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Estonian Tech University Bans Notebooks and Smartphones

zarzu Re:Must everything in education be an overreaction (134 comments)

If someone has a problem with laptops and/or smartphones (which we can assume to be silent and not playing 100db porn) in lectures disturbing their learning, the problem isn't the person using said device. The problem is your attention sucks and you need to figure out a way to get around it yourself. Electronic devices are absolutely non intrusive in lectures and if the prof has a problem because not everyone is looking attentive to the front then tough shit, chances are that person is paying attention even while using the device, wouldn't pay anymore attention without the device, or would not even be there.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Court Says Android 2.3 Violates Apple Patents

zarzu Re:A Victory for Consumers (195 comments)

3.0 is only for tablets, so they won't update the phones to it. Next major update for phones will be Ice Cream Sandwich which isn't out yet.

more than 2 years ago

Anti-PowerPoint Party Formed In Switzerland

zarzu Re:Those crazy Sw*s and their politics ... (113 comments)

This is not big political news here in Switzerland, it's a twenty line side note on page 15. Slashdot just likes to pick out the curiosities.

about 3 years ago

Amazon Servers Used In Sony Playstation Hack

zarzu Re:In other news.. (135 comments)

Not really. It would be more like a tow car rental company. Amazon only provides the basic hardware, they were used as anonymizer, just like a rental would if you provide fake information (which was done in this case).

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple

zarzu Re:Appz? (414 comments)

Riiiight, because the z isn't used as a 'cool' substitute for s and apps isn't the plural of app. Clearly nothing at all to do with app.

more than 3 years ago

US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

zarzu Re:tell me if my understanding is wrong but: (580 comments)

therefore, the only real emergency solutions i see, correct me if i am wrong, is either: 1. get some new backup generators there asap, or 2. run some emergency electrical lines to the power plant asap

Incidentally, this is what they are doing. But since power isn't restored just by clapping your hands, they're doing whatever they can to delay meltdowns and spread of radiation.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Track Mouse Movements and Hesitations

zarzu Re:People like me (116 comments)

Yea, i do this as well. Move into white space, centered between either horizontal or vertical lines, or both. And when i scroll i will recenter it in the new white space... What?

more than 3 years ago

Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

zarzu Re:Avatar is what? (298 comments)

And the fact that the article is about emotions helps you how? You said the protagonists in avatar are scientists, they aren't. The scientists are very clearly side characters. That this qualifies for their "it just needs a bit of science sprinkled in to help us grow science-interested kids" is obvious since they point it out as an example, but it still doesn't make your statement true. How about you read what you write next time?

more than 3 years ago

Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

zarzu Re:Avatar is what? (298 comments)

Oh really? And there I was thinking the main character was a former marine who had absolutely no understanding of science and simply stumbled into everything. I was also under the misconception that the whole movie was resolved in an armed conflict, where scientists were hardly more than feel-good side characters that provided the necessary moral frame for the main act, which was senseless war.

more than 3 years ago

Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

zarzu Re:findings misunderstood (430 comments)

Pointing out your mishap with a third account won't undo it. But don't worry, life goes on.

more than 3 years ago

Pirate Bay Defendant Aims For Sweden's Supreme Court

zarzu Re:Does Sweden have laws? (98 comments)

So what you're saying is that laws are made up by judges as they go along.

more than 3 years ago

Look Forward To Per-Service, Per-Page Fees

zarzu Re:Disneyland Analogy (400 comments)

There are loads. The first that just came to mind was xkcd. Most websites of corporations do not have any kind of ads since they do not need to make money over their internet presentation, it's simply an additional service. Web shops generally do not have ads either, they only feature their own products. Then there are tons and tons of personal web sites without ads because they are low traffic and hardly cost anything per month/year. The whole ad thing only comes into play for sites that have high traffic requirements but do not have anything to sell themselves (other than space for ads). So in conclusion mostly social platforms and information providers that aren't able to sell registrations because the information they provide is too easily accessible from thousands of other sources.

more than 3 years ago

Exposing the Link Between Cell Phones and Fertility

zarzu Re:Discover Magazine has fallen for it (112 comments)

If you read the article you linked to, you'd know that they didn't. People are just linking to the article explaining the honeypot, which is exactly what happens if you release an article about the experiment at the same time as the honeypot. This whole thing is utterly senseless.

more than 3 years ago

Designer Arrested Over Anonymous Press Release

zarzu Re:Media Doesn't Get It (288 comments)

Considering that even the Slashdot summaries (and many comments) refer to anonymous as a group, you can't really blame the mainstream media for doing so. I think we all have the urge to personify everything. We're not much interested in anonymous doing something. But if it's that headless dude in the suite, you know: Anonymous, it's much more interesting.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

zarzu Re:Death, huh? (1425 comments)

They are not responsible for deaths outside of Afghanistan.

Not really. The war in Afghanistan drove large numbers of Taliban into Pakistan (they already had a presence there before). Pakistan military has been fighting them over territory for the last few years. They even signed a peace agreement that introduced sharia law in Pakistan at some point. So while the Taliban is not al Qaeda, they are not bound by Afghanistan's borders.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

zarzu Re:Argh (tangential rant) (574 comments)

Do you actually own a smartphone? I doubt it very much. I have, for example, the nytimes app on my Android phone. Why? Because their mobile website is a pos. It loads slower, has a horrible layout and a cumbersome navigation. Why on earth would i want to use it? Just out of principle, because it is platform independent? Give me a break.

more than 3 years ago

Gaikai Ramping Up Open Beta

zarzu Re:Open? (44 comments)

The term open beta has been watered down over the past couple of years. It used to mean that anybody could join as long as they can run the application. But these days it really doesn't mean anything specific anymore. In the MMORPG scene where this development has been observable, the NDA is typically lifted a few weeks before the end of the closed beta, so defining it that way would make no sense either. Then when the "open beta" stars, it can have any arbitrary restriction: Only the first x applicants, only if you have a subscription at gaming site y, only if you preorder the game, only if you bought our previous game z, etc.

more than 3 years ago

German Military Braces For Peak Oil

zarzu Re:Is this a Godwin-invoking comment? (764 comments)

here, let me give you some money so you can go buy grey color and don't have to be restricted to that black and white.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half

zarzu Re:This proves global warming! (414 comments)

actually falsifiability as a criterion of demarcation is for people stuck in the first half of the 20th century. philosophy of science has progressed after popper, you know.

more than 3 years ago


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