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Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 0) 89

by Java Pimp (#48037257) Attached to: China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

The titles remain as a throwback to Usenet discussion threads. Mainly because Slashdot users refuse to leave that era and progress with the rest of the world. We fear change. Take the current uproar over Beta for instance. I remember a similar uproar the last time Slashdot had a major overhaul (which really wasn't all that major).

Comment: Common sense maybe? (Score 1) 421

by Java Pimp (#47983195) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Seriously, I learned this the hard way when I used to put my pencil in my front pocket walking between classes and forgetting to take it out before I sat down. You don't put things that don't bend in your pocket on the one place on your body that does bend with the most force. Bananas? ok. sausages? sure. Fish? unfrozen. Pencils and high tech gadgets? NO!

Comment: Coded Message (Score 1) 250

by Java Pimp (#47273409) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

"I am sorry, but I think what you're asking for here is impossible. I don't feel that forking truecrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn't require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference."


Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026 275

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-to-mars dept.
An anonymous reader writes Elon Musk says that he'll put the first human boots on Mars well before the 2020s are over. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he said. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multiplanetary." He acknowledged that the company's plans were too long-term to attract many hedge fund managers, which makes it hard for SpaceX to go public anytime soon. "We need to get where things a steady and predictable," Musk said. "Maybe we're close to developing the Mars vehicle, or ideally we've flown it a few times, then I think going public would make more sense."

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 2) 309

by Java Pimp (#47205071) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

I swear when I read about this when it was first posted that they said there were only 3 judges. Now, the best I can find is this from the Reg:

It would be nice to see exactly how many judges and what the actual conditions were. Fooling 1 person is easy, fooling 10 would be much harder...

Comment: Re:Um, right. (Score 1) 278

by Java Pimp (#46555771) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

My daughter has not learned to read and re-read the chapters in her text. Even if they haven't been specifically assigned as a reading assignment they cover the material in class and she is assigned the problems at the end of the chapter. When she gets stuck and asks me for help the first thing I ask is if she tried to look it up in her chapter. Which is typically followed by a no. If I can find the answer to her question in the chapter, I'll have her read it first. Or at least the section that contains the answer. If she's still stuck then I'll try and explain the material a little better. Of course, how I learned things 25 years ago is completely different from what she is being taught so that really just confuses her even more.

Your code should be more efficient!