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Comment: Question (Score 2) 303

by Shortgeek (#37511728) Attached to: The Mythical Tunnel Between CERN and Central Italy
I haven't been following these results too closely, but I gather from the response here that the neutrinos did not travel through a tunnel. So, then, did they just travel through the Earth? I guess this wouldn't cause any or much interference, so I'm assuming that's what was done, but I haven't found this directly stated.

Comment: Maybe? But not because Larry Sanger says so. (Score 1) 949

by Shortgeek (#36366550) Attached to: Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?
TFA is a load of strawmanning - he discusses an interesting point, which I won't go into because I haven't thought/read enough about it, but his discussion is oh-so-exaggerated. To quote:

"The classics, being books, are also outmoded. They are outmoded because they are often long and hard to read, so those of us raised around the distractions of technology can’t be bothered to follow them; and besides, they concern foreign worlds, dominated by dead white guys with totally antiquated ideas and attitudes. In short, they are boring and irrelevant."

It would be rather hard to find any person, geek or no, who would say something like that. I think that definitely, there are some geeks who are decidedly anti-intellectual. (Just like there are some geeks who are decidedly intellectual.) And if Larry Sanger wants to copy a couple of their statements and distill them down to a J'accuse - well, congratulations. He's done what every political pundit does every day.

Comment: Re:Not possible (Score 1) 435

by Shortgeek (#30236472) Attached to: Would You Use a Free Netbook From Google?
I'm going to go with the rest of the bandwagon and say no, I wouldn't be creeped out.

Say I've been watching a bunch of TV shows about scientific developments, because I am interested in those things. I also happen to be an environmentalist, and really hate Big Oil. Just last week, hypothetical me watched "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and was very interested, so I did some Googling around and reading of Wikipedia (in Chrome). Google knows everything I do, and Google knows that I would be a target audience for an electric car. If I saw an ad for a reasonably-priced, powerful, electric car, then I would want to buy it. And I want to see that ad so I can know about it.

Advertisers could use Google's massive datamining to bring this to a "whole new level", as you say. They will be able to do so much more, and target so many more ads. Oh no! I'll have to put up with ads for things I actually want! I won't see those Blackberry ads that keep repeating the same two bars of a Beatles song! How will I ever survive?

The only scary thing about Google owning my life is the worry of their servers failing. But I trust their computers more than I trust mine.

Comment: Re:Problem with barcodes... (Score 1) 502

by Shortgeek (#24726197) Attached to: Diebold Admits Ohio Machines May Lose Votes
Have a receipt the following way: It says "Obama", "McCain", et cetera, and a bunch of bubbles to the left of the names. The receipt has the bubble of your vote colored in. In this way, it's readable by both humans and computers. But the ballot itself doesn't have to work that way. Just the receipt.
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+ - Microsoft's $3 software for developing countries.

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sqwishy writes "At a meeting in Beijing, Bill gates announced a new product aimed at bringing people software for an extremely low cost. Somewhat a competitor for the OLPC.

"The initiative, an expansion of Microsoft's "Unlimited Potential" strategy, involves offering governments a $3 software package called the Student Innovation Suite. It includes Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live Mail desktop."
"The suite will be available by the end of this year to qualifying governments that are working to supply PCs to students in order to promote technology skills. In 2008, Microsoft will extend its availability to all countries with economies defined as low- or middle-income by the The World Bank."
A $3 software package shows that Microsoft's aim here isn't to make some more money, but to influence young people growing up with Linux as their main OS in other countries."

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