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Hacking Charisma

xclr8r Re:cool (242 comments)

We should ask Neil D. Tyson how he does it.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

xclr8r Re:"hacking charisma" (242 comments)

You can be self aware and still be uncharismatic. I am so self aware that I am uncharismatic by bringing up every fault or error that someone might perceive. I know I'm doing it - I can perceive that it's tiresome for some but in my mind I don't want to be the "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" guy.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

xclr8r Re: obligatory (367 comments)

Don't forget "Person of Interest" is on the same bandwagon.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

xclr8r Re:They WERE... (367 comments)

Unless the school district has a facebook account why would they care about what Facebook's ToS state. Their 'protection of the children' trumps all other directives anyways. /s

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

xclr8r Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

It was difficult to stay engaged and watch DS9's season 1. Thankfully they gave the show more time to mature.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

xclr8r Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

CCP - Eve Online could probably whip out some quality models quite quickly.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

xclr8r Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

The entire series is available on DVD - once there it is in this form it can be preserved and format shifted quite easily.

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

xclr8r Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

I think it needs to be a fixed number of years or 14 + 14 implementation. If you start basing it off artist lifespans then 'terrible things might happen.'

about a month ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

xclr8r Re:Map projections (286 comments)

doubt you could tell much difference between Canadian and U.S. sports bars, save for the number of hockey sticks.

Nope even California has a hockey team; and with the amount of cross-boarder partying, the differing accents wouldn't help much either.

3 NHL teams that I recall - Sharks, Ducks, Kings

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

xclr8r Re:Sad news (204 comments)

Or ruined by themselves. I remember at least the early vaio's had proprietary fire wire connections and I haven't looked back since.

about 2 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

xclr8r Re:50 thousand new residents (398 comments)

Not just residents/people. They are individuals with advanced degrees. The thinking is.. they will be part of projects and develop plans that need to be carried out. Then labor in Detroit might have something to do besides destroy the place or leave.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches International Sites

xclr8r Re:What do we get? (38 comments)

More international warez! And malware!

Or the prequel to Firefly.

about 3 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

xclr8r Re:yep, always threaten my kids (397 comments)

A smart child won't tell you what the most valued toy/item is in case it is used against them for punishment (taking away xbox etc). So the most expensive item may very will be the item they truly like and you're just a wind bag in their eyes. I am being a bit tongue in cheek here - I realize the lessons your trying to teach them - just poking fun.

about 3 months ago
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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

xclr8r Re:Just a guess (255 comments)

I'm guessing the feature was dropped due to privacy complaints, which just goes to show that you simply can't win.

or to monetize it

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

xclr8r Re:Not an easy answer (384 comments)

I'm in a similar situation only older . Here is what is working for me (going from D's to A- and B+'s)

You're older - it will take longer to assimilate information. Plan accordingly - that means studying on the weekend in advance of the class not night before. Ask the professor to point to any large blocks of information that you should commit to memory at the beginning of the semester in preparation.

You are not a sponge - all night-ers are not going to help. Give yourself at least two nights of rest and then test your recall.

Taking twice as long on tests seems on the long end - I take about 1.5x the time of traditional students on tests. Realize that some of them don't know the material either so are just turning in what they can. That said get a learning disability test to see if you do need special considerations (it may just be using a quiet area to take a test with no people around is all you need to focus).

Usually (depending on field) the lower division courses are memorization and the upper division courses show how parts work in systems which is the important aspects.

Try and see your study material in an applied setting. Putting pictures/experience to terms that need to be memorized is vital.

Good luck.

about 3 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

xclr8r Re:We lost a good one here. (236 comments)

Haven't read it but it's not that of a far fetched/fridge nuking/shark jumping scenario. George Bush Sr. was a pilot in the armed forces, then an agent, then a president.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Spies On International Payments

xclr8r Re:Remember that blow up doll in discrete package? (314 comments)

They are going to be sorely nonplussed when they find out my payments to a Reykjavik account have nothing to do with wiki-leaks but instead deal with spreadsheets in space (aka Eve Online)

about 7 months ago

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The Use of truth serum to confirm insanity

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about a year ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "James Holmes representation did not enter a plea today in with regards to the Aurora, Co. Movie theatre shooting so the Judge entered a plea of not guilty for James that could be changed at a later date by Holmes' attorney. The judge entered an advisory that if the plea was changed to Not Guilty by insanity that Holmes would be subject to a "narcoanalytic interview" with the possibility of medically appropriate substances could be used e.g. so called truth serums. Holmes defense looks to have initially objected to this but as the previous article seems to infer that some compromises are being worked out. This certainly raises legal questions on how this is being played out 5th, 14th amendments. The legal expert in the second article states this is legal under Co. law but admits there's not a huge amount of cases regarding this. I was only able to find Harper v State where a defendant willingly underwent truth serum and wanted to submit the interview on his behalf but was rejected due to the judge not recognizing sufficient scientific basis to admit the evidence."
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Fiber Optic Spanner (Wrench) developed at U.T. Arlington

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about a year ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "A technique to use fiber optics to adjust microscopic particles has been developed. Applications of this technology can be used in a number of ways including cancer research. This technology could be used to actually manipulate DNA. Associate Professor of Physics, Samarendra Mohanty, states that macroscale applications are a possibility including "direct conversion of solar energy to mechanical energy" or even contemplating that it could possibly “simulate an environment in which photons radiated from the sun could propel the reflective motors in solar sails, a promising future technology for deep-space travel.”"
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Slackware: I'm not dead yet!

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  about 2 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "The longtime tinkering and learning distro of Linux http://www.slackware.com/ found itself at the center of rumors and speculation when its website was down for a few days. Caitlyn Martin voiced concerns in DistroWatch and declared that she would be basing the new project off a distro with a more secure future. Meanwhile contributors continued to plug along with additions to the change log http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackware64-current/ChangeLog.txt . Eventually Eric Hameleers expanded on his initial communication of "old hardware — lack of funds" to a more thorough explanation quoted in the article. Have you're pop up blocker ready: http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/270628/reports-slackwares-death-way-premature"
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Healthcare IT, FOSS and grass roots initiatives

xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "Today President-elect Obama had a news conference announcing Tom Daschle [change.gov]as his Secretary for Human and Health Services. He mentioned that he and his team would be going through a discovery process in the future, even including grass roots input from his "Change is Coming" [barackobama.com] event this coming weekend (enter your zipcode for events near you). Among the issues Barack Obama mentioned briefly was IT in Health care. At the risk of sounding like slashvertisement the question has to be asked. Is this an opportunity for the advocates for FOSS to make serious headway in publicity and awareness by contributing to a nationwide solution for Health Care?"
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xclr8r xclr8r writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xclr8r (658786) writes "Game spot has an article on the new PlayPlus subscription system being implemented by the publishers of the Archlord game. The subsription offers 3 tiers of subscription level and can be purchased on monthly, quarterly or semi-yearly basis. Examples of the perks for buying higher level of subsription include higher earned xp rate, increased attack skill/ability or being able to summon a party member. What do you think of this multi-tiered payment system? Will you pay more to level faster?"

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