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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

samoanbiscuit Re:Papers (223 comments)

Why would I want a laptop with a screen smaller than 10 or 11 inches? That sounds useless. I would use a tablet that small, which is what Microsoft seems to be targeting with that rule, but a laptop? No thank you. Besides, even with zero-cost Windows, making a medium-sized tablet or tiny laptop with good internals for less than $99 is going to be a tough proposition, especially with low-end Androids flooding the market.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

samoanbiscuit Re:Papers (223 comments)

Google's been making some noise about improving the offline capabilities of ChromeOS, and letting approved Android apps into the ChromeOS store. If these things happen in a reasonably quick period, then that's a pocket Linux lappy I would use.

about a week ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

samoanbiscuit Re:LLVM funding model doesn't scale (1098 comments)

left as an exercise to the reader.

Holy shit you are a pompous shitbag.

More seriously, because Apple has nothing to little to gain from copylefting Xcode, and a lot more to lose. It makes more sense to focus on an GCC alternative than to trust the GNU team to not put even more roadblocks in place to prevent GCC integration into Xcode. I can't believe you made me defend Apple.

about 6 months ago
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"Squishy Joints" May Have Helped Dinosaurs Grow To Giant Sizes

samoanbiscuit Re:Critical thinking missing (56 comments)

Keep in mind that hundreds of millions of years of extinctions and adaptive radiations have taken place between then and now. It's not only a question of whether insects can exist at the larger sizes they once grew to, but also whether they'd be competitive enough to take back their former ecological niches from the current incumbents. To use a tech analogy, it's like asking whether a flip phone can dominate the premium phone market in 2014, because they once dominated it in 2005.

Judging from the range and distribution of insects alive in the present, it seems that for most insects, small size and rapid reproduction are the way to go for them. Their body plan, with it's less efficient circulatory system, and less complex brains, seem to put them at a disadvantage if they began to grow larger. Remember that there are a vast array of mammals and birds that specialize specifically in preying on insects.

about 9 months ago
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New Zealand Converting Old Phone Booths Into National WiFi Network

samoanbiscuit Re:Slight problem (72 comments)

You mention a phone booth in a historical site, so I'm thinking maybe you didn't recognize what the more ahem, "modern" phone booths looked like? They're pretty inconspicuous unless you're walking by them.

about 10 months ago
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Cyanogen Mod Goes Commercial To Make "Available On Everything, To Everyone"

samoanbiscuit Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (230 comments)

I'm sure I'll get modded to oblivion for speaking out against the current PC fad

Really? Here on slashdot, the bastion of conservative tech news, you'll be downvoted? Psshh.

about 10 months ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

samoanbiscuit Re:Oh, gag me. (564 comments)

You've fallen victim to an pretty obvious problem, which is greedy reductionism. If you actually studied biology, one of the least "STEM-y" of the physical sciences, you would realize that objects can be analysed on multiple levels, and a lower level analysis is not inherently more useful or germane than a higher level analysis (although in the physical sciences, it often is, this is not necessarily the case all the time, especially when dealing with human behaviour, which is why sociology and psychology are both equally valid fields).

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

samoanbiscuit Re:Sex versus Gender (814 comments)

Lots and lots of things are less ignorant than epyT-R.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

samoanbiscuit Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

In many countries around the world, that would probably be easily doable. But it probably has a higher level of difficulty in China and Russia. For the short term, Snowden is probably very safe in China. They're probably going to take... steps... to ensure this PR gold mine remains at their doorstep for now while they figure out how best to use him.

Think about it, the USA loves castigating China about their human rights record. Snowden "disappearing" would mean the shoe would be on the other foot when the HoS of the two countries meet.

He (Snowden) worked in Intelligence, and probably knows a good deal more about the diplomatic relationship between China and the USA than most of use commenting here. There's always a chance he might be wrong, but there's no chance he didn't choose Hong Kong for perfectly rational and logical (albeit to him) reasons.

about a year ago
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Intel's Linux OpenGL Driver Faster Than Apple's OS X Driver

samoanbiscuit Re:they moved to DirectX from OpenGL for that reas (252 comments)

OS X has never been the king of performance or speed. Responsiveness and a clean, elegant UI? Yes. Winning benchmarks left and right? No. Companies making apps for Macs generally don't make them because OS X is the most efficient or performant OS on the market, and this news isn't going to make them switch to Linux. Also, because for most people the main reason for buying an expensive Mac is OS X, they aren't likely to switch to Linux because the OpenGL driver works slightly faster.

about a year ago
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

samoanbiscuit Re:funny thing is (276 comments)

Yes, keep thinking it's because people have thin skin, and not that they're being insulted based on their group all their lives, while you are not.

about a year ago
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

samoanbiscuit Re:funny thing is (276 comments)

This doesn't mean that the user hates womankind, just that they are expressing disdain for a certain woman.

Listen up Captain Clueless, when someone uses a word for a woman's genitalia to insult a certain woman, they're definitely not doing it because they think woman as a group are wonderful people. It's like when straight people say "I don't care if you're gay, just don't be a faggot!", or when white people say "I don't care that you're black, just don't be a nigger.". Whatever their justifications, it's obvious that this person is not your friend, they imagine themselves above you, able to judge you as a representative of your group, and will move against you or hurt you if they think they can get away with it. A woman/gay person/black person that agrees with this line of thought ("don't be a "), has internalized a lot of self-hatred.

Do you get all huffy when somebody calls a guy a dick?

Yes I do. Like I said, using gendered insults says a lot more about the person using them than the person being insulted.

about a year ago
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

samoanbiscuit Re:funny thing is (276 comments)

Here's what your logic is missing shitface: you're using a word for female genitalia as an insult. When you do this, you're basically saying that being female, or possessing a vagina, is an insulting state of existence. Gendered slurs, they don't say good things about the people that use them.

about a year ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

samoanbiscuit Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

Slashdot has become, in the last few years, more of a conservative techie site than just a plain techie site. It's not completely conservative, but especially when issues of gender, race and prejudice come out, you'll notice the skew.

about a year and a half ago
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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Winner, Dies At 103

samoanbiscuit Re:discrimination (36 comments)

Definitely j.

about a year and a half ago
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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Winner, Dies At 103

samoanbiscuit Re:discrimination (36 comments)

My guess is a lot of slashdotters, especially the MRA crowd, don't have much nice things to say about women in general. Their silence is actually a measure of respect, instead of discrimination (in their minds at least).

about a year and a half ago
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Bee Venom Has "Botox-Like Effect," Is Worth 7 Times As Much As Gold

samoanbiscuit Re:Would that be considered cruel ? (248 comments)

Not only this, but being arthropods with considerably more primitive nervous systems than mammals, it's yet to be determined if they (insects) even feel pain the same way we do. The reason why mammals such as bears and dolphins seem "cuddly" is because our close evolutionary heritage show characteristics in common between species that elicit a protective and nurturing instinct even between species. Naturalists have filled pages and pages full of anecdotes of mammalian predators who have spared and even gone on to raise young mammals of their prey species; the nurturing instinct is strong and not very discriminating.

about a year and a half ago
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Coral Reefs In Grave Danger, Say Climate Simulations

samoanbiscuit Re:Who cares? (313 comments)

I have a degree in biology from a uni in a tropical island country - there are so many non endangered yet critical species the mind boggles to drill down to specifics, the example I gave of monographs and journals was relayed from actual experience and not speculation; but if I must satisfy your laziness, then I shall provide as my example: the family of crustaceans generally known as krill. They are a cornerstone of the food web in sub-temperate and polar waters, with a diverse array of species feeding directly or indirectly from them, such as salmon, blue whales and penguins. They are also not nearly close to being endangered, yet if they did become endangered, the food security of several temperate and sub-arctic countries could be called into question.

about a year and a half ago
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Coral Reefs In Grave Danger, Say Climate Simulations

samoanbiscuit Re:Who cares? (313 comments)

Here's a tip, try searching for information at a deeper level than just googling. Maybe ecology monographs and journals on various clades of marine organisms? Did you ever consider that only endangered animals would have layman friendly SEO optimized articles written about their ecological importance, while more mundane species would have just as much if not more data about them, but mouldering away in a university library somewhere, rather than being talked about on the mainstream news sites?

about a year and a half ago

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