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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

tsa Keep outside of your suit (227 comments)

Just lay it on the bench, dress, take it with you inside and keep an eye on it. Cheap and handy.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

tsa Re:Simplest is best (259 comments)

This. I have a few categories like animals, landscapes and the like where the date I have taken the pictures doesn't matter so much but most of my pictures are in [path]/happenings/[date][description]. All file names in that directory also start with the date and a description, followed by a number to keep them in a logical order.

about a week ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

tsa Fine motorics (523 comments)

It's funny that all the nerds here who can only write in horrible print want to ditch cursive writing so fast. Cursive is important not only because it looks prettier and is easier to read (have you ever read a EULA? I thought so. One of the reasons most EULAs are in capitals only is that that makes them very hard to read), but writing is a way to learn very fine motoric skills that you can only get by practicing and are hard to learn when your brain is fully formed. And those very fine motoric skills come in handy in all kinds of situations, like drawing, needlework, fumbling with modern electronics, repairing old watches or other small mechanical things, etc etc. so learning to write cursive is a means to many ends, only one of which is good writing.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

tsa Re:Aw, man! (120 comments)

I feel your pain. My iPhone 4 is worth nothing to BB.

about three weeks ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

tsa Re:meh (50 comments)

Fund, not find. Sorry.

about a month and a half ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

tsa Re:meh (50 comments)

The problem is that the people who find this and of course other research like to boast about things that the layman public understands. And they want dinosaurs, the bigger the better.

about a month and a half ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

tsa Re:What? (250 comments)

I agree. Hollywood has learned us that violence solves every problem. Even children's cartoons are full of angry characters and violence these days. I wouldn't let my kids watch Cars II, for instance, and there are more 'children's cartoons' like that. I can't believe all the violence kids see during their lives doesn't have any influence on them, especially if they watch it without their parents around to help them make sense of what they see.

about a month and a half ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

tsa Re:What? (250 comments)

"We don't know" means: "We're not supporting any hypothesis."

about a month and a half ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

tsa Re:Conscious (91 comments)

Yet research shows that people drive nearly equally bad while calling handsfree as while calling handheld. Just like in a computer, multitasking means being slower performing both skills. And because the environment changes while you talk or listen to someone while driving, you will miss more and thus be surprised by unexpected things more.

about a month and a half ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

tsa Re:Conscious (91 comments)

I understamd that, but this research does not prove that you can talk on the phone whilst driving and do both things just as good as when doing them separately. That was what I thought of when I typed my post. I should have been clearer.

about a month and a half ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

tsa Conscious (91 comments)

That's all interesting but how many things can a brain do at the same time CONSCIOUSLY? Many studies point to the same number: 1 (one).

about a month and a half ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

tsa Re:Sweet, can we stop talking about it now? (250 comments)

You forgot cartoons and television. And I guess in the early 1500s reading was considered evil as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

tsa Re:What? (250 comments)

If you read the article you will find that the conclusions are presented with so much 'hand waving' that basically the real conclusion of the article is: we don't know wether there is a correlation between violent games and movies and real violence.

about a month and a half ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

tsa Re: No. (206 comments)

I was indeed wondering about what's so special about universal healthcare.

about a month and a half ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

tsa Re:No. (206 comments)

How can you forget the ultimate example of Linux on the desktop?

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

tsa Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

Don't complain about the lack of options, bla bla bla. And if you use this poll for whatever, you're insane.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

tsa Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

Homosexuality is not exclusive to humans. It's found in many many animals too. So I don't think it will evolve away. It's just part of nature.

about 1 month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

tsa Re:Yawn (764 comments)

You mean Your Gayness.

about 1 month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

tsa Re:So what? (764 comments)

I know I'm not gay so I must be female.

about 1 month ago

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Commercial Mars mission planned

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tsa writes "The Dutch entrepeneur Lars Benschop has started Mars-One. From his website:
"Mars One will take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow. Before the first crew lands, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable settlement designed to receive new astronauts every two years. To accomplish this, Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies. It is both economically and logistically feasible, in motion through the integration of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration."
The idea is to form several groups of four space explorers, make a TV channel that follows them 24/7 while they prepare for the launch, and let the public choose the order in which the teams leave Earth."

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State of the climate: warming, no sign of waning

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tsa (15680) writes "Ars Technica has a nice and concise piece about the annual report of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 2009 report reveals that global average surface temperatures have risen 0.2C above the 1990s average and 0.3C above the 1980s average. Those values are large given the short time span, but seem mild considering that the report estimates 90 percent of the warming over the past 50 years has been absorbed by the oceans. I was also pretty shocked to hear on the news yesterday that the amount of plankton in the seas has almost halved in the last 60 years."
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Interview with Steve Ballmer on Dutch TV

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa (15680) writes "Yesterday there was an interesting and very funny interview with Steve Ballmer on our national TV. The audience were 600 students of our Erasmus University, who were allowed to ask questions. There is a small part that is in Dutch because Steve happened to have a Belgian teacher for a while. She tells us what kind of a kid he was when he was 8 years old. During the interview Steve gets some tough questions that he answeres like a pro. Despite the fact that they don't ask him about the chair, it's worth watching!"
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Google CEO to discuss his future as an Apple direc

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "AppleInsider tells us that Google chief executive Eric Schmidt's position at Apple's board of directors gets more and more precarious now that Andoid, Google Chrome, and Chrome OS are on, or coming to, the market. From the article: "Even before Google announced plans for the new Chrome OS based off its nine-month-old web browser, the Federal Trade Commission began looking into the whether the companies were in violation of the Section 8 provision of The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which forbids "interlocking directorates." In addition to Schmidt, Genentech chief executive Arthur Levinson also sits on the board of both companies.""
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Heilein's house is for sale

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tsa writes "The house Robert A Heinlein had built for himself and his wife in Colorado Springs is up for sale for a mere $650,000. Features "private wooded lot w/three cascading ponds." See here for details."
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Lego loses its unique right to make lego blocks

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "The European Department of Justice has decided that the Danish company Lego does not have exclusive rights to the lego building block anymore (sorry, it's in Dutch). Lego went to court after a Canadian firm had made blocks that were so like lego blocks that they even fitted the real blocks made by Lego. The European judge decided that the design of the lego blocks is not protected by European trade marks and so anyone can make the blocks."
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Telco appeals city's fiber-optic win

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "In a predictable move, TDS Telecom filed an appeal after its complaint against Monticello, Minnesota's new fiber network was tossed by a county judge in early October. As you may remember, the city decided to build its own fibre optic network after the telco made it clear they wouldn't build it because it wouldn't be economically feasible for them. TDS Telecom then changed its mind and sued the city for unfair competition."
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Dutch court punishes theft of virtual property

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "Last week, the Dutch court subjected two kids of ages 15 and 14 to 160 hours of unpaid work or 80 days in jail, because they stole virtual property from a 13 year old boy. The boy was kicked and beaten and threatened with a knife while forced to log into Runescape and giving his assets to the two perpetrators. This ruling is the first of its kind for the Netherlands. Ars Technica has som more background information."
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Judge tosses telco suit over city-owned network

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "The city of Monticello, Minnesota, was sued by their local telco Bridgewater Telephone Company because the city chose to build a fibre optics network of their own. The judge dismissed their complaint of competition by a governmental organization. From the article: The judge's ruling is noteworthy for two things: (1) the judge's complete dismissal of Bridgewater Telephone Company's complaint and (2) his obvious anger at the underfunding of Minnesota's state courts. Indeed, the longest footnote in the opinion is an extended jeremiad about how much work judges are under and why it took so long to decide this case."
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Norwegian standards body members resign over OOXML

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "Arstechnica tells us that 13 of the 23 members of the technical committee of the Norwegian standards body Standards Norway, the organization that manages technical standards for the Scandinavian country, have resigned because of the way the OOXML standardization was handled. From the article: The standardization process for Microsoft's office format has been plagued with controversy. Critics have challenged the validity of its ISO approval and allege that procedural irregularities and outright misconduct marred the voting process in national standards bodies around the world. Norway has faced particularly close scrutiny because the country reversed its vote against approval despite strong opposition to the format by a majority of the members who participated in the technical committee."
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Apple wants you to use Nike exclusively

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "Arstechnica writes about Apple, who apparently wants to tie your shoes to your clothes with DRM. From the fine article: If you're a Nike+iPod Sport Kit fan, you may eventually find yourself being restricted to using it with Nike-branded sportswear, thanks to a recently-published Apple patent. The patent, filed for in March of 2007 and published last week, describes a "Smart Garment" that would allow a gadget to authenticate to a specific garment--whether that garment is shoes, pants, or a jacket. When the garment is authenticated, however, unapproved garments would be blocked from being able to use the device."
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Microsoft's Mojave website is live

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "Microsoft's Mojave Experiment website is up. They let people who had never seen Vista 'test their new upcoming OS', and afterwards told them they had been using Vista all along. They don't show what the subjects had to do however. Wtach the site and find out yourself what to think about it!"
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City sued by telco over fibre network

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "The small town of Monticello, Minnesota, wants to build its own fibre network. The town held a referendum; 74 percent of voters agreed to fund the $25 million scheme. The city sought the needed municipal bonds, but the day before it closed on them, the local telco, Bridgewater Telephone, filed suit to stop the plan. Its claim: taking out bonds to build a fiber network is illegal."
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Google Earth takes you inside refugee camps

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "A beautiful blend of technology and humanitarian aid is described in this article at ArsTechnica. From the article: "Refugee camps almost by definition have limited visibility. Often located in places that are hot, flooded, or at war, such camps go unseen by most of the world except for the occasional crisis segment on the evening news. Now, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes to give more visibility to the work that it does in such camps around the world, bringing the reality of refugee life into the laptops and living rooms of web surfers thanks to the power of Google mapping tools.""
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Poltergeists explained by quantum physics

tsa tsa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tsa writes "I know it's a bit late but New Scientist has a nice April fools prank about poltergeists being explained by quantum physics. From the article: Children generate poltergeist activity by channelling energy into the quantum mechanical vacuum. These disturbances would be similar in character to the quantum mechanical fluctuations that physicists believe occur in the vacuum, in which "virtual" particle and antiparticle pairs pop up for a fleeting moment, before they annihilate each other and disappear again. The extra fluctuations triggered by the pubescent brain would substantially enhance the presence of the virtual particles surrounding the person. This could slowly increase the pressure of air around them, moving objects and even sending them hurtling across the room."
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Dutch government moves to open standards

tsa tsa writes  |  about 7 years ago

tsa writes "A motion (PDF) to start using open standards (ODF is mentioned in particular) as soon as April 2008 was accepted last Wednesday by a large mayority of the Dutch parliament. Government institutions will have to start using open standards, as well as open source software wherever and whenever possible from then on. Theo Rinsema, director of Microsoft Nederland, said in an interview that he feels Microsoft is discriminated against. The use of open standards as defined in the motion prevents people from using Microsoft's products. Reitsema wants the government to be able to use standards that are controlled by companies, like GSM, MP3 and PDF. In the Netherlands, 177.000 people work for MS, and Reitsema wonders if they will still have a license to operate after April 2008. He was largely ignored during the parliament's discussion."
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