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Comment: Re:Results? (Score 2) 58

by i.r.id10t (#49358627) Attached to: Hoax-Detecting Software Spots Fake Papers

Sorta like turnitin.com's business model. Require students to give you their content in order to get a grade, and scrape the web for text content. Sell lookups of newly submitted content against that content archive back to educational institutions. Then start up a pre-processing service for students to check their submissions against first before they submit to the teacher for a grade.

Comment: eliminate extra sugar (Score 5, Interesting) 493

by i.r.id10t (#49327423) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

I did it by eliminating extra sugar. Doc warned me I was pushing hte pre-diabetic stage with my morning blood sugar.

No more sweet tea, coke, or adding sugar to my coffee. Sucked for about a week, after that, no problems, and I've dropped 30lbs with no real effort other than breaking the sugar habit in that first week.

Quit smoking 2 weeks ago, we'll see how that part goes and if I end up gaining weight back ('cause food will taste better, supposedly, or maybe just noshing as a replacement for having a smoke ... so far hasn't happened)

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by i.r.id10t (#49297153) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Did Pero get none due to the winner of the state taking all of that state's EVs or did he not carry a single precinct? Think the "winner takes the state's EVs" rule kinda disenfranchises a lot of folks, esp in states like New York where the red rural areas *always* loose out to the Big D Big Apple.

Comment: Re:Will it work... (Score 1) 148

by i.r.id10t (#49297143) Attached to: "Descent" Goes For a Crowdfunding Reboot (and a Linux Version)

Who cares. I found my Loki Publishing copy of Descent3d a few weeks ago, and I have access to a planetarium dome projector that runs at 1600x1600 :) ....

Gonna see if I can get it running on a current kernel w/ a relatively current (ie, only 6 year old) nVidia card, then see about at least recording and then projecting on teh screen if thats what it takes...

Comment: Re:What do her colleagues use? (Score 1) 385

by i.r.id10t (#49286403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

Indeed, if it comes down to having to pick the OS based on what software package(s) you need/want or might need/want in the future because of what a coworker/costudent did/does/wants to do, then I'd start with a Mac laptop. You can virtualize a machine (or three) if you need Windows, Linux, BSD, whatever other environment available, but AFAIK for non-Mac hardware there is no (legal) way to run OS X. Load it up with RAM, make sure you have several large external drives for backing up stuff, and off you go. If you knew you would absolutely never need OS X based software then get PC based and shop based on percieved hardware quality and warranty.

As to her study abroad stuff, may want to make sure whatever she ends up with the warranty can be used wherever is she is going to physically end up wtih the device. Would suck to be working in Europe but need to get a service call from the US, or having to ship back and forth for repair...

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by i.r.id10t (#49280083) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Heck the govn't has its own TLD and doesn't even use it for all of their hostnames...

Quick - where is the "official" place to get your free annual credit report? Is it freeannualreport.com or freeannualcreditreport.com or what? Wouldn't it be nice if it were creditreport.ftc.gov ? I (and most other slashdot users who get a little paranoid about this type of thing) simply go to the FTC site and follow the link from there, but having it on a .gov domain would let me know for sure some squatter didn't get ahold of it...

Comment: Well and good... but mines (Score 1) 31

Finding the new bombs, etc. is well and good - and needed! But, there are still LOTS of issues with old mine fields still...

Might it be better to work on some (slightly) ground penetrating radar of some sort that can search for impact craters as well as large hunks of metal a few inches under ground? Solve a few issues at once that way....

Comment: Re:There is no way. (Score 1) 1081

by i.r.id10t (#49258751) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Oh, lets stir the pot a little more...

If New York, and New York City, would allow individuals to take personal responsibility for their well being and carry a gun, I'm pretty sure that either the crime rate would drop, or there would be more than a few dead gang members who tried to attack random people....

Comment: Re:This sucks. (Score 2) 299

by i.r.id10t (#49243153) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

If you are gonna extrapolate from one of the 10 commandments, perhaps you should just read it in the original Hebrew.

IIRC (and its been 30 years since I've read it and I know longer remember any of my Hebrew) the exact translation is more along the lines of "thall shal not murder". Killin' is ok when someone *needs* killin' but no outright murder

Comment: Re:Interesting, Given Age (Score 1) 292

by i.r.id10t (#49216971) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

You left out

Education. Assuming you have a 4 year degree plus a few classes post grad, or a masters, or PhD, you can get a good job teaching at a community college or similar. Great hours, decent pay, decent benefits, and you can pass on your years of industry experience to the new blood.

CCI Power 6/40: one board, a megabyte of cache, and an attitude...