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Comment Facebook Classmate Finder (Score 1) 662

The original Facebook had this incredible classmate finder feature. I could input all the courses I was taking, and it would tell me who else was in them. Definitely one of the most useful features Facebook has ever had. Once they added 3rd-party app support, they dropped the classmate finder feature, explaining that they expected someone else to create a better one (the logic doesn't make sense to me, but whatever). Of course, with multiple non-ubiquitous classmate finders competing, no one could ever find more than a couple of their classmates, so they were all useless.

Comment Re:You are a renegade. (Score 1) 132

That's a pretty wide net you're casting there. Feel the same way about Python? Ruby? Perl? PHP? Not saying you're wrong (I do think you're wrong, but that's a separate issue); just want to make sure that you have the same problem with all interpreted weakly-typed languages.

Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read 185

New research suggests that the clear screens and easily read fonts of e-readers makes your brain "lazy." According to Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer, using electronic books like the Kindle and Sony Reader makes you less likely to remember what you have read because the devices are so easy on the eyes. From the article: "Rather than making things clearer, e-readers and computers prevent us from absorbing information because their crisp screens and fonts tell our subconscious that the words they convey are not important, it is claimed. In contrast, handwriting and fonts that are more challenging to read signal to the brain that the content of the message is important and worth remembering, experts say."

Comment Re:It's not about "convergence". The cloud is dyin (Score 1) 349

Those are some pretty strong words to use without backup, specifically with regards to Rails. Last I checked, Rails was more popular than ever, with loads of high-profile web apps and increasing enterprise adoption rates. If you'd like to provide some evidence of people "going back to proven technologies" in significant numbers, I would love to see it.

Comment Stupid phrasing (Score 2, Informative) 116

companies such as Google should allow the data to degrade over time

Phrasing like this pisses me off. If Google's data degraded over time, it's not that they'd be "allowing" it to degrade, they'd have to do extra work and write extra code to force it to degrade. Saying "allow" implies that degrading is what data do naturally, and that Google is somehow artificially preserving it.

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment I'd prefer higher contrast (Score 5, Interesting) 199

A color eBook reader is something that will really appeal to my girlfriend (who has many art books and comic books). I, on the other hand, use my Kindle to read novels and programming books. There might be a little colored syntax highlighting in my programming books, but that's the extent that color would affect my eBook-reading experience. I'd much prefer a higher-contrast greyscale eBook reader. Currently, the contrast on my Kindle (and, from what I understand, the Nook and the Sony readers) is about the same as that of a dirty newspaper (about 8:1 I believe). It doesn't bother me, but I'd buy one that has paperback book contrast (about 50:1) in a heartbeat.

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