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Comment: Re:How about we just gameify gamification? (Score 1) 36 36

How about we just gameify gamification? Then we can quit talking about it, and trying to sell the idea to VCs who, like the rest of us, don't think it's going to work to solve interesting problems, and if it does, well, the people playing the gamefication game will self-solve the problem for us, won't they?

Gamefication is spicy behaviouralism, applied to life in the same way it has always been applied to life ... with new labels.

Well, not QUITE the same.

Comment: Skynet, here we come! (Score 0) 38 38

Sure, we're a few years late (I blame John Connor), but skynet is coming together, piece by piece.

We've already got the NSA, now we're getting terminator vision ... once google maps switches allegiance (and changes their name to cyberdyne), we'll know we're almost there.

Comment: Do I care? (Score 1) 55 55

I'm not particularly concerned, so long as I'm not on the hook for any lost funds. It would be nice to know that our banking institutions were competent, but I'm happy so long as dispute resolutions aren't arduous.

Speaking of which, I've disputed charges on my credit card twice, and my credit card provider has made it quite painless. If my bank was that forgiving, I'd probably use my chequing account more than my credit account.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 75 75

...I saw this on ABC News a few hours ago. Their headline, "Sharks send tweets..." was just as inaccurate as this one. The sharks do nothing buy go about their routine. The system monitoring them sends tweets. The system monitoring them doesn't monitor all sharks, it monitors tagged sharks, so the system cannot be relied upon to notify of all sharks, it can only notify for known sharks whose tags still function. It's not a bad system, but it's not a sure-fire system either.

Right. It's not sharks with lasers on their heads - but they're still cyborg sharks. Just because the EM radiation doesn't occur in the visible spectrum doesn't mean they can't be dangerous. Or cool.

Comment: Re:Retroposons (Score 1) 77 77

Jumping genes are better known as retroposons. Shame on Science for not explaining this.

Also, folks who suffer from schizophrenia actually have very low levels of latent inhibition. This makes them faster to respond to all stimuli, not just novel stimuli.

Shame of slashdot for not reporting this, either. They really should just give us EVERYTHING when talking about science, ALL at once.

Comment: Cumulative? (Score 5, Informative) 110 110

The big question - is this cumulative? I want to improve my IQ, so I'll read 3-4 books this week ... but wait a minute, this sounds like school.

Also, this study was done on students. At university (or college, for our american viewers). And didn't eliminate free time or stress relief as possible factors. Also, it was done in the USA, which doesn't have the most homogenous distribution of literacy (or even a consistent measure for literacy).

I'm not saying it's bad science, I'm just saying there's another article about junk science on slashdot ... today ... and they're linked by correlation (but not causation). Also? Topical XKCD comic.

Comment: Re:People forget (Score 1) 804 804

This is a business level product.

While you can build one cheaper using DYI parts, however the time spent in wages, for souring the hardware, software and doing the software can add up very quickly

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Then there is also support and maintenance - will having a custom built machine cost more in the long run?

The more you spent on the machine - the bigger the margin for the DYI version - however at the end of the day - is the cost worth it for business?

That would hold true for a business level product.

... so if apple had a separate company manufacturing their parts, that argument might hold true.

Comment: Re:Works like a charm on Ubuntu two (Score 3, Informative) 128 128

Instructions are here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html

I've been using it for several week with Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10. It also works with Eurosport Player.

Great. Now get it working on QNX, and my blackberry playbook is useful. In 2011.

Comment: Re:What Sci-fi movies? (Score 3, Insightful) 186 186

I mean you have Star Wars, Star Trek, Senerity, Farscape (I guess), Dune (maybe). A few movies from the 60's/70's (silent running, 2001, whatever).

What other sci-fi movies are there? It's all shit.

Alien. Aliens.

It's a stunning reminder of the value of human life ... when there's science involved (look at me still talking ...)

Comment: Re:SF and project management (Score 0) 186 186

"We shall redouble our efforts"

The commander of Death Star 2 when Vader told him the Emperor was coming to inspect the project.

I think spaceballs taught us everything we need to know about bad management.
"The Secret Combination Is . . . 1, 2, 3, 4, 5".

Comment: Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (Score 1) 366 366

How does fining someone many times their net worth accomplish anything?

Someone could fine me $5 million or $50 million dollars. It doesn't change the fact that I can't ever hope to pay it.

Are these numbers just meant to scare people, or do they *actually try* to collect many times a person's net worth from them?

They do try to collect, because the numbers are adequately large to make it worth their while. Numbers are numbers, they don't lie.

It's those damn statisticians that lie ...

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