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Comment: Re:My review (Score 1) 85

by ganjadude (#48676123) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'
I have it waiting for me when i get off work, But the thing is i knew this movie was crap before hand... its seth rogan and james franco. Having said that eventhough its garbage, its usually funny as well. I was reading an article earlier today about how "33 % of people who responded to this survey say the movie was "culturally insensitive"

and? what did these people expect? its a comedy making fun of a dbag dictator. It would be like people in the 30s complaining about the great dictator being culturally insensitive. my response is who cares if it is? its not supposed to be, nor, did the last time i checked required to be.

Im going into it knowing its gonna be crap, but im sure i will still find it funny

Comment: Rubbish (Score 5, Insightful) 224

by JaredOfEuropa (#48674945) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day
If you want to prove these companies' inability to protect their customers, you hack into their systems and publish some anonymized but verifiable data. This is just petty vandalism; DDOSing game companies does not endanger customers or their privacy, it just denies them a service they paid for. It's like parking your truck across the entrance to the parking lot, in order to "prove that the mall has poor security".

Comment: Re:Gates is a very lucky man (Score 4, Interesting) 128

by JaredOfEuropa (#48674867) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
Absolutely, and the skill and factors I mentioned are things that increase your chances of success, they by no means guarantee it. While I do believe that there's more to success than stupid luck, I also think that what we can learn from successful entrepreneurs is a great deal less than what MBA teachers and writers of business books lead us to believe. Perhaps Steve Jobs started in a garage at an early age, went for morning walks, always had cereal for lunch, and asked his mom for one piece of business advice every weekend, and made it a point to publicly humiliate at least one of his execs every week, or whatever (I made these up to make a point), but there's little point in blindly copying that behaviour to try and achieve our own success.

Comment: Re:Gates is a very lucky man (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by JaredOfEuropa (#48674679) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
Many of us have had a few good business ideas at some point. The success of many entrepreneurs can be attributed to luck, being in the right place at the right time, and knowing the right people, rather than just having that great idea. But they then also have to recognize the idea as being good, recognize the opportunity presented by Lady Luck (timeliness and the right friends), have the guts to seize the opportunity and stake one's future on it, and then have the wherewithal to build a company around that idea.

Comment: Re:Call me conervative, but (Score 3, Informative) 55

by stoploss (#48673723) Attached to: The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

I don't think we should be teaching our kids exponential running time O(n^2) algorithms.

Call me liberal, but I don't think we should be teaching our kids improper definitions for "exponential" *or* myths that O(n^2) algorithms like bubble sort are bad.

Quick: which is going to be faster to sort a list of 4 items, bubble sort or randomized partition merge sort? What's that you say? Proper algorithm selection requires more than knee-jerk application of platitudes? Exactly.

Comment: Re:Looks an awful lot like the iPad mini (Score 2) 45

by stephanruby (#48673517) Attached to: Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

Except it doesn't run iOS, which means it's not an iPad mini. Someone who wants for a Playstation 4 for Christmas doesn't want an Xbox One.

Yes, but Christmas shopping implies that someone else is going to make that purchase for you, and iPad Minis are vastly overpriced.

If you were my relative, this is the tablet I'd get you. It's far cheaper than the iPad Mini. Its screen is almost one inch bigger than the iPad Mini. And its battery lasts a hell of a lot longer too.

Comment: Re:Not that much less (Score 2) 45

by stephanruby (#48673377) Attached to: Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

The base iPad Mini 2 lists at $299 and was as low as $229 during recent sales; the N1 is launching at $249.

That's probably why the author of the article talked about the base iPad Mini 3, not the iPad Mini 2.

The new Nokia N1 tablet, apparently. At just $250 with 32GB of storage — as opposed to the iPad Mini 3’s base price of $400 for the 16GB model — the Nokia N1 is definitely priced to sell.

And yes, from Apple's own comparison page, there doesn't seem to be any difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini 3. But to be fair to Nokia, its specs are superior to the iPad Mini 2 and 3.

And also, the Android tablets are the ones that initially embraced the 7 inch to 8 inch sizes, so one could say that Apple is the one that cloned those tablets from Asus, Samsung, HTC, and LG. But then again, a specs side-by-side comparison of Nokia's new tablet wouldn't look as good against the newer Android tablets made other manufacturers. Not to mention, the word "iPad" still has the most mind share, where it comes to people talking about tablets in general.

Comment: Re:lol sure (Score 2) 152

I just can't help but imagine a bunch of Norks gathered around a Tandy 1000 hooked up to an acoustic modem with an egg timer. Every 10 minutes they switch off. "Ok, now you a hacker."

Smug sense of superiority. Are you an American by any chance?

Yes N. Korea is poor, but do not underestimate your enemies. Look at what they've actually done instead of making fun blindly.

Training people in C and Linux and Windows exploits is not all that hard or expensive compared to, say, building your own nuclear warheads and ICBMs. Former can be done for a few million bucks. The latter costs billions and the engineering is orders of magnitude harder than teaching coding.

In case you didn't know, the Norks managed to build their own nukes and also put a satellite in orbit using their own rocket recently.

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