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'Twisted' Waves Could Boost Capacity of Wireless Spectrum

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Not really new (147 comments)

Try reading the article. The innovation is to use orbital angular momentum, NOT spin angular momentum (polarization).

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Finally... (410 comments)

OK, let's forget the word "innovation," and say they're both stinking cheats and plagiarists. One difference remains, which is that Apple did it really, really well.

more than 3 years ago
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BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Article Has a Very Strange Conflict (858 comments)

the only interests it serves will be those industries that want easy untraceable ways to exchange value for illegal products or to avoid taxation. And once that's exhausted, I suspect it will flounder.

Wait, why would an untraceable, untaxable black market ever become exhausted?

more than 3 years ago
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Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Grilled sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce (223 comments)

I think things like the internet are the greatest threat to human interconnectedness. It seems to me that the new trend is to congregate on exclusive networks, like the internet. The problem with the internet? Most content is invisible to non-members. Yeah, sure, it's not hard to get online...but what if I don't want to? Is the internet really giving me new informational content (I'm not talking about the social networking aspect) that was not available before in another form among people? No. It's just walling off the information from me.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

virgil_disgr4ce Re:In other (more accurate) words, (828 comments)

Director: ... we're gonna have to make some changes. First of all, Franklin, you're no longer the girliest cadet here. Franklin: Humph! We'll see about that!

more than 3 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

virgil_disgr4ce Re:And yet- (828 comments)

Stop it. You're vastly overgeneralizing and you know it. I had maybe 3 sub-par classes during 6 years of undergrad at UF. Just because you hated your university experience, don't try to make some kind of sweeping statement about the rest.

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Anger. (764 comments)

it won't be because the concept of trying to position themselves as "more of a PC than an iPod" is wrong. It will be because of institutional suckitude.

But that positioning is part of the suckitude. What MS is not doing, as others have already said here, is seriously reevaluating what a computer is and how it's being used—not how they think a computer "should" be used, but what the average non-/. user *actually uses a computer for.*

Apple's success is not wholly due to the functions and performance their devices offer. Many of their devices are behind the curve in any number of ways, and yet Apple can't keep them in stock.

OK, so why is that? Last year I had a minor but enlightening experience when a third-tier extended family member explained that the extent of his computer requirements are having a semblance of facebook on his old (non-"smart") phone. That's when I realized that the idea of the iPad, which was still a rumor at the time, could take off simply because a significant market segment doesn't need the do-everything computer of old, they need a media appliance.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Twain To Reveal All After 100 Year Wait

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Adding to the Speculation (298 comments)

All those emotions you felt looking at Starry Night were actually invalid.

??!?! Perhaps he was a raving lunatic and asshole. How does that "invalidate" the emotional reaction of a viewer of his painting?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu on a Dime

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Can't buy the OS for $200? (531 comments)

I would have thought that too. And I think that's true for setting up a bare bones system that never changes. But most of the times that something has gone wrong, or I've had to change hardware, or upgrade software, everything has gone to hell on me and it turned into a big ordeal, even with Ubuntu. Obviously everyone's mileage varies here but there are no shortage of the same stories. I love Ubuntu, I really do, but the longer I've maintained an active system the more I've found my initial remark to be true, and it's gotten to the point where I might end up back with another OS. :-/

more than 4 years ago
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Google Preparing iPad Rival?

virgil_disgr4ce Re:wrong spin (397 comments)

Doesn't anybody else find it funny that the only people claiming these things are "mindblowing" are their detractors?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu on a Dime

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Can't buy the OS for $200? (531 comments)

As a friend of mine is wont to say: "Linux is only free if your time is worthless."

more than 4 years ago
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Study Finds That Video Games Hinder Learning In Young Boys

virgil_disgr4ce Re:What games? (278 comments)

That's awesome. I know a Dane who learned his English from the first Monkey Island game; his insult swordfighting is unmatchable.

more than 4 years ago
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What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Really? (513 comments)

That is fscking terrifying! I take it there wasn't any permanent damage? D:

about 5 years ago
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BrainPort Lets the Blind "See" With Their Tongues

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Colours (131 comments)

Ask a synaesthete, there must be hundreds at least on /..

more than 5 years ago
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Navigating a Geek Marriage?

virgil_disgr4ce Re:Geekiness is irrelevant. (1146 comments)

"The problem is communication! Too much communication."

more than 5 years ago
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Online Vigilantes, Or "Crowdsourced Justice"

virgil_disgr4ce Re:I have a very bad feeling about this (339 comments)

You need to flex your imagination. A kid fabricates a video implicating his enemy in some crime that would appeal to the barely restrained hatred of internet trolls, a hatred always ready to manifest itself. He recreates the target's bedroom, posters, etc., and makes sure the video finds its way into just the right hands, then riles his audience to a fever pitch. That kid wouldn't even have to be particularly malicious, just ignorant; he probably wouldn't even imagine it ending as badly as it could. Look, this is no different than any other kind of fraud, except that the apparent solutionâ""internet justice"â"is being lauded instead of being more aptly compared to a crowd of pitchfork-wielding racists (for instance; replace with any non-internet, real-life trolls).

more than 5 years ago
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Online Vigilantes, Or "Crowdsourced Justice"

virgil_disgr4ce Re:I have a very bad feeling about this (339 comments)

Good gods, fallacy heaped upon fallacy. You speak in favor of "society." Your societyâ"the society that you believe shares your values. Just wait until that society's values change and they turn on you. You really think "today's sophisticated mob" (trying hard not to laugh at this) would last long, unrestrained, before picking up weapons? Have a nice life. Who modded this up?

more than 5 years ago

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virgil_disgr4ce virgil_disgr4ce writes  |  more than 7 years ago

virgil_disgr4ce writes "In a monumental example of the gap of understanding between legal officials and technology, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian "found that a computer server's RAM, or random-access memory, is a tangible document that can be stored and must be turned over in a lawsuit." ZDNet, among others, reports on the ruling and its potential for invasion of privacy."
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virgil_disgr4ce virgil_disgr4ce writes  |  more than 7 years ago

virgil_disgr4ce writes "NewScientist reports that a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can enhance long-term potentiation in mice, as well as increase proliferation of stem-cells:

TMS uses a magnetic coil to induce electric fields in the brain tissue — activating or deactivating groups of neurons, although the exact mechanism has remained unknown. One theory was that it aided learning and memory by strengthening brain circuits through a process called long-term potentiation (LTP).
The scientists hope the effect can be confirmed in humans, which would open up new ways of treating Alzheimer's and other age-related memory disorders."
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virgil_disgr4ce virgil_disgr4ce writes  |  more than 7 years ago

virgil_disgr4ce writes "Fanboys rejoice and pundits say "I told you so:" Steve Jobs finally announced the long-awaited iPhone. The 11.6mm phone, on Cingular, boasts "a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support, 2 megapixel camera and 8 gigabytes of storage," and runs OSX. Price and availability have not been announced. The AppleTV set-top device was also announced: further details here."

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