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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

slackoon what the vaccine actually do? (178 comments)

from the article "Though a vaccine wouldn’t be a silver bullet—there would still be withdrawal symptoms—a person may be less motivated to relapse because the brain’s reward system could no longer react to nicotine"

so for all those being critical of this vaccine please keep in mind it's not supposed to "make you quit". It's more like it takes away your reason for doing it. Smokers will no longer get the good feelings from a cigarette so they will be more inclined to quit. If used as a vaccine they will be less likely to start again or start in the first place.

3 days ago
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Study Casts Doubt On Mammoth-Killing Cosmic Impact

slackoon Re:Study debunks nothing at all, move along (19 comments)

I could not agree more. It's the widespread layering of strata that leads researchers to believe there was an impact. As you said "Those scoria were indeed local and made in fires - like the vast fires that spread everywhere after the airburst" So unless there were BILLIONS of fires lit over an ENORMOUS area then it wasn't "Stone age house fires".

In addition I'd like to point out that there are countless studies that support the conclusion that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period and only a handful that support otherwise.

about three weeks ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

slackoon What result are they looking for? (448 comments)

So there should be a fundemental research question that this research will answer, what exactly is that question?
"What’s most exciting about this channel of research is that it gets at the kind of complex, subtle prejudices that most people can’t even articulate if asked directly."
in other words...

They are going to try to find racism where none actually exists and then call white people racist.

about a month ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

slackoon Newfanese (99 comments)

If you're from Canada you'll understand when I say

Let's see it handle Newfaneese!!!!
examples here
“Who knit ya?”
Translation: Who’s your mother/parents?
This one doesn’t need too much explanation, but try telling your mother that all she was doing for nine months was “knitting.”
“I’m gutfounded. Fire up a scoff.”
translation "I'm hungry, make some food" Translation: I’m hungry. Make me some food.

about a month and a half ago
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Introducing Slashdot Deals

slackoon required e-mail (37 comments)

I couldn't get on unless I entered my e-mail to be spammed. WTF slashdot?? Poor form for a, usually, very respectable site

apparently my new e-mail is f**K@off.com

about 2 months ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

slackoon A++ & MCP (276 comments)

I used to work tier 2 tech support for RoadRunner. People, usually from Florida, would call in complain their internet wasn't working. I would always get people trying to let me know just how smart they were.

Customer: "Hi, I'm A++ and MCP certified and I have a certificate from Devry so I know my stuff but I can't get my internet working"

Me: "What makes you say it isn't working Sir, what exactly is going on?"

Customer: "I can't load any websites except ones I've seen before, I tried restarting but it's just doing the same thing"

Me: "...type ipconfig, what do you see?"

Customer: "...static IP..."

Me: "Sir, do you have a kid who uses your computer for gaming? You have a static IP, that's the issue. follow these instructions and it will work..."

Customer: "No, I certainly don't have a static IP. I looked for that. The issue must be on your end"

Me: *FACEPALM!!!!!!!

comclusion: MCP MEANS NOTHING!!!!!!

about 2 months ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

slackoon recruit based on potential (253 comments)

Recruiting based on potential is kinda like the hoy grail I suppose but there are ways. Almost any coder can get a decent mark in JAVA 101. That doesn't mean much in an interview. What you want is to know if the person has the ability to learn quickly, think critically etc. so HOW THE @#&$@ do you test that??

One example came from the language training I took. The training was for English speakers to learn French so they spent 30 minutes teaching us a few words, counting and the alphabet in Kurdish. WTF right?...wrong!! it was brilliant. None of us had a clue about Kurdish so when they tested us they found out what we learned in that 30 minutes. That let them know our potential to learn, motivation etc.

SO WHAT? In a job interview you already know they have a certain base of knowledge from their resume. Now give a quick 5-10 minute talk on some obscure programming language, database concept...whatever. Then ask the interviewee questions on it, ask them to expand concepts that were taught. How they react and the quality of their answers will give you great insight into their potential.

about 3 months ago
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Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

slackoon NRA is everywhere (43 comments)

"Some 3,700 people took part, including about 1,000 residents near the plant and participants from a variety of government agencies, including the Cabinet Office, the NRA, the Defense Ministry and the National Police Agency."

It's always a problem when the NRA and Charlton Heston are mixing up the long gun debate and nuclear watchdog drills

my 3 year old can unlock the ipad, swipe to the next screen, load an app and have fun, why can't the PhD I work with?

about 3 months ago
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Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

slackoon Re:What is a "handful" of people (64 comments)

"Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. The timeline could change, based on the flow rate."

That's a big hand!!!!!

Source

about 3 months ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

slackoon PUFFERY? (95 comments)

from ars technica...

Puffery is a well-defined term by the FTC, but still ends up as a "know it when you see it" thing sometimes. Here's an FTC handout discussing it with consumers. The basic point is that if a company says that something is generically awesome, that's probably just puffery and not actionable. If they use measurable numbers, talk about specifics, or directly compare it to one or more competitors, that can require proof and be actionable. Note that comparatives "our product A is better than B" are more likely to be actionable than superlatives "our product A is the best."

about 3 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

slackoon Perspective (398 comments)

let’s put this into perspective

1. population of Chicago is approx. 2.9 million
2. "earn 50M less than expected"

so a little math...50,000,000 / 2,900,000 = $17.24
$17.24/365 = approx. 4.7 cents per individual in Chicago per day.

Now what's the price of a coffee at Starbucks again?

as part of a solution I would propose dummy cameras. Only a small percentage of the camera's actually need to be active. Just the presence of a potential camera will slow most people down. So put the camera's in a case so that you can't tell if there is actually a camera in there or not. have 100 cases but only 20 camera's.

Budget reduced, traffic is still slowed, # court cases reduced and if they weren't making money anyway and the true goal was to slow traffic...well then...

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

slackoon Training and Simulation (66 comments)

Training and Simulation coudl really use this technology. Although there already exists augmented reality training, having a company like Microsoft advance the technology can only be beneficial. Just imaging the perks of having special forces, police, first responders, etc. Being able to scale real stairs in buildings but battle artificial flames or artificial enemies. All the realism without the risk (insert argument of whether or not that's actually possible here). Another advantage would be that others could view, live or recorded, the events taking place!

about 4 months ago
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

slackoon Re:Canada needs to up their game (40 comments)

The new version is biofuel-powered: it runs on space-grade maple syrup. So there's progress to be proud of!

Maple Syrup...Maple Syrup. it's not like that stuff grows on trees...oh wait a second... seriously though, just send up good old Canadian Astronauts Chris Hadfield. Those guys have maple in the blood. His sweat alone would power those cameras for years

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

slackoon Re:Why only LGBT? (280 comments)

Why would LGBT members require more of an apology than heterosexual cisgenders who desire to use another name?

perhaps it's firewall, or perhaps the more likely 18" error, PICNIC error or PEBKAC error but I can't score the comment. so I'll just say AHMEN!!!!!!!

about 4 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

slackoon learning management (205 comments)

So what about the requirements to manage this modular system. It's not as easy as just splitting up courses into modules and letting students pick and choose. There have to be requirements for a degree, progressions built into learning in terms of difficulty and complexity. History, for example, is better leaned in some sort of chronological order. Immagine studying the beginning of the second world war with no understanding of the treary of versailles because you "didn't want to take that module". So now we're talking about having to add pre-requisites and curriculum requirements to these modules in order to manage learning in a way that makes sense. Wait...that's what we have now!! I think this idea does have some merit. However, to say that it can be implemented for all learning, at all levels, in person or online may be somewhat crazy.

about 6 months ago
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Giving the Blind Better Web Access

slackoon Good intentions (168 comments)

I realize that there are good intentions behind this and that is truly admirable, however, it was though of from only one side. Those who would like this kind of access will certainly benefit but the companies will suffer. It will cost more to make websites and devices compatible and people will not be willing to pay more. Ask yourself, honestly, are you willing to pay more? Of course some people are but most are not. That means that the manufacturers will have to either eat the cost or force it back onto the consumers.

more than 4 years ago
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Keeping Pacemakers Safe From Hackers

slackoon Winning the hearts and minds (167 comments)

One half of winning the hearts and minds of the people could be done using only a wireless PDA

more than 5 years ago
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Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

slackoon Next poll (948 comments)

What's more likely: Standardization (which involves Microsoft working in cooperation with apple and Linux developers) or North Korea just saying "oh sorry, my bad, here's the nukes". Not too sure where I'd vote!!

more than 5 years ago
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Google's Amazing Browser Experiments

slackoon What's the point (234 comments)

So I can throw a ball from one browser window to another, so I can have the Google home page fall to the bottom of my screen in a heap....WHAT'S THE POINT?
Firefox and it's addons allow me to do anything that I want and more. Although I do like Google chrome I'm sticking with Firefox. They develop for the sake of improvement and not just for the sake of "look at me!!" like apparently Google does.

more than 5 years ago

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Anonymous claim first victory against jihadists

slackoon slackoon writes  |  about two weeks ago

slackoon (997078) writes "'Hacktivist' group Anonymous has fired the opening salvo in its online war on terror groups following the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The loose-knit collection of hackers said it would shut down jihadist websites in retaliation for the terror attacks on the Paris-based office of the French satirical newspaper and a subsequent attack on a Jewish deli on Friday.

Now it has emerged that the group, which holds freedom of speech sacred, claimed on Twitter that it had struck ansar-alhaqq.net, a French terror-mongering website.

The Twitter account, @OpCharlieHebdo, also posted '#TangoDown', a reference to a military term meaning a terrorist has been eliminated. Source"
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Thermocouple technology

slackoon slackoon writes  |  about two weeks ago

slackoon (997078) writes "The lantern’s operation is based on a phenomenon known as the Seebeck effect, using thermocouple technology to generate an electrical current by exploiting the temperature difference between the inside of the lantern and the cooler outside air. As long as the candle inside the lamp housing is burning, the LEDs will continue to emit light.

Source

This thing actually works, question is, how can we use this tech in a proper /. kinda way?"
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Racism row over chimp cartoon

slackoon slackoon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

slackoon writes "From an article on CNN
" Reactions are as varied as they are strong to Tuesday's New York Post cartoon that depicted the police shooting of a chimpanzee. Two police officers, one with a smoking gun, are near the chimp's bullet-pierced body. "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," one officer says.

The Post's Sean Delonas used a typical editorial cartoon trope of linking two current news stories: the shooting of a chimp after it mauled a Connecticut woman and President Obama's signing of the stimulus bill." So /. readers, do you think it's racist?"

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World War II

slackoon slackoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slackoon writes "What was the most effective weapon of World War II? 1. The tank 2. Artillery 3. Infantry 4. Aircraft carrier 5. Airplane 6. Information 7. Who cares, as long as they took out Cowboy Neal!"
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slackoon slackoon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

slackoon writes "Poll: Do you think that having Cowboy neal involved in every poll is: 1. Obsurdly stupid 2. A big waste of time 3. Annoying 4. Childish 5. Who cares 6. Cool"

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