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Comment Re:hmmm... (Score 1) 247

Saying "Don't be evil" isn't a semantically null phrase though. They're not saying it for the benefit of shareholders or the public; it's for the people working there. It's a virtual smack in the back of the head, a way to say "use your common sense", or "think about how you would feel if someone did this to you", I think. "Do the right thing" just doesn't have the same focus on users that "Don't be evil". It feels more... slippery, at least to me.

Comment Re: Wow ... (Score 1) 289

I've seen tons of 17" and 19" 4x3 LCDs, as has probably everyone else here older than the age of 14, but I couldn't tell from a distance what the native resolution was, or whether the pixels were square or not. That's the kind of thing I'd check with a test image or a magnifying glass, to verify published specs. I also don't think I've ever personally seen a physically 5x4 LCD (or CRT, for that matter), which a 1280x1024 resolution would require, in order to have square pixels.

Comment Re: marketing opportunity (Score 1) 141

Yeah, that would work too. I don't see any use case where biometrics are necessary, if it isn't essential that exactly that particular kid and nobody else is to use a service. But this is elementary school, so I'm sure the kindergarten teacher or whoever will be able to vouch for a kid if the lunch lady decides to go to defcon 2 because the kid has no arms or something.

Comment Re: marketing opportunity (Score 1) 141

Dude, no. What I'm suggesting is that Google could partner with a bunch of restaurants, where Google would pay for the orders made by people, and collect the data. Then the companies could subscribe to the entire data pool from google, and get valuable consumer information. Kids get free lunches, companies get data, and google gets revenue.

Comment marketing opportunity (Score 1) 141

It just occurred to me that this kind of thing would provide useful data to fast food companies, if used in the general population. Imagine something like "Google Lunch", which would provide a free meal to people who swipe their thumb. One would think that the data on where, what, and when people prefer to eat would be worth some serious money to those companies.

Comment Re:Whats is the slashdot stupid icons over the tit (Score 1) 87

I haven't hit that problem yet, but I think they could do a better job with the auxiliary content on the site. For example, This is what I get for "Related Links", at the bottom of the page:

- Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days
- Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet
- Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
- Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets
- Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax.

I have no idea what their criteria is for "related". Also, there used to be a "post" button at the bottom of the page; now I have to scroll all the way back up to the top to post.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.