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Boston Marathon Bomber Charged With Using 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

thepike Let's invade Boston (533 comments)

If this bomb was a weapon of mass destruction then it turns out Bush was right! Iraq totally had WMDs. See, the whole war on terror is justified.

about a year ago
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Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

thepike Re:Bogus argument (311 comments)

This right here

about a year ago
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

thepike Media coverage (1006 comments)

If we're going to blame some form of popular media, it should be the news media, in my opinion. Sure, you can argue that maybe video games desensitize people to violence and (apparently) allow people to keep score (ban Parcheesi too, or cribbage), but I would say that the constant coverage of killers and whatnot on the news is what makes it worse. I have no evidence to back this up, but it certainly gives people ideas about what to do or how to do it, as well as showing them that if they do this sort of thing they're going to live on in news coverage long after they're dead. If these are, as often portrayed, lost souls reaching out for something (in a very inappropriate way), what better way to go than to emblazon your name across all news outlets?

about a year ago
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Twitter, Hotmail, LinkedIn, Yahoo Open To Hijacking

thepike Hotmail (50 comments)

Hotmail still exists?

about a year ago
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I most recently switched ISPs ...

thepike Re:Comcast tried to steal my money (250 comments)

Yeah, there was something in our lease shortly after the lead paint abatement section about how "previous tenants may have been involved in illicit activity involving the manufacture and/or sale of narcotics" or something, but who really reads that stuff? Turns out that after such "activity" they have to pretty much gut the place, so it ended with us having a nice kitchen.

about 2 years ago
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I most recently switched ISPs ...

thepike Re:Comcast tried to steal my money (250 comments)

At least you can get comcast. I have verizon because comcast refuses to give us service (Baltimore, same options as you)

When my roommates and I moved into our house, we tried to get comcast (cable and internet) but everytime we tried to set it up they said there was a hold on our account. Eventually it came out that a few years back our house had been a meth lab and the people who lived there didn't pay their bill for about a year. Why they didn't have their service cut off before then is beyond me, but our house is now on some sort of black list. Even after going to a comcast service center with our lease and ids to prove that we are different people, we still can't get comcast. So verizon DSL it is. Not that I particularly want comcast, but I like having options. And not being associated with cooking meth.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

thepike Re:Ender's game (726 comments)

Seconded. Good storyline, doesn't drag too much, and with the age things kids can relate. Maybe.

But, as others have said, don't push too hard to get him to like them. Just show them that you like them and he'll think they're cool by association. If he wants to try other stuff, let him, but make sure he sees you reading some of these books and he'll copy you.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

thepike Re:STAR WARS (726 comments)

Whoa. This order just blew my mind. My girlfriend has never seen them (obligatory joke blah blah, yes she's real, and it's faults like never having seen Star Wars that I have to put up with to have one), and she's now going to watch them in this order. My sister is about to have a kid too, and I might suggest this.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

thepike Re:Misleading headline? (488 comments)

Reasoning is required to be a scientist.

It may be required to be a good scientist, but not to get a job as one.

Exactly. And, really, there's nothing that says you can't be good at reasoning but decide to become an artist. I just think it would be interesting to look at it.

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

thepike Re:Misleading headline? (488 comments)

Agreed, I'd like to see the scores from other countries.

Also, I'd like to see this with adults in different professions. For instance, are scientists better at this than artists? And what about creativity scores?

My gut says that a) all children will probably not be great at this and b) adults probably aren't either. And sadly it probably doesn't match up as well with profession as we might like. I'm a molecular biologist and plenty of my colleagues would probably struggle with these tasks. I wish I could take the test to see how I do (but I'm also afraid I would fail miserably).

more than 2 years ago
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The Real-Life Doogie Howser

thepike Re:Lots of people could do this (303 comments)

Personally I want to know how they managed to get through the school system before the age of 18. The system which seems designed more to keep young people off the streets than it is to educate them.

It depends a lot on your parents. Aside from the possibility of home schooling (which has to bring about all sorts of problems for university admissions) they can do a lot to push you through more quickly, or not allow it. For one thing, they can send you to better schools that will actually look for gifted students and help them along. Alternatively, they can fight for (or against) advancement. For instance, it was twice suggested that I skip a grade, but my parents wouldn't let me because I was already small for my age and they were worried about me being picked on. Similarly, if my parents had fought for it, I could have graduated high school in 3 years. Probably could have done college in 3 years too, if I'd worked harder at it.

That said, I'm glad my parents did what they did. I'm working on my PhD in molecular biology now, and I'm in no hurry to be done. All those extra years in school didn't teach me any more bio, or math, or better writing skills, but I had a lot of fun during that time and definitely formed a lot of relationships that are important to me. That's what I always think people like this are missing out on.

more than 2 years ago
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Remotely Pat Your Pet With Kinect and a Wiimote

thepike Re:Why the Wiimotes? (53 comments)

Yeah, I thought that too at first. But I have to assume the point is that the kinect can see if you lift the hand, but not how to orient it it. Plus the buttons on the wiimotes give a way to open and close the fingers.

more than 2 years ago
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

thepike Re:Time? (359 comments)

Here's the (obligatory) xkcd I was thinking of: Good Morning

more than 2 years ago
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

thepike Drifting west (359 comments)

I really just want to wake up an hour or so later every day, so I think drifting west would be the best way to go. Just each night while I sleep move over a time zone and slowly circle the globe. Plus, think of all the cool places you'd get to wake up

I think there was an xkcd about this once...

more than 2 years ago
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Preliminary Benchmarks: Unity vs. Gnome-Shell

thepike Re:I feel like trolling... (258 comments)

Why does everyone bring this up? That support is leaving in 11.10 so the argument only works as a stopgap for another few months. Sure you can choose that now, but in the long run if you don't want to use unity (and who does?) you have to switch someday.

The big question is where will people go; slackware? Fedora? Xubuntu? I know Ubunutu is trying to get more mainstream, but they'll lose some of their hardcore users, and I have to wonder how that'll affect their devs.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

thepike Depends a lot on the movie (1162 comments)

I have a blu-ray player, but I still buy a lot of movies on DVD (because they're cheaper). The main reason is just that a lot of the movies I buy don't really benefit from having better graphics. Sure, if I'm watching the new Tron, I want good graphics, but if I'm watching some random comedy film, do I really need that boost?

Because of that, I rarely stream action movies from Netflix, because I do want the bump in graphics. Mostly on Netflix I watch TV shows, since the quality isn't going to be great anyway and it doesn't matter, and go out and buy my favorite movies.

more than 3 years ago

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Google Gives Away Prizes

thepike thepike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

thepike (1781582) writes "Google has put up a new crowdsourcing site, prizes.org. The goal is to connect people with problems with others who can solve them, rewarding the solvers. Strangely, while it is Google run and has a standard Google privacy agreement, you cannot use your Google (or Google+) account to login."
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Google adds background

thepike thepike writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thepike (1781582) writes "The Google homepage has added a background feature, similar to bing. You can customize it, but there isn't a choice to opt out of it and go with the simple white background of before. The Google product ideas page is full of complaints."

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