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Tetris Is Hard To Test

rs1n Nonsense -- make your own test suite (169 comments)

Why would you only test your code via normal use? Why wouldn't you just create a test suite that actually tests all the scenarios? In the case of tetris, you can simply force a sequence of pieces that will enable you to reach the scenarios described in the article. Or you can even start the game with a pre-made board.

Has slashdot really become a means for tech companies to inject free advertisement by a simple blog post made to look like real journalism?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

rs1n Did Apple screw GTAT? Or vice versa? (171 comments)

So which is it? Did Apple get GTAT's hopes up on using sapphire displays, sends them money, then decides they aren't going that route anymore leaving GTAT with facilities that have no use? Did GTAT have to invest some of its own money to get the production rolling on the sapphire screens, presumably because Apple's near 600 million isn't nearly enough? So is this why they are filing Chapt. 11? Or did GTAT burn to all that cash, only to have nothing to show for it and pissing off Apple in the process?

about 2 months ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

rs1n Why bother with internet testing (95 comments)

I am pretty sure that cheating back in the day occurred fairly regularly, but I am willing to wager the farm that, relatively speaking, cheating on computer-based exams today is much easier than cheating back in the old days of pencil and paper. Just take for example the smart watch. It doesn't even have to be an iWatch or the android equivalent. In fact, for a cheater, it's even better if their devices were NOT the typical ones so that they don't set off the ever-watchful proctors. Watches with wifi enabled can be a means for people to get answers much more readily than the old techniques of sneaking in a cheat sheet or whatever methods were used.

about 3 months ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

rs1n What happened to serious research? (126 comments)

A million dollars? Really? It took us two years to finally get a little over half a million from the NSF for a program to help women and underprivileged kids get a foot hold into math, science, and engineering programs at our university. At least the money is going toward a good cause. I fail to see how the fruits of the Indiana University grant is going to benefit anyone other than the PI and CoPIs getting funding from this grant.

about 4 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

rs1n They should also go after... (125 comments)

the folks who keep calling about my (non-existent) google rankings for the (non-existent) business that I don't own.

about 5 months ago
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Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

rs1n Study needs to consider what people do with notes (191 comments)

It's not the actual notes that makes a big difference, but what you do with those notes. Most students just take notes and that is the extent of the usefulness of their notes. A much smaller number (I imagine) actually make use of those notes. I cannot count the number of times students come into office hours and, when asked if they refer to their notes, say "no." Regarding those who think LaTeX/TeX is a longer process than taking notes. I took notes on my laptop in grad school for almost all my classes. Diagrams are easily done by drawing them (as a sketch) either on paper or a simple graphics editor to be made nicer when going back to review my notes (see paragraph above). It is much easier to type in one's own words an explanation of what is written on the board (which is often a professor's shorthand) than it is to write it out by hand. As for copying verbatim, typing (even in LaTeX) can still beat out handwriting when it comes to formulas. Lastly, when typing up notes (and done correctly), one can easily review (on the spot) the notes taken (esp. if using LaTeX/TeX) since each few lines of tex can be previewed with a few keystrokes.

about 7 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

rs1n Another stupid idea that flops before takeoff (347 comments)

So just buy it for your mobile phone or tablet and stream to your TV. Most of the smaller have resolutions that are good enough for "typical" TV-sized displays. A better pricing scheme would be for the actual resolution. E.g. $1 for 640x480, $2 for 1024x768, and scale upward.

about 8 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

rs1n Study slightly flawed (103 comments)

A better study would be to analyze how the SC2 pros perform as they age. There is a big difference between the amount of free time a college student has to devote to playing a game and improving his skill vs. someone with a family and job to maintain. The article suggests that age is the factor in the decline of skill, when what it really shows is that most folks are likely to have less time to devote to a game once they leave college and take on real jobs and have kids.

about 8 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rs1n Way to feed the trolls with a poor summary (641 comments)

Kay was not banned. Linus simply said he would not merge anything from Kay [b]until[/b] he got his act together.

Greg - just for your information, I will *not* be merging any code from Kay into the kernel until this constant pattern is fixed.

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

rs1n The justices should decided based on law only... (192 comments)

The article suggests that the justices are wavering because there are reservations about the repercussion of their decisions on existing software companies. The issue I have with that is that they should NOT be decided based on the repercussions. Their decision should be made as a matter of law.

about 9 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

rs1n Be a better parent (321 comments)

I think the real problem is that parents want to use a phone or tablet as a pacifier, so they don't have to parent the tykes.

Ah yes, the rallying call of the childless. I'm sure that if you ever have kids, you'll have the means and inclination to devote N hours of your own time every day simply to keeping them entertained.

I have kids of my own, and we also have several tablets, two iPhones (my wife and I each have one), and many gadgets in the house. However, we don't mix tablets/phones in the sense that if I ever have to enter a password into a tablet, that particular tablet does not ever get used by the kids. But you don't need to even have separate tablets (i.e. one for you and one for them). If they ever ask me to enter a password, the answer is no. When my toddler plays with my phone, I make sure that it won't ever get messed up when I get it back from him by taking precautionary steps (e.g. turn off emails, make sure everything requires passwords, etc.) I don't just hand them the device and cry to Apple when they break it.

Then there's also the question of "keeping your kids entertained." You don't need to devote hours of your own time. There are myriad types of toys to entertain your kids -- and even educate them while they're playing. If your tablet is causing problems, then perhaps they could use something else as edutainment. Get them puzzles, coloring books, reading books, etc.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

rs1n "Theft" or theft? (704 comments)

I am having a hard time determining whether the theft is real or not. Given the anonymous nature of bitcoin, who's to say that the theft wasn't done by some associate of those running . Then again, does it even make a difference?

about 10 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

rs1n The FEB-12-2014 firmware fixes N66 units (148 comments)

As the title suggest, the firmware update on 2/12/2014 supposedly fixes the issues. http://support.asus.com/downlo...

ASUS RT-N66U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.374.4422
Security related issues:
1. Fixed lighthttpd vulnerability.
2. Fixed cross-site scripting vulnerability (CWE-79).
3. Fixed the authentication bypass (CWW-592).
4. Added notification to help avoid security risks.
5. Fixed network place(samba) and FTP vulnerability.

Improvement:
1. Redesigned the parental control time setting UI.
2. Updated multi language strings.
3. Adjusted FW checking algorithm.
4. Adjusted Time zone detecting algorithm.
5. Improved web UI performance.

about 10 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

rs1n Cops can get around this ruling (457 comments)

Full disclosure: I would rather the police not be allowed to ticket you for flashing your lights to warn others. That said, depending on the time of day, could flashing lights still get you a ticket? If it's during the evening, the law requires that you have your lights in working order, and on at all times. So technically, you'd be breaking the law by flashing your lights, no? Of course this is a very strict reading of the law...

about a year ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

rs1n Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

From a pure numbers point of view, I would wage a maximum-wage law would affect fewer people than the minimum-wage law. However, what is completely unaddressed is where the extra money that would have gone to uncapped CEO wages would go.

1 year,18 days
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New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

rs1n Re:Asia Vs. America (263 comments)

You're right -- but instead of preachers, we have a large number of Americans who proudly wear their mathematical ignorance as a badge of honor.

1 year,18 days
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Xbox One Released

rs1n Google glass integration? (310 comments)

Personally, Google glass integration would be an awesome feature in either next gen console. I wonder if this is in the pipeline for either...

about a year ago
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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

rs1n I hope the authorities can make use of the info (545 comments)

that was given to them. I find that any number (of people who enjoy the exploitation of children) higher than 0 to be too high.

about a year ago

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