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Comment Re: Rajiv.. (Score 1) 193

They don't care if you can get a new job on short notice. They're planning to lay you off anyways.

From what I have been able to piece together, many Indian people's first language is an Indian English dialect, which is more different from the US/UK/Aus dialects than they are from each other. It can make for some "interesting but stupid" exchanges. What's worse, they are worse than the American stereotype of expecting non-Indian speakers to be able to follow their "crisp" Indian English dialect. They've even got a peculiar notion about self-promotion. What any other person would call self-promotion, they would say is not unless it fits into a strict set of circumstances I'm not particularly clear on.

Comment Tech Article Sins (Score 1) 38

Quick! Someone form a Tech Article Sins (if one doesn't already exist... I think a Cracked video hinted at the existence of one) and count up the number of "Sins" this article racks up. They are doing very well at the "describe a limiting factor using vague words" game, similar to the pronoun game.
"break the rules"
"fundamental constraints"
"hitherto unlikely"

Alright, so I've finally come across details that draw into question the article's assertion of an "optical switch using a single atom and accompanying circuitry", Some of us when thinking of an optical switch would consider some of the things they put in the "accompanying circuitry" column, port of the optical switch.

"Until recently, even I thought it was impossible for us to undercut this limit," said Professor Leuthold."

...Is not a follow-up to a quote by anyone on the team as to what limit he is referring to.

According to this article, all atoms are the same size, apparently.

There are a number of other sins, but I'm done with typing right now.

Comment Re: What? (Score 0) 72

Funny, I keep thinking that fiat currencies are the purest form of money that exists because it responds better to relative economic changes between regions. Haven't yet experienced anything to disabuse me of that notion. I'm starting a blog covering various ideas trotted out by bleakonomic believers and why they make no sense to me. Got quite a few books on the subject in preparation, though.

Comment Re: Is this really new? (Score 1) 49

The system may not need to show letters to get the letters right but somewhere in the brain there needs to be letters and somewhere in the machine there also needs to be letters.

As an aside, is anyone else having to relog in a lot on the mobile side of Slashdot?

Comment Re: No transit costs. (Score 1) 106

If their customers were paying the ISPs to connect only to the ISP's servers then you might have a point. If you don't use any of the high bandwidth features then you can get a lower capacity tier. If you charge your customers for the data they want brought to them and then charge the other side to bring the data to your customer, that's double charging and hides where the costs lie from the customer.

Comment Re:What I've been suggesting (Score 1) 51

The mass spectrometer is to determine precisely what all the things in the room will do when various things like electrons and light at various frequencies are lobbed at them. I don't know if more than one projector will be necessary to get light to bend in such a way that an arbitrary image will come into focus onto the retina. There are plenty of "Mirascopes" or "3D Mirror Scope Illusion Creators" that use this effect.

Read a few of the links on the Wikipedia entry and you might be able to grasp how you can change where the focal point of the light is. The links I followed were a little light on math, though. Then there's Pepper's Ghost.

Comment What I've been suggesting (Score 1) 51

Combine a mass spectrometer and a projector that can bounce an image off objects in the room that puts the focal point of the light in front of or possibly behind the object, (my math isn't all that good, but I think I know enough that indicates part of what I'm saying is possible) and you may have something better than what we have now, without glasses and more than one person at a time can see it.

Comment Re: Well isn't that lovely (Score 1) 30

I like it for buying not quite the newest but still contains useful information programming books. A lot of times they can beat Amazon on price and one vendor had/has a buy three get one free deal. I can't look the vendor up at the moment because I'm on my phone and Chrome has a nasty habit of dumping buffers when you switch to another tab and Slashdot's preview function is oddly missing. But anyways, it's rare I have to spend more than $5 for any book. Sometimes I don't get an item matching the description but sellers are generally good about either refunding the money outright without sending the item back, or at least an offer that is better than going through the process of sending the item back. Oh, and ink, can't forget ink. Sometimes people sell lots at good prices, but stay away from the onea that offer around 50 assorted DVDs that are chosen at random, because the DVDs are low quality. I say this while acknowledging that many people might say my standards for entertainment are low.

Submission + - Exploitable backhole accidentally left in some MediaTek-based phones (

Lirodon writes: MediaTek has confirmed findings by security researcher Justin Case, who discovered that some devices running Android KitKat on MediaTek processors (often used in lower-cost devices) had a debug function, meant to be removed on production devices, accidentally left in by their manufacturer. This hole could be used to trivially gain root access, among other possibilities.

Comment Re: I guess it's easier... (Score 1) 425

Well, if you've taken one biology course, you've taken them all.
And have you taken them all?
I've taken one.

So tell me mister one class biology class expert, how can the people who grow the animals "fatten" meaning in this case producing meat instead of fat, do so while keeping them confined.

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