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Comment: Re:Curated Collection (Score 1) 139

by Dins (#49290857) Attached to: Google 'Experts' To Screen Android Apps For Banned Content

Maybe I'm just grumpy and old but the whole "Curated" thing is bugging me and seemingly came out of nowhere recently. It's a marketing move intended to lend an air of sophistication to stuff by making them think of museums or wine collections, but it's really all just "stuff that other people kinda like".

Now get off my lawn.

Comment: I think it's awesome. (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by Dins (#49214187) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

I just downloaded the app. It lets you listen in on various different college campuses in case your area is boring (it is). I did a brief, extremely unscientific survey of a few colleges, and I didn't see anything specifically racist, homophobic or whatever. What I saw was college kids being college kids.

Sure you're going to see a little bit of everything because there's a little bit of everything in society. I didn't see anything too bad, but I'm sure it's there. Political correctness and people trying to censor stuff like this are the problem. This is no different than a local (physical) bulletin board.

Comment: Re:how much it took (Score 1) 274

by Dins (#49199789) Attached to: Laser Takes Out Truck Engine From a Mile Away

Hardly billions. The technology that goes into fibre lasers is very cheap and efficient. My guess is that this was made form mostly off the shelf components.

Maybe it *could* be made from off the shelf components - I have no idea. But I bet the government spent 100x that to develop their own customized (expensive) stuff...

Comment: Re:not the first time (Score 2) 136

by Dins (#49167297) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave
Maybe it's me, but I thought light behaving as both a particle and a wave was a quantum state. And that quantum state exists until the system is observed and then it collapses into one of two possibilities. Looking that the picture in the link, and...I guess that's not what I was expecting. What am I missing here, physicists? Is the light particle/wave thing not a quantum thing? If it is, that picture doesn't seem like it describes both at once. It almost seems too...cartoony.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

by Dins (#49087463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Could We Actually Detect an Alien Invasion From Outer Space?

Keyboard mashing can produce word patterns. If someone is mashing a keyboard and accidentally mashes "t" and "h", there is no magical force in the universe which quickly checks an English dictionary and stops the masher from mashing any button which would create a word ("the", for example). That's the thing about infinity - it makes the massively unlikely infinitely more likely. As long as something is not impossible, if attempted an infinite number of times, it is possible that it will happen.

If the universe is truly infinte, not only if something's possible will it happen, but it will happen an infinte number of times. Infinity gets...weird...when you start thinking about it.

Comment: Re:so... (Score 2) 271

by Dins (#49049199) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

Duck Duck Go is just Bing, dude. So is Yahoo.

Yeah, sure, they slip some other results in there, but there is a pretty bright line between having the capacity to index the web and not, and neither duckduckgo nor yahoo has that capacity. Only bing, baidu, yandex, google.

but by all means go on being a brand-monkey.

I'll go with the brand that does not track me, thanks.

Comment: Re:so... (Score 4, Interesting) 271

by Dins (#49046557) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End
I've become increasingly impressed with Duck Duck Go. At first I rarely used them because they didn't have predictive results, image search, etc. But now they do have all that stuff and I used them as my default. The only things I still need to jump back to Google for is the latest news and most recent articles. If something's happening on the web RIGHT NOW, Google is still the better search engine for it. But for most of the searching I do, stuff happening RIGHT NOW isn't that important. However if your job depends on top efficiency internet searches, I'm sure Google is still king.

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