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Comment: Virtual sex and violence (Score 1) 96

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49761047) Attached to: Death In the Browser Tab

"There is little evidence that links crime rates to prevalence of violence on TV or in video games, although there is some evidence that video games reduce crime by keeping young men off the street during their prime crime years (age 15-24)."

A corollary to this is that widespread pornography is responsible for the decline in the developed world's population because of the increasing numbers of young men who would rather watch it than do it.

Comment: The birthday problem (Score 1) 234

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49756237) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

I think the risk is better compared to the probability of two people sharing the same birthday within a given group. You don't need to have 365 people for the probability of having shared birthdays reach 99 percent. The wiki article states its better (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem):

"In probability theory, the birthday problem or birthday paradox[1] concerns the probability that, in a set of n randomly chosen people, some pair of them will have the same birthday. By the pigeonhole principle, the probability reaches 100% when the number of people reaches 367 (since there are 366 possible birthdays, including February 29). However, 99.9% probability is reached with just 70 people, and 50% probability with 23 people."

So you don't need some house wrecking boulder striking the Earth every year for us to decide as a species that we should start preparing some sort of planetary defence shield.

Comment: Re:not circumnavigation, and not all straight line (Score 1) 494

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49741271) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

Mod parent up. Too sleepy to try to work this out in detail, but what struck me about most of the solutions is that it assumes a person is walking following the lines in some gigantic desktop globe. So straight lines "down" (south) and "up" (north), which should cancel out the longitudinal movement. And then a curve ball along the latitude. Would the gravitational force be strong enough at such a scale to bend the path of someone walking west into a spacetime-like curvature?

Comment: Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214

"Yes, it does. It doesn't matter what luck you get, being able to 'be' a character requires talent. If you don't believe me why don't you get on a microphone and do a passable impression of Mr. Burns reading a scene from Hamlet. There might be 14 million in it for you!"

It also requires luck to "be" a character, as you say it. We think that Harry Shears is Mr. Burns because that's what twenty or more so years of the Simpsons taught us to expect as the voice of a modern day Scrooge. If another moderately capable voice actor got the role when the casting was done, we'd think He is the only actor that can do justice to the role.

Incidentally top Japanese voice actors get paid much less, and just look at how much more "anime" gets produced, rather than just a few notable American cartoons.

Comment: Highly flawed analogy (Score 1) 186

"It is no more wrong to call piracy theft than it is to call it the same if you tap into your neighbor's cable so that you can get cable without paying for it."

There's a big difference between tapping a neighbor's cable and pirating a movie off the Internet. An unlicensed cable connection generally involves one connection/source, your neighbor's. But if you want to download from the Internet the same number of movies you could watch from an unlicensed cable connection, you can choose from more than one source, from the various file-sharing sites to torrents uploaded by thousands of different individuals.

To summarize the difference:

Illegal cable connection: one source (your neighbors).
Internet movie pirating: many sources (unless you're the sort who watches only one movie)

Comment: Re:Company Property (Score 1) 776

A bit creepy maybe. But how's this different from installing a GPS on a company car? As other posters have pointed out, it's a work issued phone. So if you're being monitored by your use of company property, then don't use it unless you're at work. Leave the car/smartphone at the office. Get another car/phone for your personal needs.

There are other technical solutions like turning off the cellphone. Or put it inside a microwave oven (just remember to take it out before you pop in your burito). It would be another matter if the GPS thingy was being embedded into her skin/scalp.

Comment: DIY everything (Score 2) 420

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49655719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

Want to have the most crisis-proof career? Then start living the life of a survivalist. The idea is to grow, build and fix as much of everything you need. Then as a sideline, get any job that doesn't pay starvation wages and give you enough time off to starting growing, building and fixing the things you need. Make sure the stuff that you can't DIY is merely a luxury not an essential when worst comes to worst (nuclear winter, zombie apocalypse, asteroid impact, etc). Or at least make sure the thing is easily repaired rather than an iGadget only a service center halfway across the country can fix. Then you can use the income you get from your taxable job to buy your iPad, aPhone or electric scooter.

Comment: When algorithms rule (Score 2, Interesting) 179

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49643825) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

In the future our algorithmic overlords will decide for what's good in everything we do, from our gadgets to our leaders to our lovers. It would be a technological utopia for the sheeple, a dystopia for the freethinkers. Rather than war, it's our Facebook likes, Google searches, Amazon (Alibaba?) buys, aggregated and analysed by machines, that will bring about the Matrix.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 425

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#49621531) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth
It's definitely a myth since there are different kinds of programming. Just like in music or sports, someone great at playing the piano might suck a playing the violin. Michael Jordan was a mediocre baseball player at best. Of course your might get those rare all-prodigies, the Mozarts who excel at everything in the field. How would Linus rate as a COBOL programmer?

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