit and disinhibit neurons, communicate with each other and are involved in computation. Some neuron communicate with a continuous flow of protons (inner ear, acceleration detection), some fire locally on their dendrite instead of the typical method of sending a signal down the axon. There have also been recent discoveries linking microtubule quantum vibrations to anesthesia effects (implying it is part of computation).

about 3 months ago
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

raftpeople Wait, they have students? (110 comments)

I can believe they have universities, the buildings at least, but I'm a little suspicious about the whole "student" thing.

about 6 months ago
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Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

raftpeople Re:Oh, how cute (289 comments)

I always wondered why that mission failed so badly and then I read up on our special forces. They had only been formed fairly recently before that mission (a few years?) and that mission was one of the first. I was surprised, I had assumed we had those types of special forces groups in the military for a long time.

about 6 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

raftpeople We Better Get This Deal Done ASAP... (144 comments)

or my 16oz latte is going to get cold and I will need to buy another one.

about 7 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

raftpeople And reading code isn't "coding" (161 comments)

For me, coding/design/problem solving seems to be mostly 3d abstract visual with objects being represented by some abstract entity and interactions that I can "see" (in quotes because I'm not sure that's what's really going on) and manipulate.

Reading or writing code is a translation to/from the imagery which is the real "code". The imagery is the abstract representation of the solution and where the problem solving happens.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

raftpeople Facebook's Next Defensive Purchase... (199 comments)

The new and exciting "Smoke Signal" app. 1 puff signals "danger", 2 puffs for the "all clear" and of course 3 puffs for "party at my place".

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

raftpeople Facts Folks (731 comments)

US has traditionally had a much lower fraud rate than the UK so there was no motivation.

The UK fraud rate was much higher but chip and pin has helped bring it down to match US levels (in 2010 US cc fraud rate=.085, UK=.070, first time UK was lower)

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

raftpeople SlashDot Beta (2219 comments)

The only thing missing are Live Tiles

about 8 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

raftpeople My experiences (399 comments)

My experiences: each of my 3 kids encountered two completely ineffective/incompetent teachers in junior high and zero in elementary and high school (although we were aware of 1 in elementary that we fortunately did not have to deal with).

It wasn't that many but the level of incompetence was astounding and nothing could be done.

about 8 months ago
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Michaels Stores Investigating Possible Data Breach

raftpeople Would Chip and Pin Have Prevented This? (106 comments)

The data was stolen from the POS device's ram during the brief amount of time it was there. Would Chip and Pin prevent using any of that data later on? Seems like the pin would have to be in mem at some point also, but I don't really know.

about 8 months ago

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